GAPS day 70, Been MIA…in a good way!
Wow. It has been longer than I thought since my last post. I see the other intro bloggers have hit the same stage. For me, it’s been for a handful of reasons.
- Katie has stopped napping and that has set off some rearranging of tasks and timing. I don’t get my midday down time or evening time while hubby is giving her a bath. I am very happy to be getting more done with the extra energy GAPS has given me and the loss of my relax/down time. I’m even just about caught up with household duties and started my garden today!
- I have been researching for and helping another family member with healing diabetes. Hubby is doing fantastic and his fasting and post-meal glucose numbers fall within the healthy, normal range at all times now (in just over two months!!!) The other family member had recently started insulin and will probably be off of it soon just with the diet changes. A-mazing. REAL FOOD HEALS!
- I am rereading Gut and Psychology Syndrome to add another layer to what we’ve been learning and experiencing and doing research on making herbal medicines (mostly from the medicinal plants we mistakenly call weeds), diabetes as I mentioned above, enzymes for healing (this sounds most promising while we in the earlier stages of GAPS!), the Loomis 24 hour urine test that we will be sending out to a lab for analysis (very excited about this most of all), and anything related to alternative healing, especially with food, and traditional foods that I come across.
- I don’t need the constant support and therapy that blogging was providing me at the beginning of our journey. I may need to do it again during our autumn intro though.
We have been eating too many raw fruits and veggies for Katie’s belly, so she has been gassy and getting bellyaches again. To counteract that, I added in some well cooked veggies and applesauce and increased her digestive enzymes to a pinch with two meals a day. The veggies and apples both get simmered in full-fat chicken broth for 25-30 minutes. I puree the apples with my immersion blender and refrigerate for one of Katie’s favorite treats. We aren’t drinking broth right now, so it’s a great way to sneak it in. Chicken broth has been one of the best remedies and preventatives for her upset tummy. Love that stuff.
We have also trialed tomato and egg white. I have deduced that Katie has major sulphur sensitivities – common with GAPSters -, so decided to try about 1/3 of an egg white poached in chicken broth. I’ve trialed yolks but never whites, since I assumed it was the egg protein. She did much better with whites but still had pretty significant GI and eczema reactions. Thank goodness for detox baths! Tomatoes seem to be fine in small amounts and only occasionally. I have been giving her a grape tomato or two every 3-4 days. My instinct is telling me to wait on foods that bother her though, so I’m happy to know she’s healing and feel hopeful for our next intro phase.
I have had quite a few infractions over the last week and a half and felt many of my old symptoms come back. Joint pain in all extremities, irritability, nightmares, trouble sleeping and waking up exhausted, back pain upon waking, tendinitis in my hand, muscle weakness, facial breakouts and ruddy skin tone, dark circles and puffy undereyes, and the nasty return of Restless Leg Syndrome. The cravings started when I started my monthly cycle quite early and definitely corresponded with that. My candida issues seems to be the most active during that time, and I’m going to start researching why. There must be some way to balance things so I can control or eradicate the cravings and the candida flare up. I’m going to look into increasing my magnesium – chocolate cravings -, but I’m sure that won’t be enough. Today was completely GAPS legal but for the raw milk products, and it’s been easy. I don’t have the massive NEED for sugar that I used to when falling off the wagon. I also has a ton of energy and got a lot accomplished. I am definitely healthier.
Ran out of time again. Hope all is well with all of you!
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.