It's a long shot, but ... Is anyone else following a low-fructose, egg-free, GAPS diet? I need some recipe ideas ...

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Created March 25, 2012 at 3:08 AM

My daughter has fructose malabsorption, so cannot eat foods high in fructose. So the FODMAPS foods are out, and she also reacts to coconut flour/meat/milk and sweet potatoes. She's also extremely allergic to eggs. We've been a gluten-free household for years, and paleo for quite some time, but we're now diligently following the GAPS diet in an effort to further heal her obviously leaky gut.

I'm having an especially difficult time with breakfast foods, mostly because she is convinced that certain foods are not breakfast foods. She wants traditional breakfast foods -- hot "cereal", eggs (which she loves but cannot eat), muffins -- and refuses foods that are more common as dinner meals. She's been living on berry or citrus smoothies and sausage or bacon.

Anyone else doing this and have any ideas? It's a challenge to come up with recipes in general, but breakfast is the one that's really besting me. How does one make a grain-free, coconut-free, egg-free waffle, anyway?



on March 30, 2012
at 09:22 AM

Aren't high-glucose-to-fructose fruits fine? And white potatoes should be fine too...

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:21 PM

How about a kind of porridge made of pureed carrot, butternut squash or pumpkin mixed with nuts (if she tolerate them) and blueberries (without guar gum)? Does she tolerate egg yolks? If yes, you can mix it in the "porridge". =)



on March 30, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Our household has been following the gaps diet for nearly two years, I'm egg free as well. The kids have almond meal cereal for breakfast which is just almond meal and water mixed to the consistency you want,it turns out like porridge. Also we make our own yogurt, so that could be another breakfast idea. If you have any questions about recipes check out my friends page reinvigorate autism on Facebook, she is the queen of gaps and helps soooo many families with recipes and any other questions, a very knowledgable lady. I hope this helps.

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on March 25, 2012
at 09:11 AM

When I was eating egg-free I used to have bacon wrapped asparagus or sausage and (cauliflower) mash mostly. Here are some egg-free GAPS-friendly recipes you could try.. Blueberry pancakes: http://eatthecookie.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/blueberry-pancakes-vegan-and-grain-free/ Granola bars: http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/02/10/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-granola-bars/



on March 25, 2012
at 04:03 AM

I also find breakfast to be difficult. I've learned that it needs to have protein to be satisfying, one way or another. Sausage works well as do eggs except you can't eat them. There's a recipe in one of the Paleo books (Paleo Comfort Foods I think) for a chicken and brocco slaw hash that I think works well for breakfast (stir fry chick + brocco slaw + olive oil + salt/pepper). Lately I've tried just making breakfast a habit rather than traditional. I'll combine a protein typically with a mashed cruciferous veggie, leaving salads and whole meats to other meals. I mash napa cabbage with leeks and coconut milk last week for example. This week rutabaga and asparagus (celery also works well I think). Once you establish a clear pattern of what's breakfast food your problem should be much easier.


on March 25, 2012
at 04:02 AM

Have you tried buckwheat groats, or buckwheat waffles? Another suggestion is grapefruit with honey & mint leaves.


on March 25, 2012
at 03:59 AM

Have you checked out the specific carbohydrate diet? I'm not certain if it fits your requirements, but I do know they have a terrific recipe for chicken soup. http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/ [ach, never mind, I just looked up GAPS and see it sprang from SCD. blush]

What's so bad about living on berries and bacon for breakfast? Why do you have to come up with something new? As a kid, I had a book called 'Bread & Jam for Frances' in which Frances only wants bread & jam, so her mother gives it to her. For every meal. When she gets tired of it, she asks for something else. I could happily eat bacon for breakfast every day and never tire.

How about almond flour for waffles? Don't know if she can eat the things in the dry egg-replacer (various kinds of starch).

I also highly recommend NAET for treatment of allergies (www.naet.com), it's done wonders for me. The things I was allergic to before are still not great for me; but I don't have a severe reaction.

Quinoa? I just started quinoa for hot cereal and I liked it very much. Was a recipe in oprah, and I substituted coconut milk for rice milk; but you could use almond milk. It had ginger and nutmeg in it, which I didn't think I'd like, but I did. You could use cinnamon...

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