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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 1: What in the World is it?

In honor of opening this new website I wanted to write a general understanding of GAPS â„¢ article. Writing that article turned out to be such a difficult process because of the overwhelming amount of information on the subject. As a result I am breaking it down into smaller articles that cover general information about GAPS; like what it is, gut health, and treatment.

I want to go on record and say that this is by no means an exhaustive set of articles on the subject. If you want more go here and buy Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book Gut and Psychology Syndromeâ„¢.

But since this will take several articles you might want to bookmark this link so you can come back and check for the rest of the series.

Part 1: What in the World is GAPS?

So the first question in your mind is probably “what is GAPS?”, after all it isn’t a term you’ve heard from your doctor or on TV lately, but it’s probably how you’ve felt from time to time. Simply put we have an epidemic of sick people today. By that I mean people, with severe to mild problems, that doctors (all kinds) and nutritionist aren’t able to pin down.

Since the medical professionals can’t figure out what’s wrong they give us:

  • a pill that might help, but tends to have a list of side effects as long as your arm
  • to another doctor who just as baffled or puts us on another pill
  • surgery
  • all sorts of things to do or remove from our diet/lifestyle that doesn’t help
  • the runaround

Or the Doctors finally admit they don’t have any idea how to help.

These people have something truly wrong with them, but 9 times out of 10 all that happens is they fall into the gap. The gap of current medical understanding.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD

At this gap stands a woman who has put the majority of her life looking into, and discovering what the gap is, and how to get people out of it.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride went on her own journey to heal her son of autism, and during that she found the deep divide in which many people, like you and me, fell. But she didn’t stop there Dr. Natasha searched until she found the way out of the gap; the small road hugging the side of the crevice that was the only way people could be healed.

Now that she has brought her son out of the gap she has spent time helping countless others scale the difficult climb to health with her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. In this book she gives the simplest explanation of GAPS and what it is.

“Here I propose a name, Gut and Psychology Syndrome or GAP Syndrome. Children (and adults) with GAP Syndrome often fall into the gap – the gap in our medical knowledge. As a result they do not receive appropriate treatment.” (emphasis mine)

Okay these people are in the GAP, but what do they have?

Oh boy. This is a big question because the more we look the more we find everything seems to have the same source – an imbalance in the gut.

Simply put in her book Dr. Natasha focused on the psychology aspect of GAPS, but it could just as easily be physical problems.

Some of the problems listed in her book (and the list isn’t exhaustive) are:

  • Autism
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyslexia
  • A.D.D.
  • A.D.H.D
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating and Flatulence
  • Colic as infant
  • Tummy aches and nausea

Most of these things begin in childhood, but you can certainly have them show up in adulthood. Maybe you just suffer from IBS and you’re wondering if that is included, and the answer is yes! That’s why this article is just a broad stroke of a brush.

How can so many things come under the diagnosis GAPS?

Simply put every problem listed, and in my opinion all chronic health problems, start in the same area.

Our digestive system.

Hippocrates said it best: “All diseases begin in the gut.” Now I’m sure you’re blown away by that statement. After all you’ve probably been told that health goes as you age, people get sick and that’s life, or that the only thing you can do with chronic health problems is play Russian roulette with pills in hopes you can find some concoction that gives you a small amount of relief with out too many side affects. And here I am blowing that away with one idea “it’s in your gut” .

Yes it’s that simple: Heal your gut to heal yourself.

The next part of this series will deal with Gut Health, what it is and how it affects our health. Check back for it soon.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in this article, or a question about a specific health problem leave me a comment and I’ll answer it as best I can. Who knows it may become an article!