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GAPS will change your life. You’ll function, you’ll feel great, your illnesses will shed off one by one. However, the journey is a ride like no other. You’ll work your fanny off and cook your fingers to the bone. 

WARNING: Do not read this post unless you are doing GAPS. Really doing GAPS, not poking at it with a stick. It’s a whole new word of eyeball popping if you do!

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GAPS is worth it when your child goes from a drooling mess who can’t communicate and function in real world situations to being the head of the class and the most well behaved child in the room. It’s worth it when your child doesn’t gain weight, is a picky eater, is failing to thrive and declining daily. It’s worth it when the eczema is debilitating with white crusty open sores that your child digs at all through the night. It’s worth it when the bowels don’t move on their own. It’s worth it when your eight-year-old boy looks like he’s nine months pregnant with a belly so swollen and hard it hurts. It’s worth it when your daughter can’t play soccer because of outdoor allergies.

It’s just worth it. 

It’s worth it but it’s hard.

It’s the hardest thing you’ll probably do, but, your family will be healthier for all your effort. The face of our children is changing and it’s all due to heroic moms who tirelessly work for their loved ones. It’s so worth it. When you do it right and you see the changes, there’s no going back. You’ll do whatever it takes, for the sake of your child and your own health.

So go forth Mama! Realize you’re changing the world! The dark circles under the eyes are receding, the healthy flesh tone is coming back and the energy is abounding. Until then, keep your eyes peeled because there are certain factors that identify us all as a GAPS mom. Watch diligently and you may find us lurking right in front of your face. 

Just know, if you qualify for these factors, you might be a GAPS mom, a mom who has a super-hero uniform under her skin, a mom who loves and cares with all her heart and a mom who lives in the house where all the kids want to come eat!

You Might Be A GAPS Mom If…

20. Everything in your pantry, cabinets and refrigerator is in mason jars. There’s not a packaged box in sight. 

19. Your main dream is to stay somewhere on the ocean where someone else does the proper cooking. 

18. An apron is a permanent part of your wardrobe.

17. Your favorite birthday gift is when your family cleans the house. 

16. You ask for a dehydrator or Vitamix for Christmas. 

15. You can ferment anything. Anything. 

14. Every recipe you cook, you adapt.

13. If you’re on Facebook at night it’s because you’re lying in a detox bath.

12. Your summer is spent swimming in your local waterfall instead of your local pool.

11. When you meet a stranger who has also been on Stage 2 for a year you instantly cry, sit down and chat for hours and have a new friend for life!

10. A cooler is a permanent fixture in your car.

9. You can’t remember the last time you’ve been to a restaraunt. Then when you break down and go to the restaurant all you can think is your food is so much better at home.

8. You don’t really shop at the grocery store but your farmer is like a family member. 

7. Family reunions are spent being a helicopter mom, just to be sure something isn’t eaten- because it looks like food.

6. You carry your own food and water everywhere you go. 

5. Your sink has a mound of dirty dishes. All. The. Time. 

4. You get excited for a full moon so you can see how many gallstones come out with the gallbladder flush or so you can track the behavior to see how much healing has taken place!

3. You don’t spend your Saturday night partying in a club, you spend it doing enemas.

2. It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and you’re done for the day. Not complete with your day, just exhausted and done. 

1. You take pictures of your kids bowel movements so you can text them to your practitioner.

* Thanks to all the GAPS moms who participated in submitting to this list! I tip my hat and curtsey to you! It’s you who make the difference.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.



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