The GAPS Diet Revisited


There has been mad scrambling over here recently in preparation of a huge new project, both in my home and with the blog.

We are going on the GAPS Diet again.

If you haven’t read my GAPS ramblings from when I started my blog, you can find them here. Be forewarned, they are indeed the ramblings of a brain-fog addled woman learning to blog for a small audience.

What Do You Mean…Again?

The GAPS protocol was one that we struggled mightily with in the past. I thought it had wonderful roots and made so much sense, but it made me feel pretty awful and took up every last bit of space in my brain trying to figure it out.

I never fully abandoned the principles and incorporated many of them into my healing protocol. We still have more healing to do, but I believe this is our final leg of the journey.

I’m ready to tackle it again with the knowledge of how to tweak the protocol specific to the individual and provide support along with way to all of my wonderful readers (that’s you).

Practitioner Training to the Rescue

Now that I can approach the diet from a practitioner standpoint, it makes a whole lot more sense and that, my friends, is a very big sigh of relief. Dr. Natasha and I do have differing views on some issues like how allergies and sensitivities are addressed, so I will make note of when the information and advice is solely mine and am likely to consult with her on some items.

I also plan to complete the GAPS practitioner training next year once I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I hope to expand on Dr. Natasha’s work in the future with her blessing and will use this time to hone the process.

We will continue the series on healing digestion and incorporate it into our protocol and tackle blood sugar handling as our second pillar of healing. These two healing foundations are the basis of also healing the adrenals, thyroid, and the rest of the endocrine system, along with correcting nutrient deficiencies and the immune system.

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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

19 thoughts on “The GAPS Diet Revisited”

  • I am really interested in reading the specifics of your GAPS journey. I have been looking into it for a while now and still feel a bit confused or conflicted on some aspects as some of the protocol as I understand it goes against the way I know to eat for controlling Candida issues. I will be looking forward to learning what you are doing.

    • That’s a lot of why I’m revisiting GAPS. We were not able to follow it the first time around with my limited knowledge in how healing and the body works. Approaching it from a practitioner standpoint, I feel much more confident and knowledgeable. We’ll have Q & A sessions as we go along, so hopefully that will help answer conditions and questions that I haven’t addressed.

  • Jennifer,
    How soon will you be accepting clients as a Nutritional Therapist? I agree that the GAPS diet makes total sense, but we too have struggled with it and since going back to work full time (to reach a state of health making this possible is a blessing!) I don’t have the bandwidth to do as much research and could use some guidance.

  • Will be following. We have been eating a VERY clean WAP diet for quite a long time. My 3 1/2 yr old who was home birthed and non vax suffers from eczema despite all our nutritional trials. its horrible in the winter. I know she is allergic to commercial dairy, soy, citrus, chocolate, and the mold on grapes. we raise our own chickens, turkeys, pigs, jersey cows, and fruits and veggies. I ferment like crazy, make our own body products and cleaning products. I feel pretty darn informed. Our friends say we are really “healthy” but still this…. did I mention I was dx with MS in ’07 after losing my vision. dont worry its back. I did the drugs but gave them up and have healed with FOOD. so we did GAPS this past winter and things got far far worse for my daughter and my husband and I were quite stressed over it. I would love to see how and why you are going through GAPS again. We did intro for almost 3 months. she never really got past stage 3 as we tried to identify what the issues may be. I dont think God meant for it to be so confusing. Good luck and cant wait to read more!

    • There will be a lot of conditions that need to be addressed either outside of GAPS or with a sub-protocol, and we’ll address many of them as we go along. I hope it will help you find some answers!

  • I just found your site a few days ago and I have been basically GLUED to my couch every free moment I have. I can deeply relate to so much about your story and I am curious if you have any information on how the GAPS diet may affect someone without their thyroid. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 6 years ago and had a complete thyroidectomy. My recovery was handled so poorly by my drs and sadly I was too tired, overwhelmed, and unaware to step in at the time. Conventional medicine is currently my only answer for treating my hormone levels and even though my levels show I’m good I haven’t felt like myself for the last 6 years. Thank you so much for your site – it’s AMAZING and has already made such an impact in my life in just a few short days!

    • I’m so glad you found your way over! GAPS is a gut healing protocol that helps to regulate the rest of the body systems. You may want to look into the effects of your meds on the gut and gut flora (which would prevent healing), but otherwise there shouldn’t be any problem. It’s all natural and food-based and should be very nourishing to get you back on your feet!

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