GAPS Intro Diet, Day 38

Typical morning routine this morning—well, considering my GAPS diet routine anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve still been extra tired in the mornings, but despite getting up a bit late I did my juicing and managed to do T Tapp this morning. I had to pause the DVD and sit down and rest halfway through (yes, it’s 15 minutes…) but I did the whole thing, and it even felt good to be exercising again.

Between ten and eleven I ate some yogurt mixed with applesauce and a drumstick and had a little bit of chicken stock with my food. Lunch was half a leftover hamburger patty with sauteed onions, and my newest discovery, salted yogurt spooned over it. Salted yogurt is like the lazy version of yogurt cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got in my olive oil drizzled over a small (very small) salad, and had a full cup of chicken stock.

This afternoon I was feeling great and finished some tidying up I didn’t get to yesterday, washed more dishes, experimented some more with making kohlrabi chips and folded this week’s laundry. Add in making supper and I think I might have pushed too hard for just getting energy again, but it is good to be able to get the house clean again.

This afternoon I also ordered Tummy Tuneup as a supplement to my BioKult probiotic. Tummy Tuneup has fewer kinds of probiotic strains, but seems reasonably GAPS legal, and is much cheaper per billion bacteria than BioKult. My theory is that if I alternated between BioKult and Tummy Tuneup I still get the benefit of the wider range of probiotics, but get to stretch out the expensive ones so they last longer, without sacrificing overall oomph, or number of probiotic bacteria.

And I finally ordered a supplement to fill the recommended nut/seed oil blend and fish oil (in addition to cod liver oil) supplement. I had originally missed these two on the recommended list, partly because I thought surely fish oil isn’t needed in addition to cod liver oil (apparently it has a different ratio of nutrients, and therefore the combination is best for GAPS healing) and partly because it’s generally recommended not to start supplements at the beginning of intro anyway. It seems very hard to find a supplemental oil that fits the required ratios of different nutrients, but I found a Barlean’s Total Omega blendย that fits the requirements for *both* oils better than most products on the market (Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratios, and EPA to DHA ratios). It does contain soy (though I’m not sure in what ingredient…) so hopefully that’s not a problem… I was assured over e-mail that the ‘natural lemonade flavoring’ is basically just a lemon essential oil, so I’m going to give a try and see how it works out.

For supper we had fish (I found perch fillets on manger’s special at Kroger a couple weeks ago) baked in ghee with salt and pepper, with my second attempt to make a version of these carrot patties actually work. I’m intrigued by this way to use up carrot pulp from juicing, and they improved over my last attempt. For my version I used 3 cups carrot pulp, 1/2 grated onion, a heaping cup of cooked squash and 2 tsp of salt, shaped into patties and fried in ghee. They absorb a lot of ghee, so I had to keep adding ghee as they cooked… They still fall apart fairly easily (a symptom of not using eggs), but they taste pretty good, and I feel like they’re on the brink of being amazing, if I could just figure out what they need.

Salted yogurt is also good over fish and carrot patties, fyi.

I was still at my normal level of ‘just okay’ at getting in my chicken stock and olive oil today,but I got my probiotic food with every meal, all three probiotic capsules, and my cod liver oil. Tomorrow I’ll be ready to add in a new food. I haven’t decided yet whether that means adding fruit to my juice, or adding peeled cucumber to my salad. Decisions, decisions…

GAPS Intro Diet, Day 37

Yesterday I finally felt better again, and managed to (more or less) whip the house into shape, cook a largish meal *and* be social in the evening. It’s amazingly good to have energy again.

We found out that there’s a stomach bug going around with similar symptoms to what we had, but other people got it much worse. This makes me feel a lot better about the effectiveness of our efforts to stay well if our ‘mild’ stomach bug wasn’t automatically mild for everyone else. I even wonder if part of my detox headache wasn’t so much from increasing my probiotic too quickly, but from the extra toxins my body was dealing with from the stomach flu. I think I’d actually prefer the three day headache to a similar time period of serious digestive problems…

I juiced as usual in the morning, and we ate a mishmash of leftovers for lunch.

It was very satisfying to get the living room and bathroom all cleaned up for company, and to still have energy left to wash (some) dishes and cook supper.

I cooked up hamburgers in the oven, on a cookie sheet full off sliced onion. This worked fairly well, but even being the oven upwards of 45 minutes, the onions never got as soft as they would if I’d sauteed them for 20-30 minutes. There were various starchy sides, which I didn’t eat, and sauteed radishes, which I did. (Apparently it’s true that anything is good sauteed in butter/ghee with garlic–even radishes.) I also didn’t eat any of the cobbler I made, but it looked really good…

Disappointingly, my lactofermented ketchup went bad before I finished it, and I can’t make more until I get more honey. (We have a few spoonfuls of honey left, which I’m hoarding for tea, but hopefully we’ll be able to get more very soon.) But, I ate my hamburger with a new batch of ginger carrots (made from juicer pulp) and avocado, and that worked out okay.

I’m hitting another slightly rough patch on food, which is probably a combination of not planning food out as well while we weren’t feeling well, wanting comfort food while I wasn’t feeling well, and being so close to the end of intro without quite getting there yet. On a bright note, I got to eat lettuce yesterday! Only three bites, and while olive oil, salt and pepper make an acceptable salad dressing, it’s definitely not ranch… But I ate raw vegetable, and it was good! And no bad side effects so far! (Can you tell I’m excited about getting to the end of intro and eating raw foods?)

I think I only got chicken stock and olive oil in once yesterday, but I got at least a little probiotic food with all my meals, I remembered to take my cod liver oil, and I took my three probiotic capsules (and got my morning juice, which is going so well, I forget to include it on my list of ‘accomplishments’).

There are so many supplement type things to remember on GAPS that I’m only doing okay at getting everything I’m supposed to get at every meal, or even every day. (Also, I missed a recommended supplement or two at the very beginning–more on that in my next post hopefully.) But, so far, I’ve done very well at taking my probiotic capsules on schedule (still splitting them between meals to soften the detox effect), getting my morning juice, getting a good amount of animal fat in my diet, and not adding any foods before I was supposed to. I think the only food I added that wasn’t specifically allowed was lemon juice, and I added that out of desperation for electrolytes, and have had no bad effects from continuing to use it occasionally. I also decided to treat juicing like adding in probiotic food–continuing to increase *as* I added in new foods, rather than waiting to finish the whole juicing step before adding in new foods. I don’t know if this is technically allowed or not, but it seemed to be a reasonable interpretation of the instructions. Otherwise, (and besides leaving out eggs for now, because of a known allergy) I’ve managed to follow the food introduction steps exactly.

I’ve only done so-so at the reducing toxins side of GAPS… I have been mostly strict with using only natural products for cleaning and such. I went back to baking soda and vinegar for washing my hair, have been using only essential oils for pain relief, and using cocoa butter and grapeseed oil for lotion. I already used mostly natural type products of dish soap and cleaners (think Greenworks), so I didn’t try to change those at all. However, if I were going to strictly follow her instructions, I would have bought several houseplants to purify the air, taken daily walks in the woods, and found a natural, unpolluted, chlorine free swimming hole to swim in regularly. Lovely as this all sounds, it was a bit too much to fit into my life right now…