WOMEN & ADHD
“No brain is the same. No brain is the best. Each brain finds its own special way.”
Dr. Edward Hallowell
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered a lifelong neurological condition that affects one's focus, attention and impulse control. Both genetics and environmental factors may play a role in ADHD.
A revised definition proposed by Drs. Hallowell and Ratey, has been termed as the Variable Attention Stimulus Trait (VAST). VAST emphasises the variability in one's attention and stimulation, rather than focusing purely on ADHD as a “deficit disorder”. VAST provides a more positive way of looking at the neurological differences, meaning people can have varied levels of attention in different situations and tasks. This trait can be both a strength and a challenge, depending on the context and how it's managed.
There is no denying that people with ADHD often face different difficulties on a daily basis, that self-regulation and executive function can be a real challenge. However, with the right tools and support, anyone can thrive despite their diagnosis.
Are you a woman with ADHD, or do you identify with the traits? Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and anxious? Do you struggle with attention and organisation? Do you have trouble planning meals or sticking to a healthy diet? Maybe you feel your hormones impact your symptoms? I have a personal and professional interest in working with women with ADHD. I understand how you feel, your daily struggles, and most importantly your strengths. I also know that everyone with ADHD is different, and the traits vary a lot from person to person, this is why a person-centred approach to diet and lifestyle is absolutely key.
Using a holistic lens may support cognitive function, mood and energy levels. We know that diet can have a direct impact on brain function and on the activity of neurotransmitters. And lifestyle factors like sleep, exercise and stress management can also positively affect emotional regulation and executive function.
I start with a thorough 90 minute consultation and provide you with personalised recommendations to support your health with diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle adjustments. If justified, I may recommend testing to look at hormone health and potential deficiencies that could be impacting your symptoms. I am also always happy to contact your GP or medical specialist if I feel you may benefit from further investigations.
It’s easy for someone with ADHD to feel overwhelmed when trying to make all these changes, so I am here to guide you and help you navigate the right steps for you.
Since completing my 4-year training in Nutritional Therapy at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), I have done extensive CPD training in women’s health, including hormone health and neurodiversity. I always tailor my nutritional and supplement advice in line with prescribed treatments. I am also a member of a mentorship group for registered nutrition practitioners who specialise in neurodiversity and disordered eating (NEDDE).
Making small changes with diet and lifestyle can have such a positive impact on brain health and managing ADHD, as well as supporting your overall health and wellbeing. So feel free to reach out if you want to have a chat, I offer a free, no obligation 20 minutes call.
During our 1-to-1 consultations, I will look at your diet and lifestyle, and together, we'll find simple, sustainable and effective strategies to benefit you. Take the first step and book your free, no obligation 20 minutes call.
As a Registered Nutritionist mBANT, I also offer group workshops involving talks and food demonstrations. Do get in touch - I look forward to hearing from you!
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