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Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) & Gut and Psychology Diet (GAPS)


The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) were developed to help people address “leaky gut syndrome” and treat conditions that affect the gut and brain, like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), autism, and dyslexia. Both diets are used by people with invisible illnesses to alleviate symptoms of poor digestion, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory bowel diseases. If you haven’t heard of either of these diets before, here’s a little backstory: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) was introduced in the 1920s by Dr. Sidney Haas as a “cure” for celiac disease, and it was popularized decades later by author Elaine Gottschall. This elimination diet centers on the idea that once the gut is compromised, it can’t properly digest certain foods—specifically certain kinds of complex carbohydrates. So, the “specific” in Specific Carbohydrate Diet refers to eating only the most easily digested carbohydrates, called monosaccharides. That means fruit, vegetables (except potatoes and some root vegetables), honey, soaked beans and lentils are in, and longer-chain carbohydrates like grains and potatoes and even certain sugars like maple syrup and table sugar are out. As for dairy, it’s complicated: Butter and some kinds of cheese are allowed, and you can eat homemade yogurt, but no milk or cream. The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) is based on SCD with a deeper focus on how leaky gut messes with your brain and can contribute to autism, depression, OCD, ADHD, and even schizophrenia. According to neurologist and neurosurgeon Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who developed the diet, when you have a leaky gut, chemicals and bacteria from food enter your bloodstream and disturb your brain’s function. She believes that this can cause brain fog and even contribute to autism. Reading all this, you may be interested in learning about the connection between the gut and brain, even if you’re not interested in implementing either diet. There’s a fascinating world of research out there, and we’re all for getting smart on this topic!

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What Can I Eat Now: 30 Days on the GAPS Intro Diet

What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Introduction Diet is your full color day-by-day guidebook, complete with over 100 delicious and nourishing recipes, to the 6 progressively healing and restoring stages of the GAPS Intro diet. Anyone can start getting relief from chronic conditions caused by leaky gut with this book because it gives you step-by-step meal-by-meal instructions and takes all the guesswork out of the incredibly effective GAPS protocol for you so that you get the healing you deserve. Notes, recipes, and directions guide you daily with helpful recipes and encouragement. 100+ recipes for each stage of the GAPS introduction diet including: Healing meats that are fork-tender and a treat to eat, even on the first stage. Creamy vegetables for every stage, without using dairy. Soups, soups, soups, in many varieties, for accelerated healing. Easy craveable ferments to populate the gut with good bacteria, add enzymes to meals, and give a pop of bright color. Over a dozen juicing recipes for easily absorbable nutrients to detoxify and provide vitamins and minerals from plants, without irritating your brand new repaired gut lining. Nutbutter 'breads' and pancakes made with activated nuts to prevent digestive distress and eliminate bitterness. Beginning dairy recipes once you are ready for ghee and yogurt. Is the GAPS Diet right for you? Do you find your digestion is off, seemingly randomly, no matter what you eat? Do you or someone you love have other signs of leaky gut such as food intolerances, mild food allergies, eczema, mysterious skin conditions, or even psychiatric conditions like anxiety, depression, or autism? Did you know all of those maladies are related? The GAPS Diet is an amazing gut-healing protocol that works to heal the digestive tract and rebalance the gut flora so that your digestive system is restored to it's original healthy state to work with and support your body's immune system, feel-good hormones, and ability to truly get all the nutrition out of the food you eat. Maybe you have heard of the GAPS Diet, and you might be in the same boat that I was… Yes. I was overwhelmed with the GAPS diet too! … But our family has found so much help by using the GAPS diet for autism, eczema, food allergies, ADD, and more that I knew I wanted to help others with this intensely healing protocol. I made this helpful guide for anyone who is overwhelmed with the GAPS Intro and needed a little more hand-holding to get started. Checklists keep you on track, recipes give you fresh ideas for what you can eat when, and detailed instructions help even those who are very new to cooking cook this delicious nourishing food with confidence. Why do you need this book? * You want simple and straightforward instructions that won't have you searching through books and trying to figure out what comes next. * You feel like you would benefit from the GAPS Introduction Diet but don' t know how to start. I know what it's like and I'm here to help you every step of the way through this book.

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iEat Green with Bhavani: Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Dr. Campbell-McBride graduated with Honors as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. She gained a Postgraduate Degree in Neurology and completed a second Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition at Sheffield University, UK. In 2004, she published a book, Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment Of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression And Schizophrenia. The book explores the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, highly successful in treating patients with learning disabilities and other mental problems. A second edition was published in 2010, and has been translated into sixteen languages. In her clinic, Dr. Campbell-McBride works with patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and other complications of atherosclerosis. She is acutely aware of the confusion about nutrition and these conditions, spurring an intensive study into this subject. The result of this study is her book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth! What Really is Heart Disease and what can we do to Prevent and Even Reverse it. The book was published in December 2007 and a second addition in March 2016. Her new book, Vegetarianism Explained, has come out in 2017. Dr Campbell-McBride has been working with many young people who have chosen a plant-based life style and as a result became very ill. This led to an intense study into the value of plant foods versus animal foods, which resulted in this book. Dr. Campbell-McBride is a Member of The Society of Authors, The British Society for Environmental Medicine, and a Board Member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tart with Banana and Raspberry CompoteTo make 2- 10” Tart pans with removable bottomsBefore starting, soak 3 cups of cashewsin water for 3 hours or more.Crust- Banana Filling:2 cups macadamia nuts 6 ripe bananas2 cup raw almonds 2 t. vanilla2 cup dates ¼ cup Agave1 pinch sea salt1/2 cup shredded coconut Raspberry Topping:Chocolate Filling: 2- 12 oz. package of froz. raspber3 cups soaked cashews 2 Tbs + 2 Tbs. agave2 cups water1 can organic coconut milk4-teaspoon vanilla3 cups Cacao powder1-1/2 cup Agavepinch saltTo make CrustIn food processor, pulse the macadamia nuts and the almonds till fine. Add the dates and the coconut and pulse until themixture is fully minced. Divide the crust between the two pans. Press mixture into pan and work it up the sides. Usingopposite hand to create counter-pressure. Make the edge of crust smooth and even.For Chocolate Mousse:Drain the cashews. Combine the drained cashews and fresh water in food processor, and pulse. Blend until very smooth,scrapping down sides as needed. Add the coconut milk, vanilla and pinch of salt. Pulse until smooth, scrapping down thesides. Transfer to large bowl, and slowly whisk in the cacao powder and Agave. Taste, and add more sweetener if desired.Pour ½ of chocolate filling into one crust, and the other half into second crust.Place tart pans in freezer, making sure they are level. Freeze for 1 hour.Put the six ripe bananas into food processor, along with agave and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour one half of bananaonto each of the chocolate tart pans. Return to freezer for 30 minutes.Pulse one package of frozen raspberries in food processor, until they are small pellets. Add 2 Tbs. of Agave and pulse just tocombine. Pour onto of one pie, and smooth out evenly. Repeat for other pie. Return to freezer .Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving. For a dessert buffet, cut tart into individual serving pieces and put intocupcake liners for a nice presentation

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