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Encouragement for sensory, autism, aspberger’s
Becky’s dear college friend, Erica, and I just found her first “light bulb”, “hallelujah” email from 2008 when she started to change her daughter’s diet. Needless to say, seeing Ava before and after is a great “Praise God” moment!
“Hi! I know all the information you gave me about diet controls, etc., has been very good, but it wasn’t until last night the light bulb really went off!
I’ve been reading up on AS (Asperger’s Syndrome) which is on the autism spectrum. I read where dietary changes have been controversial in autism cases but some children are really responding to a diary-free, wheat-free, and casein-free diet. I also read children with autism often have problems with the gut - severe constipation, “Budha Bellies”, etc. and this is where the light bulb comes in... Ava... has always had issues with her bowels and the Budha Belly. Around the beginning of November 2010 when, after our Girls Whirlwind Visit, I decided to give a dairy-free diet a try. Since her dairy-free diet, she has not had bowel issues, and her stomach is flat - in fact, she has a six-pack (lucky her)!
I’ve also noticed it had been hard for Ava to focus on instruction and take instruction, she’s had more temper outbursts, etc. Then, I happened to think that she has not been eating her Van’s Waffles (wheat/gluten free) but instead good old Eggo’s every morning and if not that, Cherrios (hello - wheat!). Sooooo we started the wheat-free and gluten-free portion of her diet. She had a scrambled egg (with rice milk) and guess what, no problems eating, talking with me, following direction - in fact, she just asked me if she “could have the Pony underwear, please” - Becky, you don’t know how wonderful it was to hear a calm, conversational question - with eye contact!
So for all of your information, guidance, support and love, I thank you a million times over!!!! We are just in the beginning of our journey, but I feel we are FINALLY on the right track.
Now, in 2011, Ava is doing very well! Erica is continuing to fine tune the Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Casein Free diet with other behavioral
modifications such as salicylate sensitivity (salicylatesensitivity.com). Be inspired to do more as you know more!
We have an 8-year old, 6-year old twins and a 3-year old, all who have benefited greatly from a change in their diets. Although they have never been overweight, I have felt for some time that more natural ingredients and home prepared meals were important for their health – both short and long term.
Several months ago, we began buying more of our foods at a local farmer’s market and shopping at whole foods markets. We built a recipe list of foods our kids would like from a popular online recipe website – www.allrecipes.com – and sought to buy ingredients that were organic or certified free of hormones and chemicals.
The kids have enjoyed participating in discussions about meals for the week ahead. They’ve become interested in nutrition and how to eat for health and taste. They are also excited to know they are fueling their bodies with things that are benefiting them in many ways.
For us, it was important to explain the potential consequences of poor food choices. Diabetes runs in our family, so they are very aware of the importance of a balanced diet and not consuming too many carbohydrates in a single meal. They are off to a FAR better start nutritionally than I got. I grew up raised by a single mom who worked 2-3 jobs to support us. Many nights I ate the frozen TV dinners loaded with sodium, fat and other chemicals. I believe it had a negative impact on my health over the long term and I won’t let that happen to my kids. Healthy Choice? Yeah, right!
In terms of getting the kids involved, the most important factor has been involving them in the process and teaching them about compromise and trade-offs. They may get overruled, but they have input and develop favorites. They are involved in menu planning, grocery shopping and learning about balanced nutrition from foods made “without” chemicals.
I also don’t believe in totally depriving a child of treats. The kids see their friends eating chips and cookies, and we allow a small amount IF they finish the healthy part of their meals. If they don’t feel deprived, they are more likely to stick with the healthy habits.
Our diet is far from perfect, but we are getting there. We serve our kids home cooked meals, most nights. When my wife is busy during the day, she uses a crock pot so that we don’t need to resort to ordering take out or heating up frozen pizza.
I haven’t noticed any behavorial changes, however, they all do well at school and rarely, have disciplinary issues. In fact, we are often complimented on their behavior. Furthermore, the doctor is very pleased with their growth and in particular their weight. Apparently, most of the kids she sees in her practice are much taller and heavier than our kids. She assures us we are feeding the kids correctly and others are not. In terms of height, she says they’re following their own growth curve and obviously have a good balance of caloric intake and exercise.
It costs a little more for organics but it is more than worth it for peace of mind.