2 quick questions
1) Are supplements/vitamins allowed during the introduction period? (I take the essential supplements recommend here: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/)
2) Is sauerkraut considered (digestively) the same thing as cabbage, or is it different because it is fermented? (She writes that you should stay away from fibrous veggies like cabbage, but suggests adding fermented foods.)
Supplements aren't recommended but if they don't have any fillers they may not be a problem.
Sauerkraut is eaten, or rather its juice drunk, because it is fermented and a rich source of probiotics. Vegetables you're not fermenting need to be cooked until very soft and the liquid used to cook them also consumed.
Only FCLO is recommended at all stages, after you test for intolerance.
Sauerkraut is considered easier to digest because it's been fermented. You do not consume raw vegetables on GAPS until very late in the diet. It's one of the last foods you introduce.
1) According to the GAPS book, Dr. Campbell-McBride's recommendation is to 'keep supplements to an absolute minimum' and she 'normally [does] not recommend any vitamin or mineral supplementation at the beginning of the programme'.
If you're doing the introduction diet, the idea is to remove anything which could irritate the digestive tract to allow any inflammation to die down. The diet itself is designed to be very nutrient dense and to provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need. Many supplements have low absorption rates, so it's best to get nutrients from food where possible anyway. The two recommended supplements on GAPS are cod liver oil and digestive enzymes/betaine HCl.
If you feel you need other supplements, you can reintroduce these after the intro diet one at a time to check for any adverse reactions. You should check for any additives in your supplements which are non-GAPS friendly and could cause problems. Dr. Campbell-McBride advises working alongside a 'qualified practitioner' to decide which supplements are necessary for you.
2) Due to its status as a fermented food, sauerkraut is slightly different to raw cabbage, but should still be introduced with care as it is fibrous. If you're doing the introduction diet, the recommendation is to begin introducing the liquid from your sauerkraut pretty much straight away. You start with a small amount with each meal and gradually increase. When you're tolerating this well, you can start to slowly introduce the sauerkraut itself. In the introduction diet set out in the book this happens in stage 3, the same time as you introduce avocado and scrambled egg.
Taking supplements is not a bad thing on the contrary it's healthy as generally with our bad eating habits we don't get all the vitamins our body needs, and supplements can help avoiding deficiency. And if you need digestive try the king of bitter, it really works you can get some here http://www.regenerativenutrition.com/king-of-bitters-kalamegha-andrographis-p-180.asp
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