Quick & Easy 7 Day GAPS Diet {Day 1}

​After a long, hard summer it’s time to refocus on healthier food habits. I’m going to be exploring a quick & easy 7 day GAPS diet to reboot my tastebuds and gut, focus on what’s most important and explore the connection between farm food and basic cooking skills. Want to join me? Check back in each day for my simple dishes that can be easily accommodated to family meal time. Here is the start to fresh chicken broth for tomorrow. Simply chicken, onion, real salt, and filtered water.  Start with a boil and decrease to low overnight or up to 24 hours.

Please feel free to add any additional herbs.

Day 1

Breakfast
Warm Lemon Water
Chicken broth with garlic

I’m setting my alarm to wake up early and enjoy some warm lemon water while reading both the book of Ruth (which is a beautiful story of the journey home for a woman after hard times) and the next chapter of Rising Strong by Brene’ Brown.  Another goal is to do some journaling-at least 3 pages as recently recommended by a friend who read about it in The Artists Way.  My intention is to focus on what matters most in life and learn to let go of the rest.

Morning Run

Mid Morning
Detox Tea (Double N Apothecary) with Honey (Summer Garden Memories)

Lunch
Warm Lemon Water
Chicken broth with cooked squash, zucchini, peppers, onion, garlic

Mid Afternoon
Chicken Broth

Relaxing Yoga with Adriene

Dinner
Warm Lemon Water with Honey
Chicken broth with shredded chicken and cooked squash, zucchini, peppers, onion, garlic

For the Hubby & Kids
​I’ll be preparing a dinner that we can all enjoy as a family.  To keep it simple I’ll add pasta to make chicken noodle soup and serve with an Esters Farm Baked Goods sourdough bread.

The day will end with some reflection and planning for day 2.  Check back in tomorrow for a few more details on my quick and easy 7 day GAPS diet.

Additions for Day Two
Cabbage
Greens (Swiss Chard, Collards, Kale)
Sausage
Beef
Egg Yolks
Kraut

Previous writings on GAPS 
GAPS Diet Stage 1
GAPS {Letting Go}
GAPS {Leaning In}
Please note:  GAPS is normally designed to be worked through over weeks, months or even years.  Working through the stages in 7 days is the best fit for my life right now in order to experience a quick & easy reboot.

Day 2

This photo pretty much represents my feelings towards day 1 (stage 1) of GAPS.  I have a lot to look forward to since I’m going through the 6 stages of the GAPS diet in only 7 days, but day 1 definitely brought back memories of stage 1 GAPS experiences in the past.  Similarly, as I approached the 5pm hour I had a revelation.  I was full.  I had no desire to put another bite of food in my mouth.  This is a real breakthrough in cravings and a reminder that since I’ve put the time in before I’m going to move through with much more ease this time.  When you are full and satisfied life opens up so many opportunities.

Day 1 is always the hardest for me.  Day 2 or day 3 or day 7 may be the hardest for you.  Listen to your own intuition as you power through to take better care of yourself!

Breakfast
Warm Lemon Water
Egg Drop Soup

I’m realizing that I was fairly unrealistic about day 1 of GAPS.  I had included too much to accomplish both in my early morning reading/writing as well as running and yoga.  I did get a bit of yoga in, but running and most of my reading didn’t happen.  I’m recognizing how often I’m unrealistic about expectations and follow that with negative self talk or numbing my feelings with food.  Going to work on that with more realistic expectations for tomorrow.

Mid morning stretching

Mid Morning
Detox Tea (Double N Apothecary) with Honey (Summer Garden Memories)

Lunch
Warm Lemon Water
Chicken broth with meatballs

Mid Afternoon
Chicken Broth

Mid afternoon stretching

Dinner
Warm Lemon Water with Honey
Cabbage with sausage

For the Hubby & Kids
Lots of meatballs and cabbage & sausage to go around!

The day will end with some reflection and planning for day 3.  Check back in tomorrow for a few more details on my quick and easy 7 day GAPS diet.

Additions for Day Three
Almond Butter
Whole Eggs

Day 3

It’s a busy day on the farm and tomorrow I’ll be speaking at a conference. I find it nearly impossible to find a 7 day window where there is not at least a couple of interruptions or commitments that make this difficult.  Sticking to it amongst the distractions helps me make better long term changes.

Breakfast

Warm Lemon Water
Frittata, Broth

Mid Morning
Detox Tea (Double N Apothecary) with Honey (Summer Garden Memories)

Lunch
I’ll be eating out so I’ll need to make sure that I find somewhere with compliant foods.

Mid Afternoon
Chicken Broth

Dinner
Warm Lemon Water with Honey
Almond Butter Pancakes, Fritatta

For the Hubby & Kids
Things get easier as more foods are introduced.  The kids will love the pancakes with maple syrup!

The day will end with some reflection and planning for day 4.  Check back in tomorrow for a few more details on my quick and easy 7 day GAPS diet.

Additions for Day Four
Fresh Juice (thankful for Zest-Juice for Life)

Day 4

I’m speaking at a conference this morning and had I not made the decision to decrease my food options to the most basic farm foods I’m certain I would have stopped at Starbucks on the way-because it’s on the way and it’s fall and all.

​Breakfast
Warm Lemon Water
Frittata, Broth

Mid Morning
Detox Tea (Double N Apothecary) with Honey (Summer Garden Memories)

Lunch
Had the most lovely lunch with a friend with the most delicious omelette.  GAPS really is an easy “eat out” option if you go to the right places!

Mid Afternoon
Kicking Carrot (Zest Juice for Life)

Dinner
Warm Lemon Water with Honey
Taco Soup

The day will end with some reflection and planning for day 5.  Check back in tomorrow for a few more details on my quick and easy 7 day GAPS diet.

Additions for Day Five-Seven
Fresh Apples

​Days Five-Seven

​Breakfast
Warm Lemon Water
Broth

Mid Morning
Detox Tea (Double N Apothecary) with Honey (Summer Garden Memories)

Lunch
Over Easy Eggs, Broth

Mid Afternoon
Apple

Dinner
Detox Tea with Honey
Chicken Soup

The day will end with some reflection and planning for day 6.  Check back in tomorrow for a few more details on my quick and easy 7 day GAPS diet.

Additions for Day Six
Other raw fruits
Nuts
Gluten Free Baked Goods

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