Courage & Resilience – Julie’s GAPS Diet Story

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“I’ve had a look over your videos and website and am happy to say that it all looks good to me. You clearly are quite passionate about GAPS which is great to see, and it’s always people who have experienced improved health on the GAPS diet who make the best and most passionate teachers…” -Dr. Natasha’s Son, Matthew Campbell-McBride


“Lauren Meadowsweet has a heart for health, the natural way. She is compassionate, kind, and a simply lovely woman. He has been working in the GAPS community for quite some time, navigating and learning all the time. She has the heart to help. The passion of diligence. It’s an honor to have be working with Lauren in any way.” -Dr. Becky Plotner, ND, Ph. D, One of the Top GAPS Practitioners/ Experts in the World


“I feel like you are going to be a second Dr. Becky some day.” -Marisa Tolsma of Bumblebee Apothecary




“Your course helped me more then any of the healing modalities that I have spent thousands of dollars on.” Sarah Hernandez from Texas, Healing Yourself 101 Student




‘When I started GAPS, I followed Becky’s Stage-by-Stage book like the bible. It would have been helpful to have your videos in the beginning, but I still learned a ton. I had been on the diet just under a year when your videos came out, and they were still so helpful!” –Kim R, Healing Yourself 101 Student





“I feel often, when you are speaking wow! This is my experience, I have searched for other information on youtube as well as listened to Dr. Natasha and Dr. Becky Plotner but your videos were detailed. I am finding my way back to myself and it is through your videos and wisdom that have been a gift. You are a blessing to me and I could cry with where I would be or we would be with out this information.

….Just wanted to share You are amazing!!!! And I am not down playing it at all… your package is incredibly helpful. Your huge stock pot was mind blowing to me. I am like why didn’t I think of this? 🤣 The way you made sour cream, I was like hello super easy no stress. You have no idea how much money I wasted trying to figure out how to make sour cream. So that was lovely to finally figure it out with your help. The sauerkraut juice was game changing, we now have kraut juice every day because you simplified it for me.  S I M P L E is what I need! Thank you babe.” -Healing Yourself 101 student, Sarah


“I’m not positive I ha[d] a major question that [this course] didn’t answer…” –Healing Yourself 101 Student, S.B.





“I was going to write to you after I watched all of your videos in the bundle, but didn’t want to wait that long to tell you THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  You’re amazing, and it brings me so much joy and relief to now have these resources you created.  This is what Dr. Natasha or Dr. Becky should’ve done all along, so I am so glad YOU took the time to do it for the rest of us <3

I’m glad you feel you were called for this purpose, because I feel the same about you.  You were guided to do these videos for ME, and for people like me; who WANT to do the GAPS lifestyle, but we’re just completely overwhelmed by how to even get started.

I have a 6yr old nonverbal autistic son, and I cannot waste any more time trying things that haven’t fully worked for him.  We need to do GAPS, which I know is more than just the diet, but all the detox, and the sequence in which things are done, and HOW they are done.  So I can’t wait to delve into all your videos and gain some confidence and understanding in following this lifestyle.

… Anyway, once again thank you for helping to spread the word about GAPS, but also doing all the hard work in digesting and spoon feeding us the information in video form; you’re a godsend!” –Healing Yourself 101 student, C.P.





“If it wasn’t for you I may not be here getting my booty ready to start this plan in the next week. I just know it’s going to change my life. I’ve had Dr. Natasha’s first book for around 8 years now!…

I am so thankful to the universe for YOU!!! You make doing GAPS feel possible. Finally someone is walking through the steps systematically. YAY! …. I’ve watched most of your videos on YouTube, purchased the meat stock video and hope to be able to buy the others soon … I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH! … and I loved your recommendation about asking for pig heads from butchers or farmers, so I asked a farmer that I’m getting many meats from and they’re going to give me two heads for FREE! Wooohoo! Score!!! This made me sooooo happy because I’m a full time nutrition student and need to cut costs where I can. 

…You are heaven sent lady, you’re changing the planet by helping people find GAPS and supporting them to simplify it. I would be remiss not to say you are an angel doing the work of mother earth!” – Healing Yourself 101 Student, Anna





The information you provide is the MOST helpful Gaps information I have ever come across. I have attempted Gaps with my family for years, never to find success….always hitting walls that we could not work around. Your video just shed soooooo much light on what I am seeing and how to view things from a different perspective.” -M.W.






A little hearsay I just found on facebook even though I’m not active on there anymore, had to share 🤗









The Following Section is From When I Used to Work Individually with Clients


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



Minutes Guide:

00:45- how she is doing better than ever after the program

1:15- the most gratifying parts of GAPS and the hardest

3:45- doing GAPS correctly with a coach vs. trying to do it on her own

5:10- link to article I was referring Alyssa to

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 Quotables:

“Now I don’t really want any of the [junk food] that I wanted when I started, and that was only 3 months ago.“


“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.”


“If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”


“I used to feel like my brain was in quicksand, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”


“I don’t know if I’ve ever slept as good as I do now.”


***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.

“I found your GAPS guidance so very helpful. You have been kind and patient. I love that you strive to keep the space non judgmental and steer away from going down the shame route. I am so much more knowledgeable about both GAPS and what my body needs through doing the program with you. I also love that you keep it real and arrive as a real human being on your own journey rather than some perfect therapist persona. What you are doing and how you are doing it is inspiring! Thank you for your time and energy.” -M.L.




“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

When I began working with Lauren, I already considered myself very healthy and well-educated about holistic health. Unsure how she could help but frustrated that my healthy habits were not producing results, I decided to try an Initial Intake Session. This initial session revealed connections between a number of underlying issues that I had previously dismissed as insignificant. Lauren’s guidance allowed me to reconceptualize my approach to health and left me feeling empowered to make sustainable long-lasting changes. A truly transformative experience. -K.S.