Even though summer doesn’t seem like the most pleasant time of year to sip hot broth all day, don’t discount it as a great time to start the GAPS Diet™ if you need it. Yes, you can begin GAPS in the summer, make it your main focus for a few weeks, and still take the trip you’ve got planned, or visit with the friends and family coming to see you.
Here are three situations that make it ideal to begin GAPS in the summer:
Your kids are out of school.
If you’re beginning GAPS as a family or just for your kids, summer is the best time to begin because you’ll have the most control over their daily diet during summer vacation. You won’t have to worry about sending them to school with Thermoses or making special arrangements for them to have GAPS treats during all the birthday and holiday parties that schools celebrate with wheat, sugar, and artificial colors.
If the GAPS Intro Diet still seems like too much during the heat of summer, try Full GAPS instead. With all the barbecues, salads, and fresh fruit it’s pretty easy to accommodate, not to mention how refreshing a homemade juice popsicle can be. Summer also gives us so many opportunities to do things that don’t revolve around junk food. Swimming, hikes, trips to farms to see how our veggies are grown, or where our meat animals live, and just generally playing outdoors are all things kids look forward to.
You’re a teacher, student, or work a job where summer is the slow season.
If you’re a teacher or a student and it’s summer you’re going to have free time and flexibility that allows you to begin GAPS without having a ton of other distractions. You’ll get into the swing of things with the new lifestyle that it brings and by the time school is back in session you’ll have your routines down and be back to eating a wide variety of foods.
If summer is a slow season in your work, use that extra time to give the GAPS Intro Diet your full focus now and set yourself up for a Fall holiday season with more food options on the Full GAPS Diet. As a bonus, when your busy work season comes back around, you’ll find that you’re well-nourished on GAPS and the usual stressors won’t bother you as much. Your neurotransmitters will be calm.
You live in an area where it’s hard to get fresh food all year round.
Summer is the perfect time to begin GAPS if you live in a remote or northern location where it’s not possible to get fresh fruit and vegetables during the winter. Fresh food is always the ideal, but don’t consider GAPS out of the question if you can’t always get it. There are plenty of benefits to be had by doing some type of home preservation to get you through winter. In these locations that means freezing or dehydrating foods. Just get started on the GAPS Diet as early as possible by learning how to make GAPS foods. Then when you begin the Diet you’ll get a feel for how much food you’ll need to have on hand, and which types, so that you can make a plan to stock up for the winter months. In winter you can rely more heavily on fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, which increases the nutrients in fresh cabbage, and lasts for many months in cool weather.