What is the GAPS Diet?

Before we began eating real foods, my hubby and I did one month gluten-free (December of 2010). While looking for gluten-free recipes, I stumbled across something called the “GAPS” diet. After reading through the basics I thought, “I could NEVER do that!!” Well, on Saturday my family is starting GAPS. Never say “never”, right? 😉


GAPS stands for “Gut And Psychology Syndrome”. It is a temporary diet that is meant to heal the digestive tract (“gut”). You can read a bit about the creator of the GAPS diet, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and the history of the diet here. The gist of it is that a problem in the gut is often the root cause of “mental health” problems. Diseases such as autism, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and more have been found to be drastically improved and even cured for some people when they use the GAPS diet.

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