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Julie Daniluk

Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Reducing Depression and ADHD

Julie DanilukPublic Speaker, Holistic Nutritionist, TV host of Healthy Gourmet, Bestselling Author of Meals that Heal

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  • 4 major causes of inflammation and the link to depression
  • Why eating organic food is critical for children with ADHD
  • Tips for detecting inflammation processes in the body

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  1. Elaine says:

    This was a great presentation. I’ve eliminated gluten, dairy, corn and soy but still fighting something that’s causing inflammation in my hands most noticeably. Leaky gut and low thyroid also being worked on as well as pumping up low nutrients, but the anxiety and fatigue is definitely improving.
    Will definitely go check out your website and low inflammation foods. I’m loving all these crazy new foods I probably never would have tried, so bring it on. ;0)

  2. Frasier Linde says:

    Excellent talk! I almost didn’t watch since I’m very familiar with anti-inflammatory diets already, but I did get a few pearls out of this. I love her energy and enthusiasm, and our approaches to nutrition are very much aligned. Here’s the ADHD study she mentioned, though I don’t see anything about putting the children on an organic diet for a week (it does say the pesticides are generally metabolized in 3-6 days): http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2010/05/17/peds.2009-3058.short

  3. Renee says:

    When Thrive get the snap card it will be a great day they say Dec. 2015

  4. John says:

    Great interview! It is clear that she loves helping people and discussing healthy eating.

  5. Jill says:

    I enjoyed listening to this interview. I really appreciate that many of the speakers talked about issues related to children and their mental health. There are lots of summits, but I am always guessing how to apply the information to my children in a safe way. We are dealing with ADHD, ASD and Hashimoto’s issues with our children. Thanks so much for talking about kids needs too!!!!!

  6. Beth says:

    What is the name of the bread mentioned. Is it something you make? Thanks!

  7. Giovanna says:

    I loved your intervention! Very helpful and interesting, thanks.

  8. Victoria says:

    Looks like she knows what she is talking about. Got her book too.

  9. Christine says:

    I am impressed with this presentation and with Julie. I am pleased to see more of anti-inflammatory eating and how to cook for goodness. I did not and do not believe healthy eating is boring. I follow a modified Paleo and am rarely bored. I am planning to get your book. It is interesting to find so many Canadians in leadership roles in healthy eating: Sarah Ballantine Phd is a Canadian living in the USA and so am I…………I am planning to follow your site and get more information. I have been looking for a consultant, and you may be the one………..THANK YOU

  10. DebS says:

    What a super interview. Thanks Julie for all the great information!

  11. Catherine says:

    Cannot agree with Julie about fruit. I doubt humankind evolved eating lots of fruit all year round – at least in temperate latitudes. My understanding of fructose in evolutionary terms is that it helped fatten us up in order to survive the winter. As fructose is metabolised directly by the liver and does not require insulin, it would seem a probable contributor (in excess) to the diabesity epidemic, irrespective of whatever beneficial nutrients it contains. Many fruit species have very high levels of fructose. Excess fructose elevates uric acid which contributes to inflammation.

    • John says:

      Most fruit has been bred to a tremendous degree to be larger, sweeter, more bland and to have greater storage ability. Berries are more like what happens in nature. They are super nutritious. In most temperate and tropical areas, there are some berries ripening at various times of the growing season, and they have also been preserved traditionally as well.
      John S

    • bill d says:

      check out jack kruse for his take on fruit…basically he says the closer to the equator the more fruit you can eat.

  12. Karen Skeffington says:

    Wow, that was a terrific talk!!! I love her enthusiasm. She was also very good at explaining several concepts. I will definitely visit her website. Thank you Julie!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    The sad truth is that most fish oil supplements purchased off the shelf are being shown in laboratory testing to be rancid (oxidized) due to the fragile structure of the omega-3 polyunsaturated oils. Even if a manufacturer tests their supplements to be low in peroxide content at the point of manufacturing, what happens after the capsules have been distributed for sale is a wild card. The safest way to increase your omega-3 intake is by consuming wild caught deep water oily fish from clean waters.

    • Catherine says:

      Where to find fish from unpolluted waters that is also wild caught? Fish farms are not the answer as the fish are probably fed a high grain diet and will have a higher w6/w3 ratio. The natural diet of fish is algae or smaller fish, so toxins will have accumulated to high levels in larger fish such as tuna. Even salmon now is not an option as it is mostly farmed. Wild line caught Alaskan salmon is perhaps worth paying extra for or krill but the latter may now be endangered.

  14. Jacqui says:

    Delta *what* saturates are missing in some people?

  15. Sunny says:

    Superb conference! Thank you so much!

    Superb conference! Thank you so very much!

    What about sourdough bread? Don’t those little beasties in the sourdough starter demolish the gluten in the flours that otherwise can do such damage to the gut? Isn’t sourdough a fermented food? Couldn’t you please recommend it to people with gut problems, like me, who is hungry half the time and can’t seem to get filled up on vegetables and fruits?

    Sourdough bought from a bakery in the U.S., I understand, is hurried up with yeast, so one has to make It themselves at home until bakeries catch on to how bad gluten is for us and folks begin to demand it.

  16. shalee says:

    I loved this! Bring on the Omega 3s!

  17. Sunny says:

    Superb conference! Thank you!

    Remember the saying “Bread is the staff of life”? Well it probably was in the long ago when the only kind of bread was sourdough.

    Having severe problems with my gut (just one system of many) from chronic Lyme disease, diarrhea reduced to me by 30 pounds from normal weight,I could eat very little since eating anything hurt. I got a great deal of help from a savvy internist and bright acupuncturist and begin to recover but still was hungry all the time.
    Someone brought me homemade sourdough bread.I approached cautiously, but now load it with butter or olive oil to feel full along with all the veggies etc. that make up a good diet. I don’t know what I would do without it to keep the hunger away and feel good. I was given a starter, but it can be made easily on your own sink board with a mixture of flour and water left open to the air. No need to add any commercial yeast.

    Please, won’t you nutritionists, doctors and scientists consider this food one to be Championed?

    • Tara says:

      Great post, Sunny! I’d love to learn more about the sourdough you make / buy! Please can you say more about how to make it? Or, I’d love to connect and hear more about what’s helped you – I’m on facebook (look up tararehl). Thanks!

      • Tracy says:

        Listened to an interview with Stephen Yafa. He spoke about the benefits of eating true sourdough bread. He wrote a book called Grain of Truth. Have not read it yet.

  18. rose casanova says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Julie. I just ordered one of your books from the library. Can’t wait to try some new recipes. Also, this has been a really great summit on a subject so personal to me and I want to thank the moderators. You all rock!

  19. Sophia says:

    This talk was so well considered and beyond thoroughly-researched. It’s rich with useful information that can be applied directly; doing so would likely produce near-immediate results in mood, outlook, and of course, decreased inflammation. All in all: Inspiring speaker, great interview.

  20. phyllis kutach says:

    Fantastic, informative, wish it were longer. Keep Julie as a speaker for all future summits. Where can I get the omega 3 alternatives such as the hep harts, bakelolina oil, parella sacha itchie seeds? I’m sure I didn’t spell these correctly. Thanks.

    • Laura says:

      One of your misspelled items is Hemp Hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds. I buy them at a health food store. My bag has manitobaharvest.com . I use Chia seeds a lot which are high in Omega 3, too, and I find them at my local grocery store and used to have to get them at the health food store. You can make a no-cook pudding with Chia – put in your non-dairy milk, let sit and they gel. and also thicken smoothies.

    • Frasier Linde says:

      The other two besides hemp hearts are camelina oil and sacha inchi.

  21. karen says:

    I loved the presentation, but I lost the sound during the last 10 minutes.

  22. karen says:

    wow . I just love your passion , such very lucky people to have you and all the other presenters on the summit to help people with such a wide range of conditions .. The old saying we are what we eat has never been more reinforced to me as it has on this summit .. pity we are just a few light years away from the same help in Australia.

  23. Romy says:

    Thank you Julie. Awesome info and your recipes yummy, will get your book.
    Gd bless you.

  24. Michele says:

    I loved this presentation. Julie’s energy is contagious and inspiring. She is great!

  25. Sabeel says:

    Very informative talk! I am not clear on the connection of Insulin and Serotonin. She mentioned Insulin is killer of serotonin. some of the studies point out tryptophan which is precursor of serotonin is absorbed better in the presence of glucose in blood. It essentially diverts tryptophan away from muscle into brain? So we need little bit of sugar to make serotinine

  26. Cheryl says:

    I also used the Feingold Diet and Theron Randolph’s Elimination Diet to help my daughter in the late 1970’s. It was wonderful to see Julie use her own experience to relate to others with ADHD.

  27. Lorraine says:

    Julie is an extraordinary “gem” of information, inspiration, and motivation. Bless her and all she does which I will definitely check into more. Heartfelt thanks for this summit and all of the empowering presenters.

  28. Murielle says:

    Great information! I’m thrilled to have “discovered” Julie Daniluk! I’m looking forward to learning a lot more from her books and website.

  29. Dorothy says:

    I learned more today than I ever could have conceived of.
    What a dream come true. No wonder I feel sick. You are an inspiration, Julie. I am looking forward to reading your books.
    I have already signed up for your Facebook pages.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  30. David says:

    Thank you vey much Julie, your drive and unique person made me smile all the time 🙂
    For great fish sources, apart from Anchovies and Sardine, I’d like to propose Mackerel and Herring (they have similar high Omega levels). I believe a rule of thumb is, that the most omega 3 rich fish live in cold (non tropical) seas.

    • Gai says:

      I agree with Davi;. I was captivated by your lovely demeanour & expressive face and voice, in addition to all the excellent information which you provided.
      Thanks very much, Julie & John.

      I was also wondering about mackerel. Maybe it’s a British thing to eat.

  31. Lynn_M says:

    Gloria Cole,
    The enzyme is delta-d-saturase.

  32. Sharon says:

    Very informative! I agree about how food can and does affect the mind. I have food allergies & sensitivities, so I made changes to my diet and eliminated the foods that are disruptive to my body, I found that my mild depression, along with GERDS, and in general feeling poor vanished. I will be visiting your website for more information.

  33. Lyne Desforges says:

    This talk has been enlightening. I love the passion that Julie has for Nutrition and its healing properties. THank you for inspiring so many to make positive changes in their lives. I am very excited by this as I am starting to study holistic nutrition in September and I find all the new research being done so fascinating.

  34. Gloria Cole says:

    What is the enzyme she is talking about at 11:00? Needed to process flax oil.

    • Lynn_M says:

      Gloria Cole,
      The enzyme is delta-d-saturase.

      • Erica Bolliger says:

        No, actually, it’s “delta-6-desaturase” although Julie left out the “6” when she said it. It’s an enzyme that facilitates one of the early steps in turning short-chain omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in plant foods) into long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in animals, and the type most used in the human body).

  35. Esther says:

    I cannot say enough what this conference has done for me. It’s given me the knowledge to go on and do what I’ve known for years that I HAD to do to begin to be healthy, not depressed, etc. Your website is also awesome and I can’t wait to peruse it more.

    What was the “bread” you mentioned? I backed up several times to get the name, but just couldn’t. It sounded something like elvin!! Haven’t figured it out on your website yet either.

    Thanks for the awesome information!

  36. Kelly says:

    “What a FANTASTIC talk!! This lady is so energising & inspirational to listen to. I’m learning so much that will HELP ME and HEAL ME!
    it’s so great to understand how our dietary choices have such a direct IMPACT on how we feel everyday! This cutting edge research is AWSOME!!! So glad I’m tuning into this monumental summit!
    Loving it!!! THANK YOU!!

  37. Maria says:

    When I heard the part on heavy antibiotic use affecting lactase and causing gas, excess mucus, pain and bloating, I had to replay that 3 times.
    I have been on 3-4 abx at a time continuously for 3 years for lyme disease. I have all of those symptoms and more including violent stomach spasms at times. I am wondering if taking lactaid with meals would help to remedy or reset this problem. I hear a lot of info on how to help the gut but rarely the stomach. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • DM says:

      Maria, you ask a great question about the stomach. I have been looking for information on stomach issues myself but find hardly anything helpful whereas there are lots of information on the gut specifically.

      • Jacqueline says:

        I have tried allimax 100% Allicin and it kills just about everything. Manuca honey also helps as does banana which coats the sore stomach in mucous.

        • David says:

          I recall a Lancet article on the benefits of a combination of banana and milk to combat H.Pilori, the ulcer culprit.
          Re Maria’s stomach question, and given her extensive AB/Lyme history, I’d advise to have a look at SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) as a prime suspect. Chris Kresser (I joined this summit on his recommendations) has a lot of info on this.
          I have contracted Lyme as well but have refrained from any further AB after the first 12 days of doxy didn’t do the job for me. I’ve been relatively steady for about 1,5 year on a low glycemic, fruit and veggies rich diet. A minimum of 3 l of water/tea a day is a crucial part of that, as are ao the B vitamins and refraining from peak/strenuous activities.
          However, I have recently experienced strong improvements. I feel the improvements are due to me starting to eat kefir to restore my gut health. My focus is to expand on this and make sure to further reseed (I’ve had quite some AB’s and also have had parasitic problems and flagyl to combat these) with a broad spectrum of probiotics.
          I wish you well on your healing journey.

          • DM says:

            Jacqueline and David, great info. Thanks.

          • David says:

            Re SIBO- one of the analyses that Chris recommends in his talk on this summit is the SIBO breath test by Metabolic Solutions. I read somewhere that costs for this test are about 100 $. To me, SIBO as a concept is quite new, but as I am catching up I get the distinct impression that it is relatively common/important.
            Maria, given your history, I would wager that the treatment method you’re using for Lyme is counterproductive. Some Lyme patients benefit from extended AB treatment – many don’t as the Borrelia quickly becomes systemic and cannot be reached by the AB’s. 3 years is more than enough time to find out that this strategy does not work. Reseeding your system with probiotics (multi-species probiotics and/or fermented foods such as kefir, beet kvass and kimchi) seems like your top priority. As you have been undergoing such extreme treatment, I would advise to find a healer to help you, as I think your situation warrants a gradual plan getting of the AB’s and slowly introducing the probiotics, while monitoring your responses.

            All the best, David

    • Julie says:

      I have now fully recovered from Lyme. I do believe looking at diet is so important, remove all inflammatory foods, include lots of good fats and eat organic. I removed gluten, sugar, dairy and fruit except berries. Look at what foods are upsetting you do a food diary as sometimes it can be four days later you will notice an affect. I could not do any fermented products due to the d lactate effects, I can now.
      Look into probiotics, there were some which are definitely better for lyme patients.
      Also look into Pyruloria and your genetics, your treatment will be so much more effective if you can address this. Support your body on all levels.
      Remove all toxins (sometimes mould can be an issue), sleep well, continue to move even if its lying on your mat at yoga, meditate and have hope that you can get better. You can do it!

      • Bekah says:

        Check out the salt/C natural treatment protocol for Lyme. Have been doing 1.5 years and nothing but benefit and no side effects like with antibiox. Marc Fett is author and Lyme strategies is yahoo group.

    • Shasha says:

      I take HCl and Now brand- Super enzymes that have Lactase and other enyzmes. I also don’t eat dairy, but take Osteoprocare. I can’t have gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…take vitamins/good oils/minerals…LDN…detox. Antibiotics gave me stomach sores. A L complex helped heal my stomach and LDN which helps to block hidden gluten and helps the immune system. When I took the probiotics I could feel the stomach sores more. Best wishes.

    • AlisonJ says:

      If you have lactose intolerance you may be helped by drinking RAW unpasteurized milk. Raw milk contains bacteria which are living on and therefore breaking down the milk . If you ingest these bacteria you will be populating your gut with the very bacteria you need to break down the milk. It certainly helped my daughter she is no longer lactose intolerant.

  38. Patricia says:

    thank you so much, I really appreciated your passion and enthusiasm as well as all the good info!

  39. ABV says:

    Enjoyed the presentation, thanks! Don’t forget the lowest in the food chain vegetarian source of DHA-> algae!

  40. Cameli says:

    Fantastic information that I will share with my family. I know now that I need to stay rooted in the mental wellness programs.

  41. Helen Walters says:

    What great information!

  42. Sue says:

    What a powerfully packed seminar! The anti-inflammation “diet” (I am on GAPS right now) has helped my life tremendously. I lost 37lbs in 6 weeks-all of it was inflammation! (I had already been off of sugars & high carb foods when I began eating grain & gluten free). Julie gives a wealth of teaser tips here, I’m going to get her books & follow her closely. As I continue to heal my anxiety & depression I want people like her in my arsenal. Thanks for this Summit- its been a confidence booster this week that I’ve needed. I Know that I CAN heal my mental illness, & I’ve gained a whole new community of excellent practioners to work with me.

    • DM says:

      Wow, Sue, that’s fantastic about your success on the GAPS diet. Congratulations and continued best of everything to you on your journey. I’m going to check out that diet.


  43. robb says:

    Dr Udo Erasmus proved that you must have a 2:1 ratio with Omega’s to assimilate the anti-inflammatory Omega 3. Flax seed oil may be full of omega 3, but you don’t get any because the ratio is wrong (3:1 ratio)
    Camelina oil and Hemp oil are the only plant sources of omega 3:6 that are a 2:1 ratio. CamelinaGold oil gives you 101% of your RDA of vitamin E. (Gamma E tocopherol) Research this oil for yourself: camelinagold d o t c o m. This oil also mimics the myelin sheath on the brain. It passes the blood/brain barrier. The reason it is able to mimic the myelin sheath is because of it’s 4:! ratio of oleic acid:erucic acid. This halts the demylenation of the brain.

  44. Taylor Young says:

    Whenever I hear a Nutritionist speak about animal foods and their nutritional value, and “making bone broth” pulling out the nutrition within the marrow of a cow’s bones, I think about what if another species came to our planet and found our bones to be highly valuable and coveted for their nutritious properties? We would become livestock for the health and”thriving” of another species. When will we evolve to the point of understanding that this is NOT okay just because it is good for US?

    • DM says:

      Taylor Young, I hear you. I’m in an “ethical dilemma” after being being vegetarian for many years and then Vegan for awhile. I have several friends who have done so well as both. I envy them so much.

      Unfortunately, I have not done well as either and had to introduce some animal into my diet. I was at the point of preferring to die rather than eat another living being, but my family stepped in. It’s to the point where I have panic eating and asking the animal for forgiveness. I know this may sound silly to some. Maybe if I didn’t have people who depended on me, I would remain a Vegan. Again, I hear you.

      All the best!

      • eileen says:

        i have been vegan for 25 years…and intend to continue to be until i die. i appreciate your comments about someone coming to our planet and harvesting parts of OUR bodies to benefit.
        there ARE ways to eat healthy WITHOUT putting animal products into our diets!!

    • Frasier Linde says:

      I understand your plight, but here are a few things to consider:
      1. Just as we choose bones and meat from large, easily domesticated animals (not from the most intelligent animals), any alien species would likely compete for our livestock rather than try to domesticate us.
      2. Is it not “okay” that carnivorous and omnivorous animals around the world prey on other animals because it is good for their health and “thriving”? Or do you hold humans to a higher standard?
      3. All life is valuable, and yet all life eventually ends and feeds other species. Where do you draw the line of what’s “okay?” If we’re not “better than” other animals, what makes animals “better than” plants or fungi?

  45. Nicole says:

    What if someone has a food sensitivity to fish and fish oil? Can they still get benefit from it if they can only use it in there rotation diet? And should on the day they take it use 3-5,000 mg in divided doses?

    • Dr. Marianne Wohl says:

      Nicole, I would say NO! If you have a real food sensitivity to fish oil, consuming it in any quantity, even just a little bit, will just stir up your immune system and make your condition worse. It may cause or worsen leaky gut. Make sure to work with an integrative doctor to find other solutions. They are out there! Best in health!

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