Improve your child’s
health, learning, and behavior
through science-based
diet and nutrition strategies

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

Nourishing Hope for Healing Kids

Online nutrition program for parents
Boost your child’s nutrition and improve their learning and behavior.
Is your child a picky eater?
Are you concerned about your child’s learning or behavior?
Help your child with with autism, ADHD, anxiety, down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental delays.

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


Free Resources (articles + recipes)

Books + Online Programs

Self-care for Moms


Resources + Guides

BioIndividual Nutrition Training

Pediatric Intensive Training

Featured Articles

Forbes slams autism diet: My rebuttal

Take the Frustration Out of Picky Eating

Therapeutic Diets for Gut Healing


Summer Grilling: Kid-Friendly Vegetables on the BBQ

Summer Grilling: Kid-Friendly Vegetables on the BBQ

Most dads love a good barbeque. If you’re a dad planning a barbeque, or a mom creating a fun day for the dad in your family’s life, I’ve got some ideas for you! When you think of BBQ, I’m sure most of you are thinking of meat. But vegetables can be delicious on the...

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Gelatin Hearts (RECIPE)

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 (Recipe)

(GFCF/SCD/LOD/BED) From Cooking to Heal: Cookbook with DVD by Julie Matthews To make Low Oxalate Diet, avoid pecans. Eliminate the nuts to make nut-free, low salicylate, amine and glutamate, and autoimmune paleo compliant. Also use a compliant oil for low salicylate,...

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“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.


“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


“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