Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet

I am a person who tends to lean on empirical data to make choices when it comes to anything medical. I'm not a fan of "whats trending" in the moment, unless there is actual data to back it up. Especially when it comes to my kids. But this is one thing I'm trying just to try--something with no actual backing aside from a few physicians who claim it helps approximately 2 out of 3 children with autism. Tons of moms with personal experience claim that it helped their kids tremendously, and it can't hurt!

The two second explanation is this: supposedly, in children with autism, gluten and casein(a protein found in dairy) have a sort of opiate effect that clouds their minds and hinders their speech and social skills. The GFCF diet is never advertised as a "cure," but is said to help ease some of the most socially debilitating effects of autism.

Sooo... why not? Sounds like it's worth a try. Besides the ridiculous cost, it almost seems better regardless of autism. Definitely more healthy than our usual diet. This week's menu:

Gluten-free Cereal Bars
Homemade Blueberry Oat Bars(with Pamela's gluten free oatmeal cookie mix)


                                                      Almond Butter and Honey sandwich (on gluten-free bread)
                                                  Broccoli and Carrots with gluten-free veggie dip 

                                                      Dinner :

Sweet Potato Fries
Garlic Risotto
Florentine Risotto
Gluten-free pasta with red sauce
Random Vegetables


Annie's Fruit Snacks
Gluten-free Pretzels
Gluten-free Animal Crackers


                                                Almond milk

If you are really into this, here is a sobering article from Psychology Today critiquing the foundation of the diet. I'll let you know how it goes! An excerpt:

"The bottom line from this post: The clinical trials evidence for gluten-free, casein free diets is poor, so far (though I'll go over what I consider to be the best study later). BUT, there is newer evidence of a rather large subset of kids with ASDs who have an especially leaky gut, and the susceptibility to the leakiness seems to be genetic. You are not going to find these kids by looking at patients with celiac markers or by looking at patients with GI symptoms."

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