GAPS 3 months in (day 109) – I’m Turning into a Superhero! (Healing with GAPS/Traditional Foods)
[As I wrote this today, I trialed an entire glass of raw milk with Katie. She has done well on small amounts of sour cream, ghee, and milk over the past week. It has been 4 hours and the only symptom is a bellyache. She has happily played and painted through a time when she would have been huddled up, screaming as a baby just from having it through my breastmilk. Her bellyache is the same one she’s had off and on for weeks – no worse – and I think it can be atrributed to hunger (never ending) and extreme tiredness until I learn differently. I don’t believe she will be totally symptom free, so we will see how the next two days go and I will watch for hiccups, hyperactivity and clingyness, stool issues, and skin rashes. Even so…SHE JUST HAD A GLASS OF MILK! I am on top of the world! I DID THIS! I am healing my baby.]
Not only are we healing internally and feel wonderful as we progress through GAPS (semi-GAPS for me as I still have copious amounts of raw milk and butter daily), we heal quickly when cut, burnt, bruised, or otherwise beat up. Let me add the disclaimer that we do NOT feel great all of the time. You are not the only one with hiccups and bad days! A couple of examples of our super healing powers: Katie scratches herself often. Within three days, it now scabs up, heals, and there is not a trace of it left. Me? I am notorious for burning myself, in the kitchen, with the iron, etc. You name it, I’ve done it. The other day, I poured boiling chicken broth over my thumb – A LOT of it – while I was pouring Katie a mug. Right into a cool glass of milk my thumb went for about twenty minutes. It started burning again about thirty minutes later so I plunked it back in for another fifteen minutes. When it came out, the redness was gone though the skin was tender to the touch for a couple of hours. After that…GONE. As in no blisters, burnt skin, redness, soreness, nada. What?!
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.