I'm Back! ...And gearing up for GAPS
You may or may not have noticed but I have been M.I.A. on the blog for a while now... over a year actually. Taking care of a home, two kids, and working part time doesn't allow for much time to sit and read, let alone write! I've learned a lot and grown a lot in many ways over the past year, but I haven't taken the time to process it all by writing it down.
Writing is my favourite form of communication and the best way I know how to understand myself. It's also my greatest tool to teach and inspire others. It's for all of those reasons that I know that I need to blog my family's journey through the GAPS diet. I have already been so inspired by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's book "GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome" that I know I need to share this experience with others.
So, why am I interested in GAPS?
When I posted on facebook that my family would be starting the GAPS diet in about a month, I bet at least half a dozen friends and family members curiously looked up "GAPS" on google and were utterly confused as to why a diet that is a "Natural treatment for Dyspraxia, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, and Schizophrenia" would be something my family would even need. None of us have experienced any of those things. We're relatively healthy people; we may even be healthier than the majority of people in our culture. And although "relatively healthy" is good enough for me, it's not good enough for my kids. They deserve better! How can my children reach their full potential if their less than great health is hindering them from the plans God has for their lives? My job as a mom is to help them in every way I can to grow up to be healthy in body, mind and soul.
So while the GAPS diet appears to be for people with more severe psychological issues, there are many lesser and sometimes undetected health issues that can be significantly improved by following the GAPS protocol, such as asthma, allergies, eczema, digestive disorders, malabsorption, anemia, eating disorders and many others. The premise of GAPS is that the key to our overall health (physical and mental) lies in the health of our digestive system.
Now let's get personal. Why, specifically, do I feel my family could benefit from this? Here's a list of our issues that could potentially be improved:
- food intolerances
- seasonal allergies
- malabsorption of nutrients
- OCD tendencies
- headaches and migraines
And those are just the issues I know about. I do not doubt at all that our family is going to see changes in other areas of our health that we didn't realize were issues until they've been resolved.
Our family is gearing up to start the GAPS diet near the end of July after we get back from our annual camping trip and I have already been busy for the last month learning how to cook "GAPS style" by making lots of bone broths and fermenting vegetables. Although it's been a large investment of my time, I am more than willing to make that sacrifice to invest in the health of my family.