When Holly Robinson Peete was told her son RJ was diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder at 3 years old, she did what any mother would do — find a way to make things work. She soon learned he had a gluten sensitivity and began removing wheat from his diet. She said:
"Our son had a gluten sensitivity. He tested off the charts for wheat. I had never even heard of a wheat allergy, and this was long before any celebrity came out talking about special diets. We were dealing with this long before that. We did a workup on our boy, and he was allergic to wheat. Wheat is in everything! We found it extremely helpful to wean him off of that.
Now he's semi gluten free. He's built a tolerance to it over the years, so we've worked it back into his diet a little bit. We don't overdo it. We have two other little guys, so we started them off in the gluten-free world, so we could all eat the same kind of pizza. When we go shopping, I gotta go to three stores and online. You can't just get gluten-free stuff. You gotta find the stuff that tastes good. Ten years ago, you'd be surprised how little stuff was there that tasted good. Now there are a lot of really delicious brands that have fought hard to make some of these things taste better. That also goes to how unaffordable it can be. You can't get that food at Costco. In your family budget, you gotta work that in."