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People are really scared to give up grains. Terrified in fact.
Hey, I understand it. I used to say “I love pasta more than my own mother” and I believed that to be the gospel truth. But I think what I've learned is that if you love something that much, then your body is likely addicted to it (which is usually not a good thing), and unfortunately you probably need to remove it from your diet. At least for awhile.
A friend of mine keeps telling me, “I could NEVER do this diet.” And she has various comments that go along with this, but her main reason is because she couldn't give up gravy. This friend has IBS, and could likely be healed from it if she was only willing to try GAPS.
People who believe in Nourishing Traditions think they could never give up grains… but the list I'm on, there are digestive complaints that tell me these folks are on the right track… the traditional foods are great, but they might need to step it up for a couple of years, and try GAPS. But they are very reluctant to the mere suggestion, to the point where I have pretty much stopped reading the list, because it's hard to keep my mouth shut when people are talking about problems they have that could be addressed by doing GAPS, and healing their gut dysbiosis. Once your gut is healed, you can most likely go back to eating your precious grains, provided you've prepared them properly.
I tried to do Nourishing Traditions. But I just couldn't control my eating. And apparently, pouring on all that butter and fat, along with eating carbohydrates and grains, just makes you gain weight. At least it did that for me.
I want to ask my friend, “What if you weighed twice as much as you should weigh? What if you kept gaining weight? What if you thought you would keep gaining weight until you weighed 300 pounds? What if you found something that would heal your gut, so that you would get back to a normal weight? Could you do it then? Would you do it then?”
I think she might.
Click here to read about the changes I experienced on GAPS by six months.