GAPS Intro Diet, Day 36

Today has been a rough day, symptom wise. I’ve had a moderate headache ever since last night with a brief respite this afternoon after Colton rubbed my head and neck with peppermint oil. My stomach has been hesitant of food most of the day, though not outright upset. And I’m tired.

I suspect that I’m detoxing again on top of catching whatever stomach bug Colton had. As a side note, if I were one of the cool Lyme patients, I would refer to detox as Herxing, a reference to the Herxheimer Reaction. But then again, maybe GAPS diet terminology is cooler than Lyme terminology? I’m undecided.

I didn’t eat much today because of the stomach weirdness. I juiced my carrots, celery, mint and lettuce this morning, and didn’t eat breakfast otherwise. I had yogurt and applesauce for lunch (and skipped the olive oil for that meal, for obvious reasons…). A couple hours later I got hungry and ate a leftover drumstick and a bit of leftover mashed cauliflower. For supper I was finally hungry at normal levels and we had ground beef with sauteed onion, green pepper and mushrooms.

I found the raw veggies tempting as I was slicing them (even the onion, oddly) which makes me wonder if I really should move on to introducing salad sooner rather than later, but I’m still hesitant to introduce new foods during stomach weirdness.

I’m still on 3 capsules of probiotic, and finally took my cod liver oil again after missing a couple days.

I’m hoping this detox cycle (along with the stomach weirdness) passes quickly…

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GAPS Intro Diet, Days 32-35

It’s been a weekend. I’ll compress some of the details of food so I can fit all four days into one post, but I wanted at least a cursory record for my GAPS history.

Thursday was grocery shopping. I went in the morning, so I was out during my normal breakfast time, but I did okay by taking an avocado with me and eating half of that around ten. It’s really nice to be at  a stage of GAPS where I have a little of portable food available!

I only had about four carrots left before grocery shopping, so the celery was a prominent flavor in the juice. I prefer carrot flavor.

I had some brief stomach pains after lunch, which I attribute to eating a few bites of slightly burnt leftover carrot patty, before remembering that burnt food is a GAPS no-no.

For supper I made a slightly odd mixture of pork strips cooked with onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomato sauce. Colton ate his in a tortilla and dubbed it pizza fajitas.

I increased my probiotic to 2 3/4 capsules.

Friday was when the weekend started to diverge from the plan–Colton came down with a mild stomach flu. No vomiting, just fluish feelings and food didn’t sit quite right.

I increased my probiotic to 3 capsules, partly to help protect my stomach from viruses and bacteria, and because I hadn’t had a reaction to the increase the day before.

Food was a bit weird that day, especially with trying to find food that Colton could eat without hurting his stomach, which didn’t necessarily line up with food I could eat on GAPS. I don’t really remember what I ate most of the day, but we cooked up some ground beef for supper.

Saturday food continued to be weird. I roasted chicken legs and made another batch of whipped cauliflower (which is still amazing) which we ate in the middle of the afternoon sometime. (Lupper?)

Sunday was similar. We stayed home from church so as not to spread around whatever weird germs were causing the stomach problems. We ate leftovers and cooked up more ground beef. I made rice pudding for Colton. For most of the day I had myself convinced that I’d skipped catching the stomach flu-ish-ness due to all the probiotics in my system. Toward the end of the day my stomach started feeling a bit off too.

With all the life weirdness I only did okay at including chicken stock, olive oil and probiotic food in every meal. A couple of days (Friday and Saturday?) I did really well at remembering chicken stock, but by Sunday evening I just didn’t feel like putting in the effort.

I did keep up with my juicing every morning, and added in lettuce and mint to my juice routine on Saturday. With a larger ratio of carrots in the juice the celery and lettuce just add a generically green flavor to the juice, which isn’t bad at all, and after getting used to the mint I think I quite like it in the juice.

Theoretically, I should be able to add in raw lettuce as salad today, and finish GAPS intro by the end of the week, but I’m going to wait on adding new food until I’m sure I’m not getting stomach bug symptoms that would confuse the signals on the new food. That may just mean waiting until this evening to add lettuce, or it may mean waiting several days. We’ll have to see how it goes…