Going Grain Free is not LOW Carb, it’s CHOICE Carb!

by Integra Naturopathics on March 1, 2012

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In response to the debate surrounding GAPS being a low carb diet – from my clinical experience since my GAPS certification in the fall, I feel its really important to clarify that GAPS is NOT a low carb diet. It involves the incorporation of good fats, protein and vegetable carbohydrates – which are introduced as early as stage 1. Vegetables are carbohydrates! In my opinion, once someone is past the introductory phase of GAPS, a full GAPS meal would look like this: 1/3 protein, 2/3 vegetables – prepared with ample good fat. The intention of the diet is NOT to be low carb whatsoever – it a temporary, healing dietary regime – which requires the avoidance of grains for a period of time. Grains are not bad, and when prepared properly (soaked or sprouted), are well tolerated by people with a healthy gut – in the same way we prepare legumes, nuts and seeds to reduce their inherent anti-nutrients. It’s a short term, therapeutic nutritional guide. Working with a GAPS practitioner is very important. A qualified practitioner should be able to modify and individualize the GAPS diet to suit your unique metabolic and hormonal situation, aiding you through the stages and transitioning you into life after GAPS.

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