Nutrition

Athletes for Autism’s (A4A) diet and nutrition program is designed as a means for counseling parents and autistic adults who might be dealing with struggles in maintaining a healthy intake of nutrients because of texture, smell or taste limitations and/or lifestyle habits.

A4A and its partners are committed to providing valuable resources such as Dietitians to educate about the benefits of adopting healthy eating habits, offering alternatives to less popular foods, and alternatives based on sensory needs.

 

The Philosophy of Eating Right: Some Simple Ideas for Your Picky Eater

Autism and Food

Many individuals with Autism have severely disrupted digestion due to the food they like to eat. This can cause blockage problems, commonly known as constipation.

It can also cause discomfort and even pain. This can also lead to behavior problems.

How to Make a Happy Gut

  • Add a probiotic, can be liquid form, to your diet
  • Keep blood sugar levels normal by monitoring foods
  • Increase Omega 3 fats
  • Increase vitamins and minerals
  • Avoid food allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet (GFCF)
  • All foods containing gluten (wheat, barley and rye) are removed from diet
  • All foods containing casein (dairy products and milk) are removed from diet

K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid)

  • Don’t make dinner super complicated
  • Doesn’t mean fast food
  • Means fresh fruits and veggies
  • Try to introduce one meal a week
  • Don’t stress you or your child out by completely disrupting your schedule

Use What Works

  • If your child likes chicken nuggets, try making them at home rather than buying frozen
  • If your child only tolerates baby food, add protein powder and other supplements to them
  • If your child on, y eats pizza, try making a veggie crust or add your own toppings

Nutrition Labels

  • Beware the nutrition labels and hidden sugars and carbs.
  • Always check the serving size and make sure to stick with it
  • Always look at the ingredients.
  • The fewer the better
  • If you can’t say the word or don’t know what it is, then don’t eat it