Balancing the Bowl, Treating Autism through Nutrition with Cookbook Author & Speaker, Susan Delaine
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“Healing autism is possible through the use of proper diet, detoxification, nutrition supplementation and an array of other natural processes.” Self published author, lecturer and passionate advocate for autism awareness and action, Susan Delaine considers Balancing the Bowl, the most important book she will write in her career. In her mission to organically heal autism, one child at a time, Susan authored two cookbooks, entitled “Balancing the Bowl” which takes a close look at the connection between autism, diet, digestion and immunity. The first edition is designed for those who have multiple food allergies, while the second contains allergen-free recipes that are completely gluten-free and casein-free. Susan’s mission to spread the word globally about the autism-diet connection and other healing methods is personal.
In 2002, Susan’s brilliant son, Justin, was first diagnosed with multiple, severe food allergies at the age of nine months. This diagnosis came after months of chronic illnesses and unsuccessful doctor assessments. Faced with the challenge of developing edible, nutritious meals for her son from a limited selection of ingredients, Susan was unwittingly preparing for the future challenge of using a special diet to help treat her son’s autism; later diagnosed around the age of three. Despite the devastating autism diagnosis, the Delaine family empowered themselves with information on how they could help Justin as parents. Susan plugged away at her hunch that what people were eating and what they were lacking in nutrition were playing a role in their optimal learning experiences. And she was right. She began to find large bodies of research and organizations that recommended multi-tier approaches to autism, all of which included a diet free from gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye and oats) and casein (found in milk). In her quest to heal her son, Susan found remedy in recipes.
Balancing the Bowl offers a variety of recipes that are gluten-free (GF), casein-free (CF), recipes that are wholesome, family friendly and affordable. Written for those who are caring for autistic children on a daily basis, readers will not only find delicious meal solutions, but easy-to-understand food guides, a clear explanation of the autism-and-diet link and a glossary of simple definitions. Susan Delaine has devoted her career to teaching people throughout the world about the autism-diet connection. Her national media presence and books have enabled many to live healthier, happier lives. For information about her books & more, visit http://www.balancingthebowl.com.