GAPS Diet: day 3

I had fully intended to record on a daily basis.  Really.  I didn’t mention it because I knew myself and that that would fail.  So here we are at day 3.

The kids are bored with the initial stage 1 of the intro– I am not surprised because right now it consists of boiled meat, well cooked broccoli, cauliflower, squash (summer and winter), carrots, onions, ginger, garlic, and leeks plus some fermented veggies.  We are also having green tea with honey.

We have however been able to add some things in without having to take enzymes so that is nice. We are basing most of that on what we know from previous allergy experiences.  For instance, if a child had a past allergy to a food at any point then we are waiting for more healing to take place before we introduce it.  For instance, I have a past allergy to onion and so am being careful only to eat it when it is boiled or when it is in powder form.  The same goes for ginger.

What have we been able to add?

  • 24 hour yogurt (regularly you only ferment yogurt for 8-9 hours but we have found in the past that we just prefer it at 24 anyway so this works out well and all of us can eat it.)
  • Egg –well, Issac can get away with whole eggs and Esther can eat the yokes.  Rach and I haven’t tried yet because we know we had serious egg allergies in the past.  Willing to wait on that one.
  • Coconut oil/coconut — we are completely out of coconut (sigh) but coconut is fine for all of us and we have been using coconut oil liberally since it also helps with the candida overgrowth.  We have also found that adding a bit of stevia or honey to a small spoonful makes a quick snack (sounds gross I know but good coconut oil is REALLY good and it is really like eating a spoonful of icing, without the sugar and dyes.)
  • Bananas — these are really intended to be added later in the stages but were a cheap and easy solution to a problem–what would Issac eat willingly that he could make himself.  The broth with meat in is there but I have to get it for him because he won’t do it on his own.  He knows how to make egg but is still nervous of i and prefers I do it, and we don’t have enough yogurt on-hand at any given time for him to just eat that.  So bananas were a blessing, and then we realized they were something that all of us tolerate well, so bananas it is.

We have also gotten creative and found some cool tricks:

  • zucchini stir fried in coconut oil and salt makes great fettuccine style noodles
  • butternut squash and broccoli boiled with beef broth and garlic then pureed makes great soup/gravy
  • if you put raw cauliflower through the food processor/shredder then boil and fry in coconut oil it is very rice like (though Issac disagrees)
  • we love carrot juice
  • Stash makes Honey Sticks –this one has a story behind it.  The kids have almost always been able to eat honey and when there was nothign else treat like at the store we would pick up mint honey sticks (from some generic brand at the health food store) and the kids would be thrilled.  So instead of candy bars my kids would get honey sticks.  Except that when I went down after the kids asked for honey sticks I found that we had bought all the flavors Rach isn’t allergic to (they come in mint, lemon, lime, apple, cinnamon, orange and the only thing denoting what they are is a colored stripe on the side– we don’t buy the others because it is too easy to get the wrong one.)  Anyway, it turns out that they had the Stash ones which were just plain.  Those little sticks have made the diet tolerable for the younger two kids. 🙂

Mood wise the first day was bad– but then we are used to dealing with die-ff with  “shake”– bentonite, olive or coconut oil, and psyllium which combined pull the toxins out of the system.  Since this diet specifically says no to that because the fiber works against the initial healing of the gut  we had to deal with the moodiness of die-off by slogging through.  (Poor, poor Shamus.)  Plus the first day I didn’t have that much in the house for the diet (because I was doing it alone) so we were hungry all day with only broth with meat and fermented carrots and sauerkraut to stave it off.

By the second and third day moods have stabilized, plus I was able to pick up lots of cauliflower (which the girls would happily live on), carrots, and squash.

So what have our meals looked like?

I have beef stock in the crock pot with both soup bones and hamburger (because I found that Issac will eat hamburger anytime) so we have been having broth and meat throughout the day.  The kids have been enjoying real ginger tea with honey.  We had acorn squash for lunch, with hamburger and fermented carrots.  We have had a lot of our new favorite– sauerkraut and fermented carrots  with broth poured over top to warm it.  Last night the zucchini fettuccine went over very well, as did the mashed cauliflower with beef tallow instead of milk.  In fact, the girls also had that for breakfast yesterday.  Issac is eating egg anytime he can’t get enough to eat of all the other foods (so far other than banana and hamburger it has all been his least favorite foods– poor kid.  )  Earlier today I made an egg white pancake with stevia and a touch of honey in which he loved (pretty much a meringue crepe) which I made because apparently Es can tolerate the yolks but not the whites yet.  Issac is keen on me doing this again and keeps asking, so I guess if Essie still can’t have whites he will be getting more.

So how do we feel about it so far.

The girls are pretty happy about how things are going, especially Rachel who is basically getting all her favorite foods aside from grains.  Essie is having a hard time making herself eat some of the foods because, in general, she is just as happy not to eat till she is starved but the bananas and yogurt have helped there.  As soon as we have the money I will try avocados which they all three love and which will add a lot of possible variations.  Issac is still not thrilled though he is getting better.

Me, I don’t know yet.  It is always stressful starting a new, complicated diet.  Plus I have a lot of other stuff going on and am trying to watch how everyone is doing at every stage, making sure that they aren’t having a reaction.  I am hopeful because so far we are using significantly less enzymes (the kids only take them if they are going out and and need to eat “normal” food– not ideal but so it goes) and  have actually been using less supplements (I have have mine sitting in front of me and still haven’t taken them all–usually I find I feel it if I don’t have them by now.)  I am hopeful that if we CAN heal it will eliminate the enzyme need completely and allow us to eat a more varied diet, which would mean less supplements.  Other than the moodiness and the kids being tired (hopefully because they moved back upstairs after sleeping in the living room all winter and are having trouble adjusting to the new sleeping arrangements and not food related) we are doing pretty well all things considered.