Why Intermittent Fasting Is Great for ADHD



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Unless you’re living in a bunker, you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting. And you may or may not want to hear about it right now! I wasn’t really that into it until my cousin told me about it and I’m just blown away by what it’s been doing for me, and not necessarily in the way you think. It may be something you look into!

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

It’s basically a way of eating that’s been around for a long time. I’m going to recommend Delay Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens because she explains it much better than me. For example, I am fasting from 8 pm to noon and when I do eat, I eat reasonably. Yes there are donuts. Yes there are vegetables. But there are no restrictions – you can eat whatever you want. But you’ll want to eat within reason, because your body feels better when you do it.

No Fuss, No Muss

This is what sold me on it. People have lost a ridiculous amount on of weight this, but that’s not even my main motivation! I am so tired of thinking about food but I still want to take care of myself. This plan lets me do that.

Sharpens The Mind

Some people try intermittent fasting just for these mind-sharpening benefits. I’m not sure of the science behind it, but I know on days that I don’t fast it’s as different as night and day. It’s made me realize how foggy my brain is when I’m overloaded with junk. (Side note: It took me 3-4 days to get here – the first few days it threw me off not being able to eat first thing in the morning.)

You Can Indulge

Being able to not deny myself has been so healing. My relationship with food has completely healed during this exercise. I don’t even weigh myself – people keep asking how much I’ve lost and I have no idea.

No Guilt

Don’t we have enough of that? Not to generalize, but at least in my experience there is so much guilt I experience when my ADHD causes me to mess something up. Not having food guilt take up headspace is so freaking liberating!


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