Doing GAPS is not easy, everyone needs assistance. The premise of the GAPS Protocol is eating inflammation reducing foods, according to the body’s needs, opening up the detox pathways, while rebuilding the microbiome. For most some it takes years. All foods should be organic.
An alphabetical list:
almond butter (all nut butters are approved, raw organic nuts are best. Roasted nuts are not approved due to questionable processing practices).
almond milk (without carrageenan, only home made is compliant)
apple cider (Compliant if fresh pressed from a juicer and consumed within 30 minutes of juicing).
cheddar cheese (good quality in block form)
chicken (free ranging, not soy fed, NO injected solutions)
chicken meat stock made from carcass and meat
club soda (with clean ingredients)
dates (in moderation- NOT date sugar, medjool dates are optimal)
extracts (vanilla, lemon, etc)
figs (in moderation)
fish (wild caught)
fruit (eaten separate from other foods, on an empty stomach, the lower the sugar content the better)
juice (juiced from your juicer)
lard (from pastured pork)
lemon juice (without sodium benzoate, optimally from organic lemons)
meat (optimally, pastured meat which is not processed – preferably grass fed, grass finished. All meats are GAPS compliant)
navy beans (properly prepared by soaking in apple cider vinegar for 24)
nut butters (almond, peanut, sunflower, cashew, etc)
olives (all kinds)
peanut butter (store bought brand ingredient list should read: peanuts, salt)
sour cream (home brewed)
spices (be sure there is no fillers like wheat, sodium ferrocyanide, yellow prussiate of soda, or any other anit-caking or free-flowing agents)
stevia (only green unprocessed stevia is GAPS compliant)
tallow (from grass fed beef)
tea, herbal (loose-leaf is optimal, bagged teas should not be used if they contain natural flavors, stevia or other added ingredients)
turkey (not processed)
vegetables (starches and GMO items are not beneficial to a damaged gut. This includes no: potato, sweet potato, corn, soy or parsnips. All other vegetables are GAPS approved)
yogurt (full fat, made at home from a quality starter yogurt from the store)
In a nutshell if God made it, we can eat it; if man altered it, we can’t. If it was made in a plant, don’t touch it but if it was grown on a plant, eat it! Think of products grown in nature and keep the end-product visibly viable to that original. Consider vegetable oil. If you took a basket of vegetables and squeezed out juice you wouldn’t get vegetable oil. The processing has changed the molecular structure of the food. If it’s not food, don’t put it in your mouth. Butter, on the other hand, comes from cream and is stirred until it forms butter. Eat butter, not vegetable oil.
For this reason we do not touch stevia.
Food preparation is hard and it takes a lot of work on your part. Some days I spend the great portion of my day in the kitchen. However, your family will be healthier and most importantly things like ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, chrones, flatulance, eruptations will all disappear. Mental disorders are on the rise. Child behavior problems are on the rise. Processed food has directly risen with the rise of disease.
If it’s not food, don’t’ put it in your mouth.
*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.
“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.
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