Wrapping up GAPS Intro

Yesterday we “officially” wrapped up GAPS intro. I say “officially” because we’re planning on adding in non-intro foods one at a time, rather than all at once, so it will probably still feel like we’re on intro for a little while. Nevertheless, we made it through!

In total we spent thirteen days on intro. In case you’re wondering, yes, that is a short intro. I would guess a more typical duration to be around a month. Thirteen days was what we were up for, though, and I really do think that even our short intro was worth it. If nothing else, it got us to drink a LOT more broth than we normally do, probably around four to six cups a day rather than our normal one cup.

I was not initially sold on the idea of a short intro. My tendency is to be very black and white about things. If I’m going to do something, I want to do it perfectly. I’m working on changing this mindset, though, because I’ve come to realize that, particularly when it comes to your health, doing something is nearly always better than doing nothing. Neither Jesse nor I felt capable of undertaking a month-long intro, but doing a quicker version was within our reach. We may not have derived quite as much benefit as we would have from doing a longer intro, but I believe that any time spent on intro is better than no time on intro, so in the end I believe we came out ahead.

How We Fared on Intro

Both Jesse and I came through intro quite well. I think the second week was a lot easier than the first week. At some point I fell into a sort of groove with all the soup and didn’t mind the monotony so much. For some reason, just the fact that I knew I could have some avocado if I wanted to made everything much better. Jesse’s also been happier since he added in nut butter pancakes. He loves those pancakes and eats them at least twice a day. J

Aside from feeling more tired than usual, I didn’t really notice any new symptoms while on intro. I did get a few breakouts during the second week, but I think that may have had more to do with hormonal issues than anything else. My skin was looking quite good prior to and during the first few days of intro so I hope it can return to that condition soon.

Three stewing hens for broth

Looking Forward

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’m thinking of trying to transition off of GAPS sometime in the near future. I’m not really sure when that will be. Since we just finished intro, it seems like it would make sense to stay on for at least another month or two and maybe longer.

I’m honestly trying not to get too invested in the idea of going off GAPS because I realize it may not be up to me. After all, it’s possible that I may try some non-GAPS food and find that I can’t tolerate it at all, which to me would be a sign that I need to spend additional time on GAPS. It’s easy to get excited about the idea of non-GAPS foods, but I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm for now.

To try to maximize the benefit we receive from our next few months on GAPS, Jesse thought it would be a good idea to ramp up our detoxifying efforts. So, we’re planning on being more mindful of taking regular detox baths and trying to keep up the habit of juicing that we began towards the end of intro. Jesse’s been making juice for us, which has been great because I absolutely loathe juicing. I also think it would be a good idea to try to drink more broth than we normally do. I don’t think I can commit to making as much broth as we’ve had while on intro, but at least two cups a day would probably be a better goal than our normal one cup.

Advice for Anyone Thinking of Trying Intro

Last time I shared a few bits of advice that I found helpful while on intro. This second week made me think of a couple more useful tidbits. If you’re thinking of going on intro, keep these in mind:

If possible, leave flexibility for unscheduled trips to the grocery store. I normally only grocery shop on Wednesdays. When eating our normal GAPS diet, I’m pretty good at buying the right amount of veggies for the week. While on intro, however, I found myself making more trips to the store because it was difficult to predict how many vegetables we would need. Since Jesse and I share a car I can’t just run to the store whenever I feel like it, so it was helpful to remember that I might need to schedule extra shopping trips while on intro.

Remove any unnecessary foods from your fridge. My GAPS fridge is nearly always well-stocked with food, but going on intro has caused it to fill nearly to bursting. All that broth, meat, leftover soups and veggies take up a lot of space! Finding room for everything has been frustrating at times. If possible, I highly recommend removing anything you don’t need from your fridge prior to starting intro.

This post is part of Fight Back Friday.

Are you thinking of trying intro now, or have I scared you away? Please share your thoughts in the comments!


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5 Responses to Wrapping up GAPS Intro

  1. Amber says:

    Wow! I feel ya there…I spent a total of 14 hours in the kitchen from our intro GAPS diet, along with having to split my time with 2 kids, my older is 8 and autistic, and my younger is 1 1/2 and she was having a lot of autistic symptoms plus they both have lots of food sensitivities. It has truely been hard, but I too am black or white, all or nothing. I just wanted to tell you how much your website has truely blessed me, it is informative and helpful. There’s so much confusion out there and half hearted attempts and those that quit when it gets hard, and I must admit, the temptation is always there for us too on bad days. But your posts have helped me find products and brings comfort in knowing others are willing to sacrifice for the same thing. This diet is the hardest we’ve ever been on and to know I must keep my kids on it for at least 2 years is daunting, but taking it one day at a time, one task at a time is helping. Thank you for posts.

    • Meghan says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Amber. I really appreciate knowing that I’m helping people. Good luck with your GAPS journey. I hope you start seeing some healing in your children and yourself soon.

    • Lisbeth says:

      Thanks, Amber
      Hope you are all doing well!
      If possible an update would be great.
      Best regards,ยจ

  2. heather says:

    I really appreciate coming across this post and your website. We are on day 4 of intro and it has been quite a week so far. My autistic 8 year old is doing fairly well eating the foods. But I have a hard time getting him and my 4 year old to drink the broth. In fact they will just choose not to eat anything for the day even though the food is delicious. So I have resigned myself to doing the best we can. I’m obviously not going to force them to eat. Just offer good things at every meal and hope their tastes will change as they heal. We may just need to do intro again after we have been on the full gaps for a while.
    Anyway, I appreciate your thoughts on not doing everything just perfectly so. Others have noted that if its not just right then its not doing any good. I don’t agree with that.

  3. Lisbeth says:


    I too appreciate your posts! Am on the brink of starting on GAPS Intro but finding it rather overwhelming. I live alone and to think of all that cooking when you have very little energy can be disencouring but will try to prepare one thing at the time(broth, fermented vegetables, yougurt) and hope it is not as bad/difficult as it sounds. Have lived grain-free low-starch for almost 6 weeks and since cutting out the grains my longtime depression has lifted enough for me to now be able to even thing about a real diet. So glad a gave the grain-free diet a chance. Can’t be certain that is what has helped but believe so.

    Thanks for writing about the difficulties with wanting to do it just right – I now excactly what you mean and agree that it must be better to follow GAPS as much as possible than leaving it because one can not overcome it.

    Would really like to know how you are all doing!

    The many succes stories I have found around the net have provided much needed hope. But honestly some of the die-off stories also sound rather scary. Have just found a GAPS practicioner and will work with him when I start.

    Best regards and all the best for good health,

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