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 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.
I did the GAPS Intro Diet last March, and I was determined to get a renewed feeling of life after being so tired from adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance, and pregnancies that were draining from my lack of sufficient nutrition. Intro Diet truly delivered what I wanted. I was tired, yes, but I could tell that it was because my body was healing and rebuilding.
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!
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