“Sugar, Sleep, Stress and the Spectrum” – PDSG Presentation by Flo Neville

Thanks to Flo Neville, an Autistic Nutritional Coach, who was our Guest Speaker at Wednesdays Post-Diagnostic Support Group.

Her excellent talk included how stress hormone imbalance can affect short term memory, mood regulation, planning and organising; regulating our behaviour and making good judgements.

Meanwhile, a lack of quality sleep is a common challenge both for those who are autistic and those who live with them. This talk includes an overview of the physiology of stress hormones and provides an achievable set of routine and dietary strategies which can make all the difference between being wide awake during the night and sleeping soundly; and which also significantly reduce anxiety levels during the day.

Due to the recent problem of my phone failing to record the audio at a recent PDSG, I attempted to adopt a “belt and braces” approach by having a secondary recording device. Unfortunately my phone failed again, and the secondary audio recorder did not work as well as I’d hoped leaving me with my trousers around my ankles once more!

The audio for this presentation is mostly all audible with a little concentration. Any suggestions on what equipment could prevent this in the future would be appreciated.

Guest IT Consultant

Sugar, Sleep, Stress
and the Spectrum

Axia post-diagnostic support group
December 2018

Florence Neville

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7 comments on ““Sugar, Sleep, Stress and the Spectrum” – PDSG Presentation by Flo Neville
  1. Helen Jones says:

    Huge thanks to All the Team at Axia for yet another superb meeting and an outstanding speaker.
    Flo Neville was full of information and very inspiring.
    If you look on her website ( google Flo Neville Nutritionist) you can subscribe to receive free newsletters and also, a free ebook entitled “How to Sleep”.
    This book contains much of what Flo talked about at the meeting.
    I hope this is helpful.
    Kindest regards
    Helen Jones

    • Flo says:

      Hi Helen! Thank you so much for your lovely words, they have made me very happy. And I totally forgot to mention the e-book so thanks for sharing the information 🙂



      • Helen Jones says:

        Hello Flo,
        I’ve only just seen your reply, thank you
        I found your presentation very helpful and really enjoyed you being at the Axia meeting.

  2. Linda Buchan says:

    Very helpful Helen
    Many thanks
    You tried your best
    Calvin is looking at alternatives for recording and will bring his laptop next time which has a built in microphone

  3. Senor Moment says:

    Informative. Good audience participation.

  4. Corina says:

    WOW WOW this is such a great presentation!
    And again – you people are just so ADVANCED even in regards to that the brain needs Saturated FATs!!
    Holy MOLY, I am stunned! NOT because this is news to me,I have been eating like that since 2 years by now.
    This lecture was in 2018 and she says: eat saturated fats, the more fat you eat the less you crave sugar.
    Which is 1000% true from what I have experienced. No sugar cravings whatsoever and the brain lits up like a like a LIGHTBULB: CLEAR PRISTINE thinking, makes ya finally understand what you read, lol
    Well except when the system is stressed, then you still get brainfogged, until the system has down regulated again.
    But Animal FATS; oh yeah they are what the body needs.
    Don’t do well with olive oil, avocado or butter or Ghee, gives me migraines. High Histamine and Fodmap foods are not my friends. But that^s me.
    Most people tolerate those.

    So I shared my passion with the psychiatrist and psychologist about food. And said, Autistics can so profit, if they include those saturated fats.
    They have never heard of that. Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I just can’t get over it. We have 2021 now, and in Switzerland still it is so rare in the Autism field, that this is talked about.
    So stoneage!! Gosh.
    That’s my passion and frustration talking here. SIGH!

    Now apparently, from what I gathered, for Fibromyalgia people apparently the Corisol is not as high in the morning to begin with, therefore no morning person here.
    CAN YOU agree to this? This information was taken from a German site, therefore I have no English link to share, and have not looked further into it.
    But in the morning (for me at 10am, lol), I really often also have a bit lesser ability to read text.. a bitt foggy. Until it clears up.

    In 2007 I WEANED off of sugar. And I really mean WEAN off. I was an addict and it took me about a months until I felt I did not go nuts with craving it!!
    But now, as I eat ANIMAL FAts daily, NO issue whatsoever.

    It’s a real real real blessing to have quite a balanced energy, no sugar highs or crashes, not feeling faint or jittery, but constant energy. Therefore no longer any eating every hour but now I can easily go for 4 hours or even longer pauses in between.

    Sorry when I write so much, so passionate about this

  5. Linda Buchan says:

    We are so pleased these presentations are useful

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