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1. How long have you been on the GAPS diet? 13 months
2. What was going on that made you decide to pursue the diet? My son has Aspergers Syndrome. He is now 8.5 years old. He had been GFCF (Gluten Free, Casein Free) for a bit over a year before starting GAPS. During that time, we discovered that he had a long list of food sensitivities. He wanted to be able to eat these foods again.
3. Did you start with Full GAPS or Intro first? How long have you been on each? We started with intro. I think we were on intro for a couple months.
4. What kind of progress or healing have you seen? I have lost 26 lb and gone from a size 12 to a size 2. My son has lost almost all of his food sensitivities. The only ones we haven’t tested recently are gluten and brown rice. He was also chronically constipated since 4 months old, when rice cereal was introduced. His constipation issues are greatly improved. He’s still not where I’d like to see him, but he’s so much better. With this healing, came an almost complete disappearance of the negative autistic behaviors.
I used to get a lot of migraines. They were increasing in frequency and I consulted with a chiropractor. He suggested that it may be a food intolerance. After an elimination diet, I determined it was eggs. After going on GAPS, I have had 1 migraine. I have been able to eat eggs for almost the entire time.
5. What other strategies have you implemented along with GAPS? Why? During the 1st year of GAPS (and before), he also had ABA (applied behavioral analysis) therapy and occupational therapy.
6. Are you off the GAPs diet? No
7. Are there areas where you have not seen healing so far? No
8. What has been the hardest thing about following the GAPS diet? Stage 1 intro was the hardest and getting my son to drink broth. But now he’s so used to it, there is no issue.
9. What has been the best thing about following the GAPS diet? Seeing my son blossom.
10. Do you have any advice for a person considering going on the GAPS diet? Realize that things will get worse before they get better. Don’t give up. Your gut feelings will tell you a lot about how and when to proceed.