The GAPS diet is a comprehensive healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist and nutritionist who specializes in the healing of autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, bipolar and schizophrenia by treating the root cause, which is compromised gut flora. This affects the immune system (80% of the immune system is in the gut) and can lead to a breakdown of the blood/brain barrier. Toxins may enter the brain and cause neurological (as in ASD) or psychological (as in bipolar, etc) symptoms.
The GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) takes the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to another level. Keeping the same basic premise of the SCD, that an imbalance of the intestinal flora (leaky gut, intestinal dysbiosis) is the underlying cause of digestive diseases and other health problems, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride introduces concepts from traditional cooking practices and healing methods to further enhance the diet.
The GAPS introductory diet is much more involved than SCD introductory diet. GAPS eliminates many more foods than just starches in the beginning, so as to be able to identify foods that are not tolerated by the individual at each particular stage of their healing. GAPS is also well-immersed in Weston Price Foundation (WAPF) food preparation principles as well as food quality issues. Some people who have not succeeded on SCD can go on to heal using the GAPS protocol.
GAPS Diet Resources
Read the Book
Gut and Psychology Syndrome, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Special on-line classes
Real Food Forager
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This is an online cooking class for grain-free cooking and baking that is appropriate for GAPS, SCD, Paleo and Primal diets and other healing diets.
Health, Home, & Happiness
What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Introduction Diet
Step by Step guide to get you started and through the GAPS Introduction diet.
Grain-Free Freezer Class
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Great help in organizing bulk cooking and freezing for the GAPS diet.
GAPS Starter Package
Great guide for those just starting the GAPS diet – time saving and well worth the money – includes free bonuses.
The Well-Fed Homestead
A Whole Food Holiday
GAPS and SCD recipes for the holidays. Dips with crackers, stuffed mushrooms, prime rib, turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, faux potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, apple pie, chai tea, hot chocolate, egg nog, and MORE!
Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
GAPS and SCD legal recipes for soups, sandwiches and salads. Use these recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers, or for any other time of the year!
Our Nourishing Roots
Real Food 101
The REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional foods, Traditionally Prepared. Step by step tutorials in full color pictures teach you how to implement real food into your kitchen. All but one recipe in the ebook is GAPS-legal.