GAPS: A Family in Healing with GAPS
An Invercargill mum is healing her family by healing their gut with the GAPS nutritional protocol.
She has been willing to share her experiences in the hope it will help others know there is an answer.
She has five daughters. When I first met her and the children, she told me that two of her girls were on the autism spectrum, diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome.
Her girls were all very thin, pale and solemn. They didn’t display any of the rough and tumble that children often do, not engaging in any interaction with each other, no teasing or pushing or other normal sibling interaction. They were very quiet and seemed quite sad.
Two of the girls had dark rings under their eyes, a sign of a toxic system, as the liver is unable to eliminate all the toxins in the body. Those toxins were being created from the food they were eating by a compromised digestive system.
Mum took on the task of healing her family with the GAPS Protocol, which she had found and researched on-line. She tossed a few ideas around with me, but basically, she is doing this for her family herself.
They began cooking and supplementing with GAPS
About six weeks later, the girls’ father called in and told me the difference was amazing and that the girls’ brains had obviously been scrambled. The children had started to interact and play together. They saw a sense of humour in one of their children that they had never seen before.
Mum was kind enough to write a list of the improvements in her daughters around two months after beginning the healing programme.
7 year old
- Improved coordination, has learnt how to swing
- Holds her knife and fork and sits better at the table
- Less fidgety and more calm
- Better emotional control
- No meltdowns any more
- More energy more cheerful
- Sleeps through the night, was waking 4 to 5 times.
- Fewer trips to the toilet, used to go up to 3 times in 30 minutes
- Eats lots of different foods now.
6 year old
- Fewer tantrums
- Put on weight, 2 kg in the last 6 weeks
- Has learnt to swing
- More energetic
- More confident and communicates better
- Diarrhoea and tummy pain gone
- Plays outside more
4 year old
- Putting on weight
- Eating more foods
- Used to eat only rice, potatoes, some meat, green beans and peas
- No meltdowns
- No compulsive routines
- Plays with siblings, before played mainly alone
- Imaginative play, plays with dolls
- Before only played with Thomas
- Much more energy
- Much happier
2 year old
- Sleeping better
- No tantrums in night
- Communicating well
16 month old
- Eating a whole variety of food, only ate peas before
- Sleeping better, was waking 6 to 8 times a night, now only 2 to 3 times
- Happier and less clingy during the day
“After a few weeks of the changes, the meltdowns stopped. They didn’t just reduce they stopped completely.
“And they all play outside now. Even though it is winter and cold, but sunny, I have hard time getting them back inside again. They never went out before.”
“Something went wrong when we introduced the nuts and fruit and I didn’t pick it up straight away … but we press on and will go a little more slowly this time! I am becoming more aware of all our symptoms. They are now back on track, symptoms have settled again and the children all continue to improve.
The baby is eating a larger variety of foods, sleeping more at night, less fractious by day and quite cheerful and active.
The toddler is sleeping through, every night, in her own bed, which is amazing. She no longer complains that her knee is sore or her legs are tired. She is eating everything we put in front of her.
Our 4 year old is happy and affectionate. She has lots of energy and is eating a lot. She is more confident has basically no meltdowns. She is coping a lot better with changes now.
Our 6 year old is more calm, and affectionate. She’s no longer defiant and her tantrums have basically gone. Her constipation is improving and her tummy pains are gone. She is chattier and cheerful, though still anxious. Her confidence in schoolwork has boomed.
Our eldest who struggles the most with learning and emotional control, is coming on slowly. Her constipation got quite severe and she was struggling to sleep, having a lot of meltdowns. That is all improving again. She is sleeping through the night now and eating everything we give her, often asking for extras of soup! Her tummy pains are gone, but she still has some constipation.
As for me, my sinuses and asthma are better, my tummy pains are gone, but I have to be very careful what I eat – only soups and casseroles, so I’m trying to go very, very slowly through the introduction stages. My husband continues to feel well and fit. He includes other foods from the diet for work and seems to cope fine with that.”