We will have soup for breakfast, and soup for lunch. And for dinner we will have broth! - my 10-yr-old son

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What does Stage 1 look like?

You will be on this stage for 1 to 7 days, or until the diarrhea (if you get any) clears up.

• Start each day with a cup of mineral or filtered water, warm or at room temperature, with a slice of lemon. Don't eat the lemon though, it's just for flavor (and to relieve constipation).
• meat stock (beef, poultry, fowl or fish)
• homemade soup with meat and/or veggies (use the meat stock as the base)
• boiled meat - separate or in the soup
• juice from fermented veggies - start w/1 tsp. a day, can add to soup, stock, water, however you can get it down!  Gradually work your way up (see below)
• ginger, mint or chamomile tea with honey (if you want)
• Add crushed garlic to your soup the last minute or two. You can also crush it right into your bowl then add the hot soup.

A few things to consider:

You can eat lots of soup or eat the foods separately. You could cook up some of the Stage 1 veggies and put them on the plate (whole or pureed) with some boiled meat and broth in a cup on the side or poured over the top sort of like gravy.

Stocks, broth and soups must be homemade and you should not remove the fat. You NEED the fat right now.

The only seasonings you can use are sea salt and pepper.

Do not use a microwave to heat your food.

Drink warm stock all day long, with meals, between meals, whenever.

It might be a good idea to have a crockpot full of soup on warm all day. Whenever someone is hungry you'll have food instantly ready.

You MAY be able to add yogurt in this stage. Do a sensitivity test and make sure it is well-fermented (24 hours). If you tolerate yogurt, try adding whey, sour cream and kefir. These work very well if diarrhea is a problem.

Eat as often and as much as you want. Really.

A daily detox bath might help relieve some aches and can help with constipation. Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar or baking soda all work well - use one cup of each, but use them separately.

About the juice from fermented foods - Start with 1-2 tsp. a day for 1-5 days, then 3-4 tsp. a day for 1-5 days and so on.  You eventually want to get to the point where you are adding a few teaspoons of probiotic food into every cup/bowl of soup or broth/stock.


  1. I am confused, don't you have to eliminate all dairy in the beginning?

  2. If you read NCMs GAPS book and The GAPS Diet Guide, they mention that some people MAY be able to use dairy during the first stages of Intro. Many people coming into the diet have already eliminated dairy and MIGHT be ready to try it then. Both recommend that you do the sensitivity tests first and go very slowly. You should also only use homemade 24-hour yogurt. Adding yogurt, whey, sour cream and kefir can help in really bad diarrhea situations, but only if you follow the dairy protocol, use homemade products and test everything carefully.

    We did not use dairy (except for ghee after a while) during our Intro stages. I have other friends who did.