GAPS, days 2 & 3

I want to try to blog our daily journey through GAPS, since I have friends who aren’t considering it but could benefit and those that are flirting with the idea or are seriously interested…and then I miss day 2. Oops. Well, I’ll do my best. Warning: Fog brain seriously set in today. I’ve been a little, well, bland the last 3 days so my writing is suffering along with everything else.

Day 2: Yesterday was a pretty good day overall. The first night was AWFUL though. Katie woke up constantly through the night whining (anywhere from 15 minute to 2 hour stretches of sleep). We were downstairs by 5 am, about 3 hours before our normal time, and she was miserable. She wouldn’t even touch the soup from day 1 – it was admittedly pretty odd, I think from the green beans -, so I tried juicing some carrots with a bit of celery. She happily sipped around about 2 tablespoons I think and then DEAD STOP on anything more going in her mouth. Long story short, about 10 minutes later my bathroom was orange. Emptying her belly and a couple of sips of ginger tea with a couple drops of maple syrup seemed to help immensely. After that, hubby took her back up to bed because she was inconsolably crying when he tried to get ready for work. A solid 2 hour nap and she was right as rain. I made some hamburger soup for late breakfast, and she happily gobbled it up. There was some intermittent whining, but overall the day was a success. Phew. Both of us had good energy and even played chase over the whole house for about 10 minutes. I also felt good enough to keep up with housework and thought we may mostly breeze through this whole thing. Ginger tea and mint tea kept our palates interested throughout the day. Katie adored having a tray on the ottoman where she could sip from her ‘mugs’ – espresso cups -. Epsom salt baths completed our night. Oh, and a back and hand massage from hubby since I could feel toxins settling. That did wonders!

1. hamburger, carrots, and peas cooked in water (did I mentioned I didn’t plan for this? :eye roll: )
2. frozen cut up butternut squash cooked in chicken broth & pureed. yummy!
3. turnips, carrot, peeled zucchini in chicken broth all pureed with the soft tissues and skin from my last chicken carcass; takes some getting used to when you grew up hating fat but made a creamy soup. family was happy. who knew?

Day 3: Who’s stupid idea was this? Oh yeah, mine. What on earth was I thinking? I woke up with the low blood sugar this morning. Suuuucky. Luckily, there was a roast in the crockpot overnight. I thawed it before I decided to go all GAPS last minute and didn’t know what to do with it. I tried to boil it for 2 hours yesterday to make soup. Ahahahahaha. Eww. Lesson? Don’t boil a roast. It didn’t do a whole hill of beans in the way of helping my blood sugar after eating a big chunk of it with the meat broth, so I tried boiling carrots in the broth to eat after. We chowed the carrots for a couple of minutes until the nausea hit. Now I know why Katie got so sick yesterday. She was fine but I had to lay down and sip some ginger tea. I know. I know. Bone broth not meat but it was better than nothing. My grass-fed beef bones didn’t come in until today and I was not about to throw out 4.5 lbs of grass-fed roast. I still felt low blood sugar hangover funky for awhile and tried to drop a taste of honey in the ginger tea. Didn’t help. I took about 1/2 a teaspoon of the honey on a spoon and giddily shoved it in my mouth to see if that would level me out. I had a hundred million things to do and had to pick up our first order of raw dairy (ironic huh?) and needed to feel better than I did. WOW. The honey did a number on my belly. Too sweet, too fast. We’re not supposed to have sweets anyway so we can get rid of the pathogenic bugs like candida albicans. Eventually, the shaky, sweaty feeling was better. Then, came the underlying lethargic, heavy, labored breathing, uncomfortable feeling that pretty much stayed with me all day. I feel better now but still weak. Katie has lost about a pound and I’ve lost 3. Yay for me, but I am going to bombard that girl with fats tomorrow. I’d rather deal with some food intolerances for a bit longer and take this slower than her lose weight. She was already dinky at 24 lbs. We also now have some circles under our eyes. Watching those carefully just in case there’s something to worry about and it’s not just retracing. Retracing is a good thing to know about whenever you’re starting on a healing program. One more thing is that I’ve had random pains in places that used to plague me over the last 2 days. First, a shooting pain around my right ovary and, right now, I have one in my right breast. That I see as a good thing and proof of retracing. All in all, not my favorite day.

*not editing so sorry about the run ons and typos. better to see what spacey looks like for anyone looking to try it. 😉


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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