I have made it to GAPS Diet Day 7, which means it can technically be time to begin the full GAPS diet.

The GAPS Intro was hard, and I only stayed on it for 4 days.

For me that was enough because my gut has already healed to a point where I don’t need to limit things as much as some might. Even in 2009, by day 4 or 5 I was on the full GAPS Diet and thriving. (Note: on Day 4 in 2009 I even was having 2 oz. of red wine each night. I am not doing alcohol this time.)

GAPS Diet Week 1

This first week was hard, but necessary. Days 3 and 4 I felt a little blah, like something wasn’t working, even though on Day 3, my PD seemed to be going away.

The PD has not gone away, but the bloat has. I’m much more confident now with the direction my gut is headed, though still unsure about the PD.

I’m craving all the things less, even cup-after-cup of coffee (I didn’t say the JOYS they bring me, just the caffeine part!), but I still feel like a semi-crazy woman.

I always have a hard time wrapping my hands around,

Why do I have to do this when I eat 99% clean 100% of the time?!

The answer:

Clean is subjective. 

I don’t always have to like it, but somehow I love and appreciate it. <<<—– WEIRD. Totally weird.

Full GAPS Diet: What I’m currently eating after week 1

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So here is what I am currently eating on the full GAPS diet. I don’t eat all  of these everyday, but these are all the things I’ve eaten.

  • Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
  • Duck Bone Broth, homemade
  • Homemade Beef Bone Broth
  • slow-cooked chicken
  • ground turkey
  • Bubbies Sauerkraut
  • coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coffee with coconut milk
  • lemon
  • wild salmon
  • full-fat coconut milk
  • wild cod
  • coconut butter (Manna)
  • chicken liver (always Organic!) via a “Nutrient Dense Bowl ‘O Goodness” I make
  • cucumber (de-seeded and de-skinned)
  • spinach
  • blueberries
  • banana (super ripe)
  • pluot

Finally, I am developing a birthday cupcake recipe for a client.

Round 1 of the experiment I left off all eggs. The problem with that was that they crumbled a bit too much. Coconut Flour really does require eggs. Round 2 will use eggs, and I won’t try that version (not yet anyways for me on the eggs). But, I did taste Round 1. The taste was awesome!

Ingredients: coconut flour, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, chia seed, banana, coconut oil, baking soda and sea salt.

{The GAPS Diet book does not address coconut sugar or chia seeds directly. Dr. Natasha addresses chia seeds HERE, and based on that, chia seed is perfectly fine for me (I don’t have now, nor have I ever had the Inflammatory Bowl Disease which presents with diarrhea symptoms).

On the same page, she also addressed coconut sugar mentioning that it is not allowed because, “It is a processed product, though it started as something natural.” She and I are going to have to “agree to disagree” on this one. I have just 2 sources of coconut sugar – both of which are supreme quality and minimally (if at all) processed.

Coconut sugar works for me in small quantities – it always has.}

Supplements I Took

All supplements can be found HERE.

  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Enzymes
  • HCL
  • moringa
  • Collagen
  • Vitamin C

The real reason I moved to the Full GAPS Diet is twofold:

  1. I wasn’t going to the bathroom like I should – like at all. That’s not normal. I definitely needed to add some things in to keep the ‘ole system moving.
  2. The Full GAPS Diet is still hard, and I feel like if my face is going to heal from GAPS, it would do so on the full diet, too.

3 Main Things I’m Adding in During Week 2

  • zucchini
  • additional fermented vegetables with juice (I pick them up this Thursday)
  • egg yolk

I am food journaling daily, and I continue to learn more and more about myself, what I need, what I don’t need and how the body actually heals.


p.s. Grab the full GAPS Diet HERE via Dr. Natasha’s book.


GAPS Diet Week 1 via www.agutsygirl.com #guthealing #ibs #ibd

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