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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 […]

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 […]

Sugar-Free Ketogenic Chocolate Mousse (RECIPE)

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Sugar-Free Contains Dairy. You can make this dairy-free by using coconut cream. This recipe is perfect when you cannot have any sugar in your diet. You can skip the sweetener all together or add just a touch of stevia for a hint of sweetest. I prefer xylitol because it does not have a bitter aftertaste. However, […]

Nutritional Supplement Could Reduce Autism Risk

Researchers at Texas University have published a groundbreaking study demonstrating the positive impact of carnitine supplementation on a gene mutation common in ASD.[i] The results specifically advocate taking the amino acid supplement during pregnancy to protect the delicate embryonic neural structures. The research adds to the growing body of evidence that ASD risk and symptoms […]

Grain-Free Thumbprint Cookies

GFCF, Grain-free, SCD/GAPS, Paleo, nut-free (with modification, see instructions) To make this recipe nut-free use a seed flour in place of the almond flour. Ingredients 1 ½ cups almond flour (or any combination of nut flours)* ½ cup coconut flour 1/3 cup coconut or unrefined cane sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 […]

Introducing The Methylation Diet

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges’ new book the “Methylation Diet and Lifestyle.” Methylation is a topic we cover extensively in our Advanced Practitioner training program at the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. I’ve admired Kara Fitzgerald’s work for over 8 years. She’s brilliant at understanding the biochemistry of the body […]

Addressing Anxiety in Autism

If you have an autistic child, chances are you’ve noticed your child often displays physical and behavioral signs of anxiety such as restlessness, recurring headaches, withdrawing from family or refusing to go to school. Unfortunately, anxiety is a common occurrence in autism – according to a research paper published in Neuropsychiatry, “up to 80% of […]

Food & Mood: 9 Steps to Calm the Anxious Mind by Trudy Scott

The following is an article written by my friend and colleague, Certified Nutritionist, Trudy Scott. Trudy was our guest speaker on the very important topic of Anxiety for our Nourishing Hope Support Club. Anxiety is quite common in children with autism (and well as their mothers and the general population), and understanding the underlying biochemical and nutritional factors […]

Autism and Aggression

Aggression is a difficult, and sometimes devastating symptom that can occur in children for a variety of reasons—some known and some unknown.  Some of these are nature and others are nurture. It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Potential causes of aggression: It […]

Salicylates and Summertime!

If you were hoping that summertime – a time with no school, fresh air, sunshine, and exercise – would help your child feel better and improve their behavior…. but it hasn’t, then salicylates might be your challenge. What are salicylates? Salicylates are naturally-occurring food chemicals in fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods like herbs, spices, […]

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