Saturday marked the end of my eighteenth month on the GAPS diet. I can’t believe I’ve been on GAPS for a year and a half. In some ways it feels a lot longer than that, but in other ways I still sometimes feel like a beginner.
I’ve been somewhat reluctant to write this post because I feel like my healing on GAPS has sort of stalled in the past couple of months. I realized that it’s just as important to share the challenging parts of the protocol as the happy healing parts, though, so here goes.
I wrote in my 15 months on GAPS post that GAPS dramatically improved my acne to the point that I was only dealing with a handful of breakouts a time. A couple weeks later, however, my skin started breaking out a bit more and has remained more broken-out ever since. I’m still pleased with the overall improvement, as my skin is still amazingly better than it was pre-GAPS, but I admit I’m disappointed that it’s worsened lately instead of constantly improving.
I’m not really sure what’s causing the recent decline in my skin. I think that it may be largely hormonal, as I definitely notice fluctuations throughout my cycle. I also mostly break out on my chin and around my mouth, which I have read is usually due to hormonal issues. (Although I don’t really know how true this is – anyone else heard the same?) I know I have some hormonal issues, as I still get painful cramps during my period. I bought some supplements to help my hormones, but I haven’t yet gotten into the habit of taking them regularly. (Isn’t that always the hardest part?)
In the meantime I’m pursuing a couple of topical methods to see if they help at all with the breakouts. I’m still determined to solve the root cause of my acne, but dealing with a lot of breakouts really hurts my self-confidence so I’d be happy to find some natural, non-toxic topical treatment that could help in the short-term.
My digestion has also not been as good as is normal for me on GAPS. It’s still a lot better than it used to be, but it just doesn’t feel as settled all the time. This did seem to get better after I omitted eggs, however, so possibly that’s just been affecting me for a while and things will be better now.
I am disappointed about the egg thing, though, as I mentioned before. I feel like I should be able to eat more foods, not less, as time goes on. I think I will try a little bit of egg yolk soon, to see if that might go better than the whole egg.
I think my energy is improving. I’m still not what I would call energetic, but I seem to have a lot fewer days where I feel exhausted. This is interesting, considering that my other two main issues seem worse lately. I wonder how to explain that.
Sticking with the Program
I think part of the reason I’m experiencing some setbacks may be because I haven’t been implementing all aspects of the GAPS program. I adhere to the food lists, of course, but more recently I haven’t been good about getting in enough fats and eating my fermented vegetables with every meal. For a while I was doing really well with taking regular detox baths, but I’ve also lapsed in that department lately.
I want to get back on track. I think incorporating all of the aspects of the program gives your body additional tools to heal so I’m probably shortchanging myself by slacking off. I’m actually on a break from my child care job for the next couple of weeks so I think this will be a good chance to try to reincorporate some of those habits I’ve been skipping lately. Wish me luck!
How is your GAPS journey going?
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