How to Start the GAPs Diet For Your Children- Guest Blog by Jennifer Scribner
FREE GAPS DIET CLASS
April 16th at 7 pm at Integrative Pediatrics office.
If interested, please call the office to reserve a spot (first 25- couples encouraged).
If you have a child suffering from anxiety, autism, autism spectrum, or other GI or neurological issues, it may be time to consider the GAPS diet. I have done a You Tube video previously on this topic that can be viewed here…
I’m now very blessed to have a local expert share with you the nuts and bolt of how to do it.
Jennifer Scribner is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified GAPS™ Practitioner, trained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in September 2011. Her specialty is helping people learn and follow the GAPS Diet to address autism and complex digestive and autoimmune conditions.
If you’re considering the GAPS Diet, take the overwhelm out of starting by grabbing a copy of her FREE e-book Beginning the GAPS Diet: A Prep Guide for Getting the Best Results. You can find a copy of this book here…
Please enjoy her post below:
5 Steps to Starting the GAPS Diet with Kids
Ellen knew in her heart that the GAPS Diet™ would really help her kids, but she thought there was no way her kids would eat the food because they were sooo picky! Her son, Noah, was on the autism spectrum and only ate 5 foods. Her daughter, Ellie, who had asthma, eczema, and anxiety that was interfering with school, loved nothing more than eating pancakes or macaroni and cheese for every meal.
The first week of the Intro Diet was really rough as the kids cycled through tantrums, refusing to eat, vomiting, lethargy, constipation, and bed time meltdowns. By the end of the 3rd day Ellie realized that these foods were here to stay and started eating the soup with less protest. Noah held out longer, but accepted meatballs cooked in broth on day 6.
Starting GAPS with kids is rarely easy – but the results are worth it. Once you make it through the rough patch during that first week of the Intro Diet it will get easier.
Here are 5 steps to starting the GAPS Diet with kids:
Decide what needs to change. Pick 3 symptoms or behaviors that you want to see change in your kids. Write them down in a notebook and include a number to represent their severity. Come back and look at this list after you’ve been on GAPS for 2 whole months. Ask yourself how GAPS is working for you and what’s changed? It’s easy to get caught up in the immediate issues, so reviewing where you started helps you clearly track your progress.
Add in some GAPS foods now. Before you start the GAPS Diet you should incorporate some GAPS foods into your day-to-day meals. Start with the ones you think your kids are most likely to eat, even if that would just be fresh-pressed juice popsicles, homemade fruit gelatin, or coconut flour muffins. Offer them homemade chicken soup, carrots sautéed in butter, or a forkful of sauerkraut. Trying these new foods gives your kids’ taste buds a chance to adjust. It also helps you gain confidence in the new cooking skills you’ll develop for the GAPS Diet.
Don’t start GAPS until both parents are on board. I can’t stress this point enough. Time after time I’ve seen mom start kids on the GAPS Diet without dad being a true believer in it. There’s something about that skeptical energy that keeps the kids from accepting the foods and starting to heal. The first week of the intro diet is no picnic. It’s important that both parents understand GAPS and have the strength to stick with it. The same thing goes for other adults in your household.
Choose your Intro Diet start date carefully. There’s never a ‘perfect’ time to start the GAPS Diet, but some times are better than others. The easiest time to begin with kids is when they’re on a school break or summer vacation. It’s ideal to start when both parents can take a week off of work so you can give each other a break when things get too emotional. Choosing a start date now will help you have time to plan out everything you need to buy and learn before you jump into the Intro Diet with both feet.
Figure out what types and textures of food your kids will most readily eat. Understanding their texture and temperature preferences will give you a starting point to sneak in GAPS foods if they won’t eat them readily. For example, Noah liked mustard on everything, so Ellen stirs a little bit of broth into it each time. If your son will drink just about anything out of a sippy cup or through a straw you’ll know that’s how to get the broth in him. If your daughter doesn’t like liquid textures of any type, plan to cook all the meat and veggies in the broth so that she’ll get some broth with what she does eat.
If your family needs the GAPS Diet you will find a way to get your kids to eat. The most important thing you need to do is be 100% committed and never give up – even if it takes a while for your kids to starting eating GAPS foods. Take the time to plan ahead and gather the support you need to succeed, but take the first step today.