Studies have shown that children on the autistic spectrum function better off of gluten and dairy. Apparently the gluten acts like opiates in their system and zones them out like they are high.....no wonder bread is addicting! I miss those opiates in my own system....
The dairy is for digestive issues. Most of us don't digest dairy well, even if we think we do. My husband and I already have slight allergies to milk, so this one was super easy to give up. I already didn't cook with milk, because I grew up in a household with a brother who was VERY allergic. After twenty years in that house, milk was just an extra fridge item I never bought. Pretty much the only thing we had to stop buying was cheese and ice cream.
Sugar is the other thing the doctor wanted us to eliminate.
YEAH, that was not going to happen. LOL.
We do limit it a lot. She rarely has candy, never drinks anything with sugar, no fruit juice, no soft drinks, nothing. I'm sorry, but a 3-yr-old has no business having most of that anyway. Unless you are careful to buy 100% juice, you are just giving your kid sugar water anyway. *getting off my soapbox now* We bought a juicer and she loves making her up cup in the morning from the fruit and vegetables in the drawer.
We are starting to adopt a way of eating known as the Paleo lifestyle. It promotes healthy living and is completely gluten and dairy free eating, plus.....chocolate is still on the menu. These are smart people. Mamma has to have her chocolate! I only eat dark, anyway!
Here's one fabulous dessert from one of my favorite paleo blogs -- Chocolate Stuffed French Toast!
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