Vanessa Fitzgerald is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Health Coach. After a multi-year struggle with Adderall addiction, Vanessa shares her story with the tactics she used to break the addiction and enhance her focus naturally.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • The difference between ADD and ADHD.

  • How treating ADHD in childhood can potentially be a recipe for missed career opportunities later in life.

  • How Adderall dominated Vanessa's life for 13 years, what she did to quit this addiction, and how she maintains her independence from it today.

  • The diet Vanessa recommends for an Adderall-free lifestyle (and how it relates to what I recommend in Genius Foods).

  • Tips for parenting a child diagnosed with ADHD and making good food fun.

  • Ways to improve your own executive functions—including focus and attention—naturally.

  • Why Adderall and similar compounds can be so counterproductive for nurturing healthy relationships.

  • And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Vees Honey

Vanessa at Instagram

Vanessa at LinkedIn

Vanessa's Adderall Detox YouTube Series

Adderall, RxList

A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall by Dr. Carl L. Hart, Vice

What Are The Long-Term Effects of Heavy Adderall Use? by Amanda Lautieri, American Addiction Centers

What's the Difference Between ADHD and ADD? by Tricia Kinman, Healthline

Attached: Create Your Perfect Relationship with the Help of the Three Attachment Styles by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

The Whole30 Program

What Are Ketones? Perfect Keto

3-Step Oligoantigenic Diet, The Dr. Oz Show

Fixing Anxiety and Depression With Food with Drew Ramsey, The Genius Life 26

What Happens If I Use Viagra Recreationally? by Grant Stoddard, Tonic

In Europe, Dyed Foods Get Warning Label, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Why Liver Is a Nutrient-Dense Superfood by Alexandra Rowles, RD, Healthline

Astaxanthin: The Nutrient That Makes Your Skin and Brain Younger with William Sears, The Genius Life 16

Rev up Your Workout with Interval Training, The Mayo Clinic

What is Rhodiola? National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

How to Use Mushrooms for Better Health with Tero Isokauppila, The Genius Life 12

Understanding L-theanine: Sleep Better at Night, Feel Relaxed and Alert During the Day by Michael J. Breus, The Sleep Doctor

Lemon Balm Tea: What Are Its Health Benefits and Uses? by Dr. Mercola

Vitamin B12, RxList

Vitamin D, RxList

Gaba (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), RxList

What You Should Know Before Taking Liver Supplements by Stephanie Watson, Healthline

Four Sigmatic (use promo code MAX for 15 percent off!)

10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea by Kris Gunnars, BSc, Healthline

Ultimate Guide to Omega-3 Benefits, Sources, and Supplements by Dr. Mercola

Take it From Someone Who Hates Productivity Hacks—The Pomodoro Technique Actually Works by Kat Boogaard, The Muse

Why Music Affects Your Productivity by Mayo Oshin, Quartz at Work


Insight Timer

Modafinil (aka Provigil), RxList

Methylphenidate (aka Concerta), RxList

Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate (aka Vyvanse), RxList

Armodafinil (aka Nuvigil), RxList

Benzodiazepines, RxList

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), RxList

Zolpidem Tartrate (aka Ambien), RxList

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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