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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can Aggression be Related to Food?

Aggression is a difficult and sometimes devastating symptom that occurs in children for varied reasons—some known and some unknown — both nature and nurture. It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Causes and triggers of aggression are difficult for any child to understand and […]

Medical Journal Underscores Importance of Nutrition for Children with Autism

Fries and crackers.  Sausage and juice.  Cookies, pretzels, and chicken nuggets. No, these are not part of a child’s diet – in some cases this is all that a child with autism eats.  As a nutritionist working with autism for over ten years, I’ve met plenty of children whose diet consisted of so few foods. […]

Halloween – When You Don’t Eat Candy

This is the first year that our daughter really understands Trick or Treating. When she was just two, Trick or Treating was simple — she enjoyed collecting the pretty colored things (candy) from our neighbors, but didn’t really realize the candy was for eating, i.e. “food.”  Halloween was about getting dressed up, going out in […]

Study on Gluten Sensitivity in Autism Sheds Further Light on the Gluten-Free Diet

By Julie Matthews As a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism, I’ve spent the past twelve years researching and explaining the underlying scientific rationale for dietary intervention for affected children. The Research I’m surprised to still hear people say, “there is no research to support diet for autism.”  Of course there is, if anyone would […]

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