Mom Of Formerly Autistic Child Explains Gluten Free Casein Free Diet – Holly Riley

Mom Of Formerly Autistic Child Explains Gluten Free Casein Free Diet – Holly Riley


My son Quinn was diagnosed with autism when
he was two years old, and in our research to try and help him, we learned from many
other families that dietary intervention can be very powerful. And it was, I think, the
single most important step we took in healing our son. And one of the first things we did
is stop dairy. We took him off of cow’s milk and saw an incredible change in his behavior.
He went from being completely isolated and spinning things in the corner to bringing
us toys to play with him, and he was generally much happier and engaging and far more social
when we took him off of milk. Subsequently, we removed all gluten from his diet as well,
which is the protein that’s found in wheat and barley and other grains and continued
to see tremendous improvement in his behavior and overall health. So I want to share with
you a little bit about what I’ve learned about how to implement the diet. If you are
just learning about biomedical interventions, I know how overwhelming it is, and I just
want to encourage you to give it a try because it can be so very healing and very important
for getting on that road to recovery. It is very challenging; it is not an easy path.
I don’t think anybody would claim it would be, but it is what all of the doctors recommend
and so many families have found success with, so I encourage you to try. I like to say the
diet is really hard to do, but it’s a lot easier than having to diaper a teenager, and
so many families see such incredible changes in bowel movements once you change the diet.
It is very encouraging to see your child get healthy, and it gives you the strength to
continue on the diet. There’s a lot to learn, and there are many resources to help you with
that. One great website for the diet is the TACO website. Talk About Caring Autism has
many articles on how to get started. One of the strategies we used was just outright replacement
of cow’s milk with rice milk. We were careful to get rice milk that was unsweetened so we
wouldn’t add more sugar to his diet. And we literally did…one day, he had cow’s
milk in his sippy cup, and the next day, we put rice milk in, and Quinn took right to
it. He didn’t have any trouble with that transition in terms of taste or texture. So
we were very fortunate, but I know other families who have had their children reject the sippy
cup with milk, and one of the strategies that they’ve used is to dilute the cow’s milk
with the new rice milk or other. Almond milk is something families use. There’s a potato
milk. There are lots of products out there you can use. But to dilute your cow’s milk
with the new product and gradually increase the amount of the new milk, decreasing the
amount of cow’s milk until gradually, you get rid of the cow’s milk altogether, and
that can be very tricky and helpful for those kids with very sensitive taste buds. Another
strategy is to focus on one meal at a time. Breakfast is pretty easy to figure out how
to do it gluten-free. There are a lot of breads you can do toasts with; there are a lot of
rice-based cereals, though you want to be careful not to do too much sugar. So you might
start with breakfast. Bacon and eggs are gluten-free and casein-free, if you don’t use butter.
There are a lot of different choices for the breakfast menu. So what I like to tell families
is: Go ahead and dive into one meal and get that one out of the way, and then try and
conquer another meal. And the whole time, you start experimenting with recipes and gradually
decrease the amount of gluten and casein along the way. The next logical meal to go with
would be dinner, and I recommend that the whole family have one dinner rather than trying
to prepare separate meals. The most challenging is probably lunch because when our kids go
to school, they’re surrounded by so many different lunch menu items that they can’t
have. So I save that one for last because by that point, you’ve probably learned enough
that you’re able to get a little creative and overcome that challenge as well. Snacks
as well. Fruit, carrots, celery – all of those things are natural. Potatoes, rice
– those are all gluten-free and good options for you as well. Soy is another food that
we don’t eat. The protein in soy is very similar to the protein in gluten – the gluten
protein and the casein protein – and many children are just as sensitive to soy as they
are to the casein and the gluten. So I do recommend that you don’t replace your cow’s
milk with soy milk, but go with one or the other alternative to a different grain alternative
or potato alternative. And I often say that the best milk substitute is clean water because
once you stop drinking milk by the gallon, you realize that you don’t really need to
drink that much milk anyway. And my son gradually just started really loving water, and it’s
a very good milk substitute. You quickly learn to read every label on every package of food.
It becomes almost a habit. You pick up a package, and you go right to the ingredients, and you
learn which ingredients to avoid. Anything with malt, anything with casein or caseinate,
anything with gluten or food starch unless it says that it’s gluten-free could contain
gluten. You learn to look for vegan or gluten-free labeling on packaged foods, and many grocery
stores now have special gluten-free sections. One thing I would also really recommend is
trying to go back to basic cooking. Cooking from scratch with few ingredients is the healthiest
way to eat – you know, like our grandmothers used to in the iron skillet. Avoiding Teflon
and other plastics in your kitchen is very important to reduce your toxic burden, and
really just keeping the food simple. One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is the crock
pot, and having restricted our diet so completely of starches going through the Specific Carbohydrate
Diet, I learned that the crock pot is a wonderful place to do slow cooking for meats and vegetables,
and it’s very easy if you plan ahead. All you have to do is throw the meat in the pot,
throw the vegetables in the pot, plug it in and walk away, and you come home and you have
a wonderful smell in the house and dinner’s ready. One of the greatest challenges we face
is having to go to birthday parties or having school parties, and what we do is I’ll get
a gluten-free, casein-free cupcake recipe. There are many packages available you can
get. While we try not to eat sugar in general, for special occasions, we do have these special
gluten-free cakes. I will cook up a batch of cupcakes and then freeze them, so when
we do have that birthday party to go to or there’s a special event at school, I can
just grab a frozen cupcake. And by the time we arrive at the party or the party happens
at school, the cupcake has defrosted and my child has a sweet treat as well. We used to
shop at conventional grocery stores, and I don’t go into them anymore. I gradually
figured out that the best place to shop for our groceries were health food stores and
stores that stock more organic foods and foods that have fewer chemicals and less processed
foods. So I know that health food stores can be a little bit intimidating when you’re first
starting out, but they’re also very helpful, and the staff at health food stores can be
really very helpful for you to find foods that don’t have the gluten and the casein.
Another reason to shop at a health food store is because they don’t stock items with artificial
colors, artificial flavors, and chemical additives, which are very harmful for kids. I really
encourage you to try changing your child’s diet. It’s not easy. No one will ever claim
it is, but it’s worth every bit of effort, and I wish you the best of luck. You can do
it, and your child can, too.

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58 Replies to “Mom Of Formerly Autistic Child Explains Gluten Free Casein Free Diet – Holly Riley”

  1. I like her recommendation that the entire family go gluten free, MANY people are sensitive to it and simply don't know it. I was diagnosed with MS 5 years, stopped eating gluten and my MS symptoms disappeared. Gluten sensitivity is implicated in many autoimmune diseases.

  2. Thank you! I found you at just the right time. You have given me such hope. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you have shared this information. I am so happy for you and your family.
    Vanessa

  3. This Mother is beautiful and speaks so calmly, informatively, doing what we parents are supposed to do, parent appropriately. Yes, it takes time, energy, effort. But who else's job is it? Thank you for posting. Full of practical information.

  4. What a lovely lady you are, and so strong, I need to adopt a gluten free diet and you have enlightened me.
    Thank you

  5. What a lovely lady you are, and so strong, I need to adopt a gluten free diet and you have enlightened me. Bless your young man for his recovery.
    He owes his life to you, good job

  6. I have ADD which is on the spectrum. I have never had milk, but I do eat gluten. I wonder if I should remove gluten, as well.

  7. @lingling1997 You can go to the website I list in the description: Biomedical Treatment For Autism, to get more info.

  8. @quitejaded Try that. Also, no synthetic anything in your diet. Take amino acid supplements, and check out The HANDLE Institute.

  9. @quitejaded It depends…even with meat and beans people can be low. Amino acids make neurotransmitters, and ADD/ADHD people sometimes are low in amino acids. Processing is slower (ADD/ADHD is a processing overload issue) and amino acids help create better processing. Google "Brain Link" and consider trying that supplement for a month and see if you notice a difference…I know other people who have processed better while using it.

  10. @quitejaded It depends…even with meat and beans people can be low. Amino acids make neurotransmitters, and ADD/ADHD people sometimes are low in amino acids. Processing is slower (ADD/ADHD is a processing overload issue) and amino acids help create better processing. Google "Brain Link" and consider trying that supplement for a month and see if you notice a difference…I know other people who have processed better while using it.

  11. @Portubella12458 It's NEVER too late, autistic or not! A better diet ALWAYS helps. Food is the fuel for the body, and wrong food (processed foods, dairy, and in the case of brain injured people–such as Autism–certain proteins) degrades body function, while good food (whole organic produce and bulk grains and beans) improves body function: across the board for all people with all health conditions.

  12. @LarryCook333

    *My cousin is 12 and is going through puberty* (forgot the 'and')

    So it's not too late for him to make a full recovery and become a "normal" boy, whatever normal is? That's at least comforting… I'll pass this on to my Aunt, but I doubt she'll believe it straight away.

  13. @Portubella12458 There are no assurances that a full recovery will happen. Some parents have seen that happen, others have only seen significant improvement, and some have seen minimal. What I do know is that the sooner one starts medical treatment (via a DAN! Doctor) the better the odds that the child will improve.

  14. I'm inclined to say that Autism cannot be 'cured' as there are differences at the physiological level (I have worked in the field) HOWEVER I strongly do believe that autism can be managed in such a way to alleviate or reduce many symptoms. I also believe that the mass intake of gluten in western populations is a huge problem we are not biologically ready for. Humans do NOT need as many carbs as we are led to believe, and we definitely don't need gluten!

  15. @dominogirl "Autism" is a psychological diagnosis based on behavior. In virtually all cases of "Autism," the individual also has severe gastrointestinal issues, nutritional deficits, heavy metal poisoning and/or chemical poisoning, as well as impaired detoxification pathways. When an integrative medical doctor discovers these various imbalances and uses nutritional therapy and other natural therapies to treat these root causes, symptoms of "Autistic behavior" gradually decline, and/or reverse.

  16. @dominogirl Autism is a different way the brain learns to work. Some children come out of Autistic symptoms and they learn how to modify the behavior. My son had an Autism diagnosis as a child but he is grown now and is a college student and doing well. He is very intelligent. He is in his senior year and is holding an "A" average. My children and I do not drink milk, it gives us problems. We don't have the gluten problem.

  17. This video is very informative and completely consistent with my message.
    I have reposted my Conscious Parenting page on FB …
    Thanks for the supportive message ..

    Always with LOVE

    – Pearl Shanti

  18. Beautiful, strong mother and adorable kid. Glad there are some people have been able to overcome such a challenge

  19. I work with children with autism. I've seen this work miracles and sometimes it does very little. She's not lying, it's a hard diet to follow and they not be able to eat out. But it is a harm free way of trying. If you could try something with no negative side effects wouldn't you.

  20. can Autistic kids on this diet eat rice like white or Spanish rice?
    My son likes only a few things like Cereal, Rice, Pasta and snack foods I want to changes his diet and Im not sure where I can get the diet info I know No GFCF and no sugar
    Do you know a web site that shows products (pictures) that we can get at the store for this diet?

  21. Switching from a processed food diet to a whole foods diet is probably going to be a challenge because you'll need to do a lot through trial and error. You'll want to try to get back to the basics of food prep as opposed to buying processed -but gluten-free- health food products. Fresh veggies in all forms, beans, and rice (including brown) are all gluten-free, and much healthier. Stir fries are a great way to get started. Soak rice overnight so it is digestible. And Google "Whole food recipes."

  22. I don't mean to sound nasty but dairy products are really bad for people. Milk is meant for baby cows so let them have it.

  23. Great vid. It is challenging, but then most people are "wimps" and "addicted" to the "food" that they are used to eating. In my experience of being 13 years 100% raw and 25 years 100% whole foods vegan, as well as teaching this to other in my highly specialized wellness center, I have discovered that it works every single time. UNLESS the person(s) are being difficult. There are no excuses for letting our children suffer (as well as the parents). Stubborn can go both ways. Life is short. Do it.

  24. Thank you so much for uploading this video! Just so you know, I’ve made a Hungarian translation to it and created the subtitles. You can see the Hungarian version here:
    youtube.com/watch?v=n7zCZcVogtQ
    This video is greatly appreciated in my country, as there aren’t many information on the topic available in our language. If you feel you’d like to add the Hungarian subtitles to your version, I’d be happy to forward you the .srt file, just let me know your contact info!

  25. I just want to remind everyone to be sure their crock pot is free of lead and other heavy metals. Older crock pots (and some newer ones?) were found to contain heavy metals. I only mention this because crock pots are mentioned in the vid.

  26. The opioid peptides are also in spinach and soy!
    My ADD completely disappeared!! I am 21 years old and can study easily at the University of Amsterdam now.
    No Gluten, Casein, Soy and Spinach. — Yes: 1 raw organic egg yolk a day
    Taking the DPP-IV enzym also helps breaking the peptides apart and take them out of your bloodstream and receptors 🙂

  27. Hi Robert, leaving off dairy, is the MOST important to get off of, since milk is the BIGGEST trigger for Autism. Do go on Vegan Probiotics and Vegan Enzymes. Get yourself strong and complete Enzymes and Probiotics. I cannot emphasize it more: Going Vegan, is most essential, to heal from Autism. God bless.

  28. the diet is really only hard in the beginning imo, once you learn more and get used to it, it's no biggie

  29. Did you know that in most states you can replace pasteurized cows milk with raw cows milk? Has anyone tried this?

  30. thank you for shirring much of what you told us was things we  learned by ourselves but having it said aloud will give us  more focus

  31. Very true video, my autistic son, I restricted his protein, calcium and ultimately his calorie intake to 0%. I saw an immediate change, My son calmed down, and hardly acted out at all, now, he is a normal teenager and never acts out ever. Unfortunately, he smells alot and never moves. But I did my research and found this was a normal part of puberty.

  32. Thank you for this video! I found it very helpful. I didn't know where else to start except on educating myself with potential autistic friendly diets and their benefits. My nephew, 4 years old, was recently diagnosed and although we do not know how severe a level of autism he has, his dad had asked me if I could help come up with healthy meals we could feed him that would help. Food is what I know near and dear to my heart and I wanted to jump on different ideas and food benefits immediately. I now know where to start with some recipe ideas and what to experiment with. Thanks again!
    -auntie chef

  33. May I ask you? What will you do if in an emergency your son has to eat something that contains gluten or dairy? What will happen in that case?

  34. I am watching this in tears. My daughter is 3.5 y.o. and this weekend, i learned that she may be autistic. The truth is I've been in denial but a professional in autism approached me and I couldn't deny it anymore. I am taking her to the doctor this week, but I am scared to death. I am scared for my whole family including her older sister. I've been making excuses and hoping that certain behavior were normal but I al almost 99.9% sure that she is autistic.

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