My health care providers say increasing my protein intake could improve the functioning of my ADD-addled brain, especially eating it for breakfast.
Several practitioners and researchers have touted protein for easing ADD symptoms including Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientist Richard Wurtman as reported in ADDitude Magazine.
According to ADDitude, “The brain makes a variety of chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, to regulate wakefulness and sleep. Studies by Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientist Richard Wurtman Ph.D., and others have shown that protein triggers alertness-inducing neurotransmitters, while carbohydrates trigger drowsiness.”
This morning, however, I didn’t feel like making eggs. And though I enjoy Cheerios with fruit and milk, I wanted to see if eating a high-protein breakfast really made a difference.
I did have a leftover hunk of steak. Hmmmm, that’s protein, right?
A few seconds after putting the thick slab into the microwave, I was chowing down as I watched the boys on the Tour de France batter themselves and each other in the Pyrenees. I wondered what they’d eaten for breakfast? Clearly a croissant with jam and coffee wouldn’t cut it.
Watching the Tour is a bit of an obsession for me. But I WAS trying to multitask — working on getting some paperwork organized for a meeting. Admittedly, I was only partially successful. Multitasking and ADD … not so much …
Anyhow, after scarfing down the steak, I was still hungry. What to eat, what to eat?
We have healthy fresh fruit — strawberries, cherries, melon, mandarin oranges, apples, bananas — but wait, what’s that?
The clear plastic bag on the counter beckoned.
I didn’t care that the trail mix was mostly chocolate with a few nuts added in. Nuts are more protein, right? And I only half-considered that I’d also been told to try to cut down on refined sugar.
But I just couldn’t resist. CHOCOLATE for breakfast! Isn’t being an adult cool?
Trail mix notwithstanding, I did feel a bit more energetic and focused for a good part of the day (despite the drowsiness I was supposed to feel from the sugar).
It may be unconventional, but it felt like my breakfast of champions. Now what’s on the menu for tomorrow? Maybe those leftover ribs?*
*DISCLAIMER: Though health care providers recommend eating protein … they do specify LEAN meat. Not sure ribs qualify, but gosh they’re good!