GAPS Diet, Day 65

This morning I actually started the day with ginger tea and honey, which helpfully eliminated the headache which was obviously trying to regroup and attack me again. Then I had carrot mango juice. Breakfast and lunch were both leftover beet soup, both with sauerkraut and and olive oil. For lunch I added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (and ate a chunk of cheddar as I fixed a quesadilla for Colton).

This afternoon I did laundry, washed dishes (there weren’t a lot, because Colton caught up for me over the weekend, but it was still exciting to stay caught up), tidyed up, cleaned the bathroom, swept and quick-mopped the kitchen… In other words, I did all of my normal daily chores! I’d like to eventually get to the point where it’s normal to not just do my daily chores, but do extra projects besides, but for now, getting back to the point where I can do all my chores in a day is very exciting.

I ate another chunk of cheese in the afternoon, and finished off the cherries. I think it was a lack of protein in lunch that made me hungry…

Supper was salmon patties, which turned out very well, and whipped cauliflower, which was good as always, but not the best I’ve made. (It came out a bit too runny.) I dutifully ate my sauerkraut and olive oil with my meal.

I didn’t really have a good chance to eat more tomato today, but I had no bad reaction from last night’s tomato, and suspect at this point, with fruit going so well, that I’m fine with veggies too. Tomorrow I’ll try to eat a bit more tomato, and probably try some raw mushroom.

After supper Colton mixed me a rum, pinapple juice and coconut milk drink (with a spoonful of honey also). As usual I only drank about half my drink… but, no stomach pain or anything so far, so yay!

And even after a full afternoon of laundry and dishes, I had enough energy to play Race for the Galaxy after supper. Unfortunately I didn’t win…

I got my ‘four’ (two Tummy Tuneup) capsules of probiotic today, and did better getting sauerkraut with every meal, even though I’m going with smallish serving sizes. Tomorrow I really need to make sure I take my cod liver oil…

I should be very close to getting to full GAPS now. And once I’m on full GAPS with no digestive issues, I can introduce cocoa powder! Yay!


GAPS Diet, Days 62, 63 & 64

Saturday I had banana pineapple coconut milk smoothie for breakfast. (I counted that as my juice for the day…disapprove if you like…) I also had some leftover taco salad meat for protein.

Lunchish was some meat cooked up with mushrooms and onions. I grated some sharp cheddar cheese over the top, and it was marvelous! I restrained myself to a relatively small amount of cheese, since I was technically introducing it…

And, in a  startling turn of events, I didn’t have to cook supper on Saturday! I think that was the first meal I’ve eaten in about a month and half that I didn’t have to cook (or at least partly cook) myself.

Whitney made some ribs, spiced up well enough that I didn’t miss the BBQ sauce, and I avoided the slightly edgy vinegar on my salad, and stuck with my usual olive oil and avocado.

I had a headache from Friday evening through late Saturday. I increased my probiotic on Thursday or Friday (apparently I had a record keeping fail about that…), right around the time a big storm was moving in with lots of air pressure changes *and* at a time of the month I was probably due for a headache anyway. After some lavender oil and a head rub from Colton the headache faded, but it didn’t really go away until playing Nintendo 64 after dinner. (Just for the record, Colton and I make a pretty good team on Super Smash Bros. on the 64. I throw fireballs a lot and he actually does useful stuff.) 🙂

Sunday was carrot lettuce mango kiwi juice, and a mishmash of leftovers for breakfast, primarily the last of the leftover cauliflower soup and some chicken. I added sauerkraut and olive oil. I also had a little coffee with coconut milk and honey

For lunch I made a GAPS stage 1 legal soup for fellowship meal, because Moriah is starting GAPS. I used leftover carrot pulp from juicing (pulp *without* any mango or kiwi in it), sliced canned beets, mushrooms, onions, chicken and  ginger, salt and pepper. I had planned to puree it into a borscht like soup, but at Colton’s suggestion, went with the hearty, chunky winter soup look, as it seemed that would be appealing to more people.

There were no other ‘main course’ dishes I could eat this time, but I was able to have a piece of yellow watermelon. Almost like having a dessert!

Sunday afternoon supperish I tried to make a faux teryaki sauce for some chicken I had in the fridge. Last time I used beet kvass in it, and thought that helped a lot with flavor depth that’s hard to get without soy sauce or molasses. So… this time I tried adding beet juice for a lot of the liquid… forgetting how sweet beets are.

It came out okay, especially after watering it down and adding extra savoury spices, but the ‘sickly sweet’ feel of it continued to bother me all evening, almost as though I’d just eaten some loaded with chemicals sauce I really shouldn’t have eaten.

I did enjoy my fake teryaki chicken, on a salad with cheddar cheese, and with a few of my homemade dorito chips on the side.

In the evening I ate small (well, smallish…) chunks of sharp cheddar. Convenient protein, you know, to counteract the sickly sweet teriyaki. Plus, I get to eat cheese now. 🙂

Early Sunday evening we went for a hike. I needed a couple of short rest breaks, but I made it about a mile round trip, at Colton pace (read: not slow) for most of it, without even feeling dead afterwards. I was tired at the end, and my right hip and ankle started twinging, but that’s better than I’ve done sometimes. Yay for GAPS diet and thyroid medication!

My headache was back off and on through Sunday, but not as bad as Saturday.

Monday morning was carrot cucumber mango juice. (I needed to use up a cucumber that had been sitting in the fridge. I’m glad I only used half of it in the juice, because that was quite enough cucumber flavor with my mango…) For breakfast I had leftover beet soup with sauerkraut and olive oil.

We’d meant to get out early to go frisbee golfing, but in true three day weekend style, we got out rather late to play frisbee golf. We played the ICC course again, which I quite enjoyed, and despite a rough start, improved my game slightly over last time. Unfortunately, I was not having an energetic day, and we had to quit 3/4 of the way through because I was really worn out. (It was probably about a mile of hiking, after hiking the day before, plus frisbee throwing, which adds up after a few throws for me.)

We decided to go to an earlier showing of The Odd Life of Timothy Green than we’d planned on, and stopped at a gas station to grab a snack.

Stop right there a second, and consider this: I was able to grab a snack at a gas station! Yes, it was cheese and banana, which is not exactly the epitome of gas station food. But it was there, and I bought it and ate it, and that is super exciting when you’ve been on GAPS for two months!

I did make a small error in the cheese, and got mozzerella/string cheese, which is technically not allowed on GAPS. I didn’t get a big reaction (it wasn’t a lot of cheese either), but my stomach did feel, not quite even sore, but slightly sensitive, later that afternoon.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green made a really good date movie, and (as we predicted beforehand) it made me cry.

For supper we made hamburgers. Wait, scratch that, we made *cheeseburgers*. (Can you tell I’m still excited about eating cheese?) With sauteed onions and mushrooms. I ate mine in a lettuce ‘bun’ with avocado dressing, and introduced raw tomato with it. (I realized I’ve been a bit derelict in continuing to introduce raw veggies.)

For an after supper snack I ate more pineapple coconut bites.

I increased my probiotic dose to four BK capsules, which I’m currently taking in the form of two Tummy Tuneup capsules. (TT is double the strength of BK.)

Overall, food has continued to go well as I’m moving to full GAPS. Dairy may be a bit of an issue, but (thankfully!) butter and harder cheeses have not been a problem. I decided that vinegar probably doesn’t need its own introduction period, since I’ve been eating sauerkraut with no problems, so I’ll probably take one meal to introduce it (just in case I have some clear stomach reaction) but not a whole two days. I may do something similar with some other food such as more raw veggies and alcoholic drinks, introducing them separately from other new food, but without a full introduction period.

At this point I’m leaning toward transitioning off of GAPS as soon as possible, but then continuing to eat 80-90% GAPS food for a while. That way I have the option of ‘cheating’ occasionally, and taking Sundays off (which is my normal practice with restrictive diets) without ending the healing benefits of GAPS. After having gone through the whole process I should have a pretty good idea of which foods seems to be hardest on my digestive system (currently, that seems to be dairy) and which ones aren’t as big of a deal to eat occasionally.

The King’s City, part 2

Part One…

The King listened gravely. When the emissary finished his report, the King slowly stood, removed his crown, and set it carefully on his throne. “Saddle a horse for me,” he said. “I have work to do.”

When the King arrived at the foot of the hill, he headed directly for the valley where the messengers were working. Wordlessly, he joined them handing out food to hungry people. The messengers whispered much among themselves as they saw the King himself working with them. With them! He must approve of their work! Whatever those proud builders thought, the messengers were doing the King’s work, and now they could prove it!

They watched as he bent down to talk to a tiny girl with big eyes and unbrushed hair. They listened closely to see what the King himself had to say to these people. Then, they drew back in shock and amazement.

The King was talking about the city! Here, to these people! People who were dirty and tired and hurting, and the King himself was talking about that place the builders were so excited about. But as they listened, his words sounded different than they expected. Builders praised the city when they talked. Messengers focused on loving the people they talked to. But the King, talking to this tiny girl, clearly loved her *and* the city he spoke of.

It was an astonishing way of speaking, but not so astonishing as what happened next. The King swept the little girl up in one arm, and motioning to the gathered crowd to follow him, he strode up the hill towards the city.

What could the messengers do but follow? They followed at a cautious distance as the crowd pressed up the hill to see this city the King spoke of with such affection.

The builders were obviously quite startled at the influx of visitors. Some rushed off to polish up bits of the city that might be dusty, and others started into complex speeches of welcome they’d memorized for just such an unlikely occasion. But all fell silent as the King stepped in through the gate. And, somewhere, in the back of their minds, they thought, surely the messengers will see how the King is approving our work by bringing all these people here to enjoy it.

The King set the little girl on the ground. She looked around, taken aback by the strange wonders of the city. Then she spotted a fountain just inside the gate. Great streams of water flowed upwards, sparkling in the sunlight before dancing down in droplets to the pavement. The girl ran to dance with them, laughing as her hair, her clothes and her shoes were drenched with the falling water.

Trickles of muddy water ran across the stones under her feet, as slowly her face and her hands came clean. Still laughing, the she ran back to the King. “Show me, show more!” she said, grabbing his hand.

And the King led her, and all the crowds from below, along with the builders and the messengers, through every path in the city. A few from the crowd left in disgust at this city that was not all like where they came from, and, they thought, could never be a good, safe place to live. Too clean! Too strange! The messengers noticed with a pang each person who left, and yet, they couldn’t blame the city as they normally did. Not while they were seeing it through the King’s eyes.

As the King led them all through the city, they could see, not only the charm and beauty of the city before them, but also the complete splendor that it would be when it was finished. The rough patches in the path, the piles of broken bricks here and there, the unfinished walls, these would all be smoothed away eventually, and then it would shine beyond compare.

Even the builders were astonished at how lovely the city seemed now, with the King himself showing them what it was and what it would be. At the same time, they couldn’t help but notice the crowds of people following behind the King. Somehow, at this moment, it was clear that this was why the city existed. It was so easy to forget, staring at blueprints all day, with no messengers, no visitors, that they were building this city for these very people, and for their King!

As they came back to the gate and the fountain, the builders and messengers began to walk slower. Those in the crowds who had stayed to see the whole city were shouting in amazement at this point, and as the fountain came back into sight, began to run to laugh and play in the fountain as the little girl had. The builders and messengers cast sideways glances at each other, trying not to meet anyone else’s eyes.

They had slowed almost to a stop when they began to realize that the King was watching them. He had stopped just ahead of them . As they reached his feet, they all knelt in front of him.

“We…” one person started, then trailed off.

“It seemed…” someone else started and stopped.

Finally, one voice cried out, “Forgive us?”

The rest of the voices joined in quickly, “Forgive us!”

The King smiled gravely. “It is forgiven,” he said.

Then, motioning them to rise, he quickly led them to the fountain. Soon everyone, builder and messenger and those in the crowd soon to be builders and messengers where laughing and playing in the water together. The King danced with the little girl, and the party went on until late that night.

The next day, the builders awoke with amazing new ideas for the city. How could they have missed such obvious plans before? Of course, they needed mirrors in the courtyard to even better reflect the light through the water. And that one spot in the back wall was in shameful need of fresh mortar. They busily got to work with an enthusiasm they’d missed recently.

The messenger woke up to a different burning thought. So many people had come to see the city last night…and so many more had still never seen it! They had to be off quickly, to go further and deeper into the darkness than ever before, and bring as many people back to the city as they could.

The builders and messengers waved cheerful goodbyes as each went back to his work, knowing that before long they’d all see each other again.

The little girl climbed to the top of the wall and looked out. The King sat on his horse a little way down the path, looking back at the city with a smile. He waved when he saw her. She waved back, and watched as he turned and rode away. She watched a little longer, fixing in her mind the direction he’d gone, so she’d know which way to watch for him to come back again. Then she climbed down and went off to find some breakfast.