GAPS Diet

 

Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or GAPS, suggests the establishment of a connection between the state of the gut and the health of the rest of the body.  

 

The connection between the functions of the digestive system, the brain, and the immune system has been described for centuries.

Dr. Oubre regularly says, “The bowels are connected to the soul. Have you ever been constipated and noticed that you felt sad? Have you noticed that a satisfying bowel movement makes you feel good?”

The digestive system holds the roots of our health – it is the soil that generates our state of health.  The GAPS Nutritional program involves a whole lifestyle and radical diet change as well as detoxification.  Trying to implement this program without professional help can be overwhelming and time consuming.

To learn more about Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we encourage patients to read Dr Campbell-McBride’s book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome.  The GAPS Diet is a natural treatment for autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, and schizophrenia.

Our GAPS Practitioners will help you determine if GAPS is right for you or your loved one and set up your initial consultation.  

The GAPS book, Cooking with GAPS DVD, GAPS workbook/resources are great resources.

 

Additional services are individualized to the affected person and family. Typically, additional services consist of follow-up consultations, resources, and guidance. We will help you choose and shop for food. We can also assist and demonstrate food preparation if desired.

Essential Supplies to Begin

  • Gut and Psychology Syndromeby Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Therapeutic strength probiotic (Bio-kult has been formulated by Dr. Campbell-McBride)
  • Organic meats and vegetables including meat bones for stock
  • Safer household and personal care products
  • Cooking supplies for making meat stocks and fermented vegetables

If finances are an issue, there are some very inexpensive natural solutions you can find for household cleaners using vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.  You can search online for some fast and easy recipes that are just as effective and cost only pennies.

Helpful (Non-Essential) Beginning Supplies

  • Food processor
  • Juicer
  • Grinder (for making nut flours and nut butters)
  • Freezer containers

 

Where To Begin

Read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  Starting the GAPS Diet correctly is vital since incorrect implementation can lead to unnecessary diarrhea, constipation, die-off symptoms (Herxheimer Reaction), and hunger pangs.

Be Patient.  This is going to be a slow process.  You got here slowly, and you will get back to health slowly. You should not do the GAPS Diet unless you are willing to fully commit to doing it properly and are willing to stick it out for 2 years if necessary.  While some people notice immediate improvements, all progress will be very individual.

Start Slow.  Depending on your current diet and digestive health, transitioning to the GAPS Diet may be a dramatic change.  Making gradual and slow changes will help to make the transition easier.

Be Prepared.  It may be beneficial to do a few trial runs before going into the Full GAPS Diet or Introduction Diet.  Try making sauerkraut or fermented vegetables and meat or fish stocks.  Once you have a good handle on these recipes, all other GAPS foods should seem relatively easy.

Get Support.  Work with a Certified GAPS Practitioner to get individual guidance based on health concerns and symptoms.  Modifications to the diet may be necessary to meet individual needs.