Our First NATURAL Easter

Back in February, I was privileged to be able to attend a seminar by Dr. John F. Taylor of ADDPlus entitled, “Evidenced Based Multi-Dimensional Interventions for Autism, Asperger’s, SPD & ADHD.” It was a fascinating day full of incredible information that we have been using to help provide our son Lawrie, with the tools he needs to more effectively operate through his ADHD.

The things that were discussed and that I learned were enough to fill the over 150 pages of our seminar manual, so even though I cannot possibly share all of it here in one blog post, I will definitely be sharing bits and pieces of it throughout the future as we continue to implement new techniques. In the meantime, I would highly encourage you to visit Dr. Taylor’s site, ADDPlus, as there are tons of amazing resources available there and links to purchase his published materials.

The one area that we did decide to finally take the leap on, is nutrition and digestion. One theory out there is that, because our gut acts almost as a “second brain” for our bodies, that there is much more importance to what we place inside our bodies than many of us are giving consideration to these days. In a nutshell, Dr. Taylor shared that there is some research that seems to suggest that children with Autism, Asperger’s, SPD & ADHD may in fact be lacking vital enzymes within the digestive system required to adequately remove chemicals from the digestive track and send them to the liver as would happen in a typical person. Thus, these unprocessed chemicals eventually make their way to the brain, interrupting/complicating its normal functions. {Trust me, he made it sound much more scientific than I just did…} 😉

So we’ve begun making the effort to remove artificial and synthetic ingredients specifically from Lawrie’s diet. My friend, who also attended the seminar with me, joined the Feingold Association and has been sharing tons of information from them with me, but as of right now, we’re operating pretty much on our own and haven’t committed to following Feingold “hard core.”

I knew making the switch would be hard… artificial dyes, sweeteners, and flavorings are in everything these days! The one that surprised me the most??? Toothpaste. Saccharin and at least one, if not multiple, dyes. Crazy.

As Easter approached this year, I kinda started to dread the idea of trying to find things for Lawrie’s Easter basket that wouldn’t have artificial ingredients in it. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hunt wasn’t really any more difficult than a good ol’ fashioned egg hunt! 🙂 And because the cost wasn’t really much higher than that of “traditional” Easter candies, I just decided that I’d buy enough for ALL four kids’ baskets!

Here’s what I found and decided to go with for this Easter…

YumEarth Organics, Lollipops {Feingold approved} and Gummy Bears @ Target 
Trader Joe’s Gourmet Jelly Beans
Trader Joe’s Citrus Gum Drops
Trader Joe’s Strawberry Licorice Lines
I realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, but it has truly made this venture into eliminating artificial ingredients much easier for me. We also switched to their toothpaste! 
Choceur Chocolate Easter Bunny & Eggs @ Aldi’s 
Great Value Peanut Butter Cups @ Walmart {Feingold Approved}

For those things that aren’t individually wrapped, I picked up a small package of individual treat bags and just divided up those treats. 🙂

The only items that I know for sure are on the Feingold-approved list are the peanut butter cups and the organic lollipops. The other items were ones that I determined myself to be free of artificial ingredients based on packaging {some were actually labeled “No Artificial Colors or Flavors”} and their ingredient lists.

If you have any other leads on great treats, especially for those candy-filled holidays, please be sure to share them in the comments!

Wishing everyone a wonderfully blessed {and sweet!} Easter!

Grace & Peace~


  1. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Sure thing Shannon! Just wanted to share with others out there the things that we found in case they were stalled for ideas… 🙂

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