Mind the Gaps Diet
Our site aims to give support/information for those on or considering the GAPS diet, or wishing to improve their health through a traditional diet. All the recipes are:
Grain-free and Refined sugar free
Straight forward English Food!
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You have made the brave decision to do the GAPS diet. You have studied the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride. Now it is time it put it into practice. However, doing the GAPS diet is no mean feat.
The Gaps diet requires determination. It requires many new skills. It requires patience.
And so, as well as hopefully bringing healing to your body, it will take you on an adventure you will never forget. You will learn to do many things that you have never even considered doing - let about knowing were there to be done! It requires a fair bit of pluck, but most probably, like many of us, you have been driven to it by a pressing health need. This is the motivation you will need to get you through the next few weeks.
Before you start
If you have time, it is best if you can read as much as you can about the GAPs diet, as well as becoming as poficient as you can with the new cooking/food preparation techniques. Here are some ideas for reading:
The GAPS guide by Baden Lashkov.
For me, next to the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book, this is a must have. I wish I had had it earlier on in our GAPS journey. It answers so many of the little questions that inevitably will arise as soon as you start the diet, and takes away so much of the mystery and anxiety. This is now my go-to companion. There are no recipes in this book - just much handy advice.
GAPS, Stage by Stage with Recipes by Becky Plotner
The author is an experienced GAPs practitioner and again answers many questions - this time with cooking help too.
These two authors share their experiences of the GAPS diet along with some helpful cooking tips and recipes. I haven't used all of the recipes, but many gave me inspiration by giving me ideas of what could be done.
Here are some helpful websites too with general GAPS help:
Health Home and Happiness
Body Wisdom Nutrition
GAPS cooking techniques
As well as the books above and other such ones, there is plenty of help on the web to get you up and running with cooking skills. The two main skills are making bone and meat broth and learning to ferment dairy and vegetables. Believe me - at first these seem to take so much time - but you will soon be doing them without thinking!
Here are some of my favourite sites:
Health Home and Happiness
Milk Kefir and sour cream
GAPS cooking equipment
There are so many gadgets about to fill our kitchens with - and you know, most of them end up unused at the bottom of the cupboard. They take too much time to set up, and then wash afterwards, that I end up not using them. However, there are some that I use all the time and couldn't be without while cooking GAPS diet food. Here they are!
A slow cooker is a must for volumes of meat and bone broth. It seems to be on all the time! Get as big a one as you have room for and fill it up each time. I have two - a 5 litre one for everyday use and a 3.5 litre one to take away on holiday.
My cast iron frying pan is great for those early intro stage, squash pancakes, progressing on up to breakfast waffles on full GAPS.
My mini food processor is my third most used item of kitchen equipment. I can use it to make delicious coconut flour cakes - whizzed up in a jiffy, or coconut flour pastry, for quiches or pies.
My hand blender never gets put away as it always being used - mainly for blending soups, but also for mixing banana pancakes for breakfast and making avacado chocolate pudding (which I have to confess becomes more of an everyday staple, rather than a treat!)
So that's my list! With these books and information I feel more confident and with these items of equipment I can easily knock up GAPS legal meals in a jiffy!
I wish you well on your GAPS journey!
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Welcome to Mind the GAPS!
Here you will find not only a record of our GAPS diet journey, with helpful hints and tips, but also mouthwatering, simple, adaptable, recipes for feeding a growing family without spending all day in the kitchen! Please stay and browse.