Apprehension Over the GAPS Diet

August 26, 2009 · 43 comments

Gut & Psychology SyndromeIt 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…

gaps largerBefore we go further, were you just looking for some quick links? 

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!”

My reply:

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…

First, be sure to look over the links I shared above.  Next, 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.)

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    1 Julie August 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I have recently moved myself and my son to the Paleo diet (meat, fish, nuts, eggs, veggies, fruit) which from what I understand is very similar to GAPS. Granted my son is only two years old (so fewer fights over food) but what really helped me was realizing it ultimately wasn’t much of a choice–just something we had to do. I had to come to the realization that if a food isn’t good for them, it’s probably doing some damage.

    My son has had severe sleeping problems since he was an infant (sleeping only 30-60 minute stretches), horribly messy diapers even after starting solid food, etc. Right before my daughter was born a few months ago we pulled our son off gluten, dairy and sugar (not that he really ate any sugar anyway) and within 36 hours saw a drastic improvement in his sleep patterns (started sleeping 3-4 hours at a time). After my daughter was born, we quickly discovered she too had the same sensitivities which of course means none of those foods for this nursing mom. At the urging of my naturopath, we went ahead and tried Paleo though to see if removing grains and beans would make all of us feel better. Again within 24 hours the results were dramatic. My son’s diapers are now normal for a two year old and I feel better than I have in years (I also quickly dropped all my pregnancy weight from my daughter and am now losing weight I’d gained while pregnant with my son–an awesome bonus!).

    It can initially be a tough adjustment but nothing compares with how you feel when you are eating the foods your body is happy with and I promise it does get easier with a little time!

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    2 CHEESESLAVE August 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Good morning, Kelly!

    I have some thoughts to share with your reader.

    From what I have heard from others, while an NT diet is healthier and can restore health, the body can’t truly heal if you are continuing to eat allergens. If your child is a GAPS kid, as long as he keeps eating things he is not able to digest, it’s doing more harm to the digestive tract.

    And I heard from one recovering mom who has her whole family on GAPS/SCD, that she actually got a lot worse when she switched to NT (prior to finding GAPS/SCD). She said it could have been all the sprouted grains and raw dairy — her health got a lot worse.

    Our family did GAPS last year and I was very nervous that it was going to be extremely difficult. It turned out to be not as hard as I thought. I was pretty new to NT at the time, too, so it was actually a lot easier — no sprouted grains, soaked flours, etc. We got in the habit of eating dinners that consisted of either fish or roasted meat (chicken or beef — I roasted them and made a reduction sauce with broth), hamburgers (with no bun), steaks, along with salad and/or veggies. We ate a lot of soup, too — for all the bone broth. We ate a lot of soups and smoothies with coconut milk — and we even made coconut milk ice cream, sweetened with honey. I also learned to cook with lard, beef tallow, bacon grease, duck fat and coconut oil.

    I don’t remember feeling deprived. We enjoyed the diet! We weren’t perfect but we did our best to stick to it 90% of the time.

    After a couple of months on the diet, we added things like almond bread and coconut flour bread. I have a bunch of recipes on my site for coconut flour bacon and egg muffins and blueberry muffins other GAPS-friendly treats.

    Here’s what I would do if I were you. Try an elimination diet for 1 month. You can do pretty much anything if you know it’s only a month. Cut out all sugar (except honey), all starches (including bread, pasta, potatoes), and grains.

    Do a menu plan for one month with GAPS meals. Eggs for breakfast, broth-based soup for lunch, and fish or meat and veggies for dinner. Then do your shopping, get rid of all the food you’re not supposed to eat (put the non-perishables in a box in the garage and freeze anything that’s perishable — or give it away).

    After a month, you’ll find that the worst is over. And at that point you can try introducing a first food to see how your son reacts. If he has a bad reaction (any physical problems or behavioral), you’ll know that he is allergic and you’ll know that you are the right track. If he doesn’t have any issues, you can keep eating it. Then a few days or a week later, try another food.

    Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends introducing dairy foods in the following order:

    1. Stay off dairy for a month during the elimination diet. Then try introducing ghee (clarified butter).
    2. If that is tolerated (it usually is), try butter.
    3. Once butter is tolerated, try kefir and/or yogurt.
    4. Next hard cheese.
    5. Then soft cheese.
    6. Next, milk.
    7. Lastly, try cream.

    Good luck!

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    3 CHEESESLAVE August 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

    One thing I forgot — if you feel hungry/deprived on GAPS, increase the fats. Use more ghee, coconut oil, bacon fat, etc. in your cooking. Coconut milk, too. You only crave carbs when you’re not getting enough fat.

    Of course there’s die off, too — you do go through a period in the first month where the pathogenic bacteria are dying off. They CRAVE carbs and sugar — so you’ll crave it at first. But if you are taking a quality probiotic and also coconut oil (it kills them) you’ll be fine soon enough.

    Also, go to Kelly’s resources page to visit the GAPS Diet store. On GAPSDiet.com they have a fabulous Yahoo group — it’s so helpful to get support from others who are doing GAPS.

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    4 KitchenKop August 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Thanks so much to you both for your scoop – it’s so good to hear from those who have done/are doing the diet – super helpful!!!

    Kelly

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    5 Colleen August 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Are there any resources/websites for those who want to try a GAPS diet yet have severe allergies to any type of nut and eggs?

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    6 Julie August 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I completely agree with Cheeseslave–eating this way can be much easier! For example lunch and dinner are easily covered in two steps:
    –Once a week pick up our produce (via CSA and produce-coop)
    –Every few days, take a few packages of meat out of the chest freezer and put them in the fridge to defrost.

    That’s it. Every night for dinner we have meat and vegetables (I do dress them up with reduction sauces, etc. but ultimately it’s the basic concept is the same). Almost every day for lunch we have leftovers from dinner.

    Breakfast is usually eggs although once a week we’ll do almond flour blueberry muffins as a treat.

    Not having to soak grains or think too much about what we are having for dinner every night (and preparing the grains, bread, etc.) makes it so much simpler.

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    7 FoodRenegade August 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Julie — I’m with you. I gave up grains for Lent this year and never looked back. It is so much easier to not think about sprouting this or that, soaking this or that cereal, making my own bread, etc!

    We have started reintroducing some grains back into our diet — the occasional brown rice or sprouted grain bread. But we maybe eat two to three servings of grain PER WEEK as opposed to the (ahem!) 6 servings PER DAY the food pyramid recommends.

    When people ask why I eat this way, I tell them it’s laziness! It’s just so much easier to pair some meat, fish, or eggs with veggies and call it a meal. Everything cooks super fast (15 minutes or less, usually), and when I need to do something like a roast, I just put it in the crock pot and forget about it all day.

    I still drink raw milk. Like a fiend. I’m addicted to the stuff. So, this isn’t the GAPS diet by any measure. But then neither my kids nor I have ever had the kind of symptoms that would warrant that kind of commitment.

    And I also second Cheeseslave’s recommendation to increase your fats (assuming they’re the good kinds like coconut oil, ghee, etc.). I get roughly 55-65% of my daily calories from fat, and I’ve never felt better! Even moods, consistent energy levels, lost weight, and NO cravings (except for an occasional glass of an Australian Shiraz).

    ~KristenM
    (AKA FoodRenegade)

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    8 CHEESESLAVE August 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I just wanted to say that I don’t think you have to give up grains forever.

    I deeply love sourdough bread, pie, pasta, bagels, chicken nuggets and onion rings, and lots of other things made from grains. Of course I use sprouted flour when preparing these things and I soak our oatmeal.

    And Kristen is right — you do eat a lot less grains when it takes more time to prepare them properly. It’s a good thing.

    Lastly, I think it’s not enough just to cut things out of your diet. I was gluten-intolerant in my mid-twenties, when I had a bad case of yeast overgrowth. It took about 1.5-2 years to heal my gut, but I did it, and after that I could eat anything with no symptoms. To help heal our digestive tract, we need strong probiotics, fermented foods, and lots of healing bone broth.

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    9 CHEESESLAVE August 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Colleen –

    On the Gapsdiet site they have a Yahoo group for support. I’m sure there are people on there who have allergies to eggs and nuts too.

    It is a challenge trying to do GAPS and not eating eggs or nuts. However, it is possible.

    If you can do coconut, then at least you can use coconut flour, which helps a lot. You can make coconut flour bread instead of almond bread.

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    10 Sara August 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve been doing the SCD for nearly and year and have been doing some heavy research about transitioning to GAPS. In terms of GAPS resources, I just wanted to add that another place to find more information is http://gapsguide.com/ . It’s the blog of one of the moderators of the Yahoo GAPS group. She also wrote the “GAPS Guide” book ( http://gapsguide.com/book/ ) which is especially helpful in the implementation of GAPS early on– she provides a timeline for slow transitioning to GAPS, and addresses many FAQs and common difficulties.

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    11 Henny August 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I would LOVE a recipe for coconut flour bread. I’m toying with going on the GAPS diet. I keep putting it off b/c money is so tight for us (I mean really really tight) but I kee[ being sick and my breastfed son isnt getting better from what I’ve done so far. we’ve come to a platue in our health and we need something more. I keep coming back to the GAPS diet… btu I’m worried about the cost. we already eating mostly TF and totally CF GF.

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    12 pjayrob August 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    i suffer from MS and have allergies to dairy, eggs and soy. my homeopath was surprised i have no allergy to wheat. MS patients are supposed to eat a high protein, high fiber diet. i also have low blood sugar and get wobbly/shaky if i don’t eat protein with every meal. it makes breakfast tough without having eggs, so usually will eat leftover meat/rice, etc. for breakfast. but i really love eggs, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, etc. – the exact things i’m not supposed to eat.

    i cannot believe the above diet lets you use bacon fat! my grandma (born in 1904) had a separate can that she used exclusively for saving bacon fat. she fried eggs, pork chops, etc., and her fried chicken was TO DIE FOR because it was fried in bacon fat. i don’t use any fat except olive oil and occasionally peanut oil for frying but usually don’t eat too many fried foods. are these acceptable on this diet? my husband would be ecstatic if we ate more beef, pork, etc. as we eat a lot of chicken and turkey .

    in the last 8 mos. or so i have started making my own stocks, called “dirty” stocks because i brown everything first – bones, veggies, etc. i strain them all several times to get rid of the fat, only leaving a little to give them a longer freezer life. if it’s acceptable on the diet, that would be a real time saver for me. even trying to eat as healthy as i can, i still have a lot of gut problems. i previously took Aciphex for my stomach, but quit because i wasn’t having any problems after a few years. DUH! that’s because the medicine was working! well i’ve been off the drug for about a year and am starting to have real problems again, even without eating the foods on my allergy list.

    like Henny, i have a very limited budget as i can no longer work. which book should i REALLY start with? i’m not too sure about all the sprouted grains, etc. but i have a lot of time on my hands now so have the time to do whatever it takes. i really need to lose weight as a stint being wheelchair-bound put it on quickly.

    thanks for any help you can give. love this blog – keep up the good work kelly!

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    13 KitchenKop August 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Pjayrob,

    As far as your fats, if I were you I’d use the fats that Cheeseslave mentioned above: lard, beef tallow, bacon grease, duck fat and coconut oil, and only use olive oil and peanut oil occasionally. The animal fats and coconut oil are full of beneficial nutrients. No need to worry about the fat in your stock, although I have heard that you should cool chicken stock and remove the fat, but now can’t remember why – does anyone else know?

    You said you use a lot of chicken & turkey, why don’t you use beef and pork? These are good for you IF you get them from a farmer who has his animals outside on pasture.

    I think this diet could really help you, and to get a good handle on it, I definitely suggest you start with the GAPS book. Then, once you have a handle on the basics, be sure to go to the GAPS forum for help with any specifics you still wonder about.

    Good luck!
    Kelly

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    14 Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet September 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Kelly,

    Interesting post! Have you tried to do the GAPS diet? I did it for a month with my daughter, and my blood sugars were dropping to low for a lot of it. It was puzzling to me since I ate plenty of food, including a ton of fats. Later, I got a test done that supposedly showed that I wasn’t digesting my proteins, which could have been an issue on a high protein diet!

    I think that people should also understand, like Cheeseslave mentioned, that you can detox on it as well (which is a good thing, but not comfortable, and if you large issues, having a good naturopath would be good)

    However, despite that, I think that it did help both me and my daughter’s digestive issues. Thankfully our digestion is doing a lot better now, but if I had to go on it again, I would definitely take advantage of the allowed carbs on the diet to give me more energy and hopefully help with the blood sugar issue too.

    It’s amazing what a diet change can do for people! I have heard so many stories of the GAPS diet, or a similar diet changing people’s life. Even though it didn’t for us in the same way, I truly believe that it’s an important consideration for any person dealing with digestive issues.

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    15 KitchenKop September 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Kimi,

    No, I’ve never needed to do the full-blown GAPS diet, but I totally agree that for those with major issues, working alongside a good naturopath or other professional is a VERY good idea.

    Kelly

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    16 CHEESESLAVE September 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Kimi –

    When you have difficulty digesting protein, it is related to low stomach acid.

    Stomach acid helps us assimilate protein–the building block for every single cell in the body. And if protein is not fully digested, it will putrefy in the gut and cause a heavy, bloated feeling after eating. Stomach acid is also essential for the absorption of important nutrients like calcium, iron, and B vitamins.

    http://www.westonaprice.org/transition/digestion.html

    If you’re not used to eating a high-protein high-fat diet, it can take some time.

    Sally Fallon-Morell posted this comment recently:

    Your body needs to adjust

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    17 CHEESESLAVE September 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Kel –

    I tried leaving the fat in the chicken stock once and just froze it without straining. It tasted really bad — kind of greasy. I don’t recommend it.

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    18 Sarah Schatz - menu planners for limited diets September 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I really enjoy your posts. It has been in the past month or so that I’ve been learning about the GAPS diet and have been loving it.
    I was already pretty intrigued by the connections between our gut and our brain – on a personal level and in general. So I love learning about it.
    I was already going in the direction of the GAPS diet but I am pretty much on the Full Gaps diet now.
    However, if this was already mentioned, forgive me, but it is important for many people to do the Intro diet that is outlined here:
    http://www.gapsdiet.com/INTRODUCTION_DIET.html
    This is even more strict than the Full Gaps diet, but for many people, if you don’t do the intro, it can lead to more problems down the road. I am not doing it yet because I’m still nursing my toddler but am thinking about just trying it for a week and see how it goes.

    Anyway, I agree with Cheeseslave that unless you really starve those little buggers, they’re going to keep bothering you.

    I have been keeping in touch with someone who originally contacted me about doing menu planning for her once she’s on the full gaps diet – she’s still on the intro. She said that after 4 weeks of strict adherence to the diet, she had parasites come out of her when she went to the bathroom. Sorry if this is disgusting, but she was actually happy to see them! It told her that the diet was working and that the things making her sick all this time were actually starting to come out of her because they were being starved to death. But it took 4 hard weeks of eating nothing but broth, veggies and boiled meat. I think she may be eating some egg yolks but not sure at this point. She also drinks fresh veggie juices and eats fermented veggies. An ND did tell her that it may take a couple years for healing to be complete with all of this, so it is a journey.

    There is so much depression and such a high rate of autism and ADHD and food allergies, I really want to spread the word on this diet as much as possible. I’m still learning so much about it but am so excited about my own healing process and how much this can help others with so many different problems.

    Yes, this diet can seem so overwhelming. But if you really think of it in terms of being healthy, feeling happy and positive and having such a better quality of life, who wouldn’t at least want to give it a try?

    Sarah

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    19 Erin December 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Hey Sarah,

    Just want to say I really, really appreciate your post. I was curious about whether there was a link between GAPS and parasite elimination and this particular anecdote provides me some confidence. I have adult ADHD (the symptoms disappeared after 10 days of juice fasting with colon hydrotherapy) and am hoping to try this diet and see if it offers a more sustainable solution to my foggy brain issues. Also, the other day I learned that I’ve recently been inadvertently consuming a known parasite killer combo (senna, for regularity, and fresh cut ginger tea, for health). How did I learn this? I found (sorry) a worm in the toilet one evening. I only saw one, but it was 2.5 inches (roundworm, I believe). This is gross, I know, but the bigger stomach-turner is that apparently most of us have parasites. I haven’t yet met a person who’s done a parasite cleanse and didn’t eliminate them! I’m very eager to do so myself but want a sustainable diet to accompany it.

    Thanks for the info!

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    20 KitchenKop October 1, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Sarah, that is gross, but SO interesting, too…

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    21 CHEESESLAVE October 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Haha, Kel, I agree! NASTY but interesting…

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    22 Allison November 23, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I have MS and the recommended diet has always been the Best Bet Diet, as far as I know. It wasn’t the best for me. I did a low fat, low protein diet for awhile and expanded to a raw vegan diet for 5 years. I ate EVCO and lots of soaked nuts/seeds, no grains, dairy, animal products or sugar. I reached a plateau and knew something had to change. Now I eat pastured beef and pastured chicken (mostly broth and soup), pastured eggs, raw butter, kefir, homemade yogurt, kombucha tea and unpasteurized cheese along with some cooked and some raw vegetables. I feel good but I still don’t walk, I’m working on it. I’m going to try GAPS to see where it takes me. I don’t think my diet is far from what I’ve read about the GAPS diet. The transition should be easy. I’ve been cleansing, detoxing and having die-off reactions for years. I want to go slow with this diet.
    Allison

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    23 KitchenKop November 24, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Allison, taking it slow and sure sounds like a good plan. Thank you for touching base, and please keep us posted on your recovery. Your findings could help so many people! Praying for your healing…
    Kelly

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    24 Allison November 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I think that this GAPS diet is working well! I’ve been eating bone broth with raw milk kefir added for just under 2 weeks. I add meat and vegetables (some fermented) later in the day to make soup. MS is considered an inflammatory disease and edema and constipation are regular issues for me. My feet have been swelling less and I go to the bathroom easily. The circles under my eyes have dissappeared. My dad said that my make-up looks good. I’m not wearing any!

    I wasn’t eating a sad diet of Frakenfoods for years before I started eating the GAPS diet. I may have had a head-start but the finishline is closer than I had expected. This is encouraging.

    I’m turning down traditional Thanksgiving dinner today and I’m not going to miss it!

    Allison

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    25 KitchenKop November 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Allison, that is so exciting!!! You’ve given me something else to be thankful for today on Thanksgiving. :) Just today I heard of someone else diagnosed with MS and I’m going to tell them what you’re doing. Please continue to update us, and thank you for sharing this part of your life with everyone.

    Kelly

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    26 Allison November 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks. I’m excited about it too. I always knew that food was the answer but I picked the wrong food at the beginning of my diagnosis. Tell your friend NOT to do the CRAB drugs (Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex, Betaseron). They don’t heal and they have side effects that are worse than the disease. I never took them. I was the moderator of MScured (an alternative medicine group) for a long time but I gave it over to another member to allow a fresh point of view. I still post and I’ve talked a .lot about GAPS, “Nourishing Traditions” and fermented foods lately.

    I had chicken broth and soup with kefir added today. I also had some fermented beets. I don’t feel deprived but I want to make your recipes!

    Allison

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    27 Brian December 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    The GAPS/SCD diet works wonders. In addition, I would recommend anyone with MS to look into LDN (low dose naltrexone). LDN is not a cure but it has halted disease progression in many with MS and other autoimmune disorders and may help alleviate symptoms. Certainly much better than the CRAB drugs.

    http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/index.htm

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    28 Allison December 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I tried LDN with no symptomatic improvement and I quit because it was causing my legs to be spastic. I did not have symptoms while taking it and my first symptom before LDN was immobility. It was a little late to take it then. It is a drug, after-all, and I want to heal, not manage the disease.

    I’ve done a lot of research on diet and MS. I learn different views everyday. They all sound good, usually better than they work. I had a metabolic typing/hair analysis performed and I discovered that I’m parasympathetic dominant (ANS) and I’m a slow oxidizer. That makes me a mixed relative! I digest fats better than I digest proteins and carbs. I can’t live on butter and coconut oil! Mixed relative means that a variety of food types is optimal gor me.

    The enzymes on this diet , probiotic and digestive, are helping me improve my digestive system. I also take pancreatic enzymes because my symptoms run parallel with deficiencies of protease, lipase and amylase. I take the pancreatic enzymes with Bio-Kult in the morning and HCL with pepsin an hour later because the acid will destroy the lipase before it gets to the small intestine.

    Because I’m parasympathetic dominant, meat is more suitable to my diet than the alkaline raw foods that I ate for so long. I am suseptible to getting peripheral neuropathic symptoms. The bone broth has helped me relax more. I have an easier time digesting food.

    I think I’m ready for the next step, so to speak.

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    29 Tracee December 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I remember being apprehensive at first about the SCD. I researched it to the gills and knew it was worth a try for our son’s autism and battle of his gi issues. Three weeks inot the diet he came out of autism, from there it was a no brainer. Then I noticed how much better I felt on his food. Not only did it get my autoimmune issues into remission, I couldn’t believe how much energy I had. I was working 50 hour a week at the time and needed all the extra energy I could get. It’s hard at first to get the hang of a new diet, but once you find some good recipes to rely on it’s so much better.

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    30 KitchenKop December 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    What an AMAZING testimony!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Tracee!!

    Kelly

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    31 Stephanie January 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    My three kids have severe food allergies so we’ve decided to try the gaps diet starting with the intro diet. However I’m very confused. Can anyone tell me where to start? Do you drink broth and soup for every meal..including breakfast? And for how long? Also..what can I give my kids for snacks? Once we get past the first stage of the intro diet I think it’ll be a lot easier cause our diet is already limited, but the intro diet is so confusing to me!

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    32 KitchenKop January 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Stephanie,
    Hopefully someone here will jump in to help you (I’ve never done the GAPS Diet myself, I’ve just written a lot about it), but in the meantime, did you try this Yahoo group for help?
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GAPShelp/
    Good luck to you, you can do it! :)
    Kelly

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    33 Stephanie January 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    No..I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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    34 park February 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Is Gluten Free SOy sauce Gaps / SCD acceptable in small amounts (1-3TBS weekly for cooking)?

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    35 Kat February 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    @park Soy sauce is not allowed on GAPS or SCD (even if gluten-free). It is one of the first foods I added in after a few years on the diet, and I do fine with it now. I wouldn’t suggest trying it at the beginning of the diet though.

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    36 park February 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you i’ll have to eliminate that, as i had a small amount into a recipe, i have only been on the gaps diet for a week.
    Where do you stand with bacon, peanut butter, pork?
    I think i read on the blog Gaps GUIDE that it says not to have these? But on SCD/GAPS it says there ok.

    Do you know of the success rate for GAPS/SDC and Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease?

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    37 Betsy April 14, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Hi! I Kelly! I am re-reading all of your info on GAPS (and lots more) My mom has had MS for a long time, but I recently got her the book and have been encouraging her as she is starting the diet. I want to support her as much as I can. What I really want is to get in to communication with some people who have MS and are on or have done GAPS. Like Allison, above. I just would love some MS specific information. Any help would be awesome. If I was a computer person, I could probably figure out how to find them myself, but… Thanks.

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    38 KitchenKop April 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Betsy, I’d suggest getting on the GAPS Diet Yahoo list and asking around there, I’ll bet they’ve got tons of good info and resources for you! (A link to it is in this post above.)

    Kelly

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    39 Erin May 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I am reading GAPS right now, and hopefully will be implementing it soon. The way I think of it is this: What are my main blessings in life? 1. My family, 2. my faith, 3. my freedom, 4. my health. Many people have sacrificed for my freedom. I am so grateful for all the soldiers, founding fathers, etc. who didn’t say, “it’s not worth it” to fight for the cause of freedom. And I need to do the same for the health of my family. Sure, it might cut into other things for a while. Probably people fighting in wars give up A LOT to do that. But they do it. And we all benefit. I feel the need to do the same for the health of my family. The GAPS is interesting, because I really feel it will help generations down the road. My mother’s mother had IBS and died of stomach cancer in her 60’s. My mom had reflux as a baby, now has IBS, MS, reflux,gluten intolerance, etc. My mom’s children all had colic, and my brother had autism. Lots of food allergies that generation as well. Now me – although I feel health now as a 28 year old, I apparently am not, because all 3 of my kids have had severe reflux and colic (despite eating a “healthy” diet) and my kids complain of tummy aches. I never before tied these things together besides, “colic runs in my family.” I thought it was more of a gene thing. But now I realize I can end this. It can end this generation, for which I am grateful and willing to sacrifice for.

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    40 KitchenKop May 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    If only everyone could have the same passion and willingness to sacrifice for their family!

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    41 Summer August 21, 2011 at 1:24 am

    For a virtually complete list of what GAPS can heal, see this link. http://gapsguide.com/about/conditions-addressed-by-gaps/
    It includes low thyroid, or Hashimoto’s.

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