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A friend cornered me after church Sunday and had a question for me. We had spoken at length on previous occasions about his health problems and how the GAPS diet might benefit him. He also knew that we had done GAPS as a family and now, all but myself are on a traditional, real food diet. He wanted to have a healthier life and wanted to start the GAPS diet but…
“If I can only do one thing, what one change should I make in my diet?”
As I searched for an answer, I realized this was a very valid question. After all, if you are beginning the GAPS diet or transitioning to a real foods diet, it can be completely overwhelming. He did not want to do just “one” thing, but he did not know where to start. Being completely overwhelmed, he had done nothing so far.
Knowing that he had read Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we talked through the 6 stages of the introduction diet and the purpose of it – an elimination diet which encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut while destroying the “bad” bacteria. I encouraged him to just get started with what he could do.
People approach challenges in many different ways. For me, I was desperate for help – I was in pain, my quality of life was deteriorating and I felt that I had to do something so, I jumped right in with the introduction diet going through each of the 6 stages slowly. Others, rather than jumping in with both feet, take slower steps, doing one new healthy addition at a time.
I am sure this friend is not the only person who reads and decides what should be done, but has trouble actually doing it. Whether it is the GAPS diet or a traditional wholesome diet, remember that any step taken will provide more benefits than if you had done nothing! However you take it – jumping in, step by step or somewhere in between – just get started and make the changes.