Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

I know what you’re thinking. Just based on the title of this article, anyone who reads this likely falls into one of two camps.  In the best case, you are turning toward diet and nutrition as a way to heal your child from autism; or in the worst case, you are only reading this to pick apart my every word because you’ve already decided that autism cannot be “cured”. Please, if you’re a hater, this article isn’t for you. Politely close your screen and move on with your life. Remember, you don’t believe autism can be healed anyway so don’t let me waste your time. As for the rest of you, you’ve come to the right place. I am writing this for you, to encourage you to do the work to heal the body with GAPS protocol and to help you understand what a real timeline of recovery actually looks like. So here it is, autism recovery timeline using GAPS Diet. GAPS Diet – the foundation for autism treatment First off, before reading any further, you need to fully understand what GAPS diet is and what it is not. Even if you think you know GAPS, please allow for the possibility that there may be things you don’t fully understand yet.  GAPS doesn’t work half-way. It kind of an all or nothing deal. Having said this, I strongly suggest you read What is The GAPS Diet before going any further in this article. Otherwise, the  magnitude and implications of what I say will be misinterpreted and you will be missing out on valuable information. The Two Parts of the GAPS Diet...
How To Travel on GAPS Diet

How To Travel on GAPS Diet

Okay, so you’ve realized that GAPS is right for you and you’ve gotten started on the right track. You’re starting to see positive gains and life is looking pretty good to you. Optimism has found you and the future is full of  exciting possibilities that you’d previously written off as pipe dreams. Things are so good, in fact, that you’ve decided to take the family on a vacation to Disney World. But then it hits you...HOW DO I TRAVEL WITH THIS DIET?!?  Don’t worry, you can do it. You will have to be creative and it will take some specific planning, but it can be done and I will show you how. It’s a little bit like camping, except you can expect the comfort of a hotel bed and shower. I actually got so good at this that I used to brag to friends who thought my commitment to GAPS was impossible that I could get dinner on the table faster than they could go through a drive-thru. There are a few special issues that we’ll need to address, but let’s just start by taking a look at what you will need to pull this off. Here it is…how to travel on GAPS diet. General GAPS Travel Supplies Packing List large cooler insulated lunch box 3-4 thermoses portable electric stove top ice packs stainless steal pot cast iron skillet knives cutting board stainless steel containers or lunch box kits silverware dish soap kitchen towels paper towels epsom salts Staples for Traveling with GAPS ghee salt (Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan) honey stevia 1 dozen eggs ginger water Prepared...
Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS

Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS

There are a lot of popular diets trending for autism treatment. One of the most common is the gluten-free, casein- free. In fact, when my son was first diagnosed with autism we started him on the classic GFCF diet…very much to his detriment. I hadn’t yet heard of GAPS, but when I finally did I was sold.  GAPS explained every reason why GFCF failed.  We got started and never looked back. Since then, I’ve found that vast majority of people I meet know what GFCF is and they make the mistake of thinking that GAPS is the same thing. GFCF and GAPS are not the same thing.  I will even go so far as to say that one will help you and the other will hurt you. In this article, I aim to provide a side-by-side comparison of the two diets with the ultimate goal of encouraging you to keep your distance from the GFCF trend. Here it is: Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) vs Gluten-free, Casein-Free Diet (GFCF) The GAPS diet clearly differs from GFCF in three ways: GAPS does not allow refined sugars or starchy foods like potatoes, rice, and corn, which are the foundation of the GFCF diet. The foundation of the GAPS diet is gelatin-rich bone broths and home-fermented probiotic foods. GFCF diet allows you to shop in the healthy living isle of the grocery store, consuming anything that states GFCF on the label. GAPS does not allow consumption of pre-made, store-bought food convenience foods. Everything must be made at home with organic, quality ingredients. GFCF never allows dairy...
How to Get Started with the GAPS Diet Today

How to Get Started with the GAPS Diet Today

Recover Your Health with the GAPS Diet Have you heard? GAPS diet is finally starting to get the credit it deserves for its ability to help people recover their health, and even help parents recover their kids from autism.  That’s how I learned about it. My son, Aaron, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old, and after a failed year of mainstream intervention methods like GFCF diet and state provided therapies, his autism had gone from bad to worse. We started with GAPS and never looked back.  Today, Aaron is a thriving and we thank Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride for her work and research in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome in helping us recover our son. So here you go–how to get started with the GAPS Diet. Getting Started with GAPS Once you figure GAPS out, it’s so simple that you’ll laugh at yourself for being afraid to dive in a do it. But, you know what they say, getting started is the hardest part. GAPS is no exception to that rule. The learning curve is pretty steep, because interpreting the steps of the diet requires you to gain a full understanding of what qualifies for GAPS quality food. You’re not just going to be able to stop in to the local market, rush through the healthy living isle, and start this diet. GAPS quality foods are excellence without compromise. They are grown and/or raised in appropriate and humane conditions that both protect their nutrient value of the food, and also ensure that there are no unwanted chemicals or GMO residues present. GAPS Food Standards You cook...
My 6 Favorite GAPS Diet Recipes

My 6 Favorite GAPS Diet Recipes

This article will provide GAPS diet recipes, along with my 6 favorite GAPS friendly foods. My family first started the GAPS diet in July of 2013 with the intent of recovering my son Aaron from autism.  It was absolutely worth it, but getting started was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. In case you need a primer on GAPS, start with my article What is the GAPS Diet. Why?  Because you have to question and control the origin, quality, and digestibility of every single thing you put in your child’s mouth.  Ahhh!!!!! GAPS Approved Foods Let me break this down a little further for you.  There is a list of GAPS approved foods, but that doesn’t mean that all GAPS kids can eat them. The term GAPS describes a person whose gut is malfunctioning resulting in damage and disruption to the normal neurological, physiological, and psychological development of a human being. (i.e. autism) The longer this malfunction is allowed to go on, the more damage is caused and the more difficult the recovery process becomes. This is why intervention with young children is so important… but this is also why a person of any age can still heal. Young children are likely to have less damage and because they are young, the tend to heal faster. An older child or adult has to go through the same process, but they will have more extensive damage to heal and their bodies will almost always take longer to do it. Controlling Ingredients for GAPS Diet Back to GAPS foods, its not always enough just to stick to the approved...
What is the GAPS Diet?

What is the GAPS Diet?

What is the GAPS diet? GAPS is based on the premise that illness–whether IBS, allergies, ADD, autism, heart disease, eczema, or other ailments, just to name a few–begins and in the gut.  Taking this a step further, the GAPS diet is designed to heal these conditions by focusing on rebuilding the gut lining and reestablishing healthy gut flora. Before July 7, 2013, I had never heard of GAPS before. My son, Aaron, was 4 at the time. He had been diagnosed with autism one year earlier and had spent the first year of his diagnosis crashing and burning in every way imaginable. I consider myself to be an incredibly involved and pro-active parent, and so when a friend suggested to me than I was failing my son by not doing enough for him I was, well, flat out offended and angry. We had a little argument where I quickly ran down the list of my interventions, intending to prove to her that I had done everything and more that my doctors had said I should do to help him.  I was sure that I had done my best, and Aaron was still just getting worse. It felt like she was rubbing salt in an open wound. So she listened to my rant of defense, and then she said “Just listen.” Then she told me about her own child who, upon receiving the flu vaccine at 18 months, went catatonic upon injection. He had to be rushed to the ER. After his condition stabilized, she was told that her son had autism and that he would likely never talk, potty train,...