On the GAPS-diet, we focus on what to eat
Not what to avoid. That´s why I call it a yes-diet.
Analysis and clarification – yes please!
Before giving the GAPS diet a try, it is a very good idea to find out, what sort of special issues you are dealing with.
Some have special problems
-such as too little stomach acid, candida overgrowth, inability to digest fat, SIBO, histamin intolerance, heavy metal or mycotoxin overload, or underweight and loose even more weight in the beginning of the diet. Such problems and more can be classical triggers or symptoms of GAPS. If you do not adress them right from the beginning, you probably won´t proceed. So, if you are stuck on the diet, you can´t blame the diet. Maybe the reason is, that you didn´t prepare yourself well enough by checking these things out with a professional practitioner.
But it´s never too late
to get various tests made, that can reveal some facts about precisely your special biochemical state. For this, you can get professional help from a certified GAPS practitioner. Alternatively an MD who is working with Functional Medicine or a practitioner working with Biological Medicine.
In stead of being stuck for months and spending a fortune on supplements that are useless anyway, then spend the money on treatment from a practioner, who knows something about this.
Mind that GAPS is a registered trademark
This means that no one is allowed to call him- or herself a GAPS-practitioner, unless he or she is certified as such.
Which foods belong to the GAPS kitchen?
You can see the complete lists of what to eat and what not to eat on the GAPS diet in the Using the GAPS Diet cookbook.
You are going to eat lots of real food! Like homemade stock and broth, clarified butter, butter, egg, animal fats, organ meat, meat, poultry, and seafood. Homemade sauerkraut, homemade youghurt, creme fraiche and milk kefir, vegetables, salads, fruit, nuts, almonds, coconut, coconut fat, coldpressed olive oil, lots of mature cheeses, freshly pressed vegetable juice, honey, dry wine, cider without added sugar, a few sorts of spirits, real coffee and tea.
When these foods are prepared as described in “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, they heal the gut wall and adds to a healthy gut flora, which is of utmost importance for a good helath.
No goes in the GAPS kitchen:
Di- and polysaccharides, which is sugar and unfermented dairy products plus any sort of starch. (i.e. potatoes, rice, corn, quinoa and any type of grain) unfermented soy, additives and processed plant oils. All sorts of fancy types of sugar and syrup are no goes. Baked gluten free products from a factory are also no goes; they are heavily processed, contain plenty of gluten free starch. It´s the starch, that´s the problem for a GAPS-person. Not gluten. However, a few people do have a true gluten allergy, and that´s a different matter.
Oh no, what about the lasagne, the bread, the cake?
-Well, nothing else to do than wake up your inner inventor. There are lots and lots of possibilities, but you´ll have to learn to think differently than usual in relation to planning, shopping and cooking. Maybe get hold of Using the GAPS Diet cookbook and learn how to cook all sorts of GAPS-friendly food.
If your own or your family´s problems are due to GAPS, you can look forward to becomming much better and energetic, as your healing process proceeds.
Real food? Yes please!
The headline in the GAPS kitchen is: homemade of GAPS-friendly foods. As one of the purposes of the GAPS-protocol is to detox, if possible, choose organic products and avoid cooking with polyunsaturated plant oils.