The Whole30 and PDD

Last week, Nicole L. from Corona, CA shared this comment on our Whole30 post:

“We (the L. family) finished up the Whole30 on the 30th of January and we feel great. The behavior in our children have improved drastically – my oldest has PDD, and the absence of gluten and sugar has been a godsend in our lives. We’re not afraid of what’s out there but since starting, DH and I have become very aware of our health, nutrition and GMO’s, and we really enjoy eating this way. We don’t plan on being as strict when we get together with friends or go out for the occasional dinner, but eating healthy is our number one priority when it comes to food in general. Thank you for such a fabulous jump-start to a new me!”

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PDD stands for “Pervasive Developmental Disorder,” and refers to a refers to a group of five disorders characterized by delays in the development of multiple basic functions including socialization and communication.

PDD includes:

  • Atypical autism
  • Autism
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD).

Symptoms of PDD may include communication problems such as:

  • Difficulty using and understanding language
  • Difficulty relating to people, objects, and events (lack of eye contact, pointing behavior, and lack of facial responses)
  • Difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings
  • Repetitive body movements or behavior patterns (hand flapping, hair twirling, or foot tapping
  • Inability to cuddle or be comforted

We asked Nicole about her experience with the Whole30, and how it affected her son’s PDD symptoms. In her own words:

Nicole’s Story

“My 7 year old was diagnosed with PDD three years ago, at the age of 4. He has always had behavior issues (screaming, tantrums, hitting his siblings, hurting himself), and I’ve tried everything I could to change this – including taking parenting classes because I thought I was doing something wrong.

In December 2011, my husband and I were introduced to the Whole30 program. Although we thought we ate pretty healthy before, we figured we’d give this a try for our own health. I don’t consider myself a short-order cook, so we decided to jump into this as a whole family rather than make separate meals for us and the kids.

The first few weeks, we still served our children sandwiches for lunch because I wasn’t quite ready for that battle. But with the absence of sugar and other processed foods alone, we started noticing that our son wasn’t fighting us so much when told to do something.

At the beginning of week three, we decided to ditch the bread altogether to see if there would be any other changes. Within just a few days, he was like a brand new child! He woke up one morning with a smile on his face, was very compliant and would even sit down and do his homework without whining and crying about it.

We are SO happy with the results of our whole family that we have continued to eat clean foods and we rave about this program to anyone who will listen. We shop together, prepare together and are always talking about what different foods do for our bodies.

A few of our friends have started after seeing and hearing about our results so I’ve shared with them my board of healthy Whole30-inspired meals to show that there are so many options out there and they don’t have to eat plain salads to see results. Thank you, Whole9, for opening our eyes to what real food is all about!”

Share Your Whole30 Story

Do you have a Whole30 Success Story you’d like to share? Contribute to our 2012 Photo Project, or send your story (as short or as long as you’d like) to headquarters@whole9life.com.

Please – share your story today, as you never know who you’ll inspire! And as always, thank you to all for reading, supporting and participating in our community.

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  1. says

    My husband and I are doing the Whole 30 challenge and have 1 week left before our weigh in to see our actual progress. Not that we need to. We are both down a pants size and 1 chin each. It is a whole lifestyle change for us and a very positive one. We have both worked as professional chefs and thought we were eating really well. But now we know what it means to eat well and in a way that gives us lots of energy and allows us to eat until we are satiated and feeling good. We have also started a daily blog to share our recipes and inspired others to jump on the whole 3 bandwagon.

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