I'm quite new to Paleo. There are many versions of the diet out there, as you all know.
I think I have ADD (self-diagnosed). I have observed that many with ADD have experienced symptom relief on a Paleo diet, but the results seem to run the spectrum from almost completely eliminating symptoms to even worsening them!
My questions are two: (1) What degree of symptom relief have you experienced on a paleo diet? and (2) what version of paleo are you employing? If you've experienced no symptom relief, please free to chime in too! It might teach me what versions to avoid; or, at least, your story may help me to go into this with a realistic view of the probability of success.
Alternatively, my questions can be articulated as follows. There seem to be three dietary paths more or less related to paleo that have proven (at least somewhat) successful in dealing with ADD.
- It seems some have experienced relief, especially with paleo, by pursuing a strategy of ketosis. For instance, Paleogirl notes that her symptoms improved most when she "cut out almost all carbs and all sugar (and increased fat intake)." In this case, even fruit and sweet potatoes should be used in great moderation, and saturated fat should be greatly emphasized.
- Perhaps paleo is helpful in virtue of simply being anti-inflammatory. If this is so, maybe the specific version of paleo used is arbitrary. (Moreover, any anti-inflammatory diet might suffice.)
- Perhaps paleo works in that it happens to coincide with an ideal elimination diet for ADD (e.g. the one in this study that Emily Deans summarizes). In this case, relative proportions of food are a bit more arbitrary as long as the appropriate foods are initially avoided. Specifically, on this particular diet (there are others, such as the Feingold), only meat, rice, vegetables, and pears are permitted.
Have people found one of the three above strategies to be the most "fruitful" (ha! no pun intended!)? I'm sure there are other strategies of which I'm not aware, so please enlighten me!
Thanks for the help!
A third question should also be what your primary ADHD symptom is... (I) inactive, (H) hyperactive, or (C) a combination of the two.
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on November 21, 2012
at 04:56 AM
I'm not ADD, but 2 of my kids are. Here is what I have noticed when they eat paleo. In some ways, it does make the ADD "worse," but in some ways better. (We use no medication here).
Better: ability to focus, control of emotions and body Worse: increased energy - hah!
We homeschool, so I can work with this, but when my kids are eating healthy, the output of energy is almost unreal. I have to work very specifically to wear them out. I'm talking about 2-3 mile hikes with kids 12 and under! However, it is worth it for the improved "ability to deal" that they show. And the ability to control that energy and use it productively.
FWIW, I have 2 other kids that are not ADD, and paleo does not do the same thing to them. Their energy stays the same, but they are calmer, less emotional.