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Boost your Child’s Nutrition –
and Improve their Health, Learning, & Behavior!

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, the award-winning author of
Nourishing Hope for Autism.

And I’ve been helping families do it for 20 years.

Unlocking ADHD & Autism with Personalized Nutrition

Practical Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning & Behavior eGuide

Guide to Food Intolerances, Therapeutic Diets and Personalized Nutrition

30 Recipes for 12 Therapeutic Diets

What the Science Says Special Report

Before I show you how, let me first ask:

Are you concerned about your child?
Do you wonder if nutrition can help?
Is your child a picky eater?

You are not alone. 

Most parents I speak with are worried about their child’s nutrition and picky eating habits.

And for understandable reasons.

Poor nutrition can affect the severity of their symptoms and have long term health ramifications too. But you can DO something about it….

It’s been scientifically shown that boosting diet and nutrition can improve ADHD, autism, hyperactivity, focus, anxiety, depression, GI symptoms and more. That’s because…

  • Most Children with neurodevelopment challenges suffer physical health issues, as well as neurological symptoms, related to the food and nutrition they eat.
  • Because the Body and Brain are Connected, you can positively influence childhood disorder by making strategic diet and nutrition choices.

Maybe you know diet is important but you are unsure what diet is right for your child…

There’s so much information and well-meaning advice out there – how do you know what really works? After all, you don’t have the time to flick through the scientific literature every time you make dinner!

I’m Julie and I’m here to help

I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Published Researcher specializing in autism, ADHD, and related disorders for 18 years. I teach parents and health practitioners around the world how to be effective at using personalized (bioindividual) nutrition and therapeutic diets and nutrition to help children heal and improve symptoms.

I have supported thousands of families and children, including countless picky eaters, and I’ve done the scientific research as co-author on a peer reviewed study that validates that improved diet and nutrition helps these children. 

From my decades of research and clinical experience, I have created a step by step program to help parents and individuals.

If you’re tired of other people’s limited perspective restricting the possibilities for your child, then this program is for you. This approach has turned around the lives of children around the world.

And if you’re one of those parents worried about picky eating and your child’s nutrition, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Through our program families have reported:


of picky eaters improved their eating habits


improved knowledge of diet & nutrition and gained peace of mind about meeting their child’s nutritional needs

My aim is to make a positive impact on your family and your life. Take advantage of my revolutionary nutrition program to help your child thrive.

Join me in nourishing hope!

Julie Matthews

2021 pre-enrollment is open

Nutrition Can Help

It’s been scientifically proven that boosting diet and nutrition can improve childhood symptoms and conditions.

Diet Matters

Studies show childhood disorders can be negatively affected by food and nutrient deficiencies.


Up to 70% of children with autism and 42% with developmental delays have GI issues

Addressing GI through diet can reduce symptoms


More than 50% of children with autism do not meet the requirements for 11 nutrients

Nutrition and Supplementation help


37% of children with autism have elevated immune reactions to dairy and gluten

A gluten-free and casein-free diet can help


80% of children with developmental delays have picky eating and feeding disorders

Picky eater support strategies help

100 fold increase in the prevalence of celiac disease in Down syndrome

A gluten-free diet is important

Scientific Results and Improvements

Studies show improvements in symptoms and childhood conditions using diet & nutrition.


91% of children
with autism improved (behavior, speech, GI) on gluten-free, casein-free and soy-free diet

4.5x increase in developmental age and 6.7 pts in IQ from diet and nutrition intervention in autism


30% increase in metabolic and cellular function from multivitamin for autism, as well as improved autism symptoms


79% of children with ADHD had significantly reduced symptoms from a multivitamin/


70% of children with ADHD put on an elimination diet had a significant decrease in ADHD symptoms

About Me

As a clinician and a researcher, I use scientifically based, personalized nutrition strategies that get results. My approach improves and heals the symptoms and behaviors associated with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. The Nourishing Hope for Healing Kids program is based on my proven methodology adopted by families and healthcare providers around the world, and is producing breakthrough, life-changing results.

The Need Today

Who & How it Helps

What Doctors are Saying

“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.”

- Dr. Kurt Woeller, DO

Integrative Medicine Physician

“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.”

- Dr. Elisa Song, MD


“Nutrition plays a key role in brain health and function. Kids simply cannot learn, communicate, relate, behave, and grow in optimal ways when they aren’t getting the nutritional building blocks they need! But trying to feed children a nutrient-dense diet can feel overwhelming, especially if your child is a picky eater. That’s where this nutrition program from Julie Matthews comes in! As one of my go-to sources of information and insights on nutrition for children with challenges, Julie gives parents the information and strategies to make better nutrition possible. If you’re a parent who wants to learn a practical, research-based, step-by-step approach to improving your child’s nutrition and brain function, then I encourage you to enroll.”

- Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS

Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Nutrition Specialist

“Julie Matthews did a great job coaching families in our 12-month diet/nutrition study that led to substantial benefits for most children and adults with autism. I think her program will be helpful to many autism families. – Prof. James B. Adams, Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University.”

- Prof. James Adams, PhD

Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University

“I have known Julie Matthews for years now. I value her groundbreaking contributions to our field immensely: Her nutrition work with parents and children with special needs is impeccable, important, doable and – most essential- effective.”

- Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Program Results

Because I think like a nutritionist and a researcher, all participants fill out evaluations (straight from our 2018 study) on how the program helped them. Here are the results!

Improved their OVERALL Autism/Related Symptoms

Improved their
Picky Eating Habits

Improved their Cognition/

Improved their
Play Skills

Improved their Expressive Language/

Improved their Repetitive Language/

Imrpoved their Attention/Focus

Reduced their Aggression

Improved/reduce their Stools/
GI Problems

Improved their Sociability

Improved their
Eye Contact

Improved their

Improved their Seizures

Improved their Anxiety

Improved their

Improved their Irritability/Mood

Improved their Hyperactivity

Improved their Tantrums/

Improved their Depression

Improved their Stimming/

When these principles are put into place,
the whole family benefits!

When families engage in the program together, I often hear stories of mothers, fathers, and siblings also improving their health.

“After dealing with IBS for many years, I learned in the course that I had symptoms that a low FODMAP [one of the diets discussed] could maybe help. I tried it and felt a lot better. I even lost 12 pounds in less than two months. I had been dieting for many years and struggled to lose even a couple of pounds. I plan to continue experimenting with the low FODMAP diet and hope to continue feeling better – finally!”

– Mom of a child in the program

Here’s what other family members have experienced after going through the program:

  • Sister has better focus and less anxiety.
  • Dad improved facial tics and lost weight.
  • Mom lost weight, clearer skin, regular bowel movements (and for the first time in her life doesn’t have PMS anymore).
  • Sister was less irritable, and less picky eating.

Testimonials from This Program

“We have tried for more than twenty years to figure out how to counteract sensory issues and limited food intake as well as other ASD behaviors. We felt we progressed notably during this wonderful, educational series and many of our persistent questions were answered for the first time.”

- Anne Dolivo on behalf of her daughter Caitlin pictured with her dog Eclipse

“The GFCFSF diet has been the most life-changing. Within a few days, his tics were reduced significantly. The supplements have helped with focus, mood, not being too picky in eating, and regular BM. 

The Nourishing Hope Program is working for my son. With diet and lifestyle change, it has helped improve his quality of life. When I tell close friends and family that he has Tourette’s, they are all shocked because they don’t see him ticcing! This has been life-changing! Thank you Julie Matthews!” 

UPDATE 2020 “Ever since we’ve followed Julie’s program, my son’s quality of life has just kept improving. In fact, since the summer last year, he has flown 5 times with the Civil Air Patrol. He has even sat on the left seat!!! He’s 14 and he’s working on his Private Pilot License.

He himself loves being on the Paleo diet, and he appreciates the changes I’ve made around the house and in our lifestyle. “

- Catherine S.

This is an Exclusive Opportunity

We are accepting applications from families ready and interested in:

  • Participating in the program for several months.
  • Implementing a gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free diet.
  • Adding supplements as appropriate.
  • Completing before and after symptom questionnaires.
  • Following the online classes from anywhere around the world.
  • Connecting and getting support in our private Facebook group – we’re in this together.

Who this program will benefit…

This program supports a broad range of children and families addressing:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Learning delays
  • Neurodevelopmental delays
  • Asthma
  • Down syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Defiance/Aggression
  • Eczema
  • Sleep disturbances

About the Program

Enrollment is open and families from around the world can join now, begin nourishing hope, and note improvements of their own. 

Here’s what you get and how it works!

When you enroll, you get immediate access to our Membership Portal and the entire Step-by-Step program with all materials and resources – you can begin right away! 

Families proceed through the steps at their own pace. 

There is no “being behind” in this program; the process, content, and support materials remain available to you indefinitely.

For optimal flexibility and effectiveness, the program blends “Go at your own pace” (through the steps and learning modules) with “Attend LIVE Meetings” (if you wish). 

When you enroll, you get to join the members-only Facebook group to meet and learn from others just like you, ask questions and participate in discussions. And you can attend LIVE group meetings with Julie via ZOOM; with content reviews and Q&A sessions too!

Click the chat icon on this page (when active) or email us with any program inquiries.

I explain more in the VIDEO below…


2021 pre-enrollment is open

Is this program right for me?

The course is designed for motivated parents and individuals who are ready to make a change for the better through this diet and nutrition approach.

Is this program helpful for teens and adults?

Yes, the diet and nutrition principles in this program support adults and individuals of any age that are addressing autism and ADHD… as well as most neurological conditions. In this program, diet and nutrition intervention aims to balance and heal underlying contributing factors, so these principles also apply to adults with these similar underlying needs. Additionally, parents often find they benefit from the principles in the program too, regardless if they have the same conditions.

To be sure, specifics differ regarding the quantities of food and nutrients. Generally, the concepts apply to adults and children.

By taking this course you will gain:

✔ Confidence in feeding your child a healthy diet

✔ Peace of mind that you’re nourishing your child in the best way for their individual needs.

✔ Clarity on confusing food and therapeutic diet types and diet questionnaires to help you determine which diet(s) might be right for your child

✔ Supplement recommendations so you know exactly what to do

✔ All the food lists and handouts you need to make your child’s therapeutic diet work

✔ …and much more

Get The Tools You Need to Put Hope Into Action

The Nourishing Hope for Kids Program is action oriented, with an emphasis on implementation and strategies and includes many helpful tools and handouts….

2021 pre-enrollment is open

40+ Handouts

Healthy Eating Ideas
& Picky Eater Support

Food Lists


What Parents Are Saying About The Program

Handouts and Slides

Program Content

Personalized Attention

Scientific Support

“I loved this program.  It empowered me as a parent to know what to feed my child and why; all backed by clinical experience and research.  It was the information I was seeking from my practitioner but did not have the time to discuss in appointments.  Now I feel like I have the knowledge and tools that give me confidence to use my intuition as a parent and make the right decisions for my child.” 

– Myra Young

“My biggest challenge prior to starting the course about not having enough options to eat on a restricted diet. I loved how Julie had the veggies list and different ideas on how we can incorporate it into our child’s diet. My son’s major improvement came through the diet. Thanks to Julie’s step by step approach on how to nail it further down. With the use of supplements, my son symptoms have improved and I am glad I found this course and found Julie and Terri.”

– Parent in the 2020 program

“Julie did such a phenomenal job with this program.  As a dietitian and a mother of a child with Autism, each week I looked forward to learning something new from her program. The breadth and depth of Julie’s knowledge is incredible. She offered practical solutions and great resources for us to use.  Those of us living with people with Autism have been blessed by Julie offering this program. My son has definitely changed for the better because of the program! And, I enjoyed her training so much that I’m taking her practitioner course next! Kudos to Julie for Nourishing Hope.”

– Allison T.

“He is eating vegetables like never before and is more willing to experiment or taste new things. I don’t force anything at all. We are juicing now, so he gets access to foods & veggies he never was eating before – particularly greens. Improvement – I think ATEC score speaks for itself 19 points improvement! I was surprised! Mainly communication & cognition.”

– Parent in the 2019 program

“Julie really supports her learners. She does her best to answer every question her students have. She is well-integrated with many of the top doctors across America treating autism including MAPS doctors as well as having worked with families all over the country. This gives me a lot of confidence in her. It is evident that she is very sincere, honest and really cares about kids and their families. She is a very experienced practitioner with special needs children and special diets.”

– Sarah Johnson

Your 12-Step Program Includes: 

Immediate Program & Content Access

 Entire Step-by-Step program with all materials & resources – you can begin right away! Proceed at you own pace.


Unlimited Membership

Your access will not got away, no one is rushing you. As you join you become a lifetime member.

Live Q&A Zoom Calls with Julie

So you can interact with Julie and get your questions answered

Diet questionnaires

To help you determine which diet or approach to follow

Actionable steps - HOPEwork

Each class includes real measures you can put into practice to begin seeing results

Members-Only Facebook Group

Connection and support from others in the program, and a place to ask questions.

Downloadable MP3 audio files

Listen on the go for your convenience

Powerpoint slides

So you can follow the information later on, or print things out if you wish.

Handouts of food lists and other nutrition details

To make it easy to make changes

Program  Details

Part 1: Diet and Nutrition Essentials

Throughout the essential first six steps you learn and apply foundational concepts and simple strategies to make real sustainable changes.

#1. Avoid Junk Food and Toxins – Learn about the specific ingredients to avoid feeding your child. And discover how many chemicals in daily life could be making your child’s symptoms worse – and how to remove and replace them with better alternatives.

#2. Eat Healthfully – Begin to introduce new, nutritious foods into your child’s diet.

#3. Boost Nutrition Status with Supplements  – Add to your knowledge of suitable supplementation to improve your child’s nutrition intake and reduce their symptoms – including recommendations for specific products you can try right away.

#4. Address Picky Eating – Learn why certain children have picky eating habits and what you can do to increase the nutritious food intake.

#5. Eliminate Gluten, Casein, and Soy – Discover how to eliminate gluten, casein, and soy – and the crucial reasons behind removing them from your child’s diet.

#6. Take good care of yourself – Gain strategies for taking time for yourself, using self-care as you embark on this journey.

Part 2: BioIndividual Nutrition and Therapeutic Diets

There is not one wonder diet to counteract your child’s symptoms – every child is unique and needs their own BioIndividual Nutrition. In part 2 you learn about the different therapeutic diets, and I help you narrow down your choices so that you can be confident that you’re giving your child everything they need.

#7. Low Phenol Diets – Learn about phenols and salicylates, the difference between several diets that exclude them, and when this diet approach may help improve your child’s behavior. At the end of this module,  you’ll have all the information you need to do a low phenol dietary trial.

#8 Food Allergies and Sensitivities – Discover the importance of a short-term elimination diet in helping you identify common allergies and sensitivities, as well as other tests that can help you determine foods your child might benefit from avoiding.

#9. Grain-Free Diets – You learn why gluten grains are bad news in step 5, but now you discover when a full grain-free diet may be helpful and the differences between the various grain-free diets – and I help you narrow down your choices.

#10. Low Oxalate Diet – Find out what oxalates are, how they can impair cellular function, and when a low oxalate diet can be helpful. At the end of this module, you’ll have the knowledge to implement a low oxalate diet.

#11 Additional BioIndividual Diets – In this class you’ll learn about the other advanced diets that can be implemented to support your child’s underlying biochemical needs, and improve your child’s health.

#12 Supplements for BioIndividual Nutrition – In this class you get a detailed look at supplements that can aid your child’s healing and improvement, alongside the individualized diet you’ve put together.

Included Bonuses: A little EXTRA encouragement to get started today!

Cooking to Heal eCookBook with “How to” VIDEO demonstrations

Over 200 recipes tagged with over 10 special diet compliance options so you have recipes for your bioindividual diet.

BioIndividual Diet Assessment Questionnaire

I’ve developed a comprehensive symptom/diet questionnaire from my clinical experience with autism to help you pinpoint your dietary direction.

12 1-hour Instructional Videos – Nourishing Hope Support Club Library

These topic-specific Nourishing Hope Support Club videos provide broader background nutrition information and implementation details for picky eaters and more.

10% Discount on Supplements

Save 10% on ALL of the supplements you order through our discounted membership store with outstanding pricing.

An Affordable Approach!

While some specialists and practitioners may know the benefits of nutritional intervention for children with ADHD, autism, and other neurological disorders, they may not have had the specialized training to guide parents, and/or hourly consultation rates prevent families from getting the in-depth guidance they need to succeed. The investment in yourself for this entire program is less than 1 hour with some specialists!

Still have questions? See the FAQ below

NOW accepting applications to the Program!
[Parents, Caregivers, and Individuals ONLY)

30-Day Money Back Guarantee
– I stand behind this program

I want you to be excited about your enrollment and participation in the program. Because I’m confident the course will exceed expectations, you have 30 days to review the course material and participate to ensure that the program is right for you. If it’s not, email us at [email protected] to arrange a refund!

More about Julie

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Certified Nutrition Educator, and published nutrition researcher specializing in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders. She is the author of the award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients. Julie’s approach is based on the BioIndividual Nutrition® needs of each person and stems from her 18 years of work with autism. Using autism as a model for complex chronic disease, her approach and methodology help practitioners specializing in varied disorders improve the health and healing of their clients through strategic BioIndividual Nutrition and dietary intervention. Julie has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, and supports families and clinicians with her nutrition learning tools and professional training courses.

“This a very well-researched and thorough program that is sure to be of benefit to not only to those on the autism spectrum but anyone who seeks to improve health through nutrition. It will take time to navigate through all the information and it will require patience to layer the different diets and principles but it is well worth the effort. Ultimately, it leaves us with a sense of empowerment in what is sometimes a very challenging and isolating situation. Julie’s enthusiasm and hard work are extremely inspiring!”

– Parent in the 2019 program

“It’s like she woke up a little bit more. She now tells us what she wants and doesn’t want.”

– Parent of an 11 year old girl with autism

“The vitamins were really helpful! We’d been looking for a quality powder he would take and this was awesome. We’ve seen language improvements since starting them.

This course helped improve not just our understanding of diets and when you might consider which, but this course gave us the tools and materials to successfully implement them at home. We’re already seeing improvements in our son and are confident we will continue to see improvements as we utilize the diets and strategies learned in this course.”

– Christie R.

“This program is the place to start for the nutrition intervention. Practical and amazingly informative. You will save weeks, maybe years, as is my case, in research and study. I wish I did this years ago, I would do it with more confidence and without useless doubts and hesitations. Me and my 10 year old son could have been at a different place now. I think I would give up without Julie and her program. Thank you!”

– Parent of a 10 year old boy with autism

“We were already doing a GFCF, soy free organic, grass-fed diet for our child with Down Syndrome & ASD before starting the course, so we didn’t need to make too many dietary changes. But as a result of the course we began using some supplements we discovered. These two powders have helped with our son’s constant diarrhea tremendously. Our son had diarrhea for 12 years!”

– Mother of a child with Down Syndrome and Autism

Still Have Some Questions?

I answer these in the VIDEO below…

  1. What are the benefits of participating in the program versus following the steps on your own?
  2. Would the program be good for a 4-year-old autistic child with major food aversions and self limiting diet, or is it better to wait until his diet expands a little more?
  3. Is it too late? My son is 10 years old, he has ADHD, some stimming, and high functioning autism.
  4. How long should it take to start seeing results?
  5. My kids have autoimmune and celiac, will the program help?
  6. In the program, can we get specialized help about questions for tailoring the diet for our child?
  7. Are the program sessions online?

NOW accepting applications to the Program!
[Parents, Caregivers, and Individuals ONLY –

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