Two of the most common mistakes I see on GAPS are:
- jumping in to the program without being set up (with information, resources, physical tools, etc)
- staying in one stage for too long
In the first case, what commonly happens is a person reads a bit about GAPS online, then jumps into full GAPS or intro, then experiences awful challenges, then panics, then posts questions to an email list or blog, then tries from there to find their way to calm. My strongly recommended approach is, instead, this:
1. Before starting, purchase a personal copy of GAPS Guide.
2. Read the book from cover to cover.
3. Start your activity on page 28.
Eager to heal, people tend to jump in and start before having a solid foundation of information, tools, and supports in place. The book -which sets out which of those to put in place and how- took me literally hundreds of hours to research, compile, edit and lay out. The very purpose of all that work was to limit your frustration, expense, and pain! Thus, I urge you to read the Guide before taking a single step. While you wait for your book to arrive, simply practice recipes from one of the links here. Taking the ‘waiting period’ to play with recipes will alone prove an excellent investment toward a relatively peaceful journey.
The second aspect that challenges people a lot is moving too slowly. We move into Stage 1, notice we’re still having symptoms, so stay there. In the meantime, we wonder why we’re feeling lethargic, bored, or weak. Please do not do this! Once you’ve read through the entire Guide, move steadily from page 28 onward. When you reach intro, for most people Stage 1 should be complete within 1-3 days. After that, add another food every few days, and keep doing so! Do your daily detox bath -with a different additive each time- and ensure a daily bowel movement. (If bowel movements are an issue, apply one of the tips from the Guide’s ‘Constipation’ section for each of four days. If needed, move on to a subsequent tip.)
So, don’t rush in but once you’re set up, keep on a movin’! Onward and upward!