#ASD & Allergies

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children diagnosed with developmental disorders like ASD, have higher chance for developing other medical conditions… Like:

” 1.8 times more likely than children without developmental disabilities to have asthma,
1.6 times more likely to have eczema or skin allergies,
1.8 times more likely to have food allergies,
2.2 times more likely to have chronic severe headaches, and
3.5 times more likely to have chronic diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon).” – AutismSpeaks.org

As some of our readers may know by the constant stream of GF and Vegan posts, I have battled food allergies for the past five years- so when I encountered this study by the CDC I thought it to be imperative to bring about this topic during ASD Awareness Month! Experiencing allergies first hand, I comprehend the impact allergies can have on a person of any age; the most difficult part of the food allergies came when I first got diagnosed and would try to eat out at restaurants…

You see, at home you can control what goes into your food, but at out- and- about or ‘on the street’ as they call it, it becomes technically impossible. At first, when I would go out to eat, I simply stared at a menu and began to cry, because it was such a grave adjustment and I didn’t know from where to start. So I started learning to love cooking for myself, wtching cooking shows and constantly reading recipes, I figured if I understood how food worked, I would be better suited to explain how I needed it cooked for ME! I was 20 years old, and can only imagine the challenge it would be for a child who additionally has developmental disorders.

ASD can lead to a more vulnerable immune system, including Gastrointestinal Disorders (GI), which  “among the most common medical conditions associated with autism. These issues range from chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel conditions. They can affect persons of any age. But in the context of autism, they have been most studied in children.” –AutismSpeaks.org

Sensitivity to #Gluten is a common allergy for children diagnosed with developmental disorders like #ASD and since this is also one of my sensitivities, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite #GFSnacks, which Gluten-Free children of any age will LUV to indulge in…

– Edamame

– Carrots & Hummus

– Apple Sauce

-Nature’s Path Organic Corn Puffs- Gorilla Munch Cereal

– Glutino Gluten Free Table Crackers

– Skinny POP- PopCorn

– SNYDER’S OF HANOVER Gluten Free Pretzels

– Sweet Potato ‘Pop Chips’

– UDI’s GF au Naturel Granola