She has always had an amazing diet. Although she was on a gluten free/casein free diet, she had an abundance of gluten free grains, fruits and vegetables, organic meat. If someone witnessed how much food was going into her, they would usually comment that they wouldn't be able to eat that much in one sitting!
What I didn't realize then, was that it was all going in, and quickly coming out. She was going #2 all day long. The damage to her digestive tract was so severe that her body was unable to obtain the nutrients from the quality food she was eating.
I didn't know that you do not have to be thin to have a nutritional deficiency, but it sure does make sense. If an overweight child starts this diet, they will lose weight and gradually show the "masked" nutritional deficiency.
Dr. McBride explains that by following the GAPS nutritional protocol your digestive system starts absorbing foods properly and nourishing you; you will start building dense bones, healthy muscles and other tissues and organs and gaining weight as a result. This is exactly what is happening with Olivia. She is much "sturdier", less fragile looking. Her limbs feel heavier, and her skinny little bird legs are finally looking a wee bit heavier. This is no coincidence!
I remember when she first started the GAPS intro diet, there were many "comments" like "what's with all the soup?"! I am sure people who have never heard of this diet may have questioned my choice of food for my VERY thin little girl. To an outsider's view, the soup probably didn't look substantial enough for a sickly child. All I can say is looks can be deceiving! You know when people are shocked when all of a sudden it takes 2, maybe three people to carry this 13 year old after a seizure, when in the past one was sufficient!
I am not being political in the least when I quote President Obama's statement from 2005.
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you make progress."
I have walked down many treatment paths with Olivia in this journey ---- the drug path, the supplement path, the homeopathy path, the ABA path. I know now that they were the wrong paths and that is exactly why I didn't make any progress. This path, using food as medicine, not only feels right, it is right. It's undeniable progress - she was unable to gain weight for years - withing 5 months on the GAPS diet and she's not just a couple pounds heavier - but 10!!! Praise God!!
I googled this verse for more understanding and started reading an entry from J.M. Farro's blog. He says: