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After medications failed to treat my autoimmune disease, I turned to nutrition to address my symptoms naturally. I want to empower your health with the same steps I used to heal with food.

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  1. Can you describe in more detail how you implemented elements from SCD, GAPS, and AIP? I am caught in the middle of the 3 approaches, trying to discern which pieces to stick with (having done te GAPS for 15 months unsuccessfully). Thanks!!

  2. On the Aip diet…you say that maple syrup and honey are only occ. treats. My concern is treating candida yeast. Is that also the case you found in your own experience. ….cutting those back? I don’t want the yeast to react badly with no natural sugars.(another post you wrote ) However I do eat a little fruit daily. Hope this makes sense. Thank you! Love your blog….so helpful.

  3. Just a couple of notes on your comments on GAPS diet. Seaweed is allowed once severe digestive issues have stopped and if tolerated. Legumes – navy or harricot and lima beans are allowed as are lentils. Beans, not sure if you referring to legumes or as in green beans (and peas split or fresh) which are allowed.

    You can do GAPS, intro and AIP together. It’s not pretty but it’s possible, tad boring food wise.

  4. Great write-up! It’s really helpful to see the three next to each other.

    Just thought I’d point out, though, that autism and ADHD aren’t mental illnesses – they are developmental disabilities. Dr McBride’s claims on “curing” them tend to be overblown, as they’re genetic – someone will always be autistic/ADHD, just like someone will always have blue eyes or attached/non-attached earlobes. That being said, GAPS can be very helpful for managing the undesirable symptoms of autism or ADHD. I find my focus is improved and my executive function tends to play more nicely. I’m also less prone to anxiety-induced meltdowns, which is nice.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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