What is a Certified GAPS Practitioner?

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“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
― Charles de Lint

I’m so excited to have finished my training to become a Certified GAPS Practitioner!  I spent last weekend in New York on Long Island, learning more about the GAPS Program and ways to assist persons with a variety of ailments to implement this healing protocol in their lives.  I really liked what I learned, because it is based firmly in science and very simply explained the reasoning behind our epidemic of illness.

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, much of disease stems from our gut: if we have an unhealthy gut, it’s only a matter of time before we start to manifest signs of illness.  It may not be obvious to us that something is wrong with our digestive health, but often it is a root cause.

Harder still is once we come to the realization that we need to change our diet and our lifestyle to restore health.  Perhaps we are reluctant because we are afraid we will not be able to “stick with” a diet.  Or perhaps the fear stems from an uncertainty about how to implement a special diet in our life.

When we speak about the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Nutritional Program, we are discussing three parts of a healing plan: diet, supplements, and detoxification/lifestyle changes.  The diet plays the biggest part of the program.  Going from a diet of fast food and convenience packaged products to GAPS can be overwhelming to say the least.

This is where a GAPS Practitioner can step in.

When you have your initial consultation with a GAPS Practitioner, they get a detailed history of your symptoms and what you perceive to have lead up to the problem, your background, the health of your family and more.  This helps them to build a picture of your general health and help aid you in understanding what led to your current symptoms.  Once you understand how the gut played in role in your current illness, then you have a better understanding of how you can find healing with a GAPS Protocol.  They help you understand exactly how to implement the program in your life, providing resources and written materials to help you.  And then as you begin the diet, they work side-by-side with you to help you reach the most healing in the gentlest way possible.

With time, as you come to a better understanding of the GAPS Program and are experiencing healing, you may find that you no longer need one-on-one assistance, and that’s fine.  GAPS Practitioners are here to assist you when you need assistance and encourage you to continue when you are feeling discouraged.  Healing isn’t easy, but you don’t have to do it alone.

~ Alicia

For more information about the GAPS Nutritional Program, see: The GAPS Diet

For more information about working with a GAPS Practitioner, see: Products and Services

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