Your Life As I Knew It

By Anna Cosslett

The highs and lows of family life, as a mother pieces together the effects and possible causes of her son's fairly severe autism.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020



Foods containing E620, E621 up to E625 and anything containing the words extract or concentrated (this includes most breakfast cereals and non-squeezed fruit juices)

Supermarket bread containing pea proteinsoya protein or anything-else-protein (obviously don't avoid protein itself!)

Powdered soups, stock cubes, bouillon, carrageenan (all hydrolysed products)

Soy sauce (especially the sort with added flavour enhancer), Fish sauce (contains anchovy extract) Oyster sauce, Worcester sauce, Tomato sauce(s), Mayonnaise (one or two exceptions, but nearly all contain modified starch and/or spice extracts)

Flavoured crisps/chips/tortilla snacks (contain flavour enhancer and/or powdered cheese or spice extracts

Cheap breaded ready meals e.g. chicken nuggets, fish fingers, veggie fritters (usually contain paprika extract and ‘natural’ flavouring, i.e. yeast extract)

Most supermarket pizzas, curry sauces, oriental sauces (for the same reason)

Shaped potato snacks (made from powdered potato)

If you have pledged for the book, a list of acceptable substitutes can be found in the Updates section.


Most people who are Vitamin B12 deficient (and many people are) are also sensitive to these substances found in processed food (they are all hidden forms of MSG or monosodium glutamate - in the 'freed glutamic acid' state).  I found this out from my own experiences of B12 deficiency and intolerance of this substance (described in the book), and from research that has linked a lack or dysfunction of this particular vitamin to people with autism in the family.  Please share this information and let's get 'Your Life as I Knew it' finally published.  Many thanks and good luck with what could be a life-changing strategy - Huw's quality of sleep and life in general improved and I lost a stone in weight, regained my equilibrium and banished headaches.  Well worth a try!

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