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Healing Benefits of the GAPS Diet

From the Show: CLEAN Food Network
Summary: From ADHD and autism to asthma and thyroid disorders, the GAPS Diet may be your answer.
Air Date: 8/8/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Hilary Boynton & Mary Giordano Brackett
Hilary-BoyntonHilary Boynton, certified holistic health counselor, received a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia and was trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The devoted mother of five young kids, Hilary has seen the power of nutritional healing firsthand. Inspired by her own experience of "food as medicine," she has dedicated herself to helping others on their path to wellness as a cook, coach, and professional educator. Hilary supports her clients by integrating "Paleo" and "Primal" philosophies with the wisdom of the Ancestral Health Movement and the Weston A. Price Foundation. Hilary is a Weston A. Price chapter leader, has run several local food co-ops, teaches cooking classes out of her house, and helped to open a farm-to-table restaurant in Concord, Massachusetts. She lives in Topanga, California, with her family.

Hilary recently Co-authored the best selling cookbook, The Heal your Gut Cookbook, released in September 2014. The success of her book, and the lessons she learned along the way, helped to fuel her new project. YUM YUM became a reality when she realized she just had to do more. The letters of pleas for help, from sick people all over the world, opened her eyes to this global problem of ill health. The passion and determination she has to empower people to take control of their own health and prevent disease is tireless. She and her family have battled many health issues themselves including cancer, epilepsy, infertility, eczema, and Alzheimer’s amongst others.


Mary-BrackettMary Giordano Brackett is a whole-foods advocate and a creative entrepreneur based out of Boston, Massachusetts. After receiving her BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mary went on to photograph hundreds of weddings, events, people, and places before recognizing her true passion: the healing power of real food. Combining a love of the creative arts with a devotion to ancestral nutrition is her life's work, illustrating and illuminating the importance of our food choices. Mary works on projects that enlighten people in regards to their health, in hopes of helping people free themselves from the tyranny of Frankenfood and reclaim their birthright: health and happiness.

Mary's health journey has spanned decades, and knowing first hand how discouraging life can seem when disease is present, she is constantly searching out new information for her BioIndividual Nutrition Consulting clients. Her goal is to make IBS a thing of the past and help as many people as possible to truly thrive.

Mary happily serves up three homemade meals a day to her husband, son and daughter in their Watertown, Massachusetts, home.
  • Book Title: The Heal your Gut Cookbook
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/HealYourGutCookbook
  • Guest Twitter Account: @liveyumyum
Healing Benefits of the GAPS Diet
Developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, stemming from or exacerbated by leaky gut and dysbiosis.

GAPS also refers to chronic gut-related physical conditions, including celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease, as well as asthma, eczema, allergies, thyroid disorders, and more.

An evolution of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS Diet appeals to followers of the Paleo Diet, who are still struggling for optimum health, as well as anyone interested in the health benefits of fermentation or the Weston A. Price approach to nutrition.

The GAPS Diet is designed to restore the balance between beneficial and pathogenic intestinal bacteria and seal the gut through the elimination of grains, processed foods, and refined sugars and the carefully sequenced reintroduction of nutrient-dense foods, including bone broths, raw cultured dairy, certain fermented vegetables, organic pastured eggs, organ meats, and more.

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, created by Hilary Boynton and Mary Giordano Brackett, is a must-have if you are following the GAPS Diet, considering the GAPS Diet, or simply looking to improve your digestive health and, by extension, your physical and mental well-being.

Hilary and Mary join host Lisa Davis to explain more about the GAPS Diet, which conditions can be helped by the diet, as well as tips for getting your kids to jump on board with this healing way of eating.

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