GAPS Diet, Day 81

I’m getting very tired of being sick. I like the theory that it’s die-off rather than anything else, but whatever it is, I hope it ends soon.

This morning I made my carrot mango juice, and did pretty much nothing else all day. (Well, you know, did some meal prep, did a little research, but not *doing* anything.)

Breakfast was leftover zucchini pizza with yogurt cheese and olive oil.

For lunch I made a chicken soup with fresh tomato, onion and some sweet ‘banana’ peppers. (They were labeled as banana peppers when I bought them, but since there were clearly at least two different kinds of peppers once they finished ripening, I’m skeptical that they were all actually banana peppers). I ate it with sauerkraut and olive oil.

I drank about a third of a mug of milk in the afternoon.

Supper was salmon ‘patties’ but since they don’t hold together as well without egg it turned into a kind of salmon hash that was pretty good with avocado and yogurt cheese. My stomach felt a bit off before supper, making me unsure if I should eat or not, but it actually settled with food. I haven’t had any stomach pains at all, which has so far been the main sign of a food I shouldn’t eat, so I don’t *think* the milk is causing the upset. Colton’s stomach has been a bit off the last couple of days too, plus I’ve been sick for a while, so I suspect it’s just a mild side effect of whatever bug I have. (Or, um, of die-off if I don’t have a bug. So hard to keep all my theories straight.)

After supper I ate a GAPS brownie with about a half a mug of milk. It was a definite improvement to my day.

Of Libraries

My first library experience was of dark wood and books lining shelves two or three times as tall as I was. There was a real card catalog with small drawers full of yellowed pieces of neatly typed index card. It was rarely helpful for finding anything I wanted to find, but it had that library ambiance.

When I had gathered my stack of books, stretching my arms and holding the top under my chin to keep it from toppling over, I would take it to the desk. This particular library desk was as large and formidable as a judge’s bench, with dark wood and molding, but the librarians were not nearly as scary as you  might expect.

At the desk they would take my library card, made of light blue cardboard, with a metal tab near the bottom right corner with raised numerals representing my account. They would take this card and put it in the kachunking machine.

I have no idea what this machine was actually called, and it never occured to me to call it anything at the time, but it’s most noticeable feature in memory is the ‘kachunk’ sound it made as it stamped the date onto the index card for each book. Since I always had a stack of books, the kachunking machine had to kachunk several times  as I checked out. To me, it was the sound of the library.

The day my library upgraded to computers, the familiar kachunk of checkout was replaced with soft beeping sounds, which did not sound all like a library in my opinion. No more card catalogue. No more kachunking machine. No more worn cardboard library card. Just the glow of computers, soft beeping and this thin piece of plastic that never scanned quite right.

I understood that it was more efficient. I understood that it worked better. With the new computer card catalog I could actually find books that I wanted. But… it all felt wrong. The ambiance of my library had completely changed, and I didn’t really like it.

I got a chance to revisit my old hometown library last year. It had been completely remodeled and doubled in size. I wandered around and got to tell Colton where things used to be, but in the end I had to admire it as a strange new place that I had no connection to. You can’t go back to your old library.

Of course, I’ve completely adjusted to the use of computers in libraries now, and would be somewhat taken aback I encountered a library without them. (Though I’d love to hear a kachunking machine in a library again…) Libraries now are all bright lights and computers and still stacks and stacks of books that want to come home with you. So, I wasn’t expecting even an echo of that ‘can’t go back to your old library’ feeling when I finally got to visit the remodeled Main Street branch of the Peoria library.

I wasn’t expecting to notice that the (perfectly adequate and even possibly charming) children’s section looked bleak and strange compared to the weird quirks of the original. Who would have thought I could have missed the hard-to-exit fishbowl where I browsed young adult fantasy and sci-fi and ‘babysat’ the kids while Theresa picked out books in the non-fiction section across the hallway. Who would have thought the spacious aisles in general fiction would break that cozy feel while browsing book titles. Not that I minded much… it was like visiting a whole new library, which undoubtedly, being a library, must be lovable in its own way. It was just that whisper in the back of my head, realizing I could never go back to the ‘old’ library if I wanted to.

However, changes or not, I was nearly gleeful over the check out procedure. Self checkout in a library! Scan your card, set your whole stack of books on little raised platform and the computer scans everything, displays your titles on the monitor for confirmation, and then you’re done! It was cool. And fun. It made me want to checkout again! (Okay, I’m kind of geek…) For everyday use, it may even, just possibly, be superior to a kachunking machine.


GAPS Diet, Day 80

So, um, I made it to day 80 on GAPS (with just a minor two day detour into potatoland). Yay…

Sorry, I’m not feeling energetic enough to be very excited today I guess. I’m definitely either sick or going through another big die-off phase. I’m rooting for die-off, because that would be a step toward feeling better instead of just fighting off new bacteria, but I’m not really sure which is more likely. So far my die-off phases have come with headaches, but it seems plausible to me that symptoms would shift as some kinds of bacteria get dealt with and others come to light after getting the first batch out of the way.

Today I had carrot mango juice before breakfast, leftover chicken/tomato/onion stuff for breakfast and leftover hamburger stew for lunch, both with sauerkraut and olive oil.

Colton took the afternoon off so I could completely crash today, which I did. Hopefully I feel better again in a few days. Otherwise I’ll have to pare back my to-do list to survival mode again… Sigh.

Since yogurt has been going fine this time, I decided to try introducing raw milk today while I’m waiting for my beans to ferment. (Raw milk is allowed on GAPS, once you’ve introduced other allowed dairy without symptoms, because it has lots of good enzymes to help your body break down the hard to digest proteins and sugars.) A shotglass full of milk hasn’t produced any obvious ill effects yet.

Supper was leftover zucchini pizza ingredients from last night, (also I snitched some chedar while I was making them) made into more zucchini pizzas, with yogurt cheese (aka greek yogurt aka strained yogurt–but doesn’t yogurt cheese sound most appetizing with zucchini pizza?) and olive oil.

GAPS Diet, Day 79

This morning I was tired again. As in, I slept through the alarm. As in, my husband starting worrying about me and convince me to take a sick day again. Except…

Except that there was one thing I couldn’t reasonably skip doing today, and that was pick up my thyroid prescription refill. And I had a whole grand scheme connected to picking up my thyroid refill, connected to a $25 gift card for transferring prescriptions to Walgreens, their new  Balance Rewards points system, some concurrent Register Reward deals and a few coupons.

By the time I got my juice (carrot mango, as usual) and got out to Walgreens I was feeling somewhat better, and a really good couponing session rejuvenated me somewhat. (There were snags of course, as there always are when couponing, but the worst that happened was missing out on a $1 moneymaker, and everything else got straightened out fine.)

I got home, got my breakfast a bit late despite being hungry (it was a draggy, unmotivated sort of morning). I ate hamburger stew, with a bit of cheese this time. I know I said I was trying to cut back on the cheese, but it was my fifth meal of hamburger stew in three days, so I think a bit of cheese was a reasonable addition. I also added yogurt and olive oil.

Lunch was leftover chicken and tomato onion sauce from yesterday, except I really wasn’t very hungry. I did eat a bit of sauerkraut and olive oil with my small serving of lunch.

Despite feeling sort of better, I decided I should take an easy day at least, because yesterday I pushed through being tired, and ended up suddenly realizing how very tired I was, and how much my legs hurt. It took a couple applications of lavender, some valor oil, and a heating pad before my hip stopped hurting so I could sleep. Not wanting a repeat of that, I tried to nap, and couldn’t sleep, but kind of dozed and zoned for about an hour, a definite sign that I needed the rest.

After my non-nap I was totally lacking in focus, and oddly enough, this meant I didn’t ever decide to do anything really relaxing and ended up meal planning for our upcoming vacation/staycation. (I’m even beginning to think that I can put together fun and easy to reheat GAPS freezer meals for our staycation.)

For supper I made zucchini pizzas. (Here’s a real world math problem: how many weeks a row can I make zucchini pizzas before my husband gets tired of eating them?) I used my (fairly) standard ingredients: tomato paste and chicken stock, garlic and onion powder, oregano, basil, parsley, ground turkey, chopped onion and cheddar cheese. I ate mine with yogurt and olive oil.

My stomach has not had any noticeable reaction to the yogurt, even as I’ve begun to increase the amount. I have had, not quite a sore stomach, but the occasional feeling that was a step or two below ‘happy tummy’, but it seems to overall actually be moving in the ‘happy tummy’ direction, so I’m not too concerned. Perhaps my little potato adventure just took longer to recover from than I allowed for or some such thing.

I have beans fermenting which will be ready to cook by Friday. Hopefully they ferment well this time so I can introduce beans, after which (assuming all goes well) I will try introducing potato again, but veeeerrrrry sllloooooowwwwlllly this time.

GAPS Diet, Day 78

Carrot mango juice this morning, followed by a breakfast of leftover hamburger stew, with olive oil and a couple spoonfuls of yogurt. I’m trying to give cheese a bit of a rest while I re-introduce yogurt so as not to overload my stomach with dairy (and so as to conserve cheese).

Lunch was more hamburger stew, with sauerkraut and olive oil this time.

Colton not only got caught up on all the dirty dishes that needed to be washed over the weekend, but took the laundry with him again this week. (While Colton has often done laundry for me just to give me more chance to rest, we also currently have a system where money we save by his doing laundry at the office goes to his fund to buy Guild Wars 2. This system works out well for both of us and our budget simultaneously.)

So I had a fairly light afternoon, which is good because I’m having yet another tired day… I *think* it’s still just effects of having a cold, but I miss the energy I was just starting to get back. On the other hand, even on a tired day I was able to stay caught up on dishes, tidy up, clean the bathroom, and make supper without feeling *quite* dead afterwards. This is still progress I think.

I read that peppermint oil applied over the thyroid can help with fatigue, and since peppermint oil was on the list of oils that might help low thyroid function I figured it was a worth a try so I started that today.

Supper was chicken with a reduced-stock sauce containing butter, tomato, onion, garlic, rosemary and basil. I added some olive oil to mine.

I was still at 4 1/2 probiotic capsules today and actually remembered to take my cod liver oil and omega oils. Getting back to T Tapp, even irregularly seems to have reactivated my constant sore muscle problem, but other than tiredness, I don’t seem to have any prominent cold/detox symptoms.

GAPS Diet, Days 76 & 77

Saturday felt somewhat better but still tired from being sick. I didn’t have any ripe mangoes (Aldi mangoes: cheap, but usually quite green) so I had straight carrot juice in the morning. Breakfast was made out of leftover taco salad ingredients.

I ate my breakfast a bit late and then got a hankering to go out and about town, so after our normal Saturday chores of budget meeting and Colton washing some dishes for me while I balanced the checkbook, we went to visit the library. I hadn’t been to the Main Street branch since it was remodeled, and I’d been increasingly curious to see the new version. It was a nice visit, and I found the most recent installment of the Thursday Next series which I hadn’t read yet, so the trip was a success. The coolest part was the self checkout.

By the time we finished at the library I had used up all my energy and was back ‘I’m not feeling so great’ levels of tiredness.

The upshot of all of this, is that I didn’t eat ‘lunch’ until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I snacked on some almonds and then warmed up some ground beef and topped it with cheddar cheese. (I wished I had some lacto fermented ketchup to go with it, but it’s hard to complain too much when you have meat and cheese.)

Supper was ground beef cooked up with mushrooms and topped with cheddar cheese. I’m on a bit of a cheddar cheese kick, and our 5 lb block is disappearing at an alarming rate…

That evening I decided that (in honor of the Morton pumpkin festival and all) it was time for some pumpkin frozen dessert. I was recently given a small ice cream maker I have yet to try out, but for that evening I opted for the easy version, which wouldn’t use any of my again rapidly depleting honey. I threw three frozen bananas in the blender with about half a can of pumpkin, a good shake of cinnamon and a sprinkle of nutmeg and ginger. It could have used a bit of honey, but (once it thawed enough for the blender to handle it) it actually came out quite well, and the texture was amazingly creamy. (With honey in it I think it would have actually made the list of GAPS desserts Colton liked. As it was he said it was really good for what I had to work with. I mention this because Colton tends to be a good barometer of whether something actually tasted good, as opposed to my reaction, which under the circumstances can be more based on how little it tastes like sauerkraut.)

Sunday morning started with carrot mango juice and breakfast of hamburger, cheese and avocado, with the obligatory sauerkraut and olive oil.

I made it through church, but we opted to come home immediately afterward rather than stay for lunch, because I was feeling really tired again.

Lunch was hamburger stew. It worked out so well last week I made a similar version for this week with hamburger, tomato paste, chicken stock, mushrooms, carrot pulp from the juicer and zucchini. I used garlic powder instead of fresh this time, and it was bit short on salt. Still good, but not quite as good as last week.

Supper was more hamburger stew, again with sauerkraut and olive oil.

I snacked on more pumpkin custard stuff (leftover from the largeish batch I made on Saturday).

For a bedtime snack I had more hamburger stew, but this time with a dollop of yogurt. I’m hoping the bad reaction before was a fluke and I can introduce it again now, especially since cheese and butter seem to be fine.

I increased my probiotic to 4 1/2 capsules on Sunday. I’ve had a persistent itching the last couple of days, on my fingers, my right foot and now on my scalp. It feels like the kind of itching that comes with a rash, but there’s no visible change to the skin. I’m hoping this is a detox reaction. (Detox reactions are always more exciting that weird random medical events.) Other than that, I’ve had only mild symptoms from my cold (very mild congestion, and I think I’ve coughed twice, but don’t worry I’m immune to whooping cough) besides the tiredness.

GAPS Diet, Day 75

Yesterday I woke up from an afternoon nap with a stuffy nose, that “I’m getting sick” feeling and the tiniest twinges of a sinus headache. It all passed pretty quickly when I got up and started moving around so I managed to convince myself that I was not getting sick. Still having a tired week maybe, but not getting sick.

This morning I woke up with similar symptoms again and my husband convinced me that not only was I sick, but I should take a sick day and actually rest. Weird…

I have to say that as the day has gone on, I became more and more convinced that he was right and that I really would have made myself miserable if I’d tried to proceed with my original plans of washing dishes, making mango salsa and baking GAPS bread.

I did get up and make myself carrot mango juice to start the day. I also sipped a couple of cups of ginger tea from mid morning to early afternoon. I had my breakfast at nine-thirty because I was starving–leftover chicken casserole and (you guessed it) green beans.

Lunch was more of the same, but with olive oil and sauerkraut. (Because sauerkraut will cure anything, right Merrianna?)

Supper was taco salad: ground beef with seasonings, lettuce, homemade GAPS tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and impromptu homemade salsa and guacomole, topped with olive oil and fermented banana peppers.

After supper I made GAPS hot cocoa again.

I have great plans for feeling all better tomorrow, but these plans rarely work out like I want them to…