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  1. Vanessa says


    Sorry, just remembered that I had another question….I tried making sauerkraut last week, but the liquid in it has gone brown? It doesnt look mouldy or anything and it smells sour (havent be brave enough to try it yet). Just wondering if that could be because I put a metallic lid on the container (which I think I’m not supposed to do?)? Or have a done something wrong with it?



  2. Sarah says

    Hi, I’m wondering what kind/brand of almond or coconut milks do you recommend. I’m sure some must be better than others…
    thank you much for all your good work!

    • Cara says

      Hi Sarah, I use either Natural Forest (I think- it’s the bpa free one but has gaur gum) or Natural Value Natural (no guar gum but bpa). I’ve heard there is a BPA free gum free one in tetra packs (the waxy cardboard juice box type stuff) but I haven’t seen it locally and haven’t had time to research it online yet. Hope that helps :)

  3. Cari says

    The coconut milk in the cardboard package (no gums or BPA) is ‘Let’s Do Organic.’ My local health food store didn’t carry it on the shelves but they ordered me a case. Yum!

  4. Gabi says


    Is maple syrup allowed with the gaps diet??? I thought it would be only honey! How come some recipes contain maple syrup, what makes it different to white sugar????


    • Syd says

      Hi Gabi,

      Raw Honey and Organic Maple syrup are different from sugar because they do not need to rob nutrients from your body to digest themselves. Sugar on the other hand does. It has no nutritional value and therefore has to rob you of nutrients to be digested. That is why your immune system is compromised every time you eat processed sugar. Raw Honey and Maple Syrup(grade B, if possible, less processed) have minerals and enzymes that are beneficial to you let alone taste wonderful!


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  6. Brooke says

    Dear Cara,

    I recently read your post regarding B12 as folate and being tongue-tied, which both of my girls were. I’m pregnant again and want to try your recommended brand from Amazon for myself and my girls. However, the links in your post are to the exact same product, same dosages. I think this must be an error. Would you be so kind as to send the correct links to my email?

    Thank you.

  7. Alicia says

    First of all, thank you so much for your work on this site!!! It has helped me countless times in my efforts to help my son. I am curious if you have come across the idea in the autistic community that autism is a biological difference and the whole of the person, so much a part of their identity that you cannot cure it. An autistic person told me that he wouldn’t want to be cured because then he wouldn’t be the same person. As a parent, especially after reading the GAPS book, I am of a completely different approach and opinion. My son has a gene deletion for autism. He shares some of the basic personality traits of an autistic person. For example, he excels in music, loves repetition, can be somewhat fixated on an object (but he is 2 1/2), and can avoid eye contact initially when told to say goodbye to someone. If he initiates it, then he loves eye contact. Anyway, all that to say, I am wondering if you have encountered this idea that parents and autistic people are being told? How would you respond to someone like that? He was all for helping someone with negative symptoms. But he didn’t like the idea of changing who he is.

  8. Colleen Jackson says

    Hi, I was looking at your sample of the 30 days on the GAPS intro, and I didn’t always see 3 meals a day. Is that just something I would supplement in?

  9. Taryn says

    Hi Cara

    I am about to buy your book to begin the GAPS intro.
    Just so I am prepared after the 30 days do you have recommendations or a book to take the diet to the next step?

  10. Monique says

    I have a LO allergic to nuts and we are beginning the GAPS diet. There are so many wonderful baking recipes that call for almond flour. Do you recommend another flour in replace? possibly oats? Can you even have oat flour on GAPS diet? I know coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture and would require more eggs.

  11. Robyn says

    Hi Cara,I purchased your ‘What Can I eat Now’ yesterday while on my ipad and cannot find the download email for my computer anywhere. Can you help me.

  12. Dorina says

    Hi Cara
    I just purchased “What Can I Eat Now?” PDF and noticed the table of contents doesn’t fully match the contents. I’m missing “Transferring to the Full GAPS Diet” and “FAQs” sections. Is my book incomplete?

  13. Candace says

    Hi Cara,
    I’m interested in getting your ebook “The Empowered Mother”. I would like to research various issues during my pregnancy, plus I need to decide whether to do a home birth or go to the hospital. I am 18 weeks along in my pregnancy. I noticed that the ebook comes in weekly portions to our email, if I’m understanding that correctly. I am concerned that I wouldn’t have access to all the information that I need to make my decision soon enough. Can I read through the book at my own pace? Thanks.

  14. Angie says

    Hi Cara!

    I have a 13 year old son with Autism. He has been gluten/Casein/soy free since he was 5. The diet was helpful, but he is in grade 7, reading at a grade 1 level. I know that diet is everything and I can reverse his autism. I recently took him to a naturopath who tested his nervous system to see what foods were bothering him. He told me to feed him like people used to eat 100 years ago…chicken. turkey, beef (with no additives), lots of dark green veggies, noodles, potatoes and rice. Today I came across the GAP cookbook while visiting with a friend. I am pretty sure that my son has a leaky gut and would love to try this, but now I am confused. If I start this diet can he eat dairy again, wheat? The naturopath said he could have noodles and rice, but the GAP diet says no to this. Do you have any advice for me? I don’t want to waste any more time as he is already 13.

    • Cara says

      It’s not exactly the opposite of what I said, they do say that folic acid is the man made form of folate, which is true. If people don’t absorb folic acid well, they absorb folate better. If they absorb folic acid fine, they also will absorb folate. I would go with folate for this reason, but it’s your choice.

  15. Christina Mattson says

    Hi Cara, you had replied to an e-mail I sent you about my 9 year old son with Sensory Seeking visual issues. I had told you that it affected him in a negative way such as making his eyes cross and causing him to forget and even refuse to use the bathroom when he does it.
    I tried to open your comment on facebook but it only took me to your video again. I can’t find you comment here either. Could you please send your comment to my email address? I would greatly appreciate it.

  16. Shannon says

    Hello Cara,
    I just came across your site after getting the results of an IgG test which showed I was having an immune response to all but 5 of the 92 foods! My doctor believes this is due to leaky gut. I am curious about the GAPS diet and want to heal my gut. I have been dealing with pain (joint, muscle, etc…) for a while due to inflammation and was looking at each individual part as the root instead of the holistic center: the gut. While the diet is intriguing, I am a vegetarian. I would be open to adding salmon, but will not do other meats. I was also wondering if and when coconut would be allowed in the intro. I will be traveling for an extended amount of time come July and so I need to do all I can between now and then to heal. Thank you for the work you have done on this site. There is a wealth of information.

  17. Chris McCormick says

    Hi Cara, We have been doing GAPS for quite a while, but never did intro. We are now doing intro and after 8 days my 4 year old is noticably losing weight, is this common? He is not the one with mild autism symptoms, that is my 5 yr. old, but I am doing it with him as a detox and dairy allergy. He eats A LOT. And a lot of squash. The others are losing too, but not like him. We are somewhat following your How to eat for 30 days intro and we are stuck on stage 3. I now wish we would have done intro way sooner than now, but WOW is it a lot of work and a lot of money.

  18. silas says

    I have Candida and i have done the Candida diet for almost a year and it seems the last three months it has stopped working. Will the GAP diet work. I have read about we need some fungus but not a over growth. I also see on some of the recipes there are some things forbidden on the candida diet such mushrooms (they have mold), sweets, which feed the fungus.

  19. Margaret says

    Hello Cara does this work for Candida and I am living in Canada organic is costly I am on a really tight budget and want to get healthy do you have any suggestions?Thanks

  20. caro says

    Hei, like very much your recipes. My question is with your meals my son can gain weight.

    Im thinking to buy to month of your meals and see how it goes, but I really need that my kid can have a meal that is going to make him have more weight. Im searching all around were I can find the best meals for him. He has brain injured and his weight is very low. Om not sure if is better to buy the freezer meals of monthly of your meals. What you recommend me best.

  21. Krista says

    I loved your folic acid article. I have MTHFR and suspect that my son has it. He’s deathly afraid of needles, so I was thinking about trying folate supplementation for him to see if we would see improvement in his anxiety. I’m having difficulty finding a recommended dosage for children. You mentioned the brand you use in your article, but the link for your children and for you went to the same product. Do you all take the same amount?

    Thank you!

  22. Jacki says

    Hi Cara,
    My sweet little 11 week old has been spitting up a lot since he was born. He seems to fuss a little less with dairy, red meat and eggs out of my diet (groan), but I’d love to try the acidophilus you mentioned when you wrote about the Biokult. How do you give it to your baby?

  23. Myna says

    Hi Cara, I already get your e-mails and love your articles. My son is autistic and we are about to start GAPS. I am feeling pretty nervous though. It seems almost impossible to do with the lifestyle we currently lead. And my husband refuses to give up his high carb diet. Do I need to sign up again to get the checklist to detoxify our home? I wouldn’t want to receive two different e-mails with the same info.


  24. Heather says

    Hello Cara,
    I have purchased some of your meal plans in the past and what do I eat now 30 day intro book. I was slowly building up a collections of the meal plans and had gotten fall and winters meal plans this past winter. Was waiting for spring and summer to get the other ones. I see how you order them has changed now :( I was able to afford the $16 here or there but now it’s a $10 a month deal? Is there any way to go back to the option of purchasing Spring 1 Spring 2 or summer 1 Summer 2 or others???
    Thank you for your time!


  25. Marge says

    I wanted to print your recipe, but you don’t have a choice to print. You just have Facebook and e-mail, etc.
    Most websites that offer recipes have a Print choice so you can print the recipe.

  26. Beth says

    Cara- Sorry to bother with such a simple question, but…
    How long can I keep Whey in the refrigerator? Can it be frozen?
    Thanks for taking time to respond.

  27. Annie says

    We are about to start GAPS intro and I have been using your What Can I Eat Now e-book. I noticed you mentioned that your daughter took digestive enzymes through the intro portion of the diet. Could you please provide which ones? Was it the Betaine HCl with Pepsin that is mentioned in the GAPS book?

    Thank you,

  28. Kate says

    I am at the beginning of my journey investigating GAPS. I have a nut free household as my son is allergic. Will I find enough recipes in your plan that are nut free?


  29. Melanie Bauer says

    Dear Cara.
    This is Melanie Bauer. I purchased your e-book. I downloaded it but it would not print. I kept trying to get it to print and then my time expired. It shows up as a download but I cannot print it. What do I do? I want to get started on the GAPS diet but I can’t print your e-book.

  30. esther says

    i purchased the ebook What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Intro Diet
    Item Number 934808 on the 24th june but i dont know where to get the download and there is no email has come. i am very concerned as my paypal account has been debited the ful 20 dollars.
    please contact me with instructions on how to download my purchase?
    Esther Marshall

  31. Rhonda says

    Hi Cara,

    I purchased and downloaded your “What Can I eat Now?” And have lost the information since my computer crashed. I had the info stored on my desktop. Is it possible for you to resend as we are going to do the Gaps intro again with our granddaughter and the recipes were so helpful.
    Thanks much!

  32. Carly says

    Hi Cara

    I have just purchased your intro Ebook . The email to download the Ebook has not been sent to my hotmail so therefore may have gone to my paypal email address. When trying to access the paypal address I am being told that the address has been deactivated. Is it possible to get the link emailed to my hotmail account?

    Many thanks


  33. Sara says

    Hi. We just ordered your ebook for,the 30 day intro gaps diet. Since i purchased it i have been researching my gaps questions on-line and have found conflicting information to that in the ebook. For example, on the gaps website i saw that it says to cook chicken stock for 2.5-3 hrs. In your book it says 8. Also, when i made sauerkraut it said in the ebook to put the cabbage in jars and sea salt on top- then shake to mix the salt around. The salt stuck to,the cabbage on top and didn’t disperse. I didn’t see a recipe for fermented fish inthe ebook- not sure what this means. Would you be able to refund me for the ebook because i unfortunately haven’t found it helpful.

    Thank you,

  34. Lori Chenoweth says

    Dear Cara,
    I’m sitting here with your cook book for which I am so grateful- we have found 1 item we can add from it.
    In the breakfast category it is rough. I was happy to add eggs, but being on a gluten free, dairy free diet with all the children meant my son developed allergies to bananas, almond flour, and strawberries which still ruled out most of your breakfast recipes.

  35. Amber Chaco says

    Hi! I was referred to you by Kelly Smith. I have a son who is autistic. He is a super picky eater. He pretty much eats the same thing every day. Cheerios in the morning, Peanut Butter and honey sandwich for lunch and chicken nuggets for dinner. He is very particular about the bread used for his sandwiches. We get our bread straight from Great Harvest Bakery. They dont use sugars to sweeten their bread, just honey. The chicken nuggets are difficult as they dont sell the ones he likes here in Minnesota. We just moved from California. I was talking to a friend who has two boys who are autistic and one of them was picky as well. She put them on the GAPS diet and I am interested in doing this but not sure where to start. I dont really have a kitchen right now as we are living in the basement of my husbands aunt and uncle. Please let me know your thoughts.

  36. Coreen says

    Dear Cara

    I have recently found your wonderful site and I am interested in buying your grain free menu plans. I am keen to subscribe soon to make use of the $10/month offer that is on until 6 Aug. However, I have 2 questions:
    1. we live in South Africa and I want to know whether I will receive summer menu’s in our winter months and visa versa. Can you pls let me know if there is an option to avoid this from happening if I subscribe?
    2. Secondly, if I subscribe today, will I be bound for the next 12 months or is there a way to stop the subscription should the menus not really work for us. I ask this because ingredients and food tastes sometimes varies so much between countries / cultures that the menu may not be so useful once I have a good look at it.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  37. Mary says

    Hi Cara,
    I think I am starting GAPS soon with my family because our 4 year old has PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections). I know you are not a doctor and so you cannot “prescribe” diets per say, but I’m wondering if you have had many families trying to help their PANDAS child through a GAPS diet and if they have had success?

  38. Sheila Flood says

    Hi, I’ve tried multiple times to purchase the 30 day intro and every time it reads an error. I’m really anxious to start GAPS and was referred here by a friend. Help please!!!!

  39. Karen says

    I was wondering what you use for toothpaste for you and your family. Also, what is your laundry soap
    you use for your family? I know these two things are important for gut healing?

    Thank you

  40. Daphne says

    Hi Cara! First of all, I just want to say how thankful I am to have found your bog. Thank you for sharing so much valuable information! I just got done watching your MTHFR webinar. Thank you for explaining this topic simply as well as in depth! I would like to start my kiddos on the active B12 Lozenges. How much should I start them out on and how much would be the max dose? Thanks!

  41. Lilie Hail says

    Hi Cara,

    You are just so amazing! To be able to do all you have done with GAPS and your website, ebooks, etc. while raising two small children (while dealing with one who was ill!) is just unfathomable to me. Your 30-day recipe program helped me so much while getting started with GAPS, and I so appreciate how organized and simple you kept everything, even demystifying how to make fermented vegetables, which I’d always viewed with great trepidation. So thank you SO VERY MUCH for all your wonderful work!

  42. Lesli says

    Hi Cara! I have purchased your 30 Day intro guidebook and read the GAPS book. I have a question that I cannot seem to find the answer to.
    My son tested sensitive to several things in your intro diet, namely, whey, ginger, honey, onion and yellow squash. The answer seems obvious, but should I avoid these foods? The reason I ask is because of some comments that Dr. Natasha made about how inaccurate sensitivity testing is and that any given day a patient could test sensitive for whatever they have recently eaten because of your leaky gut. So, if these foods help seal the gut lining, is it ok for him to eat? Assuming we watch for reactions? I’d be grateful for any ideas of suggestions you might have!!

  43. Michelle Lambton says

    I would like to hear some comments regarding sticking to the GAPS diet whilst travelling. I will be on a train for three days and am thinking the dining car, although of good culinary repute, is too expensive. What kind of satisfying, non-refrigeratable foods does everyone else bring? There will be two stops near grocery stores, but the train might not be there when these stores are open. Anyone?

  44. Jenny says

    Hi Cara,
    I am grateful for you and the time you spend to enrich the lives of your family and lots of other families too. I have really learned a lot from you and want to encourage you to continue on! Happy thanksgiving!!

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