Why I Decided to Try GAPS

I am not a doctor and have not been professionally trained.  My writings are based on my own personal experiences and research and are not to be taken as medical advice. Please take a look at our medical disclaimer before reading the below information. 

I finally did it.  It took me a few years to take the plunge, as well as one failed attempt, but on May 19th, 2017 I actually started GAPS.   

Maybe you are considering this diet but aren’t sure it’s worth it.  Though strict, GAPS is worth the effort if you suffer from:
  • An autoimmune disease
  • Skin issues
  • Yeast infections
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Or something else that isn’t going away
Let me tell you how I was led to GAPS.

When I first heard of GAPS I didn’t think I would ever want to try it.  It sounded terrible!  I put myself on other diets.  I have been sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.  I tried eating only raw food.  I’ve followed paleo and anti candida diets. But GAPS was out of the question.

As the years passed by and my most stubborn issues continued to live on I became discouraged and hopeless.

I don’t remember the day I firmly committed to it, but I realized I needed to at least see what GAPS could do for me.  When my copy of Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” came in the mail, I felt like a little kid receiving a new toy. At that point I had warmed up to the idea and was desperate for anything that could improve my complexion, banish my foot rash, and calm my anxieties.

My research taught me there is a Full GAPS Diet and an Intro GAPS Diet.  The Full GAPS Diet isn’t far off from what I had already been eating.  So why did I think this would be any different from anything else I had done?  Or anything else you have done?

The answer is found in the Intro GAPS Diet. Although far more restrictive than Full GAPS, it heals and seals the gut, the source of many health problems.  Some skip the Intro Diet and go straight into Full GAPS.

On page 144 of her book, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says:

“try not to be tempted to skip the Introduction Diet and go straight into the Full GAPS Diet, because the Introduction Diet will give you the best chance to optimise the healing process in the gut and the rest of the body.  I see cases where skipping the Introduction Diet leads to long-term lingering problems, difficult to deal with.”

From what I can gather, people who still struggle with their health while eating a real food diet have damaged guts.  If your gut is messed up you can’t properly digest and absorb even the healthiest foods.  Impaired digestion leads to numerous problemsGAPS fixes the gut so that you can enjoy your real food!

As Heather from Mommypotamus put it:

“For many of us, returning to the foods our ancestors ate will cause a drastic improvement in health, but it may not be able to completely right the damage we have done to our internal ecosystems. GAPS is a diet focused on soothing, healing, and balancing the world within us so that one day we can properly thrive.”

As for myself, I had experienced improvements on my other diets (except my raw food diet, which was a total train wreck) but I also had nagging issues that didn’t go away.  I believe it’s because I never fully healed and sealed the gut.  I needed to go beyond a healthy diet.  I needed a leaky gut diet

·         Seals the gut wall
·        Detoxifies the body
·         Increases beneficial bacteria
·         Starves pathogens
·         Helps you understand your body -As you reintroduce foods that had to temporarily be taken out, you must watch out for signs that you aren’t able to tolerate that food.  You will learn how to listen to your body and heed its signals so that you will know exactly what to put in it and what to avoid.  This differs from person to person, which is why you must take the time to figure it out for yourself.

It’s really not as bad as you might think.  The stocks, meats and eggs are delicious.  Although I must point out that if you are used to eating lots of refined carbs and sugary foods the transition will be rough.  If that’s the case, consider starting with Full GAPS and then going back to the Intro Diet.  The Healthy Home Economist provides several options for how to transition to the diet.

Still don’t know if GAPS is for you?  Here are some articles to help you make that decision:

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