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Dietary Interventions


GFCG Diet 

The Gluten-free and Casein-free (GFCF) Diet involves eliminating gluten and casein from your child's diet. Gluten and casein are both naturally occurring proteins.  Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye and casein is found in dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt. The diet can be used to help relieve symptoms from a variety of health issues. The basis of this diet is removal of gluten and casein to improve behavior and digestion in children with autism. 

More Resources 

http://www.gfcf.com/

http://autism-nutrition.com/gfcf-diet

https://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/going-gfcfsf-in-10-weeks/

http://www.generationrescue.org/resources/nutrition-guide/



Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD):

Removes all complex sugars and starches in addition to gluten and casein.  Eliminating sugars and starches starves out the yeast and bad bacteria (which feed on complex sugars) and therefore helps alleviate side effects created by yeast and bacteria overgrowth, which include gastrointestinal issues, headaches and hyperactivity.

More Resources 

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/scd-autism/

http://www.pecanbread.com/



GAPS Diet

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, a condition where psychological or neurological disorders such as autism, ADD, schizophrenia, depression, and OCD are said to be caused by imbalances in the gut. The GAPS Diet was developed to heal these disorders through healing the gut. GAPS is a diet based on restricting certain foods to allow the digestive system to repair and reinoculate.Stage one of the GAPS Diet limits dieters to broths, soups, and some probiotic-rich foods like kefir. In stage two, you add in raw organic egg yolks, mostly whisked into stocks and soups. You may also eat stews and casseroles made from meat and vegetables.  In stage three, you continue with foods consumed in stages one and two, but you add ripe avocado and sweet vegetables like squash. In stage four, you add roasted and grilled meats, cold pressed olive oil, fresh juices, and almond bread. In stage five, you add cooked apple, raw vegetables, and more fruit juices. Stage six allows for raw fruit, unprocessed honey, and dried fruit.

More Resources:

http://www.gaps.me/