Why I might not be on GAPS anymore

I officially started the gut-healing protocol called GAPS in February 2012, first going through the strict intro phase and then gradually adding in more foods until I was on the least strict version of the diet. I put my 3 year old (at the time) boy on the diet as well since he seemed to…

Overcoming Mood Disorders with Diet

About one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. “Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages in 2005–2008 and the most frequently used by persons aged 18–44 years . From 1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages…

Struggle and Success Saturday: Getting Ready for GAPS

Well, my progress of trying new recipes from Nourishing Traditions came at a standstill last fall, as I just go so busy. Fortunately, busy did not mean falling into old habits. We still have eaten very well, and I’ve been slowly moving my son and myself closer to a GAPS diet, which diet I realize I…

Overcoming Mood Disorders: My Story

I think I got my first taste of depression as a young girl, after I had been hospitalized for kidney failure at age five. I was always a sensitive child, but that event seemed to have made things harder for me. I never felt the same after. I certainly have attributed the altered mental state…

Health Mystery of a Little Boy

Somewhere around ten years ago, I first learned about autism. I was in college and read an article in Psychology Today about how a normal baby girl had transformed into an autistic child after receiving vaccinations. The article also talked about how most autistic children are diagnosed around age two. That’s all I specifically remember…

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

I probably first heard about the GAPS diet about a year ago or so. My friend Carrie had started on it, and I started hearing about it here and there on some blogs. I was really skeptical at first; prescription diets really put me off. By “prescription diet” I mean a diet that more or…

Salicylate Sensitivity?

My little boy just turned three this month. He was born a docile child–almost never cried as a baby (although he was held constantly, and his needs never delayed beyond necessity–so easy when they are so little). I did eventually teach him it was okay to cry, if he needed a release, but never expected that…