GAPS Progress Report 6-17-13

Real Food Meal Plans for Busy People

CUSTOMIZED MEAL PLANS

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• Gluten & Dairy free
• Paleo or Primal
• Autoimmune Paleo
• Vegetarian

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  1. Still on full gaps -such a breeze compared to intro! Struggling to get enough calories/carbs since breastfeeding & working out, so since we were going to be officially ending Gaps in a few weeks, I’m going to add in potatoes in the next week. I know-totally not gaps, but I feel that’s what my body needs. (Preparing for pregnancyas well).

    How do you determine what suppliments each person needs? I’ve wondered if I should be taking a digestive enzyme. Right now I’m taking a strong probiotic (Gut Guardian Supreme) and Cod Liver Oil/Butter blend. We’re feeling really great *except for bad gas*. :/

    Blessings as you gear up for Intro!

    1. Thanks Chloe!

      I feel that if you’re going to fall off the wagon, potatoes and white rice is the way to do it. They’re easier to digest that many other foods. If you have to choose, getting enough calories is more important than eating all of the ‘right’ foods. Your body can’t heal without fuel.

      I have thorough questionnaires, the interview process, and a physical exam (for local clients) that help me determine nutritional deficiencies. The foods and supplements I recommend are based on listening to what the body’s symptoms tell me. The gas is definitely a symptom that you’re not properly breaking down your food. It may be as simple as adding in an HCl supplement or a combination of HCl and digestive enzymes. I recommend starting here to increase your own HCl production first: http://www.20somethingallergies.com/healing-digestion-digestive-tonics/.

      1. Jennifer, sorry for the late reply…been out of town. Just wanted to say a big thank you for your response! It is very encouraging to hear your thoughts on the potatoes, and also very helpful about the tonics. I already have nettle so I may start that soon (also have dandelion but can’t STAND the taste).

        You mentioned kombucha in the tonic article, so I have a question about that…I’d stopped kombucha while we’ve been doing gaps because I read that there was still sugar in it if it wasn’t fermented really long. We usually ferment ours 7 days, then let it “fizz” on the counter for 2 more days. Also, we add about 1/4 c. of juice to every 16 oz of kombucha to get the taste we like. I’ve been debating about whether to start kombucha again (also taking into consideration that we’re dealing with candida overgrowth and kombucha had yeast…). You’ve mentioned a couple times that you drink kombucha. How long do you ferment it, and what ate your thoughts on its more controversial aspects? (Obviously, if you don’t have time to answer I completely understand! I know your a very busy lady! 🙂

        1. Kombucha consumption is very individual and will depend on how it makes you feel. That’s the best way to tell.

          I used to ferment mine for at least 20 days, and now I drink it at 9. If you try it, you may want to steer clear of the added juice and build up a tolerance to drinking things that aren’t so sweet. I have also read some compelling studies on using it to help with candida overgrowth and have a kombucha jello post over at Cheeseslave that goes into it more: http://www.cheeseslave.com/kombucha-jello/.

          1. I never *felt* that kombucha had any ill effects on us, EXCEPT for the fact that my daughter loved it so much, that was all she would drink, and for the most part would refuse water, so I put a stop to it. I appreciate the article. I’m definitely planning on starting it again soon w/ longer ferment, and just having it at certain times in the day, so that my daughter has some understandable boundaries. 😉 Thanks, Jennifer!!

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