“Just A Spoonful of…”

“…sauerkraut helps the almondflour go down,
the almondflour go down,
the almondflour go down,
just a spoonful of sauerkraut helps the almondflour go down,
in the most delightful way!”

Everyone’s seen Mary Poppins, yes? No? Okay, in the original, it’s sugar that helps the medicine go down. But on GAPS, we need neither.

Sauerkraut is my favourite new thing. (I know, I know – I was supposed to have been using it from the beginning of GAPS.) Recently I suddenly “got it” about how easy it is to ferment veggies, and about how simple a deeply flavourful recipe is to make. When the first taste touched my tongue, I was smitten: Sauerkraut is lively, sparkly and delicious – great on its own and actually enhancing dishes like cabbage rolls! Bonus? My body and my son’s body responded to it with glee.

Presumably because I was more nourished, I found I suddenly needed less food overall.  The “live” aspect also led me to more uncooked options, like salads and grated beets. Finally, my son’s digestion, especially of almond flour, improved noticeably when a tablespoon of kraut was offered alongside.

Do not underestimate the healing powers of this food. Remember, though, wait until any initial die-off symptoms have eased up, then start with just a teaspoon of its juice, working up slowly from there. For recipes, click here.

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7 thoughts on ““Just A Spoonful of…”

  1. Hi,
    I just started the diet the other day, and before I got the book I started with the fermented vegetables. They taste amazing! Im wondering if I should really stop them for the intro part of the diet. I seem to be tolerating them fairly well…

    Over most of the last year I have ended up eating very similar to the GAPS diet except for beans and some raw vegetables. (Ive been making broths for a while) Its what made me feel best though I was still having some problems. So Im a majority of the way there already….

    My main stomach symptoms are small intestine pain, it is never accompanied with diarrhea though. I do have the occasional loose bowels alternating with constipation however and tons of “food allergies”. I also have chronic fatigue.

    Do you really think I need to stop the fermented veggies during the intro?


    • Hi Michele,

      It’s entirely up to you. I can say that most people consuming probiotics even for a long time before starting intro find that intro still triggers die-off so intense that reduced dosages are a kindness to the body.

      All my best,

  2. thanks Baden. The die off actually hit me like a brick wall not long after I wrote that post. (ouch!) I reduced the probiotics and your right, it was a huge kindness to my body!


  3. Hi! I’m new to this diet (just getting ready to start the intro diet), but am a little confused by this post. I understood from the GAPS website that you start introducing the juice from sauerkraut little by little from the beginning. Am I misunderstanding? It’s all a little overwhelming still, trying to make sense of it all! Thanks for your help!

  4. Hi Kelsey,

    Dr Natasha recommends juice from fermented veggies right from the start. Personally, I recommend one waits for the initial wave of die-off to subside, and then start that.

    All my best,

  5. Hi, I am preparing to start this diet so maybe I am too soon for this question. But, I have been making sauerkraut and eating it this past year. I dont usually have juice leftover, or very little. Now I am preparing a new batch and have added extra whey and water to the batch, and didnt fill the jar with the cabbage so there would be room for the liquid. All the veges are floating in the liquid instead of being packed in it. Is this ok?

    • Hi Meredith,

      I’m not certain, but I think this would be fine. You could check in with others on the support list(s), for those who’ve completed the same experiment.


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