Discover why food affects children’s health, learning, and behavior and how to use personalized nutrition to help your child!
1 in 6 children have ADHD and 1 in 44 children have autism
Diet and Nutrition Can Help
Because the body and brain are connected, you can improve or eliminate symptoms of autism and ADHD by giving special attention to the food and nutrition children receive.
Nourishing Hope is about using scientific research, clinical knowledge, and practical insight to help personalize and apply the best nutrition plan for each child.
Improving nutrition can be beneficial regardless of age or diagnosis. Addressing nutrition and food choices can support your early intervention strategies, helping you make the most out of learning and behavioral therapies. And also improve brain development, language, anxiety, mood, attention, hyperactivity, sensory issues, sleep, digestive symptoms, and even picky eating.
Learn more about how personalized nutrition and therapeutic diets can help you. We have kid-friendly recipes, science-backed articles, and step-by-step programs to guide you.
Explore Nutrition by Health Interest
Hi, I’m Julie Matthews.
Certified Nutrition Consultant,
Educator, Author, & Published Researcher
I teach parents and practitioners that children with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and other needs can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for your children.
Then I educate and empower you to make strategic personalized nutrition and dietary changes that positively affect children’s bodies, which in turn helps their focus, mood, and behavior. With my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created books, programs, and a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism – and all children – live happy, healthy lives.
Special Diets and Recipes
Kid-Friendly Kitchen Inspiration
Coconut Pancakes (Grain-Free Recipe)
Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini (Zucchin-izza)
Green Smoothies…. YES, you can! (RECIPE)
The Science Behind Nutrition Intervention for Children
Results of our Published Autism Nutrition Study
Diet and nutrition intervention:
- Increased IQ by 6.7 points
- Improved developmental age by 4.5x
- Decreased digestive symptoms
- Reduced anxiety, depression, and aggression
- Improved cognitive thinking, attention/focus and sociability
James Adams, Ph.D. – Arizona State University
Julie Matthews – Nourishing Hope
BioIndividual Nutrition & Therapeutic Diets for Children
Take the Frustration Out of Picky Eating
Therapeutic Diets for Gut Healing
Your child is unique and so are their nutritional needs
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“The GFCFSF diet has been the most life-changing. Within a few days, his tics were reduced significantly. The supplements have helped with focus, mood, not being too picky in eating, and regular BM.
The Nourishing Hope Program is working for my son. With diet and lifestyle change, it has helped improve his quality of life. When I tell close friends and family that he has Tourette’s, they are all shocked because they don’t see him ticcing! This has been life-changing! Thank you Julie Matthews!”
“Ever since we’ve followed Julie’s program, my son’s quality of life has just kept improving. In fact, since the summer last year, he has flown 5 times with the Civil Air Patrol. He has even sat on the left seat!!! He’s 14 and he’s working on his Private Pilot License.
He himself loves being on the Paleo diet, and he appreciates the changes I’ve made around the house and in our lifestyle. “
– Catherine S.
Kid-Friendly Free Resources
“Julie Matthews does a masterful job at breaking down the complexities of therapeutic diets. Her knowledge of nutrition for children with autism is truly unique. She is a great asset to my patients, and the autism community at large.”
“Julie is a gifted nutritionist. She elucidates the biochemical imbalances involved in ASD with a clear understanding of how to use nutrition to correct these imbalances. I encourage parents and practitioners alike to read Nourishing Hope.”
“As an overwhelmed autism mom staring at a long list of food allergies and underlying medical issues for my son, Julie Matthews was an invaluable resource to me and my family. My son is now 17 and recovered from autism.”