If you’re interested in starting the GAPS diet and going through Intro, you’re gonna want to read this! We’re having a giveaway of the What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Intro Handbook from Cara of Health, Home, and Happiness.
First though, I gotta tell you about how much I love this little book!
When you look at the section about Intro on the GAPS site, or even in the GAPS book itself, there’s this long and intimidating list of “stages” for Intro, the first few with very short lists of foods you’re allowed to eat. Stage 1 for example, says you can only eat boiled meats, stock, tallow, and boiled veggies — limited to squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, and leeks.
Uh… excuse me?
How are you supposed to come up with meals for several days (sometimes a week or longer!) on nothing but that? Wouldn’t that be horribly monotonous?
The other stages weren’t much better. How was I supposed to introduce those new foods one-by-one? And how long should I really expect to take to go through this?
This was what I was thinking before I came across Cara’s book. I really wanted to do GAPS, and do it right — which means not skipping this Intro part. But I just didn’t know how I was going to make that work. I’m really not very good at coming up with my own recipes, and with such limited things to work with, I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. I also just didn’t feel confident in knowing when and how to move from stage to stage. It seemed confusing and overwhelming to me.
But when I got What Can I Eat Now? I breathed a sigh of relief. Everything is planned out for you! Most people are able to go through each of the 6 stages in about 5 days, so the book is laid out, as you may have guessed by the title, into a 30 day guide.
Each of the 30 days in the book comes with recipes fit for that stage — and is careful to only introduce one new food at a time when graduating to further stages. There are reminders on every day’s page for what you need to make sure you’re including — whether that’s broth with every meal, an egg yolk mixed into your soup, or sauerkraut juice and ferments to be taken daily.
And the recipes manage to be quite varied — even at the earliest stages when choices are so limited. Simmered Chicken and Acorn Squash, Beef and Broccoli Soup, Creamy Cauliflower, Onion Leek Soup — doesn’t that sound good? And that’s all from Stage 1, the hardest and most restricted stage!
The book has more than just recipes and meal plans, though — there’s a great section detailing what you need to do in preparation for Intro, from two weeks beforehand when you should be reading recommended sections from the GAPS book, to a few days before when you should start making your Intro-legal ferments, plus recipes for them.
It even has helpful tips for explaining to others why you’re on this crazy diet, ways to detoxify your personal care routine, what you need to know to avoid dipping into low-carb-induced ketosis, what signs to look out for to know you’re having a negative reaction to a new food, and how to move onto the next stage. These are just a few of the sections in the handbook aside from the 30 day steps. Everything you really need to know is covered!
As you probably know, I’m almost midway through GAPS Intro myself. What Can I Eat Now? has become my little Intro “bible.” I have it saved to my phone for easy reference, and I probably look at the thing at least ten times a day. Sometimes to see what I should cook that day, sometimes to see what I need to go grocery shopping for, and a lot of times just to look ahead and see how many more days until I can eat certain foods. (T-4 more days ’til nut flour bread!)
I’m pretty much sticking to the suggested recipes for each day, and it’s going really well. It’s so nice to have everything laid out for you so you don’t have to think about what to make with the limited amount of ingredients you’re able to use. I’m actually kinda not looking forward to having to do my own meal planning again — ha!
I can’t recommend this book more highly for anyone wanting to give GAPS Intro a try. I really don’t know how I would have managed to go through Intro this far without it. It’s so easy to follow, and I can trust that all the information is just what I need to get through the diet successfully. Cara has used GAPS to heal various health struggles in her family, and I feel so lucky to have her expertise on hand!
The book has even been approved by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride herself, creator of GAPS and author of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book. She actually gets a royalty from each sale, which she in turn takes and donates to the Weston A. Price Foundation.
What Can I Eat Now? retails for $30, and is on sale for $20 right now.
But, you can try to win your own copy right here!
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