Question that shows up in my email box at least every few days:I’m allergic to nuts. My son is sensitive to eggs. Can I still do GAPS? All the GAPS baked goods recipes I see have both eggs and nuts.
My Answer: Many people find that after the GAPS Intro they are able to tolerate eggs, nuts, and other foods they were previously sensitive to. That’s a big reason why I’m such a huge fan of the GAPS diet- I was allergic (hives, swelling, chronic sinus infections) to dairy my whole life, but after 4 weeks on the GAPS Introduction Diet my dairy allergy was cured! I’ve been eating dairy for over two years now!
In addition, while I’ll admit that GAPS baked goods made with almond or coconut flour are delicious, they certainly aren’t necessary on the GAPS diet. Meat, stock, and veggies should be our staples on GAPS anyway, and you can create delicious meals such as spaghetti squash with meat sauce as pictured below.
Nut, dairy, and egg allergies are very common with ‘GAPS people‘, as Dr. Natasha explains in the GAPS Book, the problem is the leaky gut. If the gut is leaky, undigested particles of food get through the gut walls, and are irritants in the body as they are not supposed to be there. She says it is not uncommon for a GAPS patient to be allergic to just about everything they are eating.
Other allergy questions: The GAPS Intro can also be done with allergies to chicken, beef, fish, and other meats, just choose a meat that you do not react to and use that to make your stocks. Avoiding certain veggies is okay as well. For those re-introducing eggs, Dr Natasha recommends starting with just the yolk. And some people have success using duck eggs rather than chicken eggs as well.
“A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, like a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system” Gut and Psychology Syndrome page 24
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