Do you have the 1st Edition of GAPS Guide? (Tip: If your book does not state which edition it is, it’s the 1st edition.) Below are the critical updates I had posted before developing the 2nd Edition. The 2nd Edition includes copious new information and clarifications, so your best bet is to purchase that. If you need to continue using the 1st Edition for now, I am leaving these posted for a few months so that you have them to refer to.
Updated information is available online here.
P. 35 – Intro – Supplements In (Removing For Intro, Reintroducing or Starting)
Except for those required to preserve life or limb, remove *all* supplements -even GAPS ones like EFAs- before Stage 1. You can reduce them slowly as you prepare for intro.
After starting intro, add only GAPS-necessary ones back in. I suggest focusing just on foods until the end of Stage 3, and then from any point Stage 3 onward, consider introducing one GAPS supplement, then another new food or two, then another GAPS supplement, then another new food or two, and so on until all foods and supplements have been gently incorporated.
As with all new introductions, be sure to wait four days between new introductions, start with a tiny amount, and watch for reactions. If a noticeable reaction occurs, skip that supplement, trying it again every couple of months. Where no noticeable reaction occurs, continue building the dose slowly.
Page 35 – Intro Diet – Pregnancy, Nursing, Babies
P. 39 – Moving From Stage to Stage (“Pacing”)
Where there is bleeding, cramping or true diarrhea (not simply three or fewer “looser stools” per day), stay on Stage 1 until that resolves, or a maximum of 7 days, whichever comes first.
Other than that, simply keep moving forward with a new prep, amount or food every few days unless you get an obvious reaction to one of those new foods. If obviously reacting to newly introduced food, take that food out, allow a few days to recover, skip the reactive food and move on to the subsequent one.
P. 39 – Constipation (“Pacing”)
Constipation during intro is often due to die-off. If you have constipation, keep moving forward regardless. If necessary, do enemas to ensure a BM every 24-36 hours (max) until they start coming on their own. For many more tips regarding constipation, please see your GAPS Guide book pages 89-91. CLO + carrot juice in Stage 2 is one option for stubborn constipation.
Page 40 – Intro Vegetables [Asterisked Point]
Some people may tolerate any GAPS-friendly vegetables right off the bat; others will need to use trial and error to find the best starting veggies for them. For some sample approaches, click here.
Page 41 – Intro Diet – “Every Morning”
Here I recommend not starting a commercial probiotic until the diet’s initial die-off has eased. I would add to this to also skip the juice from fermented veggies, or any other form of probiotic, until the same point.
P. 47 – Progressing Further – Water
To calculate water intake suggested by a variety of sources, take your current weight in kilos, divide by two and consume that much non-caffeinated liquid in ounces.
P. 48 – Saccharomyces Boulardii
Start with a pinch to test tolerance, then build to a dose just short of noticeable die-off. Take that dose three weeks on, three weeks off, then three weeks on again. See also this post.
Note: NuTriVene’s GAPS store is able to provide free samples of various GAPS supplements, including Bio-Kult, Betaine, and S Boulardii.
P. 70 – Medical and/or Nutritional Authorities
In addition to those mentioned in the book, practitioners offering live and/or phone consultations regarding GAPS are:
Alessandra Edwards, Naturopath
More Australia & New Zealand Website & Practitioners
Dr Rosann Volmert, D.O.
Pasadena, California, USA
Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN
Dr. Tim Gerstmar, ND
For more physicians, see:
Also, Dr Campbell-McBride now has a website:
P. 76 – More Info/Support
P. 87 – Die Off Symptoms
In addition to the symptoms listed in the book, die-off can trigger also the following symptoms: extreme lethargy, pallor, irritability, total loss of appetite (for up to four days in the first round of intro), dramatic increase in hunger, sadness, any flu-like symptoms. For tips on avoiding or relieving these, see GAPS Guide (1st Edition) p 87-88 and this post.
P. 122 – Favourite Products
I no longer recommend the Omega 8005 juicer/homogenizer. Although its juicing and homogenizing functions did work very well, the machine I received had problems and the company’s response to this was very, very poor. While several list members are loving their Omega 8005, others delight in their Champion Juicer and/or Vitamix for their functions, durability, and customer service.
Personally, I’m back for now to just a simple Cuisinart stick blender, for which I paid $63 at my local department store.
P. 131 – Probiotics With Betaine HCL
If using probiotics and no Betaine HCL, take your probiotic with food.
If using Betaine HCL, take the Betaine with meals and take your probiotic away from food.
P. 132 – Supplements – Essential Fatty Acids
Besides the four products listed in the book, Dr Campbell-McBride also recommends a “good nut/seed oil blend in the ratio of 2:1 of omega-3:omega-6 fatty acids” supplied in an opaque glass bottle and refrigerated. For a child, start with a few drops added to cold or warm food and slowly build the dose to 1-3 tablespoons per day (under 18 months of age, 1-2 teaspoons). Adults work up to 4-5 tablespoons per day. For more info, click here.
P 135 – Broth
For detailed information on meat and bone broth, see GAPS Guide. Note there that Dr Campbell-McBride initially and primarily recommends meat broth, not bone broth. Early in healing, bone broth causes problems for some people. For ideas on how to get broth into children, click here.
P. 135+ – Recipes – Yogurt
For yogurt, click here.
P. 140 – Recipes – Sauerkraut
Although I and countless others have had wonderful success with the taste and healing properties of both short and long fermented vegetables, a case can be made for a consistently longer fermentation time: After 4-7 days (four if in an area of the house running closer to 24 degrees; seven in an area running closer to 18-21), move the unopened jar into the fridge for a minimum of nine weeks (and for up to several months, if desired). At whatever point you wish to start eating a batch (or accessing its juice), remove and throw out the top cabbage leaves, and enjoy the contents. Keep the closed jar in the fridge. The batch can be eaten any time from this point forward, but will continue to deepen in flavour over subsequent weeks.
For additional (and simpler) fermented vegetable recipes, click here.
P. 144-146 – More Recipes
For more recipe sources, including blogs specific to GAPS and the new GAPS cookbook, click here.
Chapters 10, 11, 12 – Discount on Supplements
Due to changes in US laws, we are no longer able to provide a discount code for NuTriVene supplements. NuTriVene, however, is now able to offer samplers of various GAPS supplements.
p 151 – Whey
Commercial whey is not used on GAPS and appears on the ‘not recommended’ list. Whey drawn from homemade ferments is, however, recommended.
P 151 – Cocoa
Dr Campbell-McBride states that cocoa is too irritating on the digestrive tract to use in a compromised gut, but that after sufficient healing has taken place, pure cocoa (not chocolate) may be used. My own suggestion is to use only organic, and preferably raw, cocoa at that point and infrequently.