What is the SCD/GAPS diet?
Listen to Angela's interview with Lucas Seipp-Williams, describing her experiences with the GAPS diet.
BrainFood_Interview_GAPS_Autism_Diet.mp3 (23 minute mp3 file)
The GAPS diet is largely based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
Fish (Wild, not farmed)
Ghee (clarified butter)
Gluten-Free Soy Sauce in moderation
Glass Jarred tomatoes
All Grains (even gluten free are prohibited)
Dairy (but clarified butter IS allowed)
Canned Foods (but canned tuna allowed in moderation)
White Sugar/Brown Sugar/Molasses
Equal/Sweet N Low, etc.
*Because peanuts are high in aflatoxins (mold). However "wild jungle peanuts" are aflatoxin-free.
Here are 2 very comprehensive allowed/prohibited food lists:
More Q & A:
Q: I'm a desperate mom reaching out to you. I have a wonderful little 4 year old boy with Autism. We do a lot of therapy and interventions (ABA, OT, NeuroFit, music therapy, equestrian therapy, GFCFSF diet and bio-med).
Something is still missing. He is so close to recovery we feel, but constipation still is a major issue/trauma. He also has central auditory processing difficulties, scripts TV shows, concepts are hard, and no conversational speech.
The last 3 days we have been prisoners in our home trying to get him to have a bowel movement. Poor guy. I am at the end of my rope and my heart is broken for him. I watched your videos and saw so much of my son in yours.
I have contemplated GAPS for about 5 months, but a few things hold me back:
1. I work full time and have two children with special needs. How will I ever find the time to make all the broth and food from scratch? It seems really impossible. Am I building it up in my head too much? Is it doable for someone like me who doesn't go to bed until 11 or midnight as it is with all that needs tending to?
2. Will my son eat? He eats a very healthy GFCFSF (Gluten-free, Casein-free, Soy-free) diet, but it's a struggle to get him to eat things like meat. He likes chicken, but all other meats he refuses. He also won't touch soup. Out of all the research and blogs I've read, no one really seems to address in detail what the actual eating process was like for their young, picky toddler. Can you share thoughts? He has Mitochondrial dysfunction and I really am fearful of weight loss, etc.
Thanks so much for your time. I am sure you are very busy. Just needing that last little nudge from someone who can calm my fears....
I won't lie to you, GAPS takes more time than GFCFSF because you can't buy as much prepackaged stuff. However, rather than take the approach "If I can't do GAPS perfectly, I won't do it at all", I urge you to do "Good enough GAPS". As your child simply can't heal if they are continuing to eat foods they are allergic to. (Please re-read the first pages of my book which explain all this)
In terms of getting yourself motivated, I am quite familiar with "overwhelm". I resolved to cut back my life to the essentials for the time being until my son was healed, and it paid off. So, no fancy vacations or new cars to pay for, and no volunteering / no hobbies to take up my precious time. If my parents/friends wanted to see us, great, they can come to me. Still, we as parents can have other stuff blocking us from achieving our goals. To help you, I'd suggest:
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) www.netmindbody.com/for-patients/find-a-practitioner-near-you
Homeopathy (any trained homeopath would be helpful, but maybe you'd like to find one who also knows CEASE for your kid) www.cease-therapy.com/make-appointment
Theta Healing - Find a Theta Healer
EFT (Acupressure Tapping) - EFT Basic Recipe
Constipation - well the first thing is to get him to poop, today! (That's great you're tuned in enough to know it's been three days.) Increase your child's fluids and probiotics. Go to the drugstore and buy some glycerin suppositories. Bribe your kid with a treat so he'll let you stick in the suppository, then wait for the fireworks. And if you are giving calcium supplements, stop them immediately - they seem to always cause constipation and a host of other problems.
I have found that raw milk kefir which we make into smoothies (see pg. 119) EVERY DAY without fail, is the key to my entire family's bowel health and also not getting colds. When we skip a day we get constipated, and/or "catch a cold". If you are afraid of raw milk, don't be, we've been drinking it for over 7 years without a single problem. Yes it's hard to find, but it's imperative, so please - try harder! www.realmilk.com (I'd suggest visiting the farm to assure yourself of the cleanliness of the cow's pasture and milking facility.)
Now, regarding my "disregard" for CF (casein-free diet) I have found our 2 actual problems with dairy are:
lactose - every kind of lactose - so either raw or pasteurized are both problems
milk solids - only pasteurized (or cooked) is the problem
So, the only types of dairy I permit are:
Ghee (it's cooked, but it's free of lactose and milk solids)
Raw milk kefir and raw milk yogurt (since it's cultured, it's free of lactose. And since it's raw, the milk solids are still "OK")
Note: there are a few children who are so dairy-intolerant, they can't even have raw milk kefir. Please muscle test to be sure. Grass-Fed Butter Oil (along with probiotic capsules) may be a good constipation solution for these kids.
If your son is picky:
Clip him into his highchair/booster seat. (See, How Do I Get My Kid to Eat This Stuff pg 20)
So maybe you cook (GAPS-legal) chicken nuggets every night for a week. (pg 68) So be it. But do please use "Soy-free" chicken that has eaten a soy-free diet. I buy my chicken directly from a farmer - it's easier for me to know the chicken's diet that way.
Tell him "First peas, then chicken" - you control the plate, and you alternate his bites, for the entire meal. (To make him eat all his peas.) Put lots of ghee and salt on those peas to make them tasty.
It is imperative that you train him to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, as he needs to get his carbs to avoid weight loss.
And, if you allow him to eat too much protein (vs. not enough produce) it's hard on his kidneys.
BTW - my child still refuses to eat soup. Won't touch it. He healed anyway, just by avoiding allergens and increasing the probiotics in his diet with the kefir smoothies. (Since he won't drink broth I put powdered gelatin into his smoothies.)
Time/Money savers - see pg. 22 of my book "Saving Time and Saving Money" and pg. 21 "Menu Planning". (It's no surprise that your family is going to be hungry 3 times a day. Plan ahead! Even if you're planning chicken nuggets 7 nights in a row!)
IMHO - All the good money (and time) you are investing in all these other therapies is "wasted" until you change your child's diet to GAPS. It really is that crucial. If I was short on time and money, and I had to choose between doing GAPS, or dropping everything else, I would honestly choose GAPS. But of course, doing GAPS + everything else is the best choice if you can swing it. (Homeopathy, especially!)
Q: My son's Mom and I are divorced. She took him off the GAPS diet. I'm desperate for ideas - what can I do? Should I take her to court?
A: I don't believe a Judge would rule in your favor if you were to take your ex-wife to court over the GAPS diet. No need to waste time and energy on that. However if you believe there are other things she is doing that put your son in harm's way, you could sue for full custody. Please gather hard EVIDENCE before you embark upon this path. Photos, written documentation from teachers, etc. If you have ever served on a jury or been to court, you know the importance of actual evidence. Just getting up on the stand and telling your story (testimony) will not get you very far. Know that this is an expensive and long process. And, do you really want to take him from his Mom? Let's see if we can get her "on board" with GAPS instead:
I'm wondering, why did she take him off the GAPS diet? Have you asked her? Find out which of these apply:
· too expensive
· too time consuming
· didn't see any difference
· She has ADD and can't get organized to handle it
· she doesn't know how to cook
· she hates to cook
· she has substance abuse problems
· her own physical illness
After identifying the problems, only then you can start to find the answers.
· ask your Ex to do relationship counseling with you (similar to marriage counseling)
· find a DAN doctor in your area who is a firm believer in the GAPS diet. Make an appointment where all 3 of you go to the appointment so she can hear the Doc's enthusiasm.
· Find your own GAPS/SCD/Paleo evidence and present it to her
· supply her with whatever supports she needs (for example, hire a cook or deliver the food to her doorstep daily.) Check out paleoonthego.com, petespaleo.com, etc. I have hired cooks on craigslist for $15/hr. Or maybe you have relatives/church members who will volunteer to cook some food.
· Since a child with autism is so incredibly time consuming, I will also suggest both of you wait to have new children until your son is recovered.
· Get a "medically necessary" vaccine waiver. Every time he gets shots, his autism will get even worse.
The GAPS diet, and all the other therapies you need to be doing, are costly. If you son is old enough to attend school, I suggest taking advantage of his schooltime to work the highest paying job you can find, so you can afford the GAPS diet and any other help your family needs.
Share this information with your Ex, and start a dialogue! If after you've tried ALL these ideas, you still cannot get your Ex on board, then I would suggest you:
· Feed your child GAPS food when you have him. Send leftovers with him to your Ex's house.
· Homeopathy on your own with him. Find a good Homeopath who knows CEASE therapy.
· Learn to do MNRI therapy with him, and do it on days you have him.
(Actually, I would suggest you do these things in addition to GAPS either way!)
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