All posts tagged: GAPS diet

Gut Rebuilding: the beginning of the GAPS diet

I’m enjoying the soothing effect of chicken broth on my intestines on day 4 of the GAPS intro diet. It is a rather involved process to switch to a new diet. Even for someone like me, who has been eating primarily whole, natural, gluten free foods and who ferments fervently, it is quite the adventure. I thought I would share a little about how my process is going so far to give folks a sense of what is involved. GAPS, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet is an adaptation of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). It has a lot in common with the Paleo Diet in that it focuses on whole, natural meats and vegetables and excludes grains, sugar and all processed food. But it differs in some key points which make it uniquely suited to gut rebuilding. Particularly in the beginning, the main foods are bone broth, soups and fermented foods and all complex carbohydrates including potato and yam are excluded. GAPS was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell–McBride to support the healing of her …

Food journal 6.18

It’s the third week of the bootcamp challenge. This week were only eating meat and veggies. No dairy, no nuts or fruit in addition to avoiding grains and sugar. Paleo to the fullest. I’m adding in a lot of bone broth to use this as an opportunity to rebuild my gut flora. Though the last few days my bowel movements have been so regular I’ve actually been taking a break from Psyllium and Cascara. 5:05 up with the alarm, moving a little slow, but feeling good after 8 hours at home in my bed 5:30 1/2 carrot, 1 cup broth 6:00 bootcamp, abdominal workout. Lost 3 lbs over the last two weeks. 7:40 Breakfast: 2 lamb chorizo sausages, sautéed asparagus, cabbage, onion in coconut oil and kraut 8:30 a little more chorizo and veggies, breakfast was rushed before work and I just wasn’t quite satisfied 9:00 1 cup broth 11:00 Snack: rest of breakfast, celery and water 12:30 1 cup broth, finished second bottle of water 1:00 Lunch: Cajun Halibut with a pile of broccoli, …

Food Sensitivity induced abdominal swelling

This morning I woke up and my belly was noticeably flat. Just one day without any irritating foods can do that. Yesterday was totally grain and sugar free for me. It’s described as non gaseous abdominal swelling/ bloating and makes people look like they are pregnant. Do you, or someone you know sometimes have a big distended belly, one that comes and goes throughout the day and with eating? Well, it is likely caused by a reaction to an irritating food that makes all the lymphatic tissue in the digestive tract swell up. This type of bloating is different from abdominal fat and is not relieved by passing gas. But is most definitely relieved by removing the offending foods. As the bacteria in my gut get balanced out my whole being gets balanced out. The gut has more neural pathways than the brain, it is an aspect of our thinking. When it is inflamed and on high alert emergency mode, how might that make me feel? Tense, anxious, afraid and over time exhausted and depressed. …

Food Journal, Day 4

6:00 woke up, still really tired. feeling dried out and hot. Psyllium water and back to bed 7:30 woke up a bit more rested. Strained BM, but at least there was something. I felt a bit agitated, took some Ashwaganda to relax and let go a little. Seems to help. 8:45 Breakfast: in a hurry. 5 macadamia nuts, 3 oz sautéed salmon, 1 cup steamed chard, dollop of sauerkraut and sourcream 10:30 1 pint chicken bone broth 12:00 a little walk around the block, feeling constipated again, but no movement. Getting more motivated towards being sugar free and rebuilding my gut. Another reason to quit sugar. “The classical herbalists wrote in full sentences and complex paragraphs. I like that, today everything is in short sound bites. I think this is because, we all eat sugar now and our brains are too agitated to think in long, intelligent thoughts.” Paul Bergner. 12:20 1 cup green smoothie: I made about a quart of smoothie (1 1/2 cups kefir, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 head romaine …

Listening to my gut

I’m not going to tell anyone how to eat, unless they ask my advice, of course.  But I finally told myself and am following my own advice. I got to the point where my aching joints, delayed bowel movements, frequent gas and dry skin just got to be too much for me. So I eliminated sugar, gluten, legumes and most grains from my diet a week ago. I know those are the foods I’ve struggled to digest in the past. And wow, do I feel better. The joint inflammation and pain is almost totally gone. My bowel movements are softening and totally unexpectedly I feel warm, even when it was 57 deg in my home. I’m excited and inspired. Have been browsing some paleo blogs for recipes and checking out the Gaps diet for extra ideas such as drinking bone broth with my meals. On some intellectual, moral, spiritual and environmental levels I think being vegetarian would be better. But my gut doesn’t seem to think so at all and that’s who I’ll be living …