So you’ve come to the realisation that you and your family REALLY need the GAPS Diet….. the only problem is your spouse is not too keen on the whole idea.. maybe they think it’s a load of rubbish, maybe they’re more inclined to listen to their doctor than a Naturopath or GAPS Practitioner or maybe they’re in denial that there’s any issues at all.. Whatever the case how do you handle it?? Well here’s some tips…
It’s always a good idea to try with a good old fashioned discussion over a cuppa with your partner. Approach it more along the lines of any past regrets you may have around you’re own health, concerns you have for perhaps your partners health and of course the kids, especially if there’s any particular conditions you’re wanting to address such as eczema, asthma, recurrent illnesses, anxiety, behavioural issues, Autism etc.
I would also spend some time discussing the fact the the GAPS Diet isn’t a diet in the normal understanding of the word, it’s not about weight loss it’s about healing and ultimately choosing a healthier way of eating using whole foods and moving away from packaged and processed foods.
If this isn’t cutting it then I would recommend you take your partner with you to an appointment with your practitioner so they can discuss their own concerns directly with them. Should you feel your partner is less inclined to listen to a Naturopath or GAPS Practitioner there are many Integrative Doctors around who are very supportive of gut healing protocols such as GAPS or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
Overall, the most important part of doing the GAPS Diet or making any positive changes to how the family eats is that both you and your partner are supportive of each other and on the same page, especially when it comes to objections from the kids. It won’t work if the kids are complaining and refusing to eat and one parent is agreeing with them or even worse cheating.
Changes need to be a team effort and parents have to work together to be successful. Even though the GAPS Diet can be tough initially, the benefits will always outweigh the negatives and if you stick together you will be successful.
So take the plunge, talk to your partner and have a go, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Until next time, stay calm and stay healthy.