About Starlene

My name is Starlene Stewart. I started on the GAPS Diet in December 2009. Initially the reason was to help my husband heal from Ulcerative Colitis. Little did I know that I had a multitude of issues of my own that could be helped by doing GAPS! My husband dropped out after a few weeks, but I continued with GAPS because I had experienced some big changes to my health. Good changes!

Here are a few posts you may find of interest:

I started to recognize one of my dreams in December 2012, and that was to become an author. I have since self-published seven books. You can see them all at my sales site.


August 2016.

I am transitioning back to the full GAPS Diet as I have gained back some of the weight I lost, and beginning to feel some of the aches and pains I experienced before starting on GAPS. My feet started to hurt again! That was the last straw as my newest passion is urban line dancing and if it hurts to walk, it hurts to dance!

December 2014.

I'm transitioning off GAPS, having been on the diet for five years. I am starting by adding potatoes and rice, and some other starches into the foods that I eat.

February 2013.

I have five amalgams removed from the left side of my mouth.  I notice an improvement in anxiety from night waking.

December 2013.

I remain on full GAPS. I explain why on My 3rd Year Anniversary post. I am feeling well but I am seeking more energy.  I have not yet made a decision on whether to address my low thyroid with medication, but I do think staying on GAPS is the best thing for me right now since I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

May 2012.

I turn 49 this month.  I am continuing to address my adrenal fatigue and have lost momentum for figuring out my thyroid issues.  I am feeling better.  I am working 8-9 hours a day at work most days, but am still taking one vacation day each week.  I'm still making my own hours, and still have bad nights where I don't sleep which affects my ability to go to work the next day.

March 2012.

I did succeed at my goal to resume my Internet radio show:  Blog Talk Radio GAPS Journey.   I will be interviewing every other weekend. If you've been on GAPS for six months and want to share your story, please contact me.  I finally become active on Facebook.

February 2012.

GAPS Diet Journey becomes a member of the Nourished Living Network, a group of traditional food bloggers with an interest in real food. I discover my status for the genetic mutation MTHFR, I have two copies of C677T which is said to be the worst combination.

December 2011.

Two years on GAPS.  2011 was a difficult year.   I endured chronic stress both at home and at my job and in late August I believe my adrenals crashed due to the The Attack of the Jalapeno Peppers Incident.  I finally found a doctor to help me figure out my thyroid issues and learned that I have antibodies for both Hashimoto's Disease and Grave's Disease, I'm still trying to figure out what to do about my thyroid.  My husband and I implemented changes to try to relieve the stress on me. Thankfully home has gotten better, but work is still putting me through the wringer.  I asked for permission to begin working six hours a day and take two vacation hours a day in October, and my boss went one step further and told me to make my own hours.  I'm still overworked and the three days in the office are wiping me out but I am slowly beginning to feel better.  Healing takes time.

On October 22nd I found out about leptin resistance and on October 31st I started the Leptin Reset outlined by Dr. Jack Kruse. I completed the eight weeks on December 31st and I seem to have most of the signs of leptin sensitivity, but I am still having some night waking issues.  I'm looking forward to 2012 being the best year of my life.

My Dear Husband

My husband finally got off his Oreo Cakesters kick, but continues with his sugar addiction.  He lost a lot of weight in 2011, and was too thin and gaunt looking at one point, which had me extremely concerned, considering that fact that he has been diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis. Thankfully he has stopped his frantic work schedule, is back to sleeping regularly, has gained back some weight and looks healthier.

Our Oldest Son

We also finally came to an understanding that our son with Down Syndrome who has alopecia, which is an autoimmune disease, cannot have gluten, so bread, tortillas and saltine crackers are no longer coming into the house.  Our son lost an additional 25 pounds in 2011, he still has a way to go but I am relieved he is continuing to lose weight.  I just this moment realized he is on the full GAPS diet now.

My goals for 2012:

  • Make more broth – I've fallen out of the habit
  • Eat more ferments – ditto
  • Continue GAPS with the leptin “rules” to heal and regain health and energy
  • Resume my Blog Talk Radio show with 2-4 shows each month


March 2011.

Wow. A lot has happened since I began the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Nutritional Protocol Diet in December 2009.

Here are some of my updates:

My Dear Husband

It ends up that my husband did not join me fully on GAPS, but he did learn that foods that were causing him to have bathroom problems. In spite of not doing GAPS he does readily eat GAPS foods, and he has lost about forty pounds. He just cannot accept not eating bread, tortillas, hamburger buns and his most recent addiction Oreo Cakesters. I know, it drives me nuts to think of the damage he is doing to his body.

Our Oldest Son

Our oldest son has Down Syndrome, and although we are still very slowly moving him toward GAPS he is showing improvement on the modifications we have made to our diet.

  • Weight loss of 46 pounds
  • Off asthma medication
  • hacking and coughing has subsided almost completely
  • stools are much smaller
  • he seems to feel better

December 2009.

This blog will chronicle our experiences with following the GAPS diet.  My name is Starlene, I'm the author of this blog.  I refer to my husband as “dh” the Internet abbreviation for “dear husband”.  I refer to my oldest son as “ES” which stands for Eldest Son.  ES has Down Syndrome.  I refer to my youngest son as “YS” which stands for Youngest Son.

You can read all my thoughts before starting GAPS on this page: Before GAPS.