I have been Paleo for about a month, but my digestion is not improving. So i think i am going to do the GAPS intro diet. So my question is can i still go to the gym and workout when going through the GAPS diet as i will only be eating broth? Plus how much Broth would be recommended to drink each day?
My gym routine is just a simple three day split RPT.
asked byyimyamyo (15)
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on May 18, 2012
at 05:19 PM
The GAPS diet is a healing protocol, no?
It seems like your best bet would be to lay off the gym for a bit and let your body do just that: heal.
You don't have to become a comatose vegetable, but doing anything intense is probably not the best idea. How about some long, slow, therapeutic walks in nature, maybe some good stretching and just plain movement? What Paul Chek calls "working in," rather than working out. (For all his wackiness, I think Chek hits the mark more often than he misses it.)
on May 17, 2012
at 10:13 PM
I could barely function between week 2 and 3 because you are not taking in a lot of calories and your body is detoxing. I say this not to scare you but because that is what's going to go on for you as you start in stage 1 and move through the other stages. I was dealing with light headedness, detox, no energy, exhaustion.
Stage one is the strictest and you will not just be consuming broth, there is plenty of boiled meats, some veggies (but its restrictive). Gaps allows you to eat the amounts you want, no limitations on quantities, only on the items they say you can eat.
My daughter is now doing this, she's on stage 3, she cheated this weekend (because she's really done well so far) and from Saturday she's been pretty sick. Same thing happened to me when I tried something not on the plan! Just saying, be prepared to stay the course. She tried to go to the gym but it was really not safe, she figured that out after 1 try.
The plan is pretty clear about broth, every meal or when ever you want until you are later in the stages, minimum 1 time a day. The broth is what will help you heal faster.
Make a crock pot full and expect to drink it pretty fast (I started saving bones from roasted chicken about 1 month prior and I went through them pretty fast).
I used this so I didnt have to do any real planning, this lays it out pretty easy (but still get the books) http://www.healthhomehappy.com/grain-free-2/30-days-on-gaps-intro-e-book
Your probably thinking now, is it worth it? Yes, definitely! I am now about 7 wks into it, I've stalled on the last stage (intro to dairy), I'm not handling all forms well, so I'm taking it slow. But I have seen some improvements, but I have had issues for many years, so I expect to have to stay on gaps for a year or two. I follow paleo principals in general but I would like to have dairy back again if it works out, but I'm allowing myself time.