What is the GAPS™ Diet?
Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride built on existing dietary protocols to develop the GAPS™ Diet, which was developed to restore digestive health, which in turn restores brain health. GAPS™ is an acronym for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. This syndrome makes a connection between the health of our digestive system and the brain. Dr. Natasha had a son with autism who lost his diagnosis after being on the GAPS diet. Since that time, she has worked with thousands of patients to help them restore their health. More recently the GAPS acronym has also come to mean Gut and Physiology Syndrome, as more and more research recognizes the significant role that gut health plays in ALL chronic health conditions.
GAPS™ Intro Diet Program
Managing conditions such as autism, ADHD, learning disorders (dyslexia, dyspraxia), depression and other neurological and psychiatric conditions is a daunting challenge for any individual. Many people find dietary change overwhelming, especially when they are considering doing it for their child or children. This program is designed to lead you through the GAPS™ Diet over 4 weeks in an easy to follow format, that offers full support. In addition to having an expert GAPS practitioner (with a GAPS kid), you will receive invaluable resources including a workbook and recipes. If you have a child with autism, ADHD, developmental delays or a learning disorder then this is the program for you. Watch your true child emerge from the shell of living in a body that isn't working. You can expect to see a reduction in behavioural and sensory issues, as well as improvements in focus and attention and in communication and social skills. Imagine parenting with less stress and exhaustion. This protocol can get you there.
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Gut Health = Good Health Support Group
Tracey runs a support group to help you or your loved ones through the dietary changes of a GAPS™, Specific Carbohydrate, Wahls, AIP or Paleo diet with the aim of improving your gut and overall health. Whether you have initiated diet change on your own, are a client of Tracey's or have done one of her programs, then this is a great place to keep you on track.
This group is a great place to learn, discuss and share successes, challenges, and food and cooking ideas. Sometimes changes in diet can be challenging, especially if you are faced with a long-term commitment that requires a lifestyle change. Having other people to support you and guide you is an important part of your success. Join us!
Tracey's GAPS™ Story
I wish I had known about this diet much sooner. Since starting this diet my son is a different child - easy-going, calm and funny. What I have learned is that a happy gut means a happy child. I didn’t even know he used to experience gut distress. I don’t think he knew either. All we knew was that sometimes his stools were loose and a lot of the time he was grumpy, defiant, frustrated or angry. His greatest delay was in the area of speech, and now we can't shut him up.
Even after the first week his sensory issues weren’t as extreme. For the first time since we had adopted him, my son was able to sit still and cooperate through a hair cut. Things that used to be challenging and overwhelming are normal now. He still has a lot of catching up to do, but his behaviour and personality are typical of a child's.
My son has a long way to go, but for the first time I feel like we are doing something that is working for him. I spent 6 years researching and implementing various therapies for him, and this was the first time there were noticeable results. Inflammation inhibits brain-plasticity. When brain-plasticity is inhibited it means that the brain has difficulty making new pathways, which makes it difficult to learn. My son’s gut inflammation travelled to his brain. The inflammation in his brain explains why the therapies we tried have had little success.
As expected, it was a challenge to cook everything from scratch initially, but no more so than the work I had to put into his other therapies. We have a routine, and recipes that we love. The amazing part is that my son took this all in stride. The first couple of weeks were tough, but by week 3 he was easy to feed. He eats a larger variety and more voraciously than he ever has before. My only wish is that I had known to do GAPS earlier. A great side-effect is that my health is improving too! Seasonal allergies are gone and my eczema, and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) are getting better.
As a GAPS™ Certified Practitioner it is incredibly rewarding to watch people regain their health. I can help you regain your health too!
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