I get a lot of emails from people asking if GAPS is right for them or if it’s even feasible for them to begin the GAPS diet protocol.
I’ve been doing research into real food nutrition and metabolic health for three years now, and everything I’ve learned has taught me that balance is one of the most important keys we can implement for our health.
I don’t ever recommend strict diets like GAPS lightly. Keeping things simple and doable is extremely important to me.
GAPS Diet Mistake #1: Too Many PUFAs
The typical Western diet is drenched in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These fats accumulate in the body’s tissues and can cause many health problems (including inflammation and suppressed thyroid function). The only way to allow your body to detoxify from a build-up of PUFAs is to strictly limit your intake (which is honestly not too difficult) and eating mostly saturated fats instead (which tend to displace the PUFAs in your tissues).
If you want to eat more nuts, choose from those with a lower PUFA content, like macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and cashews.
GAPS Diet Mistake #2: Not Enough Carbs
If you are concerned about blood sugar, you can eat smaller more frequent meals, and also be sure to eat protein and fat with your carbohydrates. This will help restore natural blood sugar regulation.
GAPS Diet Mistake #3: Not Enough Food
This is extremely important. Stimulating metabolic function is mandatory if you want to heal your gut. Thyroid function and gut health go hand in hand–you can’t have one without the other. Eating plenty of GAPS legal food will restore both. The GAPS diet can feel restrictive and it may feel difficult to find enough food to eat during the day. But right now more than ever your body needs food. It needs energy to heal and nutrients to replenish cells. So eat up!
GAPS Diet Mistake #4: The Wrong Proteins (Too Much Meat)
GAPS Diet Mistake #5: Too Many Probiotics, Not Enough Prebiotics
This post is part of Real Food Wednesday and Fight Back Friday.
Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.