Rebecca's Ponderings

November 17, 2010

Our Food Journey – The Adventure Continues

Filed under: What's for Dinner? — Rebecca @ 2:15 pm
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Many you know that our family encountered some rather strange health concerns over the last few months. It has been a little overwhelming at times. For those who have been curious but did not ask, here is the short version.

Back in August, Peanut started developing allergies to raw fruits and vegetables – ALL raw fruits and veggies. It did not matter whether they were organic or conventional, peeled or whole. She could eat them cooked, or even dried, but raw foods caused her lips to swell and her tongue to itch.

I began researching possible causes and discovered that such allergies are related to a leaky gut. Of course, so is gluten intolerance. We took her to see our herbalist who confirmed the leaky gut. She prescribed a protocol, but it didn’t really improve things. We also saw a traditional doctor who was equally puzzled.

In the meantime, I kept researching. That was when I discovered GAPS. GAPS is an acronym for Gut And Psychology Syndrome. It was one of those things that kept popping up everywhere I turned. GAPS is a an entire health protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, a Neurologist and a Nutritionist. Though the cover lists such issues a autism, ADD, and depression, the program is credited with healing much more, including: food allergies, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and asthma. These are big claims, especially for families who have sick children. As I investigated the program, I found that it was very much in line with the basic premises of The Maker’s Diet and Nourishing Traditions. So, I ordered the book, and we began a new chapter in our adventure.

I will be blogging about our adventures in the next few days. In the meantime, if you would like information about GAPS, you can find it here. There is also a great review and comparison of GAPS, The Maker’s Diet and The Selective Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) on this blog that I follow.
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