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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, […]

Avoid Common Diet Pitfalls for Autism & ADHD

Webinar, Tuesday July 31st Are you doing the GFCF or SCD/GAPS diet and not seeing the results you expected? While following a special diet, there are many factors that might trip you up.  Once you see what they are, you can navigate past them. Avoid Mistakes and be More Effective.  On this webinar: Realize how […]

Oxalates and the Low Oxalate Diet: Interview with Karla Wiersma and Julie Matthews

Oxalates are sharp crystals that are very inflammatory. Oxalates bind to minerals in the diet like calcium and can create mineral deficiencies. They can perpetuate a yeast overgrowth, even if you are on a low sugar and starch-free diet like the GAPS diet. They can cause chronic pain and inflammation including in the gut. Oxalates […]

Disney World with Food Allergies: Mother’s Experience

Guest Post by Lisa Meili Note from Julie Matthews: After writing an article for the Autism File Magazine on traveling with food allergies (out in the June/July issue), I spotted this incredible post from a mother on a GFCF board.  After reading a lot out there on traveling with special dietary needs for my article, […]

Nourishing Hope Success Story: Getting Your Hopes Up with The Galligani Family

This is the first post in my new ongoing series: Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition. Each month I’ll 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. Jessica Galligani and the […]

Camel Milk: Healing or Hype?

Drink camel’s milk?  Really?  And, for those who cannot drink the milk from a goat or cow, is it possible camel’s might be for you? As a nutritionist for children with autism for 10 years, my research and clinical experience indicate that most children with autism cannot adequately tolerate dairy. Particularly, their bodies have challenges […]

Getting a Chest Freezer to Make Your Kitchen Life Easier

With all of that extra frozen storage space with a chest freezer, you can be sure to have all the ingredients you’ll need on hand for any special dietary need. You can buy meat, nuts, flours and other foods in bulk to save money and store them in your freezer until use.  To save time, […]

Fifteen Ways to Save Money: Special Diets on a Budget

  GFCF Diet on a Budget For gluten-free, casein-free and grain-free diets, prepared foods and even ingredients can be expensive.  Nutrient dense foods like grass-fed meat and eggs raised on pasture are also more costly.  How do you eat these important foods while remaining on a budget?  It’s not as hard as you think! This […]

The Science and Healing of Traditional Diets for Autism

While much has been written about the most popular and effective autism diets, GFCF and SCD/GAPS, there’s been little investigation of the tenets of Traditional diets. Throughout history and driven by survival and evolution, the varied human cultures of the world inherently learned which foods and ways of being supported their health. And, there are […]

Limit Sugar for Good Health

Most nutritionists recommend avoiding sugar in the diet—and applying this basic notion to autism makes sense.  Not only is excessive sugar a problem in conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Sugar affects many of the system frequently weak in autism, therefore negatively affecting symptoms and biochemistry for people with autism. Sugar depresses the […]

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