The Basics of ANY special Diet
Did you know that 75% of the population whether they know it or not has toxic food syndrome? It’s true. which means that most of the population has unhealthy reactions or an abnormal response or their lack of, for certain ingredients or food that they shouldn’t be having. Numerous types of people have weakened immune systems. Diabetics, the elderly, ASD, ADHD, GF sensitive people, people with pyloria, osteoporosis, ect. Some of this post applies to all of you.
Disclaimer- Before we proceed any further know this. Let’s be honest, this is a very informational and large topic. So no one is an expert in all of it. Including, Julie Matthew’s, who knows more then me in atleast some of the areas. But, I know, quite a bit.
Do you know what the basic and foundational meanings and assumptions around diets actually are? Do you really know who goes on them? Do you also know why they have become so popular, even among people who aren’t overweight? Well by the end of this post you definitely will. This will also generally mention the importance of special diets for those with sensory issues/ neurotically issues. This post is not specifically trying to push or educate about any ONE Diet.
A diet is for any specific group of people who need to follow somewhat stricter guidelines on what there nutritional intake is. The purpose of a diet generally is to make individuals of that group change or improve there specific situation because of whatever it is that is causing the problem(s) they have to begin with. So it could be that they’re overweight, or perhaps there too hyperactive, or maybe they feel tired all the time. The symptoms or results that they’re trying to improve obviously differ and that is not something we’re going to talk about in this post. Initially diets mostly started to get popular, for those who were overweight or had strict religious commitments- like the Kosher community. Many of these people had little issues other than being overweight, or kosher, and perhaps not to eager or able to exercise ( if they were overweight). So a diet for these people, wasn’t really that big of a deal. Mostly had to eliminate fatty things and junk food and eat healthy things, in moderation. And be very diligent about it. And exercise was recommended for the best results too. Obviously, if your kosher it’s different. But, still not that severely limiting.
The attitude about diets was ( and still somewhat is among certain diet groups) so what if I have to you eliminate a few unhealthy items or categories of foods every day, and maybe eat less of something, that’s not that hard, and in return I’ll be healthier, gain confidence, and feel better! Sounds like a win-win to me, right?
In the beginning, nobody who was forming diets, ever thought or imagined that people with special needs who had significant and often many issues with nutritional food ingredients were going to benefit from any special diet. Even if it crossed there mind, they had no idea how to form a diet for this specific community.
It wasn’t clear cut and it wasn’t simple enough for them (nutritionists, diet creators, etc) to just stick some rules together and put some food items together to make special menu’s. Because these rules and menus had to do a lot more then help people loose weight and keep it off. They would have far greater goals to conquer.
Then you are probably asking how the heck did all of these special diets, for special communities, many of whom have neurological issues, come about. Maybe you’ve seen it in the news-? How ? unfortunately, there’s so many NT parents who are just going crazy, literally, taking care of their disabled, often ASD child. Some of them go to great depths to physically harm or even kill in some cases their child because of the a. craziness of the individual (parent) and the complexity of our ASD issues. As if we asked for this!? Like, ( hello!) you honestly think we LIKE being difficult!? I’ll tell you right now. We defiantly DON’t! But, ignoring our issues cause your afraid to face them, certainly aren’t doing us any favors either.
Do you know how many parents of ASD children are divorced or on their second marriage because the other parent can’t deal with the child or children with special needs? The number is scary, just trust me on that, okay.?
Most parents ( Especially moms cause that’s our maternal instinct and societal role) want to feel a positive fulfillment of doing a great job taking care of their babies and children. And let’s face it, most of these parents are NT’s and most have no clue, especially in the beginning, on how to deal with such complex cases. And as I’m sure you know, most public schools have no clue either. And even if they do know a little at that public school about helping the child. It’s not their job to cover everything. As you know nutrition really is something that starts and finishes through the home. Not school, the same with behavior. There are plenty of manuals, magazines, and training classes, (at least in the more populated areas) on how to be a good mother. But there are/ were only a few, if any, of that available for mothers of children with special needs. And therefore the parents desperately are in search of anything that will help them be a better parent. And make it so their child can thrive as much as they possibly can. And once that happened enough, and people like Julie Matthews, which I have spoken about in various other posts had done enough of her research, special diets came about. Off course, it also took researchers and scientists to come up with various therapies and diets, to try to help “cure” as they say, autism.
The reason I put “cure” in parentheses is because most, if not all, of these diets and therapies actually don’t cure autism. The results that come from these “cures” obviously, differ, depending on the individual, and there specific circumstanstances. And as you know, some of these “cures” or diets aren’t just for those on the ASD spectrum. People with ADHD, dyspraxia, apraxia, LD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, pyloria, NVLD, The old PDD- NOSS diagnosis, schizophrenia, and possibly other disorders all can benefit from some of these diets. Among sometimes, even people with no special needs as well. After all, I said 75% of the population have toxic food disorder, right?
At best, the results that come from these diets for those with special needs, is they improve significantly the individual affected by these symptoms. The severity of, and types of symptoms, that are current prior to trying the diet are an important indicator of how much the diet may or may not assist them. So someone with Asperger’s for example, some one may not see as much improvement in their life, as someone with ASD who is thought to have more significantly impacting autism. However, both individuals on certain diets, will see important improvements that they may really want to consider getting. Do they fix everything NO. Of the things they do help, is the individual now normal skill wise with whatever it is ?(again, it depends on the details of who were taking about and what were dealing with) But, in most cases. The answer so far seams to be no. However, if you couldn’t talk at all, and now you can, verbally speak. Even if you don’t sound completely normal. Wouldn’t you say that diet was worth it? Even if you have to always stay on it forever. Which is the norm in our population. I’d say, heck yes!
If you ask me, certain diets, for the right audience. Can sometimes actually be more of a gain then a loss. And that should be one of the biggest questions prior to going on any diet. What am I or my loved one going to gain here ? Is it worth losing whatever for you ( like having to stop for example, eating XY and Z) for that gain? What’s the chance of the gain within people specific or similiar to me?) If the answer is yes, and you can get the right support for being on it. By all means, go on that die. If the answer is no, or you’re not sure, but your still in a special community that often benefits from any special diets. A special community could be someone with just celiac disease, obviously. So, I am speaking to NT’s in that sentence too. That doesn’t mean I’m not highlighting those with sp. needs though. Especially, those with PSD. I am. Then you really need to research more, or ask more questions of your doctors. The reason being is obvious, because the individuals who are on them are able to now do certain things that they may not of been able to do or not as well as before and they may not have certain issues they previously had. Weather they recognize them or not.