Throughout my time of teaching the GAPS Class, I’ve fielded a lot of different questions about the GAPS Diet and Protocol. I’ve compiled a few common questions into this post – 5 Myths about the GAPS Diet.
Myth #1 – I will lose all my favorite foods, and the food won’t taste good.
Truth – It used to be a bit of a hunt to find good grain-free food. NOT anymore. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite food blogs for finding great tasting, grain-free & GAPS friendly food.
Plus, a Google tip for finding more…use search words with “paleo”, “primal”, “grain-free”, or “GAPS” when searching for a particular food, and you’ll usually find something that works or that is easily adaptable.
- Well Fed Homestead
- Urban Poser
- The Nourishing Gourmet
- Deliciously Organic
- Against All Grain
- Health, Home, Happy
- Comfy Belly
- Elana’s Pantry
- The Paleo Mom
- Well Fed/The Clothes Make The Girl
- Nom Nom Paleo
- Good Mood Food
Like to have a cookbook that you can hold in your hands?
Here are a few great ones (that are either GAPS specific, or adaptable)
- The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton & Mary Brackett
- The Grain Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt
- Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sara Fragoso
- Ladled by Kimberly Harris
- Primal Cuisine by Pauli Halstead
Myth #2 – The GAPS Diet is low carb
Truth – The GAPS Diet can be as low carb, or high carb, as you want it to be.
The sources of carbs on GAPS: Vegetables…vegetables…navy beans, more vegetables, honey, fruit, lentils & small amounts of nuts. These energy-providing, whole-food carbohydrates come packaged with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, fat…the whole package, and NOT low carb. For a full list of GAPS foods download this list.
Myth #3 – My body will become super sensitive to more foods, so GAPS will just make me worse.
Truth – If that happens initially, there is a reason. The question is, will you listen to your honest body (now that you can hear it), or will you ignore it? To quote Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride:
“There is a so-called “masking phenomenon” in food allergies. When the person keeps eating offending foods, reactions to them overlap with each other and it is impossible to know what exactly the person is reacting to. When you start removing foods hidden allergies get unmasked, which is often a nasty surprise. In GAPS people their gut is damaged and porous, so they may react to most foods, if not all of them. As we cannot starve ourselves, we need to ignore those reactions and get on with healing the gut lining. If a particular food is causing an unacceptably severe reaction, then keep it out for a while. But if the reactions are not too drastic, just live with them, while working on your GAPS Introduction diet. In the meantime bio-resonance therapy, medical neutralization, homeopathy, NES and other vibrational forms of medicine can help you to reduce the severity of reactions.”
Myth #4 – I’ll have to eat “xyz” food that I have a problem with.
Truth – We are all bio-individuals, with different nutritional needs, deficiencies, and issues. GAPS is a “template” of nourishing and healing foods. It’s a model, or grouping, of safer foods, and removes foods that are difficult to digest. If you have histamine issues, are taking medications, have thyroid issues, etc., you can keep the basic healing tenets of the Protocol, and make adaptations for the rest. You may also be surprised to find you can tolerate foods you could not prior to starting. Listen to your body.
Myth #5 – I’ll never get out of the kitchen and this diet will take forever!
Truth – You will spend extra time in the kitchen during Intro. However, with a little forethought, it doesn’t have to be your whole life, I’ve got some tips, and when you are familiar with the GAPS menu, it will take no longer than any way of Real Food Eating.
1.5 – 2 years is the normal length of time for a GAPS condition. Our family likes so many GAPS foods that we still eat that way for the most part, a couple of years later. This period is also short, in comparison, to a lifetime of sub-par health. You owe it to your body.
Any more questions or mysteries? I’d love to hear them.
In the comments below, let me know what you are thinking about, or are concerned about when you think about the GAPS Protocol.
Melanie Christner, NTP, CGP