Toxins in Foods & the Environment

Things That Should Be Avoided For ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Kids Excitotoxins Strong scientific evidence suggests these substances could cause brain damage in children, adolescents and adults; with strong emphasis on children and elderly individuals. They may affect the development of a child’s nervous system; resulting in learning disabilities and emotional difficulties later in life. […]

Seasonal Recipes for Summer Produce

When food is “in season” it’s fresh, in abundant supply, cheap and it tastes the best it’s going to taste all year, so gobble it up! We also offer freezing, canning and dehydrating options for long-term storage. Dehydrating is useful since most commercially available dried fruits contain sulfites. TIP! There is a great site at PickYourOwn.org that […]

Must Schools Provide Casein and Gluten-free Foods If Parents Request It?

By Donna Rosinski A few weeks ago, a mom left a message on my answering machine asking me this question: “Must schools provide gluten- and casein-free foods if parents request them?” She had attended our conference on alternative biomedical treatments last fall, and had decided to try the gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet with her […]

GFCFSF School Supplies

Pre-K, Elementary School List A child on the gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet can be 100% on the diet and fail to make the grade if their school supplies have forbidden ingredients. Parents need to be diligent and work with school staff to absolutely make sure every aspect of their children’s school environments are completely GFCF, right […]

Research on Dietary Interventions in ASD

Below are some abstracts of research done on the link between dietary issues and autism. Williams, B. L., Hornig, M., Buie, T., Bauman, M. L., Cho Paik, M., Wick, I., Bennett, A., et al. (2011). Impaired Carbohydrate Digestion and Transport and Mucosal Dysbiosis in the Intestines of Children with Autism and Gastrointestinal Disturbances. (S. Jacobson, […]

Picky Kids, Eating and Autism

By Lisa Ackerman September, 2003 Getting healthy nutrition into the bellies of babes is often the source of many discussions, angst, and battles for many parents. Ask the parent of a child with autism or other special needs child about nutrition and their child, and you will often hear a response with groans of desperation […]

Rotation Diet and Hints!

My family started the GFCF diet for a few months and then started a rotation diet to prevent food allergies/intolerances and to identify foods that were a problem for our son. These allergies are outlined further in the Karyn Seroussi’s book, Unraveling the Mystery of Autism. It is also important to note that some autism […]

Protein Sources

Protein is one of the hardest foods to get the right amounts into a special needs child. Here are some suggestions for protein sources for your child’s individual dietary needs. Protein Serving Size Total Grams Of Protein Almond Butter 1 tbsp. 4g Beans, refried 1 cup 16g Beef round roast 3 oz. 25g Black beans […]

Phenols, Salicylates & Additives

Phenols, salicylates, food dyes, and additives are problems that can be addressed after the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GFCF) 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 GFCF or other similar diet. Phenols are unique properties that can found in high […]

Going Organic! (Not Just GFCF)

Having your child eat Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) is the first step in the process. Considering and then, going organic are other important steps in this process for better eating, health and digestion. Organic foods, which have not been sprayed with chemicals or preservatives, (and are not genetically modified, raised humanely and fed organically, etc.) […]

GFCF Diet on a Budget: Meal Plans

The following recipes make limited use of specialty gluten-, casein- and soy-free items like expensive flours and other substitute ingredients. Most everything can be purchased at your local grocery store and these recipes are meant so that everyone in the house can eat it rather than needing to cook two meals.   Breakfast Bacon Potatoes […]

Just Because Something is GFCF…

(or Specific Carbohydrate (SCD), etc.) Doesn’t Mean You Should Eat It By Lisa Ackerman As a parent coming up on our nine-year anniversary since starting the GFCF (gluten-free and casein-free) diet, along with low carbohydrates/sugar, allergy elimination, and the rotation of food families, I often find myself cringing at what folks actually feed their kids […]

GFCFSF Ingredients and Substitutions

The following will help you navigate the many possible substitutions when converting to GFCFSF. Flour Substitutes Milk Substitutes Oils, Margarines and Butter Egg Substitutes Sugars and Sweeteners Corn-Free Vanilla and Vinegars “Soy” and Worcestershire Sauce Beef-Free Gelatin   GFCFSF Flours There are many possible combinations of flours you can mix to use in recipes. Please […]

Diet Infringement or Infraction Help

Starting the gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free (GFCFSF) diet is one thing, enforcing it is another. If your child becomes exposed to ONE bite of non-diet bread, ONE gold fish cracker, ONE small piece of cheese, or plays with Play Doh, there may be issues that will affect your child. This exposure to off-limits foods is called a diet […]

GFCF Infant Formula

Always consult with your pediatrician or pediatric dietitian to ensure your baby is receiving adequate nutrition in their formula. Want to take the whole household GFCF but have an infant? Here are formulas that are GFCF: Metagenic’s UltraCare for Kids Website says it’s “soy-protein free” but not “soy-free”. Does not list soy in ingredients but […]

What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are found in sugar, fruits, vegetables, dairy 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 upset the […]