How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet

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Just today I was over at a friend’s house and as I said “no thank you” to the offer of coffee, I casually mentioned we had just started a special diet. She asked which one, and (as a mom of children with special needs) when I said the GAPS diet, she responded with a knowing “Ohhh. I’ve heard of it, but it’s way too intense for me.” Yes, I agree. It really is intense. And work intensive. But thankfully, still entirely possible! I’m sure it […]

Homemade Beef Tallow: A Simple and Convenient Way to Store It

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Last year, I was delighted to learn how to render my own beef tallow from all the bones/fatty pieces that came with our side of grass-fed beef. Just the other week, I picked up a new side of beef and was more eager than ever to whip up some nourishing bone broth, and in particular, to have some beef tallow again for cooking. We have just fallen in love with using this old-fashioned, wholesome fat for making homemade french fries, deep-fried zucchini sticks, and most […]

Whole Chickens – Less Waste, More Mouth-Watering Goodness

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By Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Without exception, I always buy whole chickens – free-range, sustainably raised, local whole chickens. You may wonder why I bother with whole chickens when I could simply buy the particular cut I want, prepackaged, and be ready to go. Here’s why: Whole chickens require much less packaging – just one plastic bag or butcher wrap compared to parts that get packaged into multiple Styrofoam trays. In the kitchen whole chickens result in less food waste since all parts are used. […]

Recipes and Ideas for What to Eat on the GAPS Introduction Diet

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Image by carbavor We’ve just begun our 3rd week on the GAPS diet, and all is well. We are beginning to see some very positive results in our family, including less eczema for the baby and toddler, a decrease in heartburn for my husband, and some behavioral improvements with our toddler as well. We’ve all experienced some toxin die-off, and our cravings for sweet and carbs has been lessening. The hardest part of any helpful but restrictive special diet like GAPS is knowing what you […]

How to Make Fabulous Soup From Scratch Without a Recipe

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Image by Magic Madzik Learning to cook without recipes can be not only a huge time-saver in the kitchen, but a money-saver as well. Soup is an incredibly versatile food. It can be hearty and chunky, or light and refreshing, vegetable based or full of meats, beans and grains. It can be a meal in itself or a side dish. It can be made using specific, fresh ingredients, or very frugally by putting together the week’s leftovers. Most importantly, it is nourishing and satisfying. When […]

An Update on Our GAPS Diet and Related Q&A

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Last week I shared why our family is doing the GAPS diet and what it is all about. We actually began this Monday morning. We haven’t seen any amazing results come out of the first 4 days, but we are definitely noticing some die-off symptoms from the toxins being released (so far, only mild, but it’s a good sign). Some upset tummies, slightly more eczema, a grouchy little boy, a really grouchy mama, some flushed cheeks. I think this diet is really doing something, though. […]