Come along on our journey as we try to overcome autism!
Our daughter has made huge leaps since 2012, when we started her on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. The diet, now mainly organic, has been complemented with selected vitamins, minerals and supplements. Along the way she has also benefited from several therapies and treatments. The results are very inspiring! At See you later, Crocodile! we share our experiences, findings and resources that help and inspire us. We hope that you’ll comment, share and pitch in!
The journey – so far
Our daughter was diagnosed to be “on the spectrum” at three years of age. The diagnosis marked the start of a journey, which has been filled with bumps, curves and long, flat stretches. Fortunately, in the last few years, it has also been rewarded with encouraging, slow, but steady progress.
While we initially just tried to cope with the autism diagnosis on a day-by-day basis, our focus has in recent years shifted towards a stubborn quest to understand and overcome the condition. This is the attitude that guides us today.
More and more research suggests that the symptoms of autism can usually be eased. In some cases they can be completely erased. Some measures towards recovery are challenging and costly. Others are relatively easy and achievable. We want to focus on the latter.
Why “See you later, Crocodile!”?
When our daughter cheerfully used this phrase to say goodbye to her IBI teacher in December of 2014, we knew she was making progress. Her version of “See you later, Alligator!” was a first, powerful, attempt at humour. It stuck with us. In a symbolic way, the Crocodile has also come to represent autism itself. Our intention is to cautiously but firmly send it away.
Who are we?
And I’m Catharina, a business and communications consultant turned into experimental chef. Ten years in Spain – surrounded by fresh fruits, vegetables and fish – shaped my love for uncomplicated, healthy eating and cooking.
We live with our daughter Linnea, bees and rescue dog Mindy on the shores of Trout Lake near North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Based on credible information in books, research papers and websites, we strive to:
- Maintain a healthy diet, rich in plant-based nutrients and antioxidants.
- Avoid gluten, dairy, food colouring, sugar and artificial additives such as MSG and preservatives.
- Eat organic, as a minimum do so for “the dirty dozen” (apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens), sugar, all grains, dried peas and dried beans, including all soy products and most vegetable oils.
- Complement the diet with selected vitamins, minerals and supplements.
- Avoid exposure to toxins, including common household chemicals.
We can say that for our family the results – so far – have been overwhelmingly positive, especially when it comes to our daughter’s speech. There is no turning back now.
We’d love to hear from you! Use the contact form below, or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: Information and views expressed on this site are our personal opinions and beliefs, and are based on our family’s approach, research and experience. We don’t represent any organization or group. Each case of autism is different and should be evaluated on an individual basis by health professionals.