Utter Autism

August 22, 2011

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Back when Adrian was 2 years old we gave the Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) diet a try.  Within the first couple of weeks we saw improvements.  He was signing, making more eye contact and his behaviors improved.  The difference was quite noticeable.  There was enough evidence that we stuck with the GFCF diet for another 18 months.  At that point we slowly began adding things back in.  We saw no adverse changes so we went with a regular diet again.

The thing that stinks about doing these diets is that there is no way to know for certain if the changes you’re seeing are really from the diet or if they’re a product of something else in the environment.  And there’s always that possibility that the naysayers are right and we’re just seeing what we want to see.

But ultimately, whether it’s the diet or something else, real or imagined, if the situation feels better, then it is better.  It’s that simple.

We’ve had Adrian on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) now for a little over a week.  And so, of course, the question is, “Is it working?”

For all the reasons I mentioned above I still don’t feel like I can answer that with any certainty.  What I can tell you is that it does feel better.  We’ve had fewer fits and when he does flip out, he’s calming down MUCH faster than before.  We’ve gone 3 days now with a decrease in our ’emergency’ meds. 

Beyond that, we’ve eased tension in one of the areas that was driving me crazy – the food seeking!  Every moment of the day Adrian was begging for food before.  And he doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer!  It was a huge point of frustration for me.  He was always hungry and I was always trying to hold him off till the next meal/snack time because he was already consuming too many calories. 

Granted, that was totally my fault.  He had been on the LMD (Lazy Mom Diet) for quite some time.  As his appetite picked up, it was easier to just feed him the quick foods he liked rather than prepare completely separate meals and snacks for this uber picky eater.  Fish sticks, chicken patties, waffles, pancakes, goldfish, hot dogs, … lots and lots of horrible, carb-filled food.

On the SCD, all that is gone.  And all the protein that’s replaced the carbs means he’s not as hungry.  For that reason alone, this diet has improved our situation (not to mention his health). 

At this point I’m spending a good hour or two a day in the kitchen cooking and baking.  I don’t enjoy it, but I’m committed to giving this a full go.  For now, I have the time to devote to this so I’m just going to continue until a reason to change presents itself.

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