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GAPs Diet...Where Do I Begin? As In, "How the *&^% do I start this diet?"

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Created June 10, 2012 at 3:34 AM

I get it, bone broths, probiotics, ect. ect. What I don't understand is the various stages of the protocol. What is the first stage? What's allowed? How long do you stay on said stage before moving on to 2, 3, 4, ect.

(PS. I love this community, and I'm not trying to be rude, but please don't link that damn gapsdiet.com website. I've read over that numerous times and it's simply way too ambiguous in its language.)

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:09 AM

I WISH I could be as intelligent as her.

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on June 11, 2012
at 06:06 PM

great advice Eugenia!

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I understand and this is a common problem for many people. I work on a one-on-one basis with many people that don't know what to eat anymore to help them follow a protocol that will heal their gut, improve their digestion and improve food variety. It takes time and effort, but it works for many people. ;)

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Unfortunately, Aglaee, the more foods I eliminate the more foods I seem to permanently be losing. In other words, the longer I've been paleo the more food intolerances seem to be creeping up.

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Eugenia, can you use stainless steel utensils instead of plastic?

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I bought the book, and I'm fuzzy on the diet, too, so you're not alone.

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:38 PM

ps: I did not do any supplements or fermented foods, I could not handle them. I am now using the fermented yogurt, mayo, sour cream, ketchup and still not supplementing, I have been able to make progress naturally, I don't think you HAVE to supplement, sure its faster but I dont do well with any meds, vitamins, probiotics ...never have

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on June 10, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, is that you? :)

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at 04:27 AM

You never touch the grains with your hands, if they fall down, you wash them and you eat them, you don't put them back with the rest. Cleanless if of paramount importance when making kefir. 3. Yes, I still do a mix of SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Primal/ketogenic for my IBS-D. I used to do the goat yogurt thing that SCD/GAPS suggests, but kefir proved to be way more potent.

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at 04:25 AM

1. Mg is good 3-4 times a week, since the western diet is pretty low on it. If you are going to get D3 from the sun, consider some fish oil, Q10, K2. 2. No, you will have to make it yourself. Bottled kefir IS NOT the same as home-made one. Bottled kefir does not contain most yeasts and only includes yogurt-like bacteria, essentially minimizing its efficacy to that of yogurt, while in reality kefir is way stronger. There are many guides to make kefir online, with pictures, it's super-easy. Just make sure all your utensils and strainers are plastic, and the jars are made of glass. (cont...)

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:01 AM

So after my first week, just do paleo + fermented dairy/kefir? Sounds friggin' too simple to be true at this point, hahaha!

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I agree, you need the books and or a bookmark on a couple good gaps sites, also theres great FB pages that are helpful as well.

http://www.facebook.com/GAPSDiet (a good page to start)

I purchased a 30 day 'menu planner' and if I hadnt done that, I've have been feeling the same, its overwhelming, confusing etc. when you just aren't sure. this takes the guess work out of it for you. Remember, its all about adjusting things that work for you and your body.....

Heres a link to the menu planner, well worth the few bucks: http://www.healthhomehappy.com/grain-free-2/30-days-on-gaps-intro-e-book

Here are the books I bought:

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia

GAPS Guide (Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain)

Internal Bliss - GAPS Cookbook (Recipes designed for those following the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet)

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:38 PM

ps: I did not do any supplements or fermented foods, I could not handle them. I am now using the fermented yogurt, mayo, sour cream, ketchup and still not supplementing, I have been able to make progress naturally, I don't think you HAVE to supplement, sure its faster but I dont do well with any meds, vitamins, probiotics ...never have

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on June 10, 2012
at 09:56 AM

I think that the best way to use the GAPS diet is to proceed as with any good elimination diet. Start with as little food as possible and add them back into your diet, one at a time, to assess your personal tolerance and design your own optimal diet.

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I understand and this is a common problem for many people. I work on a one-on-one basis with many people that don't know what to eat anymore to help them follow a protocol that will heal their gut, improve their digestion and improve food variety. It takes time and effort, but it works for many people. ;)

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

(1307)

on June 10, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Unfortunately, Aglaee, the more foods I eliminate the more foods I seem to permanently be losing. In other words, the longer I've been paleo the more food intolerances seem to be creeping up.

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:31 PM

The intro diet listed on the website is pretty explicit. That, along with the book, should get you through.

There is an ebook called "What can I eat now: 30 days on the GAPS into diet.". http://www.healthhomehappy.com/grain-free-2/30-days-on-gaps-intro-e-book. It will explicitly tell you what you need to eat, and prepare for the upcoming days.

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on June 10, 2012
at 12:30 PM

How about you buy the book, which explains in lengthy detail how to do the diet, and support the author?

http://www.shop.gapsdiet.com/product.sc?productId=1&categoryId=7

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on June 10, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, is that you? :)

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:09 AM

I WISH I could be as intelligent as her.

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on June 10, 2012
at 03:49 AM

The various stages are not set in stone, it depends on the individual, when he feels that his gut is strong enough to move to the next step. You don't need to go GAPS IMHO, you can do a Paleo-GAPS-ketogenic style diet that encompasses all the good points of all these 3 diets (after 1 week on GAPS' stage 1 in order to restart your gut flora). These are some superfoods you should be eating while in such a diet: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/05/top-10-must-eat-paleo-foods/ If you do your own goat kefir for example, you don't need probiotics. 1 pill of probiotics has about 16 billion bacteria in it (most of them already dead), while 1 cup of kefir has up to 5 trillion (and up to 40 different bacteria/yeasts). Plus, yogurt/probiotics' bacteria are transient, while kefir's actually colonize the gut. Kefir was not as well known when the SCD (and its child, GAPS) diets were taking shape. When Gottchall (who made the SCD diet popular) was asked about kefir, she thought that it had more lactose content than yogurt, but that's not true if you leave goat kefir to ferment for between 24 and 30 hours.

In other words, GAPS is one step beyond SCD in terms of knowledge on how to fix things, and Paleo/Primal are one step beyond too. GAPS is still relevant because its stages are more radical in terms of how they fix the gut, but SCD is already been surpassed IMHO (as long as you do goat/sheep fermented dairy on Paleo).

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:01 AM

So after my first week, just do paleo + fermented dairy/kefir? Sounds friggin' too simple to be true at this point, hahaha!

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on June 11, 2012
at 06:06 PM

great advice Eugenia!

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:13 AM

That list you gave me is helpful except there's a few things:

1.) I overdid it on supplements once before, and I believe that contributed to my gut issues. Does it really matter how much I supplement in the beginning? It's summer here and I can get all the Vit D I can handle outside. I can give the kefir a shot...though I'm not sure I feel safe trying to make my own...Magnesium causes bowel issues, so I'm going to give epsom salts a try.

2.) How DO I make kefir? Are there any kefir drinks I can buy that bypass the making process?

3.) Have you had any gut issues/experience with this protocol (VLC paleo-GAPS)?

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:25 AM

1. Mg is good 3-4 times a week, since the western diet is pretty low on it. If you are going to get D3 from the sun, consider some fish oil, Q10, K2. 2. No, you will have to make it yourself. Bottled kefir IS NOT the same as home-made one. Bottled kefir does not contain most yeasts and only includes yogurt-like bacteria, essentially minimizing its efficacy to that of yogurt, while in reality kefir is way stronger. There are many guides to make kefir online, with pictures, it's super-easy. Just make sure all your utensils and strainers are plastic, and the jars are made of glass. (cont...)

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Eugenia, can you use stainless steel utensils instead of plastic?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on June 10, 2012
at 04:27 AM

You never touch the grains with your hands, if they fall down, you wash them and you eat them, you don't put them back with the rest. Cleanless if of paramount importance when making kefir. 3. Yes, I still do a mix of SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Primal/ketogenic for my IBS-D. I used to do the goat yogurt thing that SCD/GAPS suggests, but kefir proved to be way more potent.

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