Eat Well to Feel Well

What is the autism diet? Does eating a certain way actually work for people on the spectrum? First off, whether a specific way of eating “works” for an autistic person depends on what results the person is looking for. No food will change the fact that I’m on the spectrum. No food will “cure” me of autism. I’m not eating well to be neurotypical, but I do eat a certain way to feel better in my own skin, with my sensory sensitivities, food irritations, and coping skills. Brain fog is the worst, and what I eat also directly relates to how cloudy I feel in a day. When people talk about an autism diet, they are generally referring to the gluten free, casein free diet. This basically eliminates all gluten and dairy from someone’s meals. Gluten and dairy are common allergies. Lots of bread makes the average person sleepy, and dairy tends to upset the stomachs of people who don’t even consider themselves allergic. So it makes sense that taking these items out of your day might make a person feel better in general. Personally, after three years of eating gluten free, I’ve returned to gluten, because my stomach just needed time to heal from eating poorly almost my entire life. I’m mostly vegan, but my daily food intake is based around maintaining a healthy blood sugar: avoiding sugar, eating throughout the day, and including lots of protein and veggies. The most essential thing for me? Eating enough! Hunger, dizziness, and fatigue from not eating enough in a day is a recipe for meltdowns and body aches.  

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