Gaps Diet--Thoughts? Challenges? Suggestions?
Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:30 AM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:09 PM
I wasn't having constant stomach problems, only intermittent ones, so I started with full GAPS minus dairy. Dairy has been a problem for me in the past and I've been meaning to eliminate it. I've been strict on the diet except for one piece of Halloween candy and a sushi dinner out with friends. It didn't seem to bother me.
Challenges? Lots. I hope you like cooking! Since I started GAPS I've spent much of my weekends in the kitchen. I cook on the weekend and freeze food for the work week. You'll want a crockpot for making broth, canning jars for your fermented veggies, and a yogurt maker if you tolerate milk. Home-fermented foods are a huge part of the diet. I dug my food processor out for the first time in years, and I'm considering buying a juicer and/or dehydrator. GAPS is also expensive if you follow the recommendations for grass-fed beef, organic chicken, pastured eggs, and organic produce (at least for the "dirty dozen"). At a bare minimum, you must be sure all your meat, fish, and eggs are free of antibiotics, which means no normal grocery store meat. If you want to try baking, almond flour is $10 for a bag that only does two batches of muffins. Coconut flour is more cost effective since you use so little in a recipe.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:06 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:20 PM
Dr. Campbell-McBride has used her considerable training and clinical experience to further extend and improve SCD into GAPS. GAPS has more emphasis on bone broth and fermented vegetables as well as the 24-hour SCD yogurt but the food lists are pretty much the same. GAPS addresses modern food supply problems like trans-fats, corn-fed beef, poor quality dairy, and processed foods. I would highly recommend you read the GAPS book becasue it's packed full of great information.
There is a LOT of overlap with GAPS/SCD and paleo, and the permitted food lists are extremely close, with the big exception of low-lactose dairy on GAPS. Full GAPS also allows a few specific, soaked legumes, while paleo prohibits legumes and grains entirely. I don't think a few soaked lentils or some green beans will matter much either way. The other big difference between the diets concerns saturated fats, and since fats and oils are a substantial part of your calories on a low-carb diet it's an important distinction. I think Dr. Cordain has a better grasp on long-term adult nutrition than Dr. Campbell-McBride, so long-term I will be shifting towards paleo with lower saturated fat. I think it's very straightforward to start on GAPS for healing and transition to paleo for long-term cardiovascular health.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:30 AM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:56 AM
March 2009 - Negative Blood work
April 24, 2009 - Gluten-free
April 29, 2009 - Notably positive response to gluten-free Diet.
May 2, 2009 Dairy Free
May 6, 2009, Soy Free
May 27, 2009 Enterolab Results: Positive Anti-gliadin IgA, tTG IgA, Casein, HLA DQ2.2, HLA DQ8
June 4, 2009 Refined sugar free (except Raw Honey, pure Maple syrup)
June 29, 2009, Dad diagnosed Celiac by GI specialist via blood work and dietary response.
July 2009, Dad's gene test: double DQ8! Thanks Dad - I'll try to get you something nice for Christmas!
August 8, 2009 Really Soy free this time - Thanks Blue Diamond for the soy lecithin in the almond milk!
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:39 PM
Are you preparing food for more than just yourself (i.e. kids, significant other)? If so I have some suggestions.
No, I'm cooking for myself--my household is not gluten-free. However, if I could cook up some delicious GAPS food, anyone will eat it--they don't care!--and it's easier to cook for a few than to cook for 1. So if you have suggestions, lay them on me! One of the biggest barriers I have faced is that I don't know how to cook, and I have multiple intolerances, plus severe reactive hypoglycemia, so I have to eat high-protein foods every 2 hours. This makes GAPS rather scary. I'm starting to learn and having fun, but I go hungry a lot because I really don't know how to do this yet. Every weekend I try a new recipe (or 2!). I'm determined, so I'll get there!
Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:17 PM
The Internal Bliss cookbook has some nice recipes. It also has directions for the bone broth. Once you have broth, you can add meat and just about any veggies you want to make soup. There are recipes in the GAPS book. I've also gotten recipes at these sites:
I also have noticed GAPS meal plans at http://nourishedkitchen.com and http://www.wellfedhomestead.com. I don't know anything about them but it's something that might help you.
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