Many bloggers have been discussing the GAPS diet and other topics of interest to those seeking health and healing (such as grains, supplements, and various differences in philosophies or approaches). We wanted to address a few common questions/concerns we have been getting lately.
1. The GAPS Protocol has been developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and is taken to mean the 3 part program: Diet, Supplementation, and Detoxification. The Diet follows the science behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and is virtually the same as far as lists of foods to allow/avoid. Dr. Natasha has fine tuned the progression of the diet based on her extensive clinical experience to focus on healing and sealing the gut lining as quickly and effectively as possible.
2. It is very important that any healing protocol is adapted and followed based on each person’s bio-individual needs; we are all unique and have very different health histories, microbial make up, and nutritional needs. No matter what “program” you are following, there is no one set of rules that everyone has to follow. The ultimate guide to health is your own body; Dr. Natasha is very direct in teaching that the GAPS diet must be implemented for each person as an individual. The stages of the diet are there as guidelines.
3. The GAPS diet is not meant to be followed to the extreme for life by the vast majority of people. For many, it can take a couple of years for total healing to take place. Once a person is free of symptoms and is very stable/healthy, foods not allowed previously are re-introduced. There are a few individuals who will do best on the program for life.
4. Grains are not “bad” in and of themselves. They are only removed from the diet temporarily because they are difficult for an inflamed GI system to digest. If not properly broken down, they feed pathogens and can cause other symptoms. However, once the gut lining is healed and sealed, gradual introduction of properly prepared grains is recommended for most people. Industrial processed grains are never a healthy addition to any diet.
We are glad to see that the GAPS diet and nutritional treatments in general are getting more attention by “mainstream” media and medical professionals and hope this trend continues.
We know it can be really confusing to decide the right course of treatment. Working with a specialist, such as a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP) or Nutritional Therapist (NTP), is often the best investment in order to save time, money, and stress in finding the best course of action for you as an individual. If you are struggling and need support, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation, come to GAPS Connections meetings, and get support from other members of GAPS Connections. Stay Connected!
Health, healing, and happiness to you and yours,
Edie and Renee