A wonderful blog reader let me borrow her ‘Gut and Psychology Syndrome’ book. (Thanks Sarah! I mailed it back to you today!) The GAPS diet is great for people who need digestive healing, beyond the traditional diet outlined in NT.
I found it to be a fascinating read. I was amazed to learn more about the complex workings of the digestive system and how it affects every part of our bodies. To be healthy, we need to have healthy digestive systems, and that means being populated by a plethora of beneficial bacteria! There are many things that kill the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tracts, such as- antibiotics, birth control pills, and drinking chlorinated water. When the beneficial bacteria is killed off, the pathogenic bacteria takes over and starts causing lots of health problems. The purpose of the GAPS diet is to remove foods that feed the pathogenic bacteria (grains, starches, sugars, certain dairy) and fill it with foods that promote beneficial bacteria (raw fermented sauerkraut) and that are healing to the digestive system (bone broths.)
Since we’ve been on the diet…..
-Eliminating grains from our diet has made us feel so much better!
-And has also increased our vegetable consumption a lot, which makes us feel great.
-We can feel our bodies cleansing and detoxifying.
-Our blood sugar levels feel more steady.
-Improved digestion and overall well-being.
-Missing certain foods.
-Very difficult to eat out (though we rarely did that anyways.)
-Die-off symptoms (when the pathogenic bacteria is dying off and the body is eliminating toxins.)
-Staying creative and not falling into a rut in the kitchen.
-Learning new recipes and ways of eating.
Those are just a few things off the top off my head.
We love learning new things (it makes life fun and exciting), but it can be tough to not be a pro at everything right away, huh?
What a food adventure we’re on!
I’m not saying that this diet is right for everyone, but I feel it’s best for us right now. We are finding healing for our bodies on this path, so I wanted to share in case it might help you find healing too.
Blogs I love that write about GAPS are
Nourished and Nurtured,
Health, Home, and Happiness,
and occasionally Nourished Kitchen and Food Renegade.
For those of you already on the GAPS diet, what are your experiences?
It’s nice to have a community of support and sources for new recipes!