As an adult I still follow the autism and ADHD Diet. If you are curious to know why, then keep reading. Yes I was on this diet as a child and I quit for awhile as a teenager and young adult. However, I’ve been back on it (well most of the time) for 7 years now. I’ve broken it a few times (especially the cheese part) during my last trip to France and on a few special occasions. But for the most part I’m still doing it. I’m very strictly gluten free though.
There are a variety of reasons why I still eat this way.
- I feel a lot better. At the end of the day, this is really the number one reason.
- I have digestive issues, allergies, and auto-immune issues that are a lot better when I stick to gluten free/dairy free (casein free) too.
- I have more energy when I continue to follow this eating plan.
- Even though I’m on adult on the autism spectrum, this doesn’t mean that my sensory and other autism issues have disappeared. Yes I am doing a lot better than I was as a child, however, I still have challenges.
- My emotional health, brain function and focus and concentration is miles better than when I don’t follow it.
If you want some information on what the autism and ADHD diet is and how to follow it, read here.
In short, one of the questions I get asked a lot, is “How long will my child need to follow the autism and ADHD diet?” My answer is that they can stop, but most will do better if they are on it forever. Is it hard? Of course, it is. But I think it’s worth it and I can help you if you need it.
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Are you using an autism diet with your child? (there are many options but usually the autism diet refers to gluten free and casein free- the most popular autism diet). If so you probably struggle with finding healthy autism diet breakfast recipes. Here are some of the best ones I have found and tried.
1. Vegetable egg omlette. You make this by cooking vegetables and eggs together. You can experiment with lots of vegetables. Use the ones your child likes the best. If your child is picky and you are struggling to get him or her to eat vegetables, then you may want to try cauliflower since this one is more mild. You can also try sprinkling nutritional yeast on top since it looks and tastes like cheese even though it isn’t.
2. Gluten free bread toasted with coconut oil or a nut butter and a glass of nut milk.
3. Gluten free cereal- nowadays a lot of these exist. You can use something like a granola or boxed cereal or make some gluten free oats. Gluten free oats taste great with some honey, nut milk and fruit like berries or raisins.
4. A fruit smoothie- you can use banana and berries with nut milk and even try sneaking in a little bit of spinach or kale for some greens.
5. Fried potatoes-use olive oil or coconut oil to avoid dairy with some eggs. Even the pickiest eater will like this autism diet breakfast recipe.
Got a favorite? Share it with me in the comments below.
Should you put your child with autism on an autism diet? or not? The autism diet debate is a very real one and it isn’t as obvious as it might seem. There are lots of parents of children on the spectrum touting the benefits and saying how much an autism diet has helped their child and their are lots of parents and others saying it doesn’t matter and the research proves that it’s futile. I personally was on the popular autism diet gluten free and casein free for a few years as a child and I do believe it works. However, in order to really solve the autism diet debate, let’s take a look at a few facts and realities.
1. Every child is different. What works for one child will not work for every child on the spectrum.
2. Children with autism are often picky eaters to one degree or another. Some are worse than others.
3. Putting a child on any kind of autism diet will require a lot of work and effort by the parents and usually some sacrifice by the rest of the family. Not every family is able and willing to do what it takes.
4. For the science/medical community to really prove that one autism diet or another is beneficial for all kids on the spectrum or for even a large number would be difficult if not impossible due to funding, the challenges of working with children with autism and more. That said there are some research studies out there. For example I have a report from 2013 that is over 50 pages long sent to me by a professor in Arizona that lists some of these. If you would like to see it feel free to contact me.
For more studies and research visit, the special diets page of the autism research institute.
5. There are a wide variety of autism diets out there. While the GFCF or gluten free casein free diet is the most popular. There are also others such as the gaps diet, body ecology and feingold just to name a few. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for your child. The only way to really decide is to chose one and give it a try.
In short, the autism diet debate will not go away soon but it’s always worth trying a special diet with your child and I am happy to help. As a health coach that is one of the things I specialize in. I can help you implement an autism diet. Click the button below to schedule a free time to talk with me.
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