GAPS Diet: Critical Differences Between GAPS and BED, Two Gut-Healing Protocols
Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS):
Understanding the Gaps
12. GAPS does not recognize the importance of blood type as it relates to gut disorders and food choices.
Body Ecology agrees with the work of Peter D’Adamo, NMD, and his father, James D’Adamo, ND, who wrote the original work on diet and blood type. The D’Adamos assert that those with blood types A and AB are usually not able to eat such large amounts of animal protein because they tend to be deficient in hydrochloric acid at a much earlier age than other blood types.
The GAPS diet with its high amount of animal protein would be better suited to those with blood type O. People with blood type O can handle more fats than those with type A or AB, who need to avoid saturated fat entirely or eat it in very small amounts at a time. (The amount of fat eaten would require that one’s liver and gallbladder be functioning at top efficiency, but even so, large amounts of saturated fat will damage the liver over time. See #3 above.) Types A and AB may find that they do better on the saturated fat from coconut oil from the plant kingdom, not the animal kingdom like butter, ghee, duck, pork, chicken, beef, etc. Types A and AB often tolerate ghee better than butter. This is an example of The Principle of Uniqueness at work. You have to eat the foods that work for your unique body. And you have to alter your diet based on your current health condition, by using food as medicine.
The BED Protocol for Serious Gut Disorders
Remain on this more limited version of the BED until your symptoms are gone—usually about 21 days. Then begin to transition to the regular BED. While doing either version of the diet, you will also be building and balancing your immune system to help conquer your systemic or intestinal yeast infection. If any of the foods below do seem to bother you, avoid them temporarily and try them again later when you see signs of improvement.
- Raw vegetables blended into a smoothie, raw soup, or a veggie paté.
- Bone broths and stocks from animal proteins. (Never more than 20% of your meal)
- Kombu broth made with kombu sea vegetable, dried shitake mushroom and wheat-free tamari or Celtic sea salt. (Vegan)
- Non-starchy, cooked vegetables from the land and ocean (80% of your diet) blended into a soup. (See recipes in the Body Ecology Diet book..)
- Grain-like seeds—softly cooked for a long time into porridge with root vegetables and sea salt. (20% of your diet)
- Fats and oils can include: coconut oil, raw butter, ghee, olive oil, fish oil, cod liver oil, borage, and evening primrose oils. You can also use small amounts of unrefined seed and nut oils, including flax, pumpkin, chia seed, walnut, macadamia, sea buckthorn, and sachi inchi oils.
To enhance digestion and begin healing of the gut, eat and drink fermented foods. Here are a few examples:
- Young coconut kefir, which is fermented coconut water made from young Thai coconuts.
- Juice of fermented vegetables.
- Miso soup with wakame in a base of kombu broth.
- Natto, which is a fermented soybean that is easy to digest and provides potent bacteria to build a hardy inner ecosystem.
Use digestive enzymes with larger meals.