Nourishing Hope Nutrition and Therapeutic Diets for Autism, ADHD, and children’s health

PROVEN. EFFECTIVE. HEALING.

Through science-based diet and nutrition strategies, you can improve the health, learning, and behavior of children with Autism & ADHD.

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews.

Certified Nutrition Consultant,

Educator, Author, & Published Researcher

I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their cognition and autism-related symptomatic 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 a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives.

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The Results of Our Study

March 2018 our study, “Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder—A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial” was published in the scientific journal, Nutrients. It was led by Dr. James Adams and I was thrilled to be a co-author on the study.  We found that a healthy gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free diet along with nutrients such as a multivitamin/mineral formula and essential fatty acids:

 

  • 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

What Parents & Children are Experiencing

“I was at a conference listening to nutritionist Julie Matthews. She was showing a slide of various behaviors, pretty accurately describing my son. At that time, my son had started showing some aggressive behaviors, mostly directed towards me (biting, causing bruises), and I was getting phone calls from school about him lashing out. The follow up slide was which foods to eliminate in order to stop the behaviors. It was all of my son’s favorites. I immediately texted my husband and told him, when I got home, we were doing a diet overhaul. We took out all of the problem foods, and his behaviors stopped! The change was so dramatic that his doctor, who had wanted to start medication, decided it was unnecessary. Do not discount diet!”

-Jennifer S.

“I’m writing today with elation and still some disbelief to say thank you for all of the insights and learning you have shared over the years. They sure work!!! What a miracle! My 17 year old son has just received feedback from the diagnostician who gave him his diagnosis of PDD-NOS way back when my son was 3. This doctor is a very capable, very conservative allopathic practitioner – one of the more noted practitioners in the Boston area. While he doesn’t believe in autism healing per se, he happily and confidently said that my son is ‘in remission.’ ‘The diagnosis just doesn’t apply to him anymore!’ he continued. Lots of bone broth, epsom salt baths, GFCF eating, lots of exercise, and lots and lots of stress reduction. It ALL works. Thank you for showing me and the rest of the autism community the way forward.”

– Sarah, Mom of a 17 year old boy who no longer has autism.

Free Resources

How We Can Help

Parents

Free Resources (articles + recipes)

Books + Online Programs

Self-care for Moms

Practitioners

Resources + Guides

BioIndividual Nutrition Training

Pediatric Intensive Training

Featured Articles

Take Out the Frustration Out of Picky Eating

Therapeutic Diets for Gut Healing

Self-Care for Parents

Recipes

Gelatin Hearts (RECIPE)

GFCF/ Soy-free/ SCD/GAPS/Low oxalate Gelatin Hearts are finger gelatin that you can pick up and eat with your fingers.  It is two layers of gelatin with a strawberry heart in the middle. Read instructions and get ingredients for everything ready.  Start with the White...

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Confetti Brussels Sprouts (Recipe)

CONFETTI BRUSSELS SPROUTS (GFCF/SCD/LOD/BED)In this particular dished photographed, I also added in Lacinato Kale the last few minutes of cooking, and chopped the Brussels Sprouts in chunks rather than shredded. From Cooking to Heal: Cookbook with DVD by Julie...

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Squash Meatballs (Recipe)

SQUASH MEATBALLS (GFCF/SCD/LOD) From Cooking To Heal (Cookbook with DVD) by Julie Matthews To make SCD, use nut flour in place of GF breadcrumbs.  For LOD and nut-free, use coconut flour 2 lbs ground raw meat (beef, turkey, chicken, buffalo), pastured when possible 1...

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Testimonials

“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 13 and recovered from autism.”

Terri Hirning, DNM

Doctor of Natural Medicine / Mother

“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.”

Elisa Song, M.D.

Pediatrician

“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.”

Dr. Kurt Woeller, DO

Integrative Medicine Physician