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Implementing a Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet


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The Good Food Cookbook For Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets.

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Did you know that an intolerance to two common proteins, gluten and casein, in some people may cause difficulties with social and language skills, establishing eye contact, sleeping, eating, bowel habits, activity level, and ability to handle a wide variety of sensory stimuli?

Many parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are beginning to take note of research which shows that some autistic symptoms may actually be caused or worsened by exposure to the common proteins gluten and casein.

At, I describe my own experience with implementing a gluten-free and casein-free (gfcf) diet in my home with my two young children. There's a bit of information on gfcf diets, as well as some background on how I got involved in it. I've also included some delicious recipes, as well as a few tips I've acquired over the years.

My cookbook, The Good Food Cookbook For Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets, was published in 2001 by The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, and is available for purchase. See
for more information.

For more information on ASD, visit the web site
If you have specific questions, you may contact me at
Thank you! Laurel A. Hoekman

This site has been dedicated to those in search of improved health and quality of life, through hard work, experimentation, and a belief that
"you are what you eat."

Best wishes to everyone who would attempt to bring about life-changing results through a "simple"--yet difficult--lifestyle change.
Please visit for the content originally found on this site, plus information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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