Exponential Harm

Many foods eaten during the holidays such as sugar, gluten, dairy and food dyes Holiday eating for children with autismwill cause exponential harm to your child’s health and behavior. These foods bring common food allergies, inflammation, as well as physical and emotional instability. They are not good for anyone, but children on the autism spectrum and with ADD are particularly sensitive to these chemicals.  Their detoxification systems are not as capable as others to handle them. Their brain cells are particularly vulnerable also.

Food Additives

Beware of added food coloring such as sprinkles on top of gluten-free cookies, or coloring added to the dough. Many gravies have gluten in them, as well as monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is toxic to the brain and causes aggressive behavior. Do not underestimate the potential effects of these foods, including  decreased immunity to colds and flu, and increased candida growth contributing to aggressive behavior, excessive fears or a  decreased ability to focus or cope with external stimuli. It is vital to protect your child’s brain from any further harm during the holidays.

Healthier substitutions are xylitol or stevia instead of sugar. Never use the sugar substitute aspartame, as it excites brain cells and destroys them to death. Xylitol can be found at most health food stores and at www.pureformulas.com. If needed, naturally colored sprinkles can be found at many health food stores or you can use white sprinkles which do not contain food dyes. Gluten free flour such as coconut flour is a great flour substitute. Organic coconut flour is also found in most health food stores and at www.pureformulas.com (with free shipping!).

Coconut flour is tasty, nutritious and lower in carbohydrates. It is one of my personal favorites. There are many gluten free websites for recipes using coconut flour. Try www.mynaturalfamily.com/recipes/coconut-flour-recipes/ or www.scdiet.org. The book, Cooking With Coconut Flour, by Bruce Fife, has a fabulous recipe for pumpkin bread made with coconut flour:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or xylitol
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground mace
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sifted coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

Blend pumpkin, eggs, oil sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, mace, and salt. combine coconut flour with baking powder and mix thoroughly into batter. Fold in nuts. Pour into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 C) for 60 minutes.

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Happy Holidays!

Karen Thomas

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