Winter 2009
In This Issue
Spring DAN! Conference
Nourishing Hope Travels
Help for Picky Eaters!
Organic Food Spotlight
Chicken Nuggets Galore
The Fat Truth
Milk and Autism
About Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is an internationally respected US autism nutrition specialist and Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Practitioner. She is the author of Nourishing Hope for Autism.
Julie provides parents and clinicians with the scientific understanding of why diets help autism, and offers practical guidance for effective nutrition intervention.

She helps parents, nutritionists, and physicians from her private practice in San Francisco. Julie is on the scientific advisory board of the Autism File, a biomedical autism journal, and educates for the leading autism conferences. She is dedicated to helping improve the health and well being of children with autism.
Nutrition Guide

Nourishing Hope
for Autism

by Julie Matthews,
Autism Nutrition Specialist

Autism diet intervention guide for parents, recommended by the Medical Director of Autism Research Institute. Provides scientific WHY and HOW various diets work to help children recover from the symptoms of autism. Contains step-by-step nutrition guide for successful diet implementation that stems from extensive clinical experience with parents and professionals.

MORE INFO feedback...

"AWESOME Autism Diet Guide"

"Get it! First book that gives a parent ALL the information to correctly put an autism diet into place."

"If you are new to the world of Autism, or new to Biomedical treatments, this is the book you need!"

"THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE for anyone who has a child on the spectrum."

"The author is right on the money with everything she says."

"The author doesn't come across as preachy, and instead strives to empower parents to make the best decision for their families' needs."

"Julie makes the various diet possibilities understandable."


in Spectrum Magazine


and receive Julie's
Diet for Autism

Article from
The Autism File Magazine
Autism Nutrition
& Cooking DVD

by Julie Matthews

Inspiring 4 hour LIVE nutrition and cooking class. Ideal learning for those wanting a thorough understanding of how to successfully cook for autism diets; how to provide adequate nutrition, how to address food restrictions and sensitivities, and how to create meals families (and picky eaters) will love. DVD includes workbook with autism diet recipes.


Parents' comments...

"Gold mine if you need practical info about cooking special diets for autism-spectrum disorders"

"I now have the confidence that my son will eat my nutritious food without any problems."

"This class is one of a kind not to be missed! It is easily accessible, well-organized with clear written guides and tastes that motivate behavior changes."

by Julie Matthews

Hope for the
Autism Spectrum
by Sally Kirk

This positive, practical book tells a personal story of hope and provides a wealth of essential information about biomedical interventions for parents of children on the autism spectrum.  In the first half of the book, Sally Kirk shares the story of her journey with her son, Will, who was diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder.   In the book's second half, Sally shows readers how they and their child can benefit from biomedical intervention.  Relying on extensive biomedical research from Defeat Autism Now!, Sally presents very easy-to-understand, in-depth descriptions of the most common underlying physical problems found on the autism spectrum, as well as, safe and effective treatments that offer real hope to heal them and their associated autistic behaviors.

(30 mins)

Autism One Radio Interview with Sally Kirk

Julie interviewed
by Gary Null, Ph.D.

From the award-winning director of Vaccine Nation, The Drugging of our Children, and Prescription for Disaster, comes a feature-length documentary exploring the causes and solutions for the recent epidemic of autism in our children.

In this pioneering educational film, Gary Null interviews leading experts (including Julie Matthews) on autism and presents a full spectrum of medical and scientific views, both orthodox and  non-traditional, to get at the real reasons behind this childhood affliction.

The film will:
  • Explore environmental factors such as mercury, aluminum, viruses, and other toxins
  • Evaluate potential causes of and solutions
  • Examine successful biomedical treatments including special dietary approaches, vitamin supplementation, as well as detoxification and homeopathic therapies.
Follow Dr. Null as he takes his cameras directly into the homes of autistic children, and observe them and their symptoms, and see their parents and how they are coping.

Witness first-hand children's dramatic improvement in symptoms and, in some cases, full recoveries from autism.


Now ALL PARENTS can have access to an experienced Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) doctor, and quality biomedical treatment tools and resources.

Julie is delighted to collaborate with Dr. Kurt Woeller, who has been applying biomedical treatments as a Defeat Autism Now! doctor for more than ten years. His Autism Action Plan web portal is the first and only "doctor-driven" site created to assist you in the biomedical treatment of your child. Using internationally respected Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) protocols, Doctor Woeller presents a comprehensive, interactive, community for the education and step-by-step instruction of biomedical autism intervention to help you treat and potentially recover your child from autism or an autism-spectrum disorder. provides a one-stop environment where you get the tools, education, resources and empowerment to implement biomedical autism intervention to help your child.

Autism Action Plan Includes:
  • 12 Week Action Plan
  • Live Video Chat With Biomedical Autism Specialist, Dr. Kurt Woeller
  • Parent Forum/Chat Room
  • Doctor-Driven Biomedical Autism Treatment Education, Resources and Tools
  • Video Lectures
  • Instructional Videos
  • Biomedical Protocols
  • Downloadable Prescription Forms & Learning Guides
  • Lab Tests and Lab Test Interpretations
  • Autism-Specific Resources
  • Audio Blog
  • Biomedical Troubleshooting
  • Empowerment to Treat & Even Recover Your Child From Autism
  • Therapies Covered: Methyl B-12, Heavy Metals, Supplements, Yeast & Bacteria,
  • Digestive Problems and More

One parent's opinion...

"What a GREAT website!! I can't believe how much information you have collected and placed on this site.  It's amazing!!  I wish this was  here  when I was starting out. This is the first Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) doctor - involved message board - which is HUGE to the community. As Jenny McCarthy says, when her  son was diagnosed, there was no "here's what to do" brochure. The 12 Week Action Plan is it!"

We certainly recommend you consider Dr. Woeller's Autism Action Plan. I have many clients who are finding it to be great help as they learn about and navigate biomedical interventions. And, you might just find Julie "sitting in" during a LIVE Q&A session...
about Fat, Cholesterol, Calories, Heart Disease, and much more as Julie speaks about the book

on her San Francisco
radio program

Julie and Martin Matthews discuss the startling information in Gary Taube's book. Julie shares her nutrition insight and fascination with the data, and the implications to how we perceive food today.



Children's Health Series
by Pennie Sempel

Very fun interview by Martin and Julie Matthews - music and laughs included. Great for parents!

Help your child become health literate while singing-along with the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Steven Sondheim, Al Jolson and many more. Join children's entertainer and healing arts experts Pennie Sempell, and Gerald Mitchell as DJ "G" and the cast of children , as they have fun teaching children ages 3 - 8 years old a whole lot of important health strategies in these upbeat radio-style programs that all ages will enjoy.

(40 mins)

by Julie Matthews

A Sliver in my Mind:
Loving Those
with Asperger Syndrome

by Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D.

As challenging as Asperger Syndrome is for those who have it, it can be a nightmare of pain and loneliness for those who love them. This new book is about surviving and moving beyond these troubling relationships that suck the life out of you.  Kathy is passionate about helping others as they struggle through the complexities of AS relationships.

(40 mins)

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Dear Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,
As I send out this season's autism focused newsletter, I am excited about new programs we have created to "nourish hope" for parents who are working hard around the world to support their children with autism. We are touched by the many parents that keep looking forward, study research, educate themselves on autism nutrition, partner with a qualified nutritionist, and apply what they learn to help their children feel better.

Together, we are gathering around these amazing kids and helping them heal with autism diets, nourishment, and love - along with behavioral and other medically necessary treatments. Never before have I been as hopeful as I am today that autism intervention is helping on a much larger scale than ever before. I am thrilled to be a part of this important time, and humbled by the opportunity to work with so many amazing families and professionals. I hope each of you find something of value in the information sent to you today.
In wellness,
Julie Matthews

Nourishing Hope for Autism Diet Community

Do you ever wish there were answers to your autism diet, nutrition, food, and cooking questions? Now there are!

Autism Diet CommunityAs an autism diet specialist, Julie is dedicated to helping parents support the health and healing of their children with autism. She will respond to diet and nutrition questions each week on our discussion boards at our new Facebook group: NOURISHING HOPE FOR AUTISM DIET COMMUNITY.

As a member of the autism diet community, you will receive current diet information, practical implementation techniques, meal planning instruction, recipes, recovery stories, and a place to connect with parents who are also applying autism diets to their daily life.  Join Julie as she reaches out to parents while they are at home, work and on their Blackberries! 

Nourishing Hope for Autism is for anyone who believes that food matters and that healing is possible for our children. Together we comprise a community of support, where hope meets action and kids get better. We encourage moms, dads, grandparents, clinicians, and others who employ nutritional intervention to connect with one another to share insight, resources, and inspiration.

No matter which "autism diet" you are following, if you are eating or feeding others strategically and intentionally - you are nourishing hope.

Come join others on Facebook - click the image above.

Diet for Autism highlighted at SPRING Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Conference

The 2009 Spring Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Biomedical Conference will be held in Atlanta from April 12 - April 19. This will be Julie Matthews' third year as an autism diet and nutrition educator for this event.

New for this year, Julie joins ARI's Nutritionist Training Faculty as they add nutrition training to their program. She will be providing six hours of education, training, and cooking classes over the four day conference for parents, clinicians and nutrition professionals. Thanks to ARI, more parents will benefit as professionals receive advanced autism nutrition training and become qualified to support their effective implementation of dietary strategies. The guidance of a trained professional is always recommended as one embarks on nutritional intervention.
  • The first day includes an Afternoon Nutrition Program, with four leading
    speakers sharing well researched and practiced insights.
  • NEW Nutrition Training Seminar for practitioners
  • LIVE cooking education and food tasting.
To register for the conference visit

If you'd like to attend her sessions, Julie's schedule is as follows:
Friday 9:00-10:30am-
Application of Fundamental & Specific Dietary Intervention for Autism:
- Part I - Nutritionist Training
Friday 11:00-12:30pm-
Application of Fundamental & Specific Dietary Intervention for Autism:
- Part II - Nutritionist Training

Friday 1:30-2:30pm
Nourishing Our Children: Evolving Diets for Autism
- For Parents, Nutrition Professionals & Clinicians

Friday 7:00-9:00pm-
LIVE Cooking to Heal™ Autism Cooking Class with Sueson Vess, Professional Chef, Author:
Special Eats
-- For Parents, Nutrition Professionals & Clinicians

If you are a nutritionist, dietitian, or healthcare professional...

Nourishing Hope for Autism travels the globe in 2009
- Julie Matthews' Conference Schedule

Julie Matthews is a leading Autism Diet and Nutrition Conference educator in the United States and abroad. She presents at autism conferences on the WHY and HOW of nutritional intervention, and also teaches parents to be successful cooking for special diets.

Julie will criss-cross the globe in 2009, inspiring parents and autism practitioners to believe in the power of diet and nutrition. Thousands have attended Julie's sessions and are learning step-by-step the path of nourishing hope. From Vancouver Canada, to Atlanta, to Sydney Australia, to Chicago, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Texas, and more, Nourishing Hope for Autism aims to help children around the world.

Julie will present at these conferences

Julie's presentations and nourishing hope message convey three strong themes:
  1. That autism is a whole body disorder: Children have common physiological symptoms,
    GI tract and brain are connected, body system imbalances can affect cognitive function and behavior.
  2. Food affects the health of the whole body: Digestion & biochemistry, brain is "downstream" from the body's functioning, nutrients are required for brain function, common symptoms that can improve with nutrition and diet intervention.
  3. Children's health can improve: Parents can help their children's health through nutrition intervention and special diets. Foundations of healthy diet, special autism diet options, providing essential nutrients, creative approaches for implementation, helping picky eaters.
We're excited to reach even broader audiences this year, with the addition of the annual conference, the US Autism and Asperger Association International Conference, and the Autism Society of America's annual conference to Julie's conference schedule. And, Julie travels for the first time to Australia to present at the Mindd International Forum in Sydney this coming May. Everyone deserves hope and support, we're honored to help share this message.

2009 Conference Schedule

Feb 26-Mar 1 Autism Today Conference, Vancouver, CANADA
April 16-19Defeat Autism Now (DAN!), Atlanta, GA
May 16-18:  Mindd International Forum, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
May 20-24:  Autism One Conference, Chicago, IL
June 13-14:  Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) - Mini DAN!, Oklahoma City, OK
July 9-12: 
US Autism & Asperger Association, Los Angeles, CA
July 22-25:  Autism Society of America, St. Charles, IL

Oct 8-12:  Defeat Autism Now (DAN!), Dallas, TX
Autumn:  Saving Our Kids Healing Our Planet, NJ

Hope and Help for Picky Eaters...

I know what you are thinking, "My child is picky and very inflexible with eating new foods.  I'm never going to be able to get him to eat anything other than wheat and dairy, and never mind anything 'healthy.'"  I also understand that you are really wondering if an autism diet will help your child and their symptoms.

I appreciate these concerns.  I have had some very picky eaters in my nutrition practice-many children ate only bread and dairy, others subsisted on just pancakes and fries. When the body creates opiates from foods, one can become addicted to them and thus crave nothing but those foods, or when yeast overgrowth is present, a preference for only carbs and sugars can result.  Children eventually narrow their food choices to include only those that make them "feel better" (in the short term).  It's worth trying diet (whether it's GFCF, SCD, or another) because once the child gets passed the cravings (a few days to a few weeks), they often expand food choices dramatically and it becomes much easier to do.

Most of my clients with autism eat limited amounts of vegetables-if any.  However, it's also very common that once they apply diet (and the cravings diminish and appetite increases), children begin eating more vegetables (or meat)-often for the first time.  In fact, this is the experience with a majority of my clients.  Now, there are some children that are very self-limiting, and it takes time to change their diet. But keep at it. NOTE: Don't remove all foods with the expectation that "if they're hungry, they'll eventually eat." While this may be true for many children, some have real feeding challenges and may stop eating altogether, which could be very problematic. Add new foods before removing others.  Be sure to seek professional guidance from a feeding specialist or qualified clinician if your child won't add any new foods.

Addressing picky eating is essential for expanding the diet and implementing an autism diet, but sometimes the diet won't expand until certain foods are removed.  Don't let picky eating stop you from implementing an autism diet.  Find a few foods your child will eat before implementing a new diet, then after the problematic or addictive foods are removed, expand little by little.

Here are solid reasons why children can be so one-sided in their food choices:
  • "Addictions" to opiates (gluten/casein) can cause consumption of primarily wheat and dairy containing foods.  According to this theory, gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) when not broken down properly by digestion, create compounds that fit into opioid receptors in the brain and feed opiate (morphine-like) cravings/addictions.  The child then becomes restricted to only the foods that fuel this addictive cycle, creating very limited and picky eating.
  • "Addictions" to chemicals (MSG, artificial additives) can cause restriction to one brand or a strong preference for processed foods.  These chemicals can also be addicting like opiates.  MSG is known to create "excitement" in the brain by stimulating the glutamate (excitatory) receptor, making food seem to taste much better.  Artificial ingredients such as artificial colors and flavors can also affect similar cravings.
  • Nutrient deficiencies (such as zinc) can make all foods taste bad or bland.  When zinc is deficient, a common finding in children with autism, sense of smell is reduced and food tastes boring or unappetizing.  Texture can then become an even bigger factor, imagine eating mashed potatoes if you can't taste the potato flavor - a bland mouthful of mush.
  • Yeast, viral, and microbial overgrowth may cause focus on eating mainly high carb and sugar foods.  Yeast and other microbes feast on carbohydrates and sugar.  They can actually get their "host" to crave the food that feeds them by giving off chemicals that get kids to crave refined carbs and sugar.  This can create self limitation to only these foods.    
  • Sensory sensitivities can result in restriction of foods of certain textures.  For children with sensory issues such as tactile and sound sensitivities, food texture can be a big hurdle.  Crunchy foods can be too loud, and mushy foods can be intolerable.  In these cases, it's advised to seek an occupational therapist or other professional that help you work through these sensory integration challenges.  
Once you've identified possible causes of your child's finicky eating habits, begin to look for creative ways to address them. Sometimes as occupational therapy or sensory integration begins to address food textures, a child begins to expand more.  Until then, get creative and make foods crunchy or smooth based on their preferences.  Begin to add new food options such as gluten-free pasta before removing the existing food.  Be aware that brand preference, may be because of MSG or other additives that can be addicting and make that food "exciting." Add enough salt to make your versions of their favorites more flavorful--don't go overboard but don't feel you need to limit salt.

Be creative with food.  Begin to add vegetables where you can and slowly introduce foods slightly different than they have had before.  See if you can make food a little different each day--not so much that they reject it, but just enough that they don't expect sameness--and to get in new nutrients.  Add purees to pancakes, apple sauce, meatballs, or sauces.  Make vegetables crunchy by making carrot chips, sweet potato fries, or vegetable latkes.  Hide meat in pancakes.  Try mixing or diluting a brand of food/beverage they like with a healthier version in very small amounts until the item is swapped for the new food-this works well for milks, peanut/nut butters, apple sauce and other foods that blend well.

The following are ideas to help picky eaters become introduced to new foods:
  • Always provide food child likes in addition to one "new" food.
  • Involve your children in food preparation of "new" food.
  • Introduce it to them on a separate plate.  Don't require them to do anything other than get familiar with it.  Consider incorporating the food into therapy or play time.
  • First have them touch it and lick it without eating it.
  • Inform them.  Let child know whether it is sweet, salty or sour.  Eat some yourself and tell them how delicious it is-enlist others at the table to do the same.
  • Let them chew it and spit it out.
  • Start with only a small taste ~ 1/2 teaspoon. Let child determine amount.
  • Try and Try Again! At least 15 times!
  • Get creative.  Try new food in preferred texture - crunchy, smooth.
  • Avoid being emotionally "attached" - children sense anxiety. Keep mealtime calm. Visualize child eating/enjoying new food.
  • Avoid forcing or pushing - maintain trust.
  • Choose rewards or other encouragement.
  • Make sure whole family participates - serve everyone at the table.
  • Make it fun!
Also, if one parent is or was a picky eater themselves, try having the spouse feed the child. I know it can be frustrating cooking food and having them refuse it, but make sure you don't project that energy of frustration.  Children are very sensitive and pick up on these cues.  If they don't eat it, don't give in and prepare something completely new.  Instead, make sure the meal already includes something they will eat for the meal along with the new food.  Or when they are hungry at snack time, try a new food.  This is a good time to do so because while they may skip a snack, they will not be going without a main meal, and you won't teach them that if they hold out you will fix them something new.  They will also be a little hungrier at dinner and may be more motivated to try something new.

Applying healthy diet is an important step to health and healing.  Try implementing diet and adding nutritious foods step by step.  You can do it-and your child can too!  I have seen countless children expand their diet.  Once food addictions, texture, and exposure to a new food are addressed, you'll be surprised what your child may eat.  Visualize that they can do it.  Get creative.  Try things in a texture they like.  Taste it yourself and make sure it tastes good. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised when they eat that first vegetable!

The information expressed here comes from Julie's experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant with clients that are picky eaters and their parents' experiences.  Julie is not a feeding specialist.  This information in intended to help parents find creative ways to feed their children healthy food.  It is not intended to act as or replace professional feeding therapy or medical needs.  Parents of children with serious feeding issues should seek professional and medical guidance. 

(4 min video - from National Autism Conference)

Autism Diet Picky eaters

Organic Food Spotlight: Applegate Farms Meats

Check out for sliced deli meats, hot dogs, sausage and bacon that are free of antibiotics, gluten, casein and taste enhancers. Applegate Farm's founder, Steve McDonnell, is dedicated to preserving family farms---today, nearly 300 family farms supply his company with humanely raised meat, without antibiotics or hormones. He is also committed to your dinner table-keeping it healthy, safe and tasty. Applegate Farm's animals are never given antibiotics, hormones or artificial promotants. Cattle are grass-fed and hogs and poultry are fed a vegetarian grain diet that includes corn, soy, barley and flax.

All products are made with natural and organic ingredients, are minimally processed allowing for wholesome texture and taste. Steve's company uses celery juice and sea salt to preserve meats-no nitrates or nitrites are used. Each product is made from natural and organic whole muscle meat-yes, even his hot dogs. No mystery meat here!-he tells his customers. You can purchase products online or find a store near you with Applegate Farm's store locator on their web site.

Applegate Farms will be working with us in the following weeks to provide the Nourishing Hope community members with a "members only" discount for purchases made at their online store. We'll keep you posted!

The All-American Chicken Nugget:
Your Kids Love Them!

Ahhh, those kid-favorite chicken nuggets! You've seen the recipe chat rooms---it's all about the nugget! Not just any nugget, mind you, the perfect GFCF/Autism diet compliant chicken nugget. While serving chicken nuggets daily does not make for high marks in a well balanced nutritional meal plan for your child, it doesn't hurt to have a recipe that works for your family for those fun Friday nights, birthdays and special occasions, and when you need to quickly pull something from the freezer.
I recently read a story written by Lisa Ackerman, founder of TACA Now ( It was published in Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy. Lisa fed her son, Jeff, chicken nuggets regularly-that's what he wanted and that's what he would eat. You know the story well! It might even sound like a scenario in your house! Jeff would only eat chicken nuggets specifically from Burger King . Lisa found a GFCF nugget recipe, made an eight pound batch and froze them in small portions. She then went to Burger King and asked the manager for a stack of nugget cartons and take out bags.
Lisa knew, from experience, Jeff would only eat nuggets from Burger King-and only Burger King. She went home, loaded a carton with nuggets in her car, placed them in the bag and gave them to Jeff. After a bit of anxious anticipation, Jeff ate them up! Victory! I think this is a cute story but it is also compelling. Parents will travel a great distance to work autism diet compliant foods into a child's diet and work even harder to make the foods fun and a joy to eat-for the whole family! Lisa reports that making changes to Jeff's diet helped with slow decrease in rashes and a fewer number of daily explosive gastro issues.
To the moms and dads out there cooking from scratch-here are some chicken nugget and dipping sauce recipes that might work for you from Cooking to Heal™, Julie's autism cooking class program! We have provided two chicken nugget recipes along with BBQ, Ranch and Honey Mustard dips. One nugget recipe is a family favorite among Julie's clients and the other is similar to favorite fast food restaurants recipes. One can be prepared GFCF/SCD/LOD/Eggs Optional and the other is GFCF/Egg-Free! If you are a "sauce and dipping family" check out:, they offer a very nice selection of organic, gluten-free sauces: Honey BBQ, Sweet & Sour, Hot Wing, Garlic Steak and others.
Remember, when you find an item your child really likes, cook in large quantities and freeze! This allows your child access to food when they would like it-and you don't have to cook each night.
Always store you foods in BPA-free containers, PVC free film wrap or glass---keep those plastic toxins out of your child's food and out of their body!

by Jeannine Olson
from Cooking To Heal™ Autism Nutrition & Cooking Class
by Julie Matthews

Kid-Favorite Chicken Nuggets (GFCF/SCD/LOD/Eggs Optional)
These nuggets have a versatile coating.  They can be made extra crispy with a rice cereal coating, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet)-compliant with nut flour coating, or cooked low in oxalates with a coconut flour coating. Make egg-free by dipping in butternut squash puree instead of eggs.
2 organic chicken breasts with bones removed, free range when possible

  • Breading Choices:
    • 1 cup GF dry cereal (crushed in a bag)
    • 1 cup GF bread crumbs (dry out bread in oven and crumble in blender)
    • 1 cup Almond flour or
    • 1 cup Any GF or nut flour including coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs (or 1 cup of pureed vegetable)
Choose a breading and add salt. Cut chicken into desired sized pieces or strips, wash and pat dry. Dip chicken into egg or vegetable binding mixture.

Coat with breading. Cook in oil until golden brown. Freeze leftovers.

"Fast Food Style" Chicken Nuggets (GFCF/Egg Free)
  • Organic Chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup GF flour (I use 2/3 brown rice flour and 1/3 potato starch or tapioca starch or a combo of both)
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or other GF vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cut up the chicken into nugget sized pieces. Measure out your ingredients so you can combine everything fairly rapidly. Mix the flour and salt in the bowl you will use for dipping the chicken.  Combine the soda and vinegar and quickly add it to the flour as it fizzes. Quickly add the water next.  Mix it together with a fork.
Heat oil in a pan.  Dip the chicken in the batter.  When the pan is hot, place the nuggets in the pan.  Turn them over half way through cooking so they cook evenly on both sides.
Drain on paper towel. Serve alone or with a dipping sauce. Freeze leftovers.
BBQ Dipping Sauce

To make soy-free, leave out the Worchester sauce or use soy-free recipe from
  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Agave or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worchester sauce (optional)
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Ranch Dipping Sauce & Dressing (GFCF)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup GFCF mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (dried)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Blend 1/2 cup cashews plus 1/2 cup hot or boiling water in blender until a thick cream.
Add rest of ingredients and whisk until blended together.
Chill and serve as a dip. This recipe can be thinned with a non-dairy milk and used as Ranch salad dressing.
Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard (or other GF mustard)
Combine ingredients, mix and serve.

WATCH Julie Making Squash/Chicken Pancakes
(similar process to making the nuggets)


Kid-Favorite Chicken Nuggets
Organic Chicken Breasts-without the bone for fast preparation
GFCF Dry Cereal or GFCF Bread Crumbs or Almond Flour or Nut Flour or Coconut Flour
Baking Soda
Sea Salt
Eggs (2)
Fast Food Style Chicken Nuggets
Organic Chicken breasts-without the bone for fast preparation
GF flour or (Brown Rice Flour, Potato/Tapioca Starch)
Apple Cider Vinegar (Other GF Vinegar Optional)
Baking Soda
Sea Salt
BBQ Dipping Sauce
Organic Ketchup
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Agave or Honey
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Ranch Dipping Sauce & Salad Dressing
GFCF Mayonnaise
Lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Dried Parsley
Sea Salt
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Dijon mustard (or other GF mustard)

Truth about Saturated Fat and Animal Fat - Further Vindication

If you're like me and consume (gasp!) saturated fat and animal fat, you most likely spend a lot of time explaining to friends and family that think you are crazy that these fats are good for you.  With decades of incorrect nutrition information on fats fed to the public by almost all mainstream nutrition sources, it be difficult if not virtually impossible to have people listen to you without really knowing your facts.  Here's some support.

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes is a must read!  Taubes is an award-winning science writer and in his book he lays out over 450 pages of scientifically referenced information to support why fat and saturated fat are not bad nor the main cause of heart disease, and how refined carbohydrates are actually the culprit in heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

He does an amazing job presenting the evidence behind how once the world of science "concludes" something as fact, "rational" scientists lose all objectivity from peer pressure that they will be marginalized and ridiculed for challenging the status quo.  Facts from scientific study that contradict the theory of the day are completely dismissed-it's like the scientists can not even see them.  This is the tragedy of current science and how the mainstream nutrition information of today could be so wrong about all fat, but particularly saturated fat, and refined carbohydrates.

At your next social event or conversation when you are defending butter, eggs, and even bacon in your diet, here's some information (which Taubes lays out) that might help until you read his book. Besides your own experience of how good you feel when you consume saturated fat (the best barometer and argument that exist), let's discuss some misinformation about saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease to start.

Firstly, "total cholesterol" is not the best indicator of heart disease.  Many things influence cholesterol: exercise, weight loss/gain, stress, hormones, medications and alcohol.  We now know HDL, LDL, and triglycerides are better warning signs (but even so LDL is very misleading).  However, when studies were conducted on fat in the diet and heart disease, the only thing measured was total cholesterol, and consequently incorrect assumptions were made-that had consequences for decades.

He explains that while any diet that causes you to lose weight will lower total cholesterol some what, it does not lower the rates of heart disease and can even increase it when starchy carbs and sugars are chosen over good fats.  When studies were done in the 1940s and 1950s the subjects lost weight and had a minor drop in cholesterol, but lower cholesterol levels were never shown to be associated with a reduction in heart disease risk (in fact many studies showed the opposite).


Udderly New Insight About Milk and Autism:
An Emerging New Hypothesis on A1 and A2 Beta-Casein

As an autism nutrition consultant, I've been supporting clients following the Gluten-Free Casein-Free (GFCF) diet for years.  Some of my clients would report that their child could handle goat's milk or raw milk without allergic reactions. I began to wonder if all milk was created equally.

I conjured various theories: could the protein in goat's milk be different than cow's milk, was it the pasteurization process (absent in raw milk) that made the difference, was it something else, or a combination of factors?  Then, one of my clients introduced me to A1 and A2 beta-casein.

There are various types of casein.  Goat's milk, as well as sheep and buffalo milk, contain A2 beta-casein. Raw milk, while often from cows, is typically produced from small herds of Jersey and Guernsey cows, both of which contain a high percentage of A2 beta-casein compared to most dairies that use mainly Holstein cow's that produce a majority of A1 beta-casein.  Here's what I have learned through my research about casein and A1 versus A2 beta-casein.

Beta-casein is a protein that contains bioactive peptides and opioids. Bioactive peptides are important for protecting the undeveloped immune system of newborns, and stimulate the growth and development of organs like the gastrointestinal tract and gut. Bioactive peptides have also been shown to kill bacteria that normally cause immune system infections. Opioids have pain-killing effects, sedative properties, induce sleep, and play a role in the control of food intake. Opioids can be produced by the body in the form of endorphins, or be absorbed from digested food, such as milk and wheat, in the form of casomorphins and gluteomorphins (opioid proteins).

Several forms of beta-casein exist and make up 25-30% of the proteins in cow's milk. There are approximately 13 beta-casein variants, with A1 and A2 variants being the most commonly occurring. A1 beta-casein contains the amino acid histidine at position 67 in the protein, while A2 beta-casein instead contains the amino acid proline at the same position. Studies have shown that when digested, A1 beta-casein breaks down to a casomorphin protein called beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM7). This is a direct result of the histidine amino acid that A1 beta-casein contains, as A2 beta-casein does not form BCM7 (1).

Several enzymes in the digestive tract process beta-casein including DPPIV, (dipeptidyl peptidase IV) and cause the break down of bioactive peptides and opioids. Studies suggest that the digestion of cow's milk (containing A1 beta-casein), leads to the release of opioids, such as BCM7, and can cause harmful effects in children with autism (2) where DPPIV function may be impaired.  As this amino acid structure is more difficult to breakdown, those with compromised or weak digestion may accumulate opioids more readily. Additionally, when the gut is "leaky" (referring to increased gut permeability), these opioids end up in the blood stream in much greater concentrations than in those people with a healthy gut wall that does not leak. BCM7 is not produced when A2 beta-casein is digested, so goat's, buffalo's, and sheep's milk that contain A2 beta-casein but not A1 beta-casein should not cause these harmful effects. There are other opioids that may also be formed; however, BCM7 appears to be the strongest.


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Nourishing Hope for autism is about believing in and taking action toward health and healing. It is not about "curing" autism, nor in any way implies a "medical" intervention for autism. The body of knowledge from which we educate comprises the research and wisdom of human health and healing. The term "recovery" is best explained by esteemed autism organizations such as Autism Research Institute and Generation Rescue, our use of this term is intended to convey the extent of the possibility that exists for these children--to reach their potential of health and happiness - whatever that may be. Indeed, thousands of children have, and are, recovering from autism.

Typically, once one has learned to believe that "recovery is possible" and embark on a journey of healing, they will begin with diet, or apply diet along their path.  Good nutrition is required for the health and healing of all humans, and certainly for children with autism. Nutritional intervention for autism, nourishing hope, intends to engage the body's inherent healing systems and affect restoration of systemic health. Thousands of personal accounts indicate that nutritional intervention affects positive healing results for children, as noted by a reduction in autism symptoms (see ARI Survey). Nourishing hope is about being in pursuit of potential, believing that better is possible, and having the courage to try.

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Julie Matthews is not a physician and not a registered dietitian.  She does not diagnose or treat disease. This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended to provide medical advice.  For medical advice, always seek a physician. This information is intended solely as a sharing of knowledge and information based upon the experience and research of Julie Matthews and the Nourishing Hope for Autism team.