GAPS Intro Diet: Day One

by Ann Marie Michaels on September 28, 2011

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Homemade Chicken Soup

Today is the first day of GAPS Intro for our whole family.

Kate cried real tears when I told her she couldn’t have milk. But then at lunch, she ate a big bowl of chicken soup like a champ. An hour later, she asked for another bowl and ate the whole thing.

If you’re not familiar with the GAPS diet, it stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It’s a diet created by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, author of the book by the same name. She’s a neurologist and pediatrician practicing in England. The diet is based on SCD, or the Specific Carbohydrates Diet. It’s a healing diet that helps people recover from all kinds of ailments — from food allergies to ADD/ADHD to autism to asthma.

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Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the GAPS Diet

Dr. Campbell McBride healed her son of autism. Which is pretty darn impressive. How does it work? Dr. Natasha says that she has never seen an autistic child who did not have major digestive problems. The GAPS diet was designed to heal and seal the gut lining, and help to rebuild the good gut flora. It’s lots of bone broth (very healing; helps to rebuild the gut lining), easy-to-digest foods like meat and fish; healthy animal fats; and fermented foods and probiotics.

I healed my gut when I was in my twenties. I didn’t have the GAPS diet back then, but I did something similar and I worked with a doctor who gave me strong probiotics. It took me about two years to heal back then but I did reverse my arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, constant sinus infections and seasonal allergies. I bet I would have healed faster on the GAPS diet — I wish it had been around back then. But at least we have it now, thanks to Dr. Natasha.

Why Are We Doing the GAPS Diet?

The main reason is for my husband, Seth. We tried doing GAPS back in 2008 when I first heard about it. He tried, but he was not really committed. I don’t blame him. It’s not an easy diet to commit to. But he just got his allergy tests done and it turns out he’s allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs. We’ve known for years that he had allergies (that’s why we did GAPS in 2008) but sometimes seeing it in black and white makes you more motivated to change. He also found out from the tests that he has a candida overgrowth, and he is hypothyroid.

Another reason we’re doing GAPS is for my daughter Kate (she’s 4). She has become something of a picky eater. I’ve heard so many stories about people who have picky eaters who magically start to eat anything after they do GAPS.

Kate has a sweet tooth the size of Kansas. She also craves carbs — bread, pasta, potatoes. She’ll eat most kinds of meat and some kinds of fish (only shrimp, Bay scallops, lobster, king crab, and clams). But only if she gets her starch. And forget about organ meats. (She loved liver until she turned two. She even tolerated liverwurst from two to three and a half. Lately it’s been impossible for me to get her to eat any of it.)

Here We Go!

I decided a few days ago that we would start on October 1st. Cara over at Health, Home & Happiness is doing a GAPS Intro Challenge starting on the 1st, so I felt like it was a great time to make a run for it.

Life has been hectic lately, to say the least. We’re in the middle of moving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. We got back last night from looking at houses in Vegas and I woke up this morning and said, “Today’s the day.” I guess because I looked in the fridge and saw that we were down to a quart of milk. I had to go shopping anyway (we were in New York for two weeks before we left for Vegas). So I said to myself, Let’s just go ahead and get it over with.

I have two batches of chicken broth going — one in the crock pot and one in the stock pot on the stove. I’ll start two more batches tomorrow.

Seth has been feeling like crap all day. He took two detox baths (with baking soda) and it helped. Kate has pooped twice today — both times she had diarrhea. Her body is getting rid of pathogenic bacteria. It just shows you how healing this diet is. It starts working right away.

Already Screwing Up

One of my Facebook readers pointed out that roasted meat is not allowed until Stage 4. That’s absolutely true, but you see, I am not totally prepared to do GAPS so we’re just doing the best we can. (I was going to roast a duck so I could get more duck fat from it, but then it was still frozen so I scrapped that idea; I’ll roast it tomorrow.)

I also screwed up because I added celery to the chicken soup, which, if you read closely, is not allowed on Stage 1. Too fibrous, even when cooked. Oh, well. Lemon is also not allowed on Day 1. I had to add lemon to the carrot soup because I’m using fish stock (that was all I had in the freezer) and I have to disguise the slightly fishy taste if I want my family to eat it.)

And another cheat — Kate had some coconut water. I know, I know, illegal on Intro. I’m setting a bad example. :-(

Progress, Not Perfection

You know what, though? This made me realize something important. So many people never get started because they’re afraid they won’t do something perfectly. Maybe you want to start a business or move to a new city or find a boyfriend — or do the GAPS Diet. But it’s hard and you’re not sure if you can do it right. So you just keep putting it off.

I’m the kind of person who, when something strikes me, I just have to do it right away. I can’t wait a day or a week. I gotta go!

So this GAPS diet journey will be far from perfect. We’re going to do the very best we can and that will have to be enough. I really feel like it’s better to get started and do something than to wait in the hopes of being perfect — but then never actually getting started.

FitDay Journal

I’ve decided to keep a FitDay journal so I can share what I’m eating each day. I hope it helps those of you out there who are doing GAPS or planning to get started. I’m not sure if I’ll post my food log every day on here, or just once a week. I’ll post as often as I can.

The FitDay program is neat because you can keep track of how much fat, protein and carbohydrates you’re getting each day. I know a lot of people worry about eating enough fat, and I’ve heard a lot of folks complain that they are starving on the Intro Diet. Dr. Natasha says you need to eat 40% fat on the diet. So far I’ve been eating just over 50% fat on the diet and I haven’t been hungry at all.

I posted what I ate today below. And here is the link to my FitDay journal.

GAPS Intro Diet: Day One

Breakfast:

1 cup organic decaf coffee — where to buy organic decaf coffee
1 cup homemade chicken stock
1 tsp duck fat

Lunch:

1 cup chicken soup made with homemade chicken stock, chicken thighs, carrot and celery
1 TBS duck fat added to the soup
1 cup organic herbal tea — where to buy organic herbal tea

Dinner:

1 cup carrot soup made with homemade fish stock, organic carrots and onion, fresh lemon juice and zest, and coconut oil
Roast chicken with skin
Steamed broccoli, cooked well
1 cup organic herbal tea — where to buy organic herbal tea

GAPS Intro Diet Tip

If you’re feeling hungry on the Intro Diet, try adding a tablespoon of duck fat to every cup of broth or soup. When you’re doing Intro, you can’t have butter (dairy) or coconut oil (coconut oil is antibacterial and can cause die-off so you can’t eat too much). Duck fat makes the broth taste really good and it’s a great way to boost the fat. It’s really easy to render your own duck fat: just roast a duck and save the fat from the roasting pan.

Share Your Comments

Are you on the GAPS Diet? Or planning to start? What are you experiencing? Are you struggling? Have you seen any benefits since you started? Are you planning to start but have fears of how hard it will be? Please share your thoughts below.

Photo credit: Homemade Chicken Soup by {platinum} on Flickr and Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride by alexlewin on Flickr
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Bonnie September 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I’m excited to read your journey. Best of luck! We’ll be starting sometime soon. I might need to take my kiddo out of school for the intro phase. How long does that usally last?

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Intro really lasts as long as it needs to for your personal health issues…you proceed at your own pace, watching your symptoms to see when it’s time to move on, or time to pause at the current stage. Generally it’s a few weeks, but depending upon what is going on for you, it could be a couple of months. With support (digestive support, etc) it can go much faster. I’ve had a client that was stuck at Stage 1 for a couple of months (the most restrictive part) until we started working together and the simple addition of digestive support moved her out of it and through the rest of the stages in just over a week.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Thanks, Amy!

I very often recommend that people work with someone like you. It is so helpful to have a practitioner instead of trying to do it all on your own.

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Bethany September 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Yes Amy is AWESOME, sooo smart and kind and helpful…. she has helped transform my life through my health… Amy is the stuff !!!

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Amy September 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Amy, what is “digestive support”?

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Melynda Hoffman October 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Commenting here to find out what digestive support.

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Sarah September 28, 2011 at 10:06 PM

I so want to do this! I am afraid to do it though. I am not sure I can get my hubby on track to do it. He is very much the pasta lover and meat and potato kind of guy. I cant get him to eat fish except for once in a blue moon. I also feel like I need to have all the stuff set up and made prior to starting it. I have three children twins at the age of 3.5 and then a 2.5 year old. Up to just this past month I could get them to eat anything and now they are being picky. Currently their favorite thing is black berries from organic no spray blackberries on my property. They aren’t even drinking the raw milk that they have been drinking for over a year now.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I think it’s hard to get anyone to do the diet unless they have clear issues that they want to resolve. Seth really misses beer, so that is a good motivator. Hopefully one day he will be able to have it again. He can’t even have eggs anymore so even that would be huge for him!

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Megh September 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

:) Beer was the biggest hurdle for my husband too. Altho we’ve gone on GAPS primarily for me, not for him. So after about 2 months going through intro, and having no beer whatsoever (which was really impressive considering his avid homebrewing activities), he gradually reintroduced it to see how he would react. He was VERY happy that he didn’t have any issues! :) However, he never tested positive for any wheat allergies, or had any symptoms, so it’s definitely a different story from yours. I still urge him now and again to maybe take a “beer fast” for a week or two just to check on his tolerance … he hasn’t bitten yet tho! :)

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Wow, kudos to your hubby for giving up beer for 2 whole months! That is awesome!

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Marsha_M September 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I remember reading your posts about the first time you tried GAPS. I’m looking to try it soon because I have an almost one year old who is suffering from febrile seizures…however I am still mostly breastfeeding so it’s my understanding I should not do the intro so there will not be too much die-off.
Two questions – Did you use any seasonings like salt? It takes quite a bit of salt to get my chicken broth edible :-) I was under the impression that salt was allowed??

Are you taking the Bio-Kult/other probiotic or any CLO? I’ve ordered some Bio-kult and plan to at least try the full GAPs diet when it comes in maybe work my way backwards to the intro!

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

You can absolutely use salt- unrefined sea salt like Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt. Definitely very healthful!

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

And the FCLO (fermented cod liver oil) does come in at a later point in Intro. A probiotic can be started slowly at any time, as your symptoms permit. :)

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM

You can start with the Full GAS Diet while breastfeeding.

We use a lot of sea salt.

We are not taking BioKult at first We will introduce that gradually.

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Baffled September 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Love your post. You are totally right about being a perfectionist and putting off things. I haven’t started on GAPS yet. Right now I’m slowly switching to WAP diet. I have to go slow because of the CFS. I went on an elimination diet in the spring and it made me very sick for weeks so I have to be careful. I’m with you. Do the best we can with what we have. For me the changes have to be slow and careful. I hope to do GAPS in the future but I have already noticed a difference switching to raw milk and organic pastured meats. I’m adding fermented foods next. This is very exciting! Good luck. I’ll be reading all about your adventures.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I cured my CFS with a diet similar to the GAPS diet. Getting worse at first is common — it’s die off. I felt like crap for 2-3 weeks on the elimination diet (when I had CFS) but then by the 3rd or 4th week I felt like a million bucks. All my symptoms were gone.

It really is worth it to do GAPS.

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Elizabeth January 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hi Cheeseslave. How bad was you cfs?

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Heather September 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Yep, you pegged me right on. Totally terrified of doing GAPS and messing it up. I’m still getting used to a WAPF lifestyle and feel like I’m messing it up all. the. time. My husband has ulcerative colitis and we’re hoping these changes will help – I really do think we would see faster changes doing the GAPS intro but I don’t know if he’s ready to commit to that yet and I’m truly scared of doing it wrong, not having the time to do it, not being committed enough myself to eat right (especially when I’m out of the house). We’ll see….looking forward to following you, though!

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I have two clients with bowel issues- like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s- who are doing AWESOME on GAPS! You can absolutely do it- if it’s easier, start with full GAPS and then back into Intro once you’ve got the hang of it. :)

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I think the point I was trying to make in the post was to go ahead and DO GAPS — even if you don’t do it perfectly.

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One Wellness September 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Thank you for sharing this, and especially for explaining the importance of starting something, even though you know you won’t be perfect at it. That is what the journey to wellness is all about!

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Bebe September 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Yes, yes, and yes again! Thanks for the encouragement to just go for it… and I’m not just talking GAPS either.
Planning on starting mid-October when we return from vacation but will be making lots of bone broth and kimchee while we ARE on vacation.
Looking forward to your posts!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Good luck to you!!!

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Vanessa September 28, 2011 at 11:38 PM

I have been doing the GAPS diet for 10 months now (and been through intro once) for diegestive problems and ezcema. The digestive problems are miles better but the ezcema is terrible and the only time it was good when I was on intro and wasnt having fruit. I know that I need to go back on intro, but I am putting it off, partly because its hard and partly because I lost scary amounts of weight last time, and it was only when I added the fruit back in (at my husbands insistance) that I started gaining weight again (and I was eating a LOT of fat!). Thinking about doing the intro challenge, but it is spring here now and soup bones are starting to disappear from the supermarket.

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:17 AM

You may need a bit of digestive support- like something for the gallbladder. Many times my clients on GAPS need some hydrochloric acid, enzymes and gallbladder support to properly emulsify the great fats they are getting through the diet.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Good suggestion, Amy.

I was also wondering if you did the detox baths and juicing, Amy.

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Kim @ The Nourishing Cook blog October 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Amy… what about apple cider vinegar (with the mother – a teaspoon in water) instead of enzymes… would this be an ok substitute? thanks!

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Mali @ The Korsten Chronicle September 29, 2011 at 12:57 AM

I have been on full GAPS for a couple of weeks and for the last couple of days went to the intro diet. I also find it quite satiating as I make sure I eat adequate fat – I haven’t felt too hungry at all. I have also had to adapt a couple of meals to include meat cooked in a non-intro way, due to being invited for dinner, birthday parties etc. In such cases, I just do my best and don’t eat anything that’s not allowed on full GAPS. I totally agree that it’s better to just start and do your best – if you wait for a perfect set of circumstances you’ll never get going! Thanks for sharing your meals, it’s very helpful!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Yeah, my husband is also still drinking coffee and I had a cup of decaf yesterday. I think you have to be reasonable and moderate about it. Perfection is not attainable!

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Megh September 29, 2011 at 5:25 AM

Including lots and lots of fat is definitely the way to beat hunger on Intro! Also grass-fed ground beef — lots and lots of grass-fed ground beef!! I don’t remember reading anywhere that lemon or coconut oil were restricted in Intro, tho — we did the lemon juice with hot water that Dr. NC-M recommends from the very beginning, and continued to use lots of coconut oil along with all the other fats. (I made a list of what we did on Intro Stage 1 here: http://www.yolkskefirandgristle.com/2011/05/11/gaps-intro-stage-1/) I think everyone really has to tailor this diet to their needs, tho — you have to pay really close attention to your body, what it’s telling you, and try to be as kind and gentle — yet firm — as possible! (Like you might treat a 3-year-old, I told one of my friends (http://www.yolkskefirandgristle.com/2011/08/03/gaps-qa-volume-1/) — listen to her, but also only up to the point where you know what’s good for her!!) Best of luck to your family on this new adventure!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Thanks, Megh

I have read to be careful with coconut oil because it is an antibacterial and causes more die-off.

What a fantastic list!!! I didn’t know it was “legal” to have kombucha or coconut milk on stage 1. But I guess you are right, you really need to go with what works for you. Dr. Campbell McBride says everyone works through the stages at a different pace.

I’m going to spend some time reading through your archives — I like the approach you take towards GAPS. It seems very easy and intuitive — not stressful or strict. As it should be!

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Megh September 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Thanks! I really appreciate the compliment! I don’t know if Dr. NC-M would say that kombucha or coconut milk would be legal at stage 1 — but it seemed to me, if honey was legal, then fermented honey ought to be! But I don know that some people have serious detox reactions to kombucha, which could be a really big issue if they’re not already used to kombucha. Since we’d already been drinking it regularly, we figured we’d see how we handled it. And it ended up that we didn’t handle it well at Stage 1, so we held off. And actually, we kind of forgot about the coconut milk! I don’t know if we would have handled it well at Stage 1 or not — but there’s nothing in the book as far as I could tell about when to introduce it. I’ve read elsewhere, tho, that it shouldn’t be introduced in the intro diet, but I’ve yet to see a really good reason why — other than what you’ve said about coconut fats causing die-off reactions. Bodies are funny things … you never know what they’re going to do until they do it :)

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SavvyChristine September 29, 2011 at 5:39 AM

I am more or less on the GAPS diet, and I started going on it to detox after living in a moldy house. I’ve had major improvements, but at the moment I feel like I’m stagnating. Still, I’m glad to see you’ve made improvements already. It gets easier.

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Adina September 29, 2011 at 5:57 AM

I’ve started the intro several times but not made it more than a few days. I was really hungry and couldn’t seem to eat enough to do my very physical job. This time I will eat much more fat. Another time I think I added too much fermented juice too quickly. I thought because I already eat copious amounts of fermented foods that a tsp of whey or juice from my sauerkraut seems silly but the die off from eating a bit too much scared me and I stopped again. I have been Full GAPS for 2 years with the exception of some experimenting (mostly negative outcomes) but I decided to do the challenge. I just spent some time in the hospital with another bout with Ulcerative Colitis and I am desperate to be well. Cara’s e-book is very helpful in planning so it has taken some of the work out of it for me. I am rather certain I will not be able to go though the stages so quickly but it is a place to start. Thanks for blogging about your journey.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I’m going to order a bucket of beef tallow from US Wellness Meats since we don’t seem to have enough duck fat — we’re going through it fast.

I’m also going to do the sensitivity test for ghee in the next few days on all of us and see if we can tolerate it (I’m sure I’ll have no problems and I”m pretty sure my daughter will be fine — we don’t react to dairy). Most likely Seth will be fine, too. We’ll see…

And yeah, we’re not eating any fermented foods or probiotics and they are still having die-off.

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carmen September 29, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Thank you for the encouragement to just do it. I’ve been putting off starting GAPS because I feel like I have so much more prep to do to be able to do it perfectly. At this rate I’ll never get started…I need to just do it and do the best I can. Thanks!

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Francie September 29, 2011 at 6:08 AM

Wow. I’ve known several people who were on this diet, but I didn’t realize there were stages, and that the first stage would be like that menu. Wow. Do people really do this and stick to it? That is probably not a good question to ask, but I am very interested in learning about this… thanks for sharing! I need to look up that book!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The first stages are hard but it does get easier. Within the next few days we’ll be adding ghee and then yogurt/kefir, and then hopefully everyone will do fine with egg yolks. Then we’ll move on to nut butters and nut bread and pancakes.

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Sarah September 29, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. I am currently seeing a chiropractor/applied kinesiologist (sp?) because of fatigue and a rash. After my first appointment I decided that I would do as close to the GAPS diet as I could while taking probiotics and supplements that he recomended. I am nursing and have sensitivities to gluten, dairy, eggs, nightshades and a few others which severely limited what I could eat even on GAPS. Since I am still nursing quite a bit I skipped right over the the full GAPS. I have not been perfect at all but what I have done has helped immensely. My husband is not really wanting the whole family to do GAPS right primarily because of his work schedule. After reading your post though I think I will encourage him to just do the best we can for awhile. He and my three year old really need it. Thanks!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM

My family is cranky about it but it will be worth it in the long run.

It’s funny because Seth was cranky this morning and Kate was crying because she wanted milk and toast or eggs. Our housekeeper, who is from Honduras, arrived and I offered her a bowl of carrot soup (which we were all having) and she was THRILLED! She loves soup. I was so grateful to have someone around who actually appreciated the meal!

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Megh September 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM
Christy, The Simple Homemaker September 29, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Love it! That’s too funny! Can she stop by my house and be excited about soup…PLEASE? We’re practically neighbors…or will be once you move.

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Alison September 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

we all went through a cranky phase a couple days ago…..we got over the hump though and we’re happy to be eating soup again. i think its die off of a particularly nasty pathogen ;)

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Bethany September 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM

lol…. that was nice of her :-) My kids were quite tired of soup after a few weeks… but now if we don’t have it for a few days my kids ask for it…must be something in the broth ! :-)

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Melynda Hoffman September 29, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Soooooooooo comforting to hear someone say they aren’t perfectly perfect (yet still very careful) doing Gaps. You don’t get that on the email lists so much. I can’t be perfect about anything but I still try very hard on this diet.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

What I see a lot is people scolding each other for not being perfect. I think we all just need to do our best and try to be as supportive as possible.

That’s why I let my daughter have the coconut water and kombucha. It was just easier. She really misses her milk.

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Melynda Hoffman September 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Yes, lots of scolding. And added rules that aren’t in the book that just confuse me further.

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Lovelyn September 29, 2011 at 7:42 AM

I’m watching your GAPS journey closely to prepare myself for doing it in the future. My husband has digestive issues and has wanted to do GAPS for a long time. I keep putting it off because I feel like if he’s doing it I have to do it too. I don’t do well with food restrictions.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

It’s really not bad at all once you get past intro!

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Martha September 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I went through Intro in May and am on my 126th day of full GAPS. I’m going to redo Intro with Cara’s challenge and have purchased her ebook for this time around. I think I’ll be able to last longer on Stage 1 with her ideas. I only lasted 1 or 2 days last time and was starving the whole time. I’ll be eating spoonfuls of lard this time around.

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Many people ARE hungry for the first couple of days- as a previous diet that included starches/carbs stimulates the hunger cycle. We didn’t eat too many starches/carbs before we did Intro, but we were hungry for a couple of days. However, just keep at it and after the first couple of days, it really evens out. Eat as much broth, meat and veggies (and healthy fats) as you need to the first couple of days and then you’ll be well on your way :) Good luck!

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Martha September 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM

The funny thing is, I had given up grains on January 1st. That was the part of the diet I thought I’d have the hardest time with. I did have some house made tortillas in Mexico on a cruise and had grains a few other times, but for the most part, I avoided them for 4 months. I hadn’t read the book yet then, so I was eating starchy vegetables on a regular basis. My cravings for bread didn’t disappear until I had been following GAPS for a month or two.

Thank you for your suggestions!

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Laurie September 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Hi Love the details. Thank you. i have always had great success on BED (bodyecologydiet). I am working with a client who has two boys diagnosed with ADHD and I know it’s gut related…I can’t decide whether to coach her through GAPS or BED, which do you prefer/recommend and why? Thanks

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I prefer the GAPS diet for me and it’s what I use with my clients most often. I don’t really get down with the food combining, etc in BED, but maybe that is a personal preference…

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Laurie September 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Thank you Amy, it can be hard to tell people suddenly the whole starch/animal fat thing can’t happen…GAPS just seems harder for some reason but maybe that’s because I eat so close to a BED lifestyle anyway so doing it was not a big stretch…I will have to read the GAPS book so I know the fullest detail of how to help one embark. I was thinking GAPS was better for acute autoimmune, etc..or for those used to a more nourishing tradtions/animal centric diet…whereas, because BED seems easier to me, BED was best for less serious imbalances that still speaks to candida, allergies, fatigue, etc…

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Marina September 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Good luck with your wellness journey! I know having allergies is so annoying, I myself
have environmental ones, and they are finally under control but still flare up once in a while. I did not do the GAPS though, I just did liver/colon cleanse and candida diet, but someday I may do the GAPS.

I used to have a family daycare and I noticed that around age 4 kids become sooo picky towards food! As 1,2 or 3 year olds they used to eat everything, and then something happens..boom, they pick out stuff from their soup and only eat the noodles! And ask for candies!!

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Sue September 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

When you talk about food allergies, do you mean those found in an IgE test or IgG?

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I’d have to find out which test Seth did.

Dr. Natasha says that no food allergy tests are really accurate. The best way to find out what you react to is to do GAPS Intro.

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Anne Elliott September 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Yes, we’re on it, too! We started the Intro diet last week (about 10 days ago actually), but I didn’t read it closely enough and we goofed up quite a few things. So we started over officially again this morning. It was very nice to see your post in my inbox this morning! It’s encouraging to know someone else is doing it! Oh, and we’re doing it mostly for our youngest son (almost 2) who has numerous health problems. Currently we’re trying to get his diarrhea to stop! I also goofed on the celery in our soup. Could be why he still has diarrhea! LOL!

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Yes, getting the diarrhea to stop is priority. I’ve had a couple of clients where we’ve needed to cut out even the veggies (even peeled, soft cooked) for a short time to get the gut inflammation down. With one client, there was always a new sensitivity popping up when we moved on to the next stage. Egg yolks were ok, but not whites, for instance. Feel free to email me if I can help you troubleshoot if it doesn’t stop…

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I’m so glad it encouraged you, Anne! That’s why I wrote it. :-)

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Erica September 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Ann Marie, thank you so much for this post, and for your willingness to be transparent about this! Of everything GAPS-related, I think the intro is definitely the most intimidating!

After months of, “We’re starting next Monday!” my family has finally started this week! However, I’m pregnant, so I can’t do the intro. I’ve gone back and forth on what to do with my children, but I’ve decided that Intro will be extremely hard for them to put up with if they see me eating other food throughout the day (and they’re home with me all day, so it’s not like I could hide it). If we were doing it together, as a team, they would deal, but I don’t think.it’s going to fly this way. They’re only 5, 3, and 1, so it’s not like they’re old enough to just suck it up.

My husband isn’t going to officially be on GAPS, but he is going to follow it when he is,at home or eating with us. Somehow, he has no health problems at all (which just flabbergasts me, because everyone in his family has SERIOUS digestive issues, and he has all of “risk factors” for being a GAPS patient.

I wish my mom would consider GAPS. She has severe diverticulosis, and has now developed colitis, and is facing removal of part of her colon and needing a colostomy bag, if she has another flare-up. I let her borrow the book, but she never touched it, and doesn’t seem to be concerned with her prognosis. :(

Anyway…sorry, I’m feeling rambly today!

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Erica September 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Sorry for the random punctuation marks and bad sentence structure…I’m on my phone!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Oh my gosh so sorry to hear about your mom! I hope she will decide to it.

I think you’re wise to do full GAPS. Full GAPS is still very very healing.

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Sarah September 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

When you are talking diarrhea, is it the explosive uncomfortable can’t make it to the bathroom kind, or is it more that the stool is just liquid when it comes out? I am sorry I don’t mean to gross anyone out. But my hubby works and if he does it I need to know if he needs to take off from work for it. Thanks everyone.

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Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health September 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Sarah, It could sort of be either one, but generally more the latter- not the explosive stuff- that’s usually (USUALLY) in response to an irritant (food that you are sensitve to, infection, etc). However, there could always be a bit of a detox effect…but my primary experience personally and with the majority of clients is just loose stool. Sorry if this is TMI for anyone, but as a nutritional therapist, I talk poop a lot! LOL :) Starting over a three day weekend could be good (for a variety of reasons) or starting with Full GAPS for a bit, then going to Intro a little later could work too and might minimize this effect.

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Sarah September 29, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Thank you!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:14 PM

My daughter’s stool was just loose yesterday.

My husband and I are constipated.

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Bethany September 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Way to go AM…. you are awesome !

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Aww thanks Bethay! <3

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Mary P. September 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

We are trying to get ready to start GAPS in the near future. I am slowly trying to prepare us. We have 3 kids, 5 and under. I am looking forward to reading your posts and looking for helpful tips on how to do it. I am still scared to try to do it but have made alot of changes so it is beginning to look more doable and I would love to be able to clear up the issues we are dealing with. Any tips you have for Mom’s with young children would be appreciated. Questions- Do we need a juicer in order to do the diet? Any other appliances or things that would help?

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Megh September 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I can’t comment on the kids part, but my experience with juicing is that you may not want to go out and buy a juicer just for doing GAPS. Altho it is recommended at Stage 4 of Intro (http://www.yolkskefirandgristle.com/2011/08/05/gaps-intro-stage-4/), some people seem to find fresh juices to be really hard on the system — me included. If you don’t already own a juicer, I personally think it’s better to borrow one for a couple of days, if you’re lucky enough to have a friend that has one (ask on facebook, maybe you’ll be surprised?), or if you can find a local place that makes fresh juices, see if they can do some (preferably organic) for you to try out. You don’t want to be forcing juice on your systems just because you went out and spent a bunch of money on a juicer and feel guilty about not using it, especially if your systems are not liking the juice. Juicing can be intense. That being said, I’ve found it to be a really wonderful thing at times, so it really depends not only on your body, but where your body’s at, at any specific point in time. (http://www.yolkskefirandgristle.com/2011/03/31/juice-fasting/) Good luck with your journey! Oh, and having a crock pot can be a really useful appliance for GAPS. I would definitely recommend going out and getting one if you don’t have one already! They can sometimes be found even at thrift stores, if you’re on a tight budget.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Good advice, Megh

Juicing is really helpful for detox symptoms. But detox baths and enemas are also really great so juicing is not the only way to go.

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Charlotte September 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Well that is really interesting that you are doing it with us. We (6 of us) are starting Intro 1st October on Cara’s challenge. This should be so useful with so many people going through it together and supporting each other and sharing progress. I was really impressed with how many people signed up for the challenge just within 24 hrs!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Yeah, I think it’s going to be great! I think a lot of people really need to do GAPS but are scared to start.

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Jagrati September 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Ann Marie… Watch out, you are inspiring me again! Will you just cut it out? ;-) I just had to share your article on my FB. I write about this stuff, but have got to start seriously doing it. I’ve been wanting/waiting for a sick buddy to “get it” and do GAPS with me, but that’s just an excuse – I have an autoimmune illness to heal! What am I thinking? Obviously, I’m not. At least I have been lately sticking full bore to WAPF principles and therefore have a hoard of chook feet broth on hand….so I might just have to bite the bullet and go for GAPS! … And it’s all your fault!
Jagrati

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

LOL! I hope you do it, Jagraiti! Good luck!

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Summerset September 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Thanks so much for the information. My kids have become very picky also and I would love to get them on the right track. I just got some grass-fed beef bones and will give daily broth another try.

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Rebekkah Smith September 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I want to start soon, but I’m freaked out about it! Seems so hard.

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Rebekkah Smith September 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Question: I was reading about the intro diet on the GAPS website. She recommends probiotic foods from the get-go. What about water kefir? Is it okay? My son has a milk allergy, but we drink a lot of water kefir and he loves it. Is it too sweet?

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

It is an individual thing as far as how much fermented foods/probiotics to take. You have to take it day by day and see how you do.

Water kefir is OK in small amounts if it is properly fermented. Same with kombucha. You may need to make it less sweet.

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Laura September 29, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Thanks for documenting your journey. My husband and I are thinking about doing gaps, but it’s so intimidating to us.

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Christy, The Simple Homemaker September 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Thank you for sharing your story and most especially your imperfections. We are easing back into GAPS slowly, by cutting back on grains and adding more (full) GAPS-friendly meals. Hopefully when we go all out, it won’t be that much different than what we are already eating.

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Christy, The Simple Homemaker September 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM

BTW, my eldest daughter has Crohn’s, which is the main reason for wanting to get everyone back on GAPS. She lost a lot of weight the first time around and ended up in the hospital (b/c of the Crohn’s, not the GAPS). Now we have the dual goal of healing her intestines and getting her off the medication they started her on at the hospital. I will be following this with interest, and am off to look for your link to the GAPS challenge. Thank you for sharing.

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Meagan September 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

AnneMarie – I am in LA too – where do you source your duck from?

Good luck :) No time like the present to start GAPS!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM
Melisa September 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I just found out that I am about 7 weeks pregnant. Have been interested in the GAPS Diet and know that my two kids and husband would never do it. Can you do this when you are pregnant? I know I would be on my own with this and wasn’t sure I should start this while pregnant, especially newly pregnant. Thanks for any information…I really need to buy the book on this.
Melisa

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Congratulations!

Yes you can do it when pregnant but skip to the Full GAPS Diet (don’t do Intro). I think it’s really important to do it if you have issues — you pass your gut flora on to your baby.

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Donna Marie September 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I so need to do this for many of my children. I have been doing healthy things like bone broths..etc…but I was wondering how I could figure out how to prep foods to do this large scale. We have 9 dc. I am nursing so I suppose I shouldn’t be doing it as written but maybe something not too far from it? Any ideas?? I homeschool so I have so few brain cells left for anything like this…see why I need it?! LOL

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I think it’s better to do GAPS modified (as best you can) than not to do it at all. Of course it depends on how sick you are. If you are really sick, it’s best to follow as closely as possible otherwise you won’t see benefits.

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sara r. September 29, 2011 at 8:14 PM

My problem is that I really would like to do GAPS, for the sake of my husband, but he doesn’t seem to think that he has any issues! (I know he has digestive issues, he is overweight and constantly has headaches, sinus infections, etc. These things seem to be ‘normal’ to him, even though he’s only 30!) I’m the willing one, but I actually have no issues that I know of. I have given at least 4 of my friends the GAPS book to read, but no one has seen the value that I have in it! My husband’s best friend has UC, and has been told that he will probably have to have part of his bowel removed at age 30, yet he cannot seem to commit to doing GAPS.

It’s so frustrating!! I read about all of the great success others are having with the diet, and I wish it were my family :( How can I convince my husband that he NEEDS this? I feel like he’ll have to get diabetes before that happens.

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

SO typical!!!! I’ve been telling my husband to do GAPS for 3 years. It took him 3 years plus all his tests showed he is allergic to everything and is hypothyroid.

Maybe you should get his thyroid tested and have him tested for food allergies.

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Heather @ Mommypotamus September 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Love that you are doing this and love all these comments! Here’s to healthy husbands and the end of picky eaters!

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cheeseslave September 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Haha! Yes! I told my husband about your husband’s awesome weight loss on GAPS. It is inspiring!!!!!!

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jeanmarie September 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

AnnMarie, you’re helping me to get motivated to try GAPS. I definitely have some kind of allergies, manifesting in red bumps on my face, ugh. They wax and wane in response to food, which I suspect to be gluten, dairy, maybe something else. God forbid I should be allergic to eggs! I bought the GAPS book and the GAPS guide but haven’t had time to read them yet. I will be following your progress closely and starting myself one of these days, soon! We have several gallons of chicken stock in the freezer and we never let ourselves run out of that, so I guess I have no excuse. I just can’t imagine living without butter or coconut oil!

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cheeseslave September 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM

You can start on ghee and coconut oil almost immediately. This is our 3rd day on GAPS and we’re starting on ghee today. We all did the sensitivity test and had no problem with it. Many people do fine with it right from the beginning.

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Magda September 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I’ve been on full GAPS since February and did intro back in July. I’m planning to redo it this winter. I’ve been doing the diet very imperfectly because I’m the only one in my house on the diet so there are plenty of illegals everywhere. It’s hard not to cheat!! I’ve also not added back any probiotics since July (I did BioKult before) and I’m planning to add that while doing intro again this year. Even with imperfection I’m amazed at what the diet can do….

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Beth Wiles September 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Hi Ann Marie,

I’ve visited your website a few times in the past month and was told to check it out today since you posted about the GAPS Intro Diet. My husband and I are starting tomorrow for Cara’s 30-day Intro Challenge. I will definitely be visiting back here often to check on your progress. I’ll also be charting our progress (1-2 times per week) on my blog, as well.

As for myself, I hope to clear up candida issues for myself, once and for all! I also have metabolic indicators of hypothyroid (very slow heart rate of 52 bpm; low basal temp; thin, dry skin; hair loss; 10-15 extra lbs) and severe peri-menopause, as well as imbalance of my adrenals. I’ve had all the classic signs/symptoms for decades, with signs of a typical GAPS family showing up in my now adult children. All of them would benefit from GAPS, but so challenging — me first, then hopefully, they may want to look at this more seriously.

For my husband, the diet is to heal his gut as he has been experiencing issues for a few years now. Hopefully, as a result, he will have improvement of his chronic low level depression. My fear is that I am more committed than he is, and I pray that he’ll stay on it. I am planning to write up a commitment agreement that we’ll both sign and date to remind us of why we’re doing this in the first place!

It is nice to know we won’t be alone on this protocol, and I look forward to learning from all who are in this with us! :)

Blessings,
Beth

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ginny stebbins October 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Beth,
My husband and I started GAPS a little over a year ago. Him for depression/anxiety mostly. He has had severe depression and at least mild depression for his whole life. He started out well but just didn’t like being told what to do (by me, by doc, by the diet) so he cheated a lot, missed meals etc. My advice and nagging did nothing of course except maybe make him rebel even more. Well he went into another severe depression along with binge drinking and ended up in rehab. They put him back on the meds he’d worked hard to get off of. But the upside is he is now very on- board of his own accord (after consult with Dr. Cowan) AND has taken up hiking in beautiful places (running on the street didn’t do it for him), talks to God while he’s up on the mountain, takes amino acids as recommended in the “Mood Cure” and is slowly getting off meds again. Now he is happier than he ever remembers being! When he comes home from work I don’t dread it because he is so fun and joyful. We have laughter in the house! So GAPS does work, but a person cannot forget about taking care of themselves in other ways like getting out in nature and not overworking all the time. And the amino acids gave him the extra boost he needed after years of bodily neglect. I also never tell him what to do any more because I found out he is a grown man and knows how to take care of himself. Of course I do teach him everything that I learn and he appreciates that! So good luck to you and know that it works. You may also find that other health issues you hadn’t really thought about will disappear on the diet like ours have.

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cheeseslave October 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

What a great story! Thanks, Ginny!

My husband also tried GAPS before but he wasn’t fully committed. He is committed now! Sometimes the journey can take longer but it is worth it in the long run.

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cheeseslave October 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM

PS: We’re doing all the amino acids, too, per Julia Ross. I don’t have any more cravings for wine or chocolate or carbs (or coffee for that matter, although I do still drink decaf for the taste). I am off all my aminos now except tryptophan and melatonin at night, and a little GABA when I need it.

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Hannah September 30, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Hi
Anne Marie, I’d appreciate any feedback:
I had been eager to try GAPS for awhile and decided to ease into it by slowly cutting out starches ( I am already wheat and sugar free) and adding lots of broth, soups and other GAPS foods. I’ve been doing this for about a month and am “mostly GAPS” now with the intention of finally starting the intro and so forth. Unfortunately when I cut out things like potatoes and rice I drop weight at an alarming rate.

This happened over a year ago when I was eating a low carb paleo type of diet. I dropped to 93 lbs and stopped menstruating. And yes, I was eating tons of fat and eating to satiety every meal. It took many months and lots of milk and starches to gain the weight back. So, it appears in this month of easing into GAPS I have once again quickly, almost unknowingly lost about 5 lbs that I can’t afford to lose. I am quite devastated to have missed this months period. This is still including potatoes and sweet potatoes and occasional rice. Going into this I was aware this could happen so I have been eating lots more fruit and honey than usual as well as really loading up the extra fat.
What gives? I’m beginning to think I just can’t do GAPS. Any advice? I hate to think about what it means to be skipping periods like this.
Thanks ,
Hannah

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cheeseslave October 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

@Hannah

I think you need to work with a naturopath or holistic doctor, ideally one who understands and promotes the WAPF and GAPS diets. I would find someone who can work with you to do stool tests.

Based on what you wrote, I wonder if you might have parasites. At the very least you have some kind of pathogens in your gut.

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Vanessa September 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Can you miss a period because of a pathogen in your gut? I notice I struggle with pathogens in my urinary tract. Taking probiotics helps relieve those symptoms. I was wondering if that was why I missed my period or if I was getting too much iron in my diet, which I’ve read can cause missed periods. I know they finger pricked me for my iron level at the beginning of July and my number was 14 which was really good, but I was just starting the diet then, so it occurred to me that maybe with all the meat I eat, maybe I’m getting too much iron? But it also occurred to me that maybe it is the bacteria problem, too, because I do have vaginal discharge, too.

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Vanessa September 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Did you ever figure out why you missed your period? I just missed mine after being on this diet for 2 months. I got my period in July, but it’s now September and I never got it in August. I’m concerned, too. Although I feel great. I feel better than I have in a really long time, so I don’t understand why I didn’t get my period. I’m not in a relationship, so I’m not pregnant.

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Skye September 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Good on you, Anne-Marie! I hope the diet goes really well for you. I don’t have a real need to do GAPS right now (or hopefully ever), but I have incorporated many aspects of it into my diet – drinking broth, fermented foods, and lots of probiotics – and I feel so much better for it. It is such an amazing book, theory, and diet! I really think it’s for everyone, whether they need to implement the whole diet or just parts of it. Anyway, just wanted to congratulate you for starting it, and wish you all the best!!

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Lore October 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

HI Amy,

I sent this to Kelly (Kop) but I’d like to have your opinion as well. Sorry it tuned into a bit of a novel but I wanted to give a good scope of my situation.
I’ve been working on my diet for years. I’ve done the SCD which helped a lot but now am adopting many of the W.A.Price principals because they make sense to me. However, in the last 2 weeks when I went strictly on coconut oils, organic everything and no more “bad” foods (unsoaked nuts). In general I’ve been doing well, went from a 8 to a size 6 in about 10 days. However I’m facing a real challenge, when the die off really got going, I got a lot more than a cheeck flush, I’ve been having flu-like symptoms and clear phlem for 10 days. I have a situation where I am able to rest but it has been expensive from the point of view of lost work. I feel like when I used to have CFS and a few times I’ve had a bit of a “crawling” feeling in my lower legs. I know die-off can be crazy and I’ve been through many cleanses in my life but I feel sick (dull, tired, sore throat) but I know I’m not. I read that butter and coconut oil aggrvt die-off so I went off them in the last day but I still feel lousy. Any thoughts? I’m taking kefired raw milk, (Blue Ice) Cod Liver Oil, collodial Silver, all organic meats/eggs/veggies and no sugar. I am VERY sensitive so I know that is a component but how does one “slow down” on this type of eating, go back to junk food? (NEVER of course) Got any thoughts? Thank you for your lovely sharing, I really appreciate it.
Thank you in advance, Lore.

(p.s have you read the blog of the “The Rural Urbanist” I think you’d like her stuff.

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cheeseslave October 2, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I’m not sure what all you are eating… Losing that much sounds like a lot in just 10 days.

Coconut oil is antibacterial so that might be causing more die-off. I would use more duck fat, beef tallow, lard, and, if you can tolerate it, ghee, at first. You also may want to slow down on the kefir and fermented cod liver oil because those are both fermented foods and cause die-off.

I really recommend starting the GAPS Intro Diet if you can.

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Lore October 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Thanks for the reply Amy.
I lost that much weight because I have a very reactive body. If you are familiar with the “Geno-type” diet by D’Adamo, I am an “Explorer” which is referred to among other things, the “Canary in the coal mine” type. That is my body reacts acutely to positive or negative changes. (I must take a childs dose of any medication) I have been eating lots of fat, bacon, pastured ground beef, whole milk, eggs, butter, coconut oil etc so I am not starving by any means! Is lamb fat allowed/good?
My phlem (sorry) turned a little green this morning so I think I am fighting something else too. This is the 11th day that I’m feeling punk. I was taking the whole plant, organic Ech/Goldenseal blend from Gaia Herbs and that usually kills everything (one dropperful every 2 hrs until the bottle is empty) but I ran out so maybe I’ll get some more today. Frankly this is an “older” journey for me formerly having CFS, eating disorders and depression. I had one accupuncurist, one Dr. from Kaiser and a Dr. in Mexico each tell me at different times that they can’t believe that I’m still alive because I was so malnourished and depleted on every level. That was the late 80′s. Since then I have solidly worked on all of my issues (mental and physical) and I finally feel that I am at the tail of my physically being what I will call “well”. I am a very happy, vibrant and strong 49 yr old woman and that said I still have to face this phase of healing my gut. Not to sound dramatic but I’ve done so many colonics/diets/herbs/oils and feel so much better and yet I’m still not totally there to the point that I have to face another strict diet such as “GAPS” not because of the diet itself but how it makes everday dealings with work/people/friends more challenging. My friend mentioned GAPS to me a few weeks ago and I just groaned, but I will do it doggone it! I just signed up for Cara’s 30 day challenge. I was delighted by your what I will call “imperfection” approach. It’s really the reasonable and lasting way to continue to get healthier and healthier because one is dealing respectfully and logically with oneself/health and we realize that this is not some crazy fad but a way of life and not a destination of some phantom “Hollywood” appearance…Beauty and health radiate from within, spiritually, mentally and certainly physicaly. Thanks again for your contacting me with this helpful information and for your caring support. p.s. kudos to your supportive inlaws!

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cheeseslave October 2, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Haha thank you! I’ve already been criticized more than once for my imperfect approach to GAPS. Which I expected.

I agree that you just have to do the best you can. Striving for perfection is too intimidating!

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Lore October 4, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I hope this isn’t too personal or gross of a question for you or your readers but do you know if a persons urine smells (not badly) “after” what they’ve eaten this it is a problem with absorption or is it normal? Asparagus seems to be an “offender” for many but I noticed what was in the toilet looked and smelled remarkably like last nights chicken soup!
BTW I got off of CLO and kefir and my nasty flu like die-off subsided. I went an got a reflexology treatment (on my feet and lower legs) yesterday and most of my congestiopn is now gone too. I’ve started a loose interpretation of the intro diet as of yesterday and I’m feel much better.
Thanks again.

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen October 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I would like to try GAPS, but I am afraid I will be too hungry, and it seems so complicated, but I would love to be rid of my intolerance to gluten…maybe I am not committed enough yet….

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Kathryn November 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Thank you for this, I have played around with the gaps diet for years (wish I had just buckled down and done it hard core, I’d be done by now). I think I’m finally convinced that I need to be 100% committed and not trying to short cut it anymore.
I love your blog and all that you do and share with us. But I gotta say there must be a better picture of Natasha Campbell McBride tha you can post. Not her best angle…

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