Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gradually going GAPS

I have been researching and praying since January about putting our little guy on the GAPS Diet. I found out about it from a friend and read up on it online. The first places I went to were here and here. But after initially reading what it would take, I shrugged it off. This diet looked way too complicated and expensive. So we kept on doing what we were doing diet wise.

As this year has progressed I can see that Buddy was not doing as well as he had been; and I suspected that he was started to react to the foods he was eating regularly. Hubby and I talked about it, and agreed that we should have him retested. We agreed that if he tested positive for things he had previously tested negative for, then we would consider putting him on the GAPS Diet. Well, life happened. Buddy had to have ear surgery and then a long recovery. He wasn't off of antihistamines for a long enough period for us to get another round of testing done.... until recently. He got retested this month and the results were as we expected. He is now reacting to the food he regularly eats such as apples, bananas, corn, pork, beef etc. These same foods that a year and a half ago were NOT allergen foods, but now they are.

The GAPS diet we will gradually be moving Buddy on to is short for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet. It was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride a Neurologist and Nutritionist. She successfully treated her son for autism using this diet and he is now off the autism spectrum.

The premise of the diet is that many physical and psychological problems are often rooted in an imbalanced intestinal system. In regards to our situation- the food allergies are actually a manifestation of a leaky gut. Using the GAPS Diet protocol we believe that it could be possible for Buddy's intestinal system to heal and thus his allergies would gradually disappear. There are many testimonials of people who have gone on the diet and found great changes occur in their physical and mental health.

This diet is complicated and can be expensive, but I have been praying for direction. I asked the Lord IF He wanted us to take this next course of action; then I would need provision for the resources (both financially and food wise) and resources for learning how to once again cook and feed my little guy a whole new way. And that has been provided.

So I am now learning how to cook grain free, among other things. I have learned how to make kefir, sauerkraut, and bone broths. There is allot to learn and I intend on doing it gradually. As I find new recipes and things change, I will share my discoveries here or here. All of this in the hopes that what we are discovering will help or encourage someone else on their path as well.