GAPS day 19-22, confessions, Easter and bronchitis

I’ve been off blogging for a few days while hubby was on a four day vacation for Easter. I love those.

This will be a somewhat quick update. I am trying to rest as much as possible. Though with an almost three year old at home, it’s not easy. I caught Katie’s cold last week and didn’t take care of it well. I now have a touch of bronchitis and am slowing down to tend to it. Lots of lemon juice, elderberry syrup, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, ginger tea, probiotics, and garlic. I tried chicken broth but my body’s not really fond of animal products right now. Super bummer.

Food has been on track for Katie. I even brought soup for all of us for a trip to IKEA, since we’d be there awhile. I love that IKEA is an event instead of just a shopping trip. It’s so much more fun that way. It was the first time we used hubby’s new Thermos that I’d bought him to haul soups to work and to double as travel food for us. Katie cannot have food that I don’t make with her food allergies even without GAPS. It rocks by the way. Me, on the other hand, have had infractions. They weren’t as bad as they usually would be while sick, but being sick really triggers an emotional eating response in me. I’ve decided to work through my emotional issues with food being a comfort or reward as we go through GAPS, so I will be progressing slower than I’d like. I am comfortable with full GAPS but I know there will be backslides on occasion. After pizza and breadsticks, dessert on Easter, caffe latte with sugar, and swedish meatballs over a four day period, symptoms have resurfaced that were disappearing. Mottled complexion, joint stiffness, back pain while lying for long periods or sleeping, foot discomfort and tightness, irritability, and itchiness from yeast. I have been following the diet otherwise sans broth which is mighty impressive. No infractions since Monday and it’s not as hard as it usually is or as I’d imagined. I normally have to sugar binge until I’m sick before I can cut it back out. Sugar addictions are lovely.

Enough for now. Time to rest and entertain Her Highness. I hope everyone has a lovely day.     


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.

2 thoughts on “GAPS day 19-22, confessions, Easter and bronchitis”

  • I totally get your pain about the sugar addiction. I feel like it is a constant monkey on my back – even when I've gone days and days without it and the cravings have subsided. I have found that I had to take care of the physical addiction to sugar before I could really begin tackling the emotional eating aspects. GAPS has been a god-send for easing the physical addiction and I now feel ready to conquer the emotional side. I read this page recently and think I'm going to try implementing one step at a time I would love to trade ideas/suggestions/struggles/etc!

  • Rufus,We absolutely must stick together and trade quips and complaints. Sugar addiction is just as real a heroin addiction – as I'm sure you're well aware – and needs support from others who understand and are not merely supporting. I'm blogging about it today!

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