How to Make GAPS Yogurt in 30 Minutes – A Pictorial

I’ll admit it….  I’m lazy. Or maybe I’m efficient! Truth be told, I don’t like standing around and waiting.  It wears me out…  😉 I started making GAPS yogurt about 4 years ago when I started the full GAPS diet.  At that time, there were only a few people sharing how to make yogurt online.  They all took way too long for me. I wanted to get ‘er done with very little standing around. Over the next few weeks, I tested lots of different methods and all kinds of different yogurts. Here’s the method I like the most, and the … Continue reading

I’m Still Here!

Wow! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve blogged. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m still alive. 😀 Here’s What I’ve Been Doing We took a trip to Northern California to visit family and do the touristy thing in San Francisco. We all had a great time! I made applesauce and cider from about 50 lbs of the 100 lbs of apples I picked in the fall.  The rest of them are in cold storage and I plan on making more applesauce very soon. My husband built me 6 more garden boxes for next … Continue reading

Week 11 on GAPS Intro – Last Post of the Series

If you’ve been following my recent GAPS adventures, you know I’ve been on the Introduction diet for about 2 1/2 months to heal from Fibromyalgia.  It has been quite a roller coaster ride, but finally leveled off for the last couple weeks with little to no digestive issues or symptoms. I have successfully been able to eat raw vegetables despite my bad reaction to lettuce towards the end of week 9 and have also added small bits of raw fruit with no upset.  Since there is very little to write about as I finish up Intro and transition back to … Continue reading

Weeks 9 & 10 on GAPS Intro – Life Happens

In the middle of week 9 of the GAPS Intro diet, I moved on to stage 5. The first food I introduced was two teaspoons of stewed apple mashed with ghee. It was yummy and tasted a little like apple pie without the spices. I did not experience any symptoms. Yay! The following day I took three teaspoons and still had no symptoms, so I’m guessing I’m okay with applesauce.  That is good news because last Thursday my daughter and I picked 100 lbs of unsprayed apples.  I think I’ll be busy for awhile! Next I tried some soft lettuce. … Continue reading

Weeks 6 and 7 on GAPS Intro – Old Habits Die Hard

I’m sorry my GAPS update is so late, but life has been a little crazy around here.  Besides doing the Intro diet, I’ve been harvesting vegetables, foraging for wild blackberries, pickling cucumbers, working on tearing out the rest of my flowerbed downstairs to add a couple more garden boxes for the winter garden and catching up with friends from out of town.  Thanks for your patience! The last two weeks on the GAPS Intro diet have been going fairly well with one hiccup a week ago Tuesday evening. I had a severe, but short, case of diarrhea.  I am not … Continue reading

Week 4 & 5 on GAPS Intro – Slow Going

Not much happened during week 4 of doing the GAPS Intro diet so I decided to combine weeks 4 and 5 for this post.  I was having some constipation, and Dr. Campbell-McBride says to wait to move to the next stage until all digestive issues have cleared. As mentioned in previous posts, my right ear gets plugged occasionally.  At first I did not know what it was, but now think it might be dairy.  I did the sensitivity test for raw milk on my wrist several months ago that showed I was not allergic to dairy, but I have not … 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

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

The GAPS Diet and How I’m Healing

About a year ago, I was browsing Facebook and a dear friend, whose opinion I hold in high regard, posted an article about a book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD.  Another friend, whose opinion I also respect, commented about how much she wanted to start this diet because of her many allergies. I was intrigued because I had just discovered that I had several food allergies.  My health has not been good since college when I caught Epstein Barr virus, which manifested as Mononucleosis and evolved into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After this, my immune system was never … Continue reading