The purpose of this interview is to show what is possible on my 3 month GAPS immersion program (on full GAPS) when you give it an honest effort! Even if you ‘fall off the wagon’ from time-to-time. 😉
Thank you Alyssa for sharing your story!!! I know it is going to help a lot of people. <3
00:45- how she is doing better than ever after the program
1:15- the most gratifying parts of the program and the hardest
3:45- doing GAPS correctly with a coach vs. trying to do it on her own
6:35- when you start feeling better, it makes it easier to accept the priorities your body has in healing itself vs. the external priorities you put on it
7:30- how her energy + brain fog has changed on GAPS: “I used to feel like my brain was in quicksand, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”
9:10- how she has learned to listen to her body, and how this has affected the way she is able to cope with stress + parent to her daughters
10:16- how the quality of her sleep has changed ; “I don’t know if I’ve ever slept as good as I do now.”
11:50- binge eating, disordered eating, being a “weird food sneaker,” how her relationship with food has changed during the program
15:57- how GAPS & the program has affected her food cravings, finding compassion for herself vs. going into a shame spiral
18:55- not being taste deprived on GAPS, eating what your heart desires
21:50- breastfeeding & full GAPS, how doing the program has affected the health of her kids
24:55- how her mental health + invasive thoughts have changed during the program & how it has changed her relationship with her family
29:50- How she has struggled with follow throughout her life and how she feels about the sustainability of staying on GAPS after this program is over. + How the GAPS immersion program has taught her to listen to her body & give it what it needs
33:30- ‘messing up’ on the protocol & moving forward with it anyway
35:00- financial cost of being on GAPS & how it’s worth every penny
38:00- finding out what to do when she doesn’t want to take a supplement anymore
40:20- the one piece of advice she would give someone starting the GAPS protocol
Some Quotable Quotables:
“In the beginning I asked [my husband], I was like, ’do I look different to you?’ He said something like, ‘all of you is different’ or something like that. It was after the first month or so.”
“Now I don’t really want any of the [junk food] that I wanted when I started, and that was only 3 months ago.“
“If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”
“I don’t know if I’ve ever slept as good as I do now.”
“I used to feel like my brain was in quicksand, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”
***For Alyssa’s full, written review of the clean eating-to-full GAPS program, click here.
“[After 3 months on GAPS Intro working with Lauren:]
Well, I do see progress in my special boy every day since we started!
*He sleeps so well throughout the night and during the day (nap)
*He shows so much understanding about his surroundings! The things he is doing I can’t believe! Sometimes acting like a neurotypical kid! with so much confidence! A silly example is I never taught him to put the light on and off! But he started to put it on whenever he goes to a dark room, and when it’s sleep time he puts it off!
*He acts upon instructions like if I tell him go take this to daddy he does it while he never did in the past!
*His bowel movements are so much better!
*His eye contact is amazing!
*He plays in new ways!
*He is very affectionate with us and my family!
*He is so much more flexible! Like if I introduce a game idea he tends to follow! And if I say no to something he doesn’t mind!
*He does not crave sugar any more! As a matter of fact he does not crave any of the GAPS illegal foods which in the pasts were like drugs to him! For example in the past if he saw something sweet he would want to eat it all but now when I offer a banana he’d eat it and that’s it! Won’t ask for more! And if he sees us eating bread (my husband and I survive on it lol) he wouldn’t ask for it at all! While in the past if he saw anything with sugar, gluten or casein he would die to have it!
*He is imitating more! Like if he sees us doing something he tries to do the same!
*Overall he is very present! Even while he stims he is present! Not completely ‘lost in his own world’ as before!
Yes, I too feel he is making progress every day!
I forgot to mention one thing! It has to do with observation, focusing and environment awareness! These are all better after GAPS! I remember before my kid would not care about any animal, even if we put his hand on it he would seem kind of blind and deaf not noticing the animal! But now even if a cat ran swiftly near him he would stand up (if he were sitting and run after it! He even asks me to take him see the cows and he so wants to touch them and play with them! Only I wish I were not a coward lol and even little ants he can notice! Even my husband was happy to see him like this because we took him once to the zoo and he did not care at all about animals not even the big ones such as the lion…etc
Before GAPS he was 11 kilos [24 pounds as a 3 year old boy] and after GAPS he gained about 10 kilos in just 2 months (about 21 kilos [46 pounds]) [went from less than 3rd percentile for weight to over the 97th percentile in 3 months] and I am sure he is gaining more every day (from the last time we had him measured) because whoever tries to lift him says ayyy you’re heavy boy haha! During intro he got even thinner (especially during the first week) it was scary to watch him but it just made us aware of how much thin he really was!” -S.M.
“Lauren was really encouraging in our meeting and helped me believe I could do the GAPS diet. It is not for the faint of heart so encouragement really helps. She has also followed this healing path herself so she walks her talk. It’s easy for someone to recommend a healing diet but better if you know they have actually done it themselves so you know it is possible. She’s also got a lot of training in nutrition so is good at recommending tips tailored to you as an individual to help you succeed. She is also very kind and a great listener.” -M.S.
Lauren is wonderful and such a joy to chat with. I’ve been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism since I was 12. I am now 28, and it’s been a roller coaster trying to get my health back! For the first time in years I have hope for my health! Lauren was able to suggest things, and pin point things I was doing wrong/right! I’m very happy with my conversation and look forward to working with Lauren more! -C.H.
When I first started working with Lauren, I felt I already knew a lot about nutrition. Yet despite this knowledge I still continued to eat sugary sweet treats and fast food with some regularity. Along the way Lauren gently guided me on my own convoluted, confusing path, dishing out compassion rather than guilt, until one day it all just clicked and I left all processed BS behind. I quit sugar cold turkey and all my meals are now made of whole ingredients. My mind is sharp, my muscles are toning themselves. It is as though I have been in an egg all my life. Lauren’s gifts were the last nutrients I needed to break out of the shell holding me back so I could emerge into my real life! –T.E