Summer 2010
In This Issue
GFCF Birthday Cake!
Autism Article
Pregnancy Nutrition - Early Bird!
Autism Diet Webinars
Interview With Julie!
New Baby Book!
Tony Robbins SHOW!
About Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is an internationally respected US autism nutrition specialist and Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Practitioner. She is the author of the award-winning book 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 supports parents, nutritionists, and physicians from her private practice in San Francisco. Julie presents at the leading biomedical autism conferences, publishes articles, teaches cooking classes, and hosts two radio programs. She is dedicated to helping improve the health and well being of children with autism.

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Julie has just co-founded the San Francisco chapter of the Holistic Mom's Network - that encourages moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

Ruby is Teething!

Everyday we discover more joys of parenthood. This week...Teething!

Nourishing Hope
for Autism

by Julie Matthews,
Autism Nutrition Specialist

Autism diet intervention guide for parents and clinicians. Provides the scientific WHY and HOW various diets help children recover from the symptoms of autism and contains a step-by-step nutrition guide for successful diet implementation that stems from extensive clinical experience with parents and professionals.

Autism Diet & Nutrition Consultation

Julie is currently accepting new clients into her nutrition practice. To learn about customized one-on-one support, click the link below.

Julie supports families around the world via Skype

Autism Nutrition
Cookbook & 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. Cookbook with autism diet recipes and accompanying DVD.


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

Autism Diet Community

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

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

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Dear Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,

Thank you all SO MUCH for the lovely e-mail well wishes about our baby Ruby. Time really flies and she is growing so fast! Click the link below to visit the just updated Ruby Website. 

We continue to work very hard to inform and empower people to take charge of diet & nutrition. In this newsletter, find a newly published article, education announcements, Julie's birthday cake recipe, and more!
In wellness,

Julie Matthews

Julie's Gluten-free Casein-free BIRTHDAY CAKE
Turning 40 in delicious (& allergen-free!) fashion...  RECIPE BELOW...


Twenty four hours before guests arrive for her birthday party, Julie says "I want to make my own cake!" She grabbed her favorite gluten-free baking cookbooks and reviewed websites to study the chemistry of cocoa and rising agents to come up with a scrupcious chocolate cake recipe...and oooh SOOOO delicious. Who knew that home made GFCF (gluten-free and casein-free) cake could taste so good?  None of the guests suspected that anything was "different" about the cake. Try this one yourself sometime!!!


Chocolate Birthday Cake by Julie Matthews

1 cup sorghum flour
cup potato starch
cup tapioca starch
cup unsweetened cocoa powder (non-alkali)
1 cup sugar (or evaporated cane juice)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
cup of oil (melted ghee, sunflower oil, melted palm oil, etc)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cup non-dairy milk
hot water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl.  Combine all the wet ingredients except hot water in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix using an electric mixer or stirring by hand.  Once dry ingredients are incorporated, add hot water and mix thoroughly. You'll want to work swiftly to get it in the oven so the cake rises properly.  Pour into greased and floured pans.
Bake for 45-55 minutes.  Test cake by poking with a toothpick.  Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place cake pans on baking rack to cool for 10 minutes.  Then remove from pans and continue to cool on racks.  Once completely cool, frost cake.  (see Buttercream Frosting recipe or use your own).

"Buttercream" Frosting

4 cups (about 1 pound) of powdered sugar

teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ghee, coconut oil, or palm oil
cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
natural coloring (see below)
Cream ghee or oil in bowl.  Add all additional ingredients to bowl and mix until smooth.  You are ready to frost cake.
If you want to use natural coloring for frosting that is liquid such as juices, hold off on adding milk.  First add 1 tablespoon of juice for color, then add 1 tablespoon of milk or what is needed to bring frosting to desired texture.

NEW Article Publication: Autism Diets & Nutrition by Julie Matthews

CLICK the image below to read Julie's latest Autism Diet article - Published this month in the Autism Advocate magazine, a publication of the Autism Society of America. 

CLICK the image ABOVE to READ...(or here)

- EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL - Enroll before August 1st -

Wednesday Evenings (Beginning September 15th) - 6 Consecutive Weeks
6:30-8:00pm Pacific Time (9:30-11:00pm Eastern)

Topics include:
  • Nutrition for Pregnancy & Building Nutrient Reserves
  • Digestion
  • Detoxification & A Healthy Environment
  • Postpartum
  • Healthy Babies & Children
This is similar material as Julie's live workshop (with newly expanded content) in a webinar format.

For more details see:

In response to the imperative need to inform and empower those following healing autism diets, Nourishing Hope presents FREE Autism Diet and Nutrition Webinars.  Each week Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant and Autism Diet Specialist, will conduct FREE educational webinars for parents and caregivers to learn and become more effective with their dietary strategies.

VERY INFORMATIVE Autism interview with Julie Matthews...

Last week, Julie appeared on Underground Wellness radio with Sean Croxton. Sean is a VERY informed interviewer and passionate health coach - he really got into it with Julie - intensely investigating the subject of autism and the application of nutrition and dietary strategies.

This is an excellent interview for ANYONE wanting to really learn about this subject, or (if you can get them to listen) any naysayers that refuse to believe that food matters for autism. Please help share this very important information with others.

or here 

Introducing The Better Baby Book By Lana Asprey, MD, and Dave Asprey
Learn how to use nutrition, environment, and psychology to have a healthier, smarter baby with lower risk of autism

LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW with the Authors - Julie & Martin interviewed Lana & Dave on their San Francisco Radio Program


Check out Tony Robbins new show! Premiers tonight!
Many of you may not realize that Tony Robbins has been a heartfelt positive influence on us. In fact, Julie and Martin met due to Tony and were engaged while attending a live Tony Robbins event in Hawaii. Tony ooozes a passion for helping people improve their lives, especially those facing incredible life challenges. Much of what we've learned from Tony is imbued in our passion for helping families with autism breakthrough to learn and apply strategies that literally turn lives around - for children and entire families.


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.