Go Organic

Having your child eat gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free (GFCFSF) is the first step in changing and improving your child’s diet. Going organic is another important steps toward better eating, improved digestion, and good health. Colors and Additives can wreak havoc on people with ASD and most benefit from their removal. Joining a local organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) […]

Costs

Any diet is more expensive if you buy pre-made, so the more you do yourself, the more you save! Buy whole foods and cook them yourself to save money. For example, plain dry rice is a fraction of pre-seasoned boxed rice. Buy in bulk, directly from growers for even more savings. Join a Community Supported […]

Cooking and Storage

We live in a very toxic world today. Poisons and dangers abound and keeping yourself and your children healthy can be tricky. Living “green” can greatly impact your child’s health and it’s not so hard to do once you know what to look out for. Avoid aluminum in food packaging like juice, milk sub or […]

Remove Other Toxins

We live in a very toxic world today. Poisons and dangers abound and keeping yourself and your children healthy can be tricky. Living “green” can greatly impact your child’s health and it’s not so hard to do once you know what to look out for. Get your water tested. You can get water treatment companies […]

Phenols and Salicylates

Phenols, salicylates, food dyes, and additives are problems that can be addressed after the GFCFSF diet has been started. Generally, it is recommended for parents to address foods high in phenols, salicylates, and additives about 2-6 months after starting the Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-Free (GFCFSF) or other similar diet. Phenols are unique properties that can found […]

Food Labels

The very best thing for parents to do when beginning dietary intervention is to learn how to read ingredient labels. Manufacturers change their ingredients from time to time without notice, so it’s best to learn to read labels yourself, that way you never need to guess or research if a product is safe for your […]

Carb Junkie

Carbohydrates are found primarily in sugar, fruits, juice, candy and grains. They both exist in either a natural or refined form. Most carbohydrates break down into glucose (a specific type of sugar). There are two types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Both of these feed yeast. A diet too high in carbohydrates can […]

Yeast

The healthy gut contains both yeast and good bacteria, in balance with each other. In many individuals with ASD, however, one or the other can be out of balance. Bacteria can overgrow, or there can be a complete lack of bacteria. Also, bad bacteria can develop and take over, rather than good bacteria, causing major […]

Supplements: Calcium

To grow healthy bones and teeth, the body requires calcium. Not necessarily from dairy products, but calcium in some form. Fortunately, there are many ways to get calcium into the body. There are calcium-containing foods like leafy green leafy vegetables but you have to consume a lot of them so most doctors prescribe calcium supplements. […]

Allergies

Understanding food allergies and sensitivities can be a confusing process for parents. The hard work of managing and avoiding problem foods can yield great rewards. Exposure to allergens, even in the smallest quantities, can wreak havoc with your child. Both food allergies and intolerances can hinder health. IgE and IgG food allergy tests will help […]

Specific Carbohydrate Diet – Casein Free (SCD-CF)

This diet was designed for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) but can be helpful for individuals with autism. This diet still contains casein so when we use Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for individuals with autism, we need to make it SCD-CF (Casein-Free). The diet is free of gluten, soy, most carbohydrates, colors and artificial additives. This […]

Body Ecology Diet

The Body Ecology Diet (BED) is Gluten-Free, Casein-Free* and sugar-free, but allows raw butter, so casein-allergic people must still remove it. This diet focuses on alkalizing the body and is heavy in fermented foods and coconut kefir. Allows some grains.

Low Oxalate Diet

The Low Oxalate Diet reduces oxalates for better kidney health, as well as mitochondria and glutathione function. Not gluten or dairy free so this would be used in conjunction with another diet such as GFCFSF.

GFCFSF Basics

The Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-Free (GFCFSF) diet, known as the “Autism Diet” has been around for many years and has helped many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve their lives, health, and functioning. Starting the diet can be daunting, but we have a lot of helpful information. Start with removing all of the gluten, casein […]

Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-Free not enough?

There are many diets parents say work for their children to improve health, behavior, attention, sleep and reduce autism symptoms. They all have something in common – clean, unprocessed foods. We’ve all heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out” this is especially important with children with autism. Bad food in, means bad behavior out. Feeding […]

Remove basic toxins

Having your child eat gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free (GFCFSF) is the first step in changing and improving your child’s diet. Going organic is another important steps toward better eating, improved digestion, and good health and it’s the easiest way to avoid toxins. The most common, and easy to avoid (because they have to be listed on food labels!), […]