HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO EAT SOUP?
The introduction diet lasts 18 to 30 days (roughly 3 to 5 days per stage) and involves removing all foods that might be gut irritants, such as dairy, from your daily intake. You then reintroduce certain foods slowly and look for adverse reactions—this can include stomach pain, hand flapping, seizures, eczema, and the like. If you are already comfortable in the kitchen and currently eat a wholefood diet, starting with the introduction diet may not be such an adjustment for you. However, if you tend to eat more processed foods, consider giving yourself a little time on full GAPS first so that you can wean yourself off the sugar, salt, fillers, and stabilizers your body has come to crave.
Once you begin to feel familiar and comfortable with the foods allowed during each stage of the GAPS introduction diet, you may feel more ready to launch into the intro. The full GAPS diet is the main portion of the diet and should last at least two years for maximum restoration of gut health.
There are many options for familyfriendly, nourishing recipes using organic, locally sourced whole foods that fit into the GAPS diet. Try these recipes from our book to get your healing under way.