Make all your summer dessert wishes come true today with my Strawberry Shortcake for One recipe.
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GAPS vs AIP vs SCD. How do you know which gut healing protocol to follow?
A reader recently emailed me about the three protocols. She wanted my thoughts on which would be best to address her chronic food intolerances, poor digestion, chronic constipation, hormonal issues and just generally poor digestion and absorption.
Since this post has been a long time in the making, I figured I’d just lay it all out here from the perspective of someone who has studied all three of them in detail for many years, has been on each of them at one point or another, and who has healed the gut in some pretty fantastic ways. (In my images below, you can see that I have all 3 protocol books. Each book has a ton of writing, highlighting, bookmarking, etc.because I have read and then re-read them all several times.) But you also know that I am not a doctor:)
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Here is a brief overview of each, to help get us started.
AIP Resources: The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, and other places on my blog I’ve written about AIP.
SCD Resources: Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, SCD Lifestyle, Pecan Bread, and other places on my blog I’ve written about SCD.
You will hate my answer, but I have to be honest: It depends.
In 2009, when I began my healing journey and my gut was the worst it had ever been, I went on the GAPS Diet, strictly, for a very long time. I stayed on the Intro Diet for a short while and instantly felt better. As I got better, though, I didn’t move in an appropriate manner to new GAPS stages. Ultimately, I ate too little, with too few nutrients, for too long that it lead to “adrenal fatigue” and hormonal problems. I got worse (my gut got worse) again and was also diagnosed with SIBO, which is an illness where a strict GAPS, SCD, and/or AIP just would not do.
To make a long story short, what I learned during these past 8+ years about diets, healing and following any one protocol is that they simply do not work.
You can, however, take the diet healing protocol that *best* first your current circumstances (with the understanding that these circumstances can change quickly), and then 100% customize it for you. This is what I help my clients do on a daily basis.
I recently told you that I’m doing 31 days AIP in January, but you must know that I am not eating (+ eating a few things that are not really approved) everything that is AIP approved. I take into consideration my *current circumstances* which include:
Because of these things and knowing what my current healing goals are, I was able to say…..AIP is the right protocol for me, but only as long as I can then tailor and customize it to fit me perfectly. (This thinking, my approach, also goes along with my e-book, The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut.)
I put together 5 questions that you should answer in order to start honing in on what might be best for you.
I know it’s frustrating when you are dealing with so many internal gut and other issues. I’ve been there, so I know the pain and discontentment they bring to life. But I also know that the promise of any one diet to heal all your problems and make everything perfect is false. It will not work now, and it will not ever work. (Also because healing involves more than just diet – sleep, stress reduction, etc.)
Start where you are, make the best possible decisions, do what you can, and get ready to reap some real benefits not merely dictated by any one diet protocol.
And if you need help customizing? I’m here.
Questions about any of them? Have you tried any or all of GAPS, AIP, SCD? What are your thoughts on GAPS vs AIP vs SCD?
Yesterday was a weird day. Let’s just get that out of the way. I needed to lighten my thoughts up a bit, so I figured today was the perfect day to finally share with you my Pumpkin Pie Pudding recipe.
Last night I had a crazy dream. I couldn’t fall asleep until almost 11pm, and then I was up several times throughout the night.
The culmination was this dream.
In my dream, another one of our social workers (not the one who called before) called to tell me, “Well, I have some interesting news for you…..” A few seconds prior, her connection had been cutting in and out and she mentioned that she could lose me soon. And then she lost me before she could finish the sentence.
She didn’t return my call immediately.
In the meantime, I told Ryan exactly what she had said. In my dream, he was crying.
I then, of course, woke up from the dream.
I never did find out exactly why or what she was going to tell me.
This morning, the story lingers, even though it’s not true, just a dream.
And that’s kind of how I feel about the entire day yesterday.
I heard something that doesn’t seem real. I cried. It crushed me.
I told a good friend something super private, my own little “unreal dream” I’ve been living.
Do you ever feel like in life, just like in dreams, you have a hard time understanding what’s real and what’s not? What should be real and what should not?
Anyways, it’s morning now.
Today is a new day.
I’ll totally make a batch of this for Pumpkin Pie Pudding because it’s a dreamy that gives me the fall daydreams all day long.
p.s. Still totally in the 90’s here, still totally hating it, and still totally willing my life into fall days.
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p.s. It’s also more of a JELLO than a pudding, but it’s also kind of a cross-over of JELLO meets pudding.
Let’s be honest. No one has time for 106 degrees before summer even begins. But alas, it has come, and Samarah started demanding all the ice cream, especially in the form of my Mint Chocolate Popsicles.
This recipe is from my summer eats, treats and desserts e-book, which hosts so many goodies for the hot summer months (and all year long).
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These popsicles are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, sugar-free plus Low-FODMAP and GAPS Diet approved.
But really, who cares if they don’t taste good, right? Scouts honor. Kids and adults alike love them.
You must try these!
The topic of resistant starch as a means to healthy digestion is all the rage currently. At the top of that list is the mighty Plantain. Is this resistant starch helping or hurting your gut?
People always ask me about the Plantain, “Is this resistant starch helping or hurting me?” I’m throwing in my thoughts today.
I know people are making their menus for Thanksgiving next week, so I thought I’d share a quick Thanksgiving Pumpkin Apple Soup recipe.
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