I would like to introduce myself, I’m Elizabeth Sauls writing under the pen name “Elizabeth Strickland.” I live in Glen Rose with my husband Keith Sauls, Shiner and Bob, our horses, Rusty and Toro, our lawn ornament longhorns, two dogs Boo and Eddie, and our four cats Lemieux, Rose, Sugar and Lucky.

In addition to running a small zoo; I am a registered dietitian with more than 30 years of experience specializing in integrative nutrition therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, PDD-NOS, developmental disabilities, learning problems, food allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, feeding problems and chronic illness.

I have a special interest in holistic medicine, whole foods, dietary supplements and natural healing methods. I’ve spent more than 30 years providing nutrition therapy to thousands of children and I’ve gained a very clear understanding of parents’ concerns, questions and specific needs regarding their child’s nutrition and diet.

A few weeks ago, I saw in the Glen Rose Reporter (my favorite newspaper), that the editor was calling on community contributors. I submitted a couple of writing samples and was very excited to hear back from Amanda Kimble that she thought my idea for a column was interesting.

Most columnists writing on nutrition, health and wellness focus on adults. My column will be a little different; I plan to focus on children and families. Each month my column will cover a topic impacting our children today such as obesity, ADD, ADHD, autism, learning problems, poor diets, toxins, overconsumption of junk foods, etc… I believe in presenting solutions to problems so I’ll discuss healthy snacks, brain boosting nutrients, healthy alternatives to junk foods, vitamin/mineral supplements, meal planning and how to transition your child and family to healthier eating habits.

I am looking forward to sharing nutrition information with Glen Rose families. Join me each month as I discuss a “Healthy Foods – Healthy Kids” topic. I’ll translate nutrition science information into practical real-life advice to help your child and entire family eat healthier.

I also plan to include a kid-friendly delicious, nutritious, and easy to make recipe that your child and entire family will enjoy. The recipes are designed to provide your child with healthy alternatives; free of gluten, casein, soy, white sugar, Trans fat and artificial chemicals.

Nutrition makes a difference!

Elizabeth Strickland, M.S., R.D., L.D. is the author of the book, “Eating for Autism… The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD.” She is the owner of ASD Nutrition Seminars & Consulting, providing seminars throughout North America to professional organizations and parent groups. She’s the mom of three grown children and resides in Glen Rose with her husband Keith Sauls. To submit questions, write to Elizabeth at P.O. Box 3297 Glen Rose, TX 76043 or email her at ASDpuzzle@aol.com.