GAPS Re-intro Day 3, Here Comes The Soup

And the true random rambles of brain fog set in…

Today, we are getting slightly cranky. Katie is more short of patience than I am, but I’m also feeling detox creeping in a bit. I feel like San Francisco with the brain fog that is sweeping over my head. I’m happy to note that I want to play with her today more than I have in quite awhile (I’m often ‘wrong’ no matter how I play the last few weeks or, as soon as we set something up, she’s onto another activity). She’s playing more and using her imagination very well today, so I think she’s definitely over the virus. The bellyaches not so much. Very frustrating when the foods that are supposed to help make her belly hurt.

We both had a water detox bath today. Mine felt luxurious and very welcome. I used Dr. Bronner’s lavendar soap for the first time and it was wonderfully calming. I normally use the unscented for bathing and peppermint for cleaning. Lavendar is definitely my new go to soap for an evening bath. The bedroom smelled wonderful when we went to bed. Katie is feeling very good after her bath, happy and running around. She’s felt hungry but only eats a couple bites at a time. The dark circles under her eyes that return with trialing grains and some packaged foods (like cereal and potato chips) are quite dark as the day goes on. Mine are still a bit puffy underneath, have darkness in the corners close to my nose, and are slightly purple under that (new signs of food intolerance since starting GAPS; I used to always have complete undereye circles and some puffiness). I’ll take it as a good sign of detox that hers are getting darker as the toxins release. Milk thistle starts tomorrow for more liver support.
Hyperactive is the word of the day. Holy moley. Katie got more whiny as the day went on but stayed hyper, usually happens when she’s not feeling her best and she had pent up energy from being sick and resting too much. She needed Colic Calm later in the afternoon and had much more frequent bellaches towards evening.

I surprisingly wasn’t too hungry in the evening and was able to just have an apple about an hour before I went to bed. No serious cravings bothered me today.

chicken broth in a mug with Celtic sea salt (Katie)

couple bites of boiled chicken (Katie) bellyache

raw organic date (Katie) bellyache continues

ginger tea with lemon and raw honey (me)

Breakfast: soup – carrot, celery for flavor, cauliflower, chicken broth, sea salt

Breakfast x2: white rice in chicken broth Celtic sea salt mixed with cauliflower and carrots (Katie) ; soup from above with boiled chicken, duck fat, and freshly-cracked organic black pepper (me)

organic ginger tea with organic lemon and raw local honey (me) I can’t get enough of this stuff right now! Yummy.

elderberry juice (Katie)

Snack: organic date (Katie), boiled chicken with Celtic sea salt (me)

Snack: 4 kalamata olives (Katie)

Midafternoon meal: soup – broccoli & red potato in chicken broth with Celtic sea salt Katie bellyache-Colic Calm

organic rose hips tea, raw organic apple (me)

Snack: organic white rice cooked in chicken broth (Katie)

Dinner: boiled chicken with duck fat & Celtic sea salt and lacto-fermented pickles (me); bite of boiled chicken then organic white rice cooked in chicken broth with peas boiled in chicken broth (Katie) bellyache

Late night snack: raw apple (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.

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