Today we’re looking at the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 3. By this time, some deep healing is underway. Let’s find out what foods to add in next!
Before we jump in to the newest foods to introduce, let me congratulate you for making it this far! The earliest stages of the GAPS introduction diet are so important.
Your body is adjusting to this new way of eating. It’s rebuilding itself, and gentle cleansing is taking place. Opportunistic gut flora overgrowth is dying off, and new, friendly bacteria are taking their place.
You may have some days of feeling yucky as all of this is happening. As you progress, though, you should gradually feel better and better. Just remember to be patient and gentle with yourself.
GAPS diet die off symptoms
As the opportunistic gut flora overgrowth dies, you’ll probably experience some die off symptoms. These are often things like headaches, tiredness, and mental fogginess.
Try to take it easy on these days. Also, remembering that die off is a good thing! The key is to go slowly, so that you can hopefully avoid feeling yucky. If you do start to experience die off symptoms, think about slowing down the increase of fermented foods for a bit.
Taking epsom salt baths really helps to relieve the die off symptoms. Eating sulphur rich foods like cauliflower and broccoli also help give relief.
GAPS diet avocado
The first new food for the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 3 is ripe avocado. Mash the avocado and add it to bowls of soup.
Start slowly. Just do 1-3 teaspoons of avocado per day. Make sure your body is doing well with it, and then gradually increase.
GAPS diet pancakes
For me, pancakes were the first really exciting food to add! After eating soups and meats and cooked vegetables, you just start to really look forward to something that is somewhat like bread.
I have a GAPS introduction diet pancakes recipe here. It’s super easy, and so yummy!
Like with all the other additions, start slowly. Begin with one pancake a day, and increase gradually.
GAPS diet eggs
By this point, you’ve been having raw egg yolks and soft boiled eggs for a bit. Now it’s time for some more variety.
Starting preparing eggs as scrambled eggs. Cook them in plenty of animal fat, like tallow, duck fat, or ghee.
You can eat the scrambled eggs with your avocado as well, for a tasty combo.
Another great way to eat scrambled eggs is with some cooked vegetables. Cooked onion is especially gentle and soothing on the digestive system, and it is so delicious with eggs!
Cook onions and other vegetables in animal fat until their very soft, and then move them aside in the pan. Add the eggs in the pan, and serve it all together with some avocado on the side.
Sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables
At this point in the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 3, you can have fermented vegetables. Up until now, you’ve just been having the liquid.
Start with a very small amount of homemade sauerkraut. Gradually increase until you’re having 1-4 teaspoons of sauerkraut with each meal. Once this is going well, branch out to other homemade fermented vegetables.
It’s important to go very slowly with this. If you previously had trouble with diarrhea, watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t come back. Before long you’ll be moving on to stage 4, and then to stage 5, and then to stage 6! I talk about how to transition to the full GAPS diet here.
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