I searched this board and have tried to use it to help with my ADHD issues. I'll give you some back story:
I went from being vegan to paleo about 5 years ago. In the past two years I have been focusing on a heavy fat diet and transitioned from raw paleo to bulletproof. About 9 months ago I did something stupid - I moved in with a guy who is a junk food king (hes really lovely, he just eats very crappy food). At first it was fine, he would eat whatever I cooked and then snacked on whatever he liked but slowly I caved with all sorts of foods around the house (I HAVE NO WILLPOWER). Sugar was never a problem and I tended to stay clear, and even processed foods were not much of an issue at first, but I did the unthinkable and started eating rice again... and slowly that turned into pasta. Gluten absolutely destroyed my brain within the past 9 months and I am struggling hard to get myself back afloat again.
My ADHD is out of control. Lately I have been doing very silly things such as locking myself out of the house, losing my cell phone when its in my pocket, misplacing paperwork at work (it will be on my desk in front of me) and so on. I am so hyperactive that I cannot even sit still at work and pace next to my desk. I mean, its bad, I burned down my house once in 2007 because I left a pot of hot water on the stove boiling and walked my dogs. I am starting to get back to that point so I finally cracked and went back on medication (something I never thought I would do again). They put me back on a heavy dose of adderall XR (20 mg) and adderall immediate release for later in the day (20mg). They put me on xanax (0.5 mg 3X a day) to try and keep me calm because even the adderall did not stop my extreme hyper moments, only calmed them and allowed me to focus. Now, I cant say that the medication isn't working because it definitely is but I HATE THE WAY I FEEL. I gained 30 lbs in 6 months and it isn't coming off (it actually went up by a lb this week).
Now I know my issue is probably gluten related, and per my research its going to take months if not a year to get back to where I was, but this is where I am at currently:
I limit myself to one cup of bulletproof coffee in the morning with both brain octane oil and kerrygold (more than one cup and I am off the walls at work). My diet is heavy in wild caught fish (mainly salmon) and grass fed beef (I eat this normally very rare or even raw). My carbohydrates are normally as followed: avocado, kale, asparagus, and brussel sprouts. I will eat butternut squash or sweet potato 1-2 times a week. I will eat raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries a few times a week also. I take krill oil supplements and a hearty dose of vitamin D3 (about 10,000 iu) Magnesium, Vitamin C, B12, and folinic acid.
This has been going on for about a month now, and I see no improvement. I took myself off of most of the medication (I have been using the xanax at night some nights, maybe 4 times a week, because no matter what I do, I cant sleep). I use blackout curtains and our bedroom is pitch black. I've tried every temperature for sleeping. I tried ear plugs. I tried using apps on my phone. I haven't had issues sleeping (again, gluten, ugh) until I changed my eating habits.
I guess my question really is, what can I do to speed up this process? I feel like I can't sit by and let it run its course. I was thinking of trying nootropics again but once upon a time I tried alpha brain and by day 3 you might as well have handed me a crack pipe because I was out of control on it. (the results, they were fun but not desirable for anyone within earshot of my mouth or that had to come in any contact with me whatsoever). My parents actually sat me down because they thought I was using some type of heavy drug, that's how intense of a result I got from it. Liposomal gluathione produced little to no results that I could actually see. I just tried pycnogenol and that seems to make a little bit of an improvement BUT if I do not take it with a fatty cup of coffee it seems like it doesn't work at all.
I think a lot of people are misdiagnosed with ADHD, and there are very few of us that actually have it. The few that do, it seems like it just takes one wrong diet move and it can really screw up our lives. I am at a loss so anyone's recommendations are welcome.
PS it took me about an hour and a half to write this because I kept forgetting what I was doing or was sidetracked by other stuff on my computer, just to try and get you to grasp how bad this is.