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  •  I bet your Aspie son will ONLY eat carbs, right? (3+ / 0-)
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    LOL.  We call it the "white or brown only" diet.  Bread, pasta, cereal, starch starch starch.  It really makes trying to fix healthy food challenging when one family member literally vomits at the the mere thought of salad or veggies.

    There are a couple of groups here at Daily Kos I would recommend for you.  Parenting on the Autism Spectrum is one and KOSpectrum is another.  It really helps to hear the stories others tell and to share your own.  

    My son is only 9, diagnosed at 6.  Each day is a new adventure, a new lesson to learn.  My son's elementary school uses a curriculum called "SuperFlex" about a super hero who must battle villains to live successfully in Social Town.  One of the villains is called "Rock Brain."  Rock Brain keeps you stuck in one way of seeing things and keeps you from being able to move on.

    Sound familiar?  LOL  He's a frequent--and unwelcome--visitor at our house!      

    "When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camara

    by koosah on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 05:43:26 PM PDT

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    •  Will they take juice? If you juice for them? (0+ / 0-)

      Or teas?

    •  Funny, I have an Aspie nephew my (1+ / 0-)
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      daughter sees every year and keeps some contact with. He is still (25) having many problems and she has tried for years to get him onto anything besides Ramen noodles. I had not realized they are so prone to carbs. Maybe the serotonin?

      Are you sure Rock Brain is not a subversive liberal idea being foisted on those kids?

      Rock Brain keeps you stuck in one way of seeing things and keeps you from being able to move on.
      Sure sounds Mitt, Rush, Boehner, et al  ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 10:34:08 PM PDT

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      •  There is some speculation that kids on the (1+ / 0-)
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        spectrum have guts that aren't fully processing the carbs.  The incompletely digested bi-products of carbs act like a drug on the brain, which then causes the child to crave more, to create the "rush" again.  Some parents in my support group have tried giving their kids digestive enzymes to fully break down the carbs.  They report that their kids seem to go through "drug withdrawals" after they first get the enzymes, because they are no longer getting the incompletely digested products.

        This is all purely anecdotal, of course.  I think it might play a role, but who knows for sure?  Eventually, according to this theory, the guts of autistic kids will mature enough to fully break down the carbs.  By that time, of course, most of them have developed eating habits and behaviors that can be difficult to change.

        I am pretty sure that Ramen noodles  and Cup o' Noodles have crack in them...my son is addicted, too.  LOL.      

        "When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camara

        by koosah on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:03:35 PM PDT

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        •  There is a guy out there that sells something (1+ / 0-)
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          based on the research he did looking at the additives that are put in the foods. They essentially get you addicted to the additives.

          The enzyme link actually makes a lot of sense. We have such processed foods very few of us get as many enzymes as our bodies were designed to use for digestion. The liver has to make them and uses up nutrients that are needed to make enzymes that are needed to functionally use digested and absorbed nutrients. Since the Aspies usually hate fresh fruits and veggies, they get even fewer of the enzymes - nor will you get them down those hatches in anything but pill form.

          We also don't have enough of the right gut bacteria. Partly from our food not having as much, but also from the antibiotics most of us have had many rounds of.

          Speaking of weight loss problems, one study showed that the obese people had much more efficient gut bacteria than normal weight folks. So, gross out warning, they emptied the guts of the obese ones and repopulated with fecal samples from the thin people. (Using tubes...) The obese people started losing weight!

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:39:19 PM PDT

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        •  well Temple Grandin and others feel they are (1+ / 0-)
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          just the next step in evolution, where Mr Spock would be the prototype...

    •  actually he likes beef and turkey (1+ / 0-)
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      but can pack away the soda...and chips. tacos every night ( ya van't get these kids to try anything else ) but he does likelobster andclams too. can't afford to eat that every day...

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