GAPS Diet on a Budget

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GAPS Diet on a Budget – Part 1: Money Mindset

You may have heard the phrase, “You can pay for your health now, or you can pay for it later.” 

We can end up spending a lot of time and money trying to escape or dull the pain of our symptoms. Pain medications, alcohol, prescriptions, supplements, practitioners, and “miracle cures” add up quickly. 

It is my opinion (and experience) that the GAPS™ diet can ultimately save you money on symptom management while using real food nutrition to heal the root causes of your pain.

But — a healing diet can be a financial stretch in the beginning, and I wanted to write a series that helps with some of the sticking points around a healing diet — and the money that pays for it. Here’s a look at what we’ll cover in this multi-part series about the GAPS Diet on a budget. 

In this GAPS Diet on a Budget Series, we’ll cover the following topics:

  1. Money Mindset & EFT
  2. Ten Steps to a “Dynamic” Budget
  3. GAPS Grocery Shopping Strategies that Save $
  4. Meal Prep and Planning Strategies
  5. Bonus: Ideas for bringing in Additional Income

The tips in this series come from what I have learned from putting attention on learning about money. They also come from what my assistant Deanna has learned from her experiences of doing GAPS on a limited budget as a single mother.

Money Mindset

In this first part of the series, I’m going to talk about my tips around money mindset. Discussing money mindset is a bit of a departure from talking about GAPS recipes and tips on implementation. Still, I feel it is just as essential to work on mindset and beliefs around money — as it is to be strategic with spending on healing GAPS food for your kitchen.

Money coming in the door is as much about mindset — as it is about what kind of job, skills, luck, etc. that you might have. 

Below I’m going to list a couple of exercises that have helped me to have a healthier relationship with money (hint: a healthy relationship with money tends to bring in more of it.) 

Exercise 1: Change your money beliefs with EFT 

Our inner beliefs & stories we carry about money act as blocks to doing well by ourselves and others in relationship to money. I learned how to clear a lot of money blocks using the Emotional Freedom Technique. 

Emotional Freedom Technique (or EFT for short) can change your brain chemistry. Adding in tapping on acupuncture points while making statements about your money stories can pull you out of the fight or flight mode, and “Within a few minutes, nothing is as scary or stressful—and your brilliant, analytical brain takes over.”

Below are some examples of how you could use tapping to release and turn around negative money mindset patterns. 

Negative mindset examples:

“Even though I believe these things about money, I now choose to release”:

  1. Money is not pure, and wealthy people are greedy & dishonest
  2. It’s vain to spend money on my body & health
  3. Money is the root of all evil


“I now believe these things about money”:

  1. I am grateful for money to come into my life, and I choose to do good with money.
  2. By taking care of my health and buying good food, I am in service not only to myself, but to the people I take care of, and my friends and community — everyone benefits if I take care of myself. 
  3. Money is an energetic resource that I use to bless my life and others.

To learn the tapping points, check out the videos on this page – 

More free videos are here –

Exercise 2: Realizing your self-value

Write down 1-3 things you value about yourself every day. 

Writing down your value will help you to become aware of your skills and what you have to offer so that you feel more comfortable accepting money in exchange for your skills, knowledge, and way of being.

As my assistant, Deanna learned from her yoga training, “If you want to change something in your life, start on the inside. Big changes can happen when we work on both the inside and the outside aspects of the situation”. 

Once you have done some of the inner work, you may see that having a dynamic budget could free you from some of the fears and insecurities that money is bringing up for you. Budgeting is what we’ll talk about in the next part of our series. 

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What resources, activities, or thoughts have helped you change your mind about money? Please share it with us in the comments!

Stay tuned for our Budget Series #2 in which we dig into the nuts & bolts of making a dynamic budget and resources for that.

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