May 24, 2017

Karen Ryan

About Karen and Her Work

 

The Correlation Between Nutrition and ADHD

“The mind grows by what it feeds on.” – Anonymous

Scientifically speaking, nutrition affects the ADHD brain in three ways:

1. Brain cells, like other cells in the body, need proper nutrition to carry out their functions;

2. The myelin sheath, which covers the axons of brain cells, as insulation covers electrical wires, needs the right levels of nutrients to speed transmission of the electrical signals between brain cells;

3. Neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) are dependent on diet for their production.

There are many approaches and coping strategies to look at from various role models:   parents, teachers, coaches and tutors, and they all differ in their own little way.  Now, with that being said, there are basic ADHD strategies to help you manage and cope with your ADHD at home, school or in the workplace.  For further relief and assistance, hiring an ADHD coach is a worthwhile investment and can provide a huge wealth of information, strategies and hands-on approach.  Having ADHD is amazing and some of the most creative and successful people in the world thrive with it.

How a Nutritional Approach Can Help ADHD:

I approach ADHD and your concerns in a holistic way.  I suggest strategic methods of treatment and follow through the process with you, ensuring success every step of the way.

I am a firm believer in the multi-pronged approach to treating ADHD, which includes:

  • Education
  • Behavior Management
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Parent Training
  • Patience
  • Love

Important topics I address are:

  • What is ADHD (and what it is not)
  • How ADHD is typically treated
  • The pros and cons of medication (including their effects and side effects)
  • A holistic approach to treating ADHD
  • ADHD and Executive Function Coaching
  • The benefits of proper nutrition and supplements
  • What ADHD looks like in the home, work and at school

What You Can Expect at Our First Meeting:

The initial consultation is about one hour in length and will address all avenues of your health history.  We will look at what is working, what is not working and the best protocol for moving forward.  In some cases, executive function is a relatively large part of the challenges so subsequent ADHD coaching appointments are sometimes recommended.

I believe in empowering my clients through education and informed choices and work closely with each and every person to ensure the development of a treatment plan that can be easily followed to ensure success.

About Me

While I myself don’t have ADHD, my son does as do various other family members.   Guided by my extensive education, research and experience in nutrition, ADHD and mental health issues, I have dedicated my life’s focus to helping all people, especially children and teens with ADHD eat healthier and live happier.

I am both a clinical and holistic nutritionist as well as an ADHD coach and behaviour interventionist for school-aged children, teens and adults.  I am a firm believer in the correlation between food and mood and that a clean diet is the best medicine for sound health of body and mind.

Additionally, I am also an active member of several organizations:

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Vancouver Chapter (CHADD)
  • Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC)
  • Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM)
  • Pacific Society of Nutrition Management (PSNM)
  • Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP)

In 2014, my first book was published, “ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word:  Drug Free Strategies for Managing the Gift that is ADHD” and in 2016, I founded everyday ADDvice Magazine, Canada’s first online periodical aimed at those who struggle with ADHD and mental wellness issues.

Rates:

I currently work out of the Finlandia Health Centre located near Broadway and Spruce on Vancouver’s west side and my rates basically depend on what we will be addressing .  As a bonus, my services are covered by most extended medical plans.

Interested?

If you have any questions or would like further information, send me an email and let’s chat about it.  Alternatively, you can also call me at my clinic at 604 734 7760.

 

 

 

 

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