Introducing dairy seems to be one of the more confusing areas in the GAPS diet. The Gut and Psychology Syndorme book recommends introducing dairy very slow on pg. 119, but the Introduction Diet recommends homemade yogurt from the beginning. This is because some GAPS people are able to tolerate well-fermented homemade whey and yogurt from the beginning. This is not true for everyone so it is important to do a sensitivity test before introducing any dairy product.
For all GAPS patients with serious digestive disorders and food intolerances, it is highly recommended to start with the Introduction Diet. If you have decided to go right into the Full GAPS Diet, please find below basic dairy introduction steps. You should expect a minimum of 18 months for all dairy to be successfully introduced.
When introducing dairy, it is recommended to first perform a sensitivity test as outlined in the Introduction Diet. All dairy products should be gradually introduced starting with 1 tsp for a few days and slowly increasing. If any negative response is observed, the patient is not ready for that particular dairy product and it should be avoided until additional healing has taken place.
Please remember, these recommendations are for those who plan to skip the Introduction Diet.
Avoid all dairy products for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Step 1 - Introduce organic unsalted ghee (recipe available in Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Step 2 - Introduce organic unsalted butter
Step 3 - Introduce homemade kefir, yogurt and fermented cream
Step 4 - Introduce homemade cheese
Step 5 - Introduce mature traditional cheese
Step 6 - Introduce double cream and clotted cream
Avoid all milk and milk substitutes.