It always amazes me when I talk with someone who struggles with depression or who has a child with ADHD (or other psychological issues), how often they also have digestive issues such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or reflux. This is what Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride calls the “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”.
While you may have read Gut and Psychology Syndromeand know how to get the help you need, you may feel overwhelmed and fearful about taking the big step of implementing the GAPS principles into your diet.
A reader emailed and asked this question:
“I actually already bought both Nourishing Traditions and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book. I’m currently making my way thru NT, but am a little intimidated of GAPS, despite believing that it would help my son a lot…frankly, I fear the fight over food. I wonder if just moving in the NT direction would help…that’s scary enough! I’m trying, and willing to try anything…I’m a studier, though, and need to feel as though I really “get” it before trying to convince my family of the changes. Thank you for your suggestions!”
I totally understand your apprehension over the Gaps Diet. I don’t know how easily we could pull it off, either. As you said, it’s tricky enough at times just implementing better foods here and there, let alone cutting out whole food groups. (It’s not for forever, though, just for a while.)
Here’s what I suggest, and keep in mind, this is coming from me, who is not an expert on the GAPS protocol…
Start implementing what you can from the GAPS diet – maybe only some of the components will help your immune system (your son’s), and you won’t need to go full out. It’s good that you’re starting with NT principles. (This should happen for optimal health whether you’re thinking of doing the GAPS Diet or not.) Maybe just adding probiotics and cod liver oil will make a big difference alone. Or you could try just eliminating wheat instead of all grains, etc. Then later, if you do need to add more pieces of the puzzle, it won’t be AS big a stretch.
(I don’t remember now who that reader was, it’s so far down in my email box, but thank you for asking!)
Self-discipline is work
Something else I share with people now and then is this: yes, the GAPS Diet is not easy, the same as anything in your life that takes self-discipline – it’s work. You may think, “All that is too much trouble to go through…” But is it too much trouble when you could be healed of whatever health issue may have been on your back for years, maybe for your whole life?
What if it was cancer?
Think of it this way…If you were diagnosed with cancer and they told you that in order to be healed, you would need to drive 2 hours every day to a treatment center to receive the chemotherapy that would save you, you would do it, right? Even though it will likely take all your energy, make you lose all your hair and vomit often, would you say, “That’s too much trouble…” I doubt it!
There is help available:
Keep in mind that there is a GAPS Diet Yahoo group just for those implementing the GAPS diet, so there’s tons of good advice and support to be had there.
If you missed my recent post about the basics of the GAPS Diet, go to Gut Health 101 where 6 Questions About a Strong Immune System and the GAPS Diet are answered. (And find a lot more information in the links below.)
UPDATE: have you seen this new book that helps you implement the GAPS Diet? “GAPS Guide (Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain)“
MORE GAPS DIET RESOURCES to help you in your healing journey! (Intro GAPS Diet meal plans and more!)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Get the GAPS Guide (Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain)
- Find probiotics here
- Read about the GAPS Diet and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- More GAPS posts (You’ll have to scroll down past this one first.)
- A great post from Shannon with helpful scoop on surviving the GAPS intro diet and links to other helpful posts, too!
- More stories of HOPE and recovery (including one from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride about her son.)
- More GAPS Diet Testimonials
- YouTube videos on the Body Ecology Diet and GAPS diet – there are a total of 6 videos
- Podcast with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
- Why is the fermented cod liver oil superior to other types of CLO?
- See my other post about a healthy immune system
- Lydia’s notes from a talk by Dr. Campbell-McBride
- Dr. Campbell-McBride video on what damages our gut flora