Boy, Part 1 of Meal Planning when Mom has ADHD drew many, many responses. I see that I’m not alone when it comes to figuring out meals as a mom with ADD!
Today, I’d like to share another tip on how to find your way from your chair to the stove, without having a major freak out. But before I do that, I want to explain a bit more about why cooking, shopping and entertaining can be so difficult for many of us.
People with ADHD have problems with executive function. In a nutshell, that means we get thrown off when trying to get from Point A to Point B and then from Point B to Point C. Distractions, inattention, but simply how our brain works, makes planning and implementing meals a sad affair.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and had a panic attack? Or felt completely overwhelmed by all the choices (c’mon- an entire WALL of cereal options?), or gone into sensory overload from the “music”, crying babies, cell phone conversations, visual kaleidoscope of colors, odors…and even just too many people walking towards you, making you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of humanity?
And how many times have you gone to the store to collect items needed for that night’s dinner only to leave without a single one?
Once home, there’s of course, the problem of deciding what to make. But the next step is just as difficult: gathering the items, paying attention to all the steps needed for prep, and the worst (for me, anyway), timing it so that all the dishes are done at the same time. Oh my goodness, my stomach feels sick just thinking about it.
One would think that cleanup would be a breeze because for the most part, it’s an automatic, unforgiving daily chore. But I have a memory from 20 years ago where, while in the kitchen with a guest, I froze because I could not listen to her chat and clean up the kitchen at the same time. I remember, sadly, holding a wooden spoon in my hand and having no idea what I needed to do with it.
But I digress…
Today, I’d like to share another tip for meal planning. It’s called the POS Plan (Plan or Starve) and you can see me describing it HERE.
Next time you’re paralyzed at the store and need some immediate help, look for me online and I’ll help you get through it, via my ADD SOS service.