Choosing an Autism Diet For Recovery

The road to autism recovery begins with diet. That is, making calculated omissions and additions to food choices is the first step to improving children’s health and well being. Certain food substances (most notably gluten and casein) are known to be problematic, and should be avoided – and other foods rich in healing nutrients are beneficial when added to children’s diets. Attention to these factors is intended to balance biochemistry, affect systemic healing, and provide relief of autism symptoms. In simple terms, these are the underlying tenets of diets for autism.

There are many “autism diets” to choose from and deciding how to begin nutritional intervention can seem overwhelming. Ten years ago, it was a simpler choice-do diet! And, “do diet” meant do the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet (GFCF). Eliminating gluten (the protein in wheat) and casein (the protein in dairy) was the primary focus of diet for autism for many years, and provides many positive benefits. Since then, significant advances in biomedical nutrition research and mom-centric anecdotal data have resulted in broader dietary strategies for autism.

Now, one has to decide which diet to do. This can inhibit even the most recovery focused parent from getting started. Parents hear “You need to do this diet,” or “my son improved on that diet.” Because each diet has its group of supporters, parents whose children did well with a particular diet aptly tout it. How can there be so many varied opinions? It’s because every person is different-each has unique biochemistry, genes, environment assaults, and eating preferences. A diet that helps one child, may not be the best for the other.

My clients are relieved to learn that I do not spout the dogma of any one diet. As a Nutrition Consultant, I practice nutrition intervention focused on improved systemic health and relief of physiological and neurological symptoms. Autism diets are food-based strategies employed toward this objective. I help parents choose the best initial diet for their child and then work to customize that diet to further to meet their specific needs.

In my book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, I discuss thirteen different diets that are recommended for autism. While each diet has merit, some include advanced components that are best supported by an experienced practitioner and not necessarily required to get started. In this article, I will explain the top three diets for autism – they include the most immediately helpful dietary principles and practices and there is much literature and community support to help aid successful implementation. In addition to these diets, I’ll discuss the most common food allergies and substances, as addressing these comes hand in hand with diet.

The most popular autism diets are:
o Gluten-free and casein-free diet (GFCF)
o Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD
o Body Ecology Diet (BED)

Gluten-Free Casein-free Diet (GFCF)

Does your child crave milk?
Does your child only eat wheat and dairy foods?
Does your child seem spacey after consuming gluten or casein, and agitated before?
Are you just beginning to look at diet for the first time?

When parents decide to “do diet,” they typically begin with GFCF. There are many good books about it, and the food marketplace is increasingly GFCF friendly. This diet entails the removal of all gluten and/or casein containing foods. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and commercial oats, and casein, the protein found in dairy.

When ingested by children with a compromised digestive tract and weakened immune system, these proteins can cause gut inflammation, pain, and digestive problems. If the protein is not properly broken down during digestion, it can form opioids (opiate or morphine-like compounds). The properties of gluten and casein can lead to digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, as well as foggy thinking and inattentiveness for many children with autism.

According to parents (Autism Research Institute survey), a gluten- and casein-free diet is helpful for 65% of children with ASD, even though a food sensitivity panel may or may not have shown a reaction to these foods. Therefore, I typically recommend a gluten- and casein-free trial period-often beginning the diet by removing first one, then the other.

Most of the foods containing these offending proteins are easy to identify. While following the GFCF Diet, you’ll need to avoid any breads, crackers, pasta, or bakery items made with wheat and other gluten grains, and all dairy foods such as milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and cream. Some sources are not that apparent:

o Soy sauce (except gluten-free soy sauce)
o Potato chips and fries (often dusted with gluten during processing and not listed on label, ensure they are gluten-free by checking with the company in the ingredient list)
o Malt (derived from barley)

When beginning the GFCF diet, be careful not to introduce a bunch of GFCF junk foods such as cookies, candy, and chips. Even though they don’t include gluten or casein, the sugar can feed yeast, imbalance blood sugar, and disregulate energy. Remember, diet is more than just the removal of offending foods – attention must be placed on ensuring healthy and nutritious food intake.

GFCF is a great diet to follow when beginning nutritional intervention for autism.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

Does your child have chronic diarrhea?
Does your child have an inflamed gut, maybe even been on steroids?
Have you tried GFCF to no avail?
Does your child have trouble digesting grains?
Does your child have dysbiosis (pathogenic yeast or bacteria)?

The SCD diet involves the removal of all complex sugars: everything except honey and fruit sugar, including the removal of maple syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, brown rice syrup and more. SCD also removes all starches and all grains, including potatoes and sweet potatoes. This diet allows: meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, certain beans, all non-starchy vegetables, and fruit. This is not a low carbohydrate diet but a specific carbohydrate diet that focuses on non-starchy vegetables, fruit, honey, and certain beans for carbohydrates and avoids other sugars and starches.

SCD is the second most commonly applied autism diet, and 66% of parents say it is beneficial for their child (ARI ratings). It is very helpful for those who have inflammatory bowel conditions and chronic diarrhea, although it can help constipation too.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet aims to reduce gut inflammation and aid healing by “starving out” the bad gut bugs and avoiding foods that require carbohydrate digesting enzyme that are often in short supply. By eliminating problematic foods, the bugs can’t feed. Because it is more restrictive than GFCF, parents don’t usually begin dietary intervention with SCD. However, if there is a significant inflammatory gut condition, some will go straight to SCD.

SCD is often applied when doing GFCF is not enough and digestive problems still remain, or if someone needs to further evolve the diet to see any additional benefits. A variation of SCD is the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) diet, created by Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. It includes the essentials of SCD, plus the addition of wonderful principles such as fermented foods and homemade broths.

While SCD diet is not inherently casein-free, I recommend that SCD be done casein-free until someone is certain that casein is not a problem.

The Body Ecology Diet (BED)

Does you child have persistent candida?
Does your child have harmful bacteria in the gut?
Does your child have bad smelling stool or gas?
Does your child sometimes act drunk, spacey or have maniacal laughter?
Does your child seem itchy or yeasty in any “moist” areas of the body like elbows, knees, or crotch?

The Body Ecology Diet is an anti-candida diet focused on clearing up yeast and dysbiosis (imbalance of bad bugs in the gut). BED is often called BEDROK (Body Ecology Diet Recovering Our Kids) in the autism community. BED incorporates the principles of proper food combining, acid/alkaline balance with low acid-forming foods, low/no sugars and limited starches, easily digestible foods, fermented foods, and other solid nutrition recommendations to clear up candida overgrowth and support health beginning in the gut.

BED allows only a few grains such as quinoa, millet buckwheat, and amaranth (when properly soaked)-restricting more starches and grains than GFCF. In addition to being gluten-free, BED is rice-free, corn-free, and soy-free. Foods such as rice bread, gluten-free pretzels, and rice pasta are not allowed on this diet. BED allows casein, but can be done casein-free. I always recommend going casein-free (on any healing diet) until you are certain that dairy is not an issue.

If you child has candida, BED may be for you. Though it requires that the child eat vegetables as the food combining aspect allows meat with vegetables and starches with vegetables but not meat and starch together. BED may be challenging if a child is picky and does not have a varied diet.

Like SCD, this diet is beneficial for helping reduce dysbiosis and restoring good flora balance in the gut. However, these two diets conflict with each other as they rely on very different underlying principles. SCD removes certain sugars and all starches, while BED removes all sugars and certain starches. Even if someone chooses a different diet, many of the Body Ecology principles can be also be applied, such as the inclusion of fermented foods, soaking grains, and consuming more non-starchy vegetables full of minerals and alkalizing to the body.

Getting Started

Now that we have discussed three effective autism diets and problematic food substances, where does someone start? Typically I recommend GFCF or SCD. Sometimes, based on the diet of the individual, I may suggest BED instead-for example if a child has significant yeast over growth and is currently on GFCF (which may filled with too many sugars and starches), but the child will eat vegetables, I may suggest BED. Additionally, I may suggest just adding fermented foods, soaked grains and nuts, and more vegetables-several BED principles, but not the full Body Ecology Diet.

The most important dietary principle is to start. It sounds simple, but start somewhere – even with the most simple thing – such as getting rid of all artificial ingredients – and then progress.

You Can Do Diet.

I know what you are thinking, “My child is picky and very inflexible with eating new foods. I’m never going to be able to get him to eat anything other than wheat and dairy, and never mind anything “healthy.”

I appreciate this concern. I have had some very picky eaters in my nutrition practice-many children ate only bread and dairy, others subsisted on just pancakes and fries. However, there are solid reasons why these children are so one-sided in their food choices, primarily craving. When the body creates opiates from foods, one can become addicted to them and thus crave nothing but those foods. Children eventually narrow their food choices to include only those that make them “feel better.” It’s worth trying diet because once the child gets passed the cravings (a few days to a few weeks), they often expands food choices dramatically and it becomes much easier to do.

I know that any child’s diet can change. It may take time and require great patience, but you can succeed. I’ve never seen a child’s diet that did not improve eventually-increasingly so as the body heals. It’s crucial that parents believe that it’s possible for their child to change and improve. By envisioning the changes, you project a positive image that is important for your child and the success of your overall efforts.

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Vitamins in Beauty and Skin Care Regimen

You cannot have healthy looking skin without having a healthy body. Why? Your skin reflects the condition of your body. If you treat your body poorly, your skin will suffer as a result…of course, the opposite is also true.

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz within the health and beauty world about vitamins. Vitamin creams, drinks, and shakes seem to be on every street corner. Is there any validity to these bold vitamin claims? Believe it or not, vitamins may be more powerful than you think. You see, your skin will immediately respond to your body. Confused? Let’s break this process down just a bit more.

As we age, the collagen within our skin begins to dissipate. As soon as collagen starts to fade, the skin begins to sag, wrinkle, and lose its form. While this is depressing news, the good news is that you can help your skin to maintain collagen with a few key ingredients. One of those ingredients happens to be vitamins. What kinds of vitamins? Well, that’s another story…

Almost every single type of vitamin that you put into your body will help your skin. In particular, vitamins C and E work skin wonders. However, this doesn’t mean that all the rest of those vitamins are useless. In fact, the way to get healthy skin is to start consuming all kinds of vitamins. How can you consume vitamins?

Remember when your mother told you to eat your veggies? Well, she was right. You see, when you eat lots of vitamins, your skin will glow as a result. Still, this is not enough. You must also purchase proper health and beauty products to go along with your proper nutrition. Why? Well, think about it…would it make any sense to eat lots of vegetables only to spill chemicals on your face?

When you think about it in this manner, learning how to purchase high quality health and beauty products becomes important. These products can be found if you learn how to read labels. Take the time to go over every last inch of a product label. Find out what the product contains, read literature on the product, and then try to discern whether or not the product is right for your skin.

If a product contains vitamins, it is probably good for your skin. Vitamins will help your skin to retain its natural collagen, which can be a great way to fight the aging process. While it’s true that you can’t stop the aging process, you can slow it down quite drastically. Vitamins are not just for fighting off those colds…they can keep your skin healthy too.

Every time that you eat something, keep in mind that your skin will reflect your choices. This way, you can be sure that you will only eat those things that are good for you. Choose foods that are rich in powerful vitamins, and you will soon see that your skin begins to shine with health, beauty, and life.

Is It Possible To Enjoy The Dukan Diet Attack Phase?

Is it possible to enjoy the Attack Phase of the Dukan diet? I think that it is. If you haven’t tried the Dukan diet for yourself then I can understand you being skeptical. In fact, I would not blame you for expecting every phase of the Dukan diet to be, while not desperately unpleasant, something you would not exactly enjoy. For most people, diets and especially the first few days of the diet are pretty unpleasant. The Attack Phase of the Dukan diet takes place during the first few days (you only do this phase once and never lasts more than a week) and so should be the hardest phase. It is called the ‘attack’ and not the ‘relaxing preamble phase’ after all!

Before looking more closely at the Attack Phase, I want to take a look at diets in general. People have a tendency to sum up large and complex events into one single experience. The less verbose among us manage to sum things up, no matter how eventful, in a single word or two.

How were the holidays? Good.

What was Francine’s wedding like? Fabulous.

How was school today? Rubbish.

What was the journey like? A nightmare!

Of course, if we’re asked to expand on the subject we can if we’re willing. And, most of us can break things down and accept that some aspects of the day or event were better than others. When what we’re doing is warmly anticipated or if we enjoyed the event then we tend to forget or gloss over the bad things and vice-versa. As time goes by, most of us slowly forget the bad and remember events, unless especially tragic or traumatic, as positive experiences. What has this got to do with the Dukan diet and the Attack phase, you may wonder.

Well, when we choose to go on diets (no matter what kind of diet it is, simple calorie counting, the Dukan diet, joining a Weight-Watchers club, the Atkins or only drinking hot water and molasses and cayenne pepper) we have mixed feelings. There is some relief that we’re finally doing something about losing the weight we’ve been worrying about. There is excitement at the thought of losing weight. But there is also fear that the diet plan may not work and all our efforts will be for nothing. Or that we will not be able to stick it out until the end. Finally, there is dread or even sadness, at the thought of not being able to enjoy the foods, treats and snacks we’re used to eating and comforting ourselves with.

Most people will take these separate emotions (relief, excitement, fear, dread and sadness) and decide whether or not they are looking forward (or not) to being on their diet and what this experience will be like.

However, diets are complex events. Rather than always remaining one single experience, things are constantly changing. The first few days of a diet are not same as being the fourth or fifth week in. The experience of month one on a diet is not the same as what being on the diet in month three is like. As you progress with your diet, you change.

If I were to ask you how you’d feel if you lost half the weight you needed to what would you say? Suppose you need to lose 30lbs, would you feel any different if you were 15lbs lighter? I think most people would. So if it takes twelve weeks to lose 30lbs, after six weeks you will have lost half the weight. That means that after just over a month you will be feeling different.

What this means is that you can’t plan to go on the Dukan diet, work out that it will take you 12 weeks to lose the weight and think: I’m going to spend 12 weeks feeling like… This is because as the weeks go by how you feel, your experiences of the diet, will necessarily change.

What about some of the other emotions. Take relief, for example, you will feel this from day one. You’ve been worrying about being over weight and wanting to lose some pounds but never got around to it. Each meal, every snack or treat has been accompanied with a sense of guilt that you ought not be eating this.

However, with most diets, this pleasant feeling of relief doesn’t last long. This is simply because the sensation of relief is replaced with feeling hungry all the time and craving your old meals, treats and snacks.

The Dukan diet is a low hunger diet. Not only do you feel less hungry than you do on other diets (simply because high-protein diets are more filling) but you actually crave other foods much less often. People say that one of the biggest surprises that they have whilst on the Attack phase (and all the other phases of the Dukan diet) is that they don’t feel hungry or really want to eat sugary or fatty foods.

This means that the pleasant feeling of relief that you are finally doing something about your weight, lasts a lot longer.

The other emotions that you feel when on a diet include excitement over losing weight and fear that you may not or can’t stick to the plan. The Dukan diet is a fast weight loss diet. In fact during the Attack phase most people lose a lot of weight. This phase only lasts three or four days but this is usually enough for weight loss to be noticeable.

After two weeks of the Dukan diet, by this time you are into the Cruise Phase, you will discover your clothes feeling loser and will probably start receiving positive comments on your weight loss. What great motivation for carrying on going with it!

This means that if you plan on starting the Dukan diet tomorrow, then the next few days, during your Attack Phase, you can expect to feel relief and excitement that you’re doing something that works. Of course, all diets are a stressful time. Don’t expect it to be all plain-sailing. But expect it to be interesting and possibly even fun.

You can look ahead to 4 weeks from now. After this time most people are noticeably thinner. Clothes are more comfortable and they’re hearing positive remarks about their weight loss.

As you progress through the Dukan diet, you pass through different phases. With every new phase, more and more foods are included and your menu becomes more and more varied. On the third phase you are even including Celebration Meals in which you are allowed to eat any foods you like!

The Dukan diet is one of changes. Not only does the diet itself change over time but so does your body and expectations. Due to the lack of hunger and food cravings coupled with the fast weight loss, the diet is high on motivation. This means that the more positive aspects of a weight loss program are emphasized. These positive aspects include: relief that you’re finally doing something about your weight and relief that you have found a diet solution that works; excitement that you are losing the pounds and anticipation over finally being the size and shape you want to be.

Knowing and experiencing this, while only in the first few days of the Dukan diet, means that, yes, it is possible to enjoy the Attack Phase.

Carrots For Health Beauty and Cooking

Carrots with their mild, refreshing taste and distinctive aroma are very popular roots. They will be friends for your health, will be useful for beauty and if we watch our menu we can see that carrots are one of most commonly used vegetables after potatoes.

For Health

Carrots contain loads of minerals and trace elements, vitamins C, B, D, E, K and pro-vitamin A – carotene, as well as a variety of active substances, which improves vision, strengthens skin epithelium, promotes appetite, improve blood composition. There is a believe that carrots juice has anti-cancer activity. Also carrots juice promotes ejection of helminth and helps to stop diarrhea.

Carrots normalizes heart, blood vessels, liver, pancreas, kidney and thyroid gland activity. They should be used if you have an eye disease, arthritis, liver disease, atherosclerosis, anemia and body reinforcement.

It is enough for humans to eat 100 grams of carrots to provide body with necessary daily intake of carotene. Highly valuable is carrot juice. You should drink 200 grams of juice daily, but for medical purposes – three glasses. 9 carrots are just as much calcium as a glass of milk.

For Beauty

Carrot facial masks

1.Grate a juicy carrot and add half a teaspoon of ground oat flakes.

2.Finely grate carrot. Mix it with egg white and add 1 teaspoon olive or peach oil, little bit potato starch and put it on your face and neck.

3.Take 1 tablespoon of fresh cottage cheese, 1 tablespoon of peach or olive oil, add little milk and carrot juice, stir and put on your face.

Mask for hands – grate 1 big carrot, add 1 tablespoon single or sour cream, 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix it all together and apply it on your hands.

For Tenuity

Carrot juice is very useful dietary tool and is widely used in therapeutic diet. Their energy value is low, so they can be safely eaten by people who want to reduce weight. Withholding carrot diet for three days you could lose up to 3,5kg. It is recommended to eat about 1 kg of carrots a day, if wanted – can eat more. At least part of carrot is eaten fresh – grated, juice, salads with herbs and lemon juice, add several drops of high-quality vegetable oil to facilitate absorption of fat soluble vitamins in body. For dinner can eat grapefruit. During this diet you should drink as much water and tea as you possibly can.

For Cooking

Carrots are one of the few vegetables whose value is not impaired during heat treatment, however, to preserve maximum value it is recommended not to over boil them. It is better to boil them whole and cut only already cooked ones.

Carrot is a vegetable which can be added to almost every dish that we prepare. It can be added to almost every soup, stew or salad we make.

If someone dislikes taste of boiled carrots, they can be combined with citrus fruits, clever cooks from carrots prepare fake orange marmalade or jam. If you boil carrots in large quantity of water, along with oranges ( or just orange skins), after putting it through sieve and adding sugar, citric acid you have made a drink which really reminds of orange juice.

Weight Loss: The Most Popular Diets

Weight loss diets are very important for a person trying to lose weight. While physical activities like exercising, swimming etc. help in losing weight, the importance of a healthy diet cannot be ignored. Because if you’re not eating healthy, it can jeopardize your entire weight reduction program. If you’re consuming too much fat or calories while eating, you’re not going to achieve your goals no matter how much you exercise. It is for this reason that various weight loss diets have become so popular over the years.

The Atkins Diet: One of the most popular diets in the world The Atkins Diet tries to eliminate carbohydrates as much as possible from your diet. This is a very effective diet that allows consuming large quantities of protein and fat enriched foods while ensuring that it does not lead to gaining more weight. However, the Atkins Diet is not suitable for everybody and consulting a dietician is recommended to know if this kind of diet is suitable for your body.

The Grapefruit Diet: One of the best known diets for obese people, the advantages of this low-fat, low-calorie diet is enhanced by the inclusion of grape fruits in the diet. This diet is prescribed for persons having a body weight much higher than the average permissible limits.

The South Beach Diet: One of the most successful diets in the world, the South Beach Diet does not try to eliminate fat or carbohydrates from your diet. Instead, it tries to limit the amount of fat and carbohydrates that you’re going to take in your food. Working on the glycemic index the diet restricts your carbohydrate intake for the initial two week period and then re-introduces those carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. A person following the South Beach Diet should eat three healthy meals daily along with some healthy snacks.

The Cabbage Soup Diet: A highly effective weight loss diet, this keeps the carbohydrate levels in your food to a bare minimum. A person taking this diet for only a week is guaranteed to see effective results. The more amount of cabbage soup that you consume, the more fast and effective will be your weight loss results.

The Subway Diet: People who love eating sandwiches would love taking this diet. The low fat content of the Subway sandwiches will help you to lose weight effectively. So, stay slim while gorging on Subway sandwiches all day!

The Slim Fast Diet: A highly-effective and superior weight loss diet, it prescribes substituting slim-fast drinks as your breakfast and lunch, instead of taking your regular foods. However, one can eat a regular, healthy dinner while following this diet plan. The low-calorie Slim Fast shakes helps in losing weight extremely fast.

The Three Day Diet: A very effective diet plan, it lets you to lose weight quickly by eating a three day healthy diet prescribed by a dietician. However, you must following this diet strictly to see effective results.

The Beverly Hills Diet: The Beverly Hills Diet helps you to lose weight by taking advantage of the natural chemical reaction that takes place inside our body when food is consumed. A person following this diet has to be very strict in his eating habits as protein needs to go with proteins and carbohydrates with carbohydrates. Though very strict and restrictive in nature, the Beverly Hills Diet leads to a rapid weight loss.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet: This diet is a sensitive diet and hence it needs to be followed carefully. It is essentially a low-calorie diet that results in faster weight loss.

Negative Calorie Diet: One of the best weight loss diets it includes plenty of healthy vegetables in your diet to lose weight.

Following any one of these diets will definitely help you in losing weight more effectively as they are proven weight loss diets and have become immensely popular among thousands of people who have religiously followed them. However, before following any one of these diets, please seek expert medical advice which will help you to choose which one will be the most effective for your body to lose excess fat. To gain further knowledge about various weight reduction problems and their solutions you’ll need to read high quality e-books written by expert authors on the given subject.

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