Vomiting on the GAPS Diet is a common occurrence during the first week. It’s usually due to one of two things – low blood sugar or an inability to digest the new fats, and I’ll give you remedy ideas for each. Of course, it can be a coincidence, so monitor your kid’s temperature to determine if they’re sick or if something more serious may be going on, and visit a doctor, if indicated.
Quick help for nausea in general can come from ginger tea, which you can drink between meals. You can also use AromaEase essential oil, placing a couple drops on a cotton ball, and inhaling the scent for 30 seconds to a minute.
Vomiting can be a sign of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). When you cut out most carbohydrates in the diet of a sugar addict, it’s easy for our blood sugar to drop too low. When sugar’s been the primary source of fuel for your metabolism, you’ll need it frequently because it burns up quickly.
In this case, have a couple ounces of fresh pressed apple or carrot juice and see if that helps. Freshly pressed juices are best, but if the situation is urgent and you don’t have a juicer yet, use store-bought juice with no added ingredients. If the juice helps, continue using it in as small an amount as possible to remedy the nausea and vomiting when it happens. It’s helpful to make freshly pressed juice into ice cubes or popsicles in advance, so they can provide immediate relief.
Another remedy is to make a mixture of raw coconut oil (or ghee) and add a little raw honey. I recommend a ratio of about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon or less of honey. Put this mix in a glass jar and take it with you everywhere. Have a teaspoon of the mixture every 20-60 minutes to keep your blood sugar level. This tastes delicious and people usually think they’ll never stop using it, but when you’re getting the other nutritious foods in, you’ll forget about this within a couple of weeks.
To keep your blood sugar steady, eat GAPS foods often, and in small amounts, rather than insisting on set meal times. As you increase your intake of fats and start burning fat as the primary fuel for your metabolism, your blood sugar will become balanced again and you’ll be able to go 4-5 hours without eating, which is your goal.
Nausea first thing in the morning, after meals, or vomiting shortly after eating are common signs of an inability to digest fats completely. Even children can have poor bile production with a sluggish liver and gallbladder. If large amounts of animal fats are a new addition to your diet, you might not be able to tolerate them at first.
In this case, try introducing beet kvass early in the Intro Diet. You can have it in addition to, or in the place of, the sauerkraut juice.
You can also skim off the animal fats from your soup (save them in a jar to cook with later) and replace them with coconut oil instead. Coconut oil doesn’t require your gallbladder to digest it, so when you have a fat digestion issue, you’ll usually feel much better with coconut oil instead.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll be avoiding animal fats for the duration of the diet! It just means that for the first 3-4 weeks you’ll gradually build up, using beet kvass to help thin your bile (or the supplement Beta-TCP). This will support fat digestion until your body becomes more efficient at digesting it again. However, if you’ve had your gallbladder surgically removed, you’ll need to take ox bile with meals from now on in order to properly digest your fats.
In the long run, fats buffer your blood sugar so you don’t end up with hypoglycemia again. It’s extremely important to eat fats with every meal in order to exercise your gallbladder – it’s a use it or lose it type of organ. With these tips, most nausea should subside quickly, but if it doesn’t, or if you can’t keep fluids down, speak to a healthcare practitioner.
Thank you, this was exactly what I needed. My 4 year old threw up early this morning, which is day 3 of stage 1. I’m very grateful for these tips. They will get us through.
My son is on day three of a month-long slow transition to the full GAPS diet for relief of chronic constipation. He vomited in the middle of the night last night after a full day on the GAPS diet and an enema before bed (he’s had one many times before, but this time took more water). Could this possibly have been the cause of nausea/vomiting at 1am? Our diet prior to GAPS was not in any way void of animal fats. He is otherwise fine, eating and went right back to sleep!
My first thought is that he may have had this as a detox reaction, which could be from a bile release with the enema. If it’s a one-off thing I wouldn’t worry over it, but would definitely give a few days before another enema to allow his system to reset.
Thank you so very much! He has been his normal self since and has continued eating GAPS diet like a champ. Thank you again – your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for a helpful post!
How much beet kvass for a start? 1 teaspoon? Diluted in water or not? My son is 9 yo and now he is in intro diet stage 1..so far constipation and lots of vomitting. After reading this post..i think he probably cant tolerate fat well
Try 1/2 teaspoon and see how it goes. Depending on any die-off reaction, I’ve had kids literally begin with 1 drop at a time, so don’t be afraid to start low and go slow if he really seems overloaded.
Thank you so much for your answer. Made beet kvass just now. But before it fermenting..is it ok to substitute with juice (tiny amount of bit + apel + carrot + lettuce). This morning i gave him to drink this 50 ml and no vomitting so far after eating. But he still looks very weak, and not eating as much as before. No appetite so far 🙁
Yes, of course. He may be benefiting from the blood sugar stabilization of the sweet veggies and fruits.