Our GAPS Diet Plan

In my last post, I told you what the GAPS diet is and why people use it. Today, I’m going to tell you why we are going to follow GAPS.

Why We’re Doing GAPS

First off, I don’t believe GAPS is necessary for everyone. I honestly don’t think it would hurt a healthy person to take a few months to do GAPS (it’s all amazingly nutritious food!) We also don’t believe that GAPS will heal every problem out there. There are other causes of disease besides digestive problems. We are doing GAPS because my husband has an obvious digestive problem that has been getting worse and it makes sense to follow a diet designed to heal the digestive system. 🙂

About five years ago my hubby started a new job that was extremely demanding. He often had to work straight through an 11 or 12 hour shift (sometimes longer), with nothing but coffee. He began becoming more susceptible to all the little “stomach viruses” going around, but we attributed that to his constant contact with the public that he had from his job. He has had a few doses of antibiotics since then, too. Long story short, it’s slowly gotten worse until I began to notice a correlation between what he ate and how he felt. We’ve been eating mostly real foods for over 2 1/2 years now, which I think made it easier to see. “Junk food” always makes him feel bad (nauseated, upset stomach, stomach ache and/or indigestion), but I began to notice that grains were also doing it. Even the expensive freshly made sprouted grain and sourdough breads from a local bakery have started to bother him. A couple of weeks ago, he noticed it too and we cut back on grains. It’s already helping, but we know that he would have to avoid grains indefinitely to prevent more problems. Instead, we’re going to try GAPS and see if we can heal his digestive system.

Our Plan

I am breastfeeding, so I’ll be going straight into full GAPS to be able to make enough milk. I’ve already had some struggles with keeping up my  milk supply, so I’ll even have some real sour dough or sprouted grain bread in the freezer to eat if I need it. Our girls will be eating what I eat and we hope that my hubby will be onto full GAPS quickly. We get raw milk from a local farm, so we’ll culture all of it (as yogurt, kefir and buttermilk) for a couple of months, then try out just drinking the raw milk again. Since my husband is the only one with serious problems, the girls and I will adjust the diet as needed for ourselves. My goal for us is to increase our nutrition and support my husband… and not have to cook separate meals! 😉

Since we had mono a few years before our first baby was born, my hubby and I have both struggled with fatigue that is both physical and mental. Feeling like we’re walking through molasses and not being able to think clearly is not a lot of fun and we’d both be thrilled to have some improvement in those areas! I don’t expect this diet to be a magical cure-all, but a girl can hope, right?

At this point, I can’t say how long we’ll be following GAPS. It may be just a few months or it may be much longer, but our goal is still to return to eating a nutritious real foods diet that includes grains. Depending on how big of a difference it makes and how we’re all feeling, we’ll evaluate each month whether to continue.

I’ll be putting together a list of resources for my next post about GAPS, but please feel free to include any resources that have helped you on your GAPS journey in the comments. We’re starting GAPS on Sunday (October 14th, 2012) and my “Renew Your Health Challenge” for each month will be postponed until we’re either done with GAPS or I have a good handle on it. 🙂

If you’ve done GAPS, do you have any advice for us?

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14 thoughts on “Our GAPS Diet Plan

  1. Hi Creative Christian Mama!

    I have recently starting following your blog. I’m sorry, I don’t know what your name is, yet. I am a born again believer, have health issures, and believe in natural healing. So, we have plenty in common. lol
    I am right now working with a Naturpath. My digestive system is so messed up that I am having to start with the soup broth, eating cooked greens, and protein (like a piece of meat) just once a day. But…I can have a delish shake in the am (Natures Sunshine). It does have protein but it has what she called like pre-digested protein. I’m telling you this because you said that your husband works really long hours. He needs plenty of protein for strength and energy. So, basically I will be on a variation of the GAPS diet.
    I hope that you all have a Blessed Weekend!
    Jeanene

    • Hi Jeanene! I’m so glad to have you here! Thanks so much for the comment and for telling me about your experience. How wonderful to have somebody to work with you and help you on your journey to better health. I’d love to hear back after you’ve been doing your diet for awhile to learn how it is going for you. We’re excited about getting started with GAPS this weekend, but I am starting to feel a bit nervous about those first few days (shh- don’t tell! 😉

      By the way, my name is Justyn (pronounced “Justin”).
      Thanks, again! I so love hearing from my readers! 🙂

  2. Cynde Nozawa says:

    I recently read The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast, by Caleb Warnock and Melissa Richardson and possibly natural yeast would help you. I emailed Caleb and he sent flakes of natural yeast and i am growing it and will be ready to bake bread soon. According to Caleb natural yeast makes quite a difference in the gluten. Check it out and let me know what you think. Good luck with your gaps diet. You can also check out http://www.motherlove.com, the more milk special blend, tincture and gel capsules will increase mothers milk.

    • How fascinating! I hadn’t heard of that before. I’ll have to check with my library to see if I can borrow a copy. Thanks so much!!

      A few ladies have mentioned Mother’s Love products, so I’ll be sure to check that out if my milk supply dips, again.

      Thanks for the information, Cynde! 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    I really hope that you will be blogging about your journey through GAPS. I’m also a breastfeeding mama and have played around with the idea of doing a GAPS diet, but it will be very difficult at the moment. I have Celiac disease (along with a LOT of other allergies – garlic, mustard, tomato, potato, buckwheat…) and my nursing 12-week-old has a dairy and soy allergy. We are still struggling so I am sure there is another allergen that is causing him issues also. It’s just so hard to eliminate anything else from my diet. We started eating mostly whole foods a year ago. I’d love to know how you are getting along while breastfeeding because in 6 months we may just switch over!

    • Thanks so much for the comment, Heather, and congrats on your new baby boy! It sounds like GAPS would be a good idea for you, too. I do plan to post updates and pass on any tips that help me, especially with keeping my milk supply up. I’ve already got a few ideas!

      You might want to consider going onto full GAPS until you’re ready to do the intro. If you’re both okay with nuts, you could do quite a bit with coconut and almond flour. I’m sure you have a ton of dietary restrictions already with Celiac’s and both of you having other food allergies, so full GAPS probably wouldn’t be removing all that much from your diet. And, it would most likely increase the nutritional value of what you would be eating. And, I’ve got to say, fall and winter are the best times to do GAPS because all of the soups, stews and broth taste so good when it’s cold outside! Also, all the winter squash is wonderful to have available.

  4. I am 2 weeks new to GAPS – so far, so good. I’ll probably be on the intro for longer than I’d like to be, but I do like soups and broths. Lots of eggs! That’s what I look forward to…oh, and coconut oil. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! I’m so glad to hear that GAPS is going well for you. You’re comment about eggs made me laugh because we plan to go to the farm where we get eggs and snatch up as many as we can! 😉

  5. I think my hubby would benefit from this as well. Forwarding it onto him 🙂 I’d have to be doing the same as you since I’m feeding 2 as well. I sure wish he’d join in some changes.
    We’d definitely miss grains. I think I’d have to figure out making sprouted bread and whatnot for when we start eating normal again.

    • I hope he is interested! We’ve actually been surprised by how little we’ve missed grains after those first few days. We’ve had some delicious grain-free “breads” including “corn bread”, squash and nut butter “pancakes” and pumpkin bread. I honestly don’t feel the least bit deprived! 🙂

  6. Hi,
    I just found you when I saw your two weeks on GAPS post on Frugally Sustainable today. I’m excited for your family. The healing my family has experienced over the past year and a half or so on GAPS has been amazing. Our website is full of GAPS recipes, information, and posts if you need some extra support. I also hope you’ll also stop by on Fridays to share your journey and recipes on my weekly blog carnival, GAPS Friendly Fridays.
    Joy

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