What My Kids – and The Autism Diet – Have Taught Me About Eating Well

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Every Tuesday, I try to write something I learn or take away from raising kids with disabilities.  This week, it’s a little more closer to home, in that I’m thinking about how raising my children has directly changed my life. In fact, it’s directly changed every single item that lines my pantry and fridge. About 2 years ago, we started on this so-called “autism diet”

Halloween Success (Sort of)


This year, for Round 1 of Halloween festivities, we went to our friends’ house, did the Zombia Walk, and then trick or treated.  Why success?  Simple: Zoe wore her entire costume almost the whole time. She only took her wings off the last 15 or so minutes of trick or treat time. The girls did not cheat much. Zoe only had 2 bites of pretzels

The Taste You Can’t Afford: Excitotoxins and MSG


What is an excitotoxin? Some time back, I learned about a dangerous food item called “excitotoxins.”  Basically, it is a chemical released into the brain that kills neurons.  Once killed, a neuron, like anything else, cannot be revived, and areas of the brain or functionality can be damaged.  The list of disorders that may be attributed to excitotoxins include Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s; each of

Five Reasons it’s Difficult to go Gluten-Free and Casein-Free


It has not been an easy road going gluten- and casein-free, and I’m writing today’s post to help all of those of you who have had infractions while placing your child on this diet, to help ease disorders, such as autism and Down syndrome. As far as I can tell, that means everyone who has tried this diet. Let me start at the beginning.  Firstly,

#Autism Diet class starting 7/23! #gfcf

I’m thrilled to announce that my very good client, Stephani McGirr, will be hosting a live teleclass on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, entitled, “3 Essentials for Your Autism and ADHD Diet Success: Building Your Foundation of Support“.  This free teleclass covers all of the following: the 3 essentials you must have in place to be successful with your child’s diet for ADHD or autism spectrum