Sunday, April 8, 2012

Getting ready for GAPS

Tomorrow we start GAPS intro. Mike and I have really been dragging our feet when it comes to finding a diet for healing our guts and actually sticking hard and fast to it. For the most part we've been following full GAPS principles, but we would occasionally eat sweet potatoes, indulge in some chocolate, etc. Well, we're ready to make the big leap and actually do full GAPS with the intro diet.  In other words, we're ready to heal.

Stage one of GAPS intro is pretty basic. We're allowed to eat the following:

  • homemade meat or fish stock with marrow from bones used in making stock
  • well-boiled broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, and leeks (no fibrous parts)
  • winter and summer squash (all seeds removed)
  • boiled meat
  • sea salt
  • 1-2 tsp/day of sauerkraut juice
  • chopped garlic added to soup meals
In addition to eating this meal, it is important that we also drink lots of warm stock throughout the day to help heal and soothe our gut linings. We'll also be taking therapeutic grade probiotics and cod liver oil in addition to this daily meal.  I am expecting some symptoms to flare up during stage one of intro, particularly constipation.  Enemas will be used for alleviating constipation in this situation as well as spinal twists and gut massages. Once constipation clears, we will move to the next stage which adds a little more fiber into the diet. 

I'll be writing regularly on the topic of gut healing, so prepare for some inspiration to do it for yourself! 


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