The brain needs movement to change. The brain also needs to be fueled with proper nutrition to create the optimal environment for change. We recommend all of our clients remove inflammatory foods, while eating an abundance of foods that nourish the gut & brain.
The best approach to dietary change is to include pro-healing foods and reduce inflammatory foods. We recommend eating a diet rich in home-cooked/cut, organic foods naturally gluten-free/dairy-free diet with brain-healthy fats with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and healing herbs.
We know that fewer than 1 in 10 adults & children do not eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily. We are a nation of individuals who are over-fed and under-nourished. Lack of micronutrients from fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens leads to chronic illness and disease.
Many of our children with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and developmental delays have sensitivities to specific foods. We commonly see symptoms related to these sensitivities that are written off as behavioral. Does your child have any of the following?
- inattention/spacey behavior
- high pain tolerance
- decreased body awareness
- skin conditions (eczema, rashes, etc)
- frequent upper respiratory issues
- digestion issues (constipation, diarrhea)
- addiction to foods (usually “white” foods)
- poor eye contact
If your child demonstrates any of these symptoms they would benefit from dietary changes. Adults symptoms are similar but typically can be seen more with digestion troubles, sleep disturbances, and energy lulls. Constipation and/or diarrhea, gas, and bloating are simple signs that you would benefit from a nutritional change.
My specialty when it comes to nutrition is simple: helping families increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and whole foods. The benefits of these foods go beyond any dietary restriction and are important for proper fueling of the brain. The most profound benefits of increasing the number of whole foods include:
- the added fiber helps to flush toxins from the body
- phytonutrients help prevent heart disease and other chronic illness
- phytonutrients decrease inflammation & oxidative stress
- improved blood flow to the brain and body
- improved digestion and gut health
Ditching inflammatory foods and eating an abundance of healing foods is best for brain health. Here are a few simple guidelines to follow:
- eliminate gluten
- eliminate dairy
- reduce caffeine intake
- reduce alcohol intake
- reduce eating after dinner
- reduce or eliminate processed foods
- reduce or eliminate sugar
- add in more leafy greens and vegetables
- eat mostly real foods
If this sounds like a lot to you and you need support, consider joining our 10 Day Wellness Reset. This program guides you through the above nutritional changes with recipes, group support + 1-on-1 support from me, and education in addition lifestyle factors that make a positive impact on brain health. Also, enjoy our free Nutrition Resources on moving towards an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-abundant diet below.
For more detailed nutritional needs, I have several professional recommendations I am able to provide. Please reach out to me for their contact information.