The gluten-free, casein-free diet is a controversial method for treating kids with autism. It’s controversial because it’s difficult to implement and darn near impossible to collect reliable data to study. So, what you end up with is a treatment that demands tremendous sacrifice without the scientific possibility of proving that it works anytime in the near future. The mainstream medical community has expressed concern, but mostly over wanting to make sure kids are getting all their necessary nutrients, which can be a real challenge with this. A challenge, of course, but still possible.
So, proceed at your own risk.
We decided to move forward with it because, at the time, we had no other options. We believe that it has helped William, if for no other reason than the fact that we ended up discovering that these foods made him truly sick. I think it made him less “foggy,” but I can’t prove that. I don’t mind. It’s worth the sacrifice for us.
You might find that this is true for your family, and in that case, I offer you some of our family favorites. I am known in my house for tweaking recipes beyond recognition, so these are mostly things that are uniquely mine. Anything that is not, I have credited the source and included a link, if applicable. I have also labeled recipes that are Lenten or easily changed to be so.
Life can still be delicious; I promise. Happy cooking!
*Recipes coming soon*