Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Intro made easy

Just a quick note to let you know that Ive found this terrific blog that outlines the stages of GAPS Intro in a really easy to follow format.

Im not keen to re-invent the wheel by trying to summerise it here, Im just supplying the link.



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Camel Milk

Ive just read a post on http://roosclues.blogspot.com.au about Camel milk and am really excited about giving this a try.

It would seem that Camel milk is not just a dairy subsitute, it is also reported to have "healing properties, including healing allergies, reducing inflammation, regulating the immune system to decrease auto-immune problems, and increasing the immune system's ability to fight pathogens"

So Im off to try and source some Camel milk in Adelaide. Ill let you know how I go.

..... Now if I could just get some raw Camel milk that would be even better.... I wonder if the Cow share dairy I am a part of would consider getting a camel?

Anyway here is the link for the Camel milk post, with a big thanks to Roo's mum for posting it. It is full of amazing info and a huge list of links. Enjoy: http://roosclues.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Camel%20Milk

Return to Health

Im back....

Its been two years since I posted about GAPS and in that time I have finished up homeschooling my boys, tried my hand at working in the corporate world and have come back to my healing roots, to start up  my own business in body work.

Im getting started in my own private practice with a focus on Anxiety Disorder, Fatigue, Pain disorders, and all things GAPS related. Im also working on Mindfulness training at the moment and hope to be offering classes on that soon.

I have started another blog called ReturnToHealthSA.com which will focus on these issues. This blog will continue to post updates about GAPS and healing knowlege that I acquire as I work on my own health and the health of others.

I just wanted to give you all a heads up..... now onto my post about Camel Milk!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunflower seed meal/flour muffins

Tonight I decided to try a variation to the almond meal muffins I make all the time.

I went to the bulk food store yesterday and instead of just loading up my cart I noticed the prices as I selected each product (we are a bit skint at the moment). I noticed that almond meal was $20 per kilo - ouch!

I also noticed that sunflower seeds were only $5.95 and I wondered if I could make my muffins using seed meal instead.

So tonight I whizzed up some seeds in the food processor. They came out rather grainy and so I grabbed the coffee grinder and ground them up some more. (This process took a long time as my grinder only holds about 4 teaspoons of seed at a time and I needed 2 cupfuls!).

I was really unsure how these would turn out and I hate wasting ingredients on food that I end up throwing out, so I was feeling very nervous.

I followed the recipe in the same manner that I use when making with almonds and then slipped the muffins into the oven

when it was time to pull them out they looked delicious.

Alas when I tasted one I was slightly disappointed with the flavour. They are definitely not as good as the almond meal but they will still be eaten so at least they wont be wasted.

So my little money saving plan didn't really work. I will need to find other avenues to curb our spending.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Myths of Vegetarianism

I recently came across this fantastic article that addresses some of the Myths of Vegetarianism. As an conscientious omnivore I find the political and moral high ground that Vegetarians take, to be offensive. Obviously not all vegetarians suggest that their way is the only way, but many do. How many other eating groups have political lobbying platforms and religion-like zealousness in their desire to convert others to their eating habits?

I find that in talking to my vegetarian friends they are swift to play the "environmental" card to support their lifestyle and try and convince me to do like wise. This article helps to debunk that myth and others. Enjoy.


Monday, March 1, 2010


What a week. Last Tuesday I had my first NMT session and Thursday I started on the Amino Acids from the "Mood Cure" book. I also decided to start having a regular enema.

The results of this have been amazing. The coating on my tongue is almost completely gone. This is something that I  have struggled with (allong with the related sore throat), for over 2 years. I have had a lot more energy this week and have felt quite a bit more centred, however Im still very forgetful and am finding that frustrating.

I have applied for a part time job, and while this usually sends me into a spin of anxiety, I have felt very positive and calm about the decision.

Ive been really sticking to the diet for the first time in over a year, which is amazing. In the past I have really be struggled with sugar cravings/bingeing/cheating etc. but in the past month when I have cheated I get straight back on the program instead of descending into a bingeing attack of self pity, and in the last week I havent cheated once!

I have had a headache on and off but that may be die off so Im not too worried.

So I dont know if it is the Aminos or the NMT or the enema's or all of them together, but something is working. For the first time in years I feel hopeful about the future. Im also a little scared that its all going to come crashing down and prove to me that I was wrong to be hopeful that I could be well - but Im not paying attention to that fear. Just witnessing it and letting it go.

I have my next NMT session this afternoon, so I will keep you posted.

Full health here I come!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'll try anything

I have seen terrific improvements since I started the GAPS diet, and when I cheat I have terrible relapses of my symptoms, so I know the diet is working. However I am aware that I need more than just this diet to get me to full health.

I have been going crazy lately (David can attest to this). I am coming slowly off my anti-depressants and finding I am constantly irritable and irrational. Im tired and depressed and having trouble dragging myself around to do the jobs that I need to do. So I have started looking into other things to help.

I am currently reading about 6 different books on various therapies and healing tools, including, a book on Acceptance Commitment Therapy, another on Vedantic Meditation, and another on using Amino Acids to correct my mood imbalances. I am also seeing a psychologist and a "Nuero Modulation Technique" Practitioner. (Do I sound desperate!)

The problem is not that I have to come off my drugs. The main problem is that I have to keep working while I do it and Im pertified that Im going to go tropo at work. So Im  trying anything and everything so that I can keep my head above water during the transition. If I was just at home with the kids I could simply explain that I am coming off my meds and there will be a withdrawal phase where I am loopy and they would be very understanding about it all. Im not sure my boss would be as sympathetic.

I have my first appointment for the NMT this afternoon and while I feel a little sceptical I am still hopeful that it will help re-program some of my internal negative messages. What  I really wanted to write about in this post is the Mood Cure book I am reading, by Julia Ross.

A member of the gaps group put me onto it and while I havent tried and tested the books suggestions yet, they sound amazing. The book suggests that because our modern diet is so deficient in certain vitamins, minerals and amino acids, our bodies cant produce enough of the mood stabilizing chemicals (like seratonin) it needs to run the brain in the way it did when our great parndparents ate wholesome foods. So through supplementation of these vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with a healthy diet we can correct this problem.

Obviously I have the diet and mineral supplements down pat with the GAPS diet, so Im off to get my amino acids today and give it a go! The book has some very exciting success stories and I will keep you posted on how I go.