When I started this site, I didn’t envision some of my first posts being about a diet a lot of people have never heard about.
But life does not always bring normal, boring things. Sometimes life brings the unexpected, the thrilling, or even the scary. Having a sick child and feeling helpless to know what to do to help them fits in the SCARY category. And that, is what is prompting the posts that will follow during the next few weeks.
Little Miss A, one of our twins, has a winning smile, a love of people, and amazing energy. She is very tiny for her age, but in spite of that, most people would look at her and say she is the picture of health. In reality she has struggled all her life. The first 3 years of her life included measles, malnutrition, pneumonia, parasites, and many other hospital stays. Though her health improved significantly after coming home, she has continued to struggle. She has serious food allergies and histamine intolerance. She has not grown at all very much in the last two years. Even her shoe size stayed the same. We tried the medical route and found very little help. No one seems to know just what to do for her.
Last year we discovered the GAPS diet and tried it for several months with great results but it was hard and we gradually slipped off. After that she got worse again. She rarely complains of pain but one day she complained of stomach pain so we took her in to the ER thinking that maybe she had appendicitis. They poked on her abdomen a little and sent her home. We finally took her to a private clinic and did an ultrasound. To our horror we discovered that her entire digestive track is one solid mass of inflammation. The Dr. who did the ultrasound could not believe that she was not crying with pain. Our conclusion is that she has probably had so much pain in her life that she does not think of it as anything abnormal.
It is pretty clear to us that she needs GAPS and we need to do whatever we can to help her heal. We also know from our experience last year with GAPS that we all felt better while on the diet, and many of the children’s’ behavioral issues were greatly improved.
I plan to post menus and recipes while we go through the different stages of the diet. I hope they can be useful to anyone else who is trying the GAPS diet.
For those of you not familiar with the GAPS diet, I really encourage you to read the GAPS book by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride found here. This diet addresses not only digestive problems but also helps autism, ADHD, and many other things.
Come along with us on our GAPS adventure!