I have my first “client” who I am seeing through the GAPS diet. We had a crisis last week! My Mother In Law has been in and out of the ER, had a colonoscopy, blood test, the whole works and no-one has been able to help her relieve her symptoms. She came to us with a lack of hope and despair. I couldn’t wait to help her! This is what I have been waiting for, a live client I can really get to work on. Eleanor came to us with the following symptoms:
- Severe stomach cramps
- Abdominal cramps
- Clicking in knee joints
- Extreme nausea
She had just about given up on anything that would relive her growing symptoms and was becoming depressed. Living alone wasn’t helping the cause so we moved her in.
Unknowingly we had been living the GAPS diet for a number of years. Unknowingly because although I knew about the GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) I had never read that much about it. So, it turns out that Shia (our youngest son) was actually on our own GAPs diet since he was 3. I have been researching and devouring information ever since and I cant recommend the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD enough! this will become our bible.
Our first steps:
- Start each and every day with a glass of tepid lemon water – this is a must!
- Drink bone broth throughout the day and with meals (we make our own chicken stock so we had an ample supply)
- Take a few teaspoons of Organic Kefir on a daily basis – either on its own or in a home made no grain museli
- Take 2-3 drops of Wild Oregano Oil every day – either under the tongue as directed or in a small amount of organic tomato/vegetable juice
- Make sure to research who foods you can eat and what needs to be avoided – http://www.gapsdiet.com/The_Diet.html
- Learn to manage your stress! stress can reek havoc on your gut and needs to be managed.
- Get active. Every day take a walk, do stretches, try yoga, whatever it takes to get your gut moving.
- Eat! this is not a time to starve yourself thinking there is nothing I can eat! choose whole foods, eat slowly, chew your food, enjoy the new life you are creating.
Be warned! this is not a fad diet that is only for 30 days! This is a life changing way of eating. It will take your gut anywhere from a year to two years to repair itself. After that you can start to reintroduce some foods such as spelt flour, organic potatoes etc but with caution and only every now and again. You have taken a long time probably (Eleanor thinks it was about 6 months for her) to get to this point, its going to take time to heal your gut, this is not a quick fix, or one to be taken lightly.
You will be pleased to know that Eleanor is starting to feel better. After just a few days she is feeling lighter, brighter and in no way deprived of food. This is just the first step to recovery and healing your gut, I will be back with more updates and recipes to help. So embrace your new life and way of eating, I promise you if you do it right you wont feel starved, bloated, sluggish or sick. Very soon you will start to feel better and see the positive changes in your body and feel better.