What is the GAPS Diet? A Comprehensive Guide

The GAPS diet theory argues that the omission of certain foods will improve gut health, which can ultimately improve some conditions of the brain, including autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.

The GAPS diet is an elimination diet that involves cutting out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates.

In this phase, grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates are eliminated, and broths, stews, and probiotic foods make up much of a person’s eating patterns.

1. Introduction phase: The GAPS diet

During this part of the diet, people are advised to base the majority of their eating patterns on the following foods: – Fresh meat, preferably hormone-free and grass-fed – Animal fats, such as lard, tallow, lamb fat, duck fat, raw butter, and ghee – Fish – Shellfish – Organic eggs – Fermented foods, such as kefir, homemade yogurt and sauerkraut – Vegetables – Moderate amounts of nuts – GAPS-recipe baked goods made with nut flours

2. Maintenance phase: The full GAPS diet

– Do not eat meat and fruit together. – Use organic foods whenever possible. – Eat animal fats, coconut oil, or cold-pressed olive oil at every meal. – Consume bone broth with every meal. – Consume large amounts of fermented foods, if you can tolerate them. – Avoid packaged and canned foods.

Additional recommendations while following the GAPS diet include:

The diet doesn’t detail the order of reintroduction or the exact foods you should reintroduce. However, it states that you should start with potatoes and fermented, gluten-free grains.

3. Reintroduction phase: Transitioning away from GAPS