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The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000. ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17). Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods - especially milk products and glutens such as wheat(and to a lesser degree - soy and corn.) One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status. The uniqueness of this book is that it not only provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, it provides successful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. The authors share details about just how and why the diet works. The specialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided. There are also testimonials from the parents and from the children themselves.


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The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000. ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17). Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods - especially milk products and glutens such as wheat(and to a lesser degree - soy and corn.) One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status. The uniqueness of this book is that it not only provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, it provides successful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. The authors share details about just how and why the diet works. The specialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided. There are also testimonials from the parents and from the children themselves.

30 review for The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Rice

    Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for free; I did not pay for it. Claiming a gluten-free diet "helps" autism is like stating "A gluten-free diet does not help homosexuality." That is just the start of the insane claims made in this book. No one who is autistic or who is a care-giver of an autistic person should follow the baseless, evidence-less advice in this book. This book repeats many of the false dietary claims found for free on the Internet; there are hundreds of YouTube videos tha Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for free; I did not pay for it. Claiming a gluten-free diet "helps" autism is like stating "A gluten-free diet does not help homosexuality." That is just the start of the insane claims made in this book. No one who is autistic or who is a care-giver of an autistic person should follow the baseless, evidence-less advice in this book. This book repeats many of the false dietary claims found for free on the Internet; there are hundreds of YouTube videos that repeat the falsehoods, and also opinion pieces in magazines that should know better. Autism is about 80% genetic and about 20% epigenetic: no diet "helps autism" for the same reason no diet "helps homosexuality---" the studies performed on the subject clearly and unequivocally demonstrate gluten is not a problem for 99.99% of autistic people, just as it is 99.99% not a problem for neurotypical (non-autistic) people. That "said," the offers nothing new regarding cook books: there are thousands of cook books to choose from, and they do not make absurd and false claims. While reading this book I kept being reminded that the claims were debunked over a dozen times, such as found here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.... Skip this book: it is lying to people who are desperate to "cure" that which is not a disease.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I didn't get enough time to look through it all but I was very impressed with the explanations of the differences between allergies, intolerance to foods, and then an avoidance diet to change behavior. I referred to it a few times in preparing meals for my food allergic child. Lots of great resources in the back. Lots and lots of great looking recipes without a ton of ingredients. I will be checking this out again from the library! I didn't get enough time to look through it all but I was very impressed with the explanations of the differences between allergies, intolerance to foods, and then an avoidance diet to change behavior. I referred to it a few times in preparing meals for my food allergic child. Lots of great resources in the back. Lots and lots of great looking recipes without a ton of ingredients. I will be checking this out again from the library!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    LIFE CHANGING!! Matthew, who has not been diagnosed with autism but has neurological tics associated with autism, has had gastro issues for the last year and drs have been totally baffled and not helpful. This book explains the science behind the CFGF diet or the "autism diet" and has hundreds of great recipes. This book is empowering and Matthew is finally starting to heal! LIFE CHANGING!! Matthew, who has not been diagnosed with autism but has neurological tics associated with autism, has had gastro issues for the last year and drs have been totally baffled and not helpful. This book explains the science behind the CFGF diet or the "autism diet" and has hundreds of great recipes. This book is empowering and Matthew is finally starting to heal!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorilin || thegoodbug

    This book is extremely thorough, and that makes it a very helpful resource. However, it does read almost like a textbook, so you need to prepare yourself for that. The first 150 pages talk about very specific dietary issues and the diets that may reduce their symptoms. Detailed explanations for why certain dietary issues exist and how they may affect ADHD and autism are given, as well as action steps for how to help resolve the issues. Of course dietary changes are a big part of the solution, and This book is extremely thorough, and that makes it a very helpful resource. However, it does read almost like a textbook, so you need to prepare yourself for that. The first 150 pages talk about very specific dietary issues and the diets that may reduce their symptoms. Detailed explanations for why certain dietary issues exist and how they may affect ADHD and autism are given, as well as action steps for how to help resolve the issues. Of course dietary changes are a big part of the solution, and some of the diets that are included in the book are low salicylate diets, low phenol diets, gluten-casein-soy-free diets, anti-yeast diets, low oxalate diets, and anti-inflammatory and FODMAP diets. The last 150 pages offer recipes (with highly restricted ingredient lists) that can help. You really have to go all in with these recipes because the ingredients are not typical, which I guess is the point. Lots of proteins and veggies, okay no problem. But you'll use many alternative fat, dairy, and gluten ingredients, so stuff like rice milk, bean flour, various nut and seed oils, ghee, etc. It's not impossible but it will require an overhaul of your pantry. If you're looking for a comprehensive resource that explains the whys along with new food choices, this may be the book for you. If you are looking for a less hardcore intro to healthier food options, though, this will be too much for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marnie

    This book was full of information about ADHD & autism symptoms & how they can be controlled with diet. I could relate to some of it & I feel a lot better after going gluten free, egg free, & mostly dairy free. I thought the "Trojan Horse technique" of hiding pureed meat in muffins & cakes sounded totally disgusting though, & I would never do that to a child. I thought there should have been more vegetarian recipes. It did convince me to start eating gelatin, which is not vegetarian, but seems to This book was full of information about ADHD & autism symptoms & how they can be controlled with diet. I could relate to some of it & I feel a lot better after going gluten free, egg free, & mostly dairy free. I thought the "Trojan Horse technique" of hiding pureed meat in muffins & cakes sounded totally disgusting though, & I would never do that to a child. I thought there should have been more vegetarian recipes. It did convince me to start eating gelatin, which is not vegetarian, but seems to be good for you. If you want to be more alert or focused, or you want your kids to behave better, I'd recommend trying this diet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terra

    I saw this at the library and picked it up since I have developed a gluten allergy. Even though the title might seem to limit its readers I think anyone interested in nutrition would find it useful. I learned a lot about common foods that really are not that great for our bodies and how they negatively affect the behavior of kids. Lots of good recipes although you would have to shop for many of the ingredients at a natural foods store.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hodge

    The recipes don't start until page 115, making this more of a guide than a cookbook, really. When I think "kid-friendly" I think very few ingredients. These recipes had numerous expensive ingredients and some were very labor intensive. I can't cook normal food, so this gluten free cookbook just doesn't work for me. The recipes don't start until page 115, making this more of a guide than a cookbook, really. When I think "kid-friendly" I think very few ingredients. These recipes had numerous expensive ingredients and some were very labor intensive. I can't cook normal food, so this gluten free cookbook just doesn't work for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ginnie Grant

    This book is such a huge help for my very picky ADHD son with sensory issues. It makes healthy, Chemical disorder compliant eating fun. It takes into account kids who don't like strange colors or textures. There is a better way other than drugging your children This book is such a huge help for my very picky ADHD son with sensory issues. It makes healthy, Chemical disorder compliant eating fun. It takes into account kids who don't like strange colors or textures. There is a better way other than drugging your children

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Wow! I still have sooooo much to learn. But with my son only having been on the GFCF diet for about two weeks, we are seeing way too many positive changes for it not to be true!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Diet has certainly played a part in my son's ADHD & we now eat about a 75% glutean free diet. It has put me in great shape as well. Diet has certainly played a part in my son's ADHD & we now eat about a 75% glutean free diet. It has put me in great shape as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Virtually a paleo diet, would have been better to purchase Lola Berry, Pete Evans and many others who are making way for the paleo diet. And no, I am not the Paleo diet

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Roberts

    This was a really good "summary" book. I liked how it explained medically how a g-free, c-free diet can actually help kids with ADHD. It was user friendly, simple, and brief in helping the reader understand the various things that go into this kind of diet. The recipes were also very simple, which is great to help us get started. My favorite thing about this book was it's additional focus on casein-free diets. There are tons of gluten-free diet books, but fewer with information on both. A defini This was a really good "summary" book. I liked how it explained medically how a g-free, c-free diet can actually help kids with ADHD. It was user friendly, simple, and brief in helping the reader understand the various things that go into this kind of diet. The recipes were also very simple, which is great to help us get started. My favorite thing about this book was it's additional focus on casein-free diets. There are tons of gluten-free diet books, but fewer with information on both. A definite read for kids with ADHD & Autism that are considering switching their child's diet.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This book it much more then a cookbook. It explains why certain foods create reactions, in individuals, not just for children with ADHD and autism. It helps explain how to approach this type of diet. This is the book I wish I know about several months ago. It is very informative and easy to understand. I would highly recommend it. The recipes are also easy and familiar, just like kids enjoy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Krista Ehlers

    This diet targets mainly Wheat (Gluten) and Dairy (Casein), but they give a summary of all major allergens, as well as useful substitution lists for each type of allergen. This book begins with a great (short) overview of why and how food can impact both ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. You can be up and running with this diet with a minimal amount of reading, and let's face it: if you're dealing with an ADD or ASD child, you need to save time and energy wherever you can! This diet targets mainly Wheat (Gluten) and Dairy (Casein), but they give a summary of all major allergens, as well as useful substitution lists for each type of allergen. This book begins with a great (short) overview of why and how food can impact both ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. You can be up and running with this diet with a minimal amount of reading, and let's face it: if you're dealing with an ADD or ASD child, you need to save time and energy wherever you can!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The first few chapters of this book contain an excellent summary of food sensitivity information - what to eat, what not to eat, and why for gluten, casein, soy, corn, etc. sensitivities. The recipes that follow look good, but they are mainly regular recipes with gluten free flour or mayonnaise substituted.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne Evans

    Normally, I don't like cookbooks for children with autism because every child is different and one never knows what foods will trigger symptoms. However, this book is very flexible and is compiled with donated recipes from a variety of mothers who have children with varying symptoms on the spectrum. It gives variation. Normally, I don't like cookbooks for children with autism because every child is different and one never knows what foods will trigger symptoms. However, this book is very flexible and is compiled with donated recipes from a variety of mothers who have children with varying symptoms on the spectrum. It gives variation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Locke

    Good info as to why this diet might be effective, and great recipes for trying a gluten-free lifestyle. (I think gluten may make me tired and foggy-brained sometimes, so I'm reading books about gluten). Good info as to why this diet might be effective, and great recipes for trying a gluten-free lifestyle. (I think gluten may make me tired and foggy-brained sometimes, so I'm reading books about gluten).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    I borrowed this book from the library and it does seem to have a lot of really great recipes. Unfortunately for me, my daughter can't have eggs and they seem to be very common in this book. I could try to sub with egg replacer but not sure it would work. I borrowed this book from the library and it does seem to have a lot of really great recipes. Unfortunately for me, my daughter can't have eggs and they seem to be very common in this book. I could try to sub with egg replacer but not sure it would work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Great reference for changing dietary needs. Find a celiac support group; TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), or a dietician that works with autistic clients. Supporting an autistic child with a strong diet with supplements brings great gains.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    This is the best gluten-free cook I have seen anywhere. It is packed with helpful information as well as practical family friendly recipes. A real must for anyone trying to cook for a gluten-free family. I wish had read it years ago.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caryn Mohr

    Nicely explains the science of it while providing practical tips for making changes in the context of food preferences, short school lunch times, etc. Thankful to a friend for bringing it to my attention.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I am actually ordering the book its just one of those books you want to keep around for the recipes. I actually burrowed this book from the library for the recipes there were very limited gluten free recipe books surprisingly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shay

    I liked the symbols at the top of the recipes for common allergens. Made it really easy to see how much modifying, if any, I'd have to do to make the recipe work for my family. The charts for alternatives, how to make a balanced meal were also helpful. I liked the symbols at the top of the recipes for common allergens. Made it really easy to see how much modifying, if any, I'd have to do to make the recipe work for my family. The charts for alternatives, how to make a balanced meal were also helpful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angie Lussier

    have used many recipes and need to read the beginning. the recipes have all been delicious!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Purl Scout

    a great starting point if your child has allergies to gluten. not alot of help if the issue is corn.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The recipes were not very kid-friendly in my opinion. The few we tried were not very appetizing. I had gotten this book hoping to like it enough to buy, but was disappointed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I did learn a few things from this, but not sure that I could take all of that away from my child, especially the dairy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mabeo

    Skimmed through this to get an idea of what this diet is all about. One of the girls in our ward seems to be having a lot of success with it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    So far, these recipes have been a hit with all three of my girls! And, I like that all of them are dairy free as well as gluten-free so I don't have to adjust anything! So far, these recipes have been a hit with all three of my girls! And, I like that all of them are dairy free as well as gluten-free so I don't have to adjust anything!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A lot of good, easy recipes.

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