About Julie Matthews
Julie Matthews is an internationally respected 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 diet and 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.
Diet & Autism
Please do not be deterred from following a healing diet for ASD due to lack of understanding of the RATIONALE for doing so. In her recent Global Teleclass, Julie eloquently articulates the WHY and HOW of diet and nutrition intervention. She goes swiftly, but is VERY VERY informative in this presentation.
This is an EXCELLENT learning avenue for those unsure about why to be strategic about food for autism.
a HOLISTIC MOM!
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
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.
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
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.
Parents' feedback..."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."
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.
Come join more than 2600 others on Facebook - click the image above.
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|Dear Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,
September is a great time of year! In San Francisco, the summer fog is lifting and we are finally getting some beautiful weather. While many of you have been "enjoying" a heat wave, we've had an average HIGH of 63 degrees this summer. We are so glad September is around the corner and our summer finally begins.
This issue includes some tips for back to school with our non-toxic lunch box article, some interesting studies on probiotics and colic, vitamin D and preeclampsia, and announcements for new ONLINE nutrition classes that I'm very excited about.
Always feel free to be in touch with us.
Back to School with Non-Toxic Lunch Box Gear, by Julie Matthews
For the new school year, consider some
gear that will make it easier for your child to bring a healthy lunch
to school. When you are preparing a healthy lunch, it's important to
pack it in non-toxic containers. To avoid the waste and toxins in
plastic bags, use something reusable. However, be careful because many
lunchboxes and plastic containers contain lead, phthalates, PVC, and
BPA--chemicals known to be harmful to the health of growing children.
Glass containers are often not allowed in school because of the
possibility of them breaking.
Instead, purchase a non-toxic bento box container--a container with several compartments often with their own lids--like Laptop Lunches, ECOlunchbox, and Lunchbots. ECOlunchboxes and Lunchbots are made out of stainless steel, and Laptop
Lunches are a non-toxic plastic with lids that hold liquids and dipping
These containers are great for cold lunches like a roll up
sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and dipping sauce. For those of you who
want to steer away from the standard sandwich and prefer a hot lunch,
check out the Thermos containers with stainless steel interior.
Watch for our future article on bento lunches, which are great for those following gluten-free and dairy-free diets.
Join Jenny McCarthy and friends in San Francisco!
Put Saturday, September 11th in your date book and go to ComedyForKidsSF.com and buy your tickets NOW to the THIRD ANNUAL COMEDY FOR KIDS with autism culinary, art and comedy event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina District.
Julie and Martin will be there!
Hosted by The Ryder Foundation and Generation Rescue, it will be a night of laughing and fun, but also respect for the alarmingly increasing number of children on the autistic spectrum who are being helped by organizations like ours who are focusing on how to help these children today to reach their potential. But, we need supporters like you and we want you to have joyful, fun experience helping us raise money for these kids.
Jenny McCarthy and her fabulous funny friends will make you laugh and forget your own woes for the evening. The Ryder Foundation has been working hard for the last 5 years raising money for autism.Please view the short interview belowto learn more about what they do and why it is important to come to Comedy for Kids with Autism to see Jenny McCarthy and the Chelsea Handler Comedians.
Come together on Saturday, September 11th, to make good and positive things happen in this world.
STUDY: Probiotics and Colic
A study in Pediatics reported a decrease in colic in exclusively breastfed infants with the introduction of the probiotic, lactobacillus reuteri.
The study concluded, "L. reuteri DSM 17 938 at a dose of 108 [100 million]
colony-forming units per day in early breastfed infants improved
symptoms of infantile colic and was well tolerated and safe. Gut
microbiota changes induced by the probiotic could be involved in the
observed clinical improvement."
Read study abstract here
STUDY: Vitamin D Deficiency and Preeclampsia
new study in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds
lower blood levels of vitamin D in women who develop early-onset severe
preeclampsia, a severe form of pregnancy-related high blood pressure. Of the preeclampsia group, 54 percent were deemed to have vitamin D
deficiency (less than 20 ng/mL), versus 27 percent of the healthy group.
Read the abstract here
The Organic Lifestyle.....then (when it was weird) and now!....
Back in the era of the late 70's, some of us "fringe folks"
gravitated toward natural foods and what is now called "greener"
lifestyles. We started food co-ops, delivered our babies with
midwives, made our own baby foods from fresh produce and sent away for
wooden toys and clothing for our kids. The whole concept of "organic"
was just starting out and not exactly popular....actually we were
considered pretty weird by the not so progressive mainstream thinkers
of the time. None the less, we persisted and if truth be told we were a
little self righteous about our alternative lifestyle . Now of course
it's hip to buy organic and products and information on how to switch
over to the green side abounds.
But even in this enlightened age, I think the questions still
persists......is it worth it to invest in organic food for my family?
Should I really buy an organic mattress for my child's crib? I don't
want to give up my Tide detergent. Are regular cleaning products
really that bad? Well with 87,000 chemicals in our food, air, water
and vaccines, 1 in 6 kids being diagnosed with a behavioral,
developmental or neurological disorder, 1 in 100 diagnosed with autism,
11 million with ADHD, Asthma cases more than doubled since the 80's and
the big one.....childhood cancers are now the leading cause of deatth in
children........the answer is an unequivocal YES!
You don't have to be wealthy to go organic....just smart. Cook in
batches, buy in bulk, get coupons from EarthFare.com and
WholeFoods.com, join a co-op, buy a share in a CSA farm where the
farmer only grows according to how many people purchase shares, grow
herbs in pots on your windowsill or start a small garden and save
tons. Get the kids out there in the garden picking the produce and
cooking up the tomato sauce. Believe me I wasn't Martha Stewart when
it comes to all this and you don't have to be either.....just know that
anything you do to move in this direction will help your health, the
health of your kids. and the health of the planet!
And just think.....it's not weird going the natural route any more....it's actually the hip thing to do!
Good health to you and yours!
Maureen H. McDonnell, RN
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet www.SOKHOP.com
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
Registration Open for Defeat Autism Now!
See Julie in Long Beach, CA in October....