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    Coconut Oil/Ketones and Autism... suggestions needed!

    Hi everyone,

    I am going to put my 11 yr old son on coconut oil to hopefully gain some focus/improved mental function. He is on the Autism spectrum but is not seriously affected. In doing my reading, there is no way I can get enough MCFAs into him with supplements, so I need to use the actual oil.

    Any suggestions on how to get a child to take a few TBSP of coconut oil per day? Today I used maybe 1T in/on his gluten free pancakes and again put about a teaspoon into some hot chocolate. I suppose I could try to get him to take it right off of the spoon (he used to take fish oil that way as a toddler)... but wondering how all of you get your oil daily. Also, is coconut butter lower in MCFA content? I have that in my cupboard, too.

    If you have tricks for kids, that is particularly helpful. As mentioned above, he is gluten free.

    For anyone interested, there is a nice article in the Sept/Oct issue of Well Being Journal on this subject (but no mention of how much oil to use or how to use it!). I'm going to take the oil, too.

    Thanks.

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    My two favorite ways of consuming coconut oil is:

    1) mixing 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp unsweetened raw cocoa powder, and 1-2 tbsp honey - it sort of becomes the consistency of frosting, and you can play with the ratios to make it more/less sweet.

    2) making a smoothie with coconut milk, 1-2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 banana, 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder.

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    Crabcakes has had several posts about dealing with special needs children and eating issues. You might try PMing her if you don't find any of her posts. She has some really great info that I bet she'd happiliy share.

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    The 'frosting' and Crabcakes contact are great ideas! Thanks. Wondering if the 1.5 T I gave him today could have caused some loose stool?????

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    Hi there,
    My daughter has classic autism. The PB way of eating has really helped her focus and speech. I give her about 3T. of coconut oil a day. She eats a lot of eggs so it is really easy to scramble them up with coconut oil. The other thing that is easy is bulletproof tea. I just give her something spicy like chai with a big spoonful of coconut oil. I let her run the immersion blender her self and she loves it. ((Yes, I did cause potty problems at first))

    Good luck with your little guy. I'm interested to know what the coconut oil does for him. Are you doing casein free as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zophie View Post
    Good luck with your little guy. I'm interested to know what the coconut oil does for him. Are you doing casein free as well?
    He is not casein free, but he was at one time. Removing gluten eliminated horrendous gas, but we see no behavior changes from the diet otherwise. I guess I am doing bulletproof hot chocolate!

    Thanks for the help. He does not like scrambled eggs, but he will choke some down if I insist. So, scrambled egg with coconut oil tomorrow! I will probably end up making some sweet-ish mixture for him to just take by the spoonful for the majority of the intake. I will be sure to post any improvements!

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    I myself, am on the autistic spectrum somewhat. Unfortunately, I cannot say that the primal diet, ketosis, coconut oil (and I eat a LOT of the stuff ) has done much to help me with it.

    I mean, I've lost weight, leaned out, gained a fresh outlook on life, have way more energy, feel great overall. But as for my autistic symptoms (such as they are anyway)?

    Yeah, I've not noticed too much of a change since moving over to my VLC/high fat primal diet. Sorry to be a mood killer.

    I'll preface this by saying that I eat almost no dairy except for the occasional piece of raw cheese, no grains and gluten free, regularly do daily intermittent fasts of 16 - 24 hours, go for long walks regularly, eat TONS of fermented veggies for good gut flora (gotta love probiotics), eat tons of leafy green veggies as well, and I drink lots of tea (I'd say my antioxidant levels are pretty dang high in my diet).

    I'm doing almost everything right with my diet and I am a better person for it. But I've never read or seen anything on the subject of ketosis, coconut oil, ect. for helping with autism (though I know it can be extremely useful for epileptics), and I'd say I am pretty much full on with that program already. Unfortunately, no changes have been noticed from my personal experience. But I still encourage you to try! Best of luck.

    If anything, you'll know your child is ahead of the game nutritionally and you are at least building a solid foundation for his body's future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumroll View Post
    I myself, am on the autistic spectrum somewhat.
    I'm doing almost everything right with my diet and I am a better person for it. But I've never read or seen anything on the subject of ketosis, coconut oil, ect. for helping with autism (though I know it can be extremely useful for epileptics), and I'd say I am pretty much full on with that program already. Unfortunately, no changes have been noticed from my personal experience. But I still encourage you to try! Best of luck.

    If anything, you'll know your child is ahead of the game nutritionally and you are at least building a solid foundation for his body's future.
    I need to hear the 'mood kill' stories! I don't expect miracles by any means, but I know his dietary fat and protein content is too low. He can't afford to lose any weight, so I hope that isn't the result! I had some amazing results with fish oil supplements for language development (near immediate response), Creon (pancreatic enzyme) for fat metabolism/weight gain and treating for parasites for some behavior issues as a toddler. Gluten free completely quieted his gassy belly, to the point where he can eat it occasionally without noticeable issue after a year of being completely GF.

    Thanks again.

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    You could also try Ayam powdered coconut milk for some flexability. For instance on the back of my current pack is a recipe for lemon coconut cupcakes. AYAM Australia Homepage has recipes of which many could be adapted.
    Fats will help with "lubricated" movements, but the loose stool could be related to straight fat ingestion, because folk on the spectrum need to pay extra attention to probiotic levels according to Dr. Campbell-McBride's protocol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picaro View Post
    You could also try Ayam powdered coconut milk for some flexability. For instance on the back of my current pack is a recipe for lemon coconut cupcakes. AYAM Australia Homepage has recipes of which many could be adapted.
    Fats will help with "lubricated" movements, but the loose stool could be related to straight fat ingestion, because folk on the spectrum need to pay extra attention to probiotic levels according to Dr. Campbell-McBride's protocol.
    The coconut oil will help deal with any candida overgrowth. Based on his diet, I am sure he has some problems. I give him 30 billion count/day of probiotics on top of that. So many things to try for Autism, it is hard not to get lost.

    Age 48
    Start date: 7-5-12
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    GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100


    "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
    Henri Frederic Amiel

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