Week 2 on GAPS Intro – I’m Back, Baby!

It is day 15 and I’m at Stage 3 of the GAPS Intro diet.  Towards the end of the second week, my energy came back strong!  I’m still a little tired, but my stamina is way up!  That makes me so very happy, and I got a lot done the last couple of days. I’m probably going to stay at this stage until I get off coffee completely.  I’m down to a few sips every other day, so things look very promising.  My husband usually makes a pot every morning, and I used to heat up a cup or two … Continue reading

Week 1 on GAPS Intro – Where Are All the Spoons?

Oh, that’s right, I’m on the GAPS Intro diet, which myself and others lovingly call the Soup Diet.  I’m also low on bowls, too, even though I try to use them at least twice before I put them in the dishwasher.  😉 It has been a very interesting week, to say the least.  My learning curve went way up because I have very little experience making soup.  My family doesn’t care much for soup or stew so I’ve only made it a few times in 20+ years.  But I learned rather quickly how easy making soup can be!  Soften some … Continue reading

Why Bio-Kult May Not Be So Expensive After All

Is a therapeutic probiotic, like Bio-Kult, required on the GAPS diet?  Yes, it is. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says, on page 253 of the GAPS book, “…probiotic supplementation is absolutely vital for treating any of the GAPS conditions.” The GAPS diet is all about eliminating foods that irritate the gut lining, eating healing foods and getting good bacteria into your digestive tract. It’s critical to begin to re-populate your digestive system with the “good guys” so they begin to combat the “bad guys.” My gut never showed major signs of healing until I started Bio-Kult. But it’s so expensive, you might … Continue reading

My First Day on the GAPS Intro Diet

After three months of preparation, I finally started the GAPS Introduction diet today.  Last night when I went to bed I wasn’t really sure I was going to, but when I got out of bed today I decided it was going to happen.  No turning back! So because I wasn’t sure last night, I wasn’t really ready this morning.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  It turns out my three months of preparation actually made this day easier because almost everything was in the freezer.  I was looking forward to some Butternut Squash Soup for breakfast!  I left out the spices … Continue reading

My Guest Post on GNOWFGLINS!

Wardeh, at GNOWFGLINS, has started a GAPS series, and today my guest post, Baby Steps to GAPS, was published!  I share about how I took small, slow, baby steps to start the GAPS diet.  Please go check it out!  I’d love it if you would leave me a message, too! Please read the rest of the GAPS series.  Each article is highly recommended! I’m going to start the GAPS Intro diet next week.  Yikes!  😉 … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup with Tarragon (GAPS Legal)

I love fresh tarragon and can’t seem to get enough of it!  Since I’ll be going on the GAPS Intro diet next week, I wanted to make a creamed soup with tarragon that I could eat either hot or cold.  This is it!  I could eat this all day, and it is super easy to make!!! For those of you on the GAPS Intro diet, this is a stage two recipe.  To make it a stage one recipe, remove the ghee, tarragon and cinnamon. Butternut Squash Soup with Tarragon 1 Tbsp             Ghee ¼ cup              Chopped yellow onions ½ … Continue reading

Preparing for GAPS Intro – Prepping the Freezer

Perpetual broth This has been my mantra for the last couple of weeks with a short break for Independence Day.  Fortunately, the weather has been excellent here with low temperatures and cloudy days.  In fact, there is a running joke in the Seattle area that summer doesn’t actually start until July 5th.  I pretty much agree with that after living here most of my adult life. One of my goals in preparing my freezer for the GAPS Intro diet is to make sure I have enough broth, veggies, meats and soups to get me through the most difficult days of … Continue reading

Soy-Free Soy Sauce (GAPS-legal)

As many of you know, I’m preparing to go on the GAPS introduction diet and am currently working on prepping stock, veggies, boiled meat and soup for my freezer.  Lots of it!  I will post about it after the holiday, but wanted to share this exciting recipe I discovered last week for easy, homemade, soy-free soy sauce. Easy Soy-Free Soy Sauce 4 tsp        Lemon juice or balsamic vinegar* 1 ½ c       Homemade beef broth 2 t            Honey ¼ t           Ginger Pinch       Garlic powder Pinch       White pepper Bring all ingredients to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer until reduced by ½, … Continue reading

A Confession and Preparing for GAPS Intro

I was sincerely considering writing a full blog post confessing my failure over the weekend, but decided not to give it as much attention.  On this blog, I really want to remain positive and give encouragement to my readers, but I think it’s also important for you to know I’m only human.  I make mistakes. Great, now I have that Human League song stuck in my head. “I’m only human Of flesh and blood I’m made Human Born to make mistakes” I know what you’re thinking.  What did she do?  What could be so bad? I stumbled.  I gave in … Continue reading

Tongue-Tingling Spice Cake

I have been on the GAPS diet for just over a year, and my daughter has been on the Specific-Carbohydrate diet for just under a year.  Our family was having an open house for her college graduation, and I had to plan a few treats for our guests that both of us could eat.  One of our favorites, was my twist on a recipe in the GAPS cookbook, Internal Bliss.  I hope you enjoy this savory, warming, comfort food that tingles on your tongue. Tongue-Tingling Spice Cake 2 ½ cups        Sunflower seeds, soaked for 2 hours and wet 2 Tbsp            … Continue reading