Post by thystledown on Dec 15, 2020 14:52:01 GMT -5
I'm at 11 months on GAPS and it has been amazing. Annoying diet, but effective. I don't have autism or serious issues like that, but I used to have lots of irritable bowel, anxiety, insomnia, and eczema on my hands and arms, and acid reflux so i couldn't drink much water (low stomach acid production) and I was becoming progressively more and more lactose intolerant even of raw milk. So after years of thinking about it, I finally started the diet last January. Ugh! I went cold turkey right after the holiday sugar rush. I spent three days on the couch with a migraine and feeling like I had the flu. No energy. Yuck! But I persevered. I was warned that the reaction was likely. And I got horrid corpse breath. BUT now WOW! I still have a year to go, or 6 mos after all symptoms have resolved. so much resolved in a few months (some people only have to do 6 mos), but I still have some issues to clear up and though I'm not supposed to be doing any non-fermented dairy, I've been doing heavy raw cream with no issues and even drinking milk with a lactase pill just to be safe. (I mean my cow just freshened!!!) Right now I'm making a cheese cake using Turo cheese and honey and a date/nut crust. I'm sure I'm eating waaaaay too many nuts, but I still seem to be improving. I also lost 20 lbs which was a nice side benefit. I don't have any of the awful symptoms, but I'm going to stay on this until the lactose intolerance is gone. I'm grain and sugar free, but since I can use honey as a sweetner and coconut and almond flour to bake, this is more doable than any of the other diets doctors have given me in the past (Low FODMAP and Whole 30-- ). This is good because 6 mos to 2 years is a long haul. Anyway, if anyone else is doing this, I'd love to hear from you and learn any recipes that have been good. My genetics are such that I should not have lactose intolerance. The expectation is that when I heal my gut, I won't be. They also use this diet (or the specific carbohydrate diet it is based on) to heal celiac disease (although there is one type that makes up about 10% of celiac's that can't be cured this way because it has a different cause). Interesting stuff. When you come off, you get to do something like Weston Price, etc. You can't stay on this forever.