2014 has been a good year so far for me! My new years resolution was to get seriously committed to healing my body and to follow the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet with absolutely no cheating. I’m happy to say that I am on day 54 of the full GAPS diet. I’ve lost the Christmas weight, my acne has cleared up, my digestion has improved and I generally feel so much happier. Before Christmas I was doing a bit of an 80/20 split between paleo and just gluten free and was still experiencing acne, eczema, digestion issues, candida, leaky gut, hormonal imbalances, depression and anxiety. I knew I had to kick it up a notch if I really wanted to heal fully.
The GAPS diet is really focused around the connection between a healthy gut and a healthy mind. If the state of your gut health is bad, then you will almost definitely be experiencing some type of mental illness whether it be depression, anxiety, OCD, autism, to name a few. Your gut health can be affected by the Standard American Diet (SAD), pharmaceutical medications (particularly antibiotics and birth control pills), stress, candida, bacteria overgrowth and the list goes on.
For me, I know I have done a lot of damage to my body over the years that paved the way to being so sensitive, mentally and physically. When I was a kid I got severe eczema and was lathered up in steroid cream and petroleum jelly every night.
I developed PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) after puberty and was prescribed birth control pills (Diane 35) for acne and hormone imbalance. Birth control pills can alter gut bacteria, and not in a good way. I was experiencing emotional side effects from the birth control pills so my doctor at the time decided to put me on a low dose antibiotic for acne. I then took this antibiotic (Tetracycline) for up to a year, and the entire time I had a rash on my face. I didn’t make the connection until years later, but what happened was the antibiotics destroyed and wiped out all the good bacteria in my body/gut and without the good bacteria to fight off the bad, the bad stuff got out of control. The rash on my face was systemic candida showing itself.
After that, my body went into a vicious cycle of recurring infections which were then treated by antibiotics. This went on and on for years and at this point I had also developed pretty severe anxiety and depression.
I was managing the symptoms with pharmaceutical medications and was doing alright (or so I thought) until I moved to Vancouver and our house had mold in it. Within a month my immune system and digestion was thrown into overdrive. I was experiencing all my previous symptoms tenfold, plus more. Not only was I covered in eczema, but I developed severe allergies, food intolerances, systemic candida, leaky gut, and the list goes on. Lets just say I was a serious mess. More on that here >>
Anyways, back to the point of my ramblings. MY GUT WAS AND STILL IS in some serious need of TLC. You often hear about people who cannot heal with just the paleo or GAPS diet alone, well I am one of those people. Despite them being legal on the paleo and full GAPS diet, I still cannot tolerate too many nuts, eggs, and FODMAPs. So for me, these muffins I will be sharing are a once in a while treat!
This sucks right. But here is the good news, on this modified GAPS/paleo diet alone, I can treat and heal all these things I’ve been dealing with nearly half my life.
- PCOS – acne, hormone imbalances
- Eczema and skin rashes
- Anxiety and depression
- Leaky gut
- Digestion issues
- Chronic recurring infections
And to me, living my life symptom free sounds way better than being able to eat whatever the fuck I want!
Get this too. As of Friday, this is the first time I have been pharmaceutical medication free since I was around 12. If anything positive has come out of all this (and a lot has) its that I have developed a deep passion for natural health and alternative medicine.
Boom. Now here is some delicious food fo yo taste buds! Despite these being refined sugar free, it is still good to eat these puppies in moderation. Because lets face it, sugar is sugar is sugar. Sadly
4 organic free range eggs
2 frozen bananas, thawed
4 tbsp coconut milk OR homemade yogurt (incubated at least 24 hours)
3 tbsp organic cold pressed coconut oil
1/8 cup unpasteurized honey (or for sugar free, ditch honey and add an extra banana)
1 tbsp pure good quality vanilla extract or powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
Frozen organic blueberries & cranberries
Preheat the oven to 360F. Prepare a muffin tin with baking cups or coconut oil.
I used my bad ass food processor to whip these up but a blender would work too. Blend everything together until smooth, and then carefully fold in however many frozen blueberries and cranberries you like and pour evenly into 12 muffin cups. Bake for roughly 30-40 minutes (depending how much dough I eat before hand. Ugh I am so bad for that!) until starting to brown on top and toothpick comes out clean.Serves well with some melted butter on top