Monday, September 21, 2009

GAPS Diet: Day 3 & 4

Today (Day 4) was easier. Partly because its Monday and I'm busier than we were over the weekend so my mind isn't as filled with food fantasies. It was also easier because my cravings seem to be lessening. I made a better soup yesterday, I ate the whole thing; probably 7 bowls. I was really hungry. I'm still experiencing symptoms so I did more research and realized I wasn't following the into diet completely correctly. I need to start with a bone stock base and add one vegetable at a time.

The following vegetables are the easiest to digest and where I'll start. If anyone has any soup recipes you like or think I could adjust, please pass them on.
Artichoke, French
Bok Choy
Brussels sprouts
Collard greens
Ginger root, fresh
Mushrooms (some say folks with candida overgrowth should avoid)
Peppers (green, yellow, red, and orange)
Squash, Spaghetti
String beans
Turnips (caution re: fibre)

I made this soup today. It turned out pretty good, I used too much salt and like most of my soups its too thin. I copied it from the blog Thinking Outside the Box

Broccoli and Garlic Soup – simple but tasty soups for GAPS Intro

  • broccoli (1 lb / 450g)
  • broth (1 litre)
  • garlic (3 large cloves)
  • onions (2 medium size)
  • salt (3/4 tsp or to taste)
  • freshly ground peppercorns (3/4 tsp or to taste – pretty finely ground)

Wash the broccoli and cut into florets. Later, on GAPS intro, I also used the peeled, chopped stalk, but not early on. Peel the garlic cloves and peel and chop the onion coarsely. Place them all in a pan. Sprinkle over the salt and the freshly ground (this REALLY makes a difference!) peppercorns.

Add the broth and bring to simmering point. Put a lid on and simmer gently for about 25 minutes. Blend, dust with ground pepper and serve.

Alternatively you can add the garlic at the end of simmering and bring back to the boil briefly before blending. This method increases the health benefits from the garlic but I prefer the flavor when the garlic is included from the start of cooking.

1 comment:

  1. so the GAPS diet is to start balancing the flora in your tummy & intestines, then you can start adding some other things after you do the intro? or are you on soup the rest of your life? i hope it starts to settle your symptoms quickly!