I recently spent the school holidays doing the GAPS introduction diet with my children. We decided to pack up and go on holidays for 2 weeks to make it easier, which worked really well. It took a while to prepare and pack, so have a read if you are thinking of doing something similar.
Here are some things you will need to pack:
- Slow cooker
The slow cooker is invaluable when you are doing the GAPS introduction diet. Put it on LOW at night time for breakfast, then on HIGH in the morning for lunch. Then put in on HIGH at lunch time for dinner. GAPS introduction is all about the soups and stews. Lots of lamb shanks, chicken drumsticks and osso bucco.
Whatever is left in the slow cooker when everyone has filled their bellies, including the stock, puree it in the Thermomix or food processor to make soup for a snack later on.
- Thermal cooker (Thermo-pot)
The Thermo-pot is a great addition to the GAPS introduction diet when you are away from home. If you want to go out for the day, you put lunch in the Thermo-pot. At the same time put dinner in the slow cooker on LOW.
Most slow cooker recipes can be adapted for the Thermo-pot. Lamb shanks, a whole chicken, or chicken drumsticks are ready in the Thermo-pot in 3.5 hours. You just put everything in the Thermo-pot, bring it to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, everything has reached the right temperature. Put the inner pot of the Thermo-pot in the outer part of the Thermo-pot, lock the lid and put it in the boot of your car. Come lunchtime, food is ready! Even if you aren’t doing GAPS, I think this is a great way to eat when you are on holidays and avoid fast food and poor food choices.
- Probiotics & Cod Liver oil
You will need a good quality probiotic and cod liver oil for GAPS introduction. The will need to be ordered from a practitioner before you leave. Probiotics are critical to the success of GAPS, so pack enough for your entire trip, so you don’t get caught out in a small town without a practitioner.
- Sauerkraut juice
In the early stages of GAPS, the sauerkraut juice is consumed, not sauerkraut. This takes a few weeks to ferment, so plan ahead and make it before you leave. Not sure how to do this? Check out my video: http://holistichealthbylisamoane.com.au/sauerkraut-juice/. Make enough for each person to have at least a quarter of a cup per day for Stage 1 and 2.
- 24 hour yoghurt / kefir / cultured cream
Familiarise yourself with how to make these before you go. It is a good idea to make some yoghurt and cultured cream before you go, as it takes 24 hours to incubate. Get to know what facilities you will have when you are away. If your accommodation doesn’t allow you access to an electric oven, you may want to invest in a yoghurt maker to take with you. Bring your kefir grains, and source organic milk along the way. Travelling is a great opportunity to visit local farmers markets or even visit farms and buy milk directly from them. All you need to make your kefir is 2 big glass jars, something to scoop out the grains after fermentation, kefir grains and milk.
I definitely found my Thermomix invaluable for GAPS introduction. As well as blending up the left overs from the slow cooker to make soup for snacks, I also made soup using chicken stock and vegetables. Children especially can be fussy about the texture of soup, and the Thermomix give such a smooth, almost creamy texture. I also used it to add honey and probiotics to kefir.
7. Enema Kit
Enema’s are very useful in GAPS, especially if you are prone to constipation. If you feel comfortable with the idea, learn how to do an enema and pack the kit with you when you go. If you know the accommodation set up will not be conducive to this, you can research if there is anywhere to go for a colonic irrigation instead along the way.
8. Kitchen essentials
I bring my knives with me on holidays, as I get easily frustrated with a blunt knife! Other kitchen essentials you might want to bring include: garlic press, potato peeler, a ladle, a slotted spoon, mason jars for storing leftovers, soup spoons.
- Epsom salts
These are great for detox baths, but many places to stay don’t have a bath. Bring them along if you know you have a bath, otherwise lots of sunshine, fresh air and ocean swimming are really helpful for detoxing.
- Picnic set & Thermos
Buy a good quality picnic set made from either enamel or stainless steel, not plastic. When you are having lunch out and about, you will need bowls and cups for your soup and stews. It is also the time to dig out your thermos flask. You will probably need a couple of these to keep soups warm.