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Sharing my heart… on my birthday

Today’s my birthday! As I reflect on my 48 years on this planet, I want to share what’s in my heart. I’m so grateful for all of my autism parents. My life is so significantly enriched with you in it. You are brave. You are real. You are aware and open-minded. You are loving. You […]

Traveling on a Special Diet

Now that summer has arrived, I’d like to share some tips for traveling on a special diet. Traveling with children can be challenging enough.  If you or your child is on a special diet, the idea of taking a trip can make any mother think twice and consider just staying home. You cannot simply rely […]

Autism Nutrition Study Announcement!

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Did you hear the exciting news? A huge dream of mine has come true! After 16 years espousing the science and clinical efficacy of diet and nutrition for autism, I have become a published researcher! I was part of a study that was just published last weekend, led by Dr. Jim […]

Holiday Meltdowns – Could it be your Christmas Tree?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Christmas or Christmas trees.  But the pine tree, might be a problem. Before you run out and buy a fresh, new Christmas tree or holiday wreath, you’ll want to read my client’s experience at Christmas last year, when her son severely regressed. During this lovely holiday […]

Nourishing Hope Success Story: Getting Your Hopes Up with Tara

[This is part of our series: Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition – stories directly from mothers and fathers, on their experience using food and nutrition to help heal their child with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays.] Tara’s daughter’s success story of hope and healing demonstrates the power of a multi-faceted […]

Essential Oils Lower Cortisol and Help Reduce Stress

Wondering how I became so interested in essential oils? While I’ve used them on and off for decades as antimicrobials and for relaxation, it was only recently that I took them more seriously for their therapeutic effects. In fact, it turns out to be a combination of personal and professional reasons that encouraged me to […]

50 Gluten/Dairy/Grain-Free/Paleo Lunch Box Ideas: How to Pack Lunch on a Special Diet

Download our handout on GFCF and Grain-Free Lunches There are a lot of children on special diets. In our Nourishing Hope community the following diets are very helpful for kids with ADHD, Autism, and Neurodevelopmental Delays… GFCF Diet Paleo Diet Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) GAPS diet But for parents new to special diets, some of the […]

Nourishing Hope Success Story: Getting Your Hopes Up with Shamus

[This is part of our series: Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition. Each month we will be posting stories directly from mothers and fathers, on their experience using food and nutrition to help heal their child with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays.] Shamus was diagnosed with moderate to severe […]

One specific species of bacteria may help reverse autism-like symptoms in mice

A new study links autism-like social behaviors in mice to the absence of a single species of bacteria [1]. What’s even more interesting is that the study authors were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits by restoring those bacteria in the guts of the affected mice.  What’s the link between the gut […]

Methyl B12: A potential new supplement to reduce autism symptoms

An exciting new study indicates that supplementation with methyl B12 (the coenzyme or active form of vitamin B12 which is also known as methylcobalamin) could lead to an overall amelioration of autism symptoms by improving DNA methylation [1]. You see, not all genes are active at all times: it is the role of DNA methylation, an […]

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