When I first decided to start the GAPS Diet, I planned to start working on incorporating some elements of GAPS into my life slowly at first. Then I set a date for the intro part of the diet and knew that, once I began, I was going to do my best to do it really well for the next couple of years.
My other main plan was to do the intro diet once. I had heard of some people who went back and did it again at various points, but I did not want to be one of those people! Why on earth would I put myself through those kinds of restrictions more than once?!
Revisiting My Declarations
Well, I have found in my life, that it’s generally wise to not make those kinds of declarations. It seems that you often end up going back on them later. (Another declaration I made once, before starting college, was that I would never get married before I graduated. Ask me how that one turned out!*)
After feeling like things were really starting to go downhill for me at the beginning of the year, I decided to get some outside help. When I first met with Monica Corrado, she suggested that I would really benefit from doing intro again. I cringed inside at the thought. But I also knew she was probably right.
We decided that I would give myself some time to prepare, get enough broth on hand, make ferments, etc. And then I would start. But this time, I have some guidance from someone else to help me.
Intro Begins Again
So I began intro again on March 16th. Today marks day 7 for me and I am already on Stage 3 as of this morning. Yea! We set some points I needed to reach before moving on to the next stage and I’m happy to say I feel like I’m cruising along pretty well through intro.
I feel so much better than I did the last time I went through intro, especially during stages one and two, when I noticed a lot more die off symptoms. My energy, except for the first day, has been really great. In some ways, I think it’s even better than before I started intro last week. Other really great news is that my rash, which had spread all over back in January, has greatly reduced. I’m hoping it might even clear up completely by the end of intro.
The other exciting news is that I have officially started the dairy re-introduction protocol. I’ll go into more detail about this in the future, but it’s going to be a long haul. Six weeks on each stage. Right now I’m just on ghee, which I had actually already introduced without a problem. But I’m happy to know that I’m going to be working my way through each of the coming stages.
Is Repeating Intro for Everyone?
While I don’t think everyone probably needs to go back and re-do intro, I would definitely recommend it if you’re having some issues or feeling a bit stuck. And even though I get a bit grumpy about my food choices in the first couple of stages, as my husband can attest, I think it has already been very beneficial. I’m looking forward to seeing more good things take place over the next couple of weeks!
Have you done intro more than once? What was your experience going through it again?
*And yes, it turned out well! I married my best friend between my junior and senior years of college. And I also finished my degree!