Done with GAPS? Nope
Who has two thumbs and is contemplating another round of GAPS intro?
The flu is making it’s second big cold weather round in the Detroit metro area. That means the bad bugs are flourishing and we are not. I was hit with the flu about three weeks ago and have only had a couple of days where I’ve felt completely well since. Plus, the lymph nodes under my jaw are still mildly swollen.
On a positive note, the Adrenal Complex that I’ve been taking is making an extremely marked difference in my energy levels. I don’t feel like I have mono anymore (even mild illnesses wipe me out for weeks in the energy department and it feels like I get mono every time I’m sick).
Katie’s GI situation has deteriorated rapidly where bellyaches now accompany every food that goes into her mouth (this has been going on for a couple of days and sends me into GAPS intro every time), and she’s tired almost all of the time.
The hubs has been off and on headachy, nauseous, and experiencing joint pain. So…it looks like we will be easing into stage 1 of the GAPS intro over the next week.
The long term plan is to follow a GAPS-focused primal lifestyle from here on out.
What’s the GAPS intro you ask? For those not familiar with the protocol, the short version is that we eat a lot of meats and vegetables slow cooked in bone broth to help heal our guts and therefore our immune systems.
In stage one, all of our meals will be cooked this way.
If you are curious about GAPS and want more information, feel free to start with this post. I’ll blog our way through the changes until we’re back on an even keel and get boring again.
If you want to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the primal diet and lifestyle or just want to know what it is, check it out here on Mark’s Daily Apple. I’ve found his site to be a great resource in taking our new lifestyle into the next, and hopefully final, stretch.
Tomorrow: GAPS stage 1 + white rice and potatoes (to help calm upset bellies)
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.