Thoughts on Nutrition & Diet

Maci’s challenges with her eating, digestion and health started at the age of 3 months.  Beginning with constipation problems then battles with ear infections, stomach viruses and failure to thrive.  It seemed never ending and was causing her to fall behind developmentally.

After 2 years, her health and well being had not improved.  The constant roller coaster of her illnesses was exhausting and frustrating.  Just when it all seemed hopeless, thankfully we found a biomedical naturopathic doctor.  Based on Maci’s lab reports she was suffering with many intestinal infections and severe bacterial growth.  Our doctor suggested we start Maci on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and GAPS Diet.

We have been using these two diets now for the last 7 years.  It instantly cleared up Maci’s constipation and infections.  Also, we see a big benefit behaviorally when Maci’s gut is healthy.  Her mood is happy, more focused, no melt downs and improved sleep.

WHERE TO BEGIN

Read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  It is very important to fully understand the GAPS Diet before you start.  Starting the diet incorrectly may lead to unnecessary diarrhea, constipation, severe die-off symptoms, and hunger pains.

Be Patient!  Please remember that this is going to be a slow process.  You should not do the GAPS Diet unless you are willing to fully commit to doing it properly and are willing to stick it out for 2 years if necessary.  While some people notice immediate improvements, all progress will be very individual.

Start Slow.  Depending on your current diet and digestive health, transitioning to the GAPS Diet may be a dramatic change.  Making gradual and slow changes will help to make the transition easier.

Be Prepared.  It may be beneficial to do a few trial runs before going into the Full GAPS Diet or Introduction Diet.  Try making sauerkraut or fermented vegetables and meat or fish stocks.  Once you have a good handle on these recipes, all other GAPS foods should seem relatively easy.

Get Support.  Work with a Certified GAPS Practitioner to get individual guidance based on health concerns and symptoms.  Modifications to the diet may be necessary to meet individual needs.  Find a GAPS practitioner at www.gaps.me

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has helped many thousands of people with various forms of bowel disease and other ailments vastly improve their quality of life.   The book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, authored by Elaine Gottschall, is important to read and follow the guidelines for the diet.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has entered the world of autism through “the back door”- the intestinal tract. And what may have first appeared to be “the back door,” via the digestive system, is rapidly becoming one of the most scientifically researched areas in determining what may be one of the underlying causes of many autism spectrum disorders.  Because the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™’s goal is to heal the intestinal tract and to rid it of bacterial and fungal overgrowth, it is proving to be a very successful dietary intervention in treating many autistic children and leading them back to a life of normalcy.

The chapter , “The Autism Connection in Breaking the Vicious Cycle” will review some of the research dealing with the Gut-Brain Axis in child developmental disorders. It will point out how dietary intervention with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet addresses and often overcomes conditions thought to be at the root of autism spectrum disorders as well as some cases of epilepsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Download Chapter 8: The Autism Connection PDF file here (from Breaking the Vicious Cycle).

More information on SCD go to www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info