GFCF              Gluten-Free         Low Oxalate

SCD                 GAPS                     Body Ecology

Failsafe         Feingold               Weston A. Price

There are many special healing diets that help children with autism, ADHD, and other childhood conditions: Gluten-free Casein-free (GFCF), Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) or GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet, Feingold Diet, Body Ecology Diet, Low Oxalate Diet, Low Phenols (Feingold and Failsafe) and Weston A. Price.

Though the are many effective therapeutic diet choices, beginning nutritional intervention need not be overwhelming. Ten years ago, there were few choices, it was just – do diet! And, “do diet” meant do the Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet (GFCF). Eliminating gluten (the protein in wheat) and casein (the protein in dairy) was the primary focus of diet for autism for many years and the GFCF diet has proven to be very beneficial for many children on the spectrum.

Today, additional advances in nutrition research and parent experience have resulted in the broader application of dietary strategies such as SCD and GAPS Diet and Low Oxalate Diet.  Because each person has unique chemistry and underlying conditions, it’s important to identify, follow, and customize the varied approaches to meet each situation.  Be sure to read my Get Started Guide.

Use the navigation pull down menu above to explore each diet.  Nourishing Hope for Autism contains in depth explanations of each of the diets, as well as the specific foods to eat and avoid on each diet, and Cooking To Heal will teach you how to effectively cook nutritious food for all autism diets.