GFCF: Restaurant Locators


Maintaining the Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) diet within the real world around us can be a challenge. Most people restricting gluten and casein have concerns with eating away from home, whether it’s at a family member’s or friend’s home, out at a restaurant or while vacationing. The challenge for many is those who […]

Gluten is Not Just in Food

Gluten-Free Products

Congratulations!  You have decided to move your child towards a gluten free lifestyle and are doing pretty well with the dietary adjustments.  It is a big adjustment and often parents are so focused on what their children eat that they may not have considered the possibility of gluten found in non-food products.  For the beneficial […]

A Delicious Casein Free Cheese


Kids love their cheese, whether it is on a pizza, mixed with macaroni or spread on a cracker. Switching to a casein free diet leaves cheese options off the menu. This is a huge challenge as many little ones are picky eaters. Suggestions for getting your kid to eat broccoli may include melting cheese on […]

Going Gluten-Free? 5 Tips for the Transition

Gluten Free Home

If you read my article last month, you know that I am the only person in my family who is not on a strict 100% gluten-free (GF) diet. BOTH of my children, and later my husband, were diagnosed with celiac disease just over a year ago. The only treatment for celiac disease is to religiously […]

Gluten Free Diet: On the Fence?

Gluten Free Baking

“When children ingest foods containing gluten, their intestines leak toxins that are absorbed into their bloodstream. These toxins work their way to the child’s brain and bind to the opiate receptors. The gluten products that have been ingested, therefore, drug the child. The children react as if they are on morphine or heroin, creating behavioral […]

Calcium Concerns on a Casein Diet


Many parents worry about nutritional loss if they put their child on a Casein-Free diet. Parents become concerned that their child may not get enough of the recommended amounts of calcium through casein free alternatives. Although calcium is usually fulfilled by the intake of dairy products, there are other ways to consume the appropriate recommendations […]

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Going Gluten Free | From Professional to Parent: Crossing the Great Divide

Going Gluten Free

I knew about the gluten-free diet long before it became mainstream. I have worked as a clinician in the field of autism for years, and even as early as the late nineties many of my clients were on or were interested in the gluten-free (GF) diet, or it’s more complicated sister, the gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diet. […]

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Boost Dietary Iron and Improve Behavioral Isms

blood work

There is a strong correlation of developmental delays and behavioral isms with iron deficient anemia.  There are multiple studies that discuss the impacts of iron deficiency, specifically its impact on behavior and development.  Visit Google Scholar and search for iron deficient anemia and behavior and you will discover a plethora of studies examining the impacts […]

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Starting a Casein Free Diet

Going Casein Free

“Casein, one of the proteins in milk and dairy products, is particularly difficult to digest. These molecules are known to stimulate opiate receptors in the brain thus producing “brain fog” and quite literally an addiction to casein containing foods. A child who craves dairy products and who largely limits his diet to dairy has a […]

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Calm Your Child’s ‘Sensational’ Brain For Sleep

Sleep - Sensory

A common complaint for many caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is sleeping issues. Since we brought our daughter, Jaimie home from the hospital, she has had trouble with sleeping. For her, it’s a combination of a few factors: she isn’t able to tune out noises around her and she is not capable […]

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