If you are a parent or the caretaker of an autistic child, you have probably experienced how hard is to give them nutritious meals. Most autistic children are very picky eaters, and they limit themselves to eat just a few types of food.
This kind of behavior is often caused by medical or sensory issues. Although sometimes it is easier to pop a multivitamin in, to give our conscience a rest, it is certainly not enough.
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial components, like enzymes that will help the body to absorb all the nutrition.
Amin used to be a very picky eater. There were times when he would eat nothing but cheddar cheese, cut up into little rectangles, and Ritz crackers. Sadly, he is allergic to both. (I didn’t know it back than, since he didn’t have all his testing)
I used to eat all kinds of fruits and vegetables in front of him, hoping that he will show some interest just to try it, but never had too much luck with the so called “good example” theory. He eventually started to eat raspberries and cooked spinach though.
Once I found out what he is allergic to, I was able to eliminate most of those foods, and create a new food list. I am happy to tell everyone that he has a wide variety of meals that he is eating now, which includes fruits and vegetables.
Still, some of the vegetables and fruits that I would like him to eat are not happening as of yet. That is why I looked into an alternative, like juicing, so he may get more nutrition that might help him to heal his body.
Before juicing we tried all those healthy organic store bought juices, but once I started to read the ingredients, I realized they are not as healthy as they look. Lots of fruits and vegetables have very potent antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and detox components that are very important for everyone especially for autistic children.
For example, Glutathione is very important for cellular support, and you can find this in many different fruits and vegetables. Juicing is easy on the child, not as much as on the parents, (considering you have to get organic fruits and veggies, clean them, and then finally juice them, then cleaning everything again – It can get a bit messy),but in the long run it will be very beneficial for the whole family!