GAPS day 30, (We’re already a month in? Really?) A Much Needed Day in the Sunshine

Strange day today but lovely overall. Katie woke at 5 am after only 9 hours of sleep. Since she recently dropped her afternoon nap :sob:, she now sleeps between 11-12 hours a night. Hubby got up with her, but I had trouble getting back to sleep, then had to get up not too long after I finally did. I was a bonefide wreck and felt very fragile during the early hours. I almost had coffee (caffe latte with milk and sugar) to get me through the jam-packed day – and the smell so lovingly wafted under my nose from the espresso pot to lure me in -, but I managed to hold steady in five minute increments until Katie decided she was tired and let me persuade her into an early nap around 9 am. Bless that child. That revived me and I was able to forgo the coffee. Don’t cheer me on just yet. Keep reading. Between the nap, Katie feeling the need to eat every second even after she’s just claimed she’s full, a water only detox bath for her, and a shower for me. The morning and early afternoon was gone and we were on our way to pick up our farm order of raw milk, pastured eggs, and sundry pastured cow parts. This was our first pickup on a sunny day, and I planned to stay at the church pickup spot and play awhile. Katie throws a fit when we have to leave right away. I thought this would be a nice treat. It so was.

A day in the sunshine was a gift more precious than gold. We played tag and went on a treasure hunt for sticks, pinecones and rocks. We ran through the grass and named the flowers. Sunshine rained on our heads and the sky was a beautiful cerulean blue with just enough wispy clouds to name the shapes (which we did while munching an apple in the car on a snack break). We ran and smiled and giggled. It was lovely. Then we came home, and, reluctant to end the afternoon, we stayed outside and planted some herbs and flowers that had been somewhat patiently waiting for a non-rainy day. The sandbox was rummaged through, the grass was trampeled, emerging plants were named and blooming flowers were admired. I weeded a bit which is surprisingly cathartic for me. The only damper? I didn’t get a chance to eat again for most of the day. That brought on the milk and almond butter, but it’s a broken record lately so I won’t go there. Suffice it to say, I’m working on and through it. Even with a bit of anxiety (that I don’t usually see anymore) and and emotionally-exhausting day, I was able to stay away from non-GAPS food.

Katie has been very gassy the last couple of days and in a bit of discomfort overall with the worse-than-I’ve-seen-before rash on her lower back and general signs of food intolerance. No more garlic for now. I think the gastric distress is from too many raw and frozen foods (yes, she’s weird and will cry if I don’t give her blueberries and peas still frozen) the last couple of days. She’s been shying away from beef, so chicken will go in for stock in the morning. The day calls for a heavy hand with intro soups, ginger tea, and well-cooked veggies. I hope it settles her tummy enough to know when she’s actually hungry and then eat enough to satisfy her.

Food today was pretty much same ol’ stuff. I’m only feeling in the mood for a half-hearted attempt at a post but had to share our wonderful outing. I’m feeling a bit withdrawn after such an emotional morning and rush rush afternoon trying to get our order within the thirty minutes they’re at the church for drop off. Looking forward to the comforting smell of chicken broth in the morning. I think I’ll add some ginger tea to the to do list for some extra soul soothing.

Still reading and enjoying everyone’s posts. I may take tomorrow off, readjust, and just be a passive participant in the blog roll. 🙂


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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