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Hi guys. So, I’ve been away for May, just working behind the scenes, catching up on life and everything since April was really, really wonderful and really intense. I may actually slow down on the frequency at which I put out videos. I am working very diligently behind the scenes, and I am focusing more on going out and doing work within the community.
I’m focusing more on my writing and a bunch of other passion projects that I have just not been able to do. So, I am making time for them, because if I don’t make time for them, they won’t happen. So, I am probably going to cut back on the frequency of the videos.
I hope you guys stick with me anyway. It’ll be more important that you hit the subscribe button and turn on the bell icon, since they won’t be each and every Wednesday anymore. That way, you won’t miss them when they come out… or you can subscribe at www.neurodivergentrebel.com as well, because then you get ALL of the updates including the writing.
So, let me dive on in and talk about this topic, which is autism and gluten free diets. As an autistic person who has a gluten sensitivity, I feel I am uniquely qualified to discuss this in depth.
There is a misconception that a gluten free diet may “help” autism.
No. Rewind a little bit.
Some autistic people, who specifically have a gluten intolerance like I do – and not all of us have this issue – can benefit because (of course) if someone has a food allergy and they’re eating that food, and you remove it, they are going to get healthier.
For me, when I eat gluten, I’m going to spend a lot of time in the bathroom… or thinking about the bathroom… or wondering where the bathroom is… or just in pain because my stomach and my digestive system is burning and twisting and is in knots. And I may be nauseous and I’m just really not feeling good.
Nobody is pleasant to be around when they’re not feeling well. So, if the autistic person in your life is more pleasant to be around when they’re on the gluten free diet because they have a gluten sensitivity, it’s not that they are less autistic. It’s just that they’re feeling good. And of course, if you’re feeling well, you’re at your best.
So those are my thoughts. Thank you, guys, so much for watching. I hope you’ll stick with me, and I will talk with you next time. Bye guys!
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4 thoughts on “An Autistic Perspective – Autism & Gluten Free Diets”
Obviously going gluten free doesn’t cure autism. That notion is asinine.
However, it seems many of us do have gluten reactivity in one form or another. I don’t have the digestive issues, however I’m starting to suspect I have non-Celiac gluten reactivity in a way that affects my energy levels and my mood.
I’ve experimented with gluten-free eating on a part time basis just to get a feel for it, but I can’t completely cut it out until I’m tested, which I ultimately agreed to after being begged by a doctor friend who is also on the spectrum and has NCGS.
I love beer so it’ll be a punch to the gut if I have to give that up, but if it helps so be it.
I love this. As a caregiver of an amazing kid with autism it’s not about the “symptoms” of autism…its about communication. My Son can eat gluten but those Red Dyes really “wing him out”(his words not mine). I wish more people understood neuridiversity. I watching and reading your stuff!
Hmm… I think my mother tried a gluten free diet, but I think that was because of my pollen allergy being mistaken as a gluten allergy…