I'm sure you can tell by the amount of my posts dedicated to the subject that my mind is on starting the gluten-free/casein-free diet. Talk About Curing Autism has great information about how to get started. Here's the link: http://www.tacanow.org/gfcf-diet/gfcf-in-10-weeks.htm.
Since one of the reasons I put this blog together is to put all the information I gather into one place for myself, I decided to paste the highlighted steps of how to get started here.
Week 1-2: Remove all milk-based products. This would include milk, butter, whey, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, Pediasure, milk-based formulas, and all sub-ingredients. To replace milk, use rice, almond or potato milk.
Week 3: Find five GFCF foods that your child will eat for breakfast and serve it. Some suggestions they offer that Joey might like are frozen GFCF Waffles and real maple syrup; bacon and eggs (check for a GFCF brand of bacon) and GFCF hash browns like Cascadian Farms brand or homemade; GFCF Envirokidz cereals with rice, potato or almond milk; GFCF pancakes made from a mix, serve with real maple syrup; and GFCF French Toast made from a GFCF bread.
Week 4: Find five GFCF foods your child will eat for lunch and serve it, maintaining the choices for breakfast. GFCF Hotdog (no bun)- we use Best Kosher, Hebrew National Reduced Fat, Shelton's Chicken or Turkey Hotdogs too; Fritos (yes, they are GFCF); Lays Potato Chips; Cascadian Farms French Fries with Heinz Ketchup (I use Westbrae fruit sweetened ketchup too); Boar's Head, Applegate or Shelton's Lunch Meats; Tostitos Tortilla Chips; Fresh Fruit; and Whole Foods Market Chicken Taquitos (The 365 brand). Most juice boxes are ok too.
Week 5: Find five foods your child will eat for dinner and serve it, maintaining your choices for breakfast and lunch.
Week 6: Replace all snack items with GFCF.
Week 7: Replace all soaps, shampoos, lotions, sunscreens, toothpaste and laundry detergent and over the counter medication with GFCF.
Week 8: Replace all classroom contaminants.
Week 9: Begin making GFCF goodies from mixes.
Week 10: Now move to making a GFCF meal from scratch.