Back on track…

… or as close as I can get for right now. I finished my gluten-free bread from the freezer. I must say I enjoyed it – especially slathered with butter and liverwurst – but I have no plans to go back to it. If the feeling strikes me, I may make a loaf of a good GAPS-legal bread (there is an almond flour/coconut flour recipe I’ve been wanting to try…). My local Whole Foods has been having cream on sale: local grassfed non-homogenized cream for 8.99 a half gallon. It is awesome in coffee (I’ve been adding a bit to see if I react – I’ve been having some pain-behind-the-eyes, around my sinuses, but that was there before I started the cream.. we’ll see if it continues) and makes amazing kefired cream. So thick you can turn the jar upside down!! Broth continues to be my nemesis – I really just need to get into a habit of having a cup every night when I get home from work. Period. No excuses. I’ll work on it… I have also gotten away from my probiotics and SK. I’m planning to get back on that wagon in the next week or two.

I bought some great produce at the local market last weekend: pak choy, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes (so yummy), peaches (local Georgia peaches – ’nuff said), etc… plus a gallon of local honey. I’ve been out for a while and buying small jars at the store is way expensive. I’ve gone back to enjoying simple meals of meat, veggie and sauce. Potatoes continue to be an indulgence but I have no ill effects and I keep the portions small. I’ve also used a bit of tapioca for frying up chicken cutlets and in sauces: again, no ill effects.

Eating out is continuing to pose an issue though in most places I stick very, very close to GAPS. I’ve had some sugar here and there: bits of dessert, some sweet tea (my 8 year old has been ordering half sweet/half unsweet tea and I have some of his) and a few tortilla chips in Mexican places. I’m going to get even more strict while eating out – the tortilla chips are nice but I’d rather buy some organic non-GMO non-fried-in-soy-oil kind, if you know what I mean… I can indulge at home.

My older son is turning 8 in a couple of weeks and I’m going to give this cake a try – looks amazing, right?
http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com/2012/03/strawberry-chocolate-layer-cake-gaps.html

All of Sarah’s recipes look great and the few I’ve tried turned out great (try the clafoutis!). Can’t wait!!

I’ve noticed lately that I can’t seem to be getting enough sleep. Even though I sleep 8-9 hours a night I wake up tired and keep yawning throughout the day… effect of the grains I’ve been eating? Possibly… the next few weeks will tell.  I may have to go back to GAPS 100%. We’ll see… I’ll try to keep everyone posted!

So many changes!

And yet so many things remain the same… There is so much to write about!! I guess I’ll tackle one topic at a time!

We were all in sad shape about 3 weeks ago, just before we went on vacation. G (my 2.5 year old) was having diarrhea a week after finishing up antibiotics (which might or might have not helped heal his ear infection and did not do anything for his cough) which led to diaper rash (only second time in his life – he hasn’t had diaper rash since he was like 6 months old!!). A (my almost 8 year old) was having anxiety which leads to sore tummy and throwing up (or attempting to). DH and I both woke up early in the morning (think 3am) on the day of our trip with the big D. DH was also having chest and shoulder pains, numbness in arm and leg and trouble breathing. After a brief visit to the doctor (heart, lungs and BP all good) he wound up with a prescription that he took for only 2 days. He was down and out, barely able to move.

We got to the airport just fine. DH was feeling better. A threw up on the curb just outside the airport but since he didn’t eat anything it was only bile. I kept checking on G to make sure to catch his D and change him ASAP. We got to the gate early and I left the guys there in search of food. I wound up getting some sandwiches at Atlanta Bread Company and ate the eggs/ham/bacon off one. Everyone seemed to be doing well and was in good spirits. The flight went well and we got to Aruba early Saturday afternoon.

Ahhhhh… Aruba. The pictures say it all:

We spent a week there. We had a small apartment-like hotel room so full size fridge, cook top and convection oven. We cooked breakfasts at home and took snacks to the beach (I loaded up on Lara bars in the States before going). Then we went out for dinner in the afternoons. Seafood is great here and there are plenty of groceries for us GAPS folks. I even splurged on French and New Zealand butter – yum!! I must say I did cheat, having small amounts of sugar here and there and eating lightly breaded fish in a Thai restaurant. No ill effects. We soaked in the ocean – G’s diaper rash cleaned up in a matter of one day… Everyone felt great.
We’re back from vacation now – 2 weeks or so – and things are not looking so great. We’re all coughing and have runny noses. I’m sure AC has something to do with – we’ve been enduring 100+ degree temperatures for almost a week. Hopefully it will clear up soon. G is having a bit of the big D again. A is becoming pickier and pickier. I’ve been experimenting with nonGAPS foods again and having mixed results. A and I got food poisoning a few days ago and were miserable for 2 days. We’ve eaten out quite a few times since we’ve been back and I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with cooking. Some of my digestive issues came back after I let go with having some sugar so I’m back to honey only. Basically some rice pasta or potatoes are fine once in a while and I’ve even had some GF bread but I won’t be buying any more. I really need to stick to meat and veggies for a while and definitely need more broth. It’s so tough to have it during the summer….
I hope to get back to regular posts soon… It’s been a bit hectic at work and with the kids being in summer camp. Work should be back to normal in a few weeks..

I hate it!!!

G is on antibiotics for the first time. He’s almost 2.5 and I hate it!! This is a culmination of him being sick for over 2 weeks, ending with an ear infection and nasty stuff in the throat. His symptoms were unusual so I didn’t recognize an ear infection or I would have treated it differently (garlic oil in ears and more chiro adjustments – he normally gets them weekly, if needed). Lesson learned, definitely. A only had one ear infection around the age of 2. My hope is that by using antibiotics we will get rid of the coughing, sneezing, runny nose and the ear infection and then work on rebuilding and strengthening his immune system. Being in daycare is sure taking a toll and, to add insult to injury, he’s becoming more and more picky so getting good stuff into him is a struggle. Everything is a struggle!! sigh…

I’ve been trying some non-GAPS items with success. I had some lentil soup over the weekend and I did fine. I have not tried rice but had some potatoes and that was okay, too. Small amounts of sugar (less than 10 g) seem to be okay as well. I bought some coconut milk green tea ice cream on Sunday that is heavenly!! I’ve also indulged in some dark chocolate probiotic bars that are amazingly good….

Kids are doing good, overall. A is finishing school this week and has been eating pretty well. G is doing fine, under the circumstances. I’m hoping once he recovers I can load him up with fresh fruit and veggies, kefir, probiotics and SK. I have a half-gallon jar of red SK that should be ready shortly.. can’t wait!! Red SK has definitely become a favorite ferment of mine lately.

Update 5/22 around 11am
Went to the chiro yesterday and sure enough G’s atlas was out to the right (the ear infection is in the right ear). How I hate that he got it on the weekend!! I sent some yogurt to school today mixed with probiotics. Because of the timing of the antibiotics, I can’t give G any good bugs at home (too close to the medicine time). So I’ll have to wait until the medicine is done with (sigh)… His nose is still running pretty badly and he coughs up a storm in the morning. I just found out another kid has a sinus infection and is on antibiotics as well…. man, do they hand it out like candy!! I hate it!!! I wish I could stay home for a week and make G all better without this stuff but I can’t… I just hope I can rebuild his immune system so he can keep healthy around all these runny noses.

Food diaries – 5/21
B: scrambled eggs with ghee, strip of bacon, pancakes with butter
L: borscht with pate, 1/2 avocado, kefired cream, SK, peach, probiotic chocolate bar, coffee with creamer
D: picnic: cold fried chicken, broccoli and green beans with  homemade ranch dressing, peach, few pretzels, kefir smoothie

Food diaries – 5/22
B: eggs over ham with cheese
L: meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, sauteed peppers in lard, 1/2 avocado, kefired cream, red SK, probiotic chocolate bar, coffee with creamer, water
D: baked chicken legs, veggies (peppers? zucchini? green beans?)

The last week

I wanted to summarize the last 2 weeks for those of you that might send your children to school. As I have mentioned before, last week was G’s first week at daycare. Overall he did remarkably well!! He ate pretty much everything, didn’t cry (much) and seemed excited and happy to be there. So here we go:

The good
It’s nice to have both kids in school and not have to worry about someone being late, not showing up, sick, going on vacation, etc. They are both within a mile of home and in places that, while not being home, are giving them good care. G did great and is slowly coming out of his shell, being and interacting with other kids, playing with new toys, not following the teacher all the time, etc.

The bad
G got sick towards the end of his first week. Not surprising when almost all kids in the class are running around with runny noses. He’s stuffed up and has a nasty cough (fortunately it’s wet now and clearing up). He won’t take medicine so I’ve been putting a cough syrup and Umcka drops in his tea. He has been steadily improving and what’s important his behavior remains upbeat. I do have to get up earlier and basically fix breakfast and lunch for 3 plus 2 snacks for G. I do as much as I can the night before and so far have managed okay.

There really is not an ‘ugly’ here. G has been eating most of what I have been sending but I have to wait until he’s healthy again before making judgement. I bought some new snack-sized containers since I was sending snacks that were too big and he was not eating his lunch. I have sent a fresh snack (strawberries, blueberries, banana) and dry snacks (Annie’s bunnies, GF pretzels, raisins, butter cookies, cereal – so far nothing homemade but I’ll get there). For lunches I have done pizza, meatballs in tomato sauce with veggies and a bit of noodles, roasted chicken with veggies and rice, turkey sandwich, quesadillas… These are not all GAPS legal, of course, but he’s been eating. I think he still has to adapt to eating quickly and not looking so much as other kids. We’ll all get there!!

I have to mention I have eaten some clearly non GAPS things the past week and got a crampy stomachache afterwards. I’m not certain if it was the Rapadura in a smoothie or bits of rice mixed into my veggies. Eating out has been fine – the only illegals I’ve done are a few tortilla chips. I also do bits of sugar here and there, like a square of dark chocolate, but generally keep to honey only. I’m about to buy some dried stevia and see how that can be used (the liquid I have leaves a bit of an aftertaste so I use it sparingly).

I also have to mention that in addition to G starting school last week, DH has been working long days, not getting home till 8 or 8:30 at night. That means all cooking/reheating, feeding, cleaning up and washing has been left up to me. I also had several appointments: looking into summer camps for A, lunch at A’s school, chess trophy day at A’s school, picnic at A’s school, etc. I have tried not to stress about these things (and been mostly successful). I have one event today and one more next Friday and then we’re done. Last day of school is May 24. I’ll be making final decisions about summer camps this weekend.

Food diary
B: scrambled eggs with cheese, almond flour pancakes with butter
L: meatballs in spicy tomato sauce with broccoli rabe, green beans and zucchini/squash, SK, watered down coffee with plain creamer

I need to make more pumpkin/squash pancakes. They seem to fill me up better than the almond flour ones. I wonder if I can bake up a whole pan like I do with the almond flour pancakes…. I also need to make more red SK. I ran out and I’m eating my ‘cole slaw’ SK: cabbage, carrots, radish greens. Not bad, but not as tasty as my red SK!!! My tax refunds have come in so I’m about to order some BioKult and a reverse osmosis filter. There are also a few odds and ends I’ve been meaning to order but these two will be the priciest (I want to get 10 bottles of BioKult to get the price break).

Changes

Time for another post! We’ve had some changes around here…

My younger son (turned 2 in January) is going through his first week at daycare. Our nanny had to leave for health reasons. Of course I’m packing G’s lunch and both snacks (right now he eats half his breakfast at home and leftovers at the school). Have you seen some school menus lately? Processed food galore… no, thanks. Honestly, I don’t think G would even eat it – he’s used to homecooked meals and fresh fruit. Even when we go out to eat, he likes simple things (grilled chicken or steak) or more homey foods (like an Italian place we go to that has awesome fresh food). So my mornings now start earlier and are a bit busier. I heat up our lunches and prep breakfast for 3 (including my almost 8 year old). I’m keeping things simple (of course). For example, today’s food went like this:
B: French toast with just a smidge of maple syrup (organic challah bread made with butter, whole milk and cream, eggs; cooked in coconut oil); bacon, strawberries
morning snack: blueberries (how much simpler can you get, right?)
L: chicken cutlet (breaded in mix of organic bread crumbs and Parmesan, cooked in coconut oil), carrots cooked in broth, peas with butter – both veggies reheated in butter
afternoon snack: Annie’s organic chocolate chip bunnies

So far G has done great!! Some whimpering when I leave which stops before I even get back to my car. He’s been taking naps and eating pretty much all of his food, too. He slept through the night last night!! This really puts my mind at ease…

I might have commented how my tummy seemed more bloated lately… it seems to have gone back to normal. I wonder if it had to do with the starches I was eating (rice, rice pasta, potatoes). I have nixed these for now. I may try some potatoes only and see, but rice is out for now.

Update 2:30pm
I wound up not eating the avocado – I’ll save it for tonight. G was eating very well at school, at least morning snack and lunch. He actually didn’t eat that much for lunch yesterday so he finished his dinner, then proceeded to eat a whole apple, several pistachios, slice of cake.. forget what else. He really filled up!

Food diary
B: 2 scrambled eggs in bacon fat, almond flour pancake with butter, 2 slices of bacon, green tea with honey
L: borscht, 1/2 avocado, red SK, few strawberries, 1/2 small apple, diluted coffee with honey and Primal creamer

Update 10:50am next day
Dinner was ground pork patties (ground pork, marjoram, salt, pepper, egg, fresh parsley, Parmesan) breaded in egg and coconut/almond flour mix. I ate it with creamed spinach and a bit of mashed potato. Both G and A ate very well. G did great for the rest of the day yesterday but this morning he cried when I left… fortunately the teacher is able to soothe him very quickly. His meals today:
B: eggs over ham, pancakes with butter/maple syrup
morning snack: strawberries
L: pizza with squash, zucchini, ham and pineapple, green beans in butter
afternoon snack: trail mix: organic O’s cereal, pistachios, dried pineapple, papaya and raisins

Do you crockpot?

I have recently gone back to browsing this amazing (and slightly scary) blog:
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

You guessed it: cooking in the crockpot every day. I manage to use my crockpot once or twice a month and I figured I could use it more if I only found some good recipes. I already use it for applesauce (awesome recipe on the blog above – I skip the sugar and add a touch of honey once the apples have cooled) and chicken stock. I have also crockpotted pork and beef roasts with success. Chicken? Not so much…

Warning to people who love real food: there are some scary things on the website above, including and not limited to Velveeta (ack – who eats that stuff anymore??!!) and other processed items but the recipes are flexible and items can easily be substituted. I tried 2 recipes and they both turned out well. First was honey garlic chicken. This turned out very tasty. I used skinless thighs and drumsticks (saving the skins of my local pastured chickens for crispy pan-fried skins). When the chicken was done, I boiled the sauce in a pan on the stove until thickened. Delicious! My version was actually not GAPS legal (I used wheat free soy sauce and ketchup with sugar) but you can use coconut aminos and GAPS legal ketchup. I also used less honey and soy sauce that the recipe called for.

Next came barbecue pork. I skipped the sugar and Worcestershire sauce. I also used tomato puree and made that into ketchup (adding cider vinegar, honey and spices – this recipe is great). Once the pork was done, I again reduced the sauce on the stove. It turned out quite acidic do I added a bit of honey once it was cool. DH didn’t quite like the flavor but the pork itself is fine so I’ll just save the extra sauce for something else!! I will definitely make the chicken again (maybe tweaking the recipe somewhat). Both kids cleaned out their plates. Not sure about the barbecue pork. Next in line are carnitas. I’m picking up a few things on the store today and putting it in overnight.

I’m by no means done with the website. I already have several more recipes to try: pizza chicken, Korean beef, etc. And there are so many more to browse!! I’m hoping that by doing more things in the crockpot I can cut down on the time spent in the kitchen (especially in the summer when it gets wickedly hot).

Food diary
B: scrambled eggs in ghee with extra butter, sausage patties, pancakes with butter
L: chicken broth with meatballs and carrots, red SK, 1/2 avocado, kefired milk/cream, peanut butter with butter and honey, coffee with Primal creamer
D: crockpot pork with veggies (I have honey carrots, green beans, zucchini, brussel sprouts…wow!)

Update 9:50am next day…
We wound up going out last night: wings and burgers. I had a bunless burger with bacon, cheese, onions and pickles. I stole a few fries and a couple of wings off DH’s plate and had some half sweet/half unsweet tea. I was sure I would feel terrible this morning – but I don’t. I happen to love this restaurant’s burgers (not much else) but we only eat there every 2-3 months…. back to home cooking tonight!

More lessons: gluten is definitely out…

I’ve been experimenting with non-GAPS foods. I don’t really miss them much but it’s nice to have the occasional bit of rice or potato when eating out. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can have a bit of rice, rice noodles, beans and potatoes without issues. I recently had some of those items when eating out and did fine. However, the onion rings I had (just 2) did not go over well at all. We’re talking stomach cramps and sharp pains in the abdominal area when I could barely breathe. Won’t be doing that again. I have been able to eat things thickened with arrowroot. I use it for stews and such. Very happy to find this out as I no longer have to separate my portion from the the family’s. I have also gone back to using commercial sour cream (Daisy brand which only has cultured cream as ingredient). I can handle tiny amounts of sugar as well – I usually keep it to 1g per serving or less.

I’m trying to stay focused on healing foods: broth, ferments, probiotics, etc. I’m eating maybe 1 serving of fruit a day and basically no baked items. I do have a few nut butter pancakes in the morning (always with tons of butter) and I consider that my ‘treat’. Coffee has been going over well, too. I do half regular/half decaf and I water that even more. I use mostly Primal creamer (coconut milk or cream) with occasional creamer – no ill effects. I have not tried raw milk yet – I’ve been buying low-temp pasteurized and I don’t care to drink that right now.

I’m loving kefir!! I quit drinking it years ago while on WAPF diet because I just couldn’t stand the taste. I now I have a cup or two every day and could do much, much more!! I kefir milk, half and half and cream and love all 3. My local Whole Foods just started carrying fairly local (I’m in GA – this is AL milk) non homogenized cream and I’m psyched!! I shop there every week and now I won’t have to go 1 hour away to get good cream. Awesome!! The same company has milk as well and it was actually sold out last time I was there. I’ll be on the lookout…

Kids are doing okay. A is still picky as ever and G has become quite picky as well. I still offer good foods and occasionally resort to turkey/cheese/SK plates but all in all I can’t complain. I’m buying whole milk flavored kefir for A’s snacks at school (no additives, whole milk, low sugar) and he loves it. Much better choice than granola bars so I’m not complaining… I’m thinking with A it’s a behavior issue as he has been saying ‘no’ to a lot of things lately – as if he just figured out he could say it so he’s exercising that power freely. I’m hoping to ride it out and for him to get back to his old self.

Food has been simply around here. I’m sticking to tried and true favorites for lunch plus my regular add-ons: kefir, 1/2 avocado and red SK. I have a bit of GAPS chocolate or a baked good or a serving of fruit as a ‘sweet’. I also treat my coffee as a treat or occasional soaked nuts. My sinuses seem clear and my BMs are a regular daily occurence. I don’t burp or have gas.

All in all, I’m happy where I am with GAPS. I know I need to be doing more probiotics and more broth. I’m getting a large tax refund this year and I’m going to get 2 things by this summer: a water filter and BioKult. There has been a lot of talk in the online community about eating grains but honestly I don’t miss them and I know my body can’t handle them right now. Eventually I’d like to have some rice and potatoes and possibly some gluten gree grains, properly prepared, but not yet. I’m doing okay now with no grains: I have plenty of energy, my cycle is lighter than normal and regular, BMs are normal, etc. So I’m going to listen to my body for now and keep doing GAPS. I’m in my 2nd year now and I know this is pretty average for GAPSters. I’m going to keep on eating healing foods and re-evaluate as needed.

Food diary
B: 2 Applegate beef hot dogs with mustard, Gouda cheese, 3 nut butter pancakes with butter, green tea with honey and ginger
L: tomato soup (tomato puree, chicken broth, sour cream), 1/2 avocado, red SK, kefir, strawberries (local!), coffee with chocolate Primal creamer and honey
D: Buffalo chicken, some potatoes?, some veggies (not sure yet…)

So disappointed…

I had everything planned out… food was prepared, I had ideas for soups, etc. And I could barely make it a week. Darn…. I always tell people to do what they can and add more in little steps as they are able. I guess I could use some of my own advice right about now….

I think I have to take a hard look at all my responsibilities right now. I work full time which means away from home for almost 10 hours a day. I have 2 kids with two very different sets of needs: one is 2 years old and a dynamo and the other is a 7.5 2nd grader. DH often gets home close to 8pm which means he is no help in cooking, cleaning or helping out with the kids. By the time he gets home they’re fed and washed. DH likes to go out to eat on Fridays and after a whole week of making breakfasts, lunches for school/work, lunch for G so the nanny can feed him, dinners at home, etc. I’m ready to have a break. All of this just doesn’t jive well with intro….

So I did the best I could. I had broth every day, I did my probiotic and FCLO in the mornings. I had simple legal teas with fresh ginger. I juiced on the weekend and did a GAPS shake. I made nut bread. And there are still things I did not do!! It’s just too much at this point… I think I had some die-off which means I still have issues to heal (some dizziness and nausea plus some gas even though I had no illegal sugar).

So I’m off intro for now and I’m getting back to doing full GAPS ‘right’. No illegals, especially sugar. I’m getting ready to order a bunch of sausage for breakfasts and I’m going to get some GAPS legal bacon. I still have almost a gallon of broth made so I’m going to have at least a cup a day – no exceptions. I’m still going to do FCLO and probiotic in the morning, but if I can’t I’ll take it in the pm. My breakfasts and lunches are pretty structured and include only intro-legal items anyway. I’ve been craving chocolate but I’m going to hold off for a bit longer to introduce it back.

Food diary
B: 3 Applegate hot dogs with mustard and butter, sourdough pancakes with butter, tea with honey (forgot ginger)
L: lettuce wraps (ham, turkey, cheese, tomato, cucumber) dipped in mayo, SK, kefir, tangerine
D: roasted chicken with juices and fat sauteed with cauliflower and green beans (additional butter), CP in water

The wraps were good but did not satisfy. I think I need something with more fat in it and it’s hard to do that in a sandwich. I’m going to go back to warm lunches for now. Besides neither the turkey nor ham were GAPS legal.

Update next day
I’m doing much better today. I got some perspective on what I did and I’m ready to move forward.

Food diary
B: scrambled eggs with sausage, sourdough pancakes with butter, tea with ginger and honey
L: kefir, handful of almonds, ground beef casserole with fresh basil, 1/2 avocado with EVOO, red SK, water
D: crockpot beef rib meat with sauce, green beans, fresh mushrooms, water, Ghirardelli square (I know, Iknow…)

I had some dizziness and nausea this afternoon. Could be because I had kefir on an empty stomach for lunch and I had quite a bit of SK with lunch (G couldn’t get enough of it – he’s got a cold). I took a nap and I feel a bit better. I’m not going to make any decisions now but I’m going to continue with GAPS the best way I can. Right now I feel well but I know there is more healing to come. I’ve been on GAPS for a year now and I can see myself doing another year and maybe adding some more advanced foods (potatoes, lentils). On we go!!

I’m scared….

I know, I know… I already did it once. And it wasn’t bad, not really. My tastes came to life, I began to appreciate simple food…. and yet I’m scared of doing it again.

Of course I’m talking about intro – the often dreaded introduction part of GAPS. I have been on GAPS for almost a year now and did intro once, back in July. Not the best time of the year, mind you, as fresh fruit and all sorts of veggies were in season. I survived and made great strides. I only had one episode of feeling nauseous, had no major die-off and only had to do enemas for a week or two. I began to enjoy simple soups once again and expanded my GAPS repertoire even more. So why in the world am I scared of doing it again??

The usual, of course: feeding different things to my family while I eat soup, temptation of cheating, die-off, constipation, preparation… let’s address them one by one and hopefully I can talk myself into doing intro again (plan is to start this weekend).

Non-GAPS family. Maybe your entire family is on GAPS. If so, good for you!! Of course it probably means you’re chained to your kitchen and cooking in vats LOL On the other hand it’s nice to have support. Even in this situation you may find some members on intro while others can enjoy full GAPS items. I happen to be the lonely GAPSter in my family. This means there are plenty of illegals around. Lately I’ve been indulging in bites of rice (jasmine), some potatoes (organic Yukon golds) and of course my beloved chocolate (mostly GAPS legal but I do allow myself some that’s not). None of these have resulted in much of anything (I find bits of sugar – even 2 or 3g give me gas). Just a few months ago a few bites of starch would give me a stomachache. I would wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning (I’m nursing a 2 year old – nuff said) with a stomachache and cramps. Now I seem to be fine which hopefully means I have healed some. The gas is still a mystery to me. I kept thinking it was candida but now I’m not so sure… I’m still limiting fruit to 1 serving a day, honey to 1 tbsp a day and nuts to either one baked good or 5-10 almonds or 1-2 tbsp of nut butter. My best advice to myself (and others) is to take it one meal at a time and make sure to eat plenty of fat to satisfy the hunger. In the worst case I’m going to have ghee with honey (I’m keeping dairy in the intro as I did my no-dairy trial and came out okay).

Temptation. I guess I addressed some in the bullet point above. I’m going to make plenty of flavorful food for me to have, including honey-and-butter-glazed carrots as a snack (and sweet treat) which should minimize the urge to cheat. I’m looking forward to having some comforting soups…

Die-off. There is always the possibility that I will be miserable for a week. When I first did intro, I only had one bad day with some dizziness and mild nausea. Otherwise it went well!! So this is really a moot point. I can always back off probiotics, I know all about eating plenty of carbs and fat to keep you satisfied, etc. Knowledge is the best ammunition here.

Constipation. This is a big one and many suffer from it, especially on intro. I did the first time. The good news is I now own an enema kit and know how to use it. In the worst case I will be using it once a day for a week or two. Hopefully with keeping dairy in this time around I can avoid the big C.

Preparation. Again, knowledge is key. I have read and re-read this amazing post. And yet another one. I even posted a few ideas here a while back. Right now I have about a gallon of stock, frozen, frozen pureed squash (couple of varieties), frozen veggies and some pate. I also have SK, kimchee, pickle juice and probiotics (CP). If you add eggs (I have a source for local pastured eggs), avocadoes (I’ve been eating 1/2 an avo daily for months now) and pancakes (just made a batch last night – just 3 ingredients, so good for intro), I’m set for the first week!! Oh, yeah, I also boiled some meatballs last week so I have those frozen, too. I plan to use some frozen wild salmon in my soup as well. Am I ready or what??

Okay, I think I have convinced myself. I’m ready. I’m going to start some more broth on Friday night and jump right into intro Saturday morning. Hopefully the worst die-off will be on the weekend!

Food diary
B: eggs scrambled in ghee, sausage with all the fat, pancakes with butter, black tea with honey
L: hamburger with ketchup, 1/2 avocado with EVOO, red SK, diluted coffee with honey and Primal creamer
D: roasted chicken, green beans in bacon grease, chocolate-covered strawberries (not GAPS legal as I made one batch for everyone and my family doesn’t care for dark chocolate)

Some positive changes in my non-GAPS family

For those of you not familiar with my situation, here is a brief summary. I’m a 35 year old female, married to my wonderful DH (41 years old) and we have 2 boys: 2 year old G and 7.5 year old A. I am the only GAPSter in my family (officially, anyway – G eats mostly GAPS with some other items thrown in). DH decided he needed to lose some weight and I suggested he go Primal (www.marksdailyapple.com). I figured that would be the easiest for him to do and understand. I simply said ‘Cut your carbs.’ Something like 50 to 100g a day. Of course he’s keeping closer to 100 than 50 but he’s been mostly staying under 100g per day.

I have noticed DH has started to monitor himself more – it used to be all me. Now he’s asking for me to make him lunch, he’s eating fewer sweets and opting for non-sweet snacks. He has begun to eat more meat and veggies and cutting down his carbs at dinner. Not that he has dropped carbs altogether – he still gets some bread at lunch, some carbs at dinner plus sweets, but overall he has definitely reduced them.

A has begun to eat better as well. I pack his lunch 4 times a week and he eats at school once a week. I’m sticking mainly to sandwiches (on ‘clean’ bread: no soy, no HFCS, etc.) with butter, ham, turkey, cheese, PB&J, etc. He’s been eating more non-sweet breakfasts (he does have an apple or chocolate croissant occasionally). I’m going to develop a more solid plan for him so I know exactly what he gets and when: more broth, SK juice before dinner, CLO, etc. I just need it on paper: between my GAPS and forgetfulness it won’t work any other way!!

G has not been doing that great lately. He’s been balking at breakfast and lunch, eating more fruit during the day than anything else, even dinner is a struggle. He has some better days but overall he’s kinda ‘slipped’. Not sure why.. he has been nursing more but he’s 2 so surely he needs more calories than just breastmilk. He could be teething – that would explain the sudden clinginess and morning crying before I leave for work. I’ve begun to close the pantry so he can’t get in and ask for snacks. He did eat a pretty good dinner last night and some fried chicken skins for snacks. Both the kids love these!!

I’m prepping for intro. I’m not sure why I’m stalling… it wasn’t that difficult the first time and I have a ton of stuff prepped: broth in the freezer, steamed/pureed squash, frozen veggies ready to cook, frozen peeled apple for later stages, etc. I’m planning to start this weekend. I need to finish up the pan of brownies I made over the weekend so they won’t tempt me. There is no more GAPS chocolate or candies  and I have 2 frozen bananas left. I should be good to go!

Food diary for 2.7.12
B: Applegate beef hot dogs with mustard, cheddar cheese, pancakes with butter, green tea with ginger and honey
L: meatballs, zucchini and bok choy in tomato sauce, 1/2 avocado with EVOO and salt, red SK, brownie, strawberries, kefir, weak coffee with primal creamer and honey
D: fried chicken cutlet (coconut and almond flour), carrots and peas