In order to prevent her daughter from sneaking the milk, Garrett eliminated it entirely from their home. Eventually, as her daughter grew up – she is now eight years old – this mom from Florence, Oregon, reintroduced a lactose-free milk, but she limits it to two or three times a week.
Other parents of autistic children have found successful results by limiting more than just dairy. One popular approach is a gluten-free, casein-free diet, also known as the GFCF diet. Some parents have reported very noticeable changes in their child's behavior and learning progress when they choose to eliminate these things from their kitchens.
Gluten is a type of protein that's found in wheat and other grains like oats, rye, barley, bulgar, durum, kamut and spelt. Typically, gluten allows doughs and batters to produce some elasticity, improving their texture. Casein is a protein usually found in milk and other dairy products. Since these proteins are primary components in the typical American's diet, you need to be super diligent in order to seek out all the products that contain gluten and/or casein!
The following lists provide a handy reference, but are not all-inclusive. (Information adapted from gfcf.com).
Foods that often contain gluten:
Non-food products that may have gluten:
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