The GAPS Diet™ is usually mom’s idea. Mom has been in charge of the decisions in nine out of ten of my clients who’ve embarked on GAPS with their kids. So that’s why I call this article what dads needs to know about the GAPS Diet, but it’s really geared towards what other people need to know about GAPS who aren’t the initiator of the diet.
So here’s what dad needs to know about the GAPS Diet:
- It’s not a fad diet. The GAPS Diet is based on the nutrient dense whole foods diet that everybody ate before processed foods were invented, coupled with modern research about what types of foods feed bacterial imbalances in the gut and give off toxic byproducts. For more about how the GAPS Diet™ heals the gut please see the article How the GAPS Diet Heals Your Gut.
- Your food budget will be bigger. The GAPS Diet emphasizes organic and natural foods because they’re more nutritious, and processed foods will no longer be eaten. Higher quality food costs more. However if you’ve been doing any level of eating out or purchasing prepared meals for quick heating at home, you won’t see too much of a difference. In the long run this will be offset by less doctor visits, therapies, and potentially lower schooling costs, if your child is in a special education program. For money saving tips on GAPS, check this out.
- Things will get worse before they get better. Most symptoms your kids have may get a little bit worse as you begin GAPS. This applies to both physical symptoms like asthma and digestive issues, as well as behavioral issues, sensory issues, and anxiety. We’re changing the diet dramatically and it takes the body a moment to recalibrate. The body also heals in its own way and in its own time, so what might seem like the most pressing issue for you may not be nature’s healing priority.
- You’ve got to be 100% on board. This might sound a little woo-woo, but I’ve seen time and time again that families struggle and kids throw tantrums or exhibit other behavior issues if everyone in the household isn’t completely committed to GAPS. Our kids know when we’re ambivalent or anxious about things. When they sense that both parents are on board and are presenting a united front, the transition to GAPS goes much, much smoother.
Don’t underestimate how valuable your support and commitment to the GAPS Diet is. Not only for your kids, but also for your partner. The early adjustment to GAPS is just that, a big adjustment, and a dramatic change to your lifestyle. Even if you’re not in charge of the food preparation, it’s important that you educate yourself enough to be comfortable as a cheerleader for your kids while they’re following GAPS. If you want to see what’s possible when it comes to healing on the GAPS Diet, check out the GAPS Stories book.
Feel free to drop me a line later to tell me how it was all worth it! 😉