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Valuable Resources for Your Gluten- and Dairy-Free & Paleo Lifestyle

What is autismAutism Support Resources

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Lactose intolerance
Lactose is a sugar found in many dairy products. Normally, our bodies break down the proteins we eat with molecules called enzymes. If our bodies don't make enough of an enzyme called lactose, eating foods with lactose will course all sorts of unpleasant digestive discomfort.

Casein
A protein found in most dairy products. Some children on the autistic spectrum report developing symptoms when eating casein and many follow a gluten-free, casein-free diet (GFCF).

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What is celiac disease

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Celiac Resources

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Autoimmune
In an autoimmune disease, the body recognizes its own tissue as an invader and attacks. Celiac is an autoimmune disease. Others include type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriasis and many more.

Celiac Disease
An autoimmune disease where the body attacks the small intestine and/or other areas every time gluten is eaten. Once it starts, it's lifelong, and the only effective treatment is a lifelong, strict gluten-free diet.

Gluten sensitivity (aka gluten intolerance or non-celiac gluten sensitivity)
You don't have celiac disease, but you still experience negative symptoms when you eat gluten. We're not quite sure yet how it works but studies have confirmed that it does exist and may affect 5-10% of the population.

References:

  • National Foundation for Celiac Awareness: CeliacCentral.org
  • Celiac.com: one of the most comprehensive sites for articles, information and recipes for celiac patients and their families.

 

gluten free factsGluten-Free Resources

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Gluten
A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten can often be found in oats because of processing. It's responsible for the stretchiness and texture of mainstream baked goods.

Gluten-free
In the US and Canada, "gluten-free" is defined as less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

Cross contamination or cross contact

There are many foods that don't have gluten as an ingredient but still end up containing gluten because of the way they are processed and handled during preparation or at home.

References:

  • Gluten-Free.com
  • GlutenFreeHelp.info
  • TriumphDining's blog has some excellent suggestions on the latest gluten-free products as well as posts on diet and exercise - even a review of a gluten-free beer! They also feature an informational section called "Gluten-Free 101." Be sure to check out their reader poll "2012 Best of Gluten-Free Winners" series (five parts: OneTwoThreeFour and Five).
  • Early Signs of Gluten Intolerance: Nutrition Secrets
  • A Gluten Free Diet and Nutritious Recipes: Diet Spotlight
  • Gluten-free diets: Where do we stand?: By Jacqueline Howard, CNN

 

The Momma Stuff

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Paleo Resources

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Paleo
While there are many versions of the Paleo diet, the general idea is that if your ancestors wouldn't recognize it as food, it doesn't belong on your plate. Generally, that involves avoiding gluten, grains, beans, and most processed foods and sugars.

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Paleo Lifestyle 101 © Image: Paleo Living
    *Resource: Carol Kicinski
    Simply Gluten Free Magazine
    simplygluten-free.com
    November-December 2015 issue