The NotAutism Diet

The diet information below is based on Dr. Goldberg’s protocol.  We have used it with extreme success for Amaya.  We began using the GFCF diet with Amaya before we began working with Dr. G.  We saw great results when we first got Amaya on GFCF.  After adjusting the GFCF to Dr. G’s NIDS diet we saw even better progress with Amaya and it seemed to add more variety to her diet which definitely makes life a little easier.  Dr. G says that many people see good results with GFCF because you are removing 2 of the biggest allergens, dairy and whole grains.The key is to focus on all things that your child is or could be allergic to and not focusing so much on gluten and casein.  This has worked extremely well for Amaya and we continue to tweak her diet here and there over time.  We will continue to refine and add more detail to this page so please bookmark this page or check back frequently…Justin

The NIDS Diet Details

What to Avoid: Avoid all dairy, chocolate, whole wheat, whole grains (including brown rice), melons, tropical fruits (bananas are ok - avocados are not ok), berries, nuts, cinnamon, honey, tapioca and red and yellow food dyes - limit sugars which means only TWO servings of fruit (which include fruit juice) per day.

All dairy means: any product that has cows milk or bovine protein listed as a “major” ingredient. This includes cheese, butter, yogurt, chips with cheese on them (Doritos’s, Cheeto’s etc.)

Dairy Substitutes: Rice dreams, soy milk, goat’s milk for some, mocha mix non-dairy milk (including mocha mix ice cream but be wary of the sugar content).

Amaya was on soy milk but had a distended belly and had developed noticable breasts by 14 months of age so we quickly switched her to goat’s milk and have never looked back.  The goat’s milk is easy on her system, no bloat and her breasts almost disappeared. (Amaya only gets very little amounts of soy in her diet now)

Cheese Substitutes: Tofurella avail in cheddar, Mozzarella and Jalepeno for the brave.These actually melt. There are many other brands of Soy cheeses - make sure there is no added milk protein in them.

Chocolate: is an offender because most chocolate is “milk chocolate.”  An occasional treat made with cocoa powder is permitted. Some of these children can tolerate Carob some cannot.

Breakfast: should consist of some “processed” (meaning not whole grain) cereals such as “Rice Krispies”, or Corn Flakes (if tolerated) unsweetened served with one of the fake milks. Some children have a problem with the preservatives put in cereal especially BHT, if this is your child, then a preservative-free cereal like “puffed rice” from the health food store is appropriate. (if necessary, you can add Nutrasweet or Sweet and Low for added sweetness or another approved sweetener as listed below (try to minimize or avoid, but whatever works.). Eggs are also okay for some.  French toast or pancakes (not buttermilk) in moderation with fake (not sugar sweetened) syrup. Vermont makes a great tasting one, also check the diabetic aisle of the supermarket as diabetics need to watch grams of sugar many products are made with sugar substitutes.

Amaya’s breakfasts are very much like her lunch and dinner.  We don’t use cereals and milk, etc.  Breakfast usually consists of a protein, vegetables and usually a GFCF pancake or waffle or fruit.

Food Dyes: A lot of these children also have problems with Red and Yellow food dyes. Pay attention to your child if they consume these in cereal or fake candy. If there is a negative reaction it is not to be used for them.

Limit sugars: The average American consumes over 120 pounds of sugar a year. For example a hamburger bun has three teaspoons of sugar, a regular non-diet 12 ounce soda has nine teaspoons of sugar (regular Coke, Seven-up, Sprite etc.).  Other names for Sugar “NO NO’s” are: Brown Sugar, Honey, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Fructose, Fruit Juice, Galactose, Glucose, Jam, Jelly, Lactose, Maltose, Maple Syrup.

Fruit: Keep fruit consumption to two pieces of fruit per day, this includes juice. Avoid strawberry, cherry most “berries” as these can be very allergic. Water down juices, start with half water half juice and work down to ¼ juice the rest water. Be creative, if your child loves those juice boxes pour them out when the child is asleep, refill with diluted juice and put a piece of scotch tape over the top. You’ll get away with it. Kids love the new Crystal light drinks that come in sport bottles, while expensive buy them once then re-fill the bottles with the Crystal light you can mix-up at home.

Lunch: is a good time for leftovers, we are trying to push extra protein into them.

Protein: supplies necessary Amino Acids” the building blocks of the body”. No supplement can do as well as the real thing. A sandwich is really okay as long as some protein is in the middle. Bread is really where the controversy begins. As long as your child is not gluten sensitive or has a positive titer to what is called gliadian antibodies “processed” white bread is okay. The word wheat is okay as long as the word “whole” is not in front of it. The reasoning is, most people are allergic to whole grains so a processed product is really okay and removes most of the allergy causing ingredients/properties. For this reason often the stores cheapest white bread is a good choice because when it cost’s less it is less likely to have better (meaning less allergic) ingredients in it. While this may sound horrible for nutrition, the idea is not for a child to eat a loaf of bread, but to use it as a way to sneak in the protein (as part of a sandwich).

Dinner: can be any meat, chicken, fish (if tolerated) with some vegetables and a little starch (small serving of rice, or potato, or pasta). Try to remember the body converts starch to sugar within 6-12 hours, so that is why we limit the consumption.

Helpful Hints: We know your child may be stubborn at first and only eat the starch on the plate. ACT DUMB

Don’t fight them, if they do not want to eat the rest do not force them. But do not let them fill-up on junk food / starches / sugar either. When they want more food present what they have not finished. Again “act dumb”.

Believe it or not their pattern of eating will change. Too often we just “give in” afraid they will starve to death.  As parents we just feel too guilty and give in.  Do Not fight with them or they will go on a hunger strike You cannot make a child eat (or go to the bathroom), but “nature” will work for you if you let it.

Install a “good” water filter in your hme that removes metals and chlorine’s. Many areas around the country have water with toxic levels but nobody wants to talk about it!!!

When introducing any “new” food watch for a reaction, if your child has a reaction, that product is not for them.

Recipes: (given to Dr. G from parents that seem to work):

Easy Rice Milk *
A good way to make rice milk is to use fresh rice that is still hot.

1 cup rice
4 cups hot water
1 tsp vanilla
Put all in blender, puree for about 5 minutes (until smooth) let sit for 1/2 hour pour into container being careful not to let the sediments at the bottom pour into the new container.

7 grams fat; 102 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 0.30 gram fiber.

3 (12-ounce) bottles nondairy rice milk (or equivalent)
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine 1 cup rice milk and cocoa in small saucepan. Heat and stir
until cocoa is dissolved. Stir in remaining rice milk and vanilla.
Let cool then freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s

Makes 8 servings.

Each serving contains about: 551 calories; 121 mg sodium; 0

Preheat 325 degrees
1/8 cup canola oil
1 cup instant baby rice cereal (Beechnut or Earth’s Best, not Gerber)
2 oz. (1/2 jar) strained baby fruit (pears)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. GF baking powder
1/2 tsp. GF vanilla

Mix ingredients to blend, then squeeze into small balls (1″). Flatten
with the oiled bottom of a drinking glass. They will not spread, so
small and flat comes out the best. Bake on oiled cookie sheet for 15
minutes. These are much tastier than they look! Note: Bake on an
Airbake cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Try not to over-bake !

Alternative Artificial Sweetener:

Stevia Powder — From a South American plant called Stevia. It is 300
times sweeter than sugar so it is used in extremely small amounts. It
is used by diabetics in many parts of the world.

You can purchase it from:

Cheryl’s Herbs
836 Hanley Industrial Court
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 963-4449
(800) 231-5971
(314) 963-4454 (FAX)

Consumer Direct
640 South Perry Lane
Suite #2
Tempe, AZ 85281
(800) 899-9908
(602) 921-2160

Sells liquid concentrate of Stevia

Body Ecology Diet
1266 West Paces Ferry Road
Suite 505
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 266-1366
(800) 896-7838
Sells Stevia powder from China.
* With any recipe check for specific allergies in your child !

Substitutions In Recipes:

Instead of 1 Cup Milk:
substitute 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Beverage + 1/2 cup water or
1/2 cup juice + 1/2 water or 1 cup water

For baking:

  • Instead of 1 Cup Milk use 1 cup water + 2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
  • Instead of 1 Cup Buttermilk use 1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Beverage + 1/2 cup water + 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • Instead of 1 Cup Sour Milk = Same as Buttermilk substitute
  • Instead of Light Cream use Non-Dairy Beverage
  • Instead of Cream Cheese for baking use Mayonnaise

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The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It is given in good faith to help people understand more about what our children are dealing with. It is not intended to replace or supersede patient care by a health care provider. If an individual suspects the presence of an illness, that individual should consult a health care provider who is familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of their condition.