Of all the diets most widely used in autism community, the Gluten Free / Casein Free diet seems to be the most wide spread. In fact, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) actually found that parents and practitioners report that 60% of their children have a positive response to such a diet. In our family, we have a child with diagnosed celiac disease, so she must have a completely gluten free diet- can’t even have a crumb. In many ways this is a healthier diet; however, we have found one issue–getting enough fiber into our daughters diet.
Fruits and vegetables are an obvious place to turn for fiber. Apples and celery with peanut butter are a favorite for lots of children; however, our daughter is actually allergic to these items, also. So, we went in search of the high fiber gluten/casein free foods and thought we would share some ideas with you. For more on diet, check out our new book Healing Autism Naturally.
We learned that lentils have 15.6 grams of fiber per cup and found a great soup recipe that you can try. We also found that refried beans have 13.4 grams of fiber per cup and found a recipe for enchilada casserole. And at gluten.net, we found a comprehensive list of gluten free flours and grains. In addition, our daughter absolutely loves the New Shaklee Fiber Apple Bars with 8 grams of organic fiber. And, of coarse, we discovered popcorn with 5 grams of carbs per serving, very early on.
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