The Gut Brain Axis in Autism [A Study Review]

The gut-brain axis is a well established connection suggesting that the intestinal microbiota (the good bacteria in our gut) signal to the brain in a myriad of ways. This delicate balance of gut microbes can influence emotional development, modulation of stress and pain, mental health, and neurotransmitter systems in the brain.  Research encourages that improvements […]

Zucchini Pickles [Recipe]

If you have planted a garden, by the time summer is in full swing, zucchini and summer squash are often so abundant that you just don’t know what to do with them all.  This summer, thanks to the generosity of a neighbor, I received a ton of squash and decided to try something new, zucchini […]

Fecal Transplant for Autism: What We Know (& What We Don’t)

When it comes to emerging treatments to address symptoms of autism, few things have garnered the attention (or Google searches) as the fecal transplant. This treatment gained the spotlight in early 2019 after researchers in Tempe and Flagstaff, AZ completed the first clinical trial with very positive results. Fecal transplants stand on the cutting edge […]

You just gotta do what you gotta do

From the beginning of this school year, I’ve had a story to share. I’ve been waiting for the right time. Now that the school year is complete, it’s a perfect time… My daughter, Ruby, takes classes in taiko. It’s a form of Japanese drumming done with very large drums and large sticks. It’s incredibly loud […]

Can an ADHD diet really work?

A diet for ADHD may actually be the answer for many families seeking relief not found in traditional treatment. Find out why an ADHD diet works and how to do it.

Could berries, apples, and grapes be causing your child’s behavior challenges?

What do berries, apples, and grapes have in common? Salicylates. A vast majority of children with autism and ADHD in my nutrition practice have salicylate reactions. The most common symptoms are red cheeks. red ears, hyperactivity, and irritability.. SALICYLATES are a #1 food related cause of BEHAVIOR issues. There is a reasonable explanation for the […]

Mother’s Day Cupcakes

Cupcakes – Diet Compliance: GFCF/SCD/GAPS/LOD/Paleo/Nut-Free Frosting – Diet Compliance: GFCF (see further ideas below) These cupcakes are certainly not only for Mother’s Day, but the floral design lends itself so nicely to springtime and Mother’s Day. What makes these cupcakes festive is the floral frosting details. These flowers require special frosting piping tips. So you’ll […]

Self-Care for Parents

Self-Care for Parents As a parent, there is a lot to juggle. Getting everyone fed, to school, picked up, driven around, fed again, and to sleep… And even more to do if your child has special needs…. To finally have a few moments to ourselves. It’s possible we didn’t have any time for ourselves all […]

Help Your Child: How to Reduce Tummy Aches and Heal the Gut

Therapeutic Diets for Gastrointestinal Healing Gastrointestinal Problems and Developmental Delays Gastrointestinal problems and developmental delays are often connected. According to one study, children with autism, as well as ADHD and other developmental delays, have higher rates of medical conditions than their peers. These medical diagnoses include: diarrhea or colitis, food allergies, asthma, eczema, headaches and […]

Take the frustration out of picky eating

Picky eating is very common in children. 25% of children have a feeding disorder, and that number increases to 80% in children with developmental delays.1 So if you have a child who struggles to eat, know you are not alone. In fact, I can safely say I’ve worked with hundreds of picky eaters in my […]