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HOW DO I START TRANSITIONING ONTO THE GAPS* PROTOCOL?

Updated: Jun 9, 2023


How do I start transitioning onto the GAPS Protocol? | Living in Wellness GAPS Blog

Feeling overwhelmed with reading the books, implementing the protocol, and preparing the food? You’re not alone! We all face this challenge at the beginning when we decide to commit to the GAPS* Protocol. The benefits of GAPS* sounds so rewarding but how do we make changes while keeping sanity in our busy exhausting lives? Many individuals and parents struggle with this, sometimes giving up before even getting started. And it’s not your fault, nor your lack of trying, it’s just really, really hard!


So how do we make the transition? What initial steps do we take? First, start by acknowledging that it doesn’t need to be an instantaneous switch to GAPS*. Like the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day! or Slow and steady wins the race! It’s perfectly acceptable to slowly get prepared for the transition at a pace that fits your needs and current lifestyle. This is why Living in Wellness Coaching Services offers Online Courses for Guided Assistance Transitioning onto the GAPS* Protocol. Read more about them below:


The LIVE Online Courses provide step-by-step support with implementing and incorporating the protocol gradually over a 7-week or 8-week period. The main features of the courses include:


  • Each week you’ll get to participate in a LIVE guided online class where you gain knowledge and skills regarding the GAPS* Protocol.

  • You’ll get to take part in live cooking classes where you learn how to cook common GAPS* staples, learn the Do’s & Don’ts in the kitchen, and ask questions to which you’ll receive live in-person answers. You’ll walk away from the cooking class with GAPS*-ready food.

  • You’ll receive checklists to prepare your home and kitchen for your GAPS* journey.

  • You’ll receive handouts that summarize the important information for the GAPS* Protocol.

  • You’ll be able to view real-time demonstrations, so you feel prepared to do them yourself.



So what is the difference between the 7-week and the 8-week online course?



For individuals wanting to transition onto the GAPS* Protocol, the 7-week LIVE online course transitions you gradually step-by-step onto the Full GAPS* meal plan. You’ll learn how to incorporate the fundamentals of the GAPS* Protocol into your daily regime and build your repertoire of skills to feel confident to thrive on Full GAPS*. From here, you’ll have the ability to progress into any one of the other GAPS* meal plans (Intro GAPS*, No-Plant GAPS*, etc.) if you choose to do so.


For parents wanting to transition their Picky-Eaters onto the GAPS* Protocol, the 8-week LIVE online course gets you prepared and set up to commit to a transition date where all your efforts will focus on the 21-Day Mealtime Management Techniques for your picky-eater. Each week of the online course you will learn the fundamentals of the GAPS* Protocol and stock up on food for the official transition date. The transition date is intended to be set after the program ends, but not before you learn the techniques to address and handle the picky-eating habits that need to be broken.


Note: These online courses are applicable to all ages and variations of skill levels. Come one, come all, everyone is welcome!



Now what is included in the Online Courses?



7-week LIVE Online Course: Guided Assistance Transitioning onto the GAPS* Protocol

Included in the course is:

  • Seven (7) LIVE Online Classes conducted weekly on Saturday’s at 1PM CST. Four (4) out of the seven (7) weeks are designated strictly as cooking classes. All online classes will be recorded and you will have access to view them shortly after the date they occurred.

  • Valuable information and resources in the form of checklists, recipes, handouts and real-time demonstrations. Plus Tips & Tricks to save time and save money!

  • Guidance in navigating the five most important areas of the GAPS* Protocol (read more about these areas in What is the GAPS* Protocol?)

8-week LIVE Online Course: Guided Assistance Transitioning PICKY-EATERS onto the GAPS* Protocol

Included in the course is:

  • Eight (8) live Online Classes conducted weekly on Saturday’s at 1PM CST. Four (4) out of the eight (8) weeks are designated strictly as cooking classes. All online classes will be recorded and you will have access to view them shortly after the date they occurred.

  • Valuable information and resources in the form of checklists, recipes, handouts and real-time demonstrations. Plus Tips & Tricks to save time and save money!

  • Guidance in navigating the five most important areas of the GAPS* Protocol (read more about these areas in What is the GAPS* Protocol?)



Here is the weekly breakdown of the Online Courses…



Week 1 – Class #1 Toxin Reduction & Elimination + Detoxification

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Gain knowledge about Toxin Reduction & Elimination for Household & Personal Products.

  • Real-time demonstration: Preparing homemade cleaners (Hand Soap & Laundry Detergent).

  • Learn about implementing Gentle Detoxification Protocols.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Checklists, handouts and recipes for the real-time demonstrations.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel more clear minded and have straight forward direction on tackling your household & personal products. You’ll feel better prepared for slowly incorporating gentle detoxification into your daily regime. And you’ll feel excited with the gentle introduction to transitioning onto the GAPS* Protocol.

  • The online class will end with instructions on how to prepare your kitchen for the next 4 upcoming cooking classes and you’ll learn what is required to source the required ingredients.

Week 2 Class #2 GAPS* Meat Stock

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Gain knowledge about GAPS* Meat Stock in order to Boost Nutrition.

  • Cooking Class: Preparing meat stock.

  • Informational content available to you: Recipe for chicken stock & access to informational content for preparing GAPS* meat stock.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel accomplished in learning the basics of making meat stock. You’ll feel more confident in preparing gelatinous meat stock. And you’ll be able to look forward to preparing and consuming meat stock on your own!

  • Real-time Demonstration: The online class will end with instructions on how to prepare for Week 3.

Week 3 Class #3 GAPS* Soup

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Gain knowledge about GAPS* Soups in order to Boost Nutrition.

  • Cooking Class: Preparing a GAPS* soup.

  • Informational content available to you: Recipe for chicken soup & access to informational content for preparing GAPS* soups.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel accomplished in learning the basics of how to make soup. You’ll feel more knowledgeable regarding ingredients used to prepare soups. And you’ll be able to look forward to eating (or feeding your family) nutritious soups!

  • Real-time Demonstration: The online class will end with instructions on how to prepare for Week 4.


Week 4Class #4 GAPS* Sweet Treats

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Gain knowledge about the foods you should reduce or eliminate on GAPS*. Learn how to deal with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

  • Cooking Class: Preparing sweet treats to subside sugar cravings.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Handouts and recipes.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel more educated and knowledgeable on what foods could be hindering your gut (or the gut of your loved ones). And you’ll feel better prepared for handling the cravings and withdrawal symptoms with the transition onto GAPS*.

  • Real-time Demonstration: The online class will end with instructions on how to prepare for Week 5.




Week 5Class #5 GAPS* Fermented Dairy

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Familiarize yourself with the Dairy Introduction Protocol and repopulating the gut with fermented dairy.

  • Cooking Class: Preparing homemade ghee and cultured butter.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Handouts and recipes.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel well-informed on how cultured dairy plays a roll in the GAPS* Protocol. And you’ll feel better equipped with when and how you’ll introduce cultured dairy into your regime.

  • Real-time Demonstration: The online class will end with instructions on how to prepare for Week 6.

Week 6Class #6 GAPS* Fermented Foods

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Familiarize yourself with repopulating the gut with fermented foods.

  • Cooking Class: Preparing homemade sauerkraut, cabbage tonic and beet kvass.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Handouts and recipes.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel more knowledgeable about how beneficial flora affects the gut and when/how to introduce it through the use of fermented foods. And you will feel more familiar with the fermentation process such that you are willing to tackle ferments on your own.

  • Real-time Demonstration: Learn how to prepare a special sweet super-indulgent treat!

Week 7Class #7 GAPS*-Friendly Kitchen

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST

  • Gain knowledge about food sourcing and batch cooking.

  • Learn how to conduct a pantry & refrigerator sweep.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Checklists and handouts.

  • Real-time Demonstration: Receive full disclosure of the Tips & Tricks I use regularly!

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel confident in sourcing and stocking up on nutritious groceries. You will feel capable of removing the non-GAPS* foods, allowing you to focus on the foods that will make a difference going forward. And you will feel better prepared to handle the batch cooking that will carry you through the GAPS* Protocol.



Week 8Class #8 21-Day Mealtime Management Techniques

LIVE Online Class held on Saturday @ 1PM CST for Parents transitioning their Picky-Eaters

  • Gain knowledge about the Mealtime Management Techniques and the preparations required to implement them.

  • Understand the list of GAPS* foods required for the transition and the sequence in which you’ll feed your picky-eater the foods.

  • Familiarize yourself with practical issues and how to prepare for them.

  • Gain motivation to move ahead with the transition and feel more confident doing so.

  • Informational content emailed to you: Handouts to explain the mealtime management techniques. Questionnaires to get you thinking about all that is required when going through the transition. And a final checklist to ensure you are ready and fully stocked up to make the transition.

  • By the end of the online class, the intent is that… You will feel less fearful of transitioning your child, or children, onto the GAPS* Protocol. You will feel more confident in executing the steps and techniques required for the transition. And you will feel better prepared when you make the final transition.


Note: For both the 7-week and 8-week online courses, it is your responsibility to purchase the required ingredients and equipment for the cooking classes & real-time demonstrations if you decided to participate. A list of ingredients and equipment will be emailed to you prior to the cooking class so you have sufficient time to source everything needed.



When you know that GAPS* is right for you and you want to make the change, the first step forward will be the hardest! It’s easy to decide you want to change, but harder to commit to making the transition! Let me guide you through this transition process and take most of your worries off your shoulders! I hope the weekly online classes will excite you and give you a reason to stay motivated!


If you are interested in the 7-week/8-week Online Courses offered by Living in Wellness Coaching Services, please email contactlivinginwellness@gmail.com to be placed on the email list. You’ll receive updated information when it will be made available.


Please also note that the described weekly content is subject to change as the program is under development and being refined.





Frequently asked questions …

 

What if I don’t want to purchase the full online course, but am interested in participating in only selective weekly online classes?


If you are interested in expanding your learning by participating in only selective weekly online classes, you can choose to purchase the weekly online class you are interested in.


If this interests you, please email contactlivinginwellness@gmail.com to be placed on the email list. You’ll receive updated information when it will be made available.





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