Friday, May 27, 2011

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free for Autism

Guess what we are trying at our house? Yup, gluten-free, casein-free. Gluten is a protein found in many grain products--barley, wheat, oats, etc. Casein is a milk protein. We have long known that Little Bean can't handle milk products, so the casein part is already partly taken care of. He hasn't had cheese, milk, yogurt, or ice cream in ages. Now we are going a step further to remove casein from all products that he eats, including cooked dairy in things like cheese crackers, and also butter, which we had never removed. And then we will tackle gluten. It's in a lot of the food and sauces he eats now, so that will be harder.

Why? Well, some people have found that a gluten-free, casein-free diet helps individuals with Autism. I know removing milk (quite out of necessity) helped Little Bean's behavior a lot too. So I'm hoping going even further with removing both milk products and gluten will help even more.
I am a total newbie when it comes to this, so I will let you know what I'm learning as I go. Hopefully what I'm learning will help others too. And if you know a lot about gluten-free, casein-free eating, please pipe up and share with me. I'm all ears!

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The Fambros said...

We have just started this as well! My advice? Buy the premixtures until you become more familiar with different flours. It can be really overwhelming if you try to tackle them all at once. Here are some blogs I have found helpful... all her recipes are gluten free for her daughter who has celiac's disease
There are many more out there but right now these are my go to.

Angela said...

We have been wating to do GF/CF, but seeing as how we are already Corn free, I am scared. Good luck. I hope you see great results!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog on a friend's blog. We have two on the spectrum, and one with a lot of food allergies. So GF/CF is our friend. We actually are more strict than just those two, but they are two biggies.

A favorite cookbook I didn't see in your picture is "The Super Allergy Girl Cookbook". She is great. She has a heart for this, answers emails quickly and honestly, and even has her phone number on her site where you can contact her.

FWIW, we are gluten, casein, soy, corn, nuts, most oils, and sugar free. Yeah, we are looking into the nutritional benefits of air at this point. Hehe.

I would be willing to share anything we have learned on this journey. Please feel free to email me or contact me via my blog.

Jackie said...

I will look forward to hearing your results. Thanks for sharing.

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