Removing all food sensitivities is an important step in the process of cleaning up the diet for anyone with the symptoms described below, an autistic spectrum disorder, or autoimmune conditions. Regardless of which diet you do, removing food sensitivities is crucial. Food sensitivities are similar to food allergies. Food sensitivities involve an IgG antibody immune system response, where as food allergies are an IgE antibody response. Food allergies are immediate and acute (hives, anaphylactic shock, etc). Food sensitivities are a delayed reaction, often taking 2 hours to 2 days to appear, making them more difficult to detect. Food sensitivities can not be identified by classic allergy scratch tests, but can by blood test. If your doctor says you do not have any “food allergies” you still want to explore food sensitivities. The top most common food sensitivities are: dairy, gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley, kamut, and spelt), soy, corn, eggs, peanuts, citrus, chocolate, and cane sugar. Common symptoms of food sensitivities: Diarrhea and/or constipation, gas and bloating, hyperactivity or lethargy, aches and pains, headaches, depression, irritability, aggression, restlessness, and tantrums. Significant food cravings are a sign of food sensitivity. When to use this diet: When food sensitivities are present or suspected, always remove all food sensitivities. Adapt any diet by removing the offending foods. Pitfalls: The challenge may be determining which foods are sensitivities as the IgG antibody test is not 100% accurate. When sensitivities exist, most people must avoid those foods completely, which can be challenging at first. The other major challenge is what to do when the child is sensitive to “everything” she eats. The number one comment parents have is: “How am I going to do this if my child eats only those foods.” While it can be tricky at the beginning, the results are dramatic and you or your child will feel so much better, it will be well worth your effort. Once food sensitivities are eliminated, dietary choices often open up immensely. If this task seems “impossible,” don’t give up – seek assistance. A qualified Nutrition Consultant can help you find food substitutions, provide supplement support, aid in digestion, and other factors that can help you or your child transition to a diet free of these sensitivities.
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Educator, globally respected nutrition expert, published researcher, and accomplished author. Her guidance is backed by over twenty years of clinical experience and scientific research with complex neurological and physiological needs; particularly autism, ADHD, and related disorders. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism and also the founder of BioIndividualNutrition.com. Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.