Some of you that follow me on Instagram @denisethehealthmama or on my Facebook page Denise Christian/ The Health Mama, may have noticed my family has been doing a “diet” called GAPS. I really hate the word diet, because this is NOT a weight loss diet. This is a way of eating to heal your GUT. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. If you google GAPs and Dr. Natasha Cambell Mcbride or Dr. Jack Stockwell and Mary Stockwell, you can find all kinds of wonderful information on if GAPS is something you may want to try. The truth is, we all need this kind of healing. After years of research and study, I realized that all disease starts in the gut. I wondered if some of the issues that our family are still dealing with would be helped by trying out this diet. I made an appointment with Mary Stockwell, who is a GAPS certified specialists.
Mary tested each of us individually with a Bio Meridan test and found which organs in our body were stressed. She listened to our issues and complaints and took hours to explain to use how and why this diet is essential for healing our body. Some of our issues are eczema, candida, seasonal allergies, gluten intolerance, headaches, gas and bloating, skin issues, and just wanting to avoid disease in the future.
We each got our own supplements that are all FOOD based supplements from Standard Process. We take our specific supplements 3-4 times a day. We got A LOT of supplements. I was actually really overwhelmed at the amount recommended and the cost of all of these, but I knew if it helped us be healthier and solve some health issues, then it would be worth it. My sweet husband supported me and we all made a commitment to do 100% what was asked of us. We would do our part and have faith in the process.
You basically eat bone broth, chicken soups for 1-2 months, every meal. You can add the meat back in, after you have made your healing broth so your getting meat and healthy fats in your broth. I have many blog post on making bone broth and so thankfully that wasn’t overwhelming to me to do this. The first three days are the hardest, because this is all you eat, with your supplements. You also may experience some detox symptoms as the bad bacteria dies off. You slowly add fermented raw homemade dairy, fermented vegetables and fermented drinks with your soup. Each day we could add in a few foods and would see how we all felt. We are now on the full GAPS diet, so it is much easier now for everyone. We basically eat healthy fats, organic meats, vegetables, egg yolks, grass-fed butter, avocados, low sugar fruits, and even can make some fun treats with almond flour, BUT the soup is still our main food at each meal.
I am so impressed with my family. This has been hard and a lot of prep work from me, but I believe this will work. We have two more weeks with the kids and then Adam and I will stay on it strict for one more month. I am hopeful the kids won’t go crazy when this is done and binge on sugar, but keep doing the foods we have been doing. They have went over two weeks with no sugar, no processed foods, no gluten, and basically no crap. It has been amazing to watch them have that kind of self control and discipline. I hope that they can always remember they can do hard things and will take this diet as something good and helpful for the way they eat in the future.
GAPS has helped children with Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer in the digestive system, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and type 1 diabetes. It also has helped with all allergies, candida, over use of antibiotics, bed wetting, thrush, colic in babies, congestive heart failure, gluten and lactose intolerance, eczema, asthmatic episodes, blocked nose, ear infections, mood swings, obsessions, or depressions, schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive behavior substance abuse, and even a cranky teenager. The list goes on and on, so that’s why I thought we would give this a try.
As you can see, this was not cheap! (Gulp) Pressure is on