Time to Break a Different Cycle

GAPS stage one

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone that commented on my post last week, for those not in the know you can read it here.

Over the last month I’ve been reading up on Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). The theory being that lots of digestive issues, food intolerance, allergies, auto immune disease and much more is down to leaky gut syndrome. Essentially your food ends up leaking into your bloodstream and poisoning your body. This is all driven by abnormal gut flora – where the good bacteria are losing the fight against the bad. I tick too many boxes for this not to be the case, and in order to kiss goodbye to my food sensitivities long term I need to get my gut flora back on track.

The first stage (combined with supplementation) is an Introduction Diet broken into six steps. Realistically I should be able to complete it in three weeks, the purpose of this is to heal and seal the gut lining. The next stage is known as the Full GAPS Diet, which entails eating completely naturally for 1-2 years. No processed food, starchy veg, grains, refined sugar or commercially purchased dairy is allowed. “What on earth will you eat?” is what I’m hearing time and again. As with anything in life, how difficult you find something will entirely depend on your starting point.

I am starting out from the perspective of food intolerance, which is pretty minor compared to most that start the GAPS Diet. When it comes to what I currently eat, it’s not too dissimilar to Full GAPS anyway.

You see in 2002 I went dairy free. In 2007 after being diagnosed with PCOS, I went refined sugar free – which incidentally lead to reversing my symptoms and naturally conceiving three children. Then in 2012, hubby and I went Paelo – and cut out grains (albeit not super strictly). I already cook mostly from scratch, and we have hardly any processed food in our house. For anyone that has read my recipe section you might have noticed a distinct lack of refined sugar, dairy and often grains? I like to hope this will all give me a head start for ‘doing GAPS’, but that of course remains to be seen.

I’ve written at length about breaking what I call the cycle of dysfunction, in fact I’m in the process of writing a book about it. I have strived hard as an adult to not be the same as my mother. She ticks many boxes for GAPS herself with an under active thyroid, food intolerance, urtacaria, the list goes on. I would have inherited my issues from her, and passed them on to my own kids. It’s time that I break this cycle, and give my three the very best chance of being healthy that I possibly can.

I shall be starting phase one of the intro diet this weekend. Wish me luck!

34 thoughts on “Time to Break a Different Cycle

  1. Thanks so much hon. I’m almost at the end of my third day and am feeling great! It’s going to be hard work but hopefully worth it in the long run.

    Really pleased to hear that low sugar and carb works for you too. I can’t recommend it more to fellow PCOS-ers!

  2. Wow hope this goes well. I too have PCOS and have followed a low GI diet for years, as advised by specialists too, the paleo, low carb, low sugar way of eating is crucial for us. I was lucky that didn’t have any issues conceiving and have researched PCOS thoroughly, I do go through waves of intense exercise then nothing so must get back to it! Thanks for linking this fab post to #brilliantblogposts

  3. Thanks Denise. I’ve been thinking about those parallels a lot lately too!

    The sugar thing was incredible! I was told by two doctors in early 2007 that with a cycle as long as mine I was either not ovulating or would be producing an egg too old to fertilise, so hubby and I weren’t being careful because we didn’t think we had to be…

    After researching the sugar link it seemed PCOS = type 2 diabetes later on if I didn’t change my eating habits, so I did and almost two years to the day of diagnosis I was pregnant with 4yo. I am utterly convinced it was down to the change in diet.

    Nowadays the only PCOS symptom I display is bad skin, but it’s been so much better since having the baby. Food for thought eh? πŸ™‚

  4. I think this is so intriguing, the two parallels in your life. Life’s been tough for your family in various ways and good luck to you in seizing the challenge. I’m particularly impressed by what you have done with PCOS and sugar.

  5. Thanks so much for your comment, I’ll definitely start joining in with #AllAboutMe now things are a little less hectic. Sorry to hear about your grandparents, sounds like a horrible ending. It really is shocking how far removed we have come from real food, and that cooking from scratch is often the exception in the household not the norm πŸ™

  6. It’s amazing isn’t it that we have allowed modern foods and eating habits to wreak such havoc with our bodies. My grandparents in the West Indies lived and ate so healthily until Alzheimer’s removed any will to cook from my grandmother and they frequently ate fast food that had become more available – and she suffered horribly in the end with problems induced by digestive poisoning. Will be really interested to read your journey and wish you good luck. Popping by from #BrilliantBlogPosts and would love to invite you to share your posts on #AllAboutMe every Tuesday too. Xx

  7. Don’t worry same happened to me as I found out I was pregnant the week my book was supposed to launch and was super sick and had to cancel launch party and I never rescheduled. Sadly. There are a lot I would have done differently. Good luck. Sorry to hear things were crazy but glad it’s all calming down. Glad you could join in. Always welcome and never feel pressured to make it on the first day it’s open all week! So pop over when it is good timing for you my dear.

  8. Thanks so much Jenny, I’m hoping I’ll be a regular now that things have calmed down a little in my house! Need to get working on my book again, it all ended up falling by the wayside after baby came along. I’ll be picking your brains for publishing tips when I get it finished πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks Sara. I completely agree with everything in moderation if you are nice and healthy. Hopefully this will be my family’s mantra in a couple of years time xx

  10. Good luck lovely, I look forward to reading how you get on. Have to admit it sounds too much for me to contemplate, when it comes to diet ‘everything in moderation’ is my mantra but I suspect that I will pick up some tips from what you are doing x

  11. Good luck, hun, That sounds scary to me, but you seem so relaxed about it I am sure you will do a great job. Keep us posted. x Mel #Sharewithme

  12. Good luck my lovely. Sounds like you got your mind set and will do great. And definitely write your book. That would be both amazing to read and a great achievement. I felt great writing my first book and getting it out there. Thank you so much for linking up to Share WIth Me again. Love reading your posts. Glad you got a chance to link up! that you so much for the support #sharewithme

  13. It’s too easily done Zena! I fell off the paleo wagon big time when I was pregnant with my little dude, but am now back in action and rearing to go πŸ™‚

    Not long for you now lovely lady. So exciting xx

  14. I’m really going to look forward to following this series. I really believe that food plays such a role in health, and believe in the idea of Paelo too. I tried to follow it, but I always find myself knocked of course by life and going for convenience over health. Now what does that tell me about my priorities πŸ˜‰

  15. This is so interesting! I have various health issues too, and as time goes on I’m starting to realise more and more that they may be linked to my diet. I’m generally super healthy, but can pinpoint a few foods which trigger certain things. I’ll be watching with interest to see how you get on with this! Xx #sharewithme

  16. oooo sounds interesting, goodluck with the diet hunnie πŸ™‚ #ShareWithMe

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