The Best Autism Diet Breakfast Recipes

Posted on October 17, 2018Categories AutismTags   Leave a comment on The Best Autism Diet Breakfast Recipes
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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.

The Real Scoop on the Autism Diet Debate

Posted on October 13, 2018Categories AutismTags   Leave a comment on The Real Scoop on the Autism Diet Debate
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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.

Sensory Activities with Essential Oils

Posted on September 29, 2018Categories Autism, Essential OilsTags   Leave a comment on Sensory Activities with Essential Oils
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Have you ever considered trying some sensory activities with essential oils with your child? If not, you really should. While essential oils can be used to help your child in a variety of ways, sensory activities with essential oils are another method that many people don’t even consider.

Here are some great sensory activities with essential oils for you to try.

1. Make a play dough and add some essential oils to the dough. Many play dough’s contain gluten though so if you are gluten free, here is a recipe for gluten free play dough.

2. Make some scented bubbles. You can easily make your own by mixing 1/4 cup of unscented dish soap or castille soap, with 3/4 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of glycerin and then adding in 15-20 drops of an essential oil.

3. Essential oil scented finger paints. You can make these by mixing 2 cups of cold water with one tablespoon of cornstarch. Heat the mixture until it thickens. Then remove from heat and cool. After it’s cooled add in food coloring and essential oils. Then let your child have fun painting.

4. Make a sand play area. Pour sand into a large container and then add in a few drops of essential oils. Let your child play in the sand.

5. Make slime. Then you can easily add a few drops of essential oils to the slime.

6. Make some edible sensory balls with jello and add 1-2 drops of lemon, lime, orange or another internal use essential oil to the mix.

Have you tried any of these? Which one or ones look the most interesting to you?

Autism Diets: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Posted on September 27, 2018Categories AutismTags   Leave a comment on Autism Diets: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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Autism Diets: Are they a good thing, a bad thing or a neutral thing? There is a lot of confusion around autism diets. Watch the video below to learn more about the scoop on autism diets. I myself was on the autism diet gluten free casein free for several years as a child. I do believe it helped me and I believe it can help other children on the autism spectrum. However, there are other factors to consider when thinking about an autism diet.

What are your thoughts, experiences and questions about autism diets? Share them with me below in the comments.

Mother’s Day Gifts for a Mom of a Special Needs Child

Posted on March 14, 2018Categories AutismTags   Leave a comment on Mother’s Day Gifts for a Mom of a Special Needs Child
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Are you wondering what mother’s day gifts you could give to a mom of a special needs child? This is a common question and all too often, people really struggle to know what to give a mom who has a special needs child. Here are 10 great mother’s day gifts for a mom of a special needs child.

1. A date night out while you babysit- This is number one because for many moms of special needs children this one takes the cake. When a mom has a child with special needs, they don’t get to go out very often because finding a babysitter can be really tough. If you don’t yet feel comfortable babysitting the special needs child, figure out ways to become more comfortable. Maybe spend time with the child, while the mother or father is still there, attend a training on how to care for children with that special need, or read books about how to help them.

2. A manicure and pedicure- This is another opportunity that many moms of children with special needs don’t get. Buy her a gift certificate for these.

3. A massage- similar to number 2, you can also give the mom a gift certificate for a massage. Every mom of a child with special needs, needs a massage every once in awhile.

4. Chocolates- Hello? What mom doesn’t want chocolates and special needs moms often need them even more.

5. A certificate for a house cleaning- Other than number 1, this has to be one of the best mother’s day gifts for a mom of a child with special needs. These moms almost never have the time to clean, so give them the gift of someone else doing it for them.

6. Respite Time- This is similar to number one, find a respite provider in your area and pay them to give some relief to the mom.

7. A certificate for a fun activity she can do with her child or children- Often moms of a child with special needs are financially strapped and can always use ideas and a way to do something fun with her child. Make sure the activity you chose is appropriate for the abilities and needs of the child.

8. A sensory activities kit for her child- This is another great idea. Find art supplies, play dough, bubbles and other activities the child would enjoy and give it to the mom. This is great for helping keep the child entertained so the mom can do other things.

9. Do the grocery shopping for her- For the right mom, this one is really awesome. Have you ever tried to grocery shop with a child with autism or other special needs? This can be a real pain so why not get her grocery list from her and give her the gift of doing her shopping for her?

10. A health coaching package– Many children with special needs and their moms have health challenges and could use some health coaching help. Also often the children are picky eaters and the mom could use help with finding meals and menus that the child will eat.