GAPS Diet: Day Seven

by Ann Marie Michaels on May 3, 2008

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Here’s what we’ve eaten for dinner the past few nights:

Friday: Taco Meat (ground beef with Mexican seasoning, i.e. cumin, chili powder, etc.) on Lettuce Leaves with Avocado and a bowl of Chicken Broth

Thursday: Carrot Ginger Soup, Sausages, Sauerkraut — where to buy sauerkraut

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes in Lettuce Wraps with a bowl of Chicken Broth — click here for my homemade chicken stock recipe

Tuesday: Roast Chicken, Green Salad, and a bowl of Chicken Brothchili powder

I’m racking my brain trying to think of dinner ideas for this week. It’s not so easy cooking with no dairy and no grains. I have some shrimp in the freezer but I can’t think of what to do with it since I can’t use butter. Seth really does not like the taste of coconut oil so I can’t use too much. He also does not like coconut milk so I can’t use that as a substitute for cream. I’ve been using coconut oil instead of butter for everything else. I think I will try to make a ceviche with the shrimp. — click here for my ceviche recipe

If I don’t get dinner on the table in time when Seth is hungry, he starts begging me to order take out. Last night he wanted sushi and I had to tell him no — we are not allowed to have rice. What is the point of working so hard at this diet to blow it all on something dumb like rice?

I just need to come up with some more dinner ideas. I think maybe I’ll do a brisket this week.

Lunch is usually tuna salad, egg salad, or chicken salad (from leftover roast chicken). I have been serving lunch with lacto-fermented dill pickles. — click here for my homemade dill pickle

Breakfast is eggs, fried in coconut oil, sometimes with sausage or bacon. Seth is allowed a cup of weak coffee (diluted with water). I’ve been drinking one cup of Dandy Blend. I have not had a single headache or other problem since I went off caffeine. I really think the Dandy Blend eases the transition. — where to buy coconut oil

The past couple of days Seth and I have both gone back to intermittent diarrhea. I figure we are detoxing.

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Tracey May 3, 2008 at 5:17 AM

Too bad he doesn’t like coconut milk, you could do a yummy thai soup with the shrimp. What about incorporating more fish? Do you guys like salmon? Salmon is really hearty and satisfying and you can serve it with greens and strawberries…


cheeseslave May 3, 2008 at 5:53 AM

You read my mind. I was thinking of Thai soup! Ha!

And yes I was just thinking of salmon. I thought about salmon right after I posted that. :-)

You are psychic!


Megan May 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Wow! You guys are my heros. I know I have to do this diet. I’m just not ready right now. I’ve been wanting to have a consult with Dr. Cowan. I need concrete instructions like “do the gaps diet for x-number of months” The vagueness of the book in that area gets to me.

How ’bout a cioppino stew or shrimp gumbo? Oh wait, are tomatos ok?

Hmmmm. Can you eat squash? If so that’d probably help a ton!


jaly May 3, 2008 at 4:20 PM

I’m not sure what your diet allows but here are a few suggestions I used when I was on the candida diet. Can you eat olive oil? Shrimp sauteed in olive oil with chili and garlic is fantastic! When I first went off grains, I would make a spicy tomato sauce with jumbo shrimp and scallops and “pasta”. You can take a zucchini and slice it with a potato peeler into long, thin strips and just steam it in a few tablespoons of water (and sea salt, optional) for a few minutes until it’s soft. You can swirl it around a fork just like spaghetti! My favorite thai soup is one with jumbo shrimp, lots of lime, coconut milk, chili and lemongrass. You can make it with chicken broth, add some onions, broccoli and other vegetables and it’s heavenly. I used to stuff cabbage leaves with meat and spices, too. I live in Norway and we eat a lot of cold shellfish meals in the summertime. Just get what you have available, try and make different aioli’s with a coconut base and some different spices (one with chives, one with curry seasoning and one plain one with garlic and lemon) and dip the seafood into it.

Good luck following the diet. I’m considering going on it in a few weeks since I feel I am in need of a detox. It’s been a few years. Keep publishing your meal ideas. I like the sloppy joe and taco ideas a lot!


fightingwindmills May 3, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Jaly, that zucchini as a substitute for spaghetti sounds so delicious! Great suggestions!


thEbru May 3, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Here is an idea for broth: If you are allowed to eat raw egg yolk (kind of raw actually-it will be stirred into boiling broth does that still count asraw?) you can mix one egg yolk with half a lemon juice, add a little salt as you desire and stir it into boiling broth.The result is a creamy white soup which we call as ” well behaving chicken broth soup ” in turkish. TERBIYELI CORBA.when you start eating grains you can add vermicelli pasta in too and OMG this is yummy !! ( With fresh parsley and fresh ground blackpepper it is a great cough and cold medicine too )



Heather May 4, 2008 at 5:36 AM

We love following your posts as you continue to inspire and confirm our beliefs in WAPF!

We are going to begin the GAPS protocol and we are very curious as to the diet outline that Dr. Cowen gave Seth (you mentioned in a previous blog that you had it in your purse).

You can put a froze roast into the crockpot on low overnight and then in the early afternoon you could make up some BBQ sauce using the fermented ketchup as the base with garlic, friend onions, chili powder, cayanne pepper, and honey (since you said you are eating honey).

Are you having any beverages using water kefir grains?


Dianne May 4, 2008 at 5:26 PM

I am thrilled to have found another familt who is doing the GAPS diet for sometning other than autism or crohn’s or UC. MY family strted 9 weeks ago for anxiety and OCD issues as well as dyslexia. We have gone through the die off and are still waiting to see some more positive effects. What supplements are you taking.



cheeseslave May 5, 2008 at 6:28 AM

Hi, Ebru! That soup sounds really good I will try it.


cheeseslave May 5, 2008 at 6:30 AM

Hi, Jaly! The Thai soup sounds really really good. I bet he would eat it, even though he doesn’t usually like coconut…


cheeseslave May 5, 2008 at 6:32 AM

Hi, Heather, I will post specifics on the instructions from Dr. Cowan — as soon as I get a chance…

I didn’t know you could put a frozen roast right in the crock pot… that is a good idea.

Also, yes we are drinking soda pop made from water kefir grains. I made some limeade and some lemonade. The first ferment I did with demera (sp?) sugar. The second ferment I did with honey. It’s delicious and not too sweet.


cheeseslave May 5, 2008 at 6:33 AM

Hi, Dianne,

Congrats on 9 weeks — that is awesome! Have you noticed any changes (other than die off)? Are you taking the cod liver oil?

Are you on the Healing Leaky Gut Yahoo group?

We are taking a bunch of supplements… I will make a post with all the specifics…

Ann Marie


jhazen May 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

You could sauté your shrimp in bacon fat. Mmmmm.


cheeseslave May 5, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Hey! That’s a great idea!!!!

And even better, wrap the shrimp in bacon!



Dianne May 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Hi Anne Marie,

We do take Nordic Naturals Artic D codliver. We are also taking probiotics and digestive enzymes. My youngest, who was very picky and skinny eats so much more and has put on a few pounds. His tantrums have improved as his attention to schoolwork. My husband who has ocd and anxiety has not shown great improvement yet, I hope it will come. He does say all of his digestive issues have disappeared. I suffer from allergies and some arthritis, and those have both improved.

It is very hard at this time of year with all the parties to be on the diet. We have not cheated at all though. We eat tons of yogurt which I make from the raw milk I get at a local farm. The kids miss drinking the milk straight it is so good.

I look forwar to following your progress too.



LeahS July 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM

It’s nice to see your GAPS meal plans. They are so simple when GAPS can seem so overwhelming!


Alisue July 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The detoxing is the worst part of Gaps….glad is passes ;)


Leslie Genchi November 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

What stage are you on? I know they allow fresh herbs in Stage 2, but not spices. Also, lettuce is okay?


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