Originally Posted by AFWife
Jumping in with a question!
Is it possible to do a modified version of this to fit my pregnant self? Or is it kind of all or nothing?
AND will changing my diet to exclude grains and other starches help me treat yeast naturally? I know it's the basis of the Candida Diet (but that one is too restricted for me right now)
This thread has a wide range. In general, most of us are just grain free (some are grain lite), lots of us watch carbs/count them, but not all of us do, many of us eat starches and natural sugars (think honey/maple syrup/etc) and fruits and even a little real sugar (dark chocolate) etc. There is a whole lot of variation here.
The Primal Blueprint (check www.marksdailyapple.com
) which a lot of follow as well, has an 80/20 aspect. Eat 80% primally, eat 20% what you want. Be that wine, dark chocolate, ice cream, McDonald's fries, whatever--whatever *you* need to do to make this way of eating work for you. I LOVE this way of thinking, b/c so many folks drop a 'diet' b/c they 'fall off the wagon' or find its too hard to stick to. This way, its built in. No need to feel guilty ever. (I think feeling guilty about what we eat is a major reason so many folks have food issues!) For many of us, our 20% gets more and more limited to pretty 'primal' foods, b/c we feel like crap if we eat something outside of that. It all just depends. And sometimes feeling like crap is worth it to us for the experience of enjoying that ______ w/ a group of friends--food nourishes the soul as well!
I personally am trying to go a bit more strict b/c of my own healing needs. You can totally address candida issues by going low/no grain, low/no sugar, limiting carbs/etc. And you can also just do whatever works for you! I've been grain free and eating tons of potatoes and fruit and homemade grain free coconut flour baked goods, etc. for quite some time. There is a wide range, and I say just do whatever works for you!
|FairyRae - re:GAPS I was just starting to read that a bit after your post. Is is possible to modify that diet as I don't think I could last on a week of soup/bone broths & probiotics. I realize that my gut needs to heal more, so I'm floundering a bit between just adding some probiotics in general or going whole hog into GAPS.
I should clarify. I am totally NOT doing full GAPS, whatsoever. I am doing my own thing, basically inspired by a combo of paleo and GAPS. So, avoiding starchy things like grains (duh), potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes (which I don't tolerate well anyway) along w/ sugar, maple syrup, etc. I'm allowing a tiny amount of raw honey if I feel like it (which I haven't--yet
), b/c I think cutting it totally will put me in crazy deprivation mode, and I'm doing stevia freely (so not GAPS legal
) So, I'm absolutely doing a create-your-own-diet here. It's really a combo of things I've read on SCD, GAPS, The Maker's Diet, and Paleo/Primal stuff all rolled into one, and tailored to what I want to do right now, today. Could change tomorrow for sure. I've just happened to read on MDA from multiple different folks how doing something similar (dropping basically all sugars (not fruit), grains, and most starchy foods) has done lots and lots healing wise, in concert w/ stuff like bone broth, vit D, probiotics/probiotic foods/etc. I'm just doing what I think will work for me, and what I can handle. (And I will not be drinking bone broth by the gallon--believe me. I am not a broth lover, and will just add it as I usually do to stuff like BBQ sauce, soups as I make them, and some sauces and casseroles, and thats it.) I'm so eating canned coconut milk (w/ GAPS not-legal guar gum) and balsamic vinegar (not GAPS legal) and don't care. Stuff like that I'm not going to make myself crazy over. I think there will be major benefits to eating in this manner for me w/out being super strict--if there is a point where I feel like it will make a big difference, I'll get super strict if that feels right to me, but for now, this feels like a huge step (dropping the potatoes and most sweeteners), and totally 'good enough'. I'm going more paleo than anything else, but also utilizing some of the GAPS healing ideas. And just making it all work for me.
I think there are huge possible benefits to eating a modified version if that's something you want to do. Many folks think SCD/GAPS is all or nothing (and that is really the message sent out by SCD/GAPS folks for sure), but I don't have a desire to stick to that, and I think there will be major benefits without the all or nothing...
Newcastlemama--thanks for sharing your positive GAPS experience. Dairy is something I would LOVE to get back at some point.
Sorry to harp on GAPS and whatnot so much--hope I'm not diverting the thread too much! I've just been excited by my own willpower--when I make it about healing, in my mind, its 1000000 times easier for me to stick more strictly to something...