In his article [Food for Though], Jamie Fellrath reported that his own personal journey with Paleo eating led to a significant reduction in ADHD symptoms. I too have much greater levels of focus, creativity, and mental clarity through exercise and diet, but switching to Paleo (Loren Cordain/Robb Wolf version) seriously took things to a whole new level.
Has anyone else experienced this effect?
Art DeVany talked a little about this in relation to carbohydrate restriction (restricting carbs signals the body to regenerate/recover in order to make it through times of scarcity rather than reproduce in times of abundant carbohydrate access), but I really noticed this more while eating fruits, some starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes primarily), and while consuming much more Omega-3 than Art, Sisson, or others like Dr. Harris recommend.
: Eat right, think right. Food for Thought by Jamie Fellrath of http://www.fitnessinanevolutionarydirection.com/2011/06/food-for-thought-by-jamie-fellrath.html
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on June 03, 2011
at 09:50 AM
I have much, much more mental energy. Probably physical too, but I notice the mental aspect more. It's tough sometimes to stay with my 5 yr old since her mental capacity is on a whole other level......I noticed recently that even if I miss a good nights sleep and am physically exhausted by the next evening, I don't crave sleep ...my mind is still very alert and wants stimulus.
This is what we have coined "nervous energy". I suppose it is not nervous at all but ketone energy. Missed sleep + no extra meal = burning something.
on June 03, 2011
at 08:55 AM
I wish I could report the same results, but paleo has had no affect on my ADD (though its been beneficial in many other ways).
Yet I haven't tried high dose fish oil - so I'm curious. How high of a dose do you take? What brand, etc?