WHY ARE SO MANY AUTISTIC CHILDREN PICKY WITH FOOD? HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO
Is your child only eating three or four things?
Always the same ones?
Are you at your wits end trying to figure out how to feed your child in a healthy way?
Do you dream of going out for dinner or on vacation without taking food with you, in case your child won’t find anything he can eat?
I used to take packets of cereals and biscuits with me on the plane, because my son would not eat anything that was on offer there and he would scream the place down when he was hungry.
HOW MUCH BETTER WOULD YOUR LIFE BE IF YOUR CHILD HAD A HEALTHIER DIET?
“My son has recently started to eat some vegetables mixed with mince meat! I am so excited, he never used to tolerate anything green on his plate! He is also more regular in the bathroom and his tantrums are less intense…”(Carla, mother of 5 year old boy)
When my son started to eat solid food, all he wanted was buttered toast, pasta with pesto sauce and fish fingers.
At first I thought it was because he was a boy (I don’t know why I thought that now), but he was seemingly healthy, had a good appetite and wasn’t constipated or anything else, so I was ok with that.
The vitamin b12 connection
By the time was son was three years old, he was still non verbal, super hyper-active and destructive and was still eating the same things.
I also noticed that he would not take meat in any shape or form.
We didn’t know he was autistic then but I was worried about possible lack of vitamins and minerals, as all he wanted was carbs.
Then one day he decided to pick a piece of sausage from his older sister’s plate and put it in his mouth.
He seemed to like it. I watched his reaction closely and was half expecting him to spit the whole thing out. Instead I saw his eyes light up and he looked at me with a clear gaze. It was as if somebody had switched the light on in his brain!
That told me that he needed vitamin B12.
However, the solution was more complicated than that…
WHY DIY TREATMENT IS NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA
- symptoms can get worse. There is a lot of literature online, books on nutrition, webinars by biomedical doctors and so on. Believe me, I have seen and read them all. The main advise for children on the spectrum was to give B12. Unfortunately, nobody tells you that some children can be very sensitive to all kinds of vitamin B12 and my son was one of them. He would become violent, angry, totally uncontrollable. It was a disaster.
- waste of money and time. The supplements that didn’t aggravate my son’s behaviour, did nothing at all. Everything that is traditionally advised: from DMG to fish oil, to probiotics to all sort of multi-vitamin, quercetin, you name it…I don’t even want to know how much money I threw out of the window and how many bottles of supplements ended up in the bin…
THE GF/DF DIET NIGHTMARE
Some of my patients’ mothers have managed to successfully implement the GAPS diet or some form of gluten free and sugar free diet. If you are one of those mothers, I salute you.
I was a complete failure. The principles of the GAPS diet are absolutely sound: our immune system is 70% in our gut. Autism is an immune condition and the gut needs to be healed.
There is only one tiny problem: nobody in my family wanted to give up pasta, bread, cereals, not to mention cakes and biscuits…and the gluten free versions taste like cardboard!
After three months, my husband begged me to stop and my son was not getting any better anyway.
REACH OUT FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP
It took me a while, but I finally contacted a homeopath and that is when things started to shift and I started to see results. I also understood why it is important to cleanse the gut gently and effectively, before changing diet and adding supplements.
REMOVE, REPAIR, REPLENISH
Based on my own experience with my son, I created this programme that has been working for many families for years:
- gently remove any toxins that are the obstacle to a healthy gut
- repair the gut naturally and gently
- replenish the whole system with natural remedies, supplements and an individualised diet.