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The Best FREE GAPS Resource You Might Not Know About

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Some of my GAPSâ„¢ questions aren’t answered in the book.

From simple things like: when can Cocoa be introduced?

To harder questions like: which milk is better goat or cow?

Even that nagging question about the intro:

In the GAPS book you recommend a very slow introduction of dairy, but in the Introduction Diet you recommend homemade yoghurt from the beginning. Why?

Is answered.

If you’re struggling with a question that’s not answered in the Gut and Psychology Book try looking at Dr. Natasha’s Frequently Asked Questions page. It just might have the answer you’re looking for.

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:

[title]yacon on GAPS diet[/title]
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

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Update Post

My top article on Gapalicious for the longest time has been the one on Does Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Contain Aluminum? It seems like this is a popular question.
Arm and Hammer
Well I’ve learned two things from the wonderful comments by people on that post. First Arm and Hammer may not treat their animals in a humane way when testing their products. Truthfully I haven’t looked into this yet, but once I do I will let you know what I find out.

The other thing I realized was I forgot to link to where I found some of my information. Boy, I feel stupid when I do that, and unfortunately I clean out my bookmarks pretty regularly and so I had lost it. But worry no more! I have found the link I was looking for.

So without further blabbing here is the link to a forum discussion I had found comparing Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda versus Arm and Hammer (it’s what got me started looking at it). And this is the quote that caught my eye:

A lot of their stuff can be pricey, you can get decent prices on flour…

This is a reply I got from Bob’s,

Thank you for your email. Very few manufacturers use Aluminum in their baking soda today. This was previously not the case. Most baking soda’s are made, they are not natural, as ours is. I do not have information about other company’s products, but have attached information on ours.

ØAluminum Free- most baking soda now days does not have aluminum. **we used to get asked this question a lot back when other co. had aluminum in theirs. So we added it to our labeling ** we may consider taking it off.
ØSodium bicarbonate (Nahcolite- NaHCO3) is naturally occurring in northwestern Colorado.
ØOther companies chemically produce baking soda by creating a chemical reaction between soda ash and carbon dioxide.
ØA closed loop process leaves the community and its surroundings virtually untouched. In the process, water is used to extract the sodium bicarbonate and no chemicals are used. Nothing else is added to it so it is naturally free of gluten and aluminum.
Not like arm & hammer baking soda- our products are cruelty free.

Thank you for your interest,

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Hopefully that helps everyone who wondered where I got some of my info from, and don’t worry next time I plan on linking to other places before I post! :)

How to Answer Any GAPS Question

Can I…? What about…? How do I…?

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?

Top 7 Reasons to Attend the 2011 Weston A. Price Conference

Sadly I’m not going this year. I would love to be able to, but alas… Now that I got my melodramatic moment out I want to tell you why I think it’s a wonderful thing to attend – if you can.

7.) The Food


Okay, I may have never been, but my Mom went last year and she had me drooling when she described all the wonderful food. Piles of bacon, loads of eggs, cheese, butter… what could be better? You only get breakfast and dinner, but it seems worth it.
I just need to heal myself enough so I can handle bacon again.

6.) Silent Auction

Buy and ticket and try to win many prizes, especially the Gapalicious app that I will be giving away there! I believe there will be one app given away each day the auction runs – I’m still setting that up – but expect to see it there.

Credit Cards

5.) The Vendors

Tables will be set up with all sorts of goodies you can buy. From food to books and beyond. I do have to recommend that if you’re on a tight budget you might want to leave your credit card behind. Just saying.

4.) Listening to the Banquet’s Keynote Speech

Dr. Mercola will be giving it this year and I’m excited as it seems like two of the biggest alternative health groups (Weston A. Price and Mercola.com) are beginning to come together. It just seems like these two groups have needed to come together for a long time and it seems like it’s this year.
And if you haven’t yet seen it you might want to listen to Dr. Mercola interview Dr. Natasha.

3.) Meeting Other Like Minded People


One of the most encouraging things to me can be meeting people who eat the way or think the way I do. It makes me feel normal, and since I usually feel like “odd man out” it seems like talking with others, especially about GAPSâ„¢, would be so cool. Personally I would love hearing everyone’s story about why there on GAPS and how it’s helped them.

If you want to share yours with me I would love to hear it.

2.) The Nutrivene Table

I love Nutrivene. They will have BioKult that you can buy at the show. If you haven’t tried the pro-biotic yet I would highly recommend it. It really does make a difference. Enjoy looking at their table, it will definitely be filled with great stuff.

Wise Traditions Conference ~ Dallas, TX ~ November 11-14 2010

1.) Dr. Natasha will be speaking!

This is definitely my favorite reason to go – surprising right? Dr. Natasha is a good speaker and if you feel confused about anything on the diet she can definitely clear it up for you. Sometimes just listening to her speak is enough for me, and I’m hoping they will do another Q&A question. So if you have a question write it down, just in case.

I hope everyone that’s going will enjoy themselves;
I would love to hear what you learn, see, and the fun you have.