Sunday, 14 April 2013

Moving, traveling, and visiting on GAPS

Good grief.  I am likely relocating across the country and as a result will need to do a great deal of traveling and depleting of supplies in the next few months.  The following is a quick brainstorm of ways I can do this and remain GAPS legal, or at least GAPS friendly.

Visiting, i.e., staying at someone's home 

-Massaged kale salad (see my post on being GAPS and Vegan) is a big hit with my family and has relatively simple ingredients.

-Date bars - lemon or brownie based.  See The Rawtarian's website for information.

-Pho - cheap, GAPS legal, and accessible in most major cities.  Could be a daily lunch item.

-Scrambled eggs.  Thank the gods for scrambled eggs.

-'Picnics' with grocery store roast chicken and salad.

Travelling, i.e., staying at a hotel and lunching with others

-Shopping trip on arrival - ACV, Baking Soda, Mineral water, fresh fruit, ferments if available

-Restaurant dining is no problem, as I've discovered on former trips.


Going there: 

-Dry chicken salad


-Lentil crackers and cheese.

-Cold cuts

Coming home:


-Dried fruit

-Fresh fruit from a local store

-Sugar snap peas from a local store

-Lara bars and/or chocolate with simple ingredients.  Perfect is the enemy of the good here.

Depleting supplies at home

-It occurs to me that broth/soup is actually a fantastic option.  I can freeze individual portions, warm them up, and eat them, using only a pot and a spoon.

-For plain broth, I could even use up the massive bag of peas that's been hanging about my freezer and some mint to make it 'summery'.  (Note to self, use glass jars that can be recycled immediately.)

-Again, Pho, at nearby restaurants.  Love it!

If you have other ideas, please please please comment!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Springing back into GAPS - meal plan!

I have not done GAPS with any regularity or consistency for about a year.  I've found for the last little while my health has been deteriorating.  The fatigue, brain fog and joint pain that drove me to GAPS have been creeping back, and my weight has crept up and up.

The problem with GAPS is that, for me, it seemed to result in energy problems after a few months, and it's so rigid that it results in total gluttony when you give it a break.  My solution for the next little while is to adhere to GAPS during the work week, and continue a gluten and dairy free diet on the weekends.  (During which I will keep a food journal to mind what I eat.)

With that in mind, I'm thinking through my Spring GAPS meal plan.  I found last year that the soups and stews that stand me in good stead throughout the winter just don't work in the warmer months.  Here is an attempt at a better plan, centered around one roast chicken (for one person...).

This meal plan, incidentally, ties together the GAPS, Harcombe and Blood Type diets.  We'll see how it goes!


  • Fruit or chia seed cereal
  • Caesar Salad - romaine and tomatoes dressed with anchovy and egg based dressing.
  • Arugala Salad - walnuts, dried apricots and pear on arugala dressed with tahini-orange dressing.
  • Asian Salad - chicken, onions, red pepper and spinach, with rice vinegar and sesame oil.
  • Cucumber Mint Salad - tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken and mint dressed with olive oil and lemon
  • Massaged Kale Salad - kale, chicken, sesame seeds and red pepper with rice vinegar and sesame oil.
  • Salmon with orange scented broccoli
  • Roast chicken and salad
  • Eggs (frittata, poached on a salad, or hardboiled with crudités)
  • Watercress and pea soup (chicken broth)
  • Trout with grilled radicchio
Shopping List

  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Whole Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Romaine
  • Arugala
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Radicchio
  • Watercress
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Red pepper
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Lemons
  • Fruit for breakfast
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Dill 
  • Mint
  • Anchovies
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Tahini
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Dried apricots
  • Frozen peas