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Can you have Yacon on the GAPSâ„¢ diet?

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it), and a relaxing time with family and friends.

I noticed last week that I was getting a few searches on this:

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Yacon Syrup
I had heard about the “new” sweetener yacon, but I had to put on my detective hat to see if I could find out whether you or I could have it on the GAPSâ„¢ diet.
Sherlock Holmes
It was a little bit of a humdinger for me. Yacon is a tuber, but it reportedly doesn’t have starch. There went one idea, and I have to admit the more I read the more yacon sounded okay, but that’s when my eye landed on this sentence:

The main chemical components of yacon are the inulin and the fructooligosaccharides (FOS); when they are in the digestive tract they release a carbohydrate that is not sugar but fructose.

This fructose cannot be metabolized by the human digestive system… (Yacon Article)

Cannot be metabolized? Uh, that’s not good. On the GAPS diet we want everything digestible – easily digestible at that.

Grabbing my ever handy copy of Gut and Psychology Syndrome I flipped to the index and looked up fructooligosaccharides (FOS). It gave only one page number. Once I got there I realized that guess what?

FOS is an AVOID food.

So the answer to “can you have Yacon on the GAPS diet?” the answer is a resounding no.

If you’ve been eating thinking that it’s fine you should probably rethink it.

I hope that helps all of you, and if you have a question about any food you want being allowed on the diet drop me a line or leave me a comment!

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday.

(1)Wikipedia Yacon Article (2) Yacon Syrup Picture(3) Sherlock Holmes

How to Answer Any GAPS Question

Can I…? What about…? How do I…?

GAPS
We all have so many questions about the GAPSâ„¢ diet. I know I’ve asked many questions, but one thing I’ve come to understand in life – to wax philosophical for a moment – it’s okay to ask questions, but we need to know where to go for answers. (Philosophy done, you can breathe now.)

Since several questions I’ve gotten have followed the same line I figured I should share with you how I’ve been able to answer any GAPS question I’ve had.

There is a hierarchy to this, but once I’ve laid it out you should be able to answer most questions you have as well.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome

1.) Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Hopefully you aren’t tired of me saying this, but Gut and Psychology Syndrome is something you should definitely read. If you don’t have a copy buy one or borrow it from a friend if possible. Ideally you should have it in a readily accessible space, so whenever you have a question you can pull it out flip through the index in the back and see if you can find anything related to your question.

2.) The GAPS.me FAQ page

This is a wealth of knowledge right here ladies and gents. It has answered so many questions I couldn’t find an answer to in the book, and some I would have never thought to ask.
The best part is it’s free, and once you’re on the page you can either scroll through the convenient sections or use the search function (press and hold ctrl then press f) and type in milk, vinegar, autism, or some word that relates to your question. It’s the reason why I was brave enough to try cocoa.

3.) Read the Article One Man’s Meat, Another Man’s Poison

Written by Dr. Natasha this has been a huge help to me, and I use it for myself and when answering others all the time. This is a must read in my opinion. It’s answered a huge number of questions for me.

But if you’ve done all these things and still have a question you can always try:GAPS App

  • If you’re having trouble with what to eat one what stage and or what foods are allowed the GAPalicious app may help you (this isn’t a sales pitch).

You can look on these blogs for answers:

You can also go to the GAPS Forums, join if you aren’t yet a member (it’s free!), and post your question there. It’s a growing community and we will be happy to take a crack at your question.

And last but not least you can always leave me a comment. I love getting questions, especially the one’s that stump, and will try to answer them all.

How do you answer your GAPS questions?

Feeding Someone Who’s Always Hungry

Recently I got a comment from Vivian Wong:

My autistic son is 10 yrs old. He is always extremely difficult when he is hungry. GAPS does not allow rice, potato, bread, biscuit which are his main source of filling foods. I would like to put him on the GAPS diet if there is an alternative food that can make him feel full.

Please give me some suggestions as to how to keep my son from feeling hungry while on the GAPS diet.

Well, Vivian this question made me have to take time and think. Personally I had the opposite problem – of always feeling full – and that has normalized so the same would be true for always being hungry. I have known several people who just never felt full when they got on the GAPSâ„¢ diet, it takes a little perseverance but you can change it.
Little Boy
You said your son gets extremely difficult when he is hungry, and though you might not want to go through it you may have to push through a time of him being extremely difficult. It will pass, and even though it’s hard not giving in will finally win the day.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Now for my suggestions.

1. It’s feeding time! Oh, no!

If you have Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride I would strongly suggest you read the section called “It’s feeding time! Oh, no!”. It is full of helpful tips and you might find a more gradual approach to the diet is easier for you and your son.

2. Plenty of Fat and Protein

One of the tricks to feeling full is eating lots of good fats and protein. If that means your son starts out eating some every couple of hours so be it. Instead of letting him fill up on grains, starches, and sugars give him:

  • full fat broth
  • liver pate
  • cheese
  • meats with fat drizzled on them
  • nuts
  • etc

You might even want to carry around a thermos of broth with sour cream (if he can have dairy) for him to drink when he gets hungry. Whatever full fat, healthy snack you can get him to eat you should switch him to.

No matter how much rice, potato, bread, or biscuits he eats he will always get ravenous as soon as it’s out of his body, since it only feeds the bad bacteria which cries for more as soon as it’s gone.

If he has a strong sweet tooth take butter, coconut oil, or ghee and mix in some honey to taste. Let him take a spoonful of that occasionally, it balances blood sugar and also give him more fat.

But the key is fat, fat, and more fat.

Butter

I was fat-phobic when I started the diet, and now I eat more than I ever thought possible. Just increase it slowly.

3. Gut Healing

I believe one of the reasons we either always feel full or are always hungry is because our gut’s are not working. The only thing that will resolve this is time. Time for our gut to heal. Time to feel what real hunger pangs feel like. That’s why we’re on this diet so long, healing takes time.

I hope this has been helpful Vivian, and any other moms out there who are struggling with this. If you need more help there are two things more you can do:

1.) Join the GAPS forum and start a discussion there about this. (a shameless plug, I know :) )

2.) Email me and we can talk more about your specific situation. I might be able to give you some tailored advice, but most of all I would love to give you any support you need. Contact Info.

And now, my dear readers, let’s gather around Vivian with help and advice.

What can she do to help her son feel full?

This post is linked to: Fat Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Healthy 2Day Wednesdays, Fight Back Fridays, and Real Food Wednesday.

Can I Have Arugula on GAPS

Recently on the forums, we got the question of when to introduce arugula into the diet. This sent me back to Gut and Psychology Syndrome to see if it was on the Allowed Foods List.

It wasn’t there.

But it wasn’t on the Avoid Foods List either so I put on my detective cap. Using my powers of keen intellect I thought through all of my files on arugula. There weren’t many – at all.
Arugula - Steamy Kitchen
Most of what I could remember was being introduced to it at our local farmers market years ago. The lady had specifically gotten us into baby arugula. Tender leaves that remind you of spinach with a slight pepper kick. Wonderful sauteed with onions in butter and good as an extra “bam” in salads.

Good memories. But still I couldn’t figure out if it was allowed or not. That’s when I remembered a neat lettuce quiz I had taken over at Steamy Kitchen called Do You Know Your Lettuce Varieties?. Realizing I thought a lettuce quiz was cool I thought, “Wow, I’m a food geek”.

At any rate arugula is listed as a type of lettuce! Bingo. Lettuce (all kinds) is listed as allowed on the GAPSâ„¢ diet. Hopefully that makes some of you deliriously happy. Whatever you think of this crazy post take a leap of faith and try a new lettuce variety, who knows it might become a new favorite.

Let me know your score on the quiz – I got 10 (including arugula!).

The picture is from the lettuce quiz on SteamyKitchen.com.

Thoughts on Soy Free Chicken Feed

There’s a great debate on whether or not to use soy in chicken feed, and we need to know about it since we eat so many eggs. I’ve heard good arguments on both sides.

Chickens actually digest soy differently then we do, naturally fermenting it in their crop; making it safe for us and them.

But one of the other reasons we are using soy in our feed is the main alternative I’ve heard of people using is crab or fish meal. Uh, yuck.

That’s why I found it interesting watching this little video by Gnowfglins. I don’t think we’ll change for now, but knowing information like this is important. I love the idea, and who can resist watching little baby chicks?!

What are you’re thoughts on soy feed? Give me your opinion, I would love to hear it.