I have been following the GAPS diet now for around 3 weeks. After cutting out grains I immediatly noticed a vast reduction in my usual omnipresent anxiety levels. This, coupled with persistent stomach problems throughout the years, has greatly fueld my determination to persue the diet further.
During my teenage years, my diet left alot to be desired. I was a sugar junkie, moving from one quick fix to the next. Now I feel like i'm paying the price.
During the second week of the diet, my energy levels dropped dramatically. It was only after increasing my overall food intake aswell as incorporating more squash/beetroot, (both permitted on the diet), that I began to recover some energy, although I still feel well off my usual capacity.
The GAPS diet reccommends ginger tea with honey between meals. I suspect the purpose of the honey here is to serve as fuel/energy? I have tried taking the honey but find myself very sensitive to it. It may increase my energy temporarily in the short term, but I find myself with a busting headache that tends to linger for some time, later in the day. I can also get a little spacey, reminiscent of my aforementioned anxiety, although it never actually descends in it's full force, thankfully.
I have examined other literature, based on GAPS reccommendations, that suggests mixing equal parts honey and butter and eating a teaspoon or so every 20/30 minutes until blood sugar stabalises.
My question comes in a few stages. Does it sound like my issues are related to blood sugar? And if so, does anyone have experience with GAPS & blood sugar related healing? I'm keen to understand weather I should get on the honey/butter wagon and see it through, or am I better to abstain from it all together in the hope that my body will come to a better equilibrium on its own. Is the honey/butter just a crutch to help sooth the symptoms of this healing transition? (It would be great if someone could explain the function of the honey and the butter together. I'm keen to know why they are recommended together).
Here is a quick reference to the honey/butter suggestion from a GAPS resource.
For people with sugar cravings and other difficulties in blood sugar control, it is a good idea to mix raw butter or coconut oil with a little raw honey to taste; make the mixture in advance and keep eating it throughout the day. This mixture will help you to come through the initial stages of treatment. When sugar cravings are gone, you will be able to maintain your blood sugar normal between meals without having to eat anything.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks all. R
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on December 28, 2013
at 10:27 PM
@Dan 29, many thanks for taking the time to reply. I'll be looking into the apple cider vinegar more as well as the nettles and ginger. Thanks for that. As it happens, I managed to get a little more clarification on the role of both the honey and butter, if anyone is interested:
Raw honey in the butter will help to restore low blood sugar instantly, improve the taste of butter and add enzymes which help to digest the fat.
With regards to the anxiety, I feel we need an evolution of the language here. The anxiety I am describing here is an omnipresent nervous, 'jittery-ness'. A sense of something being wrong with no apparent anchor or cause. Unfortunately, the only term we have to use here is 'anxiety'. Sadly this is often interpreted as a self perpetuating psychological condition rather than understanding that, in a lot of cases, it is your body trying to communicate that something is indeed wrong! If you're interested, google 'Anxiety gut' and check out the mounting new research that is highlighting the connection between poor gut health and mental health. They're using the GAPS diet to heal everything from autism and anxiety to schizophrenia. As much as it pains me to cite the Daily Mail, heres a quick article on the topic
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2419418/Low-levels-healthy-gut-bacteria-cause-mental-health-issues-anxiety-schizophrenia-say-scientists.html Thanks again for your input & I hope the above can be of some use to anyone experiencing similar symptoms.
on December 28, 2013
at 04:25 PM
There are a variety of things you can eat to help smooth out your blood sugar levels. Off the top of my head, they include: -Apple Cider Vinegar -Cinnamon -Nettles -Ginger (don't quote me on that) You could probably go on earthclinic.com and find out some more natural remedies for wonky blood sugar levels (which definitely can bring out anxiety). But yeah, fat is definitely a smoother ride in terms of energy than sugar.
Honestly though, all emotions you experience are real. Foods don't fabricate emotions, they bring them out. You have anxiety because you are anxious about certain things. Avoiding the foods that "cause" your anxiety is an effective way to separate yourself from the impact of those anxious belief systems, but diet itself does not remove anxiety.