Updated: Aug 30
Now that we’ve looked at removing foods that can be toxic to your child (and
probably to yourself as well), let’s consider the next steps to improving your child’s
Once the inflammatory and toxic foods have been eliminated, the gut is able to begin
to heal. As you work with your functional nutritionist, she will likely do some
testing for food allergies and intolerances. She will also do a stool test to get a
picture of what’s really going on in the gut. From here, she will recommend a diet
specific for your child. This could involve a candida diet, like The Body Ecology Diet,
to get rid of yeast, or a low FODMAP diet to manage SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria
Overgrowth), or another useful protocol for your child’s unique body.
Supplements will also be helpful in the healing and rebuilding of the gut.
Replenishing healthy bacteria with probiotics and probiotic foods can be important
as well as helping digestion with the use of digestive enzymes. An Omega 3 fatty
acid supplement is excellent for helping reduce inflammation in the body and is
critical for brain function.
Even before you meet with a nutritionist or receive your test results, you can take
some steps right now to improving your child’s health. By removing the gluten,
dairy, corn, and soy as well as sugar and artificial ingredients, you will be well on
your way! You can then add in all the colorful fruits and vegetables, a variety of
proteins and healthy fats to EACH meal.
Half of your child’s plate should be high fiber vegetables, a mixture of raw and
cooked. You can then add a ‘palm-sized’ portion of protein, such as free-range
pasture-raised eggs, wild caught fish, free range chicken, grass fed finished beef.
Quality does matter! On the plate, you may also choose to include a starch, the size
of the palm of his hand. This may include root vegetables, gluten free grains, and
Last, but not least, your child will need a healthy portion of fat at each meal.
Healthy fats include nuts, seeds, nut butters, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados/avocado oil. Fruit can make a tasty dessert or snack. If eaten as a snack, try to include some nuts or seeds to help slow the insulin response.
By eating real food, in a variety of colors and flavors, and avoiding the foods and
non-foods that are harmful, you and your child will not only feel better, but your
child will gain a much higher chance of improving his/her symptoms of ASD and ADHD.
In the next and final blog post in the series, I will share some tips for success!
Certified Nutrition & Cognitive Therapist
Homeschool Mother of 5