GAPS day 28, nothing interesting so a quick update

Today: no urge for nuts, dairy, or sugar. not very hungry but not feeling sick. Evening: so hungry I had a glass of milk to hold me til a very late dinner. Ate and then had another glass, not needed and indulgent. The second glass did me in. I was rumbly in my tummy and now a bit itchy everywhere. Fingers are starting to get tight and I think my feet are swelling a bit too. Since I’ve not had nuts, I can now isolate it to dairy. Our sewers were being ‘revitalized’ today and we couldn’t really use our water, so food prep took a nose dive. I’m happy to report that Katie only had a normal toddler size serving of the marrow and oxtail from my beef broth, so I feel that her system has had a bit of a cleansing. I really have trouble with all of the muscle meat she eats. But she is sleeping amazingly well. So much that she’s not napping lately. Between her new amber necklace that works better than I could have ever imagined or dreamed of making her feel better, sleeping with a fan again, and this diet, she is no longer as noise sensitive or comes into such a light sleep so often. We’ve had to go back to nighttime diapers, since she started reacting so heavily to all of the ferments in her diet a few weeks ago. Those are drier lately so another sign of a smaller toxic load. She took my big boy, heavy-duty probiotic (Custom Probiotics 11-strain/linked in my other posts) for the first time this morning and did wonderful with it so I’m so very happy and encouraged. I didn’t notice any die off symptoms. Sweet. For me, after almost spitting out my first mouthful of a mug of the aforementioned broth this morning, I doctored it up sucessfully. I find it pretty tasty with fresh garlic, fresh cracked black pepper, sea salt, and rosemary left to marinate for about 20 minutes. YAY!!! That is a huge jump forward for me in doing GAPS and especially intro. Such small victories and yet so large.

Just remembered another couple of good things. I had big chunks of fat in my milk and happily drank them down. No shivering, shuddering, or gagging. Big gains for a fat avoider! Katie claims she’s hungry no matter how much she’s eaten up until bed but has gone to bed on my orders without the extra 1/2 hr-45 minutes of ‘one more snack’ that she’s been almost compulsively lately. She’s always needed to eat a substantial amount right before bed, but now it’s like she can’t get enough even if she says she’s full two seconds before. Glad I’m not the only mom going through this. It’s helping me cope and pay attention to when she really needs food without throwing food at her anytime she asks and having it follow her to bed.

What a nonsensical ramble. Off to bed.

first meal: frozen blueberries for Katie; beef bone broth with raw garlic, rosemary, black pepper, seal salt for me

seond meal: chicken bone broth, bok choy, carrots, celery added for flavor & removed for Katie; bok choy ended up being fished out and eaten by me when Katie decided she no longer liked it

third meal: oxtails and marrow from broth with sea salt for Katie (and she ate it happily, super squishy parts and all!); two eggs fried in butter for me

snack: shared apple

fourth meal: raw daikon (radish) and cauliflower with olive oil and celtic sea salt, then artichoke hearts, then frozen peas, then smashed cauliflower for Katie; 2 glasses of milk and a grilled tuna steak with a spoon of sour cream for me


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 28, nothing interesting so a quick update”

  • I would love to know more about the amber necklace! I looked at buying one of these: but then didn't follow through because I was skeptical it would help. What has your experience been? PS – My daughter looooves what she calls "fat bites." It kinda grosses me out too, but it's supposed to be so good for them so what the heck. 🙂

  • Isn't it funny how much we are all overlapping with random items that come up through these GAPS blogs? I love it! I was hesitant also with the necklace. My friend has both the hazelwood [rashes and eczema] and amber [headaches and general achiness] for her youngest son with some serious allergies and swears by them. Hazelaid was sold out of the amber in Katie's size for weeks, so I ended up ordering the hazelwood. It doesn't seem to do too much (super surprised about that), and Katie doesn't like to wear it. I ended up ordering the amber necklace to see if that worked better from Amber Artisans [] and will use them forever! Katie won't take that one off too often. She LOVES it as she tells me daily. 🙂 That tells me a lot, since she's like me and won't wear anything bothersome for any length of time. I don't even wear my wedding rings unless I'm going out. My husband has been pestering me about getting him one now (weird that he's that in tune to be so attracted to one), so I may get one for each of us.

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