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Healing My Gut ~ Monday Menu

Preparing of chicken broth

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I had chicken broth for breakfast this morning.

That’s because I’m beginning week one of the GAPS Intro diet today – so it’s not exactly a conventional menu plan I’m sharing.

But for any who may be curious (and for my own reference, of course), I’m posting what I hope to be eating this week as I begin the process of healing my gut, or restoring the balance of bacteria that is so important to proper digestion, healthy immunity and even the way my brain works.

So I spent the weekend making lots of chicken and beef stock and fermenting sauerkraut, along with cutting up different veggies to make them super easy to prepare.

I’m not making a formal ‘breakfast, lunch, dinner’ thing right now, as during the first week especially I’ll probably just be eating what I want, when I want (within the limits of the diet, of course).

So far I’m seeing the challenges of really consuming every part of the bone broth I’ve made (which means adding in the fat and marrow that would usually be taken out), and not using the microwave to re-heat anything. Nothing too bad yet, but of course I’ve only just started. :)

I do just want to quickly reiterate that I’m normally not a fan of ‘diets’ and I dislike the connotation that diet has - my intention with GAPS is not to lose weight per se (though I do hope to do so), but to pretty much revolutionize my insides and truly become healthy – both in body and in brain.

And one thing that’s cool with this is that you’re not just changing what you eat – but changing a lot of the other areas of life that I’ve already taken care of (I feel like I’ve prepared without even realizing it!) – things like switching to all natural personal care products, reducing toxins in the home – whether it be cleaning products or the things I store and cook food in – in all those areas I am ready!

So in some ways this is like the next step in that journey…

So here’s the plan for this week:

The intro diet doesn’t have a specific length of time – it is really based on each individual and how long it takes my body to progress happily from one step to another. It starts out with fairly limited options and gradually introduces new foods – along with probiotics – every 4 or 5 days or so.

My plan right now is for 5 days on each stage, but we’ll also see how it goes and there may be some changing around somewhere in there – I just plan to remain flexible.

This week should complete stage 1, and begin stage 2…

Monday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Broccoli
  • Chicken and Zucchini
  • Butternut Squash Soup

Tuesday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Carrots
  • Ground Beef patties
  • Onion Leek Soup

Wednesday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Butternut Squash Soup w/Chicken
  • Boiled Steak
  • Cauliflower

Thursday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Beef & Broccoli Soup
  • Chicken & Zucchini

Friday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Lamb Chops
  • Butternut Squash Soup

Saturday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Ground Beef & Squash Casserole
  • Cauliflower
  • Introduce Sauerkraut

Sunday:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken & Zucchini Casserole
  • Onion Leek Soup
  • Introduce Egg Yolk (stirred into soup)

As you can see – broth factors hugely – I’m to drink it at every meal. I’ll begin probiotics slowly as well – starting with 1-2 teaspoons a day of the juice from my sauerkraut added to soup, and gradually increasing.

Because I am doing this on my own (the husband will likely join in, but later), this week is going to be somewhat experimental – I’m not sure how long the stock I made is going to last, how much I’ll be dealing with leftovers and how often I’ll need to make soups….I’m looking forward to getting more of a practical feel for everything.

I also hope to make fish stock at some point and begin incorporating it into soups – I just need to find a place to source whole fish that I trust.

And that’s about it for now. I know it looks fairly limited but it is only for a week, and I may well find other recipes along the way that fit into this first week that I can try. Rather than worrying about how limited it seems, I’m just working on looking forward to how good I’m going to feel, and being proud of what I’m doing to heal my body – as much as I have been for the external changes I’ve been making over the past year.

I won’t be posting on GAPS all the time, but I will plan on doing a weekly update with how it’s going when I post the menu plan.

If you’d like to get more (normal?) menu planning ideas, check out OrgJunkie.com. :)



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4 Responses to “Healing My Gut ~ Monday Menu”

  • Justine says:

    I am following this with bated breath! I have had such wonderful results from going gluten free…but knowing this info to share with the families I work with is going to be invaluable!
    My recent post Why Our Family is Cool With Raw Milk

  • Alicia C. says:

    I have been meaning to comment on your GAPS diet. You really have some "guts", lady! (Yes, pun was intended!) I am positive that I do not have the willpower to go through with it (coffee and chocolate are MUSTS), though I know that I can change my diet some. I'm not sure if a semi-GAPS diet would do any good, but I know that I'd be replacing some pretty crappy food with wholesome goodness. Hey, you never know – after your mama cloth posts, I was certain I'd never try it. Now I'm waiting anxiously for my first cloth pad and period to try it out! See how much influence you have? LOL
    My recent post Keeping A Busy Guy Happy When It's HOT Out

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks Alicia!

      I definitely miss coffee and chocolate (already lol!) but I think I will be able to go back to having – at least chocolate – at some point.

      Happy to hear you're trying mama cloth – hope you love it! (As much as such a thing can be loved, of course ;) )

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