Starting GAPS in the New Year?

GAPS

GAPS Book

Three years ago at the New Year, Kelsy and I completely de-glutened our kitchen and got serious about prepping for GAPS. 3 years later, our changes have stuck for the most part!

We’re still 100% gluten-free, and we mostly stick to the GAPS Full Diet. We have healed enough that we can make exceptions when we want to without problems!

If you want to try GAPS, here are some things to do to make sure you’ll have a good experience and be able to stick with it.

Read the Book

It’s heavy reading, but if you … Continue reading Starting GAPS in the New Year?

GAPS Resources

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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Lately people have been asking us for where to go to get good information and support for the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet. This diet is aimed at restoring the health of the gut, and the balance of the bacteria and fungi that live there. By giving the gut a chance to heal, many health problems can be reduced or eliminated.

GAPS was based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which eliminates disaccharide and polysaccharide sugars and introduces readily digested, nutrient dense foods. GAPS takes it few steps further by introducing these nourishing foods in … Continue reading GAPS Resources

Starting GAPS

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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The GAPS diet is a major change for most people. We get asked how to get started all the time, so we’ve finally worked out the basics of what you need to do to be ready for success, and given you a step by step series on doing Intro. Even though we were already gluten-free, into cooking from scratch, and all about whole, organic, locally sourced foods when we started, it was a huge challenge for us! UPDATE: January 2014

GAPS Starter Kit

For January only, Cara at Health, Home, Happy, is having a sale! … Continue reading Starting GAPS

It's So Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 1

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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The first time we did the GAPS diet intro, it was a big learning curve. We’d never fermented vegetables or dairy and we weren’t in the habit of making stock. Most importantly, I had a bad attitude. Frankly, I had texture issues with soft foods and was very resistant to the idea of eating a low fiber diet with my history of constipation. I was also afraid I couldn’t get full on just soup.

This time around, we’re all set up for GAPS, and it’s super easy! I know all my past objections are … Continue reading It’s So Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 1

It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 2

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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Once you’ve been able to introduce probiotic foods, and your digestion is working smoothly on Intro Stage 1, of the GAPS diet, it’s time to move on to Stage 2. I think it’s important not to rush the stages. If you have been having issues, it can be very hard to tell what is causing what. Some people have delayed reactions to problem foods, and it will take some time to get to a new normal. Giving your system enough time to work out any past reactions from foods before introducing new ones will make … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 2

It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 3

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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So, you’ve done the GAPS diet Stages 1 and 2 and your digestion is better than ever. You are getting a bit tired of all that soup and vegetables cooked until they’re smushy. You’re in luck, because Stage 3 brings on new textures! It’s important to introduce the new foods one and a time and in moderation to continue the healing process and make sure that you can tell what is causing reactions, if you have them.

Here’s what you get on Stage 3:

All the foods you’ve been eating on Stage 1 and Stage … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 3

It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 4

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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The big excitement of the GAPS Diet Stage 4 is juice! You’ll also get more variety in texture by introducing roasted and grilled meats. As always, take new foods slowly and one at a time. Of course, continue on with foods from the previous stages, no matter how excited you are about the new ones.

Here are the foods you get on GAPS Intro Stage 4:

All foods introduced in the previous stages Roasted and grilled meats Cold pressed olive oil Freshly pressed vegetable juice Nut bread

And how to prepare them: (Here is our … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 4

It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 5

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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The fun in the GAPS Diet Stage 5 is fruit and raw veggies! This is where I run into trouble… because once I start with sugar I pretty much don’t want to stop. Moderation can be easier said than done. A trick that helps is to make sure you are not very hungry when you start eating fruit, and to balance out sweets with fat or protein.

Here are the foods you get on Stage 5:

All the foods from the previous stages Cooked apple Raw vegetables Juiced apple, pineapple, and mango (avoid citrus)

And … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 5

It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 6

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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GAPS Intro Stage 6 is the last stage of intro before you head into the full GAPS diet.

New foods:

Raw Apple Make sure the apple is ripe, and eat it peeled. Gradually introduce other raw fruits, avoiding citrus.

Baked goods using dried fruit as sweetener You can use the nut bread recipe from Stage 4 and add fruit to it, or read the Internal Bliss cookbook or recipes from the GAPS book for more inspiration. Be careful not to buy dried fruit that has any added ingredients. We prefer to buy organic produce … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 6

The GAPS Full Diet

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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Now that you’ve been through all six stages of the GAPS Intro diet and are feeling well, it’s time to add some more variety. However, remember to introduce each new food separately and slowly to make sure you are able to handle them. If you notice symptoms, return to eating your vegetables well-cooked and eating lots of stock until things normalize again.

The first food of the day should be freshly pressed juice. Here are recommended ingredients:

Beet root (no more than 5%) Other vegetables such as carrots, celery, cabbage, lettuce, and greens such as … Continue reading The GAPS Full Diet

Mainstream Dietitian Vs. GAPS Diet

Kodiak with kids her age and younger

Our daughter is tiny. Over and over again, we’ve heard people say how their kids are so super small, only to find out their kids are 3 years younger than our daughter and bigger than she is! Other than being small, she seems happy, coordinated, and active. She never had abnormal test results of any kind. She was just small.

Kodiak with kids her age and younger. This was a couple years ago – the difference is even more pronounced now.

Around the time we decided to change our diet, we started to see a pediatric endocrinologist. Kodiak was tested … Continue reading Mainstream Dietitian Vs. GAPS Diet

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