Health Issues--Thinking About Following GAPS
Mister Man is vomiting again.
I let our diet go for Christmas and the last of the December birthdays, and he's having a rough morning.
But I have to admit that even when he was holding his food, he'd get a distended abdomen--sometimes he looked normal, and sometimes he looked like one of those photos of starving kids in third world countries--all skinny with a bloated belly.
And his eczema is back.
Through all of these weeks (now turning into months), he's been whiny and prone to tantrums because he just doesn't feel well.
I've been researching a lot, and I'm becoming more and more convinced that following the GAPS protocol is a good idea for my family. I can't get the teens to follow it (when they feel tempted to cheat, they do because they have their own money and access to junk food), but they need it, too, and I can cook this way at home and model what they need.
I don't believe that "all disease begins in the gut" (as quoted often in GAPS resources) any more than I believe that chiropractic care can alleviate all disease (seems that every chiropractic office I've entered has had had some version of that idea posted on a wall). I do believe in a Heavenly Father that gave us both knowledge and resources to help us be as healthy as possible, and I do believe that this same Heavenly Father leads us to personal answers.
I've been praying and studying for quite some time about Rose Red's IBS, Super Star's hypothyroidism (or more likely Hashimoto's Sydrome), Rose Red's and Ladybug's impulsivity and apparent executive function issues, Beowulf's autistic behaviors, Brother's . . . I don't know how to describe Brother's behaviors accurately . . . there's just something not quite "right" about him sometimes, and he's sad because of it, Pixie's terrible monthly issues, Sir Walter Scott's pre-diabetic condition, and my own depression/anxiety.
(Sheesh! We're a mess!!!)
I'm reasonably sure that putting Mister Man on the GAPS phase 1 diet helped him stop throwing up, and I'm equally sure that stopping that diet plan during phase 2 in order to let him eat birthday and Christmas treats set him back again.
I'm also quite sure that my own mental health issues are significantly improved when I've joined Mister Man in following GAPS.
What I like about the GAPS protocol is that it is a temporary diet that has convincing anecdotal evidence of actual healing. Instead of living on a gf/cf diet forever as has become the standard for autism/IBS/other health issues, I have hope that by following the GAPS diet for a season, we can open our diet back up to all of the wonderful foods Heavenly Father created on this earth.
What I don't like is giving up the grains and starches that have formed the bulk of our diet for years!
But the science, as described in Gut and Psychology Syndrome, is compelling.
I have so many complicated feelings about committing to a change such as this.