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Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet for Autism

Introduction

Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) is an adaptation of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  The GAPS Diet expands upon the SCD and incorporates three main areas which help with healing gut and psychological problems.  The three main areas are diet, supplements, and detoxification.  The diet is based on consuming fermented foods, oils, natural fats, meats, and fresh vegetables as well as eliminating all dairy.  GAPS Diet includes taking supplements like Vitamin A, probiotics, omega-3’s, digestive enzymes, and other vitamins and minerals.  The last and most important component is detoxification through juicing. 

Related Sites

Autism Diet: Donna Gates and Dr. Campbell-McBride
Description:  In this six minute video Donna Gates, author of "The Body Ecology Diet" and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" talk about the importance of the gut with regards to autism.

Dr. Mercola and GAPS Diet
Description:  This site gives a comprehensive explanation of how the gut brain connection interacts with your child’s health, the importance of the gut flora and how a toxic gut affects the brain.

THE GAPS DIET.com
Description:  This site supports digestive healing following the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

GAPS Diet and Protocol
Description:  This site provides a brief explanation about the importance of the GAPS diet including recipes and shopping suggestions to make implementing the diet much easier for parents.

Honest Body
Description:  The Honest Body website features recipes, classes, and information on the GAPS™ dietary protocol for families and individuals. Curated by Certified GAPS™ Practitioner, Melanie Christner, mother of four, who did the GAPS Protocol for her own family's health.

Books

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet by Hilary Boynton, Mary G.Brackett, Mary Brackett, and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Description:  This cookbook provides the reader with over 200 recipe ideas for implementation of the GAPS diet. Also, cooking methods and healthy ingredients that make up the very basis of this diet are included.

Recover with GAPS: A Cookbook of 101 Healthy and Easy Recipes That I Used to Heal My Ulcerative Colitis while on the GAPS Diet – Heal Your Gut Too! by Pamela Jenkins and Donna Gates
Description:  This cookbook provides the reader with over 200 recipe ideas for implementation of the GAPS diet. Also, cooking methods and healthy ingredients that make up the very basis of this diet are included.

Internal Bliss GAPS Cookbook
Description:  This is the first cookbook created exclusively for the GAPS diet. It is designed for individuals and families pursuing the difficult journey towards digestive healing. With the GAPS principles in mind, Internal Bliss provides recipes that will satisfy all palates.

GAPS Guide: Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body, and Brain by Baden Lashkov
Description:  This thorough guidebook demonstrates that dietary changes and detoxification can result in great improvements in the lives of those suffering from digestive complications.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride
Description:  This book supplies answers for healing digestive disorders. Having a child with learning disabilities herself, this author shows in-depth understanding of the relationships between problems with the digestive system and these disabilities.

Tools

Cooking with GAPS DVD
Description:  This is the Official GAPS™ DVD set produced to compliment the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Caroline Barringer and Kris Gustafson show you how to prepare delicious GAPS meals, all the way from the GAPS Intro to the Full GAPS Diet.

The GAPS Diet for Autism and Asperger’s
Description:  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride gives a simple explanation of what’s going on in the gut and how to fix it.

The Liberated Kitchen
Description:  Recipes for all stages of GAP.

GAPalicious
Description:  An exciting new resource for GAPS users is GAPalicious, an Apple App listing all foods from the book by Allowed and Not Allowed with descriptions and preparation details for each one. GAPalicious is available from iTunes for $3.99.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome DVD
Description:  Presented by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, this informative DVD demonstrates the relationship between diet and many mental disorders. The information is shown in a very understandable way, making implementation of the GAPS diet plan easily attainable.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  Heal the GAPS
Description:  This is a local support group based out of the Toledo Area that is dedicated to healing the digestive tract with the help of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's Gut & Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) program. Please feel free to ask questions, share GAPS recipes, personal experiences, and suggestions.

Forum/Blog Name:  GAPSDiet
Description:  This is a support group for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet. This group is for those following the diet as outlined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

Forum/Blog Name:  GAPS Diet for Autism
Description:  This groups is specially focused on the GAPS Diet for Autism.

Forum/Blog Name:  GAPS Diet for Families
Description:  We are just starting our family on the GAPS intro diet and would like to talk with other people going through this same transition. Join us if you have started or are considering GAPS Diet for your family.