Preparing for the GAPS Diet

The GAPS diet requires thorough planning that can quickly become overwhelming.  I know I felt this way.  Even though I already cook from scratch, make fermented foods and drink soup every day, I still wasn’t sure where to begin.  I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone who does not have previous experience with real food and is trying to transition from the SAD diet.

What do GAPS patients need to plan for?
  • What kinds of foods to eat?-Progression through the stages gradually increases the amount of permissible foods.
  • Where to get these foods?-Not only are some of these foods difficult to source, you must also be careful where you buy them from.  The better the quality, the more nourishing your meals will be.
  • How to prepare these foods?-There may be a big learning curve ahead for those who don’t have much experience in the kitchen.  (This is a big reason why we started this blog.  We want to teach you!  As we add more content to this site, you will be given more information on how to prepare wholesome meals.)
  • How many meals to prepare ahead of time?-It is helpful to stock up, rather than start from scratch whenever it’s time to eat.
  • What about detox symptoms?-When your body begins to purge itself of troublesome toxins, you may experience some unpleasant reactions.  Consider taking a week off from work or school.  At the very least, don’t commit to any extra obligations.  Make sure you have time each day to rest.
  • How will I know when to move on to the next stage?-Moving either too quickly or too slowly though the stages will interfere with your gut’s ability to heal.  Every GAPS patient should be aware of the warning signs signaling you to slow down.

How am I preparing for GAPS?
  • Created a list of allowed foods for each stage
  • Asked questions on local, real food Facebook groups about where to find foods
  • Emailed questions to every food source before  making any purchases
  • Practiced preparing the meals I’m not familiar with before the official start date
  • Emailed questions about supplements
  • Bought a small fridge to store the extra jars of stock, soup, fermented veggies and frozen meat
  • Measured freezer to ensure enough space for frozen meat

If all of this overwhelms you, don’t worry.  You may be able to ease into the diet slowly.  The Healthy Home Economist offers three different approaches for transitioning to GAPS and explains which situation is ideal for each approach. (You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.)  Choose the transition method that works best for you.

There is much to consider if you want to be ready for GAPS.  The more carefully you plan, the smoother it will go, and the better chance you will have for success.  There comes a point, however, when you can’t wait any longer and it will be time to dive in. 


I think I’m about to reach that point.  I have put if off for long enough. I am very excited, as well as a little nervous, and can’t wait to see how it goes.

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