Learning About Paleo and Autism

My weight loss is still happening, and I couldn’t be happier with myself.  I’m almost at the first goal I’ve set for myself!  Last night, Paleo pizza for dinner (red onions, Paleo cheese, hot peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes), including a dessert Paleo pizza (half pumpkin butter with Enjoy Life chocolate chips and half with an almond butter bacon mix).  Yum!  Leftovers for lunch today…can’t wait!

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Paleo and Autism, and how this diet can potentially help people suffering with autism.  I don’t know much about Autism, except a generalization about it.  I’m starting to gain a better understanding now, having done some research.  There isn’t really a definitive case stating what actually causes Autism, but most sources seem to link it to genetic and environmental factors.  What I thought was really interesting was the fact that diabetes and thyroid problems in mothers during pregnancy were prevalent factors in children with Autism.  Based on everything I’ve read about Paleo and a Gluten Free diet, both are said to help prevent/control diabetes and thyroid conditions.  While there are many different theories as to what causes Autism, I’m only focusing on ones that perhaps a Paleo/gluten free diet could prevent from happening, or repair.

Many children with Autism are said to have “Leaky Gut”, and leaky gut can be prevented by living a Paleo lifestyle, or at the very least gluten and dairy free.  Now what I don’t understand is how easy it is for me to just Google “Paleo and Autism”, and come up with all of this information, but still it seems that doctors turn a blind eye.  I get that sometimes people who are into holistic medicine, and healthy living are viewed as a little bit off (myself included), but what do we have to lose?  Changing your diet a little is a lot safer than taking the latest drug or “miracle pill”, is it not?  All it is, is eating differently.  I understand this takes a lot of time and effort, but still.  Remember, Google is your friend.  You can find anything…try Googling “kid friendly Paleo”…go ahead, I’ll wait for you.  …see, you can find ANYTHING!

Still need to do more research…

Check out Dr. Emily Deans blog…there’s a lot of information on Autism and Paleo on there.

“Everyone is a genius.  

But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree,

it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

-Albert Einstein-


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I’m a 36 year old kid at heart. I reached a low point in my life where I felt like I needed to take control before I didn’t have the choice, and that’s when I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle. It’s going to be my life long goal to always achieve optimum health…I am still young after all. Here I am, over one year into my Paleo journey, and I never felt better.

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  • Autism is certainly multi factorial. Vaccines environmental unhealthy living subluxation poor maternal and infant health etc… We have case studies in our office present on this topic frequently and agree with your post. Nice work. Finding out food sensitivities a paleo diet and maximizing the expression of life through chiropractic should be the first step in dealing with autism.

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