Nourishing Hope in the Kitchen
Nutrition and Cooking Class


for Children and families, autism, ADHD, allergies, and the rest

Are you or your child following a special diet?
Do you have food allergies or intolerances?
Concerned that your picky eater is getting adequate nutrition?
Want to try GFCF but afraid your child will have nothing to eat?
Cooking To Heal will help you succeed with special diets

Parents often wonder whether a special diet would help their child—at the same time are worried about their child’s nutrition. For parents (especially those of picky eaters), a gluten-free diet can seem far too daunting.

I want to encourage you and say—you can do a special diet! I created Cooking to Heal to make it easy to follow a healing diet (or two) for children with autism, ADHD, eczema, allergies and more.

In Cooking to Heal, I share many of the ideas and strategies I’ve learned over a decade of working with families.

All ideas and recipes are picky-eater tested – I learned early on that even the BEST/nutritious meal plan wouldn’t help… if your child won’t eat the food!

Cooking To Heal will help you become more effective at making nutritious meals your child will enjoy while on a special diet.

Online Nutrition and Cooking Class
for children on special diets

Kid-Approved Recipes with color photos


Nutrition & Diet
Broths & Vegetables
Quality Animal Foods & Fats
Soaking Seeds & Grains
Fermented Foods
Healthy Desserts

Watch & Listen to Julie in the Kitchen

LEARN ABOUT Cooking to Heal by:

REMOVING inflammatory and problematic foods
ADDING easy to digest, nutrient dense foods

For those following any healing diet:

Gluten-free Casein-free (GFCF) • Specific Carbohydrate Diet TM(SCD) • GAPS Diet • Low Oxalate • Body Ecology • Feingold • and more

Is Your Special Diet Working?

The MAIN REASON people do not make the most of diet is because they don’t know what to do – Cooking to Heal includes specialized nutrition AND cooking instruction so you will learn what you need to know to have the skill and confidence to make it work!

  • Learn how to cook healthfully and ensure adequate nutrition
  • Prepare special diet recipes that your children will love!
  • Use traditional healing foods in modern and unique ways

Cooking To Heal: Here’s what you get…

Special Diet Cookbook with over 100 recipes plus newly added recipes and videos
(digital for instant access)
All recipes tested by moms and kid-approved!

Beautiful Color photos, all recipes tagged with special diet compliance and instructions

4 1/2 hours of nutrition education and cooking instruction for special diets: foods to avoid and substitutions, meal planning tips and meal ideas.

Charts/Resources & Special Report: including Cooking Fats and Temperatures, 15 Ways to Save Money on Special Diets, and more.

Bonuses: GFCF Success Guide & Travel Card

Two, 60-minute “Getting Started” modules for GFCF & SCD/GAPS

* also see content outline below

Cookbook for Special Diets (labeled for ALL AUTISM DIETS):

Gluten-free Casein-free (GFCF), Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) & GAPS Diet, Low Oxalate Diet, Body Ecology, Feingold Diet, Weston A. Price/Nourishing Traditions, Failsafe, FODMAPS, and more.

🙂 All recipes are gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free…
🙂 All recipes are labeled for specific autism diet compliance

Video Demonstrations & Advice

Squash and Chicken Pancakes

Beef/Liver Burger

Learn the NUTRITIONAL Benefits
and HOW to Prepare:

  • Grain-free and Gluten-free Breads and Snacks
  • Foods from Pasture-raised Animals: (nourishing to the brain and the nerves)
  • Fermented Foods:
    • Raw sauerkraut, nut milk yogurt, and non-dairy kefir (excellent for digestion, reducing yeast overgrowth, immune function, reducing inflammation), and lacto-fermented fruits, kombucha, and kefir sodas (favorite children’s fermented foods),
  • Broths and Soups:
    • Vegetable and mineral broths, chicken and beef stocks, and soups (boost and “sneak in” nutrition with nutrient dense broths)
  • Soaking and Fermenting:
    • Grains, nuts, and beans including how to make nut milk and nut butter (essential preparation for proper digestion and nutrient absorption of all “seeds”)
  • Healthy Desserts and Treats

DISCOVER options for:

  • Gluten-free
  • Egg-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Grain-free
  • Starch-free

Rave Reviews: Why Parents Love Cooking To Heal

This class is one of a kind not to be missed! It is easily accessible, well-organized with clear written guides and tastes that motivate behavior changes.” 

Mary Isham

I didn’t know that nutritious cooking could be tasty too. I now have the confidence that my son will eat my nutritious food without any problems.”

Rose C.

“This class has helped me to understand how to make fermented foods as well as yoghurt. I didn’t realize how important and easy to make they are”

Welch Family

“I wish all my families of children with an autism spectrum disorder and food reactions could take Julie’s course.

Toril H. Jelter MD FAAP

I opened my eyes to how to cook without grains and carbohydrates.”

Suzi Goldmacher

“My extremely picky daughter is already happier and more satisfied with her food. Your format is easy to understand, easy to implement and your nutritional knowledge and dedication provided me the encouragement I need to stay on course for our family’s health. The explanations have saved me weeks of trial and error and the accompanying frustration. Thank you!”

Melinda Jackson

The Science Behind Cooking to Heal

Every aspect of Cooking to Heal is steeped in solid science and years of practical experience with autism parents and children. As the “how-to” companion of Nourishing Hope for Autism, it provides more than 4-hours of learning and inspiration. How can diet help?

When we aid systemic healing through food and diet choices, we are healthier. Since the health of the body affects the mind (behavior, mood, and learning), as we eat better and feel better, we often reduce the symptoms of autism, ADHD (and other childhood conditions), as well as address multiple food sensitivities and gastrointestinal distress.

Cooking to Heal was created to empower my clients applying food, nutrition, and diet to help their children feel better, and improve behavior and learning.

Now Your Can View Everything on Your iPad & Mobile Devices

(as well as your computer)

Read Recipes

Watch Videos

Is Cooking To Heal for You?

  • You’re following any specialized diet for healing, such as the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet (GFCF), SCD/GAPS,
  • You want to learn to cook healthy meals for your family.
  • Your child is a picky eater – and you’re wanting to follow a gluten-free casein-free (GFCF), or other healing diet.
  • You’re busy and don’t have much time to pull together recipes & meals that meet dietary restrictions for your whole family.
  • You’re intimidated by the kitchen, or don’t think you have the cooking skills to follow a special diet.
  • You want to save money and feed your family nutritious meals.

What You Will Gain

A complete Nutrition and Cooking Course: Special diet COOKBOOK together with VIDEO of Julie 4-hour LIVE workshop (sample videos above). You will learn about healthy nutrition for children with autism, how to effectively cook for ANY special diet, specific food substitutions, making healthy desserts, tips for supporting picky eaters, and much more!

  • Increase your success with special diets
  • Expand your options and effectiveness – Recipes to meet your child’s specific needs
  • Save time and money – Meal planning and menu ideas
  • Make any meal nutritious – Nourish your child with foods your child loves
  • Help picky eaters expand their diet

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews.

Autism Nutrition Specialist

Award-winning Author
Certified Nutrition Consultant
Autism Conference Presenter
Nutrition Editor – Autism File MAgazine
Creator: Cooking To Heal

 Julie Mathews is an internationally respected Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders for eighteen years. She provides diet and nutrition intervention guidance backed by scientific research and applied clinical experience. She is the author of the award-winning book Nourishing Hope for Autism.

Julie supports families from around the world and collaborates with pediatricians, doctors, and researchers. She presents at the leading autism conferences and writes for where she resides with he husband and daughter.

Autism Conference Presenter

The Origin of Cooking to Heal

Cooking to Heal began as a LIVE nutrition and cooking class for parents and professionals – it was taught in Berkeley California – and is NOW IT’S AVAILABLE ONLINE for people everywhere!

The online course includes even more recipes, charts/guides, tips, and videos to spark your ideas and build your skills to help your child following any healing diet.

EXTRA Learning BONUSES when you choose to BEGIN Now!

Julie’s TOP TWO “Getting Started” Online Classes

Understanding & Implementing the GFCF Diet
(60 mins)
Understanding & Implementing SCD/GAPS
(60 mins)

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$20 Value

Julie’s GFCF Success Guide and Travel Card

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$20 Value

Course Content Outline

Nutrition and Diet

  • Special Diets for Autism and Digestion Connection
  • Common Food Allergens/Sensitivities and Other Substances
  • Healing Diets – Overview and the Benefits of Each (GFCF, SCD/GAPS, Low oxalate diet, Body Ecology Diet, Feingold and Failsafe Diets)
  • Food Chemicals – Artificial and Natural
  • Meal Planning, Meal Ideas and Tips
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Egg substitutes for egg-free diets – for a variety of diets

Nourishing Recipes Include

Section is all nutrition education (rather than recipes)

Nutrition and Diet

  • Stocks and Broths – Nutritional Benefit and how to maximize nutrient content
  • Nutrient Boosting Food Strategies
  • Sneaking Vegetables and Nutrients into the Diet
  • Juicing Discussion

Nourishing Recipes Include

Stock and Soup RecipesKid-Friendly Vegetables RecipesJuicing RecipesRecipes include Vegetable Latkes, Carrot Chips and more

Nutrition and Diet

Pastured Animal Foods and Fats – Nutritional BenefitHow to add healthy animal fats, organ meats like liver, and grass-fed animal foods

Nourishing Recipes Include

Main course and Meat RecipesRecipes include Egg-free Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Pancakes, Burgers with Liver, and more

Nutrition and Diet

Enzyme-rich FoodsSoaking and Sprouting Grains, Nuts, seeds, and Beans – Instructions and tips

Nourishing Recipes Include

Nut/seed Milks and Butter RecipesNut-Flour Recipes (Grain-Free)Soaked Bean RecipeGluten-Free Grain RecipesRecipes include: Homemade nut milk, Lentil Pancake, and Gluten-Free Granola

Nutrition and Diet

The Place for Desserts in a Healthy DietHow to Make Desserts Healthier

Nourishing Recipes Include

Dessert Recipes (Gluten-free and Grain-Free options)Recipes include: Chocolate chip cookies, birthday cake, and Coconut Date Balls

Nutrition and Diet

The Benefits ProbioticsFermented Food Choices

Nourishing Recipes Include

Non-Dairy Fermented Foods and Beverage RecipesDairy Fermented Food Recipes (the only casein in the entire course)

Become inspired! – Begin Cooking To Heal Now!

*If you do not find Cooking To Heal to be beneficial to your learning, you may simply notify us within 90 days for a refund.

Images from the Cooking To Heal LIVE Class