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My name is Vivian and I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband and two teenage daughters. 

I have started this blog in order to share the knowledge I have acquired the hard way over many years and the new wisdom I gain each day about ADHD, gut health, the connection between the two and about healthy living generally. 

I have first-hand experience of ADHD/ADD and many of its associated learning difficulties, all manner of gut problems, including coeliac disease, SIBO and leaky gut, multiple food intolerances, adrenal and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as anxiety and depression.

The hardest part of our journey has been searching for a diagnosis for these problems and frequently hitting a brick wall.  It’s not in my nature to give up or to accept that a problem can’t be solved.  So, over the years, to solve our problems I sought help from every type of practitioner available from psychologists and kinesiologists to gastroenterologists, naturopaths and everything in between! 

Through extensive research I have found an enormous amount of information linking the health of our gut and the health of our brain.  There is a huge amount of evidence pointing towards the role nutrition and gut health play with ADHD/ADD, mental health, auto-immune diseases, chronic fatigue and much more.  I believe people need to be made aware of this information.  I wish I had known what I know now in the beginning – hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I spend my time looking after my family, researching gut health, nutrition and ADHD-related matters, writing this blog and running an ADHD support group, which I co-founded with a friend.  The Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group is a voluntary, not-for-profit, group set up to support the parents or carers of children or teenagers with ADHD in my local area.  The group meets six weekly and usually provides a speaker experienced in various ADHD-related areas. 

I am always open to new ideas and like to question the status quo.   I welcome your comments and feedback so that I can learn from you, while you learn from me.

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All advice provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be, or serve as a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified professionals with any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychological condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you accessed through this website, blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter or from any communication with A Gutful of ADHD.

 

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Vivian!
    It is so valuable to spread the information and knowledge in this area!!
    When I start my nutrition clinic next year, this area will be a key focus. As you know I run cooking workshops focussed on traditional gut healing foods like bone broths, lacto fermentation, grain free snacks, etc. If there is interest in these amongst your circle I would be happy to bring a workshop to northern beaches.
    Look forward to meeting you at MINDD forum!
    Kind regards,
    Maria

    • Hi Maria
      Thanks for your message. I will certainly gauge interest and will certainly consider organising a workshop with you. Look forward to meeting you at MINDD this weekend! Vivian

  2. Well done Vivian on venturing forth as an ambassador for adhd/add healing. When I picked up the leaflet at the meeting you arranged with Dr Leila Masson I was hoping it might be you I found on the advertised website. There comes a time when we have to “bite the bullet” move out of our comfort zone, and spread the good news because there is so much available with which to help spectrum peoples whatever their age. I’m delighted your meetings are going so well, and that parents are choosing to listen to those of us who have found the most beneficial help outside of orthodox medical clinics. The numbers of children who will be helped to overcome their original diagnosis and move on towards a neurotypical lifestyle will now grow exponentially because of your foresight. Thanks for stepping out in faith for a future free of adhd etc. Jan Brenton

    • Hi Jan
      I’ve only just checked the comments on this website as I had been too busy to before but now I hope to start doing more with it in the near future – so thanks for your kind words of encouragement and watch this space!
      Best regards Vivian

  3. hi Vivian,
    seems we have very similar conditions.Please let me know were we meet ect. for the group.
    thanks Therese

    • I am so sorry for the reply taking such a long time!! I have not had time to look at this site for a while 🙁 The meetings for Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group are monthly in Mona Vale – you can have a look at my site for that which is http://www.northernbeachesadhdsupportgroup.com.au to register to attend – if you haven’t been already or still want to! Best regards Vivian

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