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5 ways to do GAPS with your child and stay sane!


It takes a cool headed mother (or father) to work through the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Protocol (GAPS) with their child. Here are some tips to make the process a little easier ….

1. Don’t go for big-time healing all at the same time! You might be adrenally fatigued, or have many issues that Gaps-adults tend to have so please, please don’t try to ramp up your probiotics or fermented foods at the same time as your child. They need you to be full of energy, patience and ready for hugs not fatigued and needing to nap. You can go slowly and still get good results as well as be there for your child.

2. Teach your child to swallow capsules. Start with a teeny weeny capsule, something along the size of Higher Nature’s vitamin D capsules (http://naturaldispensary.co.uk/products/Vitamin_D_500iu_
). Hurrah! No more opening capsules and mixing in water, along with huge amounts of coaxing 3 times per day!

3. Be in it together.  Following the basic principles of the gaps diet as a family means your efforts won’t be sabotaged by your child sniffing out the loaf of bread you stashed away in the cupboard. The change to grain-free needs to feel like a positive one not a punishment.

4. Keep meals simple. If you love being in the kitchen creating masterpieces then by all means try the latest recipe for gaps-style baked goods. But if you’re not, don’t punish yourself, keep it simple. Batch cook and freeze meals when you can.

5. Get other people on board. Anyone who spends time with your child needs to understand what you’re trying to achieve and how important it is that the protocol is followed. This minimises the chances of Grandad feeding your child a packet of skittles, leaving you to deal with the consequences. Give them a list of snack foods your child CAN eat and buy them a copy of the book, or show them information online. If people understand, then they can hopefully be trusted to feed your child when he or she is in their care. Imagine NOT having to supply food every time your child is in someone else’s care – that’s what you want to aim for.

Author: Sarah Hanratty

Sarah is a specialist practitioner at the Brain Food Clinic. She has a degree in Nutritional Medicine and is a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner. Sarah helps people to overcome physical and mental health issues using bespoke nutritional protocols.

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