THE GAPS DIET
Natural Digestive Healing
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Helpful (Non-essential) Beginning Supplies
WHERE TO BEGIN
Read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. It is very important to fully understand the GAPS Diet before you start. Starting the diet incorrectly may lead to unnecessary diarrhea, constipation, severe die-off symptoms, and hunger pains.
Be Patient! Please remember that this is going to be a slow process. You should not do the GAPS Diet unless you are willing to fully commit to doing it properly and are willing to stick it out for 2 years if necessary. While some people notice immediate improvements, all progress will be very individual.
Start Slow. Depending on your current diet and digestive health, transitioning to the GAPS Diet may be a dramatic change. The Introduction Diet will be a necessary first step for those with serious digestive problems and food intolerances.
Be Prepared. It may be beneficial to do a few trial runs before going into the Full GAPS Diet or Introduction Diet. Try making sauerkraut or fermented vegetables and meat or fish stocks. Once you have a good handle on these recipes, all other GAPS foods should seem relatively easy.
Once you are ready to start, we recommend starting with the Introduction Diet to allow your body to adjust to the changes gradually. If you do not have serious digestive problems or food intolerances, you should be able to move through the Introduction Diet in a matter of days.