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Preparing for The GAPS Diet

2014-04-28 11.02.06

After stumbling upon a diet that could mean a divorce from my food intolerances rather than just a temporary separation, I made the decision this week that GAPS is for me. If you would like the background, you can read my previous posts here and here.

This week I took all starchy food out of my diet, and will progress to the 6 step GAPS INTRO this weekend in order to heal and seal my gut lining. Once completed (in a few weeks time) I’ll move onto the Full GAPS Diet based entirely on natural food. To enhance the healing process I shall also be taking a cocktail of supplements in the form of probiotics, a multi vitamin and fish derived omegas.

The probiotics in particular play a vital role in GAPS, as they kill off the bad bacteria (gut flora) and promote the return of the good. I’ve gone for a strong 7-strand probiotic as the more the better, but it’s really important to start off slowly. Taking too much at once can kill the bad guys off too fast, and leave you with all sorts of horrible side effects.

I’ve been taking a third of a capsule every morning, and will build up to a full capsule over the next few weeks. It may be entirely psychological, but I feel better already! For a mum of three existing on around 5 hours of broken sleep per night, I cannot remember when I last had so much energy.

From what I can gather preparation is the key to success for GAPS. From pre-intro, throughout the intro and then moving onto the full diet I’ll need to constantly be several meals ahead of myself to not fail miserably!

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36 Comments

  1. […] honestly don’t think it’s a coincidence that since prepping for and being on the GAPS Diet I have noticed a huge increase in my energy levels and overall […]

  2. Thanks Sharon!

  3. Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. It’s not much fun. Really hoping this is the answer!

  5. Thanks so much Sam xx

  6. Thanks Karen. Preparation is often the key, and even more so with something like this x

  7. Thanks hon xx

  8. Thanks lovely, I’m hoping it is πŸ˜‰

  9. Thanks lovely x

  10. Thanks Kim xx

  11. Thank you, so far so good πŸ™‚

  12. I really recommend buying the book Lisa, it was such an eye opening read. Good luck!

  13. Thanks so much Mel, all the support here has really helped! xx

  14. Le Coin de Mel says:

    Well done for preparing your body, and good luck with the whole new diet. Looking forward to reading more about it. Mel #WotW

  15. I hadn’t heard of this before and will be looking further into it trying to avoid additional medication given my various food intolerances and other health issues. Good luck with your journey, I hope it works πŸ™‚ #wotw #pocolo

  16. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks Jaime! I need all the good luck vibes I can get πŸ˜‰

  18. i am sending lots of healthy positive vibes that it heals quickly and you are feeling much better soon!

    thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo

  19. Thanks hon! I really can’t afford to be caught short. Off to the farmers markets this wknd to stock up on goodies xx

  20. Good luck and well done for taking the plunge. There’s a lot to be said too for being organised when it comes to meals. Look forward to reading more about how it goes! x

  21. So exciting to already be feeling the positive effects. Hope they continue and it gets better. Good luck!

  22. Good luck with your new diet! I hope it works for you x

  23. I hope it all works out for you it sounds like it is doing you good already! #WotW

  24. Good luck, I really hope it works for you, it must be so hard living with food intolerances.

  25. Ooh its all go! I really wish you every success with this – it will be brilliant if it all works out. X #wotw

  26. Good luck with it. I hope it helps. I think you are right, preparation has got to a key factor in success. x
    #WoTW

  27. It does sound important to prepare, and great that you feel better already, too. Best of luck with it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  28. Leanne (@suggys.co.uk/Leanne) says:

    I guess preparation is a good place to start!..Goodluck hunnie πŸ™‚ #PoCoLo

  29. I hope it works for you x

  30. Thanks Tas! Good luck to your hubby too πŸ™‚

  31. Really glad they are helpful. I hope you get somewhere with the silent reflux lovely x

  32. Thanks hon!

  33. Good luck with this journey! #pocolo

  34. I’ve found all these posts both interesting and helpful, esp considering my Sofia’s history. Indeed, I am slightly concerned that her silent reflux issue is returning, after a break from Omeprizole and probiotics. ;-( Then again, she is feisty AND 2! x

  35. Good luck. I hope it works. My hubby just found out he has a string of food allergies which are causing his eczema so we’re right at the start of this journey.

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