In my latest article, “Crohn’s Disease: Chronic or Curable???,” I discussed the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet as a Holistic option for treating Crohn’s Disease. Since this is the reading list from that particular article, I recommend checking it out before reading the GAPS Diet Reading List. I discuss in much greater detail the “ins and outs” of both Crohn’s Disease and the GAPS Diet, something that will be very helpful to know before carrying on. I have provided a link above for those of you interested.
The truth is, the GAPS Diet can actually treat an array of conditions and diseases, one being Epilepsy, which is what sparked my interest in doing the diet as well as posting about it. I would like all of my readers to know that I am not suggesting this diet based upon hearsay…I actually happen to be in the middle of the Full GAPS Diet right now and am writing to you based on my own personal experience! I successfully completed all 6 stages of the GAPS Intro Diet on October 16th and I am proud to say that I have been Full GAPS for about 2 weeks now! Personal experience has always served as my best form of education when it comes to these subjects, the GAPS Diet included!
In my article on Crohn’s Disease, I mentioned three books that served as resources to me during the prep process and the actual diet. I must admit that all three have been must-haves for me, personally, but the cookbook in particular guided me successfully through each individual stage of the GAPS Intro Diet and onto the Full GAPS Diet. Although completely worth it in the end, taking on the GAPS Diet is no small task, and every stage provides its own challenges in addition to the overall lifestyle change required by this diet. That being said, any assistance should be welcomed with open arms, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, included!
Not only does it guide you stage by stage through the GAPS Intro Diet, the cookbook also contains some incredibly helpful info on the Full GAPS Diet (which is the main diet, but is more of the Part 2 section when the GAPS Intro Diet is also utilized (something I highly recommend!)). The amazing author, Hilary Boynton, has created a GAPS Diet 101 type of cookbook that includes yummy recipes for all six stages of the GAPS Intro Diet and also provides a variety of meals for the Full GAPS Diet.
An entire list of GAPS-Legal foods is included for the reader (there is much to look forward to, so stay strong during those 6 intro stages!). Naturally, a Do Not Eat list is also included and serves as a very helpful reference whenever you encounter questionable foods or ingredients.
If I could give anyone interested in or currently on the GAPS Diet only one tip, it would be to get this cookbook as soon as possible! Making the leap to Full GAPS is not an easy one, but having this helpful “guide” takes most of the guesswork (and stress) out of making a GAPS legal meal.
I have literally gone through this entire cookbook on a daily basis ever since I began the diet on September 17th. My GAPS practitioner knew what she was talking about when she recommended it to me! In a nutshell, you will not regret adding this cookbook to your bookshelf!
The next GAPS-related book currently on my reading list is Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s The Gut and Psychology Syndrome. She is the mastermind behind this brilliant diet, therefore, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that you’re going to want to read this book if interested in the diet and have it on hand during the diet! The fantastic part about this source is that it gives you a lot of foundational information on how and why this diet is so successful in helping people of all ages become perfectly healthy. It helped me to first understand the GAPS Diet before I embarked on my journey through the actual process. Whenever I have questions about the diet, I reference this book for the answer and usually always find it!
Lastly, there is Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter, which explains the logic behind the notion of disease originating in the gut, an idea also embraced by the brilliant Hippocrates. His book offers so much enlightening information on the role of gut flora and the immense impact your stomach alone has on your overall total-body health. Although he doesn’t mention the GAPS Diet, there are so many other useful tid-bits of information revealed in Brain Maker that I believe everyone should know if they are ever going to truly heal their body. It certainly opened my eyes to understand just how important the GAPS Diet could be for treating my Epilepsy!
In conclusion, each book contains its own unique information that I believe will contribute greatly to your journey with GAPS. This diet may come as a bit of a lifestyle shock at first, but the truth is it is exactly how each and every individual should be eating. Believe it or not, this way of eating homemade fermented foods, chicken broth, and pastured animal products was actually considered “normal” about 100 years ago. We simply lost our healthy habits along the way to 2016 with processed ingredients, synthetic chemicals, and animal byproducts.
With that said, I will leave you with one last tip: if it isn’t real, don’t eat it! And the GAPS Diet is the perfect way to ensure this! If you have any questions about the GAPS Diet or any of the books I shared, please comment below!
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- Boynton, Hilary and Brackett, Mary G. “The Heal Your Gut Cookbook.” Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. Print.
- Campbell-Mcbride, Dr. Natasha. “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” Maple Press, 2010. Print.
- Perlmutter, Dr. David. “Brain Maker.” Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Print.