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Week four of mostly raw and all gluten-free finds us at a crossroads. Being all gluten-free has been way easier than I thought it would. Since we eat a cooked dinner every night, our starch cravings are satisfied with a welcome helping of potatoes, soaked quinoa or rice, sweet potato fries, or corn tortillas. This is a cinch! But, my son has started to mention his stomach bothering him at night again. Agh!
The crossroads: I have seen a few blog posts about the GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome) diet and honestly, I've avoided reading them. I have changed so much of my family's diet over the past six years, I feared another drastic change might send them overboard. But here's the thing. Jeremy still has acid reflux and my son, at only seven years of age, already suffers from similar symptoms. It will only benefit the rest of us to join this diet.
This diet is the most extreme I have ever considered, but what I especially like about it is it's temporary and it heals. It's not a quick fix, but it's a permanent one, and it's not a new lifestyle diet to lessen the effects of a health issue. This sends health issues packing for good and once you've finished being on it, you can slowly introduce starches back into the diet.
Another reason I connected with he idea of the GAPS diet is it weaves every good thing I have learned from a number of differing sources (Weston A. Price, Gershon, raw books, nourishing food sources...) into a remedy that just makes sense.
If someone you know suffers from anything as simple as seasonal allergies to something as severe as autism, fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, etc... You might want to consider joining me on this crazy ride.
Here are some great blog posts that can help explain and introduce you to the GAPS diet:
The Healthy Home Economist just published an article about successfully reaching your goals with the diet.
Keeper of the Home is in the process of going through the GAPS diet with her family, and she shares her findings and ideas starting here.
Health, Home, and Happiness offers a menu plan, complete with to-dos, and shopping lists. She offers three days for free if you want to try it out.
There you have it. The new direction on our road to complete health. I'm a little scared I'll admit, but there are too many positive testimonies regarding this diet. We won't be starting right away, as we need to phase out the rest of the potatoes, yams, etc. from the kitchen. Phase out the starches, phase in the butternut squash, then on to apples and bone broth for a while... Thankfully we like butternut apples?