GAPS Diet, Day 82

Last night my hand slipped while sprinkling probiotic from the capsule onto my food, and I got about the equivalent about five capsules instead of 4 1/2. I got a die-off headache pretty quickly and it hasn’t got away since.

Other than that, I feel better today than I have this past week. Still tired, and just a bit lightheaded when I get up, after sitting and lying down most of the week, but I did get just a little bit done this afternoon, and now have hopes that next week will actually be productive.

This morning I had carrot mango juice, as usual, and leftover salmon’hash’ for breakfast,with yogurt cheese, avocado and olive oil.

Lunch was chicken soup with yougut and olive oil.

This afternoon I got some of the dirty dishes washed and a little tidying up and Sunday prep work done.

Supper was roast basil garlic chicken legs and roasted carrots. I forgot to eat a probiotic food with it, but I did put several drops of olive oil on it. My table bottle of olive oil needs a refill…

I considered just going with my mistake of yesterday and upping my probiotic dose to 5 capsules, but as Colton pointed out, I’ve already been sick for a week and I don’t really want to prolong that any more than necessary. So, I’m still at 4 1/2 capsuled for today, and I’ll up it to 4 3/4 capsules once I’m feeling better.

I tried cooking my fermented beans today. I was pleased to note that they smelled sour and yogurty this time instead of sharply repulsive. I was not so pleased that after 8 hours of cooking they were still hard. Apparently fermented beans are just not my forte. Ordinarily I’d be okay with this, but for trying to proceed in the GAPS diet it’s just not helpful. If I can’t get them to cook to at least an edible stage, I’ll probably just do a normal overnight soak (or even extend it to 24-36 hours) and introduce them that way…

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Adventure is out there!

Colton and I are both adventure people. Granted, Colton has a lot more tolerance and energy for big grand adventures than I do, but, on some level, if GAPS diet weren’t an adventure to slay the dragon and live happily every after (with more energy!) it would be even harder than it is.

And both of us can be idea people, but Colton is almost invariably the one who has the follow through and decisiveness to start the adventure. It’s a little disconcerting sometimes. I say ‘meteor shower this weekend’ and Colton’s setting the alarm for three the next morning. Saying anything in the car is particularly dangerous because my saying, ‘We should go see/do/eat (fill in the blank) sometime’ is immediately translated into ‘We should do that now!’ Once I mused about a movie I’d like to see again and we ended up buying a used copy of it in a video rental store about twenty minutes later.

Though, when I say dangerous and disconcerting, I really just mean awesome. 🙂 It’s just that my brain is still stuck back on, “Hang on, is this a good idea? Shouldn’t we plan this some more? Maybe schedule it in advance and mull it over for a while?” while Colton is putting the plan or sometimes even lack of plan, into action.

You’d think I’d be used to this by now. But no, on Wednesday night, when I said, “We should buy Dutch Blitz sometime”,  I thought this just meant I’d add it to an Amazon order sometime in the next couple of weeks if we had the extra money at the time. Colton immediately grasped the idea that Dutch Blitz was fun, and we should play it as soon as possible. The only hesitation was over whether we could put together a Dutch Blitz replica with playing cards or should call John and Whitney to borrow their copy.

After discovering that one of the decks of cards we’d need to play the game was actually a pinochle deck (which looks a lot like a bewilderingly weird deck of cards at first glance, especially if you’ve never played pinochle, which I haven’t), Colton decided that borrowing Dutch Blitz at nine o clock at night was the way to go.

I would have still been back at wondering if this was a good idea, but I started to get caught up in the crazy adventure vibe, and headed out with Colton, barefoot and backpackless, to borrow Dutch Blitz. I didn’t even take my water bottle.

And then somehow this whole only slightly crazy plan turned into a spontaneous party of four player Dutch Blitz where we stayed up too late and I lost badly, as usual.

Bilbo Baggins might have had to step all the way outside his front door to get swept off into an adventure, but around here, adventures seem to lurk in corners and around furniture just waiting to pounce as soon as I say, “You know, sometime we should…”