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Gluten-Free Diet (cont.)

Trying to limit your consumption instead of totally cutting them out, in my experience, does not work. In fact, this is probably worse than not doing the diet at all, since you get high and go through withdrawal symptoms each time this happens.


Most processed foods contravene the diet and you may have to avoid restaurants (where cross-contamination in the kitchens can easily occur).


You have to read the ingredients list of everything you buy. This is time-consuming at first, but you gradually learn what products are okay. However, sometimes manufacturers do change the ingredients so it is best to re-check now and again.


It is not compulsory for very small traces of foods to be stated in the ingredients lists! However, small traces are sufficient to make us unwell.


Remember this all applies to medications as well as foods!


By mentioning these things, I am not at all trying to put you off this diet, which I think is a great thing and really important. I just want to give as much information of the advantages and disadvantages as possible, so you can make an informed decision for yourself.


It is preferable if you can get some support with this diet. I consider myself quite an intelligent person, but I got into quite a pickle with it. I used a web forum run by Marilyn le Breton and Rosemary Kessick, who are now contactable via www.Respectrum.co.uk. The other sources of help I used were the following books:


Recommended reading re the GF-CF diet:


Le Breton, M. (2001). Diet Intervention and Autism: Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet for Autistic Children and Adults. London: Jessica Kingsley. It is best to read this before you start.


Le Breton, M. (2002). The AiA Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook. London: Jessica Kingsley. There are tons of good ideas for all sorts of breads, cakes, sweets, main courses and much more. This will be your bible.


Jackson, L. (2002a). A User Guide to the GF-CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD. London: Jessica Kingsley. A very clear and easy to read description of the diet and its effects.


You can read more about the GF-CF diet in my book Are you Eating an Orange?. If you would like a copy, please e-mail me at: debi@aspiedebi.com.


Disclaimer: The author does not take responsibility for any decision taken as a result of the information contained in this website. The author does not endorse, approve of or assume responsibility for any product, brand or company. None of the information contained in this website is designed to be taken as medical advice. Always consult a qualified medical practitioner before implementing any dietary intervention.

To contact, e-mail: debi@aspiedebi.com