One of the reasons I love Nourishing Traditions is that is helps you cook in a way that’s easy on the gut with many of it’s different cooking principles. But since some people need a more specific diet, Sally Fallon asked Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who wrote a book devoted to helping people with health issues to come to the some of the Weston A Price Foundation Conferences to share. She wrote the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
I have recently being reading a little about the GAPS diet (which stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome) as outlined by Natasha. I admit, it’s name was not eye catching to me personally. But I would like to tell you a little more about it.
I would also love to hear of any personal experience you have had with it, or with the The Body Ecology Diet (a.k.a BED) which I will also be sharing about in part.
While I’ve read The Body Ecology Diet, I’ve yet to actually read Gut and Psychology Syndrome (though I hope to soon). So please don’t think that I consider myself an expert on the topic! I am just excited about some of it’s basic principles and think it could prove to be very helpful for many people. Allow this post to introduce you to the diet.
One Main Principle
One of the main principles of both the GAPS diet and the BED diet is addressing the digestive tract and dealing with any yeast issues. So many of the practices of our “modern” society do not help us in this area. We have high sugar diets, we don’t generally eat lacto-fermented foods (which contain healthy probiotics), we have chlorine in our water which we drink and bathe in (and kill healthy intestinal flora with), and we don’t all make digestive soothing bone broths either.
What’s the difference between the two diets?
The BED diet concentrates on a gluten free diet, with a high amount of “alkalizing “vegetables in it. Seaweed, coconut kefir and lots of cultured veggies are strongly encouraged. You can eat gluten free grains, but you have to food combine. No meats and grains together, for example.
The GAPS diet concentrates on homemade broth. On the intro diet you eat a high amount of broth with certain vegetables and “boiled meat”. Then you add add one thing in at a time, watching to see how your child or “patient” reacts to the new food. There is a concentration on nourishing egg yolks, meats and broth, especially at the beginning. Cultured, or lacto-fermented foods and probiotics are also an important part of this diet. You can read here a list of what’s on the full GAPS diet (no grains) and read here about how the introduction diet is done.
Have any thoughts on either of these diets? Like always, I am not giving medical advice, simply sharing as one mom to another!