Happy Monday! I am feeling really good and ready to tackle the week ahead. This past weekend was spent learning more about the GAPS Intro diet. GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome, and it's been used to help "heal and seal" the gut thereby lessening symptoms of autoimmune disease, leaky gut syndrome, autism, (mild) depression, eczema, etc. I know quite a few people who have had success with this diet (note that this is a healing diet, and not for long term) and so I've been inspired. I have a lot of lingering issues in the last year and a half from what I believe to be a result of long term antibiotic use for Lyme Disease, and they've been getting worse in the last few months, so after a few weeks off of all grains, I decided to take the plunge and test out GAPS to see if it would help.
I've been finding that in order to really make GAPS work (i.e. in order to not starve), you've got to be cooking all the time. I continually have a pot of bone broth going (I know, sounds awful, but it's really just a better tasting broth than one made with bouillon). Apart from the constant prepping and simmering, I really like this diet. I made a bunch of delicious soups with the broth - carrot and ginger, broccoli pea soup, roasted beet and butternut squash soup.... the combinations are endless as long as you've got a variety of veggies on hand and have the bone broth simmering. So far I am seeing results, and I'm going to continue with this and hopefully I'll be able to report good news in a while. Check out the GAPS book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride if you're interested in learning more.
On Sunday, I headed out to teach yoga and arrived extra early so I could experiment with new transitions (see above). It was a drizzly day, but I was glad to be out of the house and on the mat.
This week ahead is looking pretty busy, but I'm grateful to be feeling really good and full of energy on GAPS. Hope your weekend was great - tell me about it below!