As someone who spent a while on the GAPS diet (you can read all about that here), I know how hard it can be to find paleo or GAPS legal treats that actually taste like something a “normal” person would eat!
Last month I was delighted to receive a package in the mail from Chris Feuille and the WB Kitchen in Colorado. The box contained samples of paleo/GAPS cookies and granola bars. They were a HUGE hit with my family and disappeared almost as soon as the box was opened!
Since I knew y’all would love them too, I asked Chris if we could give away a box of the samples to one of you. He is generously letting me give away TWO sample boxes – so two of you will each be able to sample these delicious cookies and granola bars!
I’ve asked Chris to share a little about his history with the GAPS diet, as well as why he and his wife started the WB Kitchen.
I tried the GAPS diet because my wife told me to. I had gone to the hospital multiple times and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I eventually found a doctor who practiced functional medicine and he did a lot of tests on my gut and tested my food sensitivities. I started out by just quitting gluten. It helped for a bit and then my symptoms came back (symptoms = bloody stool, severe abdominal pain). Next I went grain free. It made my symptoms disappear but again they came back. I then tried an elimination rotation diet and it was the same thing. So next I tried the GAPS maintenance diet. It helped a lot but my symptoms still came back. It was not until I did the full on GAPS Intro diet that I really found some long-term healing. I still pretty much eat only GAPS friendly food. I have tried reintroducing grains here and there and they just destroy me and it takes weeks for me to feel normal again.
It has been a little over 4 years since I originally went on the GAPS diet. I am still healing as well, but I have come a very long way from where I was. I am now healthier and more active than I have been in my whole life. It took me a while, but I finally realized how important it was and the impact that food had on my well-being. I really made the connection when I related our guts to plants root zone and soil. It is so similar. And I knew if I fed my plants and garden crappy water or poisons it would kill them and they wouldn’t thrive. It was while I was reading a book called Teaming with Microbes that I made the connection and it really stuck from there.
Would you recommend GAPS for others who are struggling with health issues?
I recommend GAPS for anyone – even those who feel fine and healthy. You can only benefit from doing the Intro diet. I feel that almost all disease can be healed through diet, along with other healthy lifestyle behaviors (exercise, spirituality, community, etc).
What caused you to start WB Kitchen?
We started WB Kitchen because once we got on the GAPS diet we started making everything we ate – and I mean everything. I was taking cookies and sweet stuff that was GAPS legal to parties and people loved them. They convinced me others would love them too, and that I should try and sell them. We actually started with a line of Honey Simple Syrups and then added in cookies. Eventually we stopped the syrup line because the cookies were really taking off and I couldn’t keep up with both. We hope that the syrups may come back some day.
I really have so many ideas. I want to have products on every isle of the supermarket that are GAPS legal. I know that not everyone has the skill, time, or desire to make all of their food. If they had a healthier option they would buy it. All the health food stuff a few years ago was just rebranded crap with ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ printed on them. Or gluten free products were just loaded with a bunch of refined and processed ingredients. People might get relief for a while, but their symptoms will come back because they are not really eating anti-inflammatory foods.
Another reason I started this business was to create some change in the food industry and show that you can make high end products with high quality ingredients and people will buy it. You can successfully operate with lower profit margins and still make money and stay in business.
What ingredients do you use in you products?
Ingredients we use in our products are as follows:
- Local Honey – Raw and unfiltered, usually a mix of Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas honey.
- Blanched Almond Flour
- Sea Salt
All below are organic:
- Almond Meal
- Coconut flour
- Shredded coconut
- Sunflower seeds
- Cocoa Powder
- Cocoa Nibs
- Maple Syrup (only in the Maple Pecan Cookies)
- Curry Powder
- Ginger Powder
- Coconut Milk
- Vanilla Extract
I only use ingredients that I would personally ingest. The honey and almond flour are the only 2 that are not organic. I cannot yet source organic blanched almond meal or honey. The family of the guy I buy my honey from has been in the business for over 100 years. As far as organic blanched almond flour is concerned, the only places I have been able to find it are either in very small quantities or larger quantities (like $250,000 minimums). So it just hasn’t worked for us yet. We are moving into a new facility this spring and we are investigating making our own. I get pretty passionate about ingredients because I really want to know what I am eating.
Currently laws allow for wiggle room in labeling. Ingredients are being renamed and, if kept under certain percentage, do not have to be disclosed. Our food supply and regulatory agencies have been bought and sold to the highest bidder and they have no interest in your health, only in their profits.
Where can people following the GAPS or paleo lifestyle purchase your treats?
To purchase our products you can go many places. Our website has a list of stores that carry our products. We are from coast to coast but not highly saturated yet. In the Rocky Mountain region we are all over and in every Whole Foods. We are in many of the Natural Grocers, by Vitamin Cottage, in the US. Online you can buy off of Amazon, our webstore, Barefoot Provisions, One Stop Paleo Shop, Wild Mountain Paleo Market, Lucky Vitamin, and Vitacost. We just secured distribution services in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and the Northeast, so you should start to see a lot more of us in these areas.
We are trying to expand at a slow steady pace. Our goal is to be around for awhile so we are doing our best to grow sustainably. We still do all manufacturing in house, as well as most sales. If you do not see us in your store you can ask a manager to bring us in or reach out to us on our website with store names and locations. We will get someone to call and see if we can make it happen. Sometimes it is more difficult if a distributor does not carry us in the area but we will always give it our best shot!
Want to sample the delicious treats that the WB Kitchen makes? You can order them here, or enter below to win a sample box!
Each box will contain one of each of the products:
- Brownie Cookies
- Coconut Shortbread Cookies
- Cinnamon Raisin Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Maple Pecan Cookies
- Honey Nut Bar
- Peanut Ginger Bar
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bar
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