Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition


I’m excited to announce my new blog series, Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition. Each month, I’ll be posting stories direct from parents like you. In their own words, mothers and fathers will share their experiences of getting their hopes up by choosing to use food and nutrition to help their child with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. As a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism and related disorders for the past ten years, I’ve personally connected with hundreds of families whose children have benefited from diet changes. Their stories range from modest to miraculous. I want to share these stories with you, beginning now!  When you read the experiences of others parents, it helps to illustrate how “worth it” it is to “try the diet.” No one says it’s easy, but when you see other’s positive results, it helps you to believe and become inspired. Strangely, just today I read a “news” article that discouraged parents from trying a special diet. It explained that the diet might be difficult, costly, and that after all your effort, it might not work. It told parents to not waste their time and money, and that it doesn’t work for everyone. Such bogus articles are an insult to you and me, and the vast legions of parents globally. They conflict with the very laws of nature, science, and our own personal experiences by telling parents – “Don’t get your hopes up.  It might not work.  So don’t bother trying.” With this new series of stories, I encourage you to, “Get your hopes up!”  Try the diet.  It’s always worth it – the scientific rationale is unquestionable. Every child benefits from specialized attention to food and nutrition. I’ve never seen a child not benefit by putting attention on a healthier and specialized diet – and often the benefits are vast.  By sharing stories with one other, we can learn, grow, and help our children even more. Some stories are of “recovery” from autism, some are of “improvements” and overall healing that highlights the power of food choices, nutrition supplementation, and dietary intervention. Remember, there is no single “autism diet” that’s right for everyone. Each child’s circumstance, gastrointestinal condition, nutrient status, and individual biochemistry vary. That is why nourishing hope encompasses an array of adaptable dietary strategies, and the stories will represent varied diets, food choices, and supplements. I hope you enjoy this series, learn something new, are inspired, and get your hopes up! Julie

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who received her master’s degree in medical nutrition with distinction from Arizona State University. She is also a published nutrition researcher and has specialized in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD for over 20 years. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism, co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients, and also the founder of Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.


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