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Jodi’s Eating Problems

Until Jodi developed autism he ate anything and everything. Since then, however, food has been an issue. He has a self restricted diet which is not healthy and for years he would only eat things that were round, hard and coloured shades of brown or beige.


He's got beyond that stage now thankfully but still has a long way to go. We noticed a marked improvement in him after his detox for mercury and other heavy metals and he takes Seagreens® seaweed supplements daily. These not only give him a gentle regular detox but also enable him to get maximum nutrition from the foods he does eat.


Another big break through came with the introduction of In-Liven probiotics into his daily diet,and now he'll eat bacon, ham, chicken, bread and has even tried yogurt and some fruit and vegetables.


I was a bit anxious about trying him on the probiotic (friendly bacteria) because of his gluten and casein free diet as it contains wheat.  For those of you unsure of the connection, people on gluten and casein free diets are unable to break down the proteins in wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein).


However,this particular probiotic is brilliant,  because it has already been pre-digested by the lactobacilli bacteria -the good guys. That means the protein has already been broken down before it’s bottled, and as all the ingredients are certified organic,  there are no synthetic chemicals in the food supplement  either.


He's still got a long way to go but it's all part of his journey.

On the way I've read a few books which I can recommend.

The first is called Just Take A Bite and explains all about resistant eaters. It's a great resource for parents and teachers and gives a practical guide on approaching eating challenges.






The second is called Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. She believes there is a link between learning disabilities, the food and drink we consume and the condition of our digestive system and her brilliant book is easy to read, well researched and very informative.





The third is by Luke Jackson who is the most amazing young man. He's got Asperger's Syndrome but he is articulate,funny and very frank. His books are a joy to read. It's called A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD







Now of course it could just be coincidence that Jodi's diet has improved because of the actions we've taken with him but I don't think so. Maybe after all these years he's just decided he's had enough of the same food day in, day out and wants a change.


Quite frankly I don't care. As long as he is healthy and happy.

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