The Essential ADHD and Autism Cookbook

At last! A child-friendly cookbook for preparing delicious meals that don’t contain gluten, casein and many other common allergens. Banana bread, cinnamon pancakes, chicken nuggets, cookies, pizza and enchiladas. Not foods you’d expect to see in the diet of a child with food intolerances and allergies. But the Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook, by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake can help any child on an elimination diet fall in love with food all over again!

Many kids with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders have food sensitivities and intolerances. You’ll find a wealth of information on this website about it, but this cookbook also contains a vast amount of information presented in a format that’s easy to read and understand for any parent.

You’ll discover how:

  • Children often crave the foods that affect their behaviour, focus and development. That’s because the food almost becomes like a drug to them because of the way it’s digested. That’s why they often experience withdrawal symptoms when they change their diet
  • Food sensitivity and intolerance is different from food allergy
  • A child’s behavioural symptoms can be attributed to food and why

You may have been told by your doctor that your child doesn’t suffer from food allergies, that eliminating certain foods won’t help and that it’s far too difficult to follow a gluten and casein free diet. That’s because doctors tend to know more about classic food allergy symptoms, the kind we associate with peanut allergy which can cause immediate effects. But more and more parents are discovering that their children are suffering from food intolerances, which cause a more delayed reaction and are increasingly being linked to ADHD and autism.

Foods containing gluten (bread, pasta, cakes and cookies), casein (found in any type of milk), soy, eggs, corn and nuts commonly trigger these kind of delayed reactions. This cookbook also explains how lactose, fructose, and other compounds such as salicylates can also cause a similar reaction.

Delicious Recipes for All the Family

The other great thing is that this cookbook is packed full of delicious recipes that all the family can enjoy. When you follow the guidelines in this book it will help you to avoid having to make separate food for one child and something else for the rest of the family. These recipes are so delicious and also extremely healthy that everyone in the family can benefit. As the authors explain, one of the fundamental principles of children’s nutrition is “garbage in, garbage out.” If you’re feeding your child on junk, their behaviour will be of a similar quality… fairly terrible!

It also gives you so many tips on how to avoid the suspect foods and what kinds of foods they may be hidden in without you even realising. Did you know that ice-cream usually contains gluten? Most of us would associate gluten with grains, and therefore bread or cookies, but it’s used as a binding ingredient in so many things, from tomato ketchup to cooking stock.

This is the perfect book for any parent trying to eliminate suspect foods from their child’s diet or a parent who wants to put their child on an elimination diet but has no idea where to start. It’s packed with useful tips and hints, including how to cope if your child is a picky eater or how to get them through the typical withdrawal symptoms when they switch to a gluten free, casein free diet. If your child suffers from ADHD or autism, this cookbook is a brilliant starting point to discovering whether food could be playing a part in their behavioural problems.