GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
The GAPS diet differs from the SCD diet because it
does not allow dairy products, honey, gelatin or store bought
fruit juice. GAPS also allows vegetables in soups. The GAPS
diet has stages in an introductory diet that should be followed before moving into the full GAPS diet. It depends on
the severity of the condition of the GI (gastro Intestinal) tract how fast or slow
a person can move through the stages.
The following is a simple overview of the allowed foods
at each of the stages. At each stage one can use all the foods
from previous stages.
Stock or bone broth
For more resources on GAPS you can go to the following
websites: gutandpsychologysyndrome.com (Introductory Diet)
gaps.me, gapsguide.com and gapsdiet.com
Raw egg yolks and the whole soft boiled eggs
if experiencing constipation drink carrot juice with cod liver oil
Fried or scrambled eggs
Fresh vegetable juice
Nut flour bread
Cooked apple puree
Fresh fruit juice (no citrus)
Raw peeled apple, gradually other fruits
Typically you spend 1-2 days to a full week on each stage.
People with severe gut problems might need up to 7
weeks on each stage. It is best not to skip the stages, as
this program helps to heal the gut, making it possible to digest
and absorb other foods without problems.
If you do go directly to the full GAPS diet, remember that about 85% of
everything you eat should be meats, fish, eggs, fermented
dairy and vegetables (some well-cooked, some fermented
and some raw).
Homemade meat stock, soups, stews and
natural fats are not optional — they should be dietary staples. Fermented vegetables are also an important part of this
GAPS diet, as fermenting eliminates the oligosaccharide
that feed intestinal bacteria.
You can also check out the following books:
GAPS by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Gaps Guide by Baden Lashkov.