Autism, Diets and the Holidays

December 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF | 2 Comments
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By Shannon Penrod

Did you know that for years the Hubble telescope took thousands of pictures and delivered millions of bits of data all of which was measured and calculated.  Maps were drawn, conclusions were made, theories were spun and conclusions were derived all from that data.  Then they discovered there was a tiny flaw in the telescope and they realized that all of the data was skewed.  The conclusions were wrong, the theories were off and the maps were useless.  What does this have to do with a blog about food and autism?  Everything.

Whenever I talk to parents about switching their child’s diet I am met with fear and sometimes resistance, especially during the holidays.  Come on, admit it, none of wants to be without our special treats for the holidays. And we certainly don’t want to take those goodies away from our kids, it’s not fair and it will certainly cause a ruckus and who wants that during the holidays?  Well, here’s the $64,000 question – What if that kind of thinking is just as skewed as the Hubble telescope.  What if all of our desire to eat treats during the holidays and let our children do the same is tied to misinformation?

What?? How could that be?  Sugar laden, wheat and cheese things make the holidays!  They bring us joy and make our hearts light!  I always fill better and more in a giving spirit after I overindulged in sweats, don’t you?  Okay, I’m being sarcastic but you see my point.  We have all linked up in our heads that it isn’t an enjoyable holiday unless we eat certain things…..but is that true?   Is it true for us?  Is it true for our kids?  I don’t think so. 

If I eat sugar I feel like crap.  Sorry, but I don’t want to mince words.  I don’t feel good the whole next day.  One piece of cake and my Happy Holiday is pretty much in the bathroom.  For my child, one taste of wheat and he loses the ability to speak.  No joke.  So giving him a bite of a gluten filled cookies is not something that leads to a happy joyous holiday.  I know what you’re thinking….your kid isn’t as sensitive as mine.  That may be true.  But does your child behave better or worse after eating a bunch of wheat, sugar and artificial colors?  I have been to birthday parties.  I have seen the terror and mayhem that happens after the cake has been cut and served to children who are not as sensitive as mine.  I’m just saying…

Food for thought this holiday…Is your Hubble telescope sending accurate data?



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  1. Oh so true! Classroom holiday parties are tough. I witnessed a classroom of 2nd graders spinning out on the food dye and sugar in the candy.

  2. I agree — so true!!

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