The GAPS Intro Diet – 2 Week Update

I have officially been on the GAPS Intro Diet for 2 weeks and one day. Whew!!!! What a journey thus far. The GAPS Intro is hardcore. I thought that I was mentally prepared for the rigors of such a huge detoxification but this completely knocked me for a loop. However, it is completely worth it.

As of this posting, I am only on Stage 2 (out of 6). This has been slow going for several reasons. First, I seem to have a lot of gut issues despite the fact that I thought that I been eating quite well by following a traditional diet. As it turns out, I am gluten intolerant and this has probably caused some damage over the years. In addition, I was a vegetarian for almost 15 years and did not exactly reintroduce red meat slowly. This could have shocked my system a tad. Beyond that, I am also dealing with a recent diagnosis of Celiac SPrue – AKA gluten intolerance AND Ulcerative Colitis (and still waiting for some additional test results).  So yeah, this Intro will take me some TIME! However, I am still standing and things are progressing.

For those of you who are not familiar with GAPS, take a moment to read this post to learn a tad more. Essentially, I am eating ONLY the following at this point:

  • Boiled meats, poultry and fish
  • Bone broth (beef, chicken, or lamb)
  • Homemade soups from bone broth base (primarily leak and onion, butternut squash, and zucchini)
  • Boiled veggies limited to cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, acorn squash, kabucha squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, crookneck squash, leeks, onions, and carrots
  • Egg yolk
  • Ghee
  • Juice from fermented veggies (although I am about to actually eat a little of the veggie itself)
  • Mint infused water
  • Coconut water
  • Chamomile Tea

Let me share a few tid bits with you about this journey thus far.

First, I took 5 hours on ONE day and did ALL of my prep. I made 3 crockpots of broth, peeled and rough cut 10 butternut squashes, cut up 15 summer squash, cut up 8 leeks, cut up 3 heads of cauliflower and 2 heads of broccoli, made sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles, AND separated out individual portions of meat, made burger patties, etc… I froze a lot of this so I would have it on hand. The next day, I made two crock pots of soup with the broth (keeping one pot of broth). I have continued to make something in the crock pot almost every day. I usually make bone broth every other day since I am going through it like mad and I make soup every three days or so.

Let me preface this by telling you that I am a FOOD LOVER. I EAT! A LOT! ALL. DAY. LONG. Sooooooo…the idea of limiting myself to these foods seems a little ridiculous. I can pack it away! I was not sure how this would all go but knew that I needed to commit. So I did.

Days 1-3 SUCKED in a really big way. I had a monstrous headache, I had NOOOOO energy, I felt a little light headed, and I was grumpy. Surprisingly, I wasn’t that hungry. I was drinking broth and eating soup with every meal and in between meals. The Butternut squash was pretty filling and eating meat with each meal actually kept me quite satiated. I was hungry for sure but I was able to keep the tummy rumbles to a minimum. The headache though…GOOD NIGHT IRENE! I have never experienced something like that before. And the fatigue!!!!! Wow. I tried to walk Tiny to the park and about passed out after two blocks. I can walk forever so this threw me for a loop!

By Day 4, the headache was gone but my energy did not ramp back up until about Day 7. I am still not firing on all cylinders but the mental fog and grumpiness are dissipating. The foods were still keeping me satisfied and I am actually really loving the ease of boiling everything. Seriously. No mess really. The hardest part is cooking different meals for RastaDaddy. Those good smells do get to me a little.

As of today I have not cheated at all. I am definitely looking forward to moving on to Stage 3 where I will add in avocado and squash/almond butter/ egg pancakes. I will be ALL OVER THOSE!

I am not experiencing much die off anymore although as my system detoxes I am noticing that I smell odd. I do not stink per say but I don’t smell like myself. I think my breastmilk flavor has changed as well. Tiny keeps asking for water afterwards or tells me “eeew.” Yet, she keeps plugging away! 😉

So what questions do you have for me? I am happy to answer anything you might like to know about my experience this far as well as what lies ahead.

Stay tuned for a great giveaway next week! My saving grace throughout this journey has been an Ebook from Cara over at Health, Home, and Happiness titled What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Intro. This book was the game changer for me. You will want to win it or buy it if you are embarking upon the GAPS journey. Seriously. More info to come….

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  1. says

    You are amazing mama! Our first two weeks were so similar (and it was surprising how little actual work it was once you got all the prep work out of the way). That headache and fatigue though…the worst!

    Here’s my tip for your readers – don’t start the GAPS intro two weeks before your family goes on vacation where they will be making s’mores! I think I pretty much knocked out all my hard work…but thankfully life does have do-overs.

    Hope you enjoy your avocado – it will taste amazing!! :) Looking forward to hearing more about your experience…

  2. says

    This is exactly the post I needed. Two years ago my husband got diagnosed with celiac sprue. It has changed his life to remove gluten, but he still has so many gut issues we have been working up to doing the GAPS diet. We were supposed to do it this summer but our son was born at the end of June and we lost all motivation to do it (for him). He is a professor and beginning his year soon, and I think it will be too much to do during his year, so I am bummed we won’t be able to really accomplish the intro diet until his winter break. However, this gives me a really good idea on the prep that goes into it. How hard were the sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles to make? I need to attempt that!

  3. says

    Aimee – making fermented foods such as pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut is super easy!!! If you get started now, you willbe a pro within a couple of months. Check my blog this Thursday for the GAPS giveaway. You will want that book. It has the BEST recipes for the ferments!!!!

  4. says

    My question is about breastfeeding. Pistachio is only 5 months so do you think it’s a good idea for me right now?or should I wait for when she starts eating solids so she’s getting everything she needs from me? Also, is Tiny doing this? You mentioned RastaDaddy is not, if so, how has it been for her.
    Do you think this will help with sleep issues? Hubby has always had them Peanut stopped napping around 15 months andPistachio can’t seem to get a consistent sch down. Some days she’s in her crib just fine for a 2 hour nap, some days like today, I HAVEto wear her or she only sleeps 45 mins.
    Ummm, that’s it for now.

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