Gluten-free Pasta

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When it comes to gluten-free pasta, it has improved a lot over the past couple years. For a while, we depended on Trader Joe’s rice pasta and their rice/quinoa blend. We tried various Whole Foods brands, but the pasta was always gummy and didn’t taste very good.

In walks Barilla. Oh my, what a difference! The pasta tastes almost like normal wheat pasta; it is soft but still al dente. There are various types of gluten-free Barilla pasta, including spaghetti, rotini, penne, elbows, and fettuccine.

Gluten-free/Casein-free Diet

When we first learned that Caleb was autistic, the first thing my husband and I did was research everything and anything that we could do ourselves to help Caleb. We decided to try everything that seemed like it might work, because what it did? So when we read a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggested a gluten-free/casein-free diet. We thought that it was a fairly easy and inexpensive food plan to try, so what did we have to lose?

It took about 2-3 weeks until we noticed a difference, but what a difference it was! Gluten and casein don’t cause allergy symptoms and don’t affect the intelligence of the child. However, we found that Caleb’s behavior was much more under control without gluten and casein.

It is hard for Caleb since he cannot eat the same food as his friends, but we have found some really delicious gluten-free/casein-free foods; look under the “reviews” section to find which food items are the best.

Twice in the past few years we have tried letting Caleb have dairy, and it ended in disaster. His behavior was so affected that the teacher contacted us to see if something was wrong at home.

There is no true evidence that a gluten-free/casein-free diet has any affect on kids with autism. This has to be a personal decision made with your family and doctor. In our house, we have found it to be worth it. After all, so many problems with autistic people involves gut bacteria so it makes sense that food they ingest will have an imp

A Little About Me

CalebMom02My name is Jessica. My son, Caleb, is a 6-year-old with high functioning autism. Originally diagnosed with severe autism, Caleb’s future seemed limited and scary. That is when my husband and I decided to do whatever it takes to help Caleb develop the tools he needs to lead a fulfilling life. I quit my schooling and became a homemaker, a role I had never been attracted to before. In this house, pretty much everything revolves around Caleb, because that is the choice we are making. Caleb has this small window when he can make significant strides that have a lasting impact upon his life. So, for now, it