GAPS Diet Plan

I am not a doctor and have not been professionally trained.  My writings are based on my own personal experiences and research and are not to be taken as medical advice. Please take a look at our medical disclaimer before reading the below information. 

Now that I’ve explained what GAPS is and how it heals the body, it is time to dive into the practical application of the program.  Keep in mind, my post will only be a brief overview.  GAPS is considered complicated, so it is vital to read Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s book on GAPS for yourself.
Although diet probably plays the most crucial role, there are three major aspects of GAPS:

  1. Diet
  2. Supplementation
  3. Detoxification
Let’s start by looking at the first facet:

Diet

There are two phases:

·         Intro Diet

-It is comprised of 6 stages.  The first stage is the most restrictive, consisting mostly of soup, stock and boiled meats and vegetables.  Each graduation to the next stage brings the reintroduction of more foods.   This is because the body is able to handle more as it begins to heal.  The rate of progression will vary with each individual and it is important to listen to the body to know when to move forward and when to slow down.  If a new food results in a flare up of old symptoms, you know it’s time to go back a stage, or abstain from that particular food while still moving forward.



·         Full GAPS

-Those that successfully complete the intro diet are rewarded with the full GAPS diet, which is far more liberal with its selection of foods.  However, this does not at all mean that processed foods, refined sugars, and grains will be allowed.  They are still prohibited.  Many people receive the greatest benefit of the plan by adhering to full GAPS for at least two years.  Again, the amount of time spent on it is different for every person, but Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends compliance until digestive issues disappear for at least six months straight.


Be warned, it is not in your best interest to rely on junk food to nourish and sustain your body once you have worked through GAPS.  In fact, after eating GAPS approved meals for so long, you probably will develop a taste for whole, real foods that processed garbage can’t even compete with. 

Of course, realistically it is extremely difficult to follow the full GAPS diet forever.  Fortunately, there are foods that can be reintroduced, but it must be carried out gradually and carefully.  It is possible for recovered GAPS patients to enjoy things like, potatoes, gluten free grains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat), sourdough, and starchy vegetables, grains, and beans again.

There is life after GAPS, but it is one made up of better, healthier, more wholesome choices that ultimately lead to a more fulfilling and productive life. 


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