Since January we’ve been mostly adhering to the diet principles of the Body Ecology Diet. We’ve cut out all gluten, dairy, soy, sugar (including fruit), and artificial colors and dyes, and we’ve added probiotics through coconut keifer and fermented vegetables. We’ve also added vitamin supplements and omega-3 supplements to Logan’s diet. All of this is to target excessive yeast in the gut contributing to autistic behaviors.
Another dietary change I’ve finally worked up to including is apple cider vinegar. The Body Ecology diet recommends drinking at least 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water each day–but good god, does it taste awful. It’s like sour and sadness swimming in a jar, and the smell reminds me of being a young kid visiting my 100-year-old great-grandmother’s lonely apartment.
Yet the health benefits seem pretty amazing. Arthritis, cholesterol, blood pressure, psoriasis, ear infections, digestive problems, and, of course, yeast–all appear to be helped by drinking ACV. So I finally bought a bottle of Bragg’s Apple Cider Limeade, thinking it might taste a bit like lemonade.
It doesn’t. And it was firmly rejected by Logan.
But I’d bought a bottle of this stuff and didn’t want it to go to waste. So the next night I poured an inch or two of the ACV limeade into Logan’s water bottle (I’m sure you can tell by my measuring method that I mix drinks about as well as I cook), filled it to the top with water, then plopped in 10 drops of stevia.
Logan drank 32 ounces of it in one sitting.
Will the ACV help with yeast? Help with autism? I suppose we’ll find out–at the very least, it’s another mark on the “can have” list rather than the “off the menu” list, and if nothing else, all that water will keep him hydrated!
Feeling: Like momentum is finally building!