I know I started talking a lot about diets. I don’t know if that is because of the festive gain of (some) weight, because of the usual New Year’s resolutions or something else.
But today I would like to ask your help to share with me your thoughts and experience with the Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF) Diet.
Gluten Free Casein Free Diet means that you need to exclude any food from your menu that contains gluten or casein.
Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, oat and all their species and hybrids (wikipedia).
Casein is a protein found in milk and dairy products. These proteins are commonly found in mammalian milk, making up to 80% of the cow’s milk. Casein is a major component in cheese and also supplies amino acids, carbohydrates, calcium and phosphorus (wikipedia).
GFCF Diet – PROs and CONs
The GFCF diet was developed for people with celiac disease, a disease where people are usually severely allergic to the gluten in their diet.
Removing the irritating factors when your body doesn’t process them correctly can be very helpful. Think how by just stop eating something or substituting it with an alternative that your body tolerates can make you feel well and full of energy.
But I have to say that when talking about the GFCF diet I am most concerned about removing the casein from our menu. Not only my family eats a lot of milk and dairy products (cheese, yoghurt), but they are also and the main supplier of calcium to our bodies, a chemical element so important for the growing up.
I don’t know all the answers – is the GFCF diet good or bad, will it help everyone who follow it, how long should we follow this diet?
I admit – my interest in the GFCF diet is personal. I’ve come across this diet when I was researching different ways to help and reduce autistic spectrum symptoms in my child. I’ve read a lot of articles, from different doctors and from many, many parents following this diet and introducing it to their ASD children. There are a lot of positive opinions, and a lot of negative.
I am asking you to tell me your opinion, especially if you have tried the diet for helping an autistic person/child. Just leave me a comment below or get in touch with me. I would appreciate it very much as I am really confused at the moment – should I try it or not, because the doctors here tell me it would be my decision and I would never do anything that is bad for my child.
GFCF Diet and Autistic Spectrum Disease
I’ve come across a lot of articles how to relieve or even cure autism by following the GFCF diet. Most of the articles say that the diet should also exclude the soy products.
I think, even though everyone may find it difficult to substitute almost every food from their menu, if is helps then I would say give it a try.
The problem is there is no proof that following that diet is what really helps ASD children. There are not a lot of researches done to confirm or to disprove what a lot of parents are saying – the GFCF diet helped their autistic children better their behaviour and helped them start communicating with their peers.
My problem is that my husband is a doctor and I still believe in the traditional medicine. It would be hard to convince my husband to follow this diet when there is no proof of its success.
Please tell me about your experience with the GFCF diet and treating ASD symptoms, just leave a comment below.
GFCF Diet Menu
Following a Gluten Free Casein Free Diet usually means that you need to substitute everything containing starch and dairy products from your menu.
As you all know my family and I like milk and dairy products. We eat cheese, milk, yoghurt (plain and flavoured), butter, cream, ice cream, cottage cheese, dips. You probably eat those as well regularly. I very often cook using cheese, everything is better with cheese.
Substituting bread and starch products I think would be easier for us. I hope the gluten-free bread, macaroni, pasta, breadcrumbs, flour, biscuits, cereals would taste as good as those containing gluten or at least they won’t be repulsive so that, even if it takes some time, not to be too hard to be done.
I think what everyone who thinks about starting this diet, be it because of a medical or healthy reason, should consider what they need to do first:
make a list of all your favourite dishes
think what you often like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner
research the alternatives and see which of these would best meet your taste preferences
start with an optimistic attitude and find the positives in everything
If you have tried the GFCF diet, please tell me about the recipes and alternative foods you’ve used, what you thought was really yummy and what you would not recommend?
Conclusion: GFCF Diet – To Do Or Not To Do? You Decide
Following the GFCF diet seems not to have too many disadvantage, even when you don’t need it for medical reasons. Living healthy, which this diet might help you do, should be what everyone’s aiming at.
My advice would be – when substituting the things you like and you love in your menu, be cautious. Find what alternatives would best suit your lifestyle and that of your loved ones and you may find it is not that difficult to follow this diet.
I wish you all best health and strength to achieve everything you want to.
If you have a recommendation, suggestion or an opinion from your personal experience with the GFCF diet, I would love to hear it. Just leave a comment below.
Have a lovely day.