You may have heard about an autism diet, especially if you are a parent. If your child has just been diagnosed with autism, then you may be tempted to give it a try. Autism appears to be on the rise. There are more reported cases of children with developmental disorders and delays. It is likely that even if you do not have an autistic child, you will know someone who

Please be aware that conventional doctors usually say that there is no basis or sufficient proof based on scientific studies that an autism diet really helps. However, there are many stories
out there indicating that an autism diet can actually help a child with more focus and reduced autistic symptoms. So if your child has recently been diagnosed with an autism disorder, you
may want to learn more about how to start your child on an autism diet.

Most commonly, an autism diet is a casein-free and gluten-free diet. This simply means that you need to eliminate dairy products (casein) and wheat products (gluten) from your child's

When you first wonder about how to start on an autism diet, you may think that this would mean that your child cannot eat several foods. Afterall, there are many products with casein
and wheat in them. It is true that implementing an autism diet requires a lot of determination and hard work on your part because you may need to do more home cooking.

However, if you really do decide to put your child on a gluten and casein-free diet, there are still enough things that they can eat. They can eat, for instance, meats, fruits and vegetables, and obviously anything else that does not contain casein or gluten. You will need to make the special effort to source for such foods sold outside. In most situations, you may even have to prepare the autism diet meals yourself.

Of course, it will not be exactly easy to implement an autism diet for your child. Your child may wonder why he or she is different from other children and not allowed to eat things like pizza and most snack foods. You will need to find a way to explain why this is so to your child. Your child may even throw tantrums due to resistance on being put on an autism diet. Also, be aware that even though, your child does not necessarily have to eat the gluten and casein, it is still possible for these substances to get absorbed through the skin. For instance, many cleaning products, vinegar sticker glue, and other things around the
house contain gluten or casein.

If you do decide to put your child on the gluten and casein autism diet, you may decide to jump right into it or you might ease your child into it slowly. You may even decide to put the entire family on the diet, to keep things simple and, if you do, you might find yourself feeling some positive benefits as well.

Fortunately, if you have an autistic child and want to try the autism diet, is that, due to more cases of Celiac Disease, manufacturers are producing more gluten-free alternative foods.
People with Celiac Disease also have difficulty processing gluten. However, do note that these still cannot beat preparing and cooking for your child from your own kitchen.

Starting your child on an autism diet may sound daunting initially. You will need to find out more about how to start an autism diet through researching from books or online. Joining a
support group also helps. It is also important to make observations as to whether your child is really benefitting from an autism diet or not.

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