Understanding The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet

I met sweet Tina through our mutual midwife, and I found her to be a wealth of knowledge when I was navigating the muddy waters of lip and tongue tie.

Her family has been using the GAPS diet with terrific results! After all my research regarding the gut and its connection to mental and physical health, I knew I HAD to interview her for you guys!

 

Can you explain your diet?

For the last few years we have found that we all feel better if we eat a mostly GAPS diet. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which is a diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. But for us, we eat meat, fish, eggs, lots of veggies, some fruit, lentils, fermented dairy, fermented veggies and a little bit of nuts & seeds. Our meats & eggs are free range/hormone free (traditional foods/Weston Price based) and I buy local veggies when in season. We also have a small garden and my kids get so excited when we have veggies to harvest to use for our meals.

What results have you seen within your family?

Our journey to implementing the GAPS diet started when my now 5-year-old was just a year old. She was born with multiple sensory issues, low muscle tone, and some minor developmental delays. I began reading about SPD (sensory processing disorder) and autism and how it’s related to a damaged gut. (GAPS also treats other various brain/gut issues; see GAPSDiet.com  for more info) I had already added a couple supplements which made a huge difference in my 1 yr old, but when a friend was doing the GAPS diet with her daughter I was intrigued. I got as much info as I could about the GAPS diet and got us started. The changes in my 1-year-old were unbelievable. In a matter of weeks, she stopped having meltdowns daily, started walking better, started saying more words and most of all, over the next year or so, all her sensory issues faded away. No one would know now unless I told them that she previously had all these problems. But thanks to starting the healing of her gut, it unlocked a child that was waiting.

Where do you get recipes?

When I need something other than my usual, I like this website for recipes: { http://www.healthhomehappy.com/gaps-recipes }

Are there many restaurants that accommodate your diet?

We do not eat out too often, but when we do our favorite is Bonefish Grill. The kids love their grilled tilapia. We also go to the prepared foods section at Whole Foods on occasion.

Can you give an example of breakfast, lunch and dinner?

I rotate, so it varies… Breakfast is usually scrambled eggs with a large portion of veggies such as steamed broccoli and butter. I have read that digestion is strongest mid-day so we eat our meat at lunchtime. It could be cut-up chicken breasts, lots of cabbage in broth and butter. Dinner would be green lentils, avocado and a big green salad with homemade olive oil based salad dressing.We also have homemade sauerkraut on the side for each meal.

What advice do you have for people wanting to change their diets but don’t know where to start?

If you’re making a diet change because you want to eat better, then ease into it. Do not go cold turkey and allow yourself a “cheat” day. If you’re making a diet change for chronic health reasons, get everyone in the family on board. Educate yourself as much as you can about the particular issue/diet, and make the change when you feel ready (not when someone tells you to do it)…you’ll be more motivated to stick with it.

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