It takes courage to change -to change our location, our relationship status, our behaviour, our responses to other people, our diet.

And courage can be hard to summon. When we first realize that our life will improve with a change, fear kicks in. We imagine it will be too hard. Too slow. Too embarrassing.

We worry we will fail.

So we hesitate. And hesitate. And hesitate.

We do anything but. Maybe our tax return, or a pile of dishes, or start a degree program.

But one day, as much as we almost don’t want it to, courage rises up in us, and we take the first step. And you know what? We might fail. But we get to start again the next day, or even the next minute.

So it is with SCD/GAPS/paleo. If you intuit this is an optimal next step for you, and you are hesitating, don’t worry. One day, your courage will rise up in you, and you will begin. And when you do, the GAPS Guide 2nd Edition will be there for you, encouraging you along step by step.

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6 thoughts on “Courage

  1. I just discovered your website on the first day of Intro–good timing! A question for you. . . I’ve been eating basically full GAPS style diet for a few months, and for years previous that have been into whole/fermented foods and have been a Weston Price/Sally Fallon follower. So, starting the intro diet is actually stepping back from the volume of probiotic food in my diet, and I already miss it! I’m feeling bloated and uncomfortable in the guts on day 1, and I badly want some kombucha (home-brewed). Is it okay to have more fermented foods than the recommended during the intro? I’ve also been taking stronger probiotics than the recommended Bio-Kult (VSL-3). Thanks for the input.

    • Dear Erin,

      So glad you found me! :)

      Yours is a very common scenario and question. As a result, I cover it in the GAPS Guide 2nd Edition book. But the very brief version is this: Early Intro will trigger a lot of die-off. Adding or increasing probiotics at the very early stage usually compounds this die-off, making a person more uncomfortable than necessary. This is so for any source of probiotic (or friendly yeast), including kombucha.

      Intro will also trigger cravings. Usually we steer clear of these during Intro, as this is often an indication of a less-than-optimal reliance.

      You are definitely free to try a larger amount of probiotics than recommended, but I would express some caution around this. For my whole examination on this topic, and ones directly connected with it (e.g., should I veer from Intro, what to do with cravings, etc), please do explore my book. I think you’ll find it very helpful.

      All my best,

      • Thank you. Once I recover from the initial expense of preparing myself for this diet, I will certainly invest in your book next. In the meantime, I appreciate your willingness to help. I started GAPS to treat my IBS, which is primarily marked by slow motility (3 10-15 min sessions in the bathroom every morning, on a good day) and the gastric upset that results from all that effort, productive (on a good day) or not (on a bad day). The intro has compounded the problem, and though the helpdesk at gave me some helpful tips and I’ve modified the intro to cater to constipation issues (gaps smoothie with carrot juice in am, extra juicing, cider vinegar and lemon juice, magnesium, cooked beets) I’m still worse off than when I started. It is often preferred, I understand, to skip the intro or run it quickly if you deal with constipation, and I’m attempting to run it quickly. However, because I haven’t been feeling good and have had *no* appetite, bringing in the more solid foods that come later in the intro and in the full diet have no appeal. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. Help?! (Enema kit on it’s way in the mail–maybe just wait??) Thank you!!

        • Hi dear Erin,

          You’re welcome :)

          I am going to say an answer that you might not love to hear, but… When a person experiences this many or degree of challenges, or points of confusion, I recommend this:

          1. Stop where you are, and start any foods on Full GAPS, or from whatever other diet has so far been most helpful to you. (It makes sense that when you cannot move the bowels you would not feel inclined to eat. Would fruit be tolerable?)

          2. Read all of GAPS Guide 2nd Edition, highlighting the sections especially relevant to you.

          3. Start with the Preparing for GAPS segment of the book, taking it one step at a time.

          This is the primary way to avoid unnecessary struggle, financial cost, time, and experiments. Going in prepared and methodically can make all the difference in how well you fare and feel, not to mention save you significant amounts of money over making best guesses.

          This said, yes, the folks at GAPSdiet gave you excellent suggestions and, short of following my proposal above (I present more suggestions for constipation in the book), waiting for the enema would be an excellent next step. And you could use suppositories while you are waiting for that.

          Erin, I wish you the best of success on your program, and excellent health as soon as possible!

          Let me know if you have any other questions. Where they are covered in the book, I am still happy to provide some quick pointers in these comments fields.

          All my best,

  2. Hi Baden,

    Thank you for your fabulous site! I’ve been admiring from afar for a while. I’m about to embark on my GAPS journey, and am wondering where I stand on the sugar in home-made water kefir? I believe it’s essential to the fermentation process, but am concerned so would be ever so grateful for confirmation.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Mummy Tries,

      I’m so sorry I took so long to respond! (I logged in to check some site upgrades and found a host of comments that had not been delivered to my email address. Will fix!)

      The sugars will be used up in the fermentation, so this is fine. It’s the same as with dairy kefir, where the dairy’s sugar (lactose) is used up in the fermentation process. However, early in your healing you might consider the longer ferment or double-fermentation process to ensure as little sugar as possible remains in its original form. These processes are detailed in GAPS Guide 2nd Edition.

      All my best,

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