healing the gut and mind

with gaps

Here at Good Mood Food, we are focussed on two things: DETOXING and HEALING the body. These are 2 separate activities, that when combined, bring amazing results for people suffering with chronic health issues. For more info on how we can help you to support detoxing, click HERE.

HEALING means resolving the root cause of your chronic health issues. These can manifest as physical issues (IBS, allergies, eczema, rashes, pain, fatigue, bloating, SIBO, constipation, arthritis, diarrhoea, to name a few) they can present as mental health and behavioural concerns (OCD, Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Brain fog, to name a few). For me, it was a combination.

In order to fully resolve these symptoms, or RED FLAGS as I like to refer to them, you first need to fix the gut. If your gut is not working properly, it does not absorb the vitamins and minerals out of food correctly. This alone will have a huge impact on how your organs, your glands, your hormones and your brain function. The impact is complicated, but the root cause of the problem is not. I have collated a huge amount of information in the blogs below, as well as my eBOOKS and PODCASTS to help you navigate your way through the HEALING part of your journey, without becoming overwhelmed.

"I highly recommend this website to parents of children with health problems. Written by a parent who successfully healed her own children, this website will give you genuine and very valuable information. Thank you, Mary Kelly for sharing your knowledge with the whole world!"

Dr Natasha Campbell - McBride, world - renowned doctor and bestselling author of the GAPS protocol  - 'Gut and Psychology Syndrome'

May 22, 2015

After 18 months on GAPS, we have healed a LOT! But we also hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of the final, obvious immune response issues like remaining anaphylaxis to nuts in my son, and random belly bloat, fatigue and brain fog in my daughter and I.

  • My daughter still had big patches of cradle cap that was causing her hair to grow out really thin and weak, she was regularly wetting herself, and would still get random bloated tummy from food that I know is fine. It was confusing. She also had a persistently itchy bum and h...

April 30, 2015

I have written up my kids stories (Danny and Eden) about their incredible healing through the use of the GAPS protocol, but now it is time to tell my story, so that you can see the clear path that lead to the birthing of two kids who developed chronic health issues, and so you can also see the clear path to healing all those issues.

It’s fascinating to me to look back on how we got here, and I hope it is to you too.


We’ll start with my childhood.

I grew up in a wonderful, healthy home, with a mother and a grandmother who both had...

March 20, 2015

Grain free, Refined Sugar Free


These muffins are a lovely way to get the flavours of Easter, as we knew it before cutting out grains and sugar, back into our lives.

We made a test batch yesterday, and they are BEAYOOTIFUL! I decided to make a chocolate cross, because the only ‘white’ I could come up with was using coconut oil, and that means you have to chill the buns first, and I want them HOT OUT OF THE OVEN! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK??!!
The answer is no. So chocolate crosses it is! Mkay?


3 cups almond flour

March 4, 2015

On Thursday, our family had one of those days where time becomes irrelevant, and all of your focus is on your child. Danny caught a cold, and within hours, was pale, struggling to breathe and his lips were a distressing shade of blue. We took him to the doctor, who called an ambulance before he even examined my child, which sends your heart into a faster rythymn and you feel yourself gathering your resources, your focus becomes crystal clear, and everything else falls away.


But this isn't about my first born, the child that I wo...

February 10, 2015


There are a bunch of medicinal foods that are recommended on the GAPS protocol to:


- assist the healing of the gut lining,

- enable proper digestion of fats and minerals,
- continue the rebuilding of a healthy microbiota in your GI tract,
- assist the bodies organs with a gentle but persistent detox, and
- promote a strong immune system.


I found that it is very difficult to keep up with all of these particular foods, each of which is really important, if I give them out separately on a daily basis. I was in the kitchen a LOT, me...

February 5, 2015


I posted a picture of our dinner the other night, and was inundated with positive vibes and requests for the recipe. It is a very simple recipe, and so very nourishing, because it is an opportunity to load up with vegetables, grassfed meat and fat, and most importantly, BROTH.


I won't muck about, here are the details:



Note: use organic as much as possible:


1 clove Garlic, diced

1 Onion, diced

2 Carrots, diced

1 stick Celery, diced

1 handfull chopped fresh herbs (Thyme, Sage, oregano, rosemary, for example)

2 T  grassfed...

February 3, 2015

Last week, my daughter was complaining of a sore ear (again). In the last few months we have been surprised that she has suddenly developed a regular ear ache: neither of my kids have ever had ear trouble in the past, so it was confusing to me that now, while we are achieving so much healing, my daughter should develop a health issue.


I just want to run through how we have managed this, so that I might be able to pass some tools on to you for when you find yourselves in a similar situation: from the symptom management of hav...

January 27, 2015

Grain free, Refined sugar free, Dairy free, Nut free option*, Egg free


Chocolate date balls SOUND really decadent, and they are (sweet food should always be a rare treat if you want to keep the pathogenic bacteria and fungii like candida at bay), but they are also a really good source of that ever elusive mineral that is deficient in most people these days: MAGNESIUM. Dates are one of the highest sources of magnesium in our food, followed by cocoa! Magnesium is a critical mineral: it supports our muscles and our bone health, and...

January 10, 2015

Grain free, Refined sugar free


There is a really simple recipe in the GAPS book (Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell-Mcbride) for GAPS bread.

You know, something to soak up the sauce.

Something to hold when you eat your burger meat.

Something that lets you know that everything is going to be okay in a post-bread world...


Anyway, I found the bread was delicious, but a bit dense and crumbly, so I fiddled with the recipe and came up with this beaut.

It rises, it holds together, it toasts beautifully, and it freezes well...

January 7, 2015

Before children, I was a lot of things. I was fun, energetic, available for a party at short notice. I was also a career woman. And my role title, for a time, was 'Problem Manager'.


"Got a problem? Make yourself at home." I would say that with a wink and my hand making gun shooting motions.


It's a stupid title, but it was a really cool job, and one of the only roles I've ever had that proved useful to all parts of my life so far on this planet, rather than only being useful to an I.T. department full of nerds.


Something I c...

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About Me

My name is Mary Kelly, and I am a mum of 3 who had to find a way to heal our son from an incredible number of allergies and other health issues. We replaced pills for good, real food, and homemade non-toxic remedies.

And it worked!

It lead directly to the business I now run from our farm on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. This is where I handmake the beautiful GMF Sole Balms, to help other families to Detox their Medicine Cabinets from the toxic petrochemical industry that fixes one problem, just to create another. 

We followed the GAPS protocol, healed, and now we eat a wholefoods diet. I offer recipes, advice, blogs and rants about GAPS, food choices, and the shocking state of our chronic health.

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GMF Sole Balms

I make these balms myself. Each one has brought a magical, unique healing property into our home: from the liver-supporting Sleep Balm, to immediate pain relief of Calm Balm. Everything that I need as a mom, with 3 rambunctious kids, is in my medicine box. And the best part is what’s NOT in my medicine box. No toxins, no petrochemicals or steroids, or thyroid-inhibiting supposedly ‘mild’ paracetamol. No drugs, nothing with a list of side effects. No medicine that fixes one problem but introduces 2 new ones that you didn’t know about. My kids can help themselves. They have their little 30ml jars next to their bedside tables. My son uses Chest Balm when he has a blocked nose and can’t sleep. My daughter chose Achy Breaky for when she gets twitchy legs and needs magnesium after too much acrobatics. My 3 year old...well okay she doesn’t get one since she painted her bedroom wall with Black Balm 🙄

PS: An added bonus: I pray over every single balm before I send them on their way to families all over the world. They come to your family with love and hope from my family ❤️🌈

Podcasts with Quirky Cooking

Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking and I  have recorded a number of podcasts together about our story, parasites and their impact on the gut, how to prep  your body for a healthy baby, and how to do GAPS when you have depression.

You can listen to them here:

Popular Blogs

These are my most read and shared blogs. There is some good HOPE stuff in there. And Chocolate.

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