UK Weston A. Price Conference Video- Dr. Natasha

In 2010 the Weston A. Price conference was held in the UK, which they taped, and put online for free! The videos are very helpful to listen to, and Dr. Natasha’s talk is enlightening.

This talk is what finally got my family and I ready to do the GAPSâ„¢ diet. After watching this we were pumped up! I hope it does the same for you. Happy viewing!

Wise Traditions UK – Natasha Campbell-McBride

Cheater, Cheater Pumpkin Eater

If there is one question we love to ask on a diet it’s this one:

“What happens if I cheat?”

It tends to be the only way we can get ourselves on a diet. As long as we know when, how, and how often we can cheat we’re all for a new diet. I know I’ve been there, and done it – repeatedly.


So I know you must be wondering what happens if you cheat on the GAPSâ„¢ diet, and if you can when how, and how much can you do it. I’m going to answer both of these questions in today’s article, but I don’t know if you’ll like my answers.

When, How, and How often can I cheat on the GAPS diet.

I know that it helps to think of when you can cheat, plan for when you can, and daydream about doing what we know we shouldn’t. That’s probably why you’re asking me this question. But the answer is simple – you can’t.

Yes you heard me right. You can’t cheat.

But don’t YOU cheat?

Okay yes I do technically cheat. I’m a Christian and allow myself to take communion, but that is the only speck I allow myself. (And if it was bothering me I would take it out, but I’m okay.) So for religious reasons I allow that one speck, and would allow you as well.

Aside from that you don’t cheat?!

Nope. I don’t cheat. It isn’t hard unless a good bag of potato chips was to be in my house, but it’s a potato chip free zone, and all our friends know it so they don’t bring it over. In fact it’s kind of a joke that they can come, but don’t bring any potato chips!

And to keep yourself from cheating you need to be able to say that you can’t have certain things around. Don’t be afraid to admit you have a weakness, and if you need someone else to enforce it have your spouse or best friend help you.

Okay, but what if I’ve already cheated? What happens then?

You’re going to be attacked by flying monkeys!

Seriously depending on what your health problems are you’re going to experience some level of distress. But other than that just start again. Truly if it’s one speck you had on accident, or you made a mistake, just get up start again and don’t worry about it. Forgive yourself and move on.

But I can’t stop cheating or cheated really big!


But if you’re having trouble with continual cheating, or want to keep yourself from cheating realize that constant or frequent cheating will take you back to Square One. Yes I mean what you think I mean. If you’ve been on GAPS for a year and you go through a big period of cheating you just messed it up and your count goes down to zero. So now you need to do GAPS for another 2 years.

The thought stings doesn’t it? If you want to not cheat just remember that.

Cheating takes you back to the beginning.

Trust me you won’t cheat with that thought in the back of your head because no one wants to lose all their work they’ve put into it.

If I haven’t answered any of your questions about cheating feel free to ask me. I love your comments!


Helped more by Diet than Drugs? Hope for Kids with ADHD

I don’t know about you but every time I see a kid fidgeting, not paying attention, or being overactive I immediately think ADHD. Now I believe that ADHD is over diagnosed so I realize that thought is more of a product of hearing about it in the news than anything else. But new research has come out that can help kids ADHD.

Little girl eating watermelon

According to the article on

“64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.”

If you’ve read Gut and Psychology Syndromeâ„¢ by Dr. Campbell-McBride or seen it’s cover you would have noticed AHDH. In fact she covers it and how eating a GAPSâ„¢ diet can help people with ADHD. So it’s nice to see more research back it up.


What was really interesting was that teachers watched the children for a difference in behavior. Since they’re usually the ones that have to deal with difficult child behavior all day I was curious to hear what they would have to say. But even they were shocked by the difference.

Going so far to say: “After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior.”

So for all you Moms helping your kids with AHDH keep on. I’m rooting for you, and believe that the GAPS diet can make a huge difference in your child’s life.

If any of you have a story of helping your child heal from ADHD please share it in the comments. I would love to hear it!

GAPS part 3: What in the World Can I Eat?

In the previous two articles we have learned about what GAPSâ„¢ is and how gut health plays into our health problems. At this point you may be willing to admit, or even agree, that all of this makes sense and is correct. But this is the article where the rubber hits the road.

Because, simply put, food is our sacred cow.

Potato Chips

Please don’t touch my food.

I don’t know about you, but from my experience Americans don’t let others touch a couple of things their guns, their rights, or their food. Personally I remember hating the first Doctor that suggested I take dairy out of my diet.

How I made my Mother miserable moping about the house! All I could focus on was that my precious food was taken away.

Because of that I feel that I can safely tackle telling you what the general guidelines are for GAPS foods. (This is by no means a full list. For that read Gut and Psychology Syndromeâ„¢ by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.)

  • No Grains (Rice, Wheat, Spelt, Corn, etc.)
  • No Starches (Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Gums, Corn Starch, Arrowroot, Carob, and Cocoa)
  • No Sugar – except Honey and Dried or Fresh fruits
  • No Dairy – until you get to it on your dairy introduction
  • No Processed Foods, Junk Foods, Candy, Boxed Goods, or anything that can last forever on a shelf.

But what’s left!
Now you may be freaking out after I said all of the no’s there.

“But I can’t survive without bread!”

“Not eat chocolate? Sorry I’m out.”

“I can’t have dairy? Until I what?”

“I can’t make it without my potato chips!”

I’m going to be hard for a minute here, because I’ve said all those things and more myself. What tends to keep us from doing this diet is one simple thing – laziness.

I’m not a lazy person.

When it comes down to it the top 3 reasons people don’t start this diet or stay with it is because they don’t want to:

  • Take the time
  • Do the work
  • Or give up favorite food(s)

I know it sounds hard to leave all those foods behind. Not to mention a lot of work to come up with things you can eat, but the truth is it’s not only possible to survive and thrive off of all those foods — it’s delicious too!

And at the risk of sounding mean the #1 reason you should decide to do this diet is because your health or the health of a loved one is important.

I already think their/my health is important.

If you’ve already taken the time to read these articles that is probably true. But the reason I mention that our health needs to be important is because we suffer from chronic problem give-me-a-pill-itis.

People seem to think that healing ourselves should be as simple as popping a pill. I’m sorry but it doesn’t work that way. Healing yourself is hard work, and sometimes it means denying yourself something. But I promise you it pays off.

Now. If I haven’t completely chased you away lets look at the wonderful foods you CAN have on GAPS.

Delicious foods you CAN eat.

Allowed foods on the GAPS diet are (mainly) easily digestible foods which is handy for people who have bad gut health. Basically by keeping foods that are hard to digest or are bad for you out of the diet healing your gut is just a matter of time.

  • Meats – all the grass-fed meats that you want. The more fat the better.
  • Fat – Animal fats, butter, olive oil, and coconut oil
  • Veggies – you can eat most of them (look at the allowed foods list in the book for a complete listing)
  • Fruits – you can eat most of them (look at the allowed foods list in the book for a complete listing)
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Dairy – when appropriate in your dairy introduction
  • Eggs
  • Beans and Pulses – only certain ones to avoid starches

All that is available to you on the GAPS diet!

Food wonderful food.

Chicken Dinner

I love food. It’s never been any surprise to my family that my day revolved around what was for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I’ve been off of one food, two foods, Gluten free, or Gluten and Casein Free. And now I’m on GAPS.

Until GAPS I felt deprived, but now I get to eat food that I love all the time! The best part is after I eat I feel good. No gas, bloating, or discomfort. The same can be true for you.

So don’t fear going on the GAPS diet, yes you’ll probably give up several things you like, but in the long run you’ll feel like royalty. So eat wonderful food, and respect your gut!

If you have any questions or want to comment please drop me a line I’d love to hear from you!

GAPS part 2: Gut Health

It all begins in the gut.

You may have heard that before or maybe it’s a new idea to you. Whatever the case may be it’s the most important idea for you to understand. It will revolutionize your way of viewing health and most importantly how to stay healthy.
Tree in Sunset
What is a happy digestive system anyway?

A happy digestive system starts with one thing – balanced gut bacteria.

Trillions of types of macro and micro-life (bacteria or flora) exist all around us, but the ones we have to worry about the most are the ones in our digestive and respiratory systems, skin, eyes, and excretory organs. We can’t live without this bacteria!

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what bacteria I’m talking about – after all aren’t we warned all the time about the dangers of bacteria?

“Good” and “Bad” Bacteria

It’s true we have good and bad bacteria that exists on us and within us. But don’t let that freak you out because you don’t have to worry about having bad bacteria on, or in, you. All we have to worry about is the balance of bacteria.

There are three basic types of bacteria:

  1. Beneficial:
    Beneficial or essential bacteria is often referred to as our friendly bacteria (good). It is also the one that needs to be the most numerous in our bodies.
  2. Opportunistic:
    Around 500 different species of opportunistic flora can be found in the gut! The number and combinations of these species are individual.In healthy people they are limited in number and controlled by the beneficial flora (each of these microbes are capable of causing various health problems when out of control/balance. The most commonly known opportunistic specie is Candida Albicans.
  3. Transitional:
    These microbes are the ones we daily swallow in food or drink, and they’re the ones that come from our environment. Usually these pass safely through the digestive system, but when our beneficial bacteria is damaged or not functioning well transitional bacteria can cause disease.

Balance of gut bacteria is more important than the fact we have good and bad bacteria because the design is so when our flora is balanced the beneficial bacteria rein in the opportunistic and transitional bacteria making it work together in a safe and healthy way.

A Thick Layer of Bacteria

In our gut, specifically on our gut wall, there is a thick coating of bacteria that protects the gut from damage and invaders. When we have this thick layer in our digestive tract undigested food, toxins, and parasites can pass through our gut and be safely eliminated. As these toxic substances, including ones that are pathogenic, pass through our gut the healthy flora neutralize them which protects us from harm.

But when our beneficial bacteria are weak or not working correctly the whole system changes because without protection the gut wall is open to invasion by anything.


The more weak our beneficial bacteria is the more open we are to invasion by toxins and pathogenic organisms. As the layer of bacteria in our gut gets more and more damaged the gut wall begins to suffer.

Our gut wall is what keeps all the invaders out of our bloodstream, but as it suffers it gradually gets small holes that lets toxic substances through a little at a time. This is what Doctors call leaky gut.

Leaky gut is dangerous. After all toxins are seeping through our natural defenses and once in the bloodstream can affect anywhere in our body!

But how will it affect me?

Having toxins slow seep from our gut effects people in different ways.

“…it appears that it is the character of our individual opportunistic flora that may determine what diseases we succumb to. Yes, we carry most of our future health problems in our own gut pretty much from birth.” ~Gut and Psychology Syndromeâ„¢ Dr. Campbell-McBride

Yes this means that while I might be struggling with Autism and learning disabilities while you’re struggling with anxiety and constipation we are suffering from the same root of disease. It just depends on our flora and how long we’ve been toxic.

But there is one thing that affects everyone of us – malnutrition.

I don’t look malnourished.

Healthy gut flora takes an active part in the processes of digestion and absorption. In fact it is probably impossible to digest and absorb nutrients without it. But how can that be? Well by products of bacterial activity in the gut transport minerals, vitamins, water, gases, and many other nutrients through the gut wall into our bloodstream so they can be put to proper use.

When we have unhealthy gut flora this becomes impaired. So you don’t have to look malnourished to be malnourished, if you have unbalanced gut flora you’re malnourished.

So how do I heal myself?

We will be discussing the treatment suggested in GAPSâ„¢ in part 4 of this series, but simply put healing your gut and restoring beneficial bacteria is the way back to health.

We will close this article with a quote from Dr. McBride who says it best:

“A well functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, just as a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.” ~Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Campbell-McBride

All this information and more can be found in Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book which I hope this information gets you interested in reading it.

Part 3.

Next week we will be looking at the the Basic GAPS food Guidelines so stay tuned!

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please leave a comment below. Thank you.

GAPS Diet Help and Recipes (Gluten Free)