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 […]

Best Gluten-Free Holiday Meal

An Easy-to-Make Delicious Holiday Meal Your Family Will Love   This is the season for holiday meals, and the nostalgia and family time spent together at the dinner table. Here at Nourishing Hope, we have readers from 90 countries, who all celebrate the season differently.  So whether you are looking for Holiday recipes, or just […]

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 […]

Methylation Nutrients from Food – And a Bonus Recipe!

By Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges MS CNS If MTHFR is on your radar, this article is for you. Methylation capability, often assessed by MTHFR genotype, is a crucial piece of the puzzle for many with autism. But reaching for that bottle of supplemental methyl-folate (5mTHF) or methyl-B12 (methylcobalamin) shouldn’t be the only consideration. FOOD is a […]

Kid-Tested Lunch Box Ideas for Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Special Diets

Being the mother of an elementary school child, I have been experimenting for a couple years on what’s best to put in my daughter’s lunch box that his healthy and delicious. One of the challenges of school lunch is that we parents are not there to supervise and make sure/encourage they eat all of their […]

Top Lunchbox Picks for Back to School from a Nutritionist and Mom

I have to admit that as a nutritionist and a mom, I’m a bit obsessed with lunchboxes and finding the perfect non-toxic lunch containers for my daughter (and myself).  I own and have tried many.  While all of my choices at home are BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free, I’m still not thrilled with plastic options.  I’m […]

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