February 5, 2012: LAST WEEK of the GAPS Challenge!!

Holy cow!  I cannot believe that we are on the last week of the GAPS Challenge!  How are you all feeling?  How is it going?  I hope you feel cleansed and revitalized, ready for better health and greater well-being.  Even if you finding this challenge for the first time today, you can still join us in taking on GAPS Intro diet by grabbing a copy of this ebook to walk you through it.

Check out the most recent posts regarding the GAPS Challenge:

Also check out these three posts on how to make stock:

If you have been following Our Nourishing Roots for the last few months, then you’ll know that I have spent most of the last year on the GAPS diet.  Through taking out grains and starches, and adding in fresh-pressed juice, probiotics, and several kinds of bone & meat broths, I have achieved a better level of health.  GAPS is essentially a cleansing diet, based on traditional foods.

Starting last Sunday on January 15th, we started the GAPS Challenge. Below, you can see what the GAPS Challenge is all about.  In fact, you can still join us!  Just get ready by checking out my Before I Start GAPS, What Should I Do to Prepare? post.  There are steps you can take, support you can get here, and you will know that you are not alone.  Plus there are plenty of resources these days for GAPS, including buying this ebook from my friend Cara which will walk you through the whole process and help you take charge of your health!  You can change how you feel.

1.  For the real food newbie, you can simply go gluten- or grain-free for 30 days, starting today. This means getting creative with cutting wheat, grains, and gluten out of your diet.  If you go gluten-free, try quinoa or buckwheat for a grain substitute.  If you go completely grain-free, make sure you eat plenty of veggies, meats, eggs, fruits, and the treats sweetened with honey and made with grain-free flours like almond flour.  You can see my GAPS treats here, with which you will not feel deprived in the least!

2.  If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can do the Full GAPS diet for 30 days which is outlined here.  This is a little bit further than just going gluten-free or grain-free.  You also cut out any starchy foods, like green bananas, potatoes, and beans (except white beans).  This helps your digestion have a rest from processing foods that are harder to break down.

3.  Finally, for those who feel like they would benefit greatly from GAPS Intro Diet, you can buy the ebook and follow along for 30 days.  Intro Diet is truly nourishing and cleansing, and is the best way to start the GAPS diet.  If you are ready to take charge of your chronic illnesses, mental problems, or auto-immune issues, then GAPS Intro is the place to start.

Keep being kind to yourself.  Keep eating plenty of food, and getting plenty of rest.  Nourish yourself with stocks and broths for 30 days and see where your health can improve.  Remember to take detox baths and add in fresh-pressed juices if you are there yet in the Intro stages.  Love the cleansing process!  See that you are giving yourself a gift!

Reflect on how the last few weeks have gone for you.  Do you feel better?  Do you feel like your body is cleansed and energized?  Do you feel better able to incorporate bone broths, stocks, fermented dairy, and probiotics into your family’s meal plan?

What did you accomplish by stretching yourself to do this GAPS Challenge?  You accomplished something.  Something you would not have otherwise, so acknowledge yourself and feel awesome!

This post is a part of Sunday School, Weekend Gourmet, Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Healthy2day Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Full Plate Thursday, Fresh Bites Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Friday Food Flicks.

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  1. hey came over from matt’s blog..hmm so what do you think about gaps vs grains? I try to eat as nourishing as possible, but I prefer white rice (just did a post on it actually) the way my mum did, but I am stopping at the idea of boxed cereals and krispy kremes ><

    • I think that you can do GAPS not low carb, but you should be thinking specifically about that because GAPS can easily slip into low carb without you realizing it.

      I think white rice is easier to digest than brown rice, though I actually prefer the taste of brown rice (I’m weird that way). I’m guessing that donuts and cereal would be okay first thing in the morning and not everyday. But maybe when your metabolism is burning hot and you have excellent gut flora you can have it with no problems!

      When I started real food I did the 80/20 rule: eat real food 80% of the time and the other 20% didn’t matter. Now that I’m transitioning out of GAPS I’m finding my way back there again.

      What do you think about the Matt theories?

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