Do you need encouragement to do GAPS?

GAPS can be intimidating, I get it. Tossing whole food groups out of your diet for weeks or months, or even two years? I totally understand, but I have to say having done GAPS, I would always do it again if given the choice.

So you want to try GAPS, but you're hesitating… the first thing I would say is ask your a few questions.

  1. Why do you want to try GAPS? Is it for you, or someone else?
  2. What is the hesitation? Are you scared or just don't know if you can stick with it?
  3. Would you be willing to try for just two weeks?
  4. What do you expect to get out of GAPS? Will you be super disappointed if it doesn't work?

I'll share my answers to those questions.

I started on the GAPS Diet to help my husband. He had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and he wanted to try diet to heal himself, in spite of what his doctor had said which was basically, “… diet has nothing to do with this, but cut down on red meat…”. Hmmm… can you say “mixed messages?”. I did not think that I needed GAPS. Even though I was on asthma medication for going on ten years, and was quite overweight. I had steadfastly refused to going on any kind of “diet” for over a decade, so going on GAPS was not for me. Little did I know I was in for a big surprise.

My desire to help my husband get better was much stronger than my own fears. I jumped in with both feet in early December and I stuck with it! Even through the holidays, but there was a significant reason that prompted me to stick with it which I'll share in a minute.

I was not expecting anything from the GAPS Diet, not for myself at least, so I wasn't afraid of failing. I was willing to do it to help my husband get better.

So what is holding you back? Because I know you can do this.

It is so easy to get started… you can begin by making this easy pot of soup and you're on your way. You can even make chicken soup using your Instant Pot. Bear in mind that Dr. Natasha's preference is that we use slow cooking but check out this post about the Instant Pot with regards to GAPS.

I say if using your Instant Pot is going to get you started on this journey, then go for it. When you feel better, you can start making your broth more traditionally.

A lot of people who start on GAPS see improvements in just two weeks. What happened for me was my feet and back stopped hurting. I had been diagnosed with plantars fasciitis and my feet ached immensely. I can remember my paternal grandfather hobbling around at his restaurant as he cooked and I thought it was something I'd inherited and there was nothing to be done. I had gone to a doctor and the only thing he could help me with was orthotics. Very expensive ones, which I couldn't afford.

But just 13 days on GAPS and I will point out, this was not Introduction. It was just full GAPSmy feet stopped hurting. It was incredible and life changing. I kid you not! My feet hurt so bad that I could barely walk on them. Getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom was excruciating. It was hard not to cry from how bad they hurt to bear weight on them. But when they stopped hurting… that hooked me. I was staying on this GAPS Diet for as long as it took.

I have heard these kinds of stories from a lot of people. I have also heard that each time they did a round of Introduction they found significant changes and improvements.

So if you need a little encouragement today, here it is:

You can do this. I know you can. You don't have to do everything at once. It can be as simple as making a pot of broth and drinking one cup every day. Then the next week start adjusting your diet. And you don't have to do Introduction first. You can definitely do full GAPS, I even got the word from Dr. Natasha that that is okay to do full GAPS first. I just personally think it is enough of a learning curve to go to full GAPS.

Do you just need to do Introduction, or do you feel like you need to reset and do another round of Introduction? Just get that soup made.

Again, I know you can do this. 🙂

Have an amazing day, you beautiful person!

 

 

 

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Best Supplements for a GAPS Diet

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Going on any specific diet means dealing with a few restrictions, especially if you want to get fitter faster. Because the Standard American Diet is so filled with carbs, fats, and sugars, starting on the road to fitness requires some level of effort.

The GAPS Diet can be a challenge in a different way; however, the benefits will often be worth the effort.

In my article ‘Which Should I Do First? Introduction or Full GAPS', I talk about the transition process to follow the GAPS diet. Every GAPS journey is different, but once you've settled into your routine more options open up for nutrition. Whole food is always the main focus of GAPS, and after you've gone through Introduction you can start to add a few supplements.

Fish and cod liver oil

Fatty acids like omega-3 play a large role in the GAPS diet, so it's important that you get the proper amount. Many GAPS experts recommend daily supplementation of fish oil or cod liver oil capsules, which are rich in omega-3, as well as vitamins A and D. The best fish oil supplements should come in dark-colored glass containers, and should be properly refrigerated and kept to avoid rancidity. One of the best cod liver oils can be sourced from Nordic Naturals, which is sourced from Arctic cod, and contains zero additives.

Probiotics

The gut is obviously the center of the GAPS diet, so we should be doing our best to ensure that it's operating at maximum efficiency. One of the best ways to help your gut is through taking healthy bacteria like probiotics. Probiotics help keep the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut, easing digestion and reducing bloating, gas, and other gut problems. Experts recommend that there should be at least 8 billion bacterial cells per gram. The superfood and probiotic blend by Brightcore is a great option for this, as it contains 10 billion live probiotics, as well as fiber and omegas. It's certified organic, GMO-free, and dairy-free as well, making it a perfect complement to the GAPS diet.

Betaine HCl

People on the GAPS diet tend to have lower stomach acid production. Remedying this involves taking a betaine HCl supplement with added pepsin. Betaine HCl is a manufactured form of hydrochloric acid, which is one of the main stomach acids found in the human body. Pepsin, meanwhile, is an enzyme also produced in the stomach which allows the body to break down and absorb protein. Solaray's HCl with Pepsin dietary supplement is a straightforward, simple formulation that's highly effective. It delivers 650 mg of betaine HCl and 162 mg of pepsin per serving, making it a popular and efficient choice.

Healthy oils

If you're on the GAPS diet, you probably know that you're advised to have a 2:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3s are commonly found in fatty fish, while omega-6 fatty acids can be sourced from seed or nut oil. According to RxList, omega-6 fatty acids can reduce your risk for heart disease and lower bad cholesterol levels, and could minimize your risk for cancer.

Always remember to add supplements one at a time to make sure they agree with you. There is nothing worse than adding several new foods or supplements only to find you have to remove everything and start all over because you had a reaction and aren't sure what affected you.

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