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I Cured My ADHD with Food. Can You?


If your child is one of the 6.4 million children that have been diagnosed with ADHD*, you’ll want to read this. After dealing with ADHD for most of her life, Jillian made some functional changes to her diet to get healthy and, voila, no more ADHD symptoms! She was blown away. So we sat down with her to get in on her secrets.


What dietary changes did you make to manage your ADHD?

I cut out all packaged foods and created a whole food diet that consisted mainly of veggies, fruits and meats. For example, I enjoyed fresh soups and salads instead of pasta and lunchmeat sandwiches. Doctors were blown away by the changes I reported, and one very prominent doctor even asked me to come work for him providing his ADHD patients with nutritional support.


Did you discover anything shocking on your journey to health?

Few people understand that nutrients are the best line of defense against ADHD. People generally seem less afraid of taking prescriptions (for example: synthetic ingredients, anti-caking agents, artificial colors, preservatives and metals) than they are of eating broccoli and taking supplements!


Why do you think a whole food diet works for so many?

An organic, whole food diet limits added trans-fats, yeast, additives, pesticides or preservatives, and is free of refined sugars and flours. Whole foods work in synergy with your body to naturally improve overall health, without all the other junk getting in the way. Our bodies are constantly bombarded by toxins from the air, water, food supply and our environment. These toxins send the wrong message to our bodies, and create complicated detoxification processes. A whole food diet can help your body to eliminate some of the toxins it is exposed to, that might actually be exacerbating ADHD.


Is ADHD perhaps indicative of any other disorders?

It can be. For really tough cases it’s important to dig a little deeper and find the hidden internal stressors: dysbiosis, dysglycemia, food intolerances, infections, autoimmune conditions – just to name a few. You can read about how my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis taught me to fine tune my diet even further here.


What is some advice you would give to someone suffering from ADHD?

Be willing to make radical changes for your health: through clinical work with clients I’ve been able to consistently get results with clients who are willing to make “radical” changes to their diet, and by “radical” I mean eating 6 to 9 cups of veggies a day, along with other modifications such as upgrading their protein sources to clean, sustainably-raised meats. And the right amount of sleep and exercise is crucial as well!


So diet is clearly important! Can you give us a concrete example?

Five years ago when I suggested to parents that their child might benefit from a gluten-free and/or high veggie diet, they looked at me like I was crazy. Now, there’s enough success with alternative diets to demand a closer look. Experience with both western medicine and diet has taught me food makes all the difference. Food will take you further.


Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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9 thoughts on “I Cured My ADHD with Food. Can You?

  1. Tegan Welsc

    When I was a kid I was a vegetarian for 9 years and I will admit I ate to much processed foods and carbs. Know thing to cut out all meats and animal products I find my adhd getting worse again I find I need low carbs high protein, high fat, low carb, lots of greens, no processed food….if I mix it up I get really bad adhd flair ups!

  2. L

    I am researching diet because my daughter’s ADHD. I followed your link above to try to find more information on the diet you followed but only found an overview of your credentials. Is there more information on this diet, supplements, and lifestyle modifications available somewhere? What is mentioned in this post is very general and I’d like to do it right. Thanks.

  3. Nancy

    Thank you for this article! I love hearing about other people who’ve had similar ones to my 6 year old son He had a horrible case of ADHD, but with proper nutrition and liquid fish oil, his symptoms literally went away over night. It has been a miracle. His pediatrician looked me dead in the face and said, “stimulants are the only thing that work.” She was DEAD wrong!!

  4. jillian

    Hi Melissa, So much of disease is rooted in Mitochondrial dysfunction or a true genetic mitochondrial disorder; and magnesium deficiency is often mistaken for mitochondrial dysfunction. Cleaning up diet is enough for some people; and for others they need to dig deeper. The water in our cells is mostly EZ and it produces energy for the cell. EZ is mostly made by light. Natural light. Spring water is also a good source of EZ. Some people have a great deal of luck with heavy metal detoxes. There are suppositories you can use to release and mop up metals. Lymph drainage is particularly helpful. Coffee enemas. Lipids to rebuild cell membrane (like PC oil: Patricia Kane’s protocol). The “cure” doesn’t end with food but food provides the best foundation. Let’s be honest about why food is the best starting point: the Petroleum industry makes more money on oil derivatives than it does on oil and gas. Where do those derivatives turn up? In our food and in our person care products. There’s also too much refined sugar in all big box foods. Sugar is a drug and it destroys a healthy body yet Americans ingest 150lbs a year and children have up to 35g’s a day. The hunter gatherers had about 7 grams a year. There’s no overnight “cure” we are talking about preventing cognitive decline over the course of a lifetime. You may not realize the importance of that today but by taking steps to nourish your brain and body now you’re brain will age better than others; giving you a better quality of life as you age.

  5. Melissa

    I want to start of with saying that it’s great that you are raising awareness for a healthier way of living, which hugely consists of a better, greener diet. And of course cutting out processed foods, sugars, additives etc. will be surely help in lessening the bad symptoms associated with ADHD and make it more manageable, especially because our food intake has such a big impact on our physical and mental health, maybe even more so for people with ADHD as they tend to be more sensitive.

    However I think that calling a healthy diet the “cure” for ADHD can be misleading, I for the most part eat very healthy, with almost no processed foods, candy or such and instead more (organic) vegetables, nuts and some meat.
    But, I stil have ADHD and that will never change. At it’s worst, ADHD can be a mental disorder, my biggest enemy, but at it’s best? It’s a part who I am, and when I use it in the right way, it’s my biggest friend. ADHD is a difference in the brain, not some disease to be cured. ADHD holds us back when we aren’t happy in our lives, when we aren’t living as healthily as we should.

  6. Jillian Burne

    Thank you for your comment. It’s so important not to shame people, especially parents. Meeting people where they are is half the battle. Many people make food choices based on budget and convenience, not on nutrient-density. Packaged foods also contain a lot of added chemicals that disrupt brain function. If they’re not beneficial the best way to avoid added chemicals is to eat an organic-whole-food-plant-based diet. Since writing this post celebrities like Tom Brady and Giselle have embraced the REID diet, not only for their own personal health but also for their children’s health. One of the main tenants of the REID diet is removing the excess glutamate, which is really disruptive to brain function, from the diet. More on that here ( So, it’s easy to say this article was about fruits and vegetables, but it really goes deeper.

  7. Anonymous

    What this so called “nutritionist” claims isn’t new…it isn’t rocket science news that by incopratong fresh fruits and vegetable in ones diet will make them live healthier lives..duh Jillian…

  8. Rashida Jones

    A “healthy” diet isn’t something new….I certainly wouldn’t credit this so called “health coach” for coming up with the concept. Not everyone’s body is the same and she shouldn’t use herself as example.


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