Autism / ADHD Recovery using the SCD / GAPS / Paleo diet

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Angela Taylor is the author of The BrainFood Cookbook. She successfully recovered her son from autism using the GAPS/Paleo diet. She resides in Baltimore, MD and holds three degrees from John Hopkins University. Angela is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and works with clients via Skype and in-person in Baltimore. www.brainfoodhealthcoaching.com

Constipation

in Detox/Home Therapies/Tips For Parents

Many experts believe for best health your child should have a “Type 4”  bowel movement at least once/day. (see Bristol Stool chart)

However according to WebMD, the definition of constipation is as follows:

The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people have them three times a day. Others have them just a few times a week. Going longer than 3 or more days without one, though, is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more difficult to pass.

I’ve recently created a free handout: 8 Tips to Reduce Constipation

I hope it helps you to get things moving!

Please remember that 
no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

Reference:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-constipation

Fermented superfoods shopping guide

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My colleague Ryan Hetrick (Director of the soon-to-be released autism documentary Restoring Balance) recently posted a video shopping guide for probiotic superfoods.
Many of these fermented superfoods can be made cheaply at home. However if you’ve never consumed them before, you might want to try the store-bought versions first.
• Coconut water kefir – popularized in The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
• Be cautious of Kombucha – contains yeast strains/alcohol that might not be a good fit for young children and/or those with candida issues
• Coconut Yogurt (such as Cocoyo)
Buy organic, unpasteurized, in glass bottles:
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• Coconut Vinegar
• Sauerkraut
At any rate, please remember to go low-and-slow when introducing new fermented foods. Start with a small taste, then gradually work your way up to larger portions.
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.
References
Gates, D., & Schatz, L. (2011). The body ecology diet: Recovering your health and rebuilding your immunity. Atlanta, GA: B.E.D. Publications.

2016 ASD rates skyrocket to 1 in 36 children (2.76%)

in Tips For Parents

In Jan 2018 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published shocking new statistics from a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. As of 2016, the autism rate is now 1 in 36 children (2.76%). For males, this breaks down to 1 in 28 boys (3.63%).

According to NIH, in 2016 a mere $232 Million was spent on Autism research, compared to $4.3 Billion spent researching “Rare Diseases”. Please contact your Elected Officials and ask them to prioritize autism research funding.

How Can I Get My Kids to Eat More Vegetables?

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Many of my private coaching clients reveal to me that their children eat low-to-no vegetables. This concerns me because it sets the child up for numerous vitamin deficiencies. Furthermore, a low-fiber diet leads to constipation.
How much produce should my child be eating? 
According to the USDA (MyPlate, 2018) a 4-year-old child should be consuming 2 cups of vegetables, and 1.5 cups of fruit per day. A GAPS patient (who is not eating grains) might want to eat even a bit more veggies than that. I shot a quick 2 minute video to help you do just that!
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.
Reference:
United States Department of Agriculture, MyPlate. Available at www.myplate.gov.

Smoothie Jars

in Efficiency Tips

Efficiency Tip #2 – Weekly Smoothie jars

  • Take out all dry smoothie ingredients, and place on counter.
  • Line up a week’s worth of empty glass jars
  • Assembly-line style, fill the line of jars with measured scoops of each dry ingredient. Place each ingredient back into the cabinet as you go.
  • Seal jars and stow in the cabinet.

Each morning:

  • Fill blender with a cup of liquid, and whatever fresh/frozen produce you have on hand.
  • Dump contents of dry jar into blender.
  • Blend and enjoy.


Constipation

in Detox

Constipation causes a toxic backup in the body.

  • Ideally poop 1-2 times a day
  • Want stools to be #4 on Bristol Stool Scale (a “smooth sausage”)
  • Increase fluid consumption
  • Increase magnesium. ex: Epsom Salt (baths), Natural Calm (drink), Ease magnesium oil (applied topically)
  • (Winter is dry – use a humidifier in the bedroom – clean it frequently. If it has a sponge, get rid of it. If ultrasonic or boiling humidifier = good. Want 40% humidity level in bedroom air. Don’t want excessive humidity because might encourage mold growth.)
  • If more than 3 days go without a bowel movement, do an enema. (just note that frequent enemas make the body dependent upon them and can have a rebound effect over time)
  • (Don’t give gummy bears or coconut flour when constipated)
  • Increase fiber consumption from vegetables. Aim for 4-5 servings of veggies per day. See BrainFood Cookbook veggie chart p. 39, veggie magic p. 174
  • Increase fiber consumption from organic psyllium husks
  • Apply castor oil topically over lower abdomen
  • Fermented foods can help (ex: sauerkraut, homemade raw milk kefir)
  • Cooked fruits, especially apples & plums (or prunes)
  • Increase oils (Fish oil, olive oil, ghee, etc.) – add them to everything
  • Purchase a toilet stool ex: SquattyPotamus
  • Going back and doing the GAPS intro may help
  • Stool testing (ex: GI-MAP) can identify dysbiosis (microbial imbalance in the gut)
  • Exogenous Ketones ex: Instant Ketones (Coconut Cream Flavor) Adults take 1/2 scoop, kids take way less
  • Probiotics, especially if they contain strains known to help constipation. (start with a pinch and work up) Try:
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

Folate (Vitamin B9)

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Folate (Vitamin B9) is essential for numerous functions in the human body, and many autistic and ADHD children are low in this essential nutrient. I hope you find this video to be useful and informative.

If you’d like to have a hard copy, you may download Folate PowerPoint Slides (PDF).

Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

NPXE 2017 Final Day – Part I

in GAPS compliant products

Here’s my report from the last day of Natural Products Expo East 2017. I saw many great products – here’s Part I of my final day!

GAPS Products

Rosita
Extra Virgin Cod Liver OilI believe this is the best Cod Liver Oil on the market. If you opt for the liquid, store in refrigerator after opening, and finish the bottle within 2 months to ensure freshness.
Rosita EVCLO is real Norwegian cod liver oil that is fresh, raw and handcrafted from wild caught livers using a very rare ancient extraction technique which uses nature to separate the oil from its liver. The oil is completely unrefined and produced under the total absence of heat, a process that allows the many natural vitamins and nutrients present in cod liver oil to stay intact. This type of cod liver oil is both precious and rare – something that is almost impossible to achieve on industrial level and something that is not very cost effective. Sold as liquid and in capsules.
Ratfish Liver OilOut of thousands of products at this year’s NPXE, this is THE MOST AMAZING PRODUCT I discovered. I felt an instant calm & peace after ingesting it. I was told by others that it detoxifies/decalcifies the pineal gland. While I don’t have the ability to prove that one way or the other, I will say I felt a spiritual awakening after consuming. It is very potent, only administer a few drops per week. I’m ordering a bottle so I can give to my son and I will report the results soon.
Rosita wild handcrafted Ratfish Liver Oil™ is an ancient whole food derived from the liver of Chimaera monstrosa, also known as the Ratfish. It is handmade in small batches from the finest-quality wild caught liver. The process of extraction is also unique and based on age-old principles.

GutPro probiotic powder/capsules – unique custom probiotic formula is based on extensive research gathered from communities with a vested interest in improving gut health.
▪ GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
▪ Body Ecology Diet
▪ Gluten Free / Casein Free / Soy Free (GFCFSF)
▪ Autism / PDD-NOS
▪ PANDAS
The 8 strains were carefully chosen for this population:
▪ Lactobacillus plantarum
▪ Lactobacillus gasseri
▪ Lactobacillus salivarius
▪ Bifidobacterium bifidum
▪ Bifidobacterium infantis
▪ Bifidobacterium longum
▪ Bifidobacterium breve
▪ Bifidobacterium lactis
Patients who experience excessive die-off from other probiotics may find this is an excellent “starter” probiotic, less likely to cause Herxheimer/histamine problems.

Patience Fruit & Coorganic fruit is slowly dried which yields a juicy soft fruit.
Whole & Juicy Dried Cranberries sweetened with apple juice – Ingredients: organic cranberries, organic apple juice concentrate, organic sunflower oil (less than 1%)
Whole & Juicy Dried Wild Blueberries sweetened with apple juice – Ingredients: organic wild blueberries, organic apple juice concentrate, organic sunflower oil (less than 1%)

Fire Cider – this is a great tonic to help those with low stomach acid improve their protein digestion. Since stomach acid triggers the release of pancreatic enzymes once the acid enters the upper small intestine, it may help you in that regard as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Tonic (Original) – all ingredients certified organic: Apple cider vinegar, honey, oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, garlic, turmeric, habanero pepper

Use at your own discretion

Truth bar prebiotic + probiotic nutrition barsthis bar is seriously more delicious than a mounds bar! It contains prebiotics and probiotics which may work great for those with healed guts, might not work for those just beginning their healing journey. Note the chia seeds are ground, so they ought not to cause distress.
Dark Chocolate Coconut – Coconut, Soluble Fiber (from Tapioca Starch), Erythritol, Tapioca Syrup, Unsweetened Chocolate, Inulin (prebiotic from Chicory), Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Chia Seed, Sea Salt, Vanilla Extract, Stevia Extract, Bacillus Coagulans (probiotics), Rosemary Extract.

Natural Products Expo East – Day 2 Report

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Today was Day 2 of this year’s Natural Products Expo East. I met several vendors who are offering GAPS and Paleo compliant products. Here are today’s finds:

GAPS-compliant (strictest criteria)

Handsome Brook farm – Soy-Free Pasture Raised organic eggs

Julie’s Real – note the nuts are not soaked/sprouted
Granola – Grain-Free
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean – Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Organic Honey, unsweetened coconut, virgin coconut oil, ground vanilla beans, cinnamon, sea salt
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Almond Butter – dry roasted almonds, organic honey, virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, ground vanilla beans, sea salt
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Butter – dry roasted cashews, organic honey, virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, ground vanilla beans, sea salt
Coconut Vanilla Bean Cashew Butter – dry roasted cashews, unsweetened coconut, organic honey, virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, ground vanilla beans, sea salt

King Oscar Sardines – Wild-caught Norwegian sardines
Ingredients – Lightly smoked brisling sardines, extra virgin olive oil, salt

Obrigado Coconut water – quality control is top notch – they own the plantation in Brazil. They harvest the coconut water on-site using a special process in darkness and with no exposure to air. They even bar code each tree and monitor to make sure the coconuts coming off each tree are healthy, and only use young coconuts. Committed to sustainability, they use every part of the coconuts in some way (including coconut meat and husk)

Organic Pecans from Missouri Northern Pecan Growers – these are plain raw nuts so for best digestibility soak and dehydrate before consuming

Naturalmond – note the nuts are not soaked/sprouted
Almond butter in 3 oz squeeze pouches – airline checked-bag safe
Ingredients: roasted almonds, sea salt

Wildway Grain-Free Granola – note the nuts/seeds are not soaked/sprouted
Apple Cinnamon – Ingredients: Organic dates, apples, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews (cashews, sea salt), pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean.
Banana Nut – Ingredients: Organic dates, organic banana, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews (cashews, sea salt), pecans, cinnamon, vanilla bean.
Coconut Cashew – Ingredients: Organic dates, walnuts, organic coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews (cashews, sea salt), pecans, vanilla bean.


Paleo-compliant (less strict criteria)
I put chocolate in the Paleo category but some GAPS parents allow chocolate. To learn more, read my article on Chocolate.

Julie’s Real Granola – Grain-Free – note the nuts/seeds are not soaked/sprouted
Cacao coconut – Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Organic Honey, unsweetened coconut, organic Cacao nibs, virgin coconut oil, ground vanilla beans, sea salt


Other items of note:

Water Wipes – Baby Wipes made with 99.9% water and 0.1% Grapefruit Seed Extract


Use at your own discretion:

Blume Honey Water – a delightful soda alternative. They assure me the “natural flavors” are in fact entirely natural but I am always cautious
Vanilla Citrus – Ingredients: water, honey, natural flavors (vanilla, grapefruit, wild orange, citrus), lemon juice
Wild Blueberry – Ingredients: water, honey, dried blueberries, natural flavors (rosemary, black peppercorn, grapefruit)
Ginger Zest – Ingredients: ginger infused water, honey, fresh ginger juice, lemon juice, natural flavors

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal – 1) the seeds are not soaked/sprouted 2) the flax seeds are ground – which is theoretically OK for my digestion, but ground flaxseeds go rancid quickly. I would advise ordering direct from the company website, and store in the refrigerator or freezer
Blueberry Flax – Ingredients: Ground flaxseed, walnuts, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, died dates, freeze-dried blueberries, vanilla bean.
Cinnamon Roll – Ingredients: Walnuts, ground flaxseed, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, cinnamon, dried dates, vanilla bean.
Original – Ingredients: Walnuts, ground flaxseed, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, dried dates, vanilla bean.
Toasted Coconut – Ingredients: Organic coconut, walnuts ground flaxseed, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, dried dates, vanilla bean.

NXPE 2017 Daily Report – Weds Sept 13

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Today was the opening day of this year’s Natural Products Expo East (NXPE 2017). I met several vendors who are offering GAPS and Paleo compliant products. Here are today’s finds:


GAPS-compliant (strictest criteria)

BrainJuice – liquid supplement “Shot” containing: Choline (as Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline), Green Tea Extract, Acetyl L-carnitine, Organic Acerola Cherry Extract, Organic Açaí Berry Powder, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Organic Blueberry Powder, L-Theanine (they also offer a decaf version)

Fronana (fronanaforlife.com) – Banana-based ice cream
This flavor is GAPS compliant: Mango Pineapple – Ingredients: Mango, Pineapple

Frozen Garden (/www.thefrozengarden.com) – ready-to-blend frozen smoothie pouches
GAPS-compliant flavors include:
Jungle Breeze – Ingredients: Spinach, Oranges, Bananas, Mangos, Pineapple, Kiwi, Dates, Raw Coconut, Lemon Juice
Green Protein – Ingredients: Kale, Pineapple, Bananas, Apples, Hemp Seeds, Dates, Pumpkin Seeds, Mangos, Flax Seed, Vanilla Bean, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Lemon Juice
Napa-licious – Ingredients: Spinach, Apples, Kiwi, Pears, Dates, Cucumber, Grapes, Avocado, Oranges, Chia Seeds, Lavender, Lemon Juice
Detox – Ingredients: Spinach, Pears, Oranges, Cucumber, Dates, Avocados, Lime, Ginger Root, Lime Zest, Mint, Turmeric, Lemon Juice
Lemon Fire – Ingredients: Spinach, Pears, Oranges, Dates, Avocados, Lemon, Hemp Seeds, Lemon Zest, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Juice
Cran-Orange – Ingredients: Cranberries, Kale, Pears, Oranges, Dates, Avocado, Chia Seeds, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Lime Zest, Cloves, Lemon Juice

Gorilly Goods (gorillygoods.com) – granola snack packs. I highly recommend this brand because they soak/sprout all their nuts and seeds.
Jungle Fruit/Nut – Organic Fair Trade Bananas, Organic Raisins, Organic Cashews, Organic Walnuts, Organic Pecans, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Nectar, Sea Salt
HILLSIDE – PUMPKIN SEED/KALE – Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Kale, Organic Gluten Free Tamari, Organic Onion, Organic Nutritional Yeast, Organic Cayenne
COAST – SWEET CURRY CASHEW- Organic Cashews, Organic Raisins, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Curry, Organic Cayenne, Sea Salt
BAJA – PUMPKIN SEED/HEMP/CILANTRO – Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cilantro, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Lime Juice, Organic Nutritional Yeast, Organic Chili Peppers, Organic Lime Zest, Sea Salt
TRAIL – NUT/GOJI/CACAO MIX – Organic Cashews, Organic Pecans, Organic Almonds, Organic Raisins, Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Goji Berries, Organic Pineapple, Sea Salt

Honestly Cranberry (www.honestlycranberry) – Sliced Dried Cranberries (additive-free)

Lily Puffs (www.vedicbrands.com) – vegan, GAPS-compliant “cheese puffs”
Ingredients: WaterLily Seeds, Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Paprika

Paleo Powder Seasoning (www.paleopowderseasoning.com) All flavors are GAPS-compliant.
Paleo Powder Original – INGREDIENTS: Salt, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, white pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper
Paleo Powder Pink – INGREDIENTS: Himalayan pink salt, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, white pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper
Paleo Powder Herbed (Salt Free) – INGREDIENTS: Garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, basil, oregano, lemon peel, celery, thyme, cayenne pepper
Paleo Powder AIP – INGREDIENTS: Himalayan pink salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, sage
Organic Paleo Powder AIP – INGREDIENTS: Himalayan pink salt, *garlic, *onion, *oregano, *basil, *sage (*organic)
Paleo Powder FODMAP – INGREDIENTS: Himalayan pink salt, chili powder, black pepper, oregano, basil, cumin, white pepper, cayenne pepper

Sunflower Crisps (www.sunflowerfamily.de) – texture similar to puffed rice
Ingredients: Sunflower seeds


Paleo-compliant (less strict criteria)
I put chocolate in the Paleo category but some GAPS parents allow chocolate. To learn more, read my article on chocolate.

Coconut Chips – Toasted Cinnamon (www.madeinnature.com)
Ingredients: Organic Dried Coconut Strips, Organic Maple Syrup, Organic Vanilla Bean Extract, Organic Vietnamese Cinnamon, Sea Salt

Figgy Pops Choco Crunch (www.madeinnature.com) chocolate-fig truffle balls
Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Pepita Seeds, Organic Figs, Organic Tart Cherries (Organic Tart Cherries, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut, Organic Cocoa, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt. Contains: Coconut

Fronana (fronanaforlife.com) – Banana-based ice cream
This flavor is Paleo compliant: Rich Dark Chocolate – Ingredients: Bananas, Premium Cocoa, Vanilla

Gorilly Goods (gorillygoods.com) – granola snack packs. I highly recommend this brand because they soak/sprout all their nuts and seeds.
FOREST (CHOCOLATE) – DARK CHOCOLATE/FRUIT/NUT- Organic Fair Trade Bananas, Organic Fair Trade Raw 70% Dark Chocolate, Organic Raisins, Organic Cashews, Organic Walnuts, Organic Pecans, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Nectar, Sea Salt


Try at your own discretion:

Foodie Fuel (www.foodiefuel.com)– grab and go cookie–type snack. My reservations are: 1) the seeds are not soaked/sprouted 2) whole flax seeds and whole chia seeds give me digestive problems. (I can only consume these seeds soaked/sprouted and ground up.)
Cinnamon Ginger – Ingredients: Organic sunflower seeds, organic coconut sugar, organic golden flax seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic mesquite powder, organic chai flavor, chia seeds, organic french vanilla flavor, organic cinnamon powder, sea salt.


Other items of note:

GlutenGo (www.brickerlabs.com) – digestive enzyme capsules that inactivate gluten if you are accidentally exposed.

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