The growing “special diet” section in your local book shop is reassurance that you are a part of large and growing group of people whose digestive tracts are demanding that we reconsider our modern diet, medications, environmental toxins and stress levels. By offering a great selection of cook books, we endeavor to give families an idea of how fun and easy “special diets” can be.
Many dietary principles that help children with ADHD, asthma, allergies and autism also help individuals suffering from Coeliac, Colitis, Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Individuals dealing with metabolic and digestive disorders require special diets to avoid foods that trigger allergies or harm the digestive tract. There are a number of “elimination” diets that can help in this way. While elimination is sometimed necessary, in many instances certain foods can be reintroduced once the gastro intesinal tract has had time to heal.
In general we recommend an organic, fresh, wholefood diet with no/minimal refined flours and sugars and no processed foods, artificial additives, colourings or preservatives. And plenty of filtered water containing minerals is essential.
Below are descriptions for several terms you will come across in this page.
The basis of the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet is that, based on low functioning enzymes and/or an imbalance in gut microbes, some individuals have trouble breaking down proteins into amino acids. Instead, proteins go into the blood and up to the brain as peptides that have a similar structure to opiates and therefore create brain fog and mood swings.
There is a good body of research on GF/CF by Dohan, Reichelt, Shattock, Cade and others