I apologize for the delay in my response to your question. I am currently the leader of the SparkPeople GAPS group, but I'm in the process of studying for a professional certification and have been off the radar for a while.
To answer your question, I can say with 100% certainty that the GAPS Diet can help you to eliminate some of your allergies and if you do have a leaky gut, you will feel so much better after you follow the plan. I'm not sure whether or not you've purchased the book or not, but Dr. Campbell-McBride covers the topic of allergies in detail and the introduction diet is so limited and the introduction of new foods is so slow it might just be what you've been looking for. It will really help you to ferret out precisely which items are causing you the greatest amount of difficulty.
That being said, due to it's structure, the introduction diet is rather difficult to adhere to given the availability of all the wrong foods everywhere the eye can see so it requires tremendous discipline to stay on plan. This is really where you'll have to pay attention to what your body is saying.
My family and I moved into the full GAPS plan which allows for a larger number of food choices after only two weeks because we were all feeling very deprived and dissatisfied. The move to the full GAPS plan has helped us a great deal and the idea of deviating from the diet has become increasingly easy to dismiss over time. Although I'm sure this has slowed our progress towards health to a degree, I have seen tremendous improvement with my general health as well as that of my family and feel confident that continuing with the GAPS program will ultimately lead to our full recovery. With the holidays however, my family and I did cheat and ate several off-list items. I can honestly say that after several months on GAPS, the cheats my family and I selected during the holiday season provided little if any satisfaction compared to my historical fondness for some of these food items. Things I used to adore taste absolutely dreadful now. You'll find that as you heal, you are able to detect even the tiniest amount of synthetic ingredients in your food and many of your former favorites taste exactly like bad medicine. It's a real eyeopener for sure when it happens. =0) My family and I are now back on plan and will not eat any foods that are not GAPS approved.
My recommendation to you, which I believe is the key to any dietary change success, is to listen to what your body tells you. With GAPS, you will have a period of time where you're really not feeling up to par and the craving will be tremendous as well but once you've made it past this point, you will find that you feel significantly better and that many of your health issues have become a thing of the past. I have experienced the tremendous healing power of this diet firsthand and see enormous success with my family as well.
I wish you the very best of luck on your journey and hope that I've answered your question adequately. I believe that you will find that GAPS is a wonderful way to eat as you continue on your journey.
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