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    GAPS Meals Simplified

    Tonight I prepared a quick dinner and I thought about how this GAPS thing is so simple for me these days. Once upon a time, spaghetti, rice-a-roni and white flour tortillas were the norm in our home, and it was really difficult for me to think of what to cook for dinner that was GAPS legal. (Thus, the reason I created the Meal Plans! Once I figured it out, I wanted to simplify it for YOU! :)). But if you’re not subscribed to my Meal Plans (or even if you are & you still want help), this list may help you plan what to eat every day, at every meal. Use…

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    The Belly is Back & How I’m Gonna Fight It

    The reason for this post: I don’t want to look like this. 🙂 I am going to be really real in this post. Beware! I shared here how I had lost a bunch of weight on GAPS. I also got a flatter, but not totally flat belly (a little pooch just never went away, but I could still wear jeans with no muffin top). I’m going to talk numbers here. Don’t hate me for my numbers. 😉 Keep in mind that I am 5’2″. Before I started GAPS, I was 142 lbs and a size 10 or 12. I lost it and went down to 104, and size 2, 1…

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    Is Chocolate GAPS Legal?

    {photo credit: oskay} I make my obsession over chocolate no secret on this site. I LOVE chocolate. It was one of the biggest “issues” I had with starting GAPS–how could I live without chocolate? Pre-GAPS, I always had a stash of Cadbury Mini Eggs. Yes. I would bulk-buy at Easter. I know they make them at Christmas time, too, but for some reason I though that the pastel colored ones must be healthier than the bright red and green ones. To think that any of those things would be healthy in the slightest…well that is another story! We were on GAPS for at least 6 months when I read this:…

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    How do you know if your baby has GAPS?

    This was Farm Boy 1 not long after he came home from the hospital (he was 3 months old here and about 5 lbs). He was a GAPS baby. How do I know? Because GAPS babies live their lives something like this: While they are getting Mommy’s breast milk, they might be mostly ok. Or, they might have: acid reflux colic vomiting other digestive symptoms Farm Boy 1 had acid reflux and would vomit whenever I gave him liquid vitamins (recommended by the hospital) or his acid reflux medications. Still, he started getting a little chunky on breast milk (supplemented with formula, for calories). One month later, look at my…

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    What kinds of carbs are allowed on the GAPS Diet?

    photo credit Yesterday, I wrote GAPS is not a Low Carb Diet. Today, I thought I’d share with you everything I know (ha! ;)) about what carbohydrates are allowed on the GAPS Diet and which ones are not. In Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha talks about the three most common molecules that make up carbohydrates: glucose, fructose galactose, sucrose, lactose and maltose. She explains that some are monosaccharides and some are disaccharides. Monosaccharides These are the carbohydrates that are allowed on GAPS. They are mono meaning single sugars. They do not require the body to work very hard to make use of them. Then “can easily penetrate the gut lining,…

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    GAPS is not a Low Carb Diet

    {photo credit} One of the biggest complaints that we heard when we were putting our children on GAPS was that it was a low carb diet, and that isn’t healthy for kids. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who don’t understand the diet and who really believe it is supposed to be a low carb one. Let me set the record straight. I just made my family’s menu for the week. I am going to share with you 1 day of our menu, and the amount of carbs per person.   MENU Eggs with raw cheddar cheese, mushrooms and onion 7 g Yogurt with Honey and Bananas…

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    How we cheat on GAPS

    Last week I had a friend from church ask me: “So, do you ever cheat on the diet, or are you hard-core GAPS?” I was thinking that would be a good post for all of you. Then today, I saw Cara’s post called GAPS Cheats-what to do if you cheat, how to cheat with minimal harm. Awesome! How fun that we were thinking of the same thing to share! I love what Cara said, and I want to say this too: if you are on the GAPS Intro, do not cheat at all, or you will not see results. My family has been on GAPS for 2 years now, so we’re…

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    Dining Out on GAPS

    Sometimes while doing GAPS, you will find yourself at a restaurant…what do you order? At first I thought this would be very overwhelming or impossible, but after eating at restaurants a few times since starting GAPS, I have found that it isn’t as bad as I first thought. Most restaurants are very willing to work with you and your dietary restrictions. If you go to a fast food place this might be harder, but most sit down restaurants have a wide range of fresh foods. I really enjoyed my Chipotle experience with Brenda. I took my kids to a restaurant and I ordered all of us Cobb salads. I asked if…

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    GAPS With A Family: Part 2-Keepin’ the Soup On!

    (Stock and soup have been staples around here…please excuse my stove mess!!) With the chilly days here it has been a wonderful comfort to enjoy soups! I can see how starting GAPS Intro during the cooler months would be a blessing (we started in July! lol!) With our recent move, I was getting totally behind on doing some of the basics-fermenting, creating stock and soups, etc. So one evening I just decided that I would start some soup (it also had hidden motives in trying to keep one VERY EARLY RISING 8 year old boy pacified longer in the morning before this mama wanted to get up!!) I already had…

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    GAPS With A Family: Part 1-Delegating

    What does GAPS look like with a family? Well, I can only give glimpses of what it looks like in our family, but it will look very different for each family! The above picture is of our three year old son, Auston, cooking one of his favorite foods (bacon with brussel sprouts although he says it, “becon wif pencil pouts”!). Now, I’m not advising that you let any young child cook by themselves (so you don’t need to leave a comment on the danger! =)!), but I do allow him to cook with me all the time! Auston l-o-v-e-s to cook (I call him my “Jacob”…you know- in the Bible…how…