Special Diets for Special Kids 2011 Volumes 1 and 2 combined is a culmination of the first two Special Diets book from 1998 and 2001.  There are over 200 new and revised gluten free and dairy free recipes is this book.  The author states this book concentrates on recipes using less starchy foods and moving to more nutritious fruits, vegetables, and proteins.  A lot of the recipes from the first two Special Diet books have been omitted in this volume due to the emphasis on more nutrient dense foods.  The Introductory chapters of this book are well written and very informative.  You will learn why this type of diet is helpful to kids with autism.  The author validates her information by citing many of the research studies concerning the gluten free and dairy free diet.  You  will also learn the answers to many of your questions.

  • What is gluten?
  • What is casein?
  • How do you get started on this diet?
  • Do you eliminate everything at once or start with dairy first and then follow with gluten?
  • If I eliminate all of these foods what will I feed my child?
  • What can I use to replace milk?
  • How do I replace wheat flour when I bake?
  • What foods are okay to eat and what foods should my child avoid?
  • When you eliminate gluten and casein from your child's diet will they have withdrawal symptoms?
  • Is there a medical blood or urine test to determine if my child would benefit from this diet?
  • Can a child test negative for gluten and casein allergies and still have a sensitivity to them?
  • What are the  foods most likely to cause an allergic reaction?
  • When I am  reading a package label, what are food additives that are safe and which ones should be avoided.
  • Should I spend the extra money and buy organic foods?
  • Do I need to give my child vitamins?
  • What vitamins and minerals are beneficial to a child with autism?

The second section
of this book is packed with many gluten free and casein free recipes and some of the little secrets needed to help you overcome the difficulties in making  tasty dishes, cookies and breads.  For a complete list of the dishes made in this book click here.


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