We were all eager for new food when we progressed to stage 3 of the GAPS Introduction Diet. You should have seen how excitedly ecstatic the kids were when they were presented with a few teaspoons of mashed avocado... they went crazy as if it was a special treat. They both ate every tiny morsel of avocado, even licking their plates clean and both wearing "avocado moustaches" as a result! There were giggles a-plenty at the meal that day.
New foods we enjoyed in Stage 3:
- Eggs scrambled in ghee
- Onions cooked in ghee
A new food which both boys happily ate in the 3rd stage was onions. I cut the onions into rings and cooked them slowly in tons of ghee. I called them golden onion rings and the boys couldn't get enough of them! One of the meals (pictured above) also included cooked chicken, mashed avocado, carrots and cauliflower.
The 3rd Stage coincided with our first family gathering on GAPS - my Brother-in-law's Birthday Party. I wasn't sure how the boys would be surrounded by Non-GAPS food. I took a lunch box FULL of GAPS "treats" - which for them included avocado, their first GAPS pancakes, peas and carrots and hoped for the best.
Thankfully they were mostly distracted by all the "cool toys" (Mr 4's words!) at their Aunty & Uncle's house that the food I took came in handy to replenish their energy but they weren't too bothered by not being allowed to eat the party food. Unfortunately Mr 2 decided to have a non-food related mega-tantrum and we had to be "party-poopers" and leave a little early as a result.
I think it helped that in the days leading up to the party, I explained to them over and over that we will have our own fun food at the party and that our bodies are not ready for party food just yet - it would give us a sore tummy and make us sick. It was more with Mr 4 that I had these conversations with and thankfully Mr 2 copied his brother by steering clear of the party food in favour of their GAPS lunch boxes.
In stage 3, to make the kid's meals a little more enticing, I pulled out my bento supplies and had some fun! The kids loved these heart shaped pancakes...
First, I cooked the pancakes (I followed a recipe from 30 Days On GAPS Intro Handbook) then used a cookie cutter to cut the pancakes into little hearts. I served the pancakes on a heart shaped plate, along with mashed avocado (which I also thinned with some stock), homemade burgers with cute food picks and cooked vegetables.
After seeing incredible results early on, Mr 2's skin started to break out again. We're not sure whether it was food related or a die-off reaction (which is when all harmful bacteria "die off" and release their toxins as a result. You can read more here). We spent an extra few days on Stage 3, ensuring that we experienced maximum benefit before progressing onto the 4th stage - be sure to subscribe to receive all updates delivered FREE to your inbox - Click Here to Subscribe!
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More GAPS Diet Information:
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GAPS Diet Preparation
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 1
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 2
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 3
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 4
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 5
GAPS Introduction Diet Stage 6
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