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Gaps Resources

Posted by domesticactivist, in GAPS 05 June 2011 · 509 views

Lately people have been asking us for where to go on-line to get good information and support for the GAPS Diet. This diet is aimed at restoring the health of the gut, and the balance of the bacteria and fungus that live there. By giving the gut a chance to heal, many health problems can be reduced or eliminated.

It can be tricky to find good information, because a lot of people who think they are doing GAPS are not actually following the diet! Additionally, there are many stages of the GAPS diet. You may see recipes posted for the full GAPS diet that are not safe for the initial stages or which include ingredients that are on the "Foods to Avoid" list.

We plan to make this easier by providing recipes tagged with the appropriate GAPS stages and sharing our personal experiences with GAPS right here on The Liberated Kitchen. In the meantime, we've compiled some resources and links to help you get started, and written about the how-to of getting started with GAPS!

Buy the Book
This site does not allow me to link to the books for purchase. You may find them on the original post on the blog linked from my profile.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. We wish we'd read it before starting the diet. We realize now how important actually reading the book is for understanding what's going on in your body and making decisions about how to proceed with the diet. The book is sometimes hard to find, it is also available through http://www.gutandpsy....com/gaps-book/.

Free Advice
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Facebook page is the best forum we've found so far for getting GAPS advice in real time. There are also a couple Yahoo groups out there - we don't have a lot of experience with them, but GAPSdiet is one to try.

There are several websites for basic GAPS information. The Intro Diet page of gaps.me copies parts of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book exactly. Gaps.me also has a good FAQ written by Dr. Campbell-McBride.

The GAPS diet is based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). To understand this diet, read the excellent book, by Elaine Gloria Gottschall. In a nutshell, the foods from SCD are eventually allowed on the GAPS diet, but GAPS focuses on first completely healing the gut. Thus, the SCD legal food list from http://www.breakingt...ciouscycle.info is useful. The nice thing about the SCD list is that it gives you the reasons why certain foods are illegal on the diet, which is nice when you're trying to figure out why a certain food is allowed or not! There are some differences between SCD and the GAPS diet, so make sure to follow the GAPS diet "Foods to Avoid" list.

Blogs
Here are some good GAPS-related blogs, but don't expect everything on them to be GAPS legal!
http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/
http://sahmville.blogspot.com/
http://grainfreefoodie.blogspot.com/
http://www.cheeseslave.com/
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/

Good luck and let us know how it goes! We're here to help you.

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