GFCF for Autism DOES work
I wanted to let you know why I believe in the gluten-free diet. It is actually for my 2 year old son, who was diagnosed with autism about 8 months ago, just before he turned 2. We started therapy intervention right away, and in February, after much reading on the gluten-free casein-free diet, I decided to try it on my son. He immediately went through withdraw, and was nearly unbearable for about 3 days. After he got through the withdraw, he was like a different child. He stopped stimming, he started connecting with us, his intestinal issues cleared up, and he even has spoken words - AMAZING! Well, this past weekend, he got some bug bites that welted up pretty big, so his doctor gave me a 4 day supply of Childrens Claritin samples instead of using Benedryl so he would not be drowsy. The day that he took is first dose, I noticed that he started stimming, and he wasn't as connected has he had been since I started him on the GFCF diet. I looked up the ingredients in Childrens Claritin online, and sure enough, starch is one of the ingredients. I did not give any thought at all to checking the ingredients in medications. Since I stopped the medicine, he went through withdraw again, and seems to be getting back on track now. That certainly is validation for me. Gluten definitely enhances my son's autism. Major lesson learned for me!
It's not as hard as you think
Here's my story. One day about a year ago I confided in Sandi about my husband. He had been suffering with psoriatic arthritis for 15 years starting at the age of 30. I would watch him night after night limp around barely able to walk from both his psoriatic arthritis and plantar fasciitis. I knew Sandi was eating GF and seen a huge improvement with her so I asked what eating gluten free could do to help my husband. It's deep and really if you just read the information on Sandi's website you will have enough knowledge to get started today. But you need to take the bull by the horns and go for it. It has been 8 months since he and I started eating GF and to date I can tell you that he has not taken any ibuprofen and is walking everyday with no pain. The psoriasis spots that he has are not so bright red and have not progressed any since GF. I have lost 23 pounds and still going strong. It is not as hard as you think. Once you get the hang of it...you now are living a much better lifestyle. And eating GF does not mean giving up taste. He says "eating GF brownies, for example, are more sinfully delicious than the gluten version."
You don't need to spend a lot of money as there are a lot of natural foods already GF, and the goodies you used to buy, you don't any longer. This saves money too. Now you have the extra money needed to get started on your weekly staples. Build up a little at a time and soon you are off and running (or should I say off and cooking).
We love eating this way. You feel much more energized and never feel that bloating you get with processed foods. Every day is a new adventure. Cooking together helps us enjoy our meals much more. The more color (there's a rainbow available) the more healthy. The first step is just getting started. The rest will follow.
Good luck in your new healthy lifestyle.
Someone referred Sandi Star to me after an amazing talk she gave at Jimbo's on gluten. I loved all the detailed info she handed out. I contacted her at Karmic Health because I had been holding onto 11 pounds since having my baby 2 years prior and I had tried everything and could not get it off. I also felt like my food selections had become very boring and it didn't excite me to cook anymore. At the same time I was getting migraine headaches and they were becoming increasingly worse. I met with Sandi and I decided to go gluten free, dairy free, and soy free for 3 months and see how it went. I am a vegetarian so this task was particularly challenging because I was worried that I would have even more limited choices on what to eat. This was not the case, I lost the 11 pounds and embarked on a very joyous food journey. I never felt like I was dieting because she gave me so many incredible recipe ideas and great tips. I was never hungry and very satisfied with my food choices. My excitement for cooking also came back. Best of all I haven't had any migraines since starting the new way of eating. After the 3 months of being gluten, dairy, and soy free I actually decided to continue with it and make it part of my lifestyle. I am very happy and feel very healthy! Something helpful I did with Sandi before embarking on the new diet was taking a tour of Jimbo's. I learned about many great new and delicious products to support my diet. This was so exciting for me because I had been shopping at Jimbo's for years and always seemed to purchase the same things. We walked through the produce section and we went over different ways to prepare and eat the produce that I never had done before. Every aisle of the store was full of new and different items that I would have never tried on my own! I am so very appreciative of Sandi for the support she gave me through this very important positive change in my life!
I contacted Sandi after some 1-on-1 diet work I did with her because I was interested in a cooking party for a birthday in my family. My family is mostly vegetarian and wanted a meal that was gluten and dairy free as well. I know Sandi would have some GREAT ideas. She did the grocery shopping for us and came to the house and cooked incredible appetizers, salad, soup, entrée, and dessert with a Thai theme. Each course we observed or assisted Sandi in the preparation. Sandi had great tips and explained everything she was doing very thoroughly yet was very quick in cooking it all! We received detailed recipes as well as a beautiful menu we could save as a memento. The birthday girl was so impressed and loved the idea to make her birthday celebration a Thai cooking lesson party! It was fun for everyone and Sandi fit into our family so well too! I would highly recommend this idea for a birthday, anniversary, shower, or even girls night out!
Karmic Health has helped me tremendously with my diet and recovery due to a gluten, dairy, and soy allergy. I came to Sandi with my body in its worse possible condition it has ever been in. I knew I had an allergy to all of these food items but had continued to eat these offensive foods for over 10 years. My body finally got to its breaking point. I was rundown, lethargic, bloated, and suffering from chronic diarrhea. I needed help, and I needed it quick. I contacted Sandi. During my consultation she advised me to eliminate Gluten, Dairy, and Soy at every meal along with suggesting some herbal supplements and probiotics to help my gut rebuild the damage I had done. I am on the road to recovery and I feel better every day. I am gaining more energy, and have minimal problems with my gut. I know that my recovery will take some time to heal, but I also know that I have Sandi and her experience, guidance and knowledge to help me get my body back to its optimal health.
Mahalo Sandi and Karmic Health!!!!
A Mothers Story
You can imagine how hard it is for a parent to receive news that your child is diagnosed with autism. Immediately we heard that interventions like special diets would aid children with autism. One of the diets discussed and recommended was the Gluten Free & Casein Free (GFCF) diet. My husband and I had no idea what a diet like that entailed. We were so overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. Karmic Health was a God send. It helped educate us on what gluten and casein were and in what foods they were found in. Sandi Star even went to the market with me to help me know what foods to look for and give me ideas for replacements. On top of that, she spend several hours at my home teaching me how to cook some of the new GFCF recipes. Sandi provided us with a wealth of knowledge on GFCF benefits, recipes and resources. From time to time, we would get stuck or have a question about the diet and she was only a phone call away. Thank you Sandi for helping us get on the right road to our son's recovery. You have been a blessing!
Patricia & Wesley Collier, Plano TX
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