We love a healthy diet! We stress a healthy, organic whole-foods lifestyle, yet we realize when you first come to us, your child is most likely eating only a few foods such as Mac-n-cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets.
One of the first questions we are usually asked by nervous parents is, “Do I have to do that Gluten-free, Casein-free (GFCF) Diet?” First off, not every child needs to do this diet, and secondly, we have an amazing shortcut that “fakes” the GFCF diet. This is like using the Easy Button! We start most families on this shortcut, and then after the child (and your home life!) calm down, we can transition to this diet if there is a medical necessity for it.
There are several autism diets, such as the Low Oxalate Diet or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and from time to time one of them may be beneficial for your child. However, the vast majority of our patients do just fine on our streamlined simple protocols that avoid the diets. Our free Lending Library is a big source of information and help for families.
We have the books and support materials for the Feingold Diet in our Lending Library. This diet has been in use for several decades and is effective for attention, behavior and hyperactivity problems. We find it to be one of the most amazing things you can do to help with ADHD. Many teachers and schools are pleasantly surprised as well. We have numerous children, both with and without autism, use this attention and hyperactivity diet to avoid stimulant medications.