GAPS Diet, Day 71

I left off the end of my last post that on Sunday evening I also had a small rum, pineapple juice, and coconut milk drink. Also, my stomach was having some turmoil for part of the evening. It was wasn’t nausea and it wasn’t really pain, and I have no idea what caused it.

This morning my stomach was still slightly off, though carrot mango juice seemed to help soothe it.

Breakfast was some hamburger meat with sauerkaut and forkful of brownie for dessert. (Dessert for breakfast is reasonable when you don’t eat breakfast until ten-thirty, right?)

I finally introduced the Barleans Total Omega oil today. AND remembered to take my cod liver oil. Win!

Lunch was leftover chicken and leftover green beans with olive oil and sauerkraut.

After lunch I hit a slump. I’d started out the day tired, and really didn’t feel like tackling the giant mound of weekend dishes. So… I did something that might have been a bad idea, and made a GAPS legal version of this pumpkin spice latte. Normally caffeine after noon is a bad idea for me, but I figured short sleep last night, plus getting up (and staying up) at my normal time gave me a good shot at having a little bit of caffeine to get through the afternoon and still sleep tonight. We shall see how the sleeping tonight part works out…

After a really yummy pumpkin spice latte (GAPSified recipe to follow) I tackled my dirty dishes, tidied up, did a quick clean of the bathroom, sat down for a few minutes to read a couple chapters of my current non-fiction book, made supper and washed a lot more dishes. I didn’t quite knock out *all* my weekend dishes but I did 3/4 of them, and getting so much done, especially on a tired day is a definite improvement on my pre-GAPS energy level. Yes, I had coffee, but there have been stages of fatigue where coffee didn’t really make a difference in my energy levels, so it’s still a really big deal to have gotten so much done today.

Supper was zucchini casserole, (kind of like GAPS lasagna) now with mushrooms and cheddar. (Those clearance mushrooms are showing up  a lot lately. Soon I’ll have to slice and freeze the extras–for now I just put them in everything.) I was good and ate mine with olive oil and sauerkraut.

And now I am tired. But I’m about to muster enough energy to go cut Colton’s hair. You should be very impressed with the GAPS diet right now. 🙂

 

GAPS Pumpkin Spice Latte (serves 1)

1 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon canned pumpkin

1 1/2 tablespoons honey (roughly… I just put in a couple of normal size spoonfuls of honey)

1/4 cup strong coffee

a shake of cinnamon, a small shake of ginger, and a small shake of nutmeg

I blended mine with a milk frother, which worked beautifully, and even turned the coconut cream in the milk into a whipped cream like substance which floated on top. I’d recommend a blender, or at the very least a whisk if you don’t have a milk frother. Also, this came out chilled, which was perfect for today–if you want it hot you’ll have to heat the whole drink as there’s so much more coconut milk than coffee.

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GAPS Diet, Day 68, 69 & 70

Friday morning I had my juice… I think that was the morning I made carrot plum juice, which was good, but I think the plum would go even better blended with another fruit as well. More of an undertone than a strong flavor.

I ate my breakfast a little early so I could head out to pick up the co op order at ten. I had beet soup with olive oil and sauerkarut, which was fine until I jumped in car to drive. My stomach hasn’t been to crazy about riding in the car right after eating lately. Oddly, eating *in* the car isn’t nearly as bad as eating right before getting in car. Anyway, I felt pretty bad driving to the co op drop point, but by the time everything was sorted out and my food was loaded into the car, I was doing okay, and I didn’t have any relapses.

Lunch was leftover chicken, of which I do not remember details. Colton didn’t get to come home for lunch on Friday, so my lunch was a bit more haphazard than normal, but I did remember to eat.

Friday afternoon I had some food proccessing to do, and was starting to feel a bit tired from the week, so I didn’t quite keep up my ‘dishes done every day this week’ record, but I did get most of the dishes washed before supper.

For supper I made zucchini pizzas, made from zucchini (obviously), tomato sauce, ground beef, onion and mushroom (and various seasonings). And this time I got to put cheddar cheese on mine! (Colton’s had a mozzerella pizza mix of cheese I got on sale a couple weeks ago…) I ate olive oil on them, but skipped the sauerkraut. (I really am trying to be good about my probiotic foods, but my options are limited right now, and sauerkraut three times a day is just a bit much sometimes! I do get some probiotic with every meal, since I divide my probiotic capsules into three doses through the day, so hopefully it’s not too big a deal to skip the sauerkraut occasionally.)

I introduced cocoa powder that evening. I had to make more coconut milk, as I’d discovered the last of the previous batch had gone sour. So, I took a cup and a half of the fresh, still warm, coconut milk, and whirled it in the blender with a tablespoon of cocoa powder and about a tablespoon of honey. It was amazingness! And the coconut milk frothed very nicely in the blender too. Chocolate is really quite good.

Saturday morning was carrot mango juice (I think…) and hitting to road to pick up milk and help some friends move. I ate my breakfast on the road, having almonds and a peach. (No sauerkraut or olive oil.) I had more almonds as a late morning snack, too.

A lot of the help we did was actually cleaning, so I didn’t have to do too much lifting and hauling. I packed my own lunch of salad topped with leftover chicken, tomato, cheese and the last of the avocado dressing, it was quite good and very filling, though I think my body eventually started craving more protein before I actually got hungry again. (I would not do well as a vegetarian.) Also, I did *not* want any more almonds, I had had quite enough almonds that day thank you very much. (Did I mention that I would really not do well as a vegetarian?)

For supper I had leftover zucchini pizza, which was was still really good. I tried to be good and drink chicken stock with my meal, but I only drank about a third of the mug. After supper I had more coconut milk hot cocoa, which was still amazing.

Sunday morning was (I think) carrot peach juice. Carrot mango is still my favorite, but the carrot peach was definitely up there on the list.

For breakfast I warmed up the last of the beet soup from the week before and ate it in the car with sauerkraut and olive oil.

I also had most of a mug of coffee, with coconut milk and honey.

Lunch was hamburger stew, which turned out quite well. Oddly, I think adding carrot pulp from juicing added to the visual appeal, because it bulked out the soup and made it look nice and thick.

For supper, I had brownies. Okay, I had leftover chicken too, but the brownies were more exciting. 🙂 I am starting to come to terms with the fact that baking gluten free and egg free means your baking has nothing to hold it together. Despite the odd texture (somewhere between brownie and pudding) the brownies tasted wonderfully chocolatey and very much like brownie. I had seconds. (Colton helpfully pointed out that I have two months backlog of missed desserts to make up for…)

In all seriousness, I don’t want to go crazy on food I’m not supposed to eat (though I’m pretty sure that seconds on GAPS legal brownies is completely in the realm of reason at this point in the diet anyway), but I do really feel like I’ve done my time on GAPS and I need to be done soon. Compared to the official timeline two months on GAPS isn’t really that much, but out in the normal world, two months of soup for breakfast, sauerkraut with most of your meals, and no chocolate, is pretty extreme.

I’m glad I did GAPS, and I think it helped, but I’m also hoping to find another piece of the healing puzzle that takes me from finishing GAPS to having even more energy.