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.
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 soul line dancing and if it hurts to walk, it hurts to dance!
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.
I have all my amalgam fillings replaced safely from a holistic dentist. I notice an improvement in anxiety from night waking.
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.
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.
I discover my status for the genetic mutation MTHFR, I have two copies of C677T which is said to be the most “challenging” combination.
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.
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:
This blog will chronicle our experiences with following the GAPS diet. My name is Starlene, I'm the author of this blog.
You can read all my thoughts before starting GAPS on this page: Before GAPS.