The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

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The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.

The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000. ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17).

Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods - especially milk products and glutens such as wheat(and to a lesser degree - soy and corn.) One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status.

The uniqueness of this! book is that it not only provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, it provides successful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. The authors share details about just how and why the diet works. The specialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided. There are also testimonials from the parents and from the children themselves.

Customer Reviews:

  • Easy to Understand, good starting place
    I found this book to be a good place to start for learning about the Gluten Free, Casein Free Diet. It explains very well about the diet and why it helps. I would have liked it better if it had a list of popular brand name gluten free and/or casein free items that kids like. I guess I was looking for a shopping list. It does have some items and offers suggestions on substitutions for daily use items. I think I was looking for something like how a calorie guide is written for Gluten free and/or casein free foods. I guess it is a little overwhelming to try to start a new diet especially with a child with sensory issues to begin with. I decided to try to incorporate some gluten free items into his diet first and try to add the casein free later. The book is well written and a good place to start your research into the Gluten free/casein free diet. ...more info
  • Great help!!
    This book really helped me to slowly implement this diet change with recipes that actually taste good to all of my kids!! And,my 9-year old autistic son appears more focused, attentive and responds on topic to multiple questions. ...more info
  • This has been our savior!
    I love this book! My 2-year-old son does not have ADHD or Autism but he does have the same food sensitivities. It has been hard trying to come up with new recipes when everything we used to cook contained cheese or some sort of dairy. Not only do we have more recipes, I also have a better understanding of what food sensitivities are. Our PA has been great in explaining all of this, but I definitely have a better understanding of it all after reading this. And I have more questions for our PA. I had tried Food Allergy Cookbook [Hardcover]By: Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (Author). Not a good book for Children or anyone with multiple food sensitivities. ...more info
  • Food and Philosophy - Great book
    I love this book, not only because the recipes are great and easy to follow, but it gives you the reasons why certain foods are helpful and healthy. That has helped me to spin-off my own recipes and make me think that I know how to cook again. My whole family sat down to a meal together (including one daughter with PDD, one with ADHD and a French gourmet husband) and we all ate virtually the same thing for the first time in five years. Buy the book....more info
  • Great book to have!
    My son just started the GFCF diet and this book is excellent in explaining how the body works when breaking down these different types of food. It also gives you lists of products to watch for hidden ingredients. The recipes sound great but I haven't had a chance to try them yet....more info
  • good resource but many typos.
    I purchased this book because I was looking for a cookbook where it is easy to spot not only GFCF recipes, but also egg free recipes as my son has an egg allergy in addition to being on the GFCF diet. I was very excited to see that at the top of each recipe is states which allergens were present in each recipe. Much to my dismay, many of the recipes which state they are egg free are in fact not egg free when you scroll down and read the ingredients. These mistakes defeat the whole reason I purchased the book. The recipes I tried that are truly egg free were good....more info
  • Perfect for beginners and beyond!
    This book is just wonderful. I'm a beginner with this diet, and love the book. Even my friend who has been doing this diet for years found new neat stuff in this book.
    Not much else to say, every one else above about said it all. = )Just wanted to add my 2 cents....more info
  • Almost Perfect!
    This book seems to cover it all. As a nutritionist however, I don't agree with some of the ingredients of the recipes. Well written, easy to understand and follow. Good job girls!...more info
  • adults autism
    Hi, im Carolina from Argentina, i just whant to know if someone tried this diet in grown ups, I have a 28 autistic sister and we tried everything, but still fighting... just now im reading about this diet and wondering if this is just for kids.... please , if someone knows anything.... let me know!!! thanksss...more info
  • ladyannem
    Dana has written the most sensitive book on this subject I've ever seen, and I've read them all! Most cookbooks on this subject say they are gluten-free and simply change the grain from wheat to some other grass. They do not admit that ALL grasses contain gluten, including cane. Dana does and she works around it. Many authors simply switch from dairy to soy drink products, Dana describes why soy is dangerous for small children due to the American genetic hybridization programs and how it causes the users' hormones to be thrown out of balance. Dana also addresses the salicylate problem (or the Fiengold diet) which most ASD cookbooks ignore. Dana labels each recipe individually thereby identifying what your child may be sensitive to. She also addresses the issue of the lack of amino acids and provides holistic natural ways to boost you childs amino acid levels. You can heal your child holistically using this book....more info
  • Great for All Ages and Diets
    As a culinary educator I recommend this book highly to parents who not only have children with ADHD but also for those with food allergies. I use it as a resource since it addresses all the ingredients which are usually problems for children - soy, dairy, wheat, etc. and gives great alternatives and easy recipes to satisfy all palates. Those with allergies and intolerances will surely benefit from all the tasty recipes and information in this book. As a mom, I enjoy many of the recipes with my own kids (and they don't even have allergies or ADHD!)...more info
  • Great information, recipes are ok
    Having made several recipes out of here I can say that about 70% of them turn out decent or good. We've mainly made the baked goods since I think cooking meat and vegetables without gluten or dairy is easy (for me). Also since my daughter does not eat much of those yet, my main interest from the recipes was things like pancakes, breads etc. The best recipe in the baked goods is the carrot cake. The major downside to a lot of the sweeter treats like cookies and cakes though is how much sugar is in them and high calories per serving. For example, that carrot cake runs about 800 cals/serving!

    The best part of this book was the explanation of the effects of food sensitivities and intolerances (not necessarily allergies) on a child. My daughter has mild autism and I had heard about the gluten free casein free diet and been skeptical until I read this book. It was the first good explanation of what happens in the body and brain biologically and why the kids get into a vicious cycle with moods etc. I recognized the symptoms in my child and thought to give it a try. We went through a 6 week "withdrawal" period but after that it was like she came out of a fog. The diet is by no means some miracle cure - she still has bad days, but she has a LOT more good ones now. ...more info
  • confuso
    Muchas veces me siento confundido cuando leo las recetas. No son "friendly reading" tengo que buscar conversiones de gramos a lbs.
    ...more info
  • A good resource for improving your child's eating habits
    While I don't have an autistic child we do have gluten/lactose issues in our family and my 5 year old son has developed very limited eating habits -- lots of "white food" or carbs, sugars and very limited meat and veggies. This book gives you a lot of very good ideas of working with your child to improve eating habits and lots of good information that explains how you can break the cycle. Sneaky does work and chocolate can be your friend! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that there are some editing issues with the symbols at the top of the recipe pages -- often the symbols above say there is no egg or soy or whatever in the recipe when, in fact, there are those ingredients. ...more info
  • The BEST of the kid friendly GFCF cookbooks!
    I have bought 5 different GF/CF books in the last two months for my child who is on the "spectrum". It is not easy to switch to a new diet especially when you have a fussy/picky eater. This book has proven to be the best book that I've bought. The recipes are simple, good, and so far successful! The nutritional information on each recipe is definitely a lot of help including the allergy legend. I do have the Special Diets for Special Kids book (both I & II). They are helpful too; but this book is just presented better (IMHO). We have enjoyed these recipes more too. Also, the book provides numerous ways to sneak in those veggies and fruits which many picky eaters don't want to touch! This is a must buy if you have a difficult toddler who is a picky eater and on a GFCF diet!...more info
  • great item. Lots of help
    Great item. Lots of help for anyone allergic to gluten. Will be a huge help in our house....more info
  • Super simple recipes
    I love this book. I have had it for almost a year now and have learned a great deal. I am buying one for a good friend now who's son was just diagnosed with autism.

    The recipes are very basic and simple, good if you are a busy mom and good if your kids are picky eaters. My boys luckily eat a variety of foods but we have loved the recipes from this book! I have a few other books that deal with gluten-free and casien-free recipes which I also use often.

    This is a great resource! A must have book!...more info
  • The Kid Friendly ADHD Cookbook is Kid Friendly
    I bought the cookbook because I have a child with ADHD and other issues. The chicken nuggets are quite tasty. I've also tried the frutie smoothie. It addresses issues of the five sense with food, which is terrific because if you have a child with these issues, there are many suggestions on how to get around them. I am trying the diet for my son and we'll see how it goes. There is a fair amount of recipes, but I think that the recipe section could have been more expansive and less "information" in the front of the book. There is at least 50 pages of why you should do this diet which I'm not sure was necessary. This is why I gave four stars instead of 5. The recipes I have tried are good....more info
  • Fast Delivery - Great Book - Easy Recipes
    Rec'd the book fast .... was just as described. Have not had a change to read it - but in browsing through it see alot of very easy recipes that kids will enjoy if they need to be on this diet....more info
  • Perhaps it should be 5 stars...
    ...but one of the cookie recipes called for Oat flour -- That's one of the forbidden, gluten-containing grains! Must be a typo.
    Otherwise, this book is wonderful. Packed with the latest information, substitution rules, and a lot of recipes. The only recipe I've tried is Cinnamon Pancakes and they were fabulous. Although I'm a pretty good cook and can make up things pretty well, I've found that with gfcf baking it's best to follow a recipe and not improvise. With a lot of searching on the 'net you can find other recipes and information, but this book is really informative. And incidentally, the diet appears to be working -- my autistic son is feeling better and acting more like a normal 3-year-old after just 1 week, and I have to admit to feeling more clear-headed and attentive. Though it's a little tough getting started, it has been well worth the inconvenience. So if your child is ADHD or autistic, get this book, and if possible, transition your whole family to the diet. It can't hurt and is very likely to help....more info
  • Great reference book
    Got it after few GF/CF recipe books and its a good purchase. Excellent reference book for substitutes. Wished it had pictures of the recipes....more info
  • The only cookbook you'll need
    I've been trying to make my way through various GFCF diet cookbooks for years and have been unable to. This book lays out every reason why you cook the way you cook for people with food allergies ( because you may have to tell them why ) and lays it out simply! Has all the basic foods everybody else eats so your GFCF eater won't feel left out!...more info
  • Great resource!
    I am still a bit of a novice when it comes to cooking GFCF, we have only been following this diet for a few months now, but this book makes it easy to create meals and snacks that my children will eat. The Wonderful Waffles recipe is better that anything you will find in the freezer section of your local grocery store-GFCF or otherwise-and there are lots of tips & tricks to get more nutrients into your kids. Not only are the recipes good, the info presented on the diet is done in an easy-to-read format. It is all explained in great detail, how it works and why it works. Also, at the top of each recipe, there is a key that shows which allergens are present, a real time-saver for those of us dealing with multiple food sensitivities-you know at a glance. Overall, I am happy with my purchase, I would recommend it to others, especially if you are just starting out on the GFCF diet & need some guidance. ...more info
    We have been on a GFCF diet for six months. I am always looking for new recipes. I wish this was the first cookbook I had purchased because I would have saved myself a lot of money and wasted ingredients by not having to purchase the other not-so-good cookbooks. This cookbook has a wonderful variety of recipes and lots of helpful hints and tips. You will not regret this purchase!...more info
  • Excellent resource for all things GF/CF!!!
    At first I was a little disappointed that only about half of the book is actual recipes and the other half is information, but the resoure material and the invaluable explanation of the diet has been extremely helpful! I have shared this book with everyone I know who has a child with an autism spectrum disorder and we all have LOVED it! A great find! The recipes aren't phenomenal, but my son will eat most of them. ...more info
  • A Must-have for the Overwhelmed Family Cook
    This book is very informative as to why diet modifications are so critical for children with ADHD and Autism. I was completely overwhelmed by the challenge of diet change and cooking gluten-free and casein-free. I have tried several of the recipes with varying degrees of acceptance, but the diet change is an adjustment for the entire family and eventually we will all learn to eat gluten-free and casein-free....more info
  • Great book to start with
    My son has ADHD and after a nightmare of a year on medication we vowed never to go down that road again. I started researching alternative and natural remedies to cure ADHD. I found a doctor who specialized in ADHD and autism. This doctor ordered food allergy tests for my son. Low and behold, my son is allergic to about 15 different foods including wheat, dairy, soy, milk, eggs, nuts and others.

    Distraught and overwhelmed, this is the first book (of many - most of which I returned) that I ordered.

    It has been a real eye-opener. I can't even go into all of the topics the book covers.

    I have made three or four of the recipes so far and they've all been great. Last night I made Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and WOW, it is really good! Some recipes I have to substitute ingredients because of the severity of my sons allergies (as I did in the Pumpkin Bread), but I did so without affecting the end result.

    It's scary and intimidating to suddenly change your life style - especially in the kitchen. I was never much of a cook before and now I cook 3-4 meals a day from scratch! This book is a great resource for those who are timid about trying this new approach to cooking.

    BTW - I've already noticed improvement in my son's behavior. We've been on this ADHD diet for about six weeks. It's worth it!...more info
  • Anyone Can Benefit From This Book!
    You don't have to be the parent of an autistic or hyperactive child to enjoy and benefit from this book. If you simply want to learn a little about those unfortunate conditions, the introduction provides a concise description of the symptoms and behavioral patterns of each. Then the next six chapters provide background nutritional information that all healthy people should be aware of, with emphasis of course on kids. We get the lowdown, not just about glutens, casein and soy, but also on cholesterol, sugar, trans-fatty acids and others. Finally we have more than 100 pages of simple recipes, everything from snacks and treats to main courses. I have tried some of these recipes and they are scrumptious. My favorite is Glenda's Oven-roasted Vegetables, which I have had many times. The directions are simple and easy to follow and nicely presented. Even I could learn to cook with the help of this book! And if I stuck to these recipes, I'd also lose a few pounds!
    Ken Ingham, author of Ecoepic & Other Poems...more info


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