The GAPS Diet
It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago we started The GAPS™ Diet as a family….. At the time, when we started the protocol I really didn’t know how it would all turn out but 5 years down the track I can absolutely say, without a doubt, it was definitely worthwhile. So, given how beneficial it was and continues to be for our family I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane to share some of the high’s and lows of the experience.
How to Make GAPS Yogurt
Fermented dairy is a big part of The GAPS™ Diet and quite often even those who hav had difficulty digesting dairy in the past will find they can tolerate the yogurt and whey made themselves following the The GAPS™ Diet Protocol. The main difference between GAPS yogurt and commercial yogurt is that it is fermented for 24 hours to breakdown the lactose in the milk making it easier to digest.
Autism – Getting a Diagnosis
Over the years I’ve worked with many families of children who have either been diagnosed with Autism, are going through the process or are thinking it might be something they should be considering. As a result many of them ask me about Zac’s diagnosis and what it was that made us think he might need to be assessed and how did we as a family cope when he did finally get diagnosed so today, I’ll share that story with you.
Autism and Processed Foods
Keeping a kids diet on track can be hard work but in my experience NOT keeping it on track is harder work. Processed foods are so difficult to keep away from our children especially as they get older and are perhaps out with friends more or just socialising more. These foods are designed to be attractive, tasty and most importantly addictive and the problem I find is they also increase the behavioural issues we experience, especially as parents of children on the spectrum. Due to the highly sensitive nature of their gut health I find to many transgressions = more difficult to manage behaviours = frustration. My advice, if things go astray, don’t beat yourself up, it happens. Simply get things back on track as quickly as you can and you’ll soon turn things around again.
Autism Supplement Tips
For children on the spectrum their nutritional, diet and supplement needs are quite often far greater than that of our other children. It’s important to review their requirements and make sure you’re focussing on their current supplement needs at all times. These tips are to give you a bit of a general idea on some of the more common things they may need.