Full GAPS, Candida style

Saturday I woke up lightheaded and foggy like I seem to be every morning on GAPS but times 3, so Davide checked my glucose level for me. 64. Oops. My body could not handle any animal fat after day 3, so I was working with boiled veggies and a bit of meat here and there, no broth. I was hoping the aversion would clear up in a day or 2 and I could go right back to it. I read to mix a bit of honey with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil as Dr. Natasha suggests for low blood sugar. Though I cannot eat room temp coconut oil without some serious gagging and eye watering, it was actually pretty yummy. Ten minutes later I was cramping and in so much pain, I just lay on the floor in front of the bathroom. Bad idea. Everything calmed back down about an hour later and I felt just as sick. I thanked every lucky star that I could think of that it was Saturday and hubby was home for the weekend.

I felt too awful to continue and couldn’t function, so Katie and I went to full GAPS with one no-bake carob oatmeal cookie infraction. I tried a few foods to help me feel level again – I was paranoid that Katie was feeling similar though she still had pretty good energy so gave her some fruit and 2 cookies -. Stomach upset with every food for both of us until I hit on mashed potatoes for dinner. Heaven in a bowl. We both did well with that.

We have now been on full GAPS without/experimenting with high-sugar veggies and fruit. Katie seems to get a bellyache and I find them too sweet. Veggies like squash, carrots, and peas, blueberries, pears (sweetness made me gag??? miss sugar addiction?). I have added milk into my schedule, mostly raw until I ran out the last couple of days and switched to pasteurized, non-homogonized and grass-fed. It was the only thing that I wanted and was seriously craving it the entire week. I think it’s the only thing that healed me and allowed me to function this week and take care of myself and an almost three year old. I’m puffy though, so I’ll have to reevaluate later.

Katie has gained back the 2 lbs she lost (23.8 lbs today), and I am very grateful. I felt like an awful mother with her weight loss even with the explanations of the water retention loss that carbs give us. I am happy that she has lost the fat that was holding all the toxins from cooked vegetable oils and cereals/snacks that have been extruded and is gaining healthy muscle and fat. Her amazing jump in new and built up skills in the last week and a half is nothing short of AMAZING when I had no idea she wasn’t progressing at her normal pace. She was always ahead – walked at 7 months and was always way ahead of the charts in skill sets – but seemed to level out over the last year and her friends caught up. I thought that was just the way she was supposed to be. SO GLAD we started GAPS! She is jumping ahead by leaps and bounds and should be back to her overachieving self in the next 6-12 months I firmly believe. Carb fog begone! I’ll elaborate more on what has changed with her in a later post. I also noticed that GAPS seems to have initiated a physical growth spurt.

Epsom baths are evil for me. Though I’d rather not share this, I think it’s important. I developed a yeast infection after both of them – only on intro though -. The first one I was able to clear up with raw kefir within a day. I tried the bath again 2 days later and this one’s still a battle. :sigh: It has to be from the changing balance in my gut caused by intro. I’m not prone to them. We now have probiotics to start, GUTPro and Custom Probiotics 11-strain, so we can repopulate before the big bad scaries take over now that the little ones have been mostly extingushed. Today is the second day on the GUTPro and we both seem to be doing well, me on the full dose and Katie on half since ‘super healing’ on intro anymore. This is the first successful probiotic we’ve used for Katie due to her allergies. Yay!!!

Okay enough blathering. I’ll stop before I remember something else.Why do I feel the need to add every detail?!?


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.

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