Recently, I reconnected with a friend I had lost contact with about six years ago. In my pre-GAPS life, she and I were very, very close. When I found her again, we easily picked up where we left off, spending hours holding hands, laughing, talking, catching up, and enjoying a meal out.
She noticed things.
Wait -you’re eating garlic and onions. How are you doing that?
Huh? Oh, right! Pre-GAPS, when she and I had participated in a Community Kitchen together, I could take home only dishes in which any garlic or onions had been extremely well cooked. Otherwise, I experienced severe heartburn for hours and hours. GAPS changed this, such that I can now eat them any which way.
Later she said,
“Hey, you’re driving! You’re not just driving, you’re driving well! And calmly! In a big city, no less!”
Oh, right! When she knew me, I was not able to drive, even in our small city with big wide roads. I simply had not been able to manage the executive functions involved. On GAPS, driving was easy. (To this day, I notice the effects of diet on my driving.)
The anxiety, extreme OCD, and a number of other issues she and I used to commiserate about had also resolved with GAPS.
I had been aware of these changes in me, but it was really neat to reconnect with someone who had only ever known me in my pre-GAPS life, and to see those changes through her (very surprised and wondrous) eyes. It made me laugh with delight, excitement, and celebration about the impact of a nutrient-dense diet on every aspect of one’s being.
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