Day 1: Recovering from autism… with food? – scroll down to read
Day 3: Enzymes to diet
Day 5: A shift in perspective
Day 6: Our GAPS experience
Day 7: Recipes that saved my sanity
Day 8: Food at school
Day 9: A look at why
Day 10: On motherhood and autism
Day 11: More sanity-saving recipes
Day 14: Intro to fermenting
Day 15: An eggcelent post
Day 17: Teaching kids about nutrition
Day 18: Food and grace
Day 19: I took a day off! 🙂
Day 24: A nutty treat
Day 25: A recipe worth the wait
Day 26: I took another Sunday off.
Day 27: Eating well when eating out
Day 28: Q & A time
Day 29: No Qs to A!
Day 30: Why I write
Day 31: 31 Days: my favorites
Hi. I’m Katie. You might have seen me before. I was the one following her two-year-old son around at the playground, showing him how to “play.” I was the one trying not to cry in the Target checkout line while her obviously-old-enough-to-talk child stared blankly into space when the checker tried to ask him something. I was the one feeding her kid Fritos and ketchup. I was the one hoping that some day, her son would call her “mama.”
Our son, Nate, was diagnosed with moderate autism when he was 22 months old (March, 2007). We had suspected the diagnosis for a few months (though we were still surprised at the “moderate” label): Nate was still nonverbal, did not point, did not make much eye contact, did not play “properly” with toys, was not able to communicate.
After his diagnosis, we increased the mainstream therapies he had already begun (speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral). That was all I was ready for. I heard pretty quickly through friends I met in the autism community about how making diet changes could have an impact, but I wasn’t ready to hear that, yet. I had to spend some time grieving the loss of what I thought mothering was going to be like. Plus, there was no way my child, who ate only quesadillas, pizza, yogurt, cheese, chicken nuggets, fries, bananas, waffles, and baby food fruits, would be able to eat a diet without gluten (wheat) or casein (dairy). I felt too overwhelmed to think about trying to change Nate’s diet.
As part of the 31 Days writing challenge, I’ll be detailing our family’s journey through autism as it relates to the one lifestyle change we made that had the greatest impact on our son’s recovery: nutrition. I say journey purposefully: it has been quite a road to get to where we are now. I tried a lot of other things first before finally deciding to give diet change a try, and even then, I did things in a way that doesn’t match how we do things now. Stick with me this month and read all about our eight-year success story, my favorite recipes, how we “do” food at school, and more!