Sunday, May 15, 2011

Unexpected GAPS Diet Results

My family has been following the GAPS diet for about 8 months now. This means we don't eat grains, starches, or sweeteners (except honey); we do eat plenty of meats, vegetables, broth, animal fats, fermented foods, hard cheese, and fruit. We have seen great improvement in all of the issues that led us to GAPS in the first place: my husband's chronic sinus problems and eczema, my daughter's poor weight gain and weak immune system, and my joint pain.  As we've progressed on the diet, though, we've also noticed some unexpected results.

  • Less Plaque on Teeth - Prior to the GAPS diet, my husband and I both had a large amount of plaque on the insides of our lower teeth (we haven't been to the dentist in over 5 years). This plaque has been diminishing little-by-little since we started GAPS.  Now there is hardly any plaque at all.
  • Drink Less Water -  On our previous grain-heavy diet, we drank lots of water throughout the day.  We are much less thirsty now than prior to the GAPS diet. I now drink only about one quarter of the water I used to, and seem less prone to getting dehydration headaches. 
  • Better Sleeping and Napping - Our daughter was 3 and 1/2 years old when we started the GAPS diet.  For several months prior, she was phasing out her regular afternoon nap, and would only nap perhaps one or two days a week.  This was a problem because we could tell that she still needed a nap on the days she missed it (she was more hyper and easily upset in the evenings).  After just a few weeks on GAPS, I noticed that she seemed to be napping much more regularly. This pattern has persisted, as even now she rarely misses an afternoon nap.  Additionally, our daughter used to wake up wimpering or crying most nights, and sometimes several times a night.  She started sleeping much more soundly once we started GAPS, and for months now she hasn't even made a peep during the night.
  • Less Muscle Cramping - My husband has been plagued with muscle cramping for years.  Random muscles cramp up if he makes sudden movements or sometimes even just going about day-to-day activities.  This muscle cramping has decreased since going on the GAPS diet. 
  • Less Canker Sores - My husband and I both suffer from canker sores in our mouths.  The frequency of these sores has greatly diminished during the GAPS diet.  Additionally, the sores we do get are not as severe as they once were.
  • More Leg Hair - Over the last few years, I noticed that the amount of hair on my legs was decreasing.  By the end of my last pregnancy, my legs were essentially bald from the knee down.  Don't get me wrong; this lack of hair was nice as I hardly needed to shave at all.  But balding lower legs are actually a little-known sign of adrenal fatigue. While on GAPS, I've noticed that my lower legs are once again growing a normal amount of hair.  While not as attractive, this is a great sign that my body is getting healthier.
  • My Sweating Problem - Early on in my adult life, I noticed that I sweat way more than most people.  I was never overly concerned about my sweating while I was still using the typical antiperspirants, but once I started using "natural" alternatives I basically had to give up wearing cotton shirts as I was embarrassed to have large sweat rings under my arms. It never occured to me that my sweating problem was something that could be cured; I figured it was just part of me.  But I have been absolutely amazed to see that the GAPS diet has remedied the problem! 
  • Clearer Skin - For years, I've had small pimples on my upper arms.  These have disappeared while on GAPS.  

We're not ready to come off the GAPS diet yet, as we've noticed small reactions when trying to reintroduce starches into our diets.  But by now, being on the GAPS diet is no hardship.  The food is delicious and we don't feel deprived.  I don't think we'll ever go back to relying so heavily on grains, as we just feel so good without them.

Have you had any unexpected results from the GAPS diet (or similar diets such as primal or paleo)?

This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, Real Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!

39 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! This is fascinating. We feel so much better not eating grains as well. I'm so glad to know someone I can talk to about GAPS. And I'm so grateful you post recipes!

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  2. So glad to hear all of the positive outcomes. I would be over the moon happy if it helped me with sweating! I too sweat so much and have to choose clothes wisely. So annoying. I'd be happy to get rid of acne for once too. It's been at bay during pg, but now that Abram is here I'm afraid it's just around the corner again.

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  3. How is your energy? Forgive me if you've answered this somewhere else, but I only started following your blog recently.

    Every time I add starch to my mostly primal diet (usually plantains and sweet potatoes but sometimes rice or oats), my energy and mood improve but I get so achy in my muscles and joints. It's a tough call what to do at this point. I don't want to paint myself into a corner where I can no longer digest starch at all by not eating any for an extended period.

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  4. Hi Lisa - for the first few months, my energy was good (it's a bit hard to tell as I don't get great sleep with an all-night nurser baby). But in the last few months I've had problems with getting extremely tired and lethargic periodically. I'm trying to figure out the cause. So far, the suggestions I've seen make me think I need to either try to get more carbs or try to eat more fat (since so much fat is going into my breastmilk). I'm now experimenting with both of those options to see if I notice any difference. I already eat a fair amount of fat, but nonetheless it is worth a shot to add more. As for carbs, they were very low as I was only getting them from veggies and 1-2 pieces of fruit per day. So I'm trying to eat a bit more fruit and allowing a few more sweets (which feels really counter intuitive after years of reducing my sugar consumption to almost nil).

    I don't think you will end up painting yourself into a corner on not being able to digest starches. From what I've read, the longer you eat a GAPS-type diet (especially including plenty of fermented foods/probiotics), the better your body will get at digesting the starch molecules. As I understand it, the joint pain is being caused by complex molecules (like starch or grains) not being digested completely and then there is some leakage through your gut into your bloodstream. I have the same problem. Before going on GAPS, I had chronic shoulder pain in one shoulder that really limited my range of motion. As long as I keep following GAPS, I am pain-free, but if I start trying to eat potatoes the pain starts coming back. This just means my gut hasn't finished healing so I need to stick with it longer. For adults it can take 2-3 years to get fully healed, and I'm only at the 8-month mark.

    Let me know if you find any other solutions to the energy problem!

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    1. http://www.cheeseslave.com/how-i-went-too-low-carb-on-the-gaps-diet-guest-post/ <--This is a really great post on this topic! :)

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  5. Great post Sarah! I hope to see some of these results in myself, too. I've been on GAPS for 4 months but some of that was transition so I was still 'cheating'. I'm going to do intro in a few weeks and look forward to more healing.
    FYI: those pimples on upper arms could be vit D deficiency. I noticed them on my arms, too, but I've been neglecting my CLO and I don't get out much in the sun. I've definitely got to remedy that!

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  6. It is great to hear of these changes since my family has been "nearly" GAPS for a couple of months now. Thanks for the encouragement!!

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  7. It's wonderful to hear how things improved on the Gaps diet.

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  8. Great post! We've seen almost all of the same things improve at our house, though I must admit we are only about 50% GAPS - still trying to wrap our heads around the Celiac diagnosis.

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  9. This is great news! Congrats for sticking with GAPS for 8 months; that's huge! I'm sharing this with friends who just started GAPS. Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. You really inspire me! I hope after we're done traveling to get back on a full-GAPS style bandwagon. The biggest thing will be cutting out the grains (again!), the processed foods we've let sneak in while we travel, and upping our probiotics. I am hopeful for positive effects. My LO wakes up whimpering at night at times and I often wonder if GAPS would help her (i.e., if it's a gut issue).
    Have you seen this article?
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517110315.htm

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  11. Thanks for the link, Megan. I'm glad to see that the gut connection to so many problems is slowly trickling into the mainstream.

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  12. I'm currently in the process of changing my diet in hopes of getting clearer skin. I'm eliminating dairy (except eggs & goat milk yogurt), soy, sugar (except raw honey), nuts, refined/processed foods, starches & grains from my diet. So I started doing more research on substitutes for things that I love to eat. I stumbled across your blog and had to subscribe.
    I sweat a lot & I read that it could have something to do with my diet so I have high hopes that things will change for the better inside & out once I start this new way of eating.
    My one concern is maintaining my weight. I'm 5'4 about 110lbs and I want to stay that way! ha! I think my love of potatoes and junk food helped me keep from being too skinny. I'm afraid I may not be able to maintain my weight without grains & starches!! I need to consume a minimum of 1550 cal a day....I really don't know how to do that with just berries, meat & veggies.

    Do you have any suggestions to keep my calorie intake high? thanks in advance

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  13. Hi Yolanda - My husband had a similar concern about GAPS since he also tends to be very thin. We have found that there was a small amount of weight loss initially, but his weight has returned to where it was previously as we have stuck with the diet. I was still carrying some baby weight when we started the GAPS diet, and I lost all of it and then leveled off at a healthy weight. It seems like GAPS diet will really get your weight to whereever it needs to be for your body.

    To keep the calories high enough, I would suggest:
    -don't drink water; instead drink yogurt, kefir, or broth (leave the fat in if you make your own, if not add a spoonful of fat such as coconut oil)
    -eat lots of snacks (we usually have three meals plus three snacks every day)
    -eat lots of fat

    I also looked on the GAPS site and found this info in the FAQs (http://gaps.me/preview/?page_id=32):
    Am I going to loose weight on the GAPS diet? I am already underweight and find it very difficult to gain weight.
    Regular consumption of grains and processed carbohydrates causes water retention in the body. As you stop consuming these foods, you will loose that excess water and hence loose some weight, which usually happens in the first few weeks. Without the water retention you will get to your real weight and size, which will show you the real extend of your malnutrition. As you follow the GAPS nutritional protocol your digestive system will start absorbing foods properly and nourishing you; you will start building dense bones, healthy muscles and other tissues and organs and gaining weight as a result. You may remain fairly slim for the rest of your life (as it may be your constitution), but you will become strong, vibrant and full of energy.

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  14. thanks Sarah. I have been thin my whole life, I just didn't want to get any thinner. I was not aware that grains & processed carbs caused water retention. The weight that I picked up over the past year was mainly in my tummy & hip area. I weighed more but my waist was still the same size pretty much...can't explain that one! Thanks again for your info and tips!

    Best Wishes!

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  15. Hi, I'd love to see such improvement in my sweating issue! Meanwhile, I have a question about the sinus problems. Were your husband's prior sinus problems affected by consuming dairy? I ask because I have avoided dairy for years because for me it causes increased "gunk" (mucous, drainage, whatever) which leads to more sinus infections, etc. So as I read about the Nourishing Traditions approach, for instance, and the improvements that are gained through consuming raw dairy, cultured dairy, and using whey for fermentation, I am a bit concerned about introducing those things into my diet, for fear of introducing more sinus issues. I use coconut milk regularly, but it seems like in some cases it's necessary to face the dairy issue - such as in the case of using whey. I have no idea what aspect of dairy causes the sinus issues, so it's quite possible that I'd do fine with whey, if it's not the culprit in the first place. Just wondering if you and your husband have any experience in this regard, or whether his sinus issues were of a different nature. I have wondered whether I could use "whey" from coconut milk yogurt or kefir (or does it have to be from yogurt, not kefir?); I know salt can be used in some instances, but not all. Just wondering what options I have, and whether I'll be missing out on benefits by avoiding dairy altogether. I've been skimming through Eat Fat, Lose Fat, particularly the Health Recovery chapter, as I deal with adrenal dysfunction; I've looked for an answer to this dairy question but haven't found it yet.

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  16. Hi Tara - I'm surprised to hear so many others have a sweating issue too! I never realized I wasn't the only one.

    As for the sinuses, I'm not sure if I can totally answer your question, but I can tell you about our experience. My husband had chronic sinus infections for many years. He ended up having two sinus surgeries (this was WAY before we got on the real food bandwagon); the second surgery was basically to fix the mess-ups from the first surgery. Knowing what we know now, he never, ever would have gone through with the surgeries. They did not fix the problem and he still continued to have chronic sinus infections multiple times every year (and sometimes more than once/month). And of course, the normal course of treatment from the doctor for his infections was antibiotics over and over again.

    We learned about neti pots probably about 7-8 years ago, and those helped a lot, but only if he was able to use it before the infection really got going (otherwise, the sinus tissues would be so inflamed that he couldn't get the water from the neti pot back out, so the infections would get even worse). My husband was "lactose-intolerant" so he only drank lactaid milk and took lots of lactaid pills whenever he consumed dairy.

    When we changed to the Nourishing Traditions diet about 5.5 years ago, my husband saw marked improvements and got infections less often. But he would still get them a few times each year. We also switched to drinking raw milk around the same time, and learned that he was really only allergic to pasteurized milk; he can drink raw milk with no problem and can even then eat ice cream and cheese with no problem since the lactase enzymes in the raw milk seem to stick around in his gut and help further with digestion. Fast forward to the GAPS diet, and now we've learned that in all those years, my husband's sinuses must have had chronic inflammation. I remember early on in GAPS when he was totally shocked that he had slept with his mouth closed (previously he couldn't breathe well enough through his nose to sleep with his mouth closed). And now when his sinuses start to get gunky, he can actually blow his nose and the gunk comes out. (Before, it would always be trapped in there, sometimes for weeks, which would cause the infection to drag on and on.) He has had only one sinus infection since we've started GAPS (that's almost nine months now, and the infection was probably caused by the crazy wind and dust storms we've been having all spring), and even that one infection was not nearly as bad since he was still able to go to work and function fairly well (whereas previously he would be out of commission for several days with a high fever). It seems like his sinuses are still quite prone to getting gunky, but the beauty is that is very rarely gets more serious now since he can blow everything out now.

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  17. More for Tara - As far as dairy, it may very well be that you would have no problems with whey. If you make it properly, there will be no milk solids left in it anyway (mine is always clear and a very light yellow color). The main thing to getting nice clear whey is to make sure you use a tight-weave cloth for straining the whey out. I use dish towels or some of our cloth napkins and they work great. I don;t think there is anything magical about whey to use for culturing. Some places also sell vegetable starter cultures that are dairy-free (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/starter-cultures/other-starter-cultures.html)

    I like to use whey because it is much cheaper and readily available in my house. If you want to give whey a try, maybe you should go through the food allergy test described by Natasha Campbell-McBride for GAPS. She recommends the following (copied from here http://gaps.me/preview/?page_id=28):
    Take a drop of the food in question (if the food is solid, mash and mix with a bit of water) and place it on the inside of the wrist of the patient. Do it at bedtime. Let the drop dry on the skin, then let your patient go to sleep. In the morning check the spot: if there is an angry red reaction, then avoid that food for a few weeks, and then try again. If there is no reaction, then go ahead and introduce it gradually starting from a small amount (starting with one teaspoon per day and gradually increasing to several tablespoons per day).

    I hope this helps!

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  18. I just discovered your blog and am intrigued by the GAPS diet! I'm familiar with The Maker's Diet and Nourishing Traditions, so the GAPS diet rings a bell. Our family is currently on a gluten free diet, due to our little boys' severe food allergies. I have so many questions I'd love to ask... would you mind emailing me? You can find my email on the "contact" link on my blog. I'd love to "talk" more about the GAPS diet!! Thanks so much, Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage

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  19. Hi Sarah~
    I'm a new neighbor (Santa Fe) and Pregnancy Coach. Love your blog & wondered if you've made it over to Mark's Daily Apple? We Primal folks are eating very similarly to the GAPs diet. I used to be a WAP-er, but like your family, found that grains were really causing me issues.

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  20. Hi Sondra,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I love Mark's Daily Apple! Before we started the GAPS-diet about a year ago, I did lots of research into different grain-free diets (and even made myself a dorky spreadsheet to compare what foods were allowed on each one). In the end, we chose GAPS because we had some healing to do, but as you mentioned, GAPS is very close to Primal. I've actually been working on a post comparing GAPS and Primal.

    I'm not sure about whether or not we'll decide to abstain from grains indefinitely, but we sure won't ever go back to eating so many of them! And actually, even when we do start eating grains again, the amount would probably still fall under the 80/20 Primal rule (you know, maybe once or twice a week as a treat or something).

    Anyhow, welcome, and it's great to "meet" you. Sounds like we have other similar interests too since you are a pregnancy coach and I could see myself becoming a doula or widwife once my newest job (homeschooling mom) ends in another 15 years. :)

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  21. I have totally noticed the sweating issue getting better! But, I'm not even on GAPS fully. I noticed before I switched to a traditional diet that I was sweating a LOT under my arms- it was a little ridiculous. I could never resell my clothes or even donate them because the stains would get so bad.
    After switching to a mostly WAP diet I started to notice that I sweat a lot less and just in general smell better. Great news for my clothes! Somedays I don't even wear deodorant, and it's no big deal. Really interesting stuff! I need to tell my husband about the sinus issues; he has terrible sinus problems and gets infections every year.

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  22. I'm so glad I found this site via the HealthyHomeEconomist. I've been wavering betw/going on a full out GAPS diet for the past couple of months. I'm also extremely underweight. I've always been thin but after having a baby I gradually come down so low to look almost anorexic and I've continued to be fatigued in the mornings despite having stopped nursing 5 months back. I learned from my chiropractor via lab tests that the reason was a damaged metabolic system, my SIGA was 1! This was 7 months ago. I've since been on an elimination diet and even before that had been on a traditional diet with lots of home broths, meat, local organic greens, fermented veggies, loads of eggs and coconut oil etc....but still no changes (I avoided dairy and have been gluten-free for 6 mos, but now eat raw goat & sheep dairy incl. homemade kefir. I wasn't sure whether to eliminate grains altogether or eat more as I cannot afford to lose more weight. If I eliminate starches, is it still ok to consume things like sweet potatoes and squash? One mama on GAPS recommended not drinking the kefir water I've been making as it is probably unnecessarily speeding up my already hyper-metabolism and bc/of the sugar content. Would you agree? No kefir water or kombucha? I'm getting really frustrated with the lack of progress, hence all the questions. PS I just got a juicer to make veggie juices hoping this helps my body heal faster and am considering doing a colon and liver cleanse to eliminate possible stones. Is this something you'd recommend? Thanks for any advice! Luci

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  23. Hi Luci,
    On GAPS, no sweet potatoes are allowed, but squashes are allowed.

    Water kefir and kombucha, if fermented properly, should have very little if any sugar remaining. We drink both while on GAPS. (We let our kombucha brew for 3 weeks to make it quite sour.)

    I've never done a liver or colon cleanse, but it seems like it couldn't hurt. Juicing is a great way to detox and get lots of nutrients. I like to follow the GAPS recommendation to combine fresh juice with a raw egg and a large dollop of sour cream; this keeps the juice from giving you a big glucose spike.

    One of the main reasons we are doing GAPS for our daughter is low weight. Her weight gain has improved dramatically while on the diet. My husband is somewhat low weight as well; he initially lost a little bit on GAPS, but then gained it back and has held steady since then.

    I hope this helps; let me know if you have any more questions!

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  24. My family has been on the GAPS diet for 7 months now and have seem many improvements. One unexpected one is that I used to have really bad dandruff in my hair...and now it is mostly gone!!:)

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  25. Sarah,
    I am really glad I found this - we are launching into the GAPS diet on Jan 9th. I have been stocking up on GAPS things and reading everything I can. We are a large family (6 children plus 2 adults) and I have been a big overwhelmed at the thought of making so much food when I am already so tired. One of my concerns has been that I am also nursing a 7 month old. I am looking at doing the GAPS intro diet and wondered about other ladies that have been nursing and did the intro diet. I do have about 60 pounds to lose also (from 5 pregnancies in 6 years!) and would love the weight loss aspect of it but dont want to lose my milk in the process... any thoughts on that?

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  26. Hello Frontier Farms,
    Yes, GAPS can definitely be overwhelming at first. I can assure you, though, that after a few months it will start to feel like second nature. If you are like me, you will be amazed at how much energy you will have as you get into the full swing of the GAPS diet.

    I would strongly recommend that you do NOT do the intro right away since you are nursing. My youngest was 6 months old when we started GAPS, and we started with the Full GAPS diet. After about 2 months, we did the intro, and it was REALLY difficult for me. My husband and daughter breezed through it, but I felt like I was starving to death. I lost weight way too fast (about 4-6 pounds per week), and the big problem was that, once I started the intro diet, I couldn't go back to Full GAPS without going through the full intro progression because my stomach would hurt really badly if I tried to rush through the intro. If I had to do it again, I would wait to do intro until my baby was eating a substantial portion of food and not relying so much on my milk (my son was nursing exclusively when I did intro). I've actually done intro twice (the second time was after about 8 months on GAPS), and the second time was so much easier, especially since we had already done the full dairy progression so I was able to include kefir and yogurt the second time around. Intro definitely does accelerate the healing, and it also helps you identify which GAPS-legal foods may still be a problem for you.

    For the rest of your family, I would still recommend that you do Full GAPS for a month or two before doing the intro, as intro can be very overwhelming.

    I hope this helps, and let me know if you need any more info.

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    1. Hi Sarah! I love your blog especcialy now that i follow the Gaps diet. So many great recipies, I can't thank you enough! I 'm very interested in the intro since I'm planing in doing it this August, along with my 2 year old son. He is still nursing but I can not wait till weaning since it won't be soon. So you think I can do intro while nursing him? Did you have any problems with your little one? You think it can be done?

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    2. I did intro twice. The first time my son was only 6 months old and was exclusively nursing. I do NOT recommend doing intro with an exclusively-nursing baby!!

      But, the second time, my son was older and eating some food. Then it was much better. Since your son is older as well, I bet it will work just fine. A couple tips for you for intro:
      -Make sure you stop taking probiotics when you start intro and then gradually reintroduce them again.
      -If possible, do the full dairy progression before you do intro. That way, you can keep enjoying cultured dairy during intro and that gives way more options for quick and easy snacks.
      Good luck!!

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    3. Thank ypu so much for the tips Sarah. What worries me is that my toxins will pass to my child through breastmilk and it crossed my mind that maybe it would be safer for him not taking my probiotics during intro. So you think I can reintroduce them gradually?

      About the full dairy progression, I'm already having milk kefir kai hard cheeses. Should I stop?

      Thank you!

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    4. I think it is a good plan to the probiotics when you start intro. Just doing the intro can really trigger die-off, so you don't want to make that worse by taking probiotics at the same time. Then you can reintroduce the probiotics when you are past the first few weeks and can tell whether or not you are still having any die-off reaction.

      The full dairy progression start with NO dairy whatsoever for 6 weeks, then you start slowly from there by doing a sensitivity test (placing some whey in a little place on your arm and check the next morning to see if there is any angry red reaction). If you don't react to the whey on your skin, then you introduce small amounts of whey into the diet, then working your way into yogurt, kefir, cheese, and butter. If you already did the full progression, then you should be fine to keep consuming the kefir and yogurt during intro. But if you didn't do the full progression, you may want to before you do intro.

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    5. I will follow your advise then! Thank you so much for the tips!!

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  27. So happy to have found your blog! I have been considering the gaps diet for my 5 yr old daughter for several months now but haven't taken the plunge yet. She has bad eczema and chronic sinus infections plus other issues as well. I know a few ladies who are on gluten-free diets and are convinced she is gluten intolerant... After doing some research I'm leaning more towards the gaps diet rather than just going gluten-free. I'll admit I'm intimidated by it, and a bit overwhemled. It's a very different way of eating than what we are used to. :( I'm not even sure where to start... But reading about others who are actually doing it and seeing that it IS possible is encouraging..I know i will visit your blog often! -Lori

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  28. Welcome, Lori! GAPS can be overwhelming, but it does seem to work wonders. It seems to work especially fast for kids, so at least you could potentially only have to do a few months to see great results for your daughter. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions!

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  29. I just wanted to correct a comment. A poster above mentioned that the bumps on your arms might be Vit D deficiency. I think she has gotten the Vitamin wrong. I am relatively certain that is Keratosis Pilaris, a Vitamin A deficiency. It is however helped by the CLO, which has large doses of animal source Vitamin A, and Vit D (needed to help absorb the A). Both myself and my daughter had this, FCLO cured it rather quickly.

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  30. While not specifically on the GAPS diet, I've been primal for almost a year and a half and have recently eliminated fruit in an effort to remineralize a cavity.

    Getting off wheat eliminated the inflammation in my hips and wrists. I had a little wheat over Thanksgiving and couldn't walk for almost a month because of the inflammation. My wrists had been so bad that I was having trouble typing and driving, but after getting off wheat for about six weeks, I was able to drive alone through three large states and back with no problems whatsover.

    I also realized about a month ago that the hay fever that normally lays me out from mid-February through the end of April didn't rear its head at all. I usually have a sinus headache that lasts the whole time. It was completely gone for the first time in decades!

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  31. Hello,
    I have just discovered I have a Candida Overgrowth. And am starting to follow a strict diet which basically is no fruit, no grain and no dairy (except Kefir and probiotic yogurt). Those are all the things I love to eat!!!! But every time I'd eat my stomach would hurt and I'd just cry because everything I loved to eat hurt me. I have basically all the other symptoms of Candida Overgrowth too, but intestinal pain was the worst! So now I am starting on my journey and just cry because I don't know what to eat and then I found your recipes!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I'm so relieved to have these wonderful recipes!!!!
    I bought a bunch of stuff today and can't wait to start cooking and baking!!!!
    Thank you so much for posting these!!!!!!
    ~Sue

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    1. You're welcome Sue! I wish you much healing!

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  32. Hi! I've been on the GAPS diet for 18 months. Unexpected results:
    1) no more bug bites; mosquitos used to eat me up
    2) no longer stinky; body odor and foot odor gone
    3) clearer skin
    4) no more sweet tooth
    5) my extended family is moving toward a more WAP / Nourishing Traditions diet.
    6) I actually like a much wider variety of vegetables and foods. And I am no longer afraid to try new foods.

    And for the result that was not only "expected" but also prayed for, hoped for: my son's eczema is gone! We transitioned him off GAPS to WAP / Nourishing Traditions diet over 6 months ago and he is still eczema free!!! Previously, he would get terrible eczema after consuming wheat. He eats it now with no problem!

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