The idea of using a diet to heal is not new. Our ancestors did it through knowledge passed on from generation to generation. In today’s world food is widely available and comes in quantities that far exceed our needs. It is mass-produced in more economically efficient ways, and we no longer function the way our ancestors did.
It is important for us to understand that what we eat can help us or harm us. Looking for “better” ingredients will make our bodies better. “Better” ingredients can be subjective. By “better” I am referring to unprocessed foods, local foods, and when possible, organic produce versus conventional.
There are a lot of things we can’t control, but we can control and choose what we eat. In my research I came across the work of two exceptional women: Dr. Elaine Gottschall, who wrote “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who wrote “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” They wrote other books as well, but these constitute my dietary principles and the foundation for all the recipes I developed.
- The SCD Diet: The principle is that certain foods feed the “bad” bacteria in the gut, leading them to grow and harm the digestive tissues. By removing these foods and feeding foods that are easier to digest, the health of the gut is restored. The food groups that are not allowed are: gluten, grains, sugar and lactose (though certain cheeses are allowed.)
- The GAPS Diet: It is based on the SCD diet, but it takes a step further. It overlays a period in which no dairy is permitted. There is also a bigger emphasis in using broths in the beginning. Lastly, it goes beyond eating and talks about avoiding certain chemicals in personal hygiene (from brushing teeth to bathing.)
Disclaimer: this blog does not replace or substitute medical advice. It is based on the findings of Dr. Elaine Gottshall and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in their respective work on the SCD and GAPS diets.