Julie Matthews – Nourishing Hope for Autism


This presentation will discuss the common autism diets used by parents and practitioners in the field of biomedical intervention for autism including GFCF, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Feingold Diet, Body Ecology Diet, and the low oxalate diet. Julie will help audience members determine how to choose a diet most suited for an individual and how to customize it over time. This presentation will include background information regarding the biochemistry of the body, the gut-brain connection, and autism as a whole body disorder. This session will explain how dietary intervention helps ameliorate symptoms and engage healing, and will focus on nourishing children. For autism, dietary intervention means eliminating problematic foods, and adding nutrient-rich healing foods. Julie will discuss nutrient dense foods and how to make them more digestible, including the concepts of broths, vegetables, grass-fed animal protein and fats, soaking grains and seeds, and fermented and probiotic rich foods. From her clinical experience, Julie understands that many children with autism are very finicky eaters so she will provide food and meal ideas that are nutrient dense and kid-friendly.

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autistic spectrum disorders. She has been a Defeat Autism Now! practitioner for 6 years. Her book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and her work are based in scientific research and an understanding of the biochemistry of ASDs and the role of nutrition to restore health. She presents at leading autism conferences, hosts multiple radio programs, writes for autism publications, and teaches “Cooking To Heal” cooking classes. Julie has a private nutrition practice and radio show in San Francisco and works with clients from around the world. Julie’s live presentations include information for practitioners and parents. She presents complex information in ways that are easy to understand and apply at home, while providing scientific data so “advanced parents” and practitioners can better comprehend the efficacy of diet and nutrition intervention for their patients and children – and succeed at implementation.