Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What do you eat?

Everyone is always asking me what we can eat or if they would like to make us something "what can't we eat?" The main idea of the GAPS diet is to eat lots of vegetables, meat, eggs, fruit(in moderation), and nuts (soaked first) and avoid all grains, sugar, soy, and starches(potatoes, corn, rice). We avoid dairy though many people on GAPS can do dairy.

Here is the list of what is currently "safe" for our tummies:

Updated 1/11/11
  • Eggs (preferably organic, pastured but I'm not so picky anymore)
  • Any meat cooked any way(preferably organic, pastured but again I'm not picky)
  • Seafood (cooked any way, including canned fish as long as packed in water) Gray is allergic to crab
  • Nut Butters (preferably from raw organic nuts, soaked first, then ground into butter)(we use Trader Joe's Raw Almond Butter) Gray and Annabelle are allergic to peanuts
  • Fermented Vegetables (pickles, pickled beets, saurkraut, etc)(made without vinegar)
  • Ghee (clarified butter), lard, tallow, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil
  • Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar
  • Weak coffee, weak herbal tea
  • Occasionally dry wine, gin and scotch
  • All spices and herbs Gray and Annabelle are allergic to garlic.
  • Limited Honey
  • White Navy Beans (soaked first), Lentils
  • Fruit (we try to limit the kids fruit to 1-2 a day)
all fruit except cantaloupe, melon, and plum
  • Most non-starchy vegetables: The highlighted vegetables are for sure safe. The others have not been tested. We can handle them raw or cooked (grilled, sauteed, baked, broiled, steamed, boiled---its all okay now).
Artichoke, French
Avocados, including avocado oil
Bok Choy
Brussels sprouts
Collard greens
Garlic (NO garlic for Grayson or Annabelle) (the rest of us do fine)
Ginger root, fresh
Lettuce, all kinds
Olives preserved without sugar or any other non-
allowed ingredients
Peppers (yellow, red, and orange)
Pickles, without sugar or any other non-allowed ingredients
Squash (summer and winter)
String (green) beans
Tomato puree, pure without any additives apart from salt
Tomato juice, without any additives apart from salt

Here are the highlights of what is not on this protocol:
  • No dairy
  • No grains
  • No starches (potatoes, rice, parsnips, etc.)
  • No sugar (no agave nectar, or other natural sugar) We cheat and have Stevia


  1. I tried your kale chips recipe tonight, Kim, and they were GOOD! From Kim W.

  2. Hi Kim. My name is Jessica and your blog is a God send, seriously. I've also been dealing with numerous health issues for several years (multiple GI issues, candida, food intolerances, & chemical sensitivities to name a few). Our first child, now 16 months, is beginning to show signs of the same problems (multiple food intolerances, candida). I've been under the care of naturopaths for over 6 years now, which has pointed me in the right direction, but there are definitely no quick fixes! I'm seeing the importance of being your own health advocate and being prepared for the long haul (2 years!). I researched the GAPS diet a couple months ago and ordered all the books--not something I'd normally do. I could hardly put the books down, as I just resonated with all of it. I tried starting it a couple of times and got off track after 4-5 days. I commend you for sticking to it. I would get off track because of some reaction I'd have to a food and the subsequent discouragement and self-pity ("I can't eat anything!!!"). Each time, though, I learn something new. My symptoms have been awful this past week, and I'm just so tired of feeling this way. Sooooo, we're ready to get on the wagon again. My dear husband is so supportive, and surprisingly motivating this time around--he's actually at the meat market for me right now, picking up bones. One thing I continue to go back to is "I wish I knew someone who understood". Well, I don't know you, but I appreciate your transparency on your blog and sharing your ups and downs through this process. It's not polished and not always pretty, but it's worth it for our health, families, and ultimately for the glory of God. Thanks for listening. I'm sure I'll be back often. Jessica,

  3. I, too, am so excited to find your blog. My family (except hubby) have been on full GAPS since August. We are looking to start Intro in January and I am so inspired by your journey. It is a God-send to have your recipes to help me with our start on Intro. I am nervous and excited, but know God will guide us all the way!

  4. oh have learned so much about what you and your babies can tolerate. i'm sure it is often discouraging, but persevere! you are lovely. and your babies are you blessed to have you as their advocate in this way!

  5. As I was reading your list, I noticed a few things that anyone with GI issues needs to be aware of: the white or distilled vinegar - it is made from GMO corn. I would also caution against prewashed produce since it contains citric acid made from GMO corn. Also, buy only organic peppers, apples or cucumbers, citrus to avoid GMO corn wax. Good luck with the diet, it has helped us.