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That GAP Between Your Ears Is Your Gut: An Introduction to GAPS Diet

on March 21 | in GAPS | by | with 63 Comments

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s downright sexy when my man makes healthy choices. Nothing gets me more than watching Daddypotamus stuff a piece of broccoli in his mouth and give me a look that says “I’m eating this so I can be with you tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.”

I swooned a little just writing that.

Although Daddypotamus has been making “moon eyes” over broccoli, squash and butter for many years now, things have not exactly gone according to plan. His health is declining. Yep, I’m a real food blogger and my husband has some pretty serious health issues, like:

  • Severe ADD
  • Mood swings
  • Low energy
  • Weight issues
  • Digestive issues (heartburn, bloating, etc)
  • Weird stuff on his scalp . . . . we’ll call it “dandruff”

Why am I telling you this? Because I believe I’ve cracked the nut on how to get him well. If you or your husband and/or kids suffer from ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, asthma, bed wetting, thrush, finicky eaters, chronic ear infections, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, food allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, type-1 diabetes, chronic bladder infection, colic or eczema, I have some things I’d like to share with you.

How We Got Here

Do you love carbs, sugar and caffeine? Do you feel tired, have trouble focusing? Do you feel like you’re 90 years old when you wake up in the morning?

Daddypotamus does.

I’ll be honest, I’ve known for years that he was headed for trouble. His body has been exposed to toxins from antibiotics, GMO’s, junk food, illegal drugs, etc.  And although he makes lots of good choices, he’s given himself quite a bit of wiggle room when it comes to comfort food. There’s only so much that can be said until it becomes nagging, so aside from sharing a few insights here and there, I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut.

Then one day a few weeks ago, he came home from work and told me he was done feeling drained every day and he was ready to make a change. He’d been closely monitoring how different foods affected him, and he was ready to experiment by eliminating from his diet the foods that caused a sense of euphoria and swirling thoughts: all grains, corn, and sugar.

He asked for my help. I was giddy, hopeful, and overwhelmed. Because as much as I wanted to help my husband there is this one thing . . .

I Hate Diets

Candy diets, Atkins, South Beach, who needs ‘em? I don’t count calories or add up points. Until last July I’d never even owned a scale (we bought it for DaddypotamusStandard Process Cleanse). So when I tell you my first act toward helping Daddypotamus was to buy a diet book, be assured it was not a whim.

To be fair, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is more than a diet book. It details both the research and diet she used to help her son recover from autism.

Dr. Campbell-McBride graduated with Honours as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia.   In the following years she gained a Postgraduate MMedSci Degree in Neurology.

After practising for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK. Fairly shortly after that her son was diagnosed autistic, which prompted an intensive study into causes and treatments of autism. It was during this time that Dr. Campbell-McBride developed her theories on the relationship between neurological disorders and nutrition, and completed a second Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition at Sheffield University, UK.

Having treated her son off the autistic spectrum, Dr. Campbell-McBride has returned to practice in 2000 and runs the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic. She has specialised in using nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders.

GAPS ~ About Dr. Campbell-McBride (emphasis mine)

Love is a Strong Motivator

First of all, I’ve just gotta say you could hand researchers grant after grant and not get the answers this mom found. Why? Because no amount of money can motivate a person like  a woman’s love for her family and desire for their well being. I think Dr. Campbell-McBride is amazing, and if you read her website you’ll find out why.

Other than the Weston A. Price Foundation, I have never seen any professional go to such lengths to help desperate families. Sure, her book and some products are for sale, but almost everything you need to know can be found for FREE on her website. I highly recommend the book, though, because you’ll get the logical flow of her ideas much better.

The GAPS diet bills itself as a natural treatment for all the disorders I listed earlier, and you know what?? I’m convinced. This is way more than a candida diet or a gluten-free diet (she goes over the limitations of these approaches in her book) and yet, in most ways it’s less restrictive. The full GAPS diet includes plenty of ghee, butter, meat, fruits and most veggies. We’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks now and although it is different I feel very well-nourished. My sugar cravings are gone. My skin is brighter. My husband is cranky (Obviously not a benefit, but at least it’s a sign that he’s detoxing and good things are ahead!).

Dr. Campbell-McBride’s ability to explain the complexities of our inner-ecosystem with such clarity has created a mini-revolution in how I see food. I knew that certain foods affect mood, but until know I had no idea how deeply what we eat affects whether we are anxious, depressed, distracted, schizophrenic, and more. If my house were on fire and I could only take two cookbooks with me, it would be this book and Nourishing Traditions, hands down.

I have never felt so empowered to heal my family and bring them to optimal health. At any moment I may break out some slow motion kung foo moves . . . I’m that excited! Tomorrow I’m going to tell you more about what the GAPS diet is, who it can help, and how to get started. Oh, and I’ll also be discussing hubby’s brain on opiates. See you then!

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63 Responses to That GAP Between Your Ears Is Your Gut: An Introduction to GAPS Diet

  1. Have you ever looked @ the Specific Carbohydrate diet? Wondering how similar they are…

  2. Cathy – Yes! The GAPS diet is based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Over the years Dr. Campbell-McBride made a few modifications that seemed to work better with her patients. Other than those minor details I believe the diet is almost identical. I was drawn to GAPS over SCD partially because it has been promoted by the Weston Price Foundation and also because I wanted to understand digestive function more fully. Dr. Campbell-McBrides book gave me insights that I will be living by for the rest of my life. A good read!

  3. And, if I have done appropriate research, the only place to get the book is her site?

  4. Ty-Megan Gross via FB says:

    We just started the GAPS diet about 7 weeks ago to help my husband as well! I was (and still am at times) overwhelmed, but it really hasn’t been as bad as I thought I would be. I especially love how many nourishing, protein rich snacks and breakfasts I’ve found that are wonderful for my daughter (and me at 8 months pregnant!). And you’re right: it’s worth it. My husband has been doing much better. Praying that it goes well for you and your family and you see huge success!

  5. I’m excited to show Caleb this article.

  6. Emily Brown says:

    hi Heather! I’m so excited you have found GAPS! I have worked with kids on the spectrum for years and as a Certified Healing Foods Specialist, I have helped many of the families transition to GAPS in order for their child to be ready to learn. I haven’t put my family on it yet (but we are strong followers of all things WAPF), as I haven’t seen enough symptoms to try it, but I do know that awesome results happen from it! On another note, are you going to the WAPF conference in November this year? It’s in Texas (I forget the exact location at the moment), and Dr. McBride is usually a presenter. She’s excellent at explaining things and answering questions….and I have found the GAPS Guide book to be more “user friendly” than the actual GASP book.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Emily! The WAPF conference is in DFW this year, which is where I live. Traveling with young children is challenging and I have missed out on several conferences as a result, so I’d be a fool to skip this one. See you there!

  7. Emily Brown says:

    *GAPS. Sorry, I have a lisp going today….

  8. Emily Cowles Brown via FB says:

    LOVE the title of this post! :) Heather, have you also started to incorporate HCl to help digest things…..and/or aloe juice and chlorophyll to help heal the gut? Those are all good things too (and you likely already know about them!)

  9. We’ve got a decent, if somewhat spotty start on SCD but I have ALL of Daddypotamus’ symptoms. Looks like I need to look @ GAPS a little closer.

  10. @Rose Comfort eating/carb addiction has been my #1 concern with Daddypotamus for years. It’s not so much the actual food that bothered me but his NEED for it and the progression of symptoms like ADD and moodiness. Hope you find this series helpful. It can be frustrating if they’re not receptive at first, but I found that sharing what I learned over a long period of time eventually convinced Daddypotamus that this was worth doing. @Cathy There are a few for sale on Amazon, but the best place to buy is probably her website. I hope you find this series helpful. If you decide it’s for you there are a few resources that can help with the transition (full meal plans with shopping lists, etc)

  11. @Megan Thank you! And I agree, I LOVE the protein rich snacks. Really helps me stay on top of sugar cravings.

  12. @Emily We haven’t incorporated those things yet. Daddypotamus is detoxing pretty heavily on full GAPS. We’re going to stay in this phase and then go to stage one (not me, I’m nursing) to seal the gut before considering HCI or chlorophyll. I just read on the GAPS website that aloe is not recommended. I can’t remember why, but it really surprised me.

  13. Rachel Karr via FB says:

    I need to read this!!!

  14. Rachel Karr via FB says:

    ps does she mention migraines at all?

  15. Hi Heather,
    This is interesting. I’ve been looking into GAPS for a while, and thought seriously about starting it as I think it would help both Michael and I immensely. But I have been intimidated with the exclusion of a lot of ingredients…namely sprouted grains and milk that we DEPEND on so often. Especially since this is an extremely busy time of the season for us!! I’d be very interested to see some of your recipes…(especially what you make for Daniel to take to lunch!) That seems to be one of the most challenging meals for me to make grain (and other ingredients) free.

    • Heather says:

      Grains are inexpensive and portable, which is the hardest part. I’ve subscribed to a meal plan from Cara at Healthhomehappy.com to get me started, but I’ll definitely be sharing recipes as I develop my own. If you decide to do GAPS, the good news is you can most likely have dairy as long as it is cultured into yogurt or kefir (which is really easy).

  16. Kathleen Johnson says:

    A while back I was almost incapacitated with digestive symptoms. The “next diagnosis” was colitis, but I didn’t want that on my chart, so I told the doctor that before we went there I wanted to try a diet. I started SCD.It takes a long time. My digestive system did not start functioning normally for six months. I was not fully returned to health until several years later. But my gut is healed now and I recommend SCD to people all the time. I no longer even need to follow it, the healing was that complete.

    • Heather says:

      Yay, Kathleen! You’re right that it’s not a quick fix. I’m glad Daddypotamus committed to at least six months with 1-2 years being more likely. If he hadn’t it would be difficult for me to invest this much time into GAPS/SCD meal plans and prep.

  17. @Rachel She doesn’t mention it in her book but in the FAQ section she says that migraines often respond to the GAPS diet. http://gapsdiet.com/FAQs.html

  18. Sam Cobb says:

    OK, so I’m intrigued. Since I am an IT guy by trade and I am a systems person by thought pattern, I am definitely intrigued. After watching “Supersize Me” and “Food Matters” I have been more aware of the damage my body has been taking. My wife and I are both exhausted in the morning and have a hard time controlling ourselves around sugary-foods. I have had several sinus infections in the past few years, etc, etc… Basically, like I posted on FB this morning, I am 29 and feel like my body is 89 and I don’t have the energy to start being more active. Let’s not even go into the reasons I left my last job; yeesh…

    Once we have moved to California, we are going to seriously look into this diet. I hate the word, “diet.”

    • Heather says:

      I hate the word “diet” too. To me it implies deprivation, but this “diet” is anything but. Healthy fats are essential for healing the damaged lining in the gut, so you don’t feel like you’re starving. (Healthy fats do not cause weight gain as is often supposed: refined carbs and canola, corn, and other unhealthy oils do.)

      I really do hope you look into it, Sam. You and Cheri are meant to do great things and that will be much easier if you’re healthy and energetic!

  19. Mae says:

    I have a question, while you do say that this has shown to help children with Autism, what about adults with Asperger’s Syndrome? AS is not on the Autism spectrum [yet] and it’s biggest difficulties are dealing with communication issues, but there are some ticks, and impulses that go along with it to. I was wondering if there any research showing any improvement in these areas. NOT that this doesn’t sound worth while if it hasn’t ;]
    Great article, thanks for taking the time to share!

  20. I <3 this liefstyle choice (I HATE the word "diet") and, when I was at my wits end with homeschooling due to lack of focus etc, instituted it successfully with my kiddos… My husband (very set in his ways) did not take well to it. Maybe now, since he is sick and drained from work, he will be more accepting of it.

  21. Whittney says:

    It sounds like you’re saying that he is an emotional eater? Will he be working on the emotional aspects of his eating or only on the physical diet?

    • Daniel says:

      @Whittney At the moment, I’m tackling the type of food that I eat. Two weeks into this diet, and what I”m noticing is that I don’t crave caffeine anymore (because my green tea no longer has sugar, I guess). Without caffeine, I don’t have as much nervous energy. Without the nervous energy, I don’t crave any food, much less junk food, very much. For the first time this year, I’m regularly bringing home lunch leftovers of both food and tea. I used to have to go buy more to have enough.

      I may still have a tendency toward emotional eating, I don’t know. All I know for now is that I’m super stressed at work because I’m detoxing AND drowning in a ton of work, and I’m still not overeating. That’s all I really know at this point.

      I simply don’t crave food as much these days. I don’t know if this will be a brief phase or a long-term situation. My absolute favorites – chips and queso, burritos, fries, etc. – they don’t even sound as good as they used to. I’m sure that’s partly my emotional / willful resolve. It’s also got to be at least partly due to the fact that my body is getting more of the nutrients it was lacking before.

      I think what we are learning is that a vast portion of our emotional status in the 21st century is due to our diet and lifestyle. Yes, childhood trauma and other emotional wounds play a part. I know this firsthand. But my experience right now is telling me that my emotions are HEAVILY influenced to both extremes by the food chemicals and resulting insulin reactions to the foods I used to eat.

      • Whittney says:

        Excellent thoughts. I guess I’m pondering (if you can’t tell, I’ve got some food issues of my own) the comfort food issue. If certain foods are your “comfort.” They next time you need comfort, where will you find it if not in junk food? I used to think emotional eating was only a term for those experiencing traumas, deaths, and major life challenges, but I think almost everyone seeks comfort in food, even real foodies. Just some random thoughts as I am trying to figure out my own issues. I am greatly encouraged that you are detoxing and stressed and are not feeling urges to overeat. This is a great sign!

        • Daniel says:

          @Whittney, I’m not sure how much of what I’m getting supplement-wise is a GAPS diet thing and how much is a Mommypotamus-knows-best thing… but I will say that she’s gone out of her way to make sure I have supplements that will enhance my mood and help me deal with stress.

          As the weekend proved, I’m not free of stress overload by any stretch of the imagination. I’m so early in this diet that I am hoping for MUCH, MUCH better experiences a couple months down the road.

          What will you do without comfort food? I don’t know. I suppose I’ve transferred from one type of comfort food to another. What used to be Jack in the Box tacos or chips and queso is now raw organic peanut/almond butter and fruit. or it’s homemade mayo and just about anything. I think I’m still comforted by creamy foods. Since I get no dairy except a little bit of raw cheese, my body is really responding to nut butters and anything with mayo. And, I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

          If I can find comfort in a nutrient dense food that is increasing my health AND improving my mood, I look at that as more of God’s provision rather than a vice or a personal weakness. That’s at least how I see it for now.

    • Kathleen Johnson says:

      What I found on SCD (and also on the raw diet which I followed for nearly a year) is that the emotional aspects of eating simply disappeared. so I think I discovered which came first, the chicken or the egg. All the guilt I had over my lack of control and the hit I got from eating sugary foods was BECAUSE of the dysbiosis in my body. Get rid of the dysbiosis and food became what it was supposed to be, nourishing and enjoyable.

  22. @Bridget I’m so happy to hear you had success with your kiddos. And I completely understand where your hubby is coming from. I resisted looking into GAPS for a long time because I don’t like diets. At all. But in this case I think it’s worth it . . . maybe your hubby will too.

  23. It’s funny, Heather, because I am a holistic health counselor ( http://dowelleatwellbewell.org/)and he still resists our lifestyle changes at times. I think it is due to the fact that he was a bachelor and living on fast food/take-out for 12 years before we were together. You would think that after 12 years of us being together that he would get it ;-). Maybe you can have your husband journal about his experience(s) so that other males will feel as if they have some camaraderie?

  24. That’s not a bad idea, Bridget. I might do a monthly checkup post if Mommypotamus agrees. Just so we can chart progress (or the lack thereof), frustrations, unanticipated benefits, etc.

  25. WOW- this is my husband through and through! I am definitely going to be following this closely. Cheers to you, Daniel for going for it!! Hope it makes out for a happier, healthier you!

  26. Jessica F says:

    I’ve been researching the GAPS diet for a little while now and I think we are just about ready to get started but I’m a little hesitant. I’m breastfeeding my 10 month old and also 18ish weeks pregnant- I know the intro diet isn’t safe to do while nursing/prego but full GAPS is ok. Have you noticed a change in your milk supply- better or worse? And do you find that feeding Katie is easier?my 2 1/2 year old eats whatever I put in front of her but I’m wondering what to do for snacks. I did also get the GAPS cookbook- but haven’t read through it yet- maybe it has some good ideas. Also, did you see that cheeseslave.com is having a GAPS class soon!? So excited about it!!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jessica! We’ve only been on GAPS for a couple weeks (full diet . . . . Daniel is going to go back and do the intro soon) so I can’t say definitively but my milk supply seems to be stable. I naturally eat almost like a GAPS patient, so it really isn’t that different for me. However, as soon as I removed all grains from Katie’s diet she began begging for butter. She just can’t get enough, which tells me her body is in healing mode. I already knew she was sensitive to grains (which is why I didn’t allow her to have wheat, just spelt and rice), but this healing response surprised and delighted me.

      I have heard about Ann Marie’s class and I am SO EXCITED about it. She mentioned somewhere that she is going to share some money saving tips. Yay!

      I can’t believe you’re already 18 weeks! Has it really been that long since JB’s party?

      • Jessica F says:

        I know! This pregnancy has gone by so quickly- August will be here before I know it and I’ll have a new baby! Regarding GAPS- it’s nice to know that y’all are doing well on it and seeing results. I, too, eat similar to the diet anyway but I do eat a lot of beans, rice, and potatoes so that’ll be a tough one to handle! I think we’ll start soon- I’m just still trying to wrap my head around it all and figure out what prep works need to be done so that we aren’t starving!!

        • Heather says:

          I’m still trying to wrap my head around this, too, but I’m taking notes as I go and plan to publish a “to do” list of helpful things to make or order before starting. Should be ready in the next couple of weeks.

  27. Megan says:

    Posts like this make me think our friendship is divinely inspired. I’m researching my lifelong battle with eczema, and GAPS has come up several times in research. In addition, my husband has several symptoms of ADD and has battled depression. We eat real food, we’re kicking the soda habit, etc, but there are a few health issues that persist. GAPS keeps popping up… I think it’s time we give it a try.

    Question – can you use supplements on GAPS? I’m currently on Quercetin and a B-complex, and my chiropractor has instructed me to add a vitamin D supplement to help my eczema & allergies.

    • Heather says:

      I thought the same thing when I read part 2 of your series on eczema . . . didn’t get to read part 1 yet so I was waiting to comment. To answer your question, yes, supplements are ok as long as they don’t contain certain ingredients. I’m still trying to pin down which ingredients need to be avoided, but if you decide to do it let me know and I’ll make sure to get you the info when I find out.

  28. Vanessa Stegner via FB says:

    My oldest little guy has a list of food allergies as well as asthma. I really am starting to see that the asthma is really just a response to inflammation. He is severely allergic to dairy and even goat milk. I am so ready and willing to do what it takes to heal this baby. From what you are finding in this diet, could he eat much and do you think it would help?

  29. Hi Vanessa Stegner. I found the book very convincing and it is endorsed by organizations (like the Weston A. Price Foundation) that I really respect. I’ve been reading your updates and the ones about Elijah’s asthma make me so sad . . . especially the one where you said you wanted to move away! If it were me, I would read the book and go from there. Children’s bodies have a remarkable ability to heal.

  30. Vanessa Stegner via FB says:

    I have been running thus

  31. Vanessa Stegner via FB says:

    I have been running this over in my brain most of the night. (one hand typing mess up there) I am ordering my book today. Thanks Heather. It’s nice knowing someone else is walking this out too.

  32. Shari says:

    Wow, like many others, this is the third time in 2 weeks that the GAPS diet has popped up and I, too, just ordered the books. I’ve been battling anemia, extreme fatigue, low thyroid, shotty adrenals, a ton of fungus and early menopause (while breastfeeding!). I had biofeedback done by my ND 2 weeks ago and it revealed all those things and I’m an internal mess, much to my dismay. The poor digestion/absorption and leaky gut accompanied by lifelong on and off depression have me interested in trying this. I went gluten free 5 years ago for over a year and ever since I went back, I can track the slow decline in overall well-being. The stress of juggling it all has reached a breaking point, so I can’t wait to get my books and follow your journey. I told my husband about it last night and his response initially was, “but we eat really well!” and mine was “not as well as we could be.” After listening to me read from the site, he agreed that if I do it, we all do it, so we shall see.

  33. Shari says:

    Oops, posted too quickly, wasn’t finished! Thank you for being the straw that broke the camel’s back for me :)

  34. heather says:

    Looking forward to the list of needs and what to have before hand. No matter how prepared you think you are before starting an endeavor, you always seem to forget something.

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  36. Bel says:

    When you say it *treats* type 1 diabetes, in what way does it do this? A type 1 diabetic has a non-functioning pancreas (for intents and purposes when it comes to insulin production) and while diet can certainly have a positive or negative effect on their long term health, a dead pancreas is a dead pancreas. No amount of hard core dieting is ever going to bring it to life. I’ve heard this mention by other Type 1 moms before and I’m not sure how worth it it can be for kids who are already limited in their diets (unless there is another issue coupled with the diabetes that would benefit from a restrictive diet).

    -Bel (mom to a Type 1 kid)

    • Heather says:

      Hi Bel! My copy of Gut & Psychology Syndrome is on loan right now, so I can’t add much insight into why it works, but I did run across this comment over at one of my favorite blogs, Nourished Kitchen. It’s from Andrea Fabry, who says “We have been on GAPs for 1 year. Words can’t express the difference this diet has made for all 11 of us.
      Our son with type 1 diabetes has stabilized for the first time since he was diagnosed 4 years ago. He uses 75% less insulin than he did before we began to modify his diet. One tip that has helped: I keep a small fondue pot next to the stove and add pork/beef fat throughout the day. I keep it going 24 hours a day which makes it simple to add fat to any soup or stir fry.”

      There are some other great comments worth reading there, too! (http://nourishedkitchen.com/what-is-the-gaps-diet/) Hope that helps!

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  38. Amy Yetzer says:

    Hello, I didn’t read all of the comments, but if I read your article correctly this is a diet to help bed wetters as well? If so, I would like to know how to get the info on how to help my son who is very sad when he wakes up in the morning all wet. I feel like I have tried everything and am interested in knowing what more I can do. thank you for your help.

  39. tammy k inder says:

    We started the GAPS diet in April 2012 because one of my sons had abscence seizures. When he ate lots of processed carbs or was around mold he would have 20 or more a day. If we kept him away from mold and processed carbs he only had 3 to 5 a day. I searched for 4 1/2 years trying to find something to help him. Finally I found the GAPS diet. Yes it was very overwhelming at first. But after the first few months it becomes habit and is worth it. Since January 14th of this year we haven’t seen him have a seizure. We are continuing on the diet for 6 more months. At that time I will not make everyone drink broth at every meal, but we will continue eating full GAPS at home, including fermented food, but allow the kids to cheat at parties and such. I also had a son with eczema and it was gone by week 2 on the GAPS.

  40. Kathryn Arnold says:

    Okay. I have all the Daddypotamus symptoms and then some. I like the delicate way you describe the scalp horror…bee propolis added to my shampoo helps avoid OTC dandruff shampoos (which quickly splits the ends of my hip-length hair) but it does bring on a slight green sheen to my ‘do’. :\ I know I need to do the GAPS diet/lifestyle change. I’ve known for some time. That said, partly for all the reasons I need to do it, I’m distinctly broke and renting a room, with little money, storage area, kitchen time, or space in the community refrigerator. Raw milk is out as it’s illegal in my state and the pet consumption goat milk I found on craigslist is $12/gallon. Space and money for things like dehydrators is non-existent. Ditto money for supplements. I went raw vegan for a year or so, losing over a hundred pounds, so I can concur with what Kathleen J. said above. That said, I was losing too much weight (!) and returned to cooked food which led to food cravings and the regain of thirty pounds. :( I now depend on rice and legumes to stretch my budget-friendly weekly stew. Before I spend precious time and energy gathering the info to get started, is GAPS even doable in these circumstances?

  41. Kathryn Arnold says:

    Hmm. Just realized…I am depending on water kefir for inexpensive probiotics. It uses sugar (though I ferment extra long to reduce it as far as possible). Is that out with GAPS?

  42. Kathryn Arnold says:

    Well, just spent some time looking into this. Chances of doing a full-on GAPS on my budget are essentially nil. But I can make changes. I didn’t initially change my diet to lose weight but to recover from illness. But when I was losing too much weight I loosened up too much. Time to go through my food stores again and eliminate the multiple ingredient foods I bought when I felt I could afford them weight-wise. Step one, I guess – reduce toxins. I already use my aging juicer to help me make green smoothies. I think I’ll start taking more juice and save the pulp for my stews. Until I figure a way to ferment veges the water kefir will have to stay. No more cheese and I’m just going to have to put more effort into finding an affordable, local source of meat. Organic is not possible but I can increase my compensating tactics for making the most of the produce I can afford while trying not to use the more toxic peels.

    Does anyone have any further ideas for getting as close to GAPS as possible on a worn thin shoestring? Suggestions for sourcing things in bulk (free shipping?) would help. I haven’t had much luck find things like raw, organic ACV in larger sizes without excessive shipping costs.

  43. Anna says:

    This is all such wonderful information. I have hypothyroidism, PCOS, depression, and a gluten allergy among other things. So I can only assume this would be beneficial for me. Looking more into it though is so overwhelming. I kind of just want to curl up and cry–which is probably another red flag that my body needs a change. I just honestly don’t know where to start.

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