If you have issues with food, eating, and nutrition, I can understand. I'm autistic. I have sensory issues. I've had them my whole life. Sensory issues can impact bodily functions like digestion. In my case, I've spent a lifetime trying to figure out why I seemed to always feel sick and tired. I've spent almost a half a century feeling sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I've had endoscopies. I've had radiological studies. I've had all sorts of pills. I've had all sorts of nutritional advice. I've been fat, sick, and nearly dead. When a pill's side effects are too much to bear, often another pill was prescribed. There were side effects upon side effects.
But, I'm autistic. I'm primarily non-verbal. It has been very difficult communicating just what level of suck I was feeling about a particular pill or diagnostic test. After about a half-million dollars of work, I was done with it all. I was finally in a position in life to be able to change insurance plans from an HMO to a PPO, and thus be able to have more control over my journey to health. This is when I found the right doctor.
I found a clinical nutritionist who understood the autistic body and brain. I was examined from that standpoint. After a few sessions and a few rather non-invasive tests, I discovered that I am histamine intolerant - the root of all of my discomfort and pain. Histamine containing foods can cause inflammation in the body. In my body, it was like having a truck with a flame thrower moving it's way down my digestive path. I was given a new diet to follow - time restricted (to manage my energy / hormone levels and thus sleep better), high-fat / low-carb (to run my body as designed), histamine free diet. Within a few days, I was pain free. Within a few weeks, I was medication free. Within a few months, I had dropped some of the weight that I gained from being on a lot of medication. Now, almost a year later, I have lost all of the extra weight that I gained through my journey with western medicine and weigh about what I weighed at my high school graduation. I feel great - which is the most important.
I share my story with you in order to begin a conversation about nutrition health. I've been told by doctors to be gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and all sorts of other "healthy" options. They all didn't work. Why? Because most doctors have less than 10 hours of nutritional education and are reading from some pamphlet that was sponsored by a group with a financial interest in keeping you in the doctor's office. Histamine intolerance is actually quite common in people who are from families with less than 5 generations living in western societies, eating western foods. It's also common in people with Rh negative blood types. Having a high level of sensitivity, like sensory processing issues, is also a contributing factor. Thus, it's no wonder I'm having problems. All three describe me.
I hope that, in sharing my story, you will find a bit of hope. As an autistic adult, growing up in a time before DSM IV, I know what it's like to search for answers. As an autistic person, I understand how you, the autistic person, are designed. I understand how unique you are and that often the way in which you'd like to fuel your body is unique to you, not found on some infographic. I understand how to fuel your body in a way that doesn't leave you fat, sick and in the doctor's office all the time. Medical, emotional, or who knows ... I'm here to help.
I can help you implement the plan that has been designed for you by your doctor. Or, if you don't have a plan, I can help you begin the dialog with your Clinical Nutritionist - serving as a translator if you'd like.
If you'd like to know more, contact me today.