This is an old thread, but I'm hoping to revive it as we embark on GAPS. I've attempted the GAPS intro twice in the last year. I've caved after three days both times! The first time I tired to get the whole family to do it and I think that imploded because I hadn't prepared well, so I was making bone broth pretty much non-stop the whole time and was so exhausted and grumpy and dealing with whining kids I just couldn't take it. The second time I attempted it on my own and the sight of my family eating other foods drove me over the edge. But, after many more months and the confirmation that two of my children and I have food intolerances (eggs, dairy, gluten based on IgG testing), I am recommitted. I don't want to spend the rest of my life avoiding eggs and I certainly don't want my kids to deal with that forever. My oldest son (8) is also struggling with behavior issues that just seemed to pop up out of nowhere about 18 months ago. He's so volatile, the smallest "no" will send him into a toddler-like tantrum. He's also struggling with bed wetting, eczema and migraines. My second son (6) has been complaining of stomach aches for months now and is off and on constipated. My two other kids (ages 4 and 1) don't have any obvious symptoms, but neither did my 8 and 6 year olds at that age, so I hope their benefit is preventative.
I'm a poster child for GAPS - have struggled for years with acne, skin rashes, infertility. I was on antibiotics for almost 3 years straight in college to try to deal with the acne. I was on the BCP for 10 years. I took Accutane for 6 months when I was 22. I was a vegetarian for about 10 years and a diet coke addict for about 25 years. Ugh. By the time I discovered the error of my ways I was a mess. I had three of my kids before discovering traditional foods and I'm sure I passed on some pretty sub-par gut bacteria. My fourth child might fair better, but although I ate healthy when I was pregnant with her, the damage to my body had been done. My breasts never developed properly (not sure why - sometimes I wonder if it was because I started drinking tons of diet coke at age 8) and I was unable to breastfeed any of my kids. It was absolutely heartbreaking for me. I used some donor milk (from my sister, who conveniently had her first three kids at around the same time as mine) and a friend. But mostly they drank formula. My fourth drank homemade formula using raw milk, but I started that when she was about 3 months old. So we all need some help.
So - anyone else getting ready for intro? I'm preparing now and planning to start the 3rd week of June. My parents visit for 3 weeks before that and I know it will be hard to be on intro with them in the house. I have a question - once you're through intro and into full GAPS, can you maintain the healing process on a 80-90% GAPS diet? We have so many visitors coming this summer and a trip to the beach planned. I don't plan on letting my kids go hog-wild, but I can't imagine saying no to a popsicle on the beach or to the take-out pizza someone orders when we're staying with all their cousins. But will letting some things slide a bit take away the benefits if its only a few weeks after intro? These are the kind of concerns that stop me from ever starting because I can never envision when we will have months on end without some party or vacation or visit from family that will seriously test our limits. Maybe everyone else just holds a firm no to anything GAPS-illegal? I'm such a bad guy to my kids when it comes to food (as I'm sure many of you are too - no packaged foods, kombucha instead of sprite, etc.) that I just DREAD being an even *badder* guy to them. My 8 year old is frequently known to say things like "I wish I lived with so-and-so because HIS mom isn't so worried about things being healthy all the time!" as he storms out of the kitchen. (again, hoping his moody outbursts get better through GAPS).