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

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