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?
I know people are making their menus for Thanksgiving next week, so I thought I’d share a quick Thanksgiving Pumpkin Apple Soup recipe.
It’s Super Bowl time, and I have the perfect Baked Super Bowl Chicken Drummies snack (or dinner) for you.
These are ridiculously easy to make, and I’ve prepared 4 different “flavors” for you to choose from.
Start out with simple chicken legs.
Take the skin off.
Brush the legs with olive oil.
Mix up the flavor or flavors you want to try.
Place them on your pan.
Soak up the awesome smells they bring your house, but just for a minute…..you’ll be ready to eat them immediately!
p.s. I won’t lie, the “tea” ones were probably my favorite, and probably because they were so unique. Ryan’s favorites were the Basil Garlic legs. I didn’t try the Spicy ones, but Ryan wanted me to make note for y’all that they are super good, but very spicy….enter at your own risk.
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I was reminded of all the fun things that can be done with spaghetti squash when I came up with this Spider Web Spaghetti Squash Multi Flavored Gluten Free.
I needed another “main dish” recipe for the Holiday, 2012 eBook that I’m currently working on. My SIL mentioned, “What about something with Spaghetti Squash?”
Two things happened:
It was good, easy and best of all…..it looked like spider webs so I knew it would be the perfect recipe to share for Halloween!
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Mix in the olive oil and sea salt by hand.
You can use whatever flavors you want. The ones I recommended we really loved!
Bonus tip: you can also mix all these flavors together. Tastes great!
Keep it in the oven a little longer if you want even more crispy ones.
p.s. Today is my mama‘s birthday!
I eat a lot of boring foods. Boring is subjective, but by Western culture definition, I eat very plain and boring. I don’t classify my Mushroom and Spinach Turkey Burgers in that category, though.
That said, this “boring” way of eating has helped me heal in a thousand ways.
My boring foods might be boring on their own, but the way I put them together is delish.
The best example I can (currently) give is turkey. I eat a ton of it, but I make it colorful daily so that it’s never too plain and boring.
Turkey is nothing to write home about.
No one eats turkey plain ole Jane and raves, “Best thing I’ve ever eaten!” Am I right?!
I eat a ton of it. They have ground, organic turkey now at Costco, and that works for us.
But rarely do I eat it as is. I make it colorful daily and dress it up in different ways so that it’s never too plain and boring.
Take these Mushroom and Spinach Turkey Burgers, for example. They are filled with flavor, and if you love turkey, you must try them to spice up the turkey life.
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