Best types of food for people with autism

Page 1 of 2 [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

christinejarvis21
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Joined: 27 Sep 2020
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Posts: 49
Location: Yuba City, CA

13 Jan 2021, 10:46 pm

What are the best types of food that I should avoid due to my autism, ocd, and anxiety? And ones that I should be getting because of it.



Redd_Kross
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 5 Jun 2020
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Posts: 746
Location: Derby, UK

13 Jan 2021, 10:56 pm

Because autism is such an individual thing, I'm not sure there's one fixed set of answers to your question.

Personally I found caffeine really magnified my anxiety problems. The only way to find out whether that's true for you too, will be to give it up for a month and see if that makes any difference to how you feel. Ideally a month that's otherwise fairly stable and predictable, if you ever have those?



Redd_Kross
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 5 Jun 2020
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Posts: 746
Location: Derby, UK

13 Jan 2021, 10:58 pm

P.S. There's quite a lot of evidence linking high processed sugar intake with emotional instability.

I haven't managed to give up sugar yet, though, so I can't vouch for how true that might be.



christinejarvis21
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Joined: 27 Sep 2020
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Posts: 49
Location: Yuba City, CA

14 Jan 2021, 12:00 am

I think I first may have to start slowly removing the caffeine because I have a keurig and k-cups and creamer as well as cappuccino k-cups and wants me to finish those. So I’ll have to slowly remove that while finishing those probably just having one cup a day instead of two or a Starbucks drink :arrow: and then try not having caffeine for a month.



Redd_Kross
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 5 Jun 2020
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Posts: 746
Location: Derby, UK

14 Jan 2021, 12:09 am

christinejarvis21 wrote:
I think I first may have to start slowly removing the caffeine because I have a keurig and k-cups and creamer as well as cappuccino k-cups and wants me to finish those. So I’ll have to slowly remove that while finishing those probably just having one cup a day instead of two or a Starbucks drink :arrow: and then try not having caffeine for a month.

Starbucks do decaf. Though I suspect sometimes if you order a "snowflake" drink it gets sabotaged. Ordering a decaf soya latte with sweeteners seems to trigger the more hardcore, real-coffee-or-else baristas.



christinejarvis21
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Joined: 27 Sep 2020
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Posts: 49
Location: Yuba City, CA

14 Jan 2021, 1:55 am

Well my mom wants me to finish the k-cups including the cappucino ones so i'll probably do that and only do one cup a day of one of them that way i'm going down from 2 cups but not going completely cold turkey and gives my body sometime to adjust without the withdrawl side effects.



MrsPeel
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 1 Oct 2017
Age: 49
Gender: Female
Posts: 1,186
Location: Australia

14 Jan 2021, 5:04 am

I agree re. avoiding or at least reducing caffeine and sugar.
You might try adding in cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, asian greens), which are supposed to be good for us.
I'm not too keen on them, but I try to eat some a few times a week for my health and they certainly don't do me any harm.
Fermented versions such as sauerkraut or kimchi are supposed to be even better.



shortfatbalduglyman
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 4 Mar 2017
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Posts: 7,784

14 Jan 2021, 8:50 am

Gluten free casein free works for some (not all) autistics

Elimination diet



KitLily
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: 7 Jan 2021
Gender: Female
Posts: 35
Location: England

14 Jan 2021, 11:06 am

I am sensitive to so many types of food I have a very limited diet, which is hard work but worth it as I'm not ill all the time. It's a pain in the arse though, it isolates me more from people.



Fnord
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 6 May 2008
Gender: Male
Posts: 45,402
Location: Stendec

14 Jan 2021, 11:09 am

I would recommend staying away from liver, lutefisk, and bird's-nest-soup.


_________________
TRE45ON!!
Anyone attempting to argue in defense of Donald Trump automatically loses the argument.


Last edited by Fnord on 14 Jan 2021, 12:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Tenuki
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Joined: 7 Sep 2020
Gender: Female
Posts: 127
Location: Europe

14 Jan 2021, 11:22 am

I would recomend to eat what you like to eat.


_________________
--- Don't Panic! ---


Biscuitman
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 11 Mar 2013
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,253
Location: Dunking jammy dodgers

14 Jan 2021, 11:33 am

always wondered if it is the aspie in me, but I am not a fan of food tbh. none of it does anything for me and I eat to not feel hungry.

if I had a button to press and the need to eat vanished forever I wouldn't hesitate. gets in the way of my day and is just annoying



Nades
Velociraptor
Velociraptor

Joined: 8 Jan 2017
Age: 1930
Gender: Male
Posts: 437
Location: wales

14 Jan 2021, 11:43 am

christinejarvis21 wrote:
What are the best types of food that I should avoid due to my autism, ocd, and anxiety? And ones that I should be getting because of it.


Weed edibles.......that's pretty much it really.



dragonsanddemons
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 19 Mar 2011
Gender: Female
Posts: 5,470
Location: The Labyrinth of Leviathan

14 Jan 2021, 12:36 pm

I expect this is a very individual thing even among people on the autism spectrum. Some sorts of diet changes work wonders for some people, whereas I have no reason to believe that it would help me any (though would be willing to try). I wonder if it has anything to do with the gut issues that I hear are common in people on the autism spectrum (which would mean that for people like me who have no gut issues, diet change wouldn’t do much/anything). I strongly suspect that the cause(s) of autism symptoms vary from person to person.


_________________
Yet in my new wildness and freedom I almost welcome the bitterness of alienage. For although nepenthe has calmed me, I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.
-H. P. Lovecraft, "The Outsider"

When you assume, it makes an a** out of u and me.

I have increasing memory issues, and a tendency to forget that I forget everything. Please don't take it personally if I forget something, it probably says absolutely nothing about how important the thing is/isn’t to me.


christinejarvis21
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Joined: 27 Sep 2020
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Posts: 49
Location: Yuba City, CA

14 Jan 2021, 3:48 pm

Yes I have issues with my stomach where if I eat too much then my stomach really hurts and try and drink some water I end up throwing the food back up and its still pretty much whole pieces coming out where it hasn’t been chewed. If that makes sense



NeilM
Toucan
Toucan

User avatar

Joined: 20 Aug 2016
Age: 68
Gender: Male
Posts: 255
Location: Virginia, USA

14 Jan 2021, 10:45 pm

KitLily, I am in a situation very similar to you. I am now down to chicken and fish and some vegetarian meals.

I eliminated sugar from my diet back in the 1980s when my hypoglycemia got worse. Just after Y2K, I got so I couldn't digest eggs any longer (gave me a rash) so they were gone. A couple of years ago, I got so eating beef and pork made me physically ill with fever and muscle stiffness; that was it for them.

Now I my rotation for suppers are chicken, vegetarian, fish, vegetarian in an effort to get enough variety in my diet. But I am doing quite well this way I have to say.

Regarding foods and anxiety, I do seem to recall becoming somewhat less anxiety ridden when I stopped caffeine back in the early 1990s. But its been so long since I gave up sugary stuff that I don't remember just what my anxiety level was before. On the other hand, I have found that WalMart's house brand Great Value Yogurt actually diminishes my anxiety somewhat. Ymmv of course but that was my experience.


_________________
Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 120 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 74 of 200
You are very likely neurodiverse (Aspie)

AQ = 38 MBTI = ISTJ Gender = Non-binary
I strive not to perseverate. You can PM me for more info.