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GAPS Intro Challenge and Giveaway!!!

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Today Is Your Day!

Okay, not today (or maybe it is) – but soon! If you’ve been wanting to start GAPS, the 30Day GAPS Intro Challenge hosted by Cara at Health Home & Happiness is right around the corner! Starting October 1st families in Duluth, Dallas, Delaware and where you live will be starting “Intro” together.

“Intro” is GAPster speak for the intensive healing first phase of the diet. And by intensive I mean soup. Lots and lots and LOTS of it!

But hey! It’s not so bad. Soups and stews make delightful fall meals, and if you get started next month you’ll be ready to feast on goodies from the full GAPS menu this holiday season. You’ll have lots to choose from, believe me.

Yes, there’s egg nog.

Yes, there are cookies.

Yes, you can have pancakes.

And yes, you can even have berry cobbler.

A quick blip through the intensive healing phase and you’ll be there. Pinky swear and everything.

But First, You Must Decide

Will it be the red pill or the blue? No wait, that’s not right! You need to decide on a STRATEGY – otherwise you’ll wake up and realize the broth you need for breakfast is still sitting in the freezer way. too. many. times.


If strategy is not your thing (it’s definitely not mine), What Can I Eat Now? is the essential guide to Intro. I don’t know how people survived Intro before Cara created this 57 page wonder. Or actually, I do, because she sent it to me when we were halfway through our first round. It’s like the difference between cracking a coconut with a hammer instead of a plastic spoon!

Cara covers everything – sourcing foods, switching your toiletries to non-toxic versions (including recipes), reminders to start fermented foods, recipes for detox baths, and of course creative casseroles, stews, and other meals I never would have thought up on my own. Want to take a peek??? You can download a preview here.

And Now For The Giveaway!!

To help kick off the 30 Day GAPS Intro Challenge, Cara is giving away a copy of What Can I Eat Now? here on Mommypotamus! To enter, just leave a comment telling us why you want to start GAPS to be entered to win! The winner  will be chosen via one week from today!

P.S. Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to do GAPS while breastfeeding? Yup! read more . . .

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90 Responses to GAPS Intro Challenge and Giveaway!!!

  1. Sandy says:

    Help! I’ve been fighting Candida now for 2 years. It’s very hard. I’m on and off the wagon so to speak. I’m planning on joining in and following everyone but can’t afford any “extras” right now.

  2. Mary Korte says:

    My daughter and I have been trying to do GAPS for a week now but there was no way I was going to get her to do intro (she is 15) right off. I am hoping when she starts to see improvements in her health (weight, skin, periods) she will be more open to doing intro. It is fermented stuff that is the wall she refuses to climb. At any rate, I need GAPS. I am 100+lb overweight, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, bad hips, and more. I have been working hard toward WAPF traditional eating and am 95% there. I am grain free but struggling with being 100% starch free (I live in Idaho). Anyway, I have been gearing up to do intro with or without the teenager and I could use all the help I can get. :)

  3. Margo says:

    Wow. I’ve been flirting with the idea of GAPS. I feel my 1 year old would benefit as well as myself and my soda lovin’ husband! A guide is always a great idea!

  4. Julie says:

    I’d love to do the Gaps Intro to help myself with anxiety/depression, my husband with ADD and dyslexia, and our kids to avoid the same issues that I’ve seen beginning to show in them. Thanks! :)

  5. Amanda says:

    It’s been a long process. Both my husband and I were so resistant to diets. Finally, after a bout of gestational diabetes, I went to a nutritionist. Little did we know, that really wasn’t the way to go.

    After several years balking, we decided to make a change. I had a huge hernia, surgery, then follow ups as stitches impacted and got infected. I’ve always been overweight (obese, really), and hubby had been heavy for a while. His mother was on a low carb diet already ( but we had not wanted to do something like that. We started with the couch to 5k program and then the low carb thing came up again. After doing some research, we realised that’s what we _needed_ to do. So we started on the south beach diet and thus far hubby has lost 60+ lbs and I’m one pound away from having lost 60 (with 65-70 more than I need to lose).

    So how does that bring us to GAPS?

    I have ADHD and already see issues with my children. My daughter has allergies, I have stomach issues occasionally with eczema (as does my daughter), and while my husband enjoys decent health, that doesn’t mean he can’t be healthier. A friend recommended the GAPS diet and I began to look into it.

    Our entire system is connected to one another, so why wouldn’t the gut be a source of various problems? After talking to my husband, he’s agreed to give it a six month trial (and I’m hoping to have him convinced by then to do it longer).

    So that brings me to HOW to do Gaps? I’m already on the broth and while I’m not strictly gaps, I’m doing some of the things and I can already tell a difference in how I feel. However, I want to do it all the way. But how? That’s a good question.

    Here’s hoping I can win this book so that I have an easier time figuring out what I can eat. :)

    Thanks for doing this!

  6. Neveen says:

    I’ve been meaning to start the GAPS diet but feel overwhelmed! When is the right time to star? I guess right now. I’m hoping doing GAPS will help relieve my autoimmune disease. Working full time and being a mom full time, this book will come in hand and help me take the plunge. If I have a comprehensive guide, i know I will be able to do it.

    Thanks for the chance.

  7. Amanda Hightower says:

    I am starting GAPS on October 1 and am really concerned how I will be able to do the intro for any length of time. I am needing to do the intro since I have PCOS and both husband and I have ADD his is ADHD and anything to jump-start our bodies towards the healthy range before flu season begins would be fantastic.

  8. Riki Juster says:

    I actually started the Paleo diet back in March, but I had to fly to Israel due to my father suffering a stroke, I stuck to it while visiting the hospital for 5 weeks. Sadly, my father passed and it was during the seven days of sitting “shiva” that the diet went out the window. So many people were bringing us food and beverage! Now that I am back, I decided to do the GAPS diet in order to detox, improve my digestion and lose weight… start anew!

  9. Jane says:

    I’ve been looking into GAPS for awhile. I need the basic “here’s how you do it” to get me kick started. I’m hoping my son will go along with me on this. I know this will improve our health, not that we are unhealthy. Just looking to always be healthier.

  10. Erin says:

    I have been interested in the GAPS diet for a few months now. We have a lot of gut and allergy problems in out family, so this would be very helpful. Being a homeschool mom of 4 and everyone having different allergies to worry about, I def need help like this!

  11. Raj says:

    Hi, the GAPS diet is something I’ve been looking into recently. My 16 month old son has serious eczema, and it seems the majority of the food I feed him leads to more breakouts and intense scratching! The search for grain-free recipes is, to say the least, frustrating. Hopefully with the intro menu planning will be easier and more consistent…much to my husband’s relief.

  12. Mary says:

    I signed up for Cara’s challenge. Been doing full GAPS for some time. Ready to start intro I think. Just did one day of it this week to experiment. I’d LOVE her book to help out.

  13. Renee says:

    I have been wanting to try GAPS for awhile now and would love to win this helpful tool!

  14. Johanne says:

    I’d love to give it a try and see how much better I’ll feel!

  15. Kirsten says:

    I would love to do GAPS with my family because I know there are probably hidden issues that would be healed by doing it! I love the idea of healing the body from the inside out…and using food to do it! This sounds like such a great book!

  16. Kari Miller says:

    I am entering myself for this giveaway….I have done some prep work already. I am focused because I just had baby boy number three, husband is stressed to the max and I don’t want these beautiful boys to suffer. I want the best for my family and to live a truly happy and healthy life together.
    Thanks Heather for creating such an open and honest blog….that I actually read! I’m new to this site and keep finding great ideas. I want to invest in family and the health of the future Ka

  17. Angela Richardson says:

    I want to do the GAPS diet with my family because I want us to be healthier plan and simple. I want us all to live a long and healthy life.

  18. Gmomof4 says:

    I have suffered with digestive issues for years. I have wanted to try the gaps but just haven’t committed. Maybe this is the time.

  19. Alison says:

    You only live once and get only one body. I don’t have a vast knowledge of real foods or where to start to heal, but I’m turning 30 and feeling 80! I need to get myself, and my sweet family, on the right track.

  20. Julie says:

    Hello, I would like to start gaps because my son has a childhood apraxia of speech and I heard that the gaps diet can help but it seems overwhelming.

  21. Erin says:

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been pushing off starting GAPS since July because I feel like I need to get more organized first. Write meal plans, source ingredients, etc. My family NEEDS this but it just feels so overwhelming! My husband has been on heartburn meds for 10+ years, my 2.5 yr old can’t have dairy or wheat and has started to regularly complain that his tummy hurts, and my 4 month old can’t tolerate me having dairy and has reflux too. As for me, I’m battling a massive sugar addiction and have started to develop a weird skin issue which I’m pretty sure is due to all of those cookies I’ve been eating lately :-0 I’ve been dabbling in the NT lifestyle for about 6 months now but need some extra help to push me over the hump to start GAPS! PICK ME!!!;-)

  22. Ginger says:

    I have started down this path (dairy/gluten/ mostly grain free) and I’m seeing positive changes but I don’t think I’ve hit on quite the right diet for me and my very unhappy digestive system. I’d love to try GAPS and see if it’s what I’ve been after. Thank you!

  23. Amanda says:

    This giveaway couldn’t come at a more perfect time! My 3-year-old shows some signs of ASD and I just received my copy of the GAPS book. I am feeling a little overwhelmed with the task at hand, but know I it will be well worth the effort for our entire family!

  24. Jeanne says:

    After 30 years of being a vegetarian, 10 of which were vegan, I have a slow thyroid, I’m overweight by 30 pounds, suffer from migraines, and my gut is a war zone. I stopped being vegetarian 5 days ago, have cut my carb intake by at least 50% (I’m still eating way too much sugar and carbs) and have already lost 5 lbs. I’m very interested in a traditional diet and feel that being a vegetarian has done more harm than good, and the GAP diet the answer to my prayers. My ancestors all lived into their 90s until they came to this country, and I intend to do so too. :)

  25. Mary Behrens says:

    I want to start the intro now, as my daughter is getting married on New Years Eve and we both need to clear up some issues to more fully enjoy that day!

  26. Celine says:

    A friend told me about GAPS and I would love to try with my family of 6! (soon to be 7).

  27. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Winner will be announced Friday morning!

  28. Tiffany says:

    I have crohns disease along with some other health issues and I think GAPS could be the ticket. Nervous about starting though.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been thinking about starting GAPS for awhile and this might be just the jump start I need! I don’t know if I can rope the whole family in but we’ll see. fingers crossed!!

  30. Megan says:

    I’ve just always wanted to do go head-first into GAPS but something has always held me back. I think if I had this book all my “excuses” would go out the window because I’d have such an amazing guide to help me get started! I’d love to win!

  31. Faith Stromback says:

    I want to because I think my husband has yeast and it needs to be rectified!

  32. Alysia says:

    I’d love to start this diet with my family so I can help my clients through the GAPS journey.

  33. Jessica says:

    I would love to start my family on GAPS. I have been feeding us clean and organic foods for 6 months now and would love to take it one step further with this. I suffer from frequent migraines and would love to see if this diet could help me to feel better. Thanks!

  34. Dana says:

    Well we just began our GAPS journey yesterday: spent way too much getting started, burned my first batch of broth (don’t ask), and I really want some sugar right now. *sigh* I myself have suffered from IBS, ulcers, chronic fatigue, POTS, and allergies of every kind for years and now am starting to see that my 10 year old will probably follow suit. So the buck stops here! Per my hubbie’s advice, we’re easing in by starting full GAPS with the intent to go intro after an adjustment period. And October 1st seems like the perfect time! GAPS, POTS, IBS, oh my! Bring it.

  35. Brinly says:

    I have been planning to start GAPS for some time. A friend’s daughter has made drastic improvements in ADHD-like symptoms, and I would like to see the same in my 10 yr old son. Just began reading the officia gapsl book, and would like to start soon enough to be on full GAPS by Thanksgiving! I have already been gluten free for a couple years, but I think myself and whole family will benefit from the change. We have 4 kids ages 3-10 plus one on the way :) Thanks for all these tremendous offers and delicious recipes. The book would be a blessing, but I’d also like to be connected with this community of people who are starting GAPS this month. Hubby is a stickler for good food, and I need help staying focused in change!

  36. Cynthia says:

    I am in DIRE need of the GAPS program. I am 62 and for almost 30years I have suffered autoimmune and autonomic nervous system disorders. I am on 19, yes 19, prescriptions and even take medication to help me stay awake. I eat fairly clean and gluten free but do have sugar. I will continue learning about GAPS. Thank you so much for posting this information!! I found you looking for natural recipes!

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