My Go-To List
As I was writing the blog I thought it might be a good idea for me to write down the who and what of resources I’ve found along the way, so without further ado, here they are.
Quirky Cooking for Gut Health Program: We have used Jo’s recipes for 90% of our GAPS cooking to date. They’re simple and great tasting! This is a really incredible program full of How-To guides, recipes, meal planners and the lot. My number one at home resource for GAPS!
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: A gorgeous collection of GAPS friendly recipes and stories to boot (we based our fat bombs on their recipe!)
Meat – I live in Melbourne, Victoria and have done a lot of research, yes it did include spreadsheets trying to find the best meat producers I could. My final cut, mind the butchery term, was:
- Chicken: Milawa Free Range Poultry (I buy direct from Russell at the markets or go to the Queen Vic Market to The Chicken Pantry) to buy their free range or organic chicken and carcass’
- Red Meat & Organ Meat: Hagens Organics. They deliver for free every Friday to my area and I have been really happy with the quality of the meat and bones to make stock. I also order my organic liver for pâte here also
Kultured Wellness – I buy both our coconut yoghurt starter culture and kefir starter from Kirsty. Her cultures are so simple to make and work out really economical too. From one $40 coconut yoghurt starter I get at least 5 x 1.6kg of coconut yoghurt (made with the dark green Ayam tins). We also love both the apple juice and coconut kefir starters (the apple juice is my fave!)
Mary McKenzie-Kelly from Good Mood Food has been an incredible resource. I pay her a monthly fee to provide unlimited email support and it’s worth its weight in gold! Mary is an encyclopaedia of all things GAPS and I am so grateful to have found her
Going out and about on GAPS can be super tough (but do-able!), we didn’t do it so much in the early stages but as you get towards the later stages of Intro and then Full GAPS it becomes quite easy finding places to eat. We advise any restaurants that we are Paleo for dietary reasons as that tends to cover most of our food restrictions (except for sweet potato!).
A few cafe’s/restaurants I’ve been recently and had some delicious GAPS friendly meals are:
- Ascot Food Store – Ascot Vale
- Plough Hotel – Footscray
- The Station Hotel – Footscray
- Jed Cafe – Gisborne
- Barry – Northcote
- The Auction Rooms – North Melbourne
- Patch Cafe – Richmond
- Feast of Merit – Richmond
- The Anchorage – Williamstown
- Giddyup Mule – Yarraville
- The Railway Hotel – Yarraville
There are really so many options nowadays, I generally check the menu for meat or fish and steamed or roasted vegetables. Staying away from a lot of sauce’s, cheese, dairy, sugar is quite easy once you have the knack of knowing what to search for. I’ll continue to update this list as I visit more!