This week I chat with Kris Barrett; bio-individual nutrition practitioner, MINDD practitioner and certified GAPS practitioner. She is also an author of two books – No Cows Today and High Thrive Me! Kris specialises in helping families living with children on the spectrum through dietary changes and biomedical intervention. Kris saw the power of nutrition and made some practical and sustainable changes to her son’s diet and lifestyle following a diagnosis of ASD. Whilst at times it was a hard road, he is now a well adjusted thriving teenager. Kris shares tips of what foods to substitute, eliminate or enhance in your child’s diet.
5 Rapid Fire Questions
1. What is one habit parents can implement today?
Have a look at what’s in your cupboard and turn to the back of packets and have a look at the label. So, whether you are going gluten free, dairy free, no sugar or low additive – see if you need a replacement or if you can keep it.
2. What do people never ask you that you wish they did?
I wish people would ask “can you help me?”.
3. What book would you recommend all parents read?
Healing The New Childhood Epidemics by Dr Kenneth Bock.
It’s a mix of real life stories, science and practical interventions.
4. What is one of your top 3 unfinished bucket list items?
A lot of travel. A lot of places I want to go! But one big thing on my bucket list, which I said I would do when I won the lottery, is to have a retreat where parents could come with their kids and we can immerse them and teach them.
5. If you could only offer one piece of advice to parents, what would it be?
Trust your gut!
Trust your gut on this journey, about what therapist you are working with, what advice you are given and see how it fits and feels for you, because you know your child the best. You will have a lot of people telling you a lot of things and giving you a lot of conflicting advice. Really sit with it and take it on board. Try something and if it’s not working for your child, even though the professional told you it was supposed to work, trust that and trust you know what is best for your child.
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