What is GAPS Diet

What is the GAPS Diet?

Perhaps you are already familiar with what is the GAPS Diet. Maybe you’ve even read the GAPS™ book, heard stories from friends, or even tried implementing a few changes with your own family…I knew about GAPS myself for quite some time before I actually used it with my own family.

However, in case you need to go back to basics or explain it to someone else, here’s what the GAPS™ Diet looks like:

The GAPS™ Diet is more appropriately called a “protocol” and includes three parts:

  • Healing diet
  • Supplementation
  • Detoxification

GAPS™ stands for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or Gut and Physiology Syndrome, and the protocol designed by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, a U.K. neurologist. She (and GAPS™ Practitioners she has trained) has used the protocol to heal everything from autism, eczema, & migraines — to depression & hormone issues. 

Want the short & sweet version? Here is what GAPS™ does:

  • Removes complex carbs, which are difficult to digest and feed pathogenic organisms.
  • Includes fermented foods & high-quality probiotic supplements to restore gut flora.
  • Prioritizes meat stocks/bone broths to heal the lining of the intestinal tract. 
  • Focuses on nutrient-dense, traditional foods to restore nutrient deficiencies.
  • Carefully reintroduces foods in order of digestibility & absorption.
  • Includes lifestyle changes that bring in detox and immune-boosting practices.

For a complete list of the 6-Stage Introduction Diet Foods + Full GAPS Foods, click here

For my GAPS recipes, click here.

For GAPS meal plans, click here. For my 14-week GAPS Dinner Menus & Grocery List, click here.


To learn more about GAPS, I suggest reading these two books:

Scroll to Top