January 15, 2012: Day One of the GAPS Challenge

January 15, 2012: Day One of the GAPS Challenge

Today is the day!  We are starting the GAPS Challenge today and you are all invited.  If you have not heard of the Challenge before today, it still isn’t too late to join in.  All you need to do is have a little determination for 30 days, starting today.   At the end of the 30 days, you can feel energized and cleansed.  Plus, you will have the support of this community behind you every step of the way!

You can still purchase a copy of the What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Intro Diet ebook, which will walk you through the Intro diet day by day and step by step.  Cara over at Health, Home, and Happiness write this ebook after thinking about what would have helped her when she was going through Intro Diet with her family.  I have used it personally, and I find that it lives up to it’s claims!So without further ado, here are your options for the GAPS Challenge:

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.

I did the GAPS Intro Diet last March, and I was determined to get a renewed feeling of life.  Intro Diet truly delivered.  I was tired, yes, but I could tell that it was because my body was healing and rebuilding.  Be kind to yourself.  Eat plenty of food, and get plenty of rest.  Nourish yourself with stocks and broths for 30 days and see where your health can improve.

Please use this as a place to comment on your commitment to the GAPS Challenge, as well as a place to troubleshoot any problems you might have along the way during this first week.  I will be available in comments, and also on my Facebook page for anyone who needs support.  Happy GAPSing!

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