What you probably don’t know about nutrition and autism spectrum disorder and should

nutrition and autism spectrum disorder

What do you know about nutrition and autism spectrum disorder? If you are like most people, the answer is probably not enough and you may not even know anything. Despite what many people including some doctors will say, good nutrition is a must for a happy and healthy child and adult with an autism spectrum disorder. In fact, the more junk and processed food, your child with autism eats, the worse off he or she will be.  I know it’s easier said than done as many children on the autism spectrum are picky eaters and it can be challenging to get him or her to eat more vegetables and to eat healthy. That said, it really is a must and there are ways it can be done, although discussing those ways is not the purpose of this blog post. 

Good nutrition can make the difference between your child have major meltdowns every day and only having them occasionally. Yes, this really is true. Children on the autism spectrum who eat more junk food have more meltdowns, have a harder time concentrating and focusing and are just plain sicker. In fact, that’s true for all children but children on the autism spectrum are more sensitive and have an even harder time processing junk food. 

Your gut and your brain are interconnected and good nutrition is a must for feeding your gut and brain properly.  This is another thing that most doctors are not taught and yet it’s true. I’ve heard several times that your gut is your second brain and I know from experience that this is true. This is one reason why many children on the autism spectrum do better on a gluten free diet. They simply can’t digest gluten and this causes brain fog, a lack of focus among other things. 

In short nutrition and autism spectrum disorder go hand and hand and if you have a child on the autism spectrum, then you really must learn about nutrition if you don’t know about it already. Then implement what you have learned with your child, if you want to have a happy, healthy and thriving child. 

 

 

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10 Tips for Healthy Eating Motivation When You Can’t Have Certain Foods


Healthy Eating Motivation

Do you struggle with healthy eating motivation? Do you find it hard to eat healthy while still avoiding foods that you can’t eat? Or maybe you struggle with feeling deprived because of the foods you can’t have? While these feelings are normal, it doesn’t mean that you can’t stick with healthy eating. Here are some tips to help with healthy eating motivation:

  1. Have long term goals for your health. Why are you changing your diet? What do you hope to accomplish with your health by giving up gluten, dairy or anything else that you are giving up? Keep your health goals at the front and center of your life by writing them down, carrying them with you on an index card, or on your phone.  Find ways to remind yourself of your why for healthy eating. 
  2. Find an accountability partner to help you. If possible you want to find someone who is following the same eating plan as you. For example, someone who is also gluten free or who has the same diet limitation as you. 
  3. Hire a health coach. Helping you with healthy eating motivation is one reason to hire a health coach. 
  4. When tempted to blow it, remember how you feel when you cheat and eat something you know you shouldn’t. If your symptoms are severe enough, then you won’t even be tempted. This is what finally motivated me to give up gluten in 2013.  See my story at How I Finally Gave Up Gluten and You Can Too.
  5. Get help from friends and family. This can be difficult especially when you are new to healthy eating and to eliminating one or more foods from your diet. However, if you do it right and ask for their support you can get them to help you, while it might take awhile eventually most people will help you rather than hinder you. 

What else have you done to get healthy eating motivation? Share your ideas in the comments below. 

10 of My Favorite Herbal Remedies Ebooks

Do you want to use more herbal remedies for health and wellness but you don’t know where to start? If so, you are in luck, because there are lots of herbal remedies ebooks that you can get for free or less than $5 on Amazon. Here are 10 of my favorite herbal remedies ebooks.

1. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use This one makes my list because it is for complete beginners and offers you an introductory look at herbal remedies.

2. Herbal Remedies: The Ultimate Guide To Herbal Remedies For Pain Relief, Stress Relief, Weight Loss, And Skin Conditions
This is a must have on my list of herbal remedies ebooks because it talks about the main health challenges that most people have and how herbs can help.

3. The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them
Want to learn more about medicinal herbs and more specifically about a variety of them and not just the everyday ones that everyone has at least heard of? Then this ebook is for you.

4. Herbal Remedies: The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Healing, Magic, Medicine, Antivirals, And Antibiotics
This herbal remedy ebook is great because it talks about how to in a practical sense use herbs no matter that your current health state is.

5. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
If I had to choose one herbal remedy ebook from this list, this one would be it. It’s the newest of the books in terms of it’s published date and focuses on how to cook and make natural healing foods with herbs.

6. Herbal Remedies (Visual Reference Guides)
Herbal Remedies (Visual Reference Guides)
Want to be able to find herbs in the wild and be able to identify them? Then you need this visual herbs ebook to help you.

7. Natural Remedies, Medicine and Cures: Herbs, self-healing and how to treat and cure all common ailments and major diseases
Again another great book on how to make natural remedies and medicines with herbs.

8. Herbal Antivirals: 15 Outstanding Natural Remedies for Treating Drug-Resistant Viral Infections
One of the biggest problems with antibiotics is that they are becoming more and more drug resistant. Learn how herbs can help solve this problem with this ebook.

9. Herbal Tea: Herbal Teas That Will Make You Healthier
Herbal teas are without a doubt the most common form of herbs that most people are familiar with. Learn all about how herbal teas can make your healthier with this great herbal remedies ebook.

10. Herbal Remedies: Herbal Remedies That Heal, Protect and Provide Instant Relief from Everyday Common Ailments
Last but not least, discover how herbal remedies can assist in providing you with instant relief from common aches and pains.

Have you read any of these herbal remedy ebooks? Which one is your favorite?