Gaps Intro: Stage 2

I’m finding the second stage of the GAPS diet much easier than the first, simply because of the additional variety. On Gaps Intro stage 2, you continue to eat everything you ate on stage 1, with a few additions. I’ve listed below what you can eat. The new foods are bolded.
Introduction Stage 2
1.    Start day with a glass of water.
2.    Meat or fish stock (and meat, marrow and soft tissue from bones) with all the fat: with every meal
3.    Organic egg yolks: Start with one a day and increase to one with each bowl of soup. When well tolerated, add whites.
4.    Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
5.    Increase amounts of whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
6.    Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
7.    Homemade ghee – 1 tsp. per day.
8.    Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
9.    Serve juice from fermented foods with each meal.
10. Ginger tea

A sample Gaps Intro stage 2 day:
Breakfast was two eggs cooked in ghee. Fried eggs aren’t strictly stage 2, but I jumped ahead to stage 3 with the eggs because I’m quite sure they agree with me.
Lunch: Leftover One-Pot Chicken
Dinner: I made chicken soup from fresh organic chicken. I then cooked a package of parsley, one of coriander, green onions – all chopped plus a grated carrot in the broth and added some small slices of chicken. It made for a very tasty soup!
With each meal I eat homemade dill pickles and fermented sauerkraut.
I’ve been having a few teaspoons of whey whenever I can find a way to slip it in. It isn’t particularly tasty, but the taste seems to disappear well when mixed with other foods.
I also had about a teaspoon of goat yogurt.
For hot drinks, I’ve been having either ginger tea or a cup of hot bone broth.
Did you notice fermented fish on the stage 2 list? I actually made that – and it was easy. The taste wasn’t too bad either, but not great. The bigger problem is that it keeps for a very, very short time. I plan to vary the dish a little until I get it right. When I’m satisfied with the result, I’ll post a recipe.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the GAPS diet, check out Dr. Campbell McBride’s book:

This post was shared with the Healthy Home Economist and Day 2 Day Joys.


Angeline said...

It's good to know that ginger tea is not only good in treating and providing relief for severe sore throat but can also be used in dieting. I think I should start drinking ginger tea everyday.

Randa said...

My husband and I started GAPS last week and we are on stage 2 as of today. I'm glad I found your blog, and am looking forward to reading the other entries as we make it through the different stages. So far so good, thankfully. We were almost on the "full" diet before, so that may be why we have had a relatively easy time so far with Intro.

Thanks again for all these write-ups!

Ruth Almon said...

Hi Randa,
I'm glad you found it helpful.
Good luck with GAPS!

Daisy Dee said...

Someone told me that ginger is not very healthy for the throat for a long time. It can be good sore throat home remedies for a short time only.

Caitlin Hill said...

Thanks for posting this! I see that smoked salmon is "illegal" on the full gaps diet. Are you doing a variation of this dish?

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