What I ate on GAPS Stage 1


Eating whatever real food I wanted whenever I wanted it for the last year was pretty great. Butter, cream, meat, fruit, veggies, and even SUGARS. YUM!! My body was happy with me and my autoimmune pain decreased a LOT. And then I decided to obliterate it by going GAPS on it.

The GAPS diet is specifically set up to give your digestive system a gentle break from its hard work to let it recover and repair damage to the gut lining and replenish good bacteria.

It is VERY restrictive for the first few stages. VERY. Goodbye butter. Goodbye cream. Goodbye everything else – except bone broth, boiled meat and boiled vegetables. Yeah. That’s pretty much it. So…what do you eat for breakfast? Broth and vegetables. What to you eat for lunch? Broth and meat and vegetables. And for dinner? Yep…you guessed it. Broth and boiled meat and vegetables.

You can try to make it more interesting, but it’s still boiled. There’s a great book on what to eat for the first 30 days HERE.

Here’s what I did to get through it with a bit of flavor.

Day 1
Room temp water w/ lemon (although the lemon might be just for FULL gaps, not Intro)
Beef bone broth
carrots in beef bone broth


Beef Pot Roast (boiled, not roasted)
Cup o’ broth


Pureed Soup w/bone broth, carrots, cauliflower and chicken

Day 2
Carrots, cauliflower, pot roast in broth (exciting, I know)

Creamed cauliflower soup with meatballs (pretty good actually)

Spaghetti squash with boiled broccoli, chicken, chicken broth (w/ garlic and onions)

Day 3
Meatballs and zucchini in beef broth

Ground beef and spinach in beef broth

Chicken Soup

And there you have it. Super exciting meals. And how did it go?

Not too bad, really. I had headaches for the first 4 days. My husband had nothing. As usual. The food was decent and didn’t really feel like a diet because there was so much fat in it. My bloated tummy went down pretty quick and I lost 7lbs in 3 days. I will say that I was glad to move to stage 2. Even of the only things we got to add were pickles and casseroles (same stuff, but baked with broth instead of boiled).

Check out the next stage here.

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