I Wish I Had Known Then What I Know Now…. Shaping the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet

Written by: Julie A. Buckley, MD

What is funny to me is that a friend convinced me to try the gluten and casein free diet for my daughter before I was willing to say the A word.  I was in a world of confusion and hurt and utterly lost- denial was my middle name and autism was not something I could allow anywhere near my conscious thought.

Thank God my friend gave me a little room- I remember her saying “You don’t have to call it anything.  You don’t have to give it a name.  But what if it makes her feel better?  What if it helps her?”

Thank God for her friend who sent me a care package overnight of replacement options for cooking.

And thank God my daughter had an obvious response to the diet- within a couple of days she was turning on the vacuum and helping me to vacuum the carpets!  Within a couple of days she had a whole bunch of words that returned!  Within a few days her occupational therapist said “she’s a different child today- what changed?”

So it was easy to stay the course with gluten and casein free.  It would be several years before I would understand the influence those dietary choices had on chronic inflammation, on health, on healing, no matter what her label was.  It would be even longer before I would understand the critical role that the same diet would have on my own health, my husband’s, my son’s…..

What I wish I had known though, was that I shouldn’t have been resting on my gluten and casein free laurels.  I wish I had known (and yes, doctor’s don’t get much nutritional education in medical school, so I really didn’t have the needed understanding) that I needed to EAT WHAT GREW.  Recently.  What is fresh.  Not processed.  Organic.  Real.  This is the shortest way to talk about eating healthy I have ever heard- wise words from Dr. Stuart Freedenfeld that we have on film at Healing Autism Academy.  If I had known this and lived it out way back at the beginning, I suspect my daughter would not have had seizures develop as she went through puberty.  Would I have had to live through the cancer chapter of my life?  Would we have had other health issues in our family?

EAT WHAT GREW.

Eat plants, especially green leafy ones.  Eat them organically- pesticides did not grow.
Eat lean meats. Eat eggs.
Eat healthy fats- these are actually the only foods that nature ever preserved.

EAT WHAT GREW.  EAT WHAT GREW RECENTLY.  EAT WHAT GREW.