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?!
Dah dah dah dah … :gasp: it’s Super GAPSter!
I’ve also been able to stick with a workout routine this past week. My last attempt a couple of weeks ago exhausted me into couch potato status, so I took a break from it. I have now become a Body rocker and have gained enough strength from healing and cutting out the problem foods that I can actually do these exercises! Well, for the most part. I’m impressed that I can do any of them right out of the gate. I still tend to get nervous just before a workout thinking I’m going to fall flat on my face but then pump my fist in triumph when I finish. I also have a recent bum hip (retracing old injuries?) that could be anything from tendinitis to arthritis so my chiropractor says. After a quick session of traction (or pulling on my leg as I call it), I only feel an occasional twinge and am able to easily modify my workouts to accommodate the ‘no impact’ recommendation he gave me. Before healing, I would have never attempted to exercise with such an issue. I would have babied it and ultimately made it worse. The doc specifically said not to baby it, but I wouldn’t have listened. I know my body, right? :eye roll: I know I was lazy and would jump on any opportunity to capitalize on that. Not anymore! Even more amazing than my ability to do the work – that seems so intimidating when you look at it -, is the fact that I’m hardly.sore.at.all afterward. You know the next day “OMG I can’t get out of bed!” stiffness and pain. Not there. Really. I think the raw milk and raw liver pills are the biggest contributors. I still get pretty tired throughout the day, but the short workouts (I’ve only done the 10 & 12 minute ones so far) and liver give me more energy than I had before I started them and a ton more since before GAPS/WAPF (Weston A. Price Foundation/traditional foods).
Liver is my new superfood (anti-fatigue factor?! I need that!!). I have it in the form of Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil/butter oil in cinnamon tingle and raw liver pills (freeze pastured liver for at least 14 days to keep any possible pathogens, cut into small pill-size pieces – kitchen shears work best for this -, and keep in freezer until you’re ready to eat them. They’ll keep awhile while you work up the nerve. 😉 ). They go down nicely with a glass of raw milk. Just be careful about having liver later in the day. Those B vitamins pack an energy punch!
Here’s a nice page that sums up the right foods to eat for beginners to traditional foods (adjust for any special dietary needs like no grains for GAPS), but don’t forget your cod liver oil in addition to the organ meats during healing! http://www.whatishealing.com/Traditional%20Foods.pdf I’ll get more into the nutrient-dense foods in future posts.
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.
Medical Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult a physician in matters relating to serious illness and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
Medications – You should work closely with your physician to adjust medications as your body heals. Many of you will be able to say goodbye to “maintenance” medication forever but some will not.