Help Autism Symptoms through a Diet for Autism and the MyFoodMyHealth Meal Planner
What to Expect
Congratulations! You're taking the first step on a new and exciting journey that uses food and diet to help address your health conditions. That means you'll be making some positive, but necessary changes to how and what you eat to improve your health. In your meal planner you'll no doubt see recipes and ingredients that may seem unfamiliar and new. That is the point and intentional. If you have serious health conditions, it is very likely that you should not keep doing - or eating - everything you did in the past in the same way. You will need to expand your culinary palette and learn to embrace the changes as you journey to better health.
Get nutritional support for autism by following the MyFoodMyHealth diet for autism. Sign up for MyFoodMyHealth and for as little as $7.50 per month, you'll get:
- Unlimited access to 100's of easy and delicious, chef-created recipes that are good for an autism diet
- Personalized weekly meal planner tailored for autism, plus other health conditions, allergies, and food dislikes
- All recipes include a nutritional value table
- You can substitute and add additional recipes, such as side dishes, desserts and snacks
- Time-saving weekly shopping lists, pantry basics, and online shopping resources
- Expert information on food and nutrition for autism as well as other health conditions and allergies
- Exclusive online access to cooking, nutrition and health tips, videos, articles, and more...
"I have been in practice working with kids and families on special diets for 10 years, and think your site is a great resource."
Judy Converse, MPH RD
NCPA is Nutrition Care Process For Autism
Get Dietary Support for Autism with the Delicious MyFoodMyHealth Autism Diet
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MyFoodMyHealth Sample Meal Planner
The Easy Way to Follow a Diet for Autism
We know your life is busy. Our convenient, online meal planner makes it fast and easy for you to prepare healthy meals for autism. It's filled with nutritious recipes so delicious and satisfying even the pickiest eaters will enjoy following a diet for autism.
You can even add other health conditions and food allergies so you can prepare delicious food that meets the dietary needs of your whole family.
Easily Support Multiple Health Conditions & Food Allergies with MyFoodMyHealth Meal Planner
Are you cooking for yourself and have multiple health conditions or food allergies? Or do you have a daughter with asthma, a spouse with diabetes and a son who hates broccoli and has a peanut allergy? No worries. Unlike other systems, MyFoodMyHealth takes everyone into account, whether you're cooking for one, two, or the whole family.
To start cooking delicious meals that meet everyone's health needs, simply set up your profile to include the health conditions, food allergies or food dislikes for you and your family members. The Meal Planner automatically generates meal plans and recipes that meet everyone's health needs. It's that easy!
What to Expect in Your MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Autism
The MyFoodMyHealth diet for autism follows a program that is gluten-free (the protein molecule in certain grains) and casein free (the protein molecule in dairy products). Since every autistic child is different, you may find that a Specific Carbohydrate Diet is more effective for your child. If this is the case, select the MyFoodMyHealth diet for candida and add fruit to the diet as your child can tolerate it. If you select the candida diet, you also may wish to remove dairy in your child's Profile Set Up.
Please Note: MyFoodMyHealth recognizes that a variety of gluten containing foods have gluten-free substitutes or alternatives. We have included suggestions in our recipes to use alternatives if you or your family member may be sensitive. We follow the general guidelines and do not assume more exclusions than listed. If you need more specific food removals based on professional recommendation for your condition, or the severity of your condition, you are able to add more specific removals on your "My Profile" page.
Foods Especially Excluded in the MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Autism
Delicious Foods to Eat if You Have Autism.....and Foods to Avoid
While your meal planner will exclude the ingredients listed above, below are some additional notes about what to consider when eating for Autism. These are important to note when you are snacking or making your own recipes.
Anti-inflammatory Herbs and Spices to Eat for Autism
Delicious Foods to Eat in a Diet for Autism
If you are making dietary changes to help with the symptoms of autism, there are a bounty of tasty, healthy, whole foods you may enjoy. These include:
Food Additives and Ingredients to Avoid with Autism
No matter what diet you choose, remove artificial ingredients and junk food. Artificial ingredients are highly toxic and very difficult for the liver to breakdown. They are associated with hyperactivity, asthma, aggression, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
- Artificial colors: red #40, yellow #5
- Artificial flavors: vanillin
- Preservatives: BHA, BHT, TBHQ
- Monosodium glutamate: MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and other hydrolyzed items, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract
- Artificial sweeteners
- Trans fats. This is partially hydrogenated oil found in many commercial mayonnaises, margarine, and peanut butter products, fast foods and fried food, and baked goods.
Foods to Avoid with Autism
Try This FREE Sample Recipe from the Autism Diet
Mediterranean Chicken Salad
The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is stand behind a hot stove. This is one of our favorite summertime salads, and a great way to use leftover grilled chicken from the night before. But, it is naturally excellent anytime of the year.
By Rebecca Katz
Children's Diet for Autism
While your meal planner will exclude the ingredients listed above, here are some additional notes about what to consider when eating for Autism. These are important to note when you are snacking or making your own recipes.
For many children with autism, nutrient deficiencies, imbalanced biochemistry, and digestive problems can play a significant role in their physical expression. Attention to dietary factors helps balance biochemistry and affect system healing.
Altering food choices may help improve behavioral and physical symptoms of autism. However, because every child is different, a diet that helps one child may not be appropriate for another. Each child has unique biochemistry, immune qualities, genes, environment assaults, and eating preferences. You should always consult a dietitian to help you to find the correct diet for your child.
Food Intolerance or Allergies and Autism
Many children with autism may exhibit low tolerance or allergies to certain foods or chemicals. For example, the response to certain foods such as gluten and casein can create an opiate or inflammatory reaction that can affect the brain. If this is the case, it is crucial to remove foods from the diet that contribute to inflammation, trigger immune response (food sensitivities), and increase toxicity.
Digestion, GI Health and Autism
For many children, the physiological and behavioral symptoms of autism may stem from, or are exacerbated by, impaired digestion and GI health. Some hypothesize that children with autism have a digestive condition known as "leaky gut" which may be caused by a yeast overgrowth. This overgrowth in yeast and inability to break down food can lead to mal-absorption of nutrients essential for proper brain function. This may contribute to behavioral and medical problems such as spaciness, confusion, hyperactivity, stomach problems, and fatigue. Detoxification can also be poor for people with autism. When detoxification is poor, toxins from food and the environment can build up and act like drugs on the brain. This can cause irritability, aggression, and brain/cellular damage.
General Information on Autism
What is Autism?
Autism is a brain development disorder which results in communication, socialization, and development problems. With autism there is a developmental delay of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize or form relationships with others as well as the ability to communicate and to use imagination. People with autism may also exhibit various forms of repetitive or restricted behavior.
Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls and affects an estimated 10-20 of every 10,000 people. Unfortunately, autism is on the rise. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing 10-17 percent per year. The Autism Society of America estimates that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.
Symptoms of Autism
Children typically display autism symptoms before they are 3 years old. Symptoms include:
- Lack of enjoyment in being cuddled or held
- Difficulty with verbal communication (including problems using and understanding language)
- Inability to participate in a conversation, even when the child can speak
- Difficulty with non-verbal communication (such as gestures and facial expressions)
- Difficulty with social interaction, including relating to people and to his or her surroundings
- Inability to make friends and a preference for playing alone
- Unusual ways of playing with toys and other objects, such as only lining them up a certain way
- Lack of imagination
- Difficulty adjusting to changes in routine or familiar surroundings, or an unreasonable insistence on following routines in detail
- Repetitive body movements, or patterns of behaviors, such as hand flicking, body twisting and head banging
- Preoccupation with unusual objects or parts of objects
- Little or no eye contact
Diagnosis of Autism
There are no medical tests for diagnosing autism. A diagnosis is generally made based on observation of the individual's communication, behavior, and developmental levels.
Causes of Autism
Currently there is no definitive cause for autism. Research has pointed to several possible factors including: genetics (heredity), certain types of infections, and problems occurring at birth. Studies of people with autism have found abnormalities in several regions of the brain, which suggest that autism results from a disruption of early brain development while still in utero. Other theories suggest autism may be caused when a child's immune system inappropriately produces antibodies that then attack their brain. Abnormalities in brain structures cause autistic behavior. Suspected links between measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism also have been suggested. Environmental toxins, such as mercury and pesticides, also have been linked to autism.
Treatment of Autism
Although there isn't a known cure for autism, there are treatment and education approaches that may reduce some of its challenges. These include special education, behavior modification, and speech/physical/occupational therapy.