GAPS – Week 1 Summary

by lydia on January 17, 2011

Today marks one week of taking on the GAPS protocol for my youngest son and I. I spent the majority of the week nursing my son back to health. The Wednesday prior to us starting GAPS he was taken to McDonalds for dinner, unfortunately, and of course not by me. Anyway, needless to say he became rather ill the following day and had very loose bowels on and off all weekend. It finally turned into full fledged loose watery diarrhea that would not let up. I had not been planning to start him on the intro of GAPS, which is solely broths, well cooked pastured/grass fed meats and well cooked veggies along with good quality animal fats as well. However, since he was ill I had nothing to lose and went ahead and just kept him eating lots of homemade bone broth soup, along with coconut milk popsicles. After two days of doing this I felt we had beat the diarrhea, but it came back. I finally asked for advice on the GAPS yahoo group and one woman mentioned I should give him activated charcoal. Instantly I knew that was a great idea and wished I had thought of it sooner, as I did have some in the cupboard. So I set about to find a way to get the black powder out of the capsules into my son’s mouth. I decided to melt some honey and butter and stir the powder in and poured it into candy molds and froze it. I told him he was getting special ‘chocolate’ candy and he bought it. He eagerly ate them up and I tasted them too, they actually tasted quite good. I gave him 2 capsules worth in the afternoon last Friday and two after his dinner and it did the trick.

My son is still eating only soups, cooked meats and the popsicles I concocted  and is doing well. He is sleeping better and his bowels are now completely normal. I am so thankful to have been able to care for him through this and to see him recover from whatever was plaguing him. I will keep him on this phase for another day or so and then move to the next phase , which adds whole eggs, nut butter pancakes, avocado and more animal fats. I won’t add fermented veggies just yet, as I want to get him more used to the juice of my sauerkraut. I went a little heavy on it which I think may have triggered his diarrhea back up last week, so I stopped giving it to him altogether, so now I have to reintroduce it.

Thankfully, my son is fully cooperating with this way of eating. He completely understands that he was sick and why we are being very careful about what he eats. He walks around saying he is tired and he thinks he needs to be hungry, it’s rather funny. The thing is, this is all new for him this hunger thing, not to mention he is probably starving after having diarrhea for 7 days straight. Before I started GAPS he was mostly consuming raw milk as the bulk of his daily calories. He would eat a small breakfast, small lunch and usually a good dinner. He would not usually ask me for food all day, he would just ask for more milkie. Now that he is off of the milk, which is very satiating, he is realizing what hunger is like. I do think this is a good transition we are making and hopefully he will get more satiated as we add in some more foods.

As for me, I pretty much ate the same as I usually do since the full GAPS diet is not far off from what I had already been eating. I am now considering doing the intro for myself quite possibly in the next week or two. My main goal is to obtain normal digestion and I had anything BUT normal digestion this past week. Part of me wonders if stress played into my gut troubles this past week. I had a very stressful week, in addition to waiting on a sick kid 24/7 I had some major life stresses going on as well. So my tummy was not very happy with me all week. One thing that I am going to start doing and I can’t even believe I am typing this and sharing it on here, is daily enemas. My first one was successful enough for me to be convinced and to keep going with it. Perhaps I will write more on that later, but suffice it to say, Dr. McBride covers the benefits of enemas in her book and let’s just say I was persuaded.

All in all, I am thankful to have learned about GAPS and full of faith to take on this endeavor of healing our guts for better overall health. Stay tuned for more updates on our GAPS journey as I plan to update it at least weekly.



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Rachel January 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I would be interested in how you do with the daily enemas. I was introduced to them 1 year ago through the Raw Food Detox Diet book (Natalija Rose). I used to do them weekly and then got away from it. What book did you read that has more information about them? I’ve only done the gravity fed Cara water bottle kind. They worked great, but were time consuming (I have 3 young children and have a hard time finding 45 min to myself).

Good luck with it all, and I look forward to reading more posts.

lydia January 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hi Rachel
I will most likely share more on the enemas next week once I have done enough of them to really share about it. I wait until all my kids are in bed, then I can have what I call my spa time, including a soak in the tub with epsom salts followed by a castor oil pack with heat on my tummy in bed and I either chill and listen to music, talk to a friend on the phone or surf the blog world!! 😉

Tracee February 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I wish you all the best with GAPS. I think it can make a miraculous difference for some folks. I also think if it helps your child then you probably need to do it too. Apples fall from apple trees after all. When we first started the SCD for our son’s autism, I was surprised that my own lifelong health conditions went into complete remission on the diet. That was almost three years ago and I really enjoy this way of eating, although at first it seemed so tough.

lydia February 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thanks Tracee!! I am so far enjoying this way of eating and really don’t feel deprived. I am hoping by summer I can add back in a bit more dairy, but even if I can’t there’s always coconut milk ice cream!! So far it’s working well for my son and I! Peace to you!!

andrew February 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Hi there Lydia

My son is on Day 2 of the Intro Diet and has the most horrible watery stools constantly after several meals of stock. Do you think Charcoal will help alleviate this. I’m so worried for him.

lydia February 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Hi Andrew!
Yep I think charcoal would help! I know how you feel, it was a nightmare with my little guy, but he pulled through and is doing well!

Andrew February 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Thanks Lydia. Yea its hard to watch him in this state but am so desperate to get him well. Will push on…no turning back now.

lydia February 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

Hang in there Andrew!!

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