The growing "special diet" section in your local book shop is reassurance that you are a part of large and growing group of people whose digestive tracts are demanding that we reconsider our modern diet, medications, environmental toxins and stress levels. By offering a great selection of cook books, we endeavor to give families an idea of how fun and easy "special diets" can be.
Many dietary principles that help children with ADHD, asthma, allergies and autism also help individuals suffering from Coeliac, Colitis, Crohn's, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Individuals dealing with metabolic and digestive disorders require special diets to avoid foods that trigger allergies or harm the digestive tract. There are a number of "elimination" diets that can help in this way. While elimination is sometimed necessary, in many instances certain foods can be reintroduced once the gastro intesinal tract has had time to heal.
In general we recommend an organic, fresh, wholefood diet with no/minimal refined flours and sugars and no processed foods, artificial additives, colourings or preservatives. And plenty of filtered water containing minerals is essential.
Below are descriptions for several terms you will come across in this page.
The basis of the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet is that, based on low functioning enzymes and/or an imbalance in gut microbes, some individuals have trouble breaking down proteins into amino acids. Instead, proteins go into the blood and up to the brain as peptides that have a similar structure to opiates and therefore create brain fog and mood swings.
There is a good body of research on GF/CF by Dohan, Reichelt, Shattock, Cade and others
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
The basic SCD principle is restoration of gastro intestinal health through diet. We all know that individuals with Coeliac need to avoid gluten in their diet. What is less well-known is that the damaged digestive tract of many Coeliacs is sensitive to a range of carbohydrates. In fact, in the 1930s Drs. Sidney and Merrill Haas of New York, defined Coeliac as a sensitivity to a range of disaccharides and polysaccharides, not just gluten. Elaine Gotscall later termed this The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) which is effective for managing Coeliac, Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and associated anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
The Haas' also identified an imbalance in microbes in the digestive tract as being a part of Coeliac. Current research is revisiting this theory by looking into the idea that certain overgrowth in bacteria actually drive
the expression of the Coeliac gene.
The GAPS diet is based on the SCD but with a focus on restoring gastro intestinal health for neurological function. This was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a Cambridge UK neurologist with a degree in nutrition, who treated her son off the Autism Spectrum. It differs in that it does not allow dairy product whereas SCD permits yogurt at later stages.
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Body Ecology Diet
This diet focuses on digestive health by eliminating candida and other microbe infections while restoring beneficial bacteria through probiotics in food and healing the gastro intestinal tract with natural herbs and nutrients from around the world.
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Nourishing Traditions/Weston A. Price
Weston A. Price, a US dentist researching in the 1930s, travelled the world and concluded that indigenous cultures enjoyed better health then those expoed to modern diet. He saw this first and foremost in the health of the teeth and bone structure that served as a mirror for internal health.
The foods that supported good heatlh in all races, across all continents and climates were; natural, organic, unrefined, fermented, meat with fat, organ meats, whole milk (unpasteurised), fish, insects, bone broth, whole grains, insects, tubers, vegetables and fruit (in moderation). Price also presents a case for slow-cooking, eating a range of foods daily and rotating foods seasonally.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon reviews Price's work and debunks several key pervasive dietary practices (animal fat leads to high blood choleterol, canola oil is good, pasturising dairy is good) with a scientific review of faulty research that has lead us to fear animal and saturated fat in our diet. Fallon maintains that these fats are essential for nutrient transport and to support the nervous system.
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All people do best with the Feingold approach of removing artificial additives, preservatives and colourings from the diet. Some individuals have sensitivities to naturally occuring chemicals in foods such as salicylates, amines, phenols and oxalates.
Oxalates for examples are found in Nuts, Spinach, Celery, Green Beans, kiwi, lemon, lime and orange peel, berries, most seeds, soy, whole wheat, kamut, oatmeal, popcorn, spelt, ground flour, wheat bran, wheat germ, buckwheat, parsley, spinach, rhubarb and more.
Dr. Campbell-McBride, author of Gut And Psychology Syndrome, believes that these chemicals are high in antioxidants which are helping the body to detox and as a result create behavioural symptoms. Some health professionals recommend using these foods in modertaion to help detox.
Many people have IgG sensitivities to eggs and other foods – this limits the number of foods available in an already restricted diet. We recommend working with your health professional to: do an IgG test to identify and eliminate offending foods, heal the gut and then reintroduce those foods once the gut is healed.