If you spend time on Facebook, or reading any of the thousands of autism blogs out there, you have undoubtedly come across different theories concerning food. Just the other day, someone left a comment on a friend’s Facebook page about how gluten is verkakte for anyone with autism.
In addition, you may see that sugar is bad, fruits and vegetables tainted with insecticides are toxic, and food dyes are creations of the devil. And let’s not even talk about the nut allergies!
So what’s left? Not meat, because of hormones and the junk that livestock is fed. Milk? Nope, more hormones. Unless you get organic.
How are we supposed to protect and feed our children? It may seem like there are no safe options, but never fear! I’ve done some research, and have come up with some tasty options for our fragile families.
Opossum – This is a reasonable alternative to hormone-laden meat. Opossums eat a variety of things, like fruit and frogs. Their favorite food appears to be cat food, preferably the tinned variety. Opossums can be found in virtually any suburban neighborhood, but you can also order it online if you’re having trouble catching the nocturnal bandits. Now since ‘possums also eat grains, they may not be the perfect alternative food, but they’re a close second.
Squirrel – Squirrels eat mostly nuts, fruit, leaves, and flower bulbs. But don’t worry, it’s usually fruit from a neighborhood tree. No pesky pesticides or chemicals to worry about. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a place you can order it online, so you’ll have to catch your own squirrels. Think of it as quality outdoor time for your family, as you teach your kids how to trap and skin an adorable, chubby-cheeked little squirrel.
Goat – Goat just may be the “miracle meat.” Goats mostly eat leaves, shoots, weeds, grasses, and apples. Their milk is more digestible than cow’s milk, and they have fewer problems with internal parasites. If you raise them yourself, you can control their diet. But if you don’t have the space for a goat, you can order goat meat online.
I made this handy bar chart to illustrate the benefits of the different food I’ve mentioned:
Food doesn’t have to be a minefield of toxins and poisons. With just a little (a ton) of extra effort, you can catch and raise your own food right in your own yard, in addition to growing your own vegetable garden. And I’m pretty sure that if this is the route you choose, it won’t be too long before autism is the least of your worries! Especially when your goats start climbing the trees.