The body cannot help heal itself without the proper nutrients and healthy foods. Where do you begin? Start with “cleaning” up the diet. Eliminate artificial ingredients, flavors, colors and preservatives. I took it a step further and eliminated MSG, high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup, no nitrites/nitrates and of course any artificial sweetener. The Feingold program can help you understand and learn what to buy or avoid. For more information on the Feingold program, phenols and salicylates, click on the tab to the left under Pages.
My son’s body was overloaded with toxins he could no longer excrete and we had to reduce the toxin load. One way to do this is eating only organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. When we can’t afford organic meats and dairy, I buy products that are hormone and antibiotic free. Buying all organic fruits and vegetables can be costly, so I did find a resource that listed in importance, which twelve fruits and vegetables to buy organic and the clean fifteen foods you can buy conventionally grown. You can find this information at http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php?key=38863688 . They also have a free app for you iPhone titled Dirty Produce.
The next step for us was to go gf/cf (gluten free/casein free) and corn free. My oldest son tested allergic to all corn ingredients. Wow, I thought eliminating all things with gluten/wheat/dairy/casein was tough, but try getting food not made from corn products or byproducts. As soon as I’d find something gluten free, the replacement ingredient would be rice or corn. Ugh! But it’s doable. I definitely needed help and one great resource with the gf/cf diet was TACA’s (Talk About Curing Autism) website. They have a lot of information on how to get started, menu planning with recipes, how to read ingredient labels and what gf/cf foods you can buy at supermarkets (Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s/Health Food stores). Go to http://www.gfcf-diet.tacanow.org/index.htm for more information and guidance.
There are other diets that families find their child needs based on food allergies/sensitivities. In no particular order they are:
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
Body Ecology Diet
Low Oxalate Diet
A wonderful resource on diets for children on the spectrum is Nourishing Hope at www.nourishinghope.com