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  • Going back to move forward again

    4 posts, 3 voices, 634 views, started Nov 20, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Encee


    • Garnett

      Hey everyone

      My son, (16 autistic) is going through another difficult time.   We’ve seen them before, but, not to frighten anyone who has younger kids....puberty can bring a whole new set of problems.  Girls get the bad rap for the mood swings, but boys do get them as well!  

      With Corbin, it’s very plain that his diet is closely linked to his behaviour, even though gfcf didn’t really benefit him, and so I am going back to a type of diet some of you may have heard about.  It’s called the Feingold Diet.  Basically, it calls for removing all the “junk” from our daily diet....artificial flavor & color, preservatives, additives, including (and especially for my son) the dried cheesey ingredients you find in crackers, chips, and the boxed mac & cheese products.  I don’t bring much of this into my house, granted, some of it never, but since Halloween passed and we had some leftover candy, namely Starburst and Skittles, my son has been eating them, and goes searching for them when I hide them.  I finally had to throw away the last bag.  

      In the past week there’s been a negative change in Corbin’s behaviour.  He gets that far-away look in his eyes, appearing as if drugged ( he does not take any meds at all) and his sleeping habits are terrible.  My husband and are rather worn out, and, no surprise to many of you I think, my house has really taken a beating since my son vents his frustration by slamming doors etc.  

      And, so, I am putting on my food-police-mom hat and scrupulously checking everything I bring into the house for possible additives.  Once you start to take notice of these ingredients, you find they‘re like sugar - “My God it’s everywhere!”  

      The bright side to this is that I know my boy and removing these things from his diet will help him.  It’s been 2 years now since he had a reaction like this, but, he’s got that amazing changing teenage system and is growing like the proverbial weed so it’s probably par for the course in his case.  

      It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I have some catching up to do with the group!  I hope everyone is doing well....

      The Very Best To All of You ......and Your Beautiful Kids!  



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          Encee wrote Nov 20, 2008
        • Oh, sorry forgot to post the link earlier.....

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          Encee wrote Nov 20, 2008
        • didn’t work!  LOL  

          Here is a link that does!  

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          Lilli925 wrote Jan 30, 2009
        • Hello, I am new to this group, but I completly understand, my son has several mental issues and I find that as long as I monitor, his diet he does not seem to be as emotional, or moody, I have found unless you stick to natural foods, and stay away from the prepacked stuff, that is so previlent everywhere you and I are going to spend alot of time looking at labels, instead of enjoying the idea of shopping.
          Most of the stuff if it has red dye 40, or any dye products this is where you will run into alot of trouble, I have a link that gives you everyday tips on diet and special need kids, when I find it I will repost so that you and everyone else can take a look.
          How well does he respond to music, my daughter and I have found with her son, that the old saying... That music soothes the savage beast, really works, her eldest son has autism and luckily her husband plays several instruments, and also has a band... right now he is only 5 but we also see the entire range of emotions, and the hitting and slamming of doors, whinning, if an emotion exsist he runs the gambit, Music helps quite a bit, and the same goes for my son, right now he is in a facility for his condition, and has been for quite awhile, so this last xmas we purchased an MP3, and a transformer toy that responds to the music and it has done wonders for him the staff uses this as a reward system for him and we find that it really works well, by now your son is probabaly past this stage, but if you or he is are not already doing the whole music thing give it a try...
          Much Love

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