Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Grain Free Meal Plans for your SCD or GAPS diet

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Monday, April 25, 2011

How Gut Health Affects the Whole Body, Especially Brain Function
The gut is one of the often overlooked parts of our bodies. But the
gut is amazingly important! The gut is where our food is digested and
if it is not working correctly, we are unable to pull the nutrients
needed out of our food. So a diet can be full of good nutrients,
essential vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats, and yet the body
still isn’t able to use them properly so the person is actually
deficient in these nutrients. Another important function of the gut
is to get waste out of our body. This isn’t just unusuable food parts
like fiber, but also the toxins. But again, if the gut isn’t working
properly, these toxins aren’t being expelled as efficiently as they
could be, so an overload of toxins can occur.
I hadn’t looked into intestinal health until I was looking for help
for my daughter who has autism. Over one year ago I started the
journey to heal her gut and therefore help her brain function. The
Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Specific Carbohydrate diets both heal
the gut with the goal of increasing brain function with that process
My daughter has been on the GAPS/SCD diet for over a year now, and we
continue to see great encouraging improvements.

Here’s an overview of what I’ve learned, primarily from the book Gut
and Psychology Syndrome, and also from Breaking The Vicious Cycle.

The gut depends on good bacteria (flora) to plug holes, neutralize
toxins and metabolize vitamins
The intestine is naturally porous, and we depend on a symbiotic
relationship with friendly bacteria to ‘plug the holes’. This prevents
large proteins (like gluten and casein) from going through the gut
wall and into the bloodstream, and the bacteria also provide a barrier
against toxins entering our bloodstream. As the gut flora neutralize,
metabolize, and further break down our food they also are transporting
vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients across the gut wall.

Bad bacteria in the gut can emit toxins, which affect brain function like a drug
In addition to not having enough good gut flora, the presence of bad
‘opportunistic’ flora creates problems by releasing toxins into the
bloodstream, which affect the brain.

Many chronic conditions are thought to originate by having poor gut health

ADD, ADHD, Depression, Autism, Anxiety, even Rheumatoid Arthritis and
Celiac disease are all thought to be related in that they all
originate in the gut and are the result of poor gut flora and
associated toxins and/or vitamin deficiences.

What Can Be Done?

After reading this, you may be thinking that you or your children
actually are affected by what Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride calls GAP
Syndrome. You have signs of having poor gut flora.

The good news is that there is a diet that can slowly starve out the
bad bacteria in your gut and replace it with healthy flora. It’s the
Specific Carbohydrate Diet and is what the Gut and Psychology Syndrome
diet is based on. It is a grain free sugar free starch free diet that
gives the gut a rest from the constant flow of complex carbohydrates
that feed gut flora. I personally have seen great results with this
diet for things such as eczema, milk allergies, and autism.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Grain Free Meal Plans

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kitchen Equipment for SCD/GAPS

I found that I use different kitchen equipment for following a grain free diet than I did with a diet based on grains.  Here are some things that I have found useful.

Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel 8-Quart Stock Pot with CoverStock pot- I recommend the largest stock pot that you can easily wash in your sink. I have an 8-quart Calphalon Stainless Stockpot.
West Bend 84384 4-Quart Oval-Shaped Crockery CookerSlow cooker- You may want more than one of these if you have a large family! I use mine nearly every day for cooking chicken, soup, and applesauce.
All Clad Stainless Steel 10-Inch Fry Pan with Domed LidStainless Steel Skillet- Lighter weight than cast iron, but without the dangerous nonstick coating.  I use this daily too, for eggs, pancakes, crepes, browning meat, etc.  I use the clear lid from my stock pot on my skillet as well, so I can see what's cooking.  The lid helps food to cook faster by trapping heat inside.
Lodge Logic LPG13 Pro 20-by-10-7/16-Inch Cast-Iron Grill/GriddleCast Iron Griddle- Cast iron griddles provide a heavy uniform heat surface, perfect for making large batches of pancakes, bacon, or hamburgers.
Ball Wide-Mouth Mason Canning Jar 1 Qt., Case of 12Wide Mouth Mason jars- Half gallon, quart, pint.  Half gallon and quarts are used for yogurt, chicken stock. Pints are used for just about everything else; mayonnaise, dressings, ferments, leftovers, even as drinking glasses.
Thermos Stainless King SK3000MB4 Food Jar, Midnight BlueWide Mouth Thermos- for taking soup with you, and keeping warm foods warm in lunches.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Collection of SCD and GAPS Grain, Starch and Sugar Free Menus

SCD Menu Plan 1) Featuring poached eggs, meatballs, and chicken salad wrapped in steamed cabbage. Full breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack plans.

SCD Menu Plan 2) Featuring homemade beef sausage, coconut flour bread, homemade ketchup, and fresh juice

And a Sample Budget Weekly Dinner Menu for The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet
Monday: Navy beans cooked in the crockpot in chicken stock and sea salt (start sprouting lentils for Wednesday)
Tuesday: Onion soup
Wednesday: Sprouted lentil burgers
Thursday: Roasted chicken, make chicken stock overnight from bones
Friday: Chicken Pancakes, sauerkraut,
Saturday: Butternut Squash Soup, coconut flour banana nut muffins
Sunday: Chicken salad wrap ups

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is the diet gaining popularity for treatment of children with autism and developmental delays. Our family has had our daughter on SCD for nearly a year now, and we're just now not feeling so overwhelmed by it. I hope that by sharing what I've learned for food preparation, you will also be able to see beneficial results in your child.