6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet Protocol

6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet Protocol

GAPS Diet is quickly gaining popularity across the world for its amazing ability to facilitate autism recovery, among other things. In fact, you’re probably reading this article right now because you’ve heard something promising about kids recovering from autism having used GAPS protocol as a basis for the healing process. But I know many families who tried GAPS and failed. After speaking with them in detail, it was painfully obvious that it wasn’t the diet that didn’t work. They (unfortunately) didn’t do GAPS diet correctly. In fact, there are just a few reasons why they failed. This article will help you see how to avoid the 6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet protocol, so that you can get the results you need in your efforts to recover your child.

I’m a believer in GAPS diet because my son Aaron is one of those kids whose recovery was made possible through GAPS. He was diagnosed when he was three, and after a year of failed mainstream intervention attempts, Aaron’s trajectory was looking grim. We started GAPS diet to recover Aaron when he was four and we saw amazing changes in his behavior (and consequently our family life) almost immediately.  Click here to learn more about Aaron’s recovery story starting with GAPS diet.

Feeling Desperate to Help Your Autistic Child?

When I finally found GAPS diet I was beyond feeling desperate. Aaron’s autism symptoms had gone from bad to worse and we were literally at rock-bottom…prisoners in our home…walking on eggshells around Aaron all the time. Things had gotten so bad that we had quit everything we had previously tried to help him.  I was of the opinion that there was nothing more we could do. We had tried everything already and nothing worked to help him. Aaron was lost to us. These were honestly some of the darkest days of my life.

I found courage to go on not based on a promise of hope or possibility. It was knowledge that finally made the difference. When I learned about the GAPS diet, I could finally see that Aaron was sick, and I could finally see how to help him. So the push to recovery began with conviction of a new reality that there were things I could do to help his condition.

My faith came in to the picture only as an afterthought. My thinking was that once his body was healed, then and only then, could Aaron begin to recover.

How GAPS Diet Works

People have discovered that GAPS diet is more appropriately considered as a tool for healing of the whole body and mind. People of all ages suffering from mild to extreme health conditions have all discovered that the secret to recovering their health  was in healing their gut.  And that is what GAPS diet does. It heals the gut wall, reestablishes healthy gut flora balance, cleanses the body of toxins, and corrects nutritional deficiencies. It may seem too simplistic to believe, but if you look closely for a connective link among various types of illnesses and diseases, the problem of gut dysbiosis and complications arising from this condition are always present.

So it’s because of this excitability factor that people get revved up to try GAPS. Hint. If you’re thinking you also would like to “try” GAPS, then there is a very real chance that you’re setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.

Why “Trying GAPS ” Won’t Work

When I hear people say that they want to try GAPS diet, I know they’ll be disappointed with the results. I’ve been around the block enough times with “newbies” in the world of autism recovery to know that trying is a sign of being under-informed, under-educated, and desperate. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Understand this: You cannot “try” GAPS and expect it to work. GAPS diet is not something you try, it’s something you do. Having said this, I’m happy to tell you that it’s virtually impossible to do GAPS correctly and not see improvement in life. The trouble is that GAPS diet is so darn simple, that its downright difficult to do it correctly without understanding the healing process.

As a result, people mess it up all the time and end up thinking that their child can’t be helped.  I feel awful when I hear this because its a shame that something so simple in concept that could make such a difference in a persons life should be so hard to achieve. That’s why I wrote this article. I wanted to share the top 6 reasons that people fail with GAPS protocol. Know these pitfalls before you begin and you will be sure to succeed in your pursuit of healing!

6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet Protocol

Avoid these 6 mistakes to ensure success with GAPS diet.

  1. Skipping the Introductory Diet and/or moving too fast through the stages
  2. Not drinking enough broth
  3. Not getting enough probiotics via food and drink
  4. Not eating enough vegetables and /or eating too much fruit
  5. Not understanding the importance of controlling environment and stress during the healing process.
  6. Cheating

First off, none of these mistakes is worse than the other, they are equally bad and will sabotage the effectiveness of the diet. The first objective in GAPS is to stop doing damage. If you skip the Introductory Diet you are starting your child’s recovery off with an extreme disadvantage. Click here to learn more about getting started on GAPS diet correctly.


A few words before parting. You must expect things to get worse before they get better, because the healing process is never straight forward, unfortunately.  GAPS diet is indeed a huge commitment, but it is always worth it. If you have a success story about using GAPS I’d love to hear it, or if you have questions about getting started I’d be happy to help.

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  1. Help me to recover my son

    • Hello Hawi,

      Thanks for reaching out. People all over the world are succeeding in recovering their children everyday, so don’t give up! I can’t give you all the answers but I can tell you what I did for my son. I created an audio course for people like you who want to know everything I know. It will help you to trace my steps exactly so that you can compare your child and develop a recovery plan. Check out my ASD Handbook, its the best I have to offer!


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