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Q&A With Lisa Ling

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What's the best health advice you ever received?

"To eat healthy. It's very simple, but it makes you feel better. When I eat unhealthy, I feel it. It makes me lethargic and slow. My vice is that I'm a coffee addict. All I need is one sizable cup in the morning, but I need to have it. It's the first thing that goes into my body in the morning. I practically have it intravenously! If I don't, I'm a mess."

Tell us what you learned about ADHD.

"I'd always suspected I might have some kind of attention disorder. As a kid I never had hyperactivity but always had focus issues, and I'd work on a billion things at one time, often not completing any of them. I was so scattered. It was difficult to learn of the bona fide diagnosis [of ADHD], but at the same time I felt relieved because it gave me an explanation. There's been an explosion of ADHD diagnoses in this country, and one of the main things I learned is that it's manageable. And people who are diagnosed can lead perfectly normal, productive lives if they manage it early enough."

Do you have a treatment plan?

"Let's just say I'm seriously considering a number of different options. I've been lucky that I've figured out a way to compensate for a number of my shortcomings. I've chosen a career that's allowed me to work on [different projects] simultaneously, which I think helps. I have, for the most part, learned how to manage. At the same time, the doctor I met with had a great analogy. He said, 'If you had impaired vision, you could sometimes drive, and perform your daily activities pretty well. But once you put on your glasses with your correct prescription, everything becomes so much clearer, and you can perform so much better.' That makes a lot of sense. Why wouldn't you want to perform at the highest level you can?"

Your father is from China, your mother is from Taiwan, and your husband's family is Korean. How important is it to share your collective heritage with Jett?

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