The title of this post may sound like a bit of hyperbole, but I have to say that this book really did change my life. When I saw that Modern Mrs. Darcy was going to be hosting a blog carnival where bloggers could showcase a book that changed their life, I immediately knew I would be writing about Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
It may seem odd that a book about a healing protocol would be the first thing to jump into my mind. You might think I would share something more philosophical or spiritual. But this book, and following Dr. Campbell-McBride’s protocol, has given me a new lease on life and sent me on a new path.
Rather than go into great detail about the book itself and the healing protocol outlined by Dr. Natasha. I thought I would just give you a quick summary and then jump right into the four ways it’s changed my life. Well, let’s get to it, already!
For those of you immersed in this way of life, you know that we all just shorten the title of the book to GAPS (and we call ourselves GAPSters!). Basically this is a healing protocol that includes a specific diet, detoxification, and a few specific supplements to help heal those suffering from a myriad of diseases. It ranges from autism to depression to food intolerances, and so much more in between. I chose to get started with this to specifically try to heal my food intolerances and help prevent some of the diseases of our modern lifestyles.
How GAPS Changed My Life
After implementing the GAPS protocol for nine months now (where has the time gone!), I’ve noticed some significant changes in my life. I thought I would share the four areas which really stand out to me.
My Relationship with Food
The way I relate to my food is dramatically different since I started the GAPS diet. I used to have all sorts of cravings, particularly for sweet and starchy foods. Since I’ve had to remove all starch and sweeteners (except for fruit and honey), I just don’t have those kinds of cravings anymore. I think the addition of lots of healthy fats and fermented foods have also helped take away those cravings.
In relation to that, I find that I am much more satisfied after eating a meal than I used to be. I don’t feel hungry again an hour later. And all of this has helped to stabilize my blood sugar. It used to be that I would get hungry frequently throughout the day and if I didn’t eat something soon, I would get all shaky and light-headed. Now when I do get hungry, it doesn’t usually continue on to that next stage. I’m just hungry!
Improved My Health
One of my main reasons for following GAPS was to eliminate my food intolerances, and therefore continue to manage my asthma without medication. (My asthma has seemed to be triggered by my food intolerances.) I’m happy to say that I’ve been breathing really well over these last nine months, and I was able to reduce the herbal supplement I’ve been taking to help support my breathing. I have already been off of my asthma meds for several years now.
I’ve also been starting to add some foods back in my diet that I used to react to. Lately I’ve added in blueberries, cranberries, and sesame seeds. Early on in the diet, I added back in grass-fed beef and can now even eat beef that has been fed grains if that’s my only option. I am also starting to very slowly add back in cow’s milk dairy. A huge step for me! I’ve been including ghee in my diet for the last six weeks. And as of this past Friday, I have started to add in a small amount of pastured butter. I had forgotten how good butter tastes!
Awareness of My Body
In our modern culture, it’s often easy to overlook how the food we eat or the lifestyle we live directly affects the health of our bodies. I had started to become more aware of that before beginning my GAPS journey, but it’s even more obvious since starting GAPS. My body showed me how affected it was by the changes I had made through rashes and exhaustion levels. It’s been interesting to see how small changes can make such a difference.
I’ve also become more aware of when I am hungry and when I am full. While that sounds like a pretty straightforward thing, I think my years of trying out different diets in my twenties really messed with my own sense of satiety. I’m glad to feel like I am aware of my body’s hunger needs now.
A New Purpose
Since implementing what I’ve learned from this book, I’ve found a new purpose in my life. I have discovered again how much I enjoy writing through this blog and I love being able to tell my story as I continue on this journey.
I have always enjoyed helping and teaching others and it’s so fulfilling to be able to share the skills I’ve learned with others both online and in person. It’s gratifying to put together tutorials that I think will help others be able to start their own journey towards better health.
Connecting with other people who are learning how to incorporate real, traditional food into their diets has given me such a passion for this topic! It’s inspiring to learn about others’ stories and the benefits they’ve seen. I’ve loved chatting with them both in the virtual world and also at various meetings and get togethers here in the Boulder area.
Gut and Psychology Syndrom Really Did Change My Life
As hokey as it may sound, my life really has been changed because of this book. I’d encourage anyone who is struggling with any sort of health problem to pick it up and read it. While it may not cure every ill, there’s a good chance it would be very beneficial regardless of the issue. It’s certainly made a profound difference in my life so far!
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