You’re in the home stretch! In the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 5, you get to add fruit, as well as some other tasty, fresh foods.
Give yourself a high five! You have accomplished so much healing by now. Getting this far in the GAPS introduction diet is a huge accomplishment.
In stage 5, you get to add some foods that you haven’t had for a while. Cooked apple and raw vegetables are such a welcome change at this point! Let’s take a look at all the foods to add this stage.
Cooked apple for the GAPS diet
You’ve gone without fruit all this time, and now you get to add it back! Go ahead and have a mini celebration. The fruit you get to start with is cooked apple.
You can make the cooked apple as applesauce, or cooked apple chunks. I have a recipe for GAPS diet applesauce, which you can check out here. That recipe is perfect for this stage.
Start with just a few spoonfuls of the cooked apple for the first day. Make sure to add ghee or another animal fat to the warm cooked apples or applesauce. The fat is important because it helps to balance blood sugar, and helps your body to assimilate and use the nutrients better.
Watch carefully for any reactions after you add the apples. It’s especially important to go slowly with this stage. So far you’ve been having only savory foods.
If your body isn’t ready, the addition of something sweet could bring back some old symptoms. Remembering to include that animals will help lessen the chance of this, though.
If everything seems to be okay, great! Very, very slowly, gradually increase. In general, though don’t go crazy with fruit. The entire time your’e on the GAPS diet, you want the majority of your diet to be savory foods. Keep fruit to a lesser amount, and save it for snacks and desserts.
GAPS diet raw vegetables
After eating so many cooked foods, raw vegetables are really nice and refreshing to add. Start with very soft lettuce, and peeled cucumber. Start with a small amount, and watch carefully for any digestive upset, especially if you had been struggling with diarrhea.
If everything seems okay, gradually increase. After this you can add other raw vegetables from the GAPS diet allowed foods list. Now you can have fresh salads with your meals!
Chew everything really well. Keep watching to make sure you’re not overdoing the raw vegetables. Make sure diarrhea doesn’t return.
Juicing for the GAPS diet
You’ve been having juices made from raw vegetables. Now you get to add fruit to the raw juices! I think this makes the fresh juices even more tasty.
Try apple, pineapple, and mango. Avoid juicing citrus fruits for now.
Again, go slowly. Try to keep most of the juicing ingredients to vegetables, and add some fruit. As with adding the cooked apple, watch your body carefully.
Look for any signs that might mean your body isn’t ready for the added sweetness from the fruit juices, such as skin rashes or eczema flaring up. If you see anything like that, remove the fruit and go back to just vegetables. After a few weeks, try again, making sure to go slowly.
GAPS introduction diet food list
Make sure you’re continuing with all of the previous foods. Especially make sure you’re including lots of meat stock. Have meat stock with every meal, and drink it in between meals.
Remember, having lots of meat stock and plenty of animal fats will ensure that you’re healing the most quickly.
Also remember to have fermented foods with every meal. You want to be replenishing that friendly bacteria!
Check out my guide to stage 6 of the GAPS introduction diet here. I talk about how to transition to the full GAPS diet here.
GAPS DIET INTRODUCTION PHASE STAGE 5 VIDEO
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