Special Diets for Special Kids

The book “Special Diets for Specail Kids” is a nice big book with over 350 pages. Updated a couple of times, the most recent edition was published in 2011 however, the information is still very relevant.  This book is based on the idea that the Gluten Free Casein Free diet is the best one for children with autism, sensory issues and or ADD/ADHD.  The book starts with a very thorough introduction about why diet changes can help special kids as well as explaining the various ways to get tested for allergies and food sensitivities. The next chapter talks about nutritional support including an overview of the various vitamins and nutrients and the role they play in health. The next chapter is called How and What to Feed Your Child. This chapter talks about how to start the gluten free casein free diet and what exactly to feed your child.  The rest of the book is divided into chapters based on meals and types of food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Also included are recipes on how to make dairy free milks, gluten free breads and recipes for holidays including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The book also includes a CD at the back with the recipes in PDF format on it. While I’ve read a lot of books on special diets for special  kids I have to say this is one of if not the best one. The recipes are for the most part simple and made with ready to find ingredients. The book is made with pictures and bigger print making it easier to read and follow along. In fact, even some children may be able to follow the recipes if they are old enough and can read.

The biggest disadvantage to the book “Special Diets for Special Kids” is that the focus is exclusively on the Gluten Free Casein Free diet. While this is great for parents who are trying out or using this diet with their kids, there are other diets such as paleo and this book does not take these diets into account at all.

Buy a copy of the book here. Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes 1 and 2 Combined: Over 200 REVISED and NEW gluten-free casein-free recipes, plus research on the positive … ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, and more!

10 Great Healthy Eating Books

healthy eating books

One of the best ways to learn more about healthy eating is by reading good books on the topic. However, finding the best ones and especially those that focus on gluten free and healthy eating for those with limited diets can be challenging. While I also do enjoy cookbooks and recipe books, sometimes I like to read books that contain a combination of recipes with advice and tips on healthy eating. Here are 10 great healthy eating books that I have read and recommend to everyone.

1. This is a great book because it talks all about your digestive health and wellness with a focus on how healthy eating impacts your digestive system. It also talks about how to determine what foods you should and should not eat. If you are wondering if you have a problem with leaky gut, this is also a great healthy eating book to read.

2. I wrote another blog post about this book at: The Diet Cure: The 8 Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry. I had the chance to listen to this author on a webinar a few years ago and this book is a great one especially if you have or think you have any problems with hormonal imbalances.

3. This is one of the books that was required reading as a student in my health coaching program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In this book Alicia Silverstone talks all about the reasons why she became a vegan and why being a vegan is a viable option for healthy eating for some people. I found the book quite interesting even though I’m not a vegan and don’t plan to become one.

4. chinastudy The China Study books explores the results of the most comprehensive research study every done on the impact of nutrition and healthy eating on long term health including weight loss and other health issues.

5. This book explores various superfoods and talks about what they are, how they can help you improve your health, how to eat them and more. If you have ever wondered about superfoods and how you can incorporate them into your diet, then this is a book well worth your time to read.

6. This is a great book full of case studies as well as useful information on how to change your diet and embrace an eat to live mindset and lifestyle. Written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman who is an expert in the field of managing and in some cases even curing type II diabetes with nutrition and diet lifestyle changes. If you are struggling with weight loss or have high blood sugar, this book is a healthy eating must read.

7. Are you worried about protecting your brain and improving your memory? Then this book is a must read. Learn all about how you can use healthy eating to prevent and improve memory and other brain support issues.

8. This is one best seller book that started many people reconsidering who should and shouldn’t be gluten free. In this book you will learn about how grains and especially those with gluten can effect the brain. Learn why the gluten free lifestyle is not just for celiacs anymore.

9. If you have any kind of autoimmune disease, this healthy eating and lifestyle book is a must read. While I can’t say that I agree 100% with everything in this book, it has a lot of great information and gives great insights into how you must change your diet in order to recover from autoimmune issues. It also has some great recipes and tips on how to successfully implement an elimination diet in order to figure out which foods may or may not be causing problems for you.

10. Written by Joshua Rosenthal the founder of the health coaching school of which I am a graduate, this book lays the foundation for why the same eating plan and diet will not work for everyone. I wrote another post on this book at: Integrative Nutrition Book Review.

Which of these books have you read? Did I miss a favorite of yours? Please share below in the comments.

What is primary food and why is it so important?


Have you heard about primary food? The reality is that many people have not. However, it is in some cases more important than secondary food. Primary food is defined as everything that fuels you in life that isn’t food. Whereas secondary food is the actual food on your plate. Examples of primary food include:

Home Environment
Physical Exercise

and anything else that has an impact on your life and your overall health.

In his book in Primary Food, Joshua Rosenthal talks about various ways that you can improve your life by improving the various areas of primary food mentioned above. He also shares ideas on how you can heal with primary food and asks questions that you can answer to help you understand what may be lacking in various areas of your life and how you can work to lessen those gaps.

The Power of Primary Food: Nourishment Beyond The Plate

The Allergy Fighting Garden


Have you ever considered growing a garden to fight allergies? While I know that eating organic food can help with allergies and therefore the least expensive way to get organic food is to grow it yourself, it never occurred to me that you could actually create an allergy fighting garden with plants, flowers and other things that are not food.

In his book “The Allergy Fighting Garden” Thomas Ogren teaches you exactly how to do just that. Some of the things he talks about include: how to chose allergy fighting plants, the importance of the sex of the plant for fighting allergies, the different types of flowering plants, how to tell the boys from the girls, allergy blocking hedges, eliminating allergy causing spores, how to do proper watering and irrigation, insects and disease and much more.

He also ranks various plants according to those which are least and most allergenic with very thorough details on each plant. Also included are: a glossary of horticulture terms, recommended reading list, useful websites, and a pollen calendar. This book has really got me thinking as I am now quite fascinated with the concept of growing a garden specifically for allergies. For now, I can’t do it as I don’t have the land on which to grow the garden, but it is certainly something I will consider for the future.

Disclaimer: I did receive a free ebook copy of “The Allergy Fighting Garden” after connecting with Thomas Ogren on Linkedin.

Buy your copy at: The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping

P.S. The small print on the ebook version is somewhat hard to read so I do recommend the hard copy of this book.

Integrative Nutrition Book Review


Are you confused by nutrition? Does it seem like there are lots of conflicting options about nutrition and dietary theories? If so, you are not alone. The reality is that nutrition is the only science if you want to call it that, where there are lots of contrasting and conflicting options.

In the book “Integrative Nutirtion: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness” Joshua Rosenthal founder and director of the institute of integrative nutrition explains and clarifies the often confusing world of nutrition. Some of the topics covered in this book include: The Myths of Nutrition, Postmodern nutrition, dietary theories, The global ripple effect of nutrition and how we eat, Deconstructing Cravings, Primary Food and Secondary Foods, Foods to Avoid or Minimize, Cooking Like Your Life Depends on it Because in Fact It May, Reasons to Be Healthy, and a Selection of Healthy and Sugar Free Recipes.

If you are looking for a good, common sense way to finally understand the field of nutrition and get started on your journey to good health by changing the way you eat then this book is for you.

Download your preview of this book at: My IIN Site Click on the banner at the top of the page.

The Diet Cure: the 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry


The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally is a really good book. I read a lot of books on health, wellness, nutrition and other related topics and this is honestly one of the best I’ve read. While there are lots of diet books published, this book is unique in several ways.

1. This book talks about your body chemistry and how to identify the chemical imbalances that are the root cause of your health issues.

2. This book does not focus on one diet but rather on principles and how to identify what you should be eating and how to avoid yo-yo and fad diets.

3. It addresses many of the common problems that many doctors miss such as thyroid issues, food intolerances and reactions, candida and hormonal issues.

4. This book doesn’t stop at helping you identify your problems, it also helps you get to the root cause and solve them.

5. There are chapters on how to overcome your allergy problems.

6. There are chapters on shopping, menu planning and other resources to help you implement the diet cure.

7. The last chapter includes putting the master plan in action.

If you are struggling to solve the root cause of your health issues, I highly recommend this book.

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Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness: Reversing Chronic Conditions by Freeing the Body of Food, Environmental, and Other Sensitivities


Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness: Reversing Chronic Conditions by Freeing the Body of Food, Environmental, and Other Sensitivities
is a book by Dr. Ellen Cutler. Dr. Cutler is a chiropractor who invented what is called the Bioset method for healing from allergies and food intolerances. I was introduced to her by Maria Rickert Hong. when she did a webinar where she interviewed Dr. Cutler. I found both her interview and the book which I did buy as an ebook and I read it very informative and helpful.

The bioset method is a natural way to clear your body from allergies and food intolerances. However, this does not mean that you can or should still eat the foods. Rather it is a way to help you if you accidentally or occasionally decide that you want to eat a little bit of a food that can be a problem for you. The bioset method uses a combination of acupressure – using your fingers to apply pressure to specific acupuncture points on your body with muscle testing while holding the food in question.

Dr. Cutler has videos that demonstrate how do this this technique on her website as well as details in her book. The book also has some very interesting and helpful information on how to help your body heal naturally from allergies. She also talks quite a bit about the connections between allergies and auto-immune disorders. As I am currently dealing with three different ones plus chronic inflammation and food intolerances, I found this book to be one of the best I’ve read in the past few months. I highly recommend that you read it and learn from it on how you can help your body to heal itself.

Buy her book here: Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness: Reversing Chronic Conditions by Freeing the Body of Food, Environmental, and Other Sensitivities

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders


This is one of the best books I’ve read on all four of the A disorders. Written by a medical doctor, this book shares stories of many of the children he has helped heal from allergies, asthma, autism and ADHD. He also talks about many of the reasons why these disorders have skyrocketed in recent years and offers advice about how to help your child or adults to heal as well as how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

The end of the book includes lists of resources as well as several useful appendixes. One of these which is particularly useful is a recommended adjusted vaccine schedule that offers advice on how to safely vaccinate your children. I’ve read other books that had similar advice but this one is the most detailed and the most common sense approach I’ve read. The main ideas are that you want to avoid giving your child more than one vaccine at the same time, double check to make sure that their is no thermasol in the vaccine, never vaccinate a child who is sick or who has been sick within a week prior to the shots, and give your child some recommended supplements and vitamins before and after. He also does not recommend the Hepatitus vaccine for babies unless the mother has it. Instead you wait until the child is 3-4 or getting ready to start preschool.

Throughout the book are recommended diets, recipes and tips for sticking with the diet, suggestions for natural remedies and other tips to help you heal your child without the side effects of drugs.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

As I’ve been on my journey the past year and half in learning about essential oils and how to use them for healing and wellness as well as for aromatherapy, I’ve been reading a lot of books and listening to a lot of training. Some books are better than others and Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
is one of the best books on aromatherapy I’ve read. This book contains a lot of recipes just like in other books on aromatherapy but it also has sections on medical aromatherapy, fatigue, memory, dangerous oils, anxiety and fear, sexuality, depression and more. There are also sections on using essential oils for bath and skin care and for using in the kitchen. Overall this is a comprehensive and very good book on aromatherapy and using essential oils.