Eating a grain-free or GAPS-styled diet can be difficult. As beautiful as the food you can eat is on such a diet, there is a hard learning curve as you relearn how to feed yourself. A grain diet can be difficult, but a GAPS lifestyle is even more specific – and for such a specific diet having very specific help is recommended.
Today, as we continue our 12 days of Christmas series, we are giving away gift cards to Health Home and Happiness’s store where she has many practical, lovely resources for the grain-free or GAPS family!
Have you heard of the GAPS diet before (you can find the GAPS book at my affiliate Amazon)? Basically the premise of the diet is examining the role our gut health (or lack of it) has in our general health. Specifically, GAPS stands for “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” coined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MmedSci, who linked our digestive health to our brain. She connected the two after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions (including autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD/ADD, schizophrenia, dyslexia, depression, obsessive- compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and many more.
Her research has taught me so much, including fascinating facts such as how our gut has as many neurons as our brain (another reason why our gut health affects our behavior), but also how extremely important our gut health is for proper nutrition (without good gut health we can’t absorb nutrients), for our immune system, and for our mental health. (You can read more about her here) Her diet, a variation on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, works to heal the body from the gut outward. It’s been something that has produced spectacular results for many of those I know. Their stories have been ones that have given me such hope in the power of a healing diet. It’s truly one of the most effective healing diets I know of.
Now, before everyone goes and starts the diet, it’s worth noting that this diet doesn’t necessarily agree with everyone’s body long term. It’s generally meant to be a short term healing diet for most, and not everyone who has used it has the same results (as is true for every type of dietary change). Sometimes your health issues aren’t related to gut health, and so it won’t necessarily be the answer for you. For those with serious health issues, it’s often recommended that you work closely with a doctor very familiar with the GAPS protocol so that you can trouble shoot any issues that come up. So that’s my disclaimer.
But, disclaimer aside, it’s also, as I said a powerful resource that many have used with wonderful results.
With that said, let’s get to today’s giveaway! Cara from Health Home and Happiness is a mother who has used the GAPS diet with beautiful success with her family. It has helped one of her children with serious health concerns get much better. She has written GAPS meal plans, a GAPS freezer book, a GAPS introduction diet guide (with recipes) and more. I’ve been an affiliate partner to her for a while, and my readers have really enjoyed her work.
All of her resources are a couple of things: First, they are incredibly practical. I think this is mainly because she is a mother of young children who had to figure out how to make the GAPS diet work (and now she is sharing that knowledge with others!). Secondly, her work is also thorough, giving you a lot of helpful details. And her simple recipes are great too! She had to plow through and figure out it all for herself, so she decided she wanted to turn around and share what she learned with others on the GAPS journey, and she has created wonderful resources!
5 lucky winners will $25 credit to use towards any of the following:
- Grain Free Meal Plans(neatly separated into seasonal recipes)
- Best of the Grain-free Meal plans eBook
- What can I eat now? 30 days on the introduction GAPS diet
- Just Holidays
- Freezer Cooking Guide to Grain Free Meals. (an eBook sharing how to do freezer friendly GAPS foods!)
If you’d like to win, enter via the rafflecopter below!
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