Category: GAPS Diet

Goings ons: GAPS, unschooling, work and more

So I have been a bit busy. I mean, I am ALWAYS busy in the summer, but this is unusually busy. Some of it has been the Christian Unschooling Facebook group which take as lot of my time as I am admin there. Some of it has been learning new things: between Pinterest (you can find me here) and Google + (find me here). BTW both programs are wonderful but I am really, really in love with Google +. The artist community there is amazing and inspiring.

We are still on the GAPS diet and it is still helping.

 

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  • Rachel has been able to fully add multiple foods into her diet that triggered full SJS symptoms before– including lemon, chicken, and ginger.  She can also be around tomato and apple without symptoms (just being in the same room with them would trigger a reaction before.)  She has also had plenty of energy and zero RA symptoms since going on the diet.
  • Issac is doing very well on the diet though he now has added regular raw milk in (it is something he can fix himself quickly and will always drink.)  He doesn’t like broth so I make reductions with whatever he is eating — kind of like gravy which works well.
  • Esther was doing very well until she started forgetting to eat and just started drinking straight raw milk all the time. Around that time she contracted a stomach bug, her system got all out of whack and she has to restart intro  in order to heal.  We are nearly back to where she was already and she is now able to eat way more foods than she could before without enzymes.
  • I am continuing to heal well though we ran out of grass fed beef and it is hard to get around here without ordering quarter (which we are doing but it will take 8 weeks to get.)  I can now eat chicken and eggs with no reaction though after years of being allergic I am really nervous of it.  Up until this week I have had no RA symptoms at all.  This week we ran out of broth and I have been slightly stiff (no big flare-ups) and dealing with the exhaustion that comes when I am dealing with what would be a flareup if I were eating a regular diet.  Considering that in the past the first weeks of August are my worst flare-up times and have meant me on crutches most years I am doing exceptionally well.
Unschooling is still going on:

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  • It has become so much of our lifestyle that I seldom think about it anymore.  The kids as always are doing all sorts of things– mostly on the computer (but what do you expect when most of their parents time is spent on the computer?)
  • Rachel is spending a lot of time playing piano, watching anime, drawing manga, learning Japanese, focusing on being more independent, reading the driver’s handbook again and again (she can’t wait to get her license in 3 years),  playing Minecraft and WoW and doing odd jobs for money.
  • Esther is spending much time reading, on Minecraft, Roblox, and Sims 3, drawing, and trying to get her sleeping and eating into healthy patterns so she grows properly (her goal not mine).
  • Issac is spending lots of time playing with his Fisher Price castle, pirates, and submarine thanks to finding more parts via my brother and the thrift shop.  He is also really into Roblox and Minecraft, chemistry, and electricity.
Work stuff:
  • Shamus finally got paid.  It was a year in coming but it is here which means we are no longer struggling (though we still can’t make the full house payment since we need to make this last — since who knows the next time we will get paid. :))
  • This means that part of our current work is figuring out how best to spend on the big things (ordering things we use in bulk, paying off bigger debts, and generally learning how to live on freelancer income.)
  • Shamus is working on a game engine and a book and is thinking about another book.  He is currently working on a game proposal for the game engine as he has potential backers, finishing the first book, and thinking on the new book.  We are also considering different ways of monetizing his site more efficiently.
  • I am working on some more book illustrations/cover art, several portraits, and have some website work on the backburner (waiting for clients to get back to me.)
  • The card game is out and for sale (once we get the cost of making it paid off in sales then we get a chunk in proceeds so…go buy a copy, or two or three?  It makes an awesome gift, is fun to play even as adults, is fast paced and educational (math, history –since I made the costumes and everything involved historically accurate to the 16th century, reading, logic).  My kids love it as do other unschooling friends who have played it.  It is also easy to adapt to other games or for more than 2 people.
Provision:
  • It has been amazing how God has provided this last year and we are trying to learn from the experience and make wise decisions for the future.  He has made sure we have had all we needed despite our lack of funds and it has been awesome to see how various people have stepped in  and provided where work did not.  Shamus’s readers on his website are absolutely amazing as their random gifts saw us through many tight spots, as did several families who took us on and sponsored us, making sure we had what we needed.  We praise the Lord for all of their help.  Our personal goal is to make this (which the Lord has lead us to) work.  To avoid needing to eat into the chunk of  money we have been paid for previous work done and to instead of try to work our way out of the debt we are in.  We want to get to the position where we can freely give and help those in need out of our excess instead of just out of our tithe.  We are praying that the Lord will get us to that point via the work He has provided for us to do.  That said the life of a freelancer may not be easy but it is always interesting.

 

GAPS Diet: 2 1/2 months-ish

I have lost track as we have reached the “just do it” stage and are through the worst of the die-off and are into the regular diet completely.  So far:

  • Rach is now able to eat melon, potatoes (was allergic and should n’t have even tried them yet but was out and chose to with no reaction), turkey, strawberries, a small amount of lemon juice and tomato, citric acid/pectin (which come from citrus or apple usually–both of which she has been severely allergic to–couldn’t have them in the air without a severe reaction), regular frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate.  All of those things were things she had a reaction to before, to varying degrees.  Most of them she could eat with enzymes (except the turkey, melon, lemon and tomato) but now she can get away with them in various quantities.  So that is really awesome and she is enjoying her newfound food freedoms.
  • Essie has discovered that her allergy to peanuts has become a bit worse, but then she is choosing to avoid most ferments and broth and so is not “really” doing the diet.  I am hoping that she will realize the correlation and choose to drink the broth anyway (though if I keep ghee on hand she will eat that and will drink smoothies made with kefir sometimes.  I need to buy more coconut oil and make sure there is plenty on hand because she will eat that and butter by the spoonful and thus get her good fats that way.  The real problem is getting her to remember to eat– she forgets and then is ravenous.
  • Issac is doing much better– most of his food allergies are gone though his aversions aren’t really and he is still very picky about foods.  Occasionally he will go nuts for something that he previously avoided, especially if I make sure to make plenty of butter or ghee and add that.
  • I am doing much better in general though I still can’t get near peanut butter.  I actually hit a point where I was tired of almonds which never happens so we are out of almond butter and I haven’t bothered to buy more even though I use it in baking and Essie will eat that (which tells me I need to get some.)  I haven’t been very hungry lately which is funny after being ravenous while on intro and have actually started to loose some weight (not unusual for me in summer anyway so not sure if it is just it being hot out so I don’t want to eat or has something to do with the diet.    It may also have to do with not having a lot on hand that I WANT to eat.  Other than some meat with cheese melted over and maybe a smoothie or some coffee with cream (we have added raw milk back in because Essie will drink that when hungry and has no trouble with it plus it is a cheap food for us at $4 a gallon) all I really want is salad with some cheese, cranberries, and almonds (haven’t tested any other nuts as I have had a lot of trouble there in the past) and a bit of lactofermented sauerkraut on the side.
  • I need to find a new source for ready made lacto-fermented pickles as everyone loves them but are not crazy about the ones I make (too soft.)

Unschooling Monday: Mother’s Day edition

So I decided to join in Owlet’s Unschool Monday (thanks to Jessica at Bohemian Bowmans).

Since beginning our “Mom stops telling the kids do stuff around the house” experiment,  the kids have cleaned out the car, done the dishes, mowed the lawn, done the laundry, helped clean up the kitchen, helped me make food, helped me prepare to go pick up raw milk, cleaned up the backyard and picked up the big sticks that have blown down–some of which I asked, some of which I didn’t, all without me asking more than once.  They have also made dinner, baked a cake (grain free GAPS friendly), spent a lot of time watching movies and playing video games (specifically Harvest Moon and Minecraft), rode bikes, spent time laying in the grass watching the clouds, helped with the laundry, made multiple messes, cleaned up some messes–both their own and others though not all of either, made some great choices, made some bad choices, and frankly have very much been kids.  And honestly, it is pretty much the same stuff they would be doing anyway, but with a lot more helping out around the house with a lot less whining from them (I can’t guarantee that I am not doing more whining though mine is silent…waaaa.)

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The GAPS friendly grain-free white bean cake Rach made me for Mother's Day (with a lot of help from me since I didn't have the ingredients all on hand--but it was GOOD.

I didn’t say anything about the experiment to the kids until the end of the week (when I pulled them aside and told them what had happened and why.) However on Thursday my middle “miss perceptive” child came over to me as said, “Mom, since you stopped yelling at us and telling us what to do we are doing a whole lot more stuff” (mind you I didn’t TELL them I was going to do this, that was part of the experiment, just stopped cold turkey). She then went on to say that she thought it was because they felt more responsible and grown up and able to choose what they felt they should do to help out and so it felt good when they did help out and they didn’t resent it.

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Esther lying on the floor at my grandmother's new apartment. I don't know either but this is how I felt on Sunday.

I should also mention that right before they came and started helping I was feeling VERY overwhelmed and poor me and no one is going to help me and waaaaaa. And then I remembered that this had been a HUGE thing in our marriage for a while (about 8 years ago all the way back to us as newly weds 14 years ago)– me doing the housework and resenting every second and my husband resenting me resenting him. Like I said, obviously I have huge heart issues regarding housework.  Of course right after all that they started helping but I also got sick (with the same cold thing that they have had which accounts for much of the not helping that has happened.)

And between feeling sick, hormones, and not wanting to deal with Mother’s Day because my own mom died a few years ago and I still am not keen on Mother’s Day I was a crank for Mother’s Day so my heart attitude didn’t get much better there especially since everyone else is also still feeling kind of cruddy and no one wanted to help with anything.  Then the kids picked up and decided to make dinner (meatball soup and eggplant Parmesan– very good and perfect for feeling cruddy me).

So, we are continuing the experiment because it really is working, even though just like with school work, it means the kids are doing different things than they would be if I were insisting they help out.  It actually means they are doing more, and more willingly without all the fighting over who does what when.  So I guess that is a win, even if it also means more heart surgery for me because the “but THEY aren’t doing it” whine comes out at the most inopportune times.

 

(And the recipe for the cake can be found here: http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2009/06/gluten-free-dairy-free-sugar-free.html.)

GAPS Update

The GAPS diet continues.  Definitely more healing going on– we can now eat apples in the house when Rachel is home without her getting horribly sick.  This is near miraculous as previously just the leftover smell of apple having been in the house would trigger her SJS.  I can get away with eating a bit of omelet or pancake and possibly more though I am being careful and taking it easy with the egg.  This is exciting as I haven’t had egg for 12 years or so.  Esther and Issac have been able o get away with all sorts of foods, in fact Esther had a bit of corn by mistake (remember grain free diet, but it was a drink and we forgot) and not only did she not immediately projectile vomit (which she has done as soon as corn touches her lips without enzymes since birth, but she didn’t really get sick.)  We are nearly to full gaps though carefully introducing things as we can, and being very careful of the foods we knew were a problem before.

It is still tricky and the policy of letting the kids eat whatever they can when out of the house might have to go to the wayside since the girls got REALLY sick after eating pizza 2 Sundays ago.  They were already run down from eating a whole lot of not so great stuff the night before, their immune systems were knocked out because die-off and several other factors and BAM, they both ended up with full on strep, though it didn’t follow the typical course and getting immediately back on the diet they healed quickly though they retain the scratchy throats and swollen (though not red) tonsils.  Lots of zinc, vitamin C, cod liver oil, and echinacea combined with sleep, neti pot, garlic, and gargling with hot salt water throughout the day (and just finally got a hold of colloidal silver which should finish it off quickly.)   So, we will see in the future and make choices based on how healthy they are and how bad the die off is.

It is especially interesting that both of them only had a fever for a short time and that the rest of us didn’t get it.  but we have found the same in the past– if our immune systems are in good condition then we don’t get it, regardless of how contagious it is.

Gaps Diet: Day 12 (I think)

So far it has been interesting.  The kids are doing well with it and have been able to easily add in various foods.  It also helps that when we leave the house (for instance visiting Grandma who likes to take us out to eat each week) we all just eat what is offered to us (as long as it isn’t something we were severely allergic to before) with our enzymes.  Rachel and I especially attempt to keep to the tdiet but don’t feel stressed if we can’t.

That said, I am actually going back to the beginning of the intro to start over as I have learned some more about how to do it and what works best.  I can now tolerate a little egg and almonds as well as several fruits without enzymes (the egg especially is pretty huge since I have been severely allergic to eggs for 12 years.)  I am hoping that by going back to the beginning and doing things right I will heal the whole way and be able to have eggs completely as well as poultry, which would be a blessing for our budget.

The kids are doing really well– both Esther and Issac no longer have any eczema and are feeling much better in general.  Health issues that they have always had seem to have passed with this.  Rachel has not had a single SJS flare-up since going on the diet– which is amazing since she had had a really bad winter and was getting sick constantly.  The typical runny noses and other seasonal stuff that they usually get this time of year when not on the candida diet are nonexistent despite having more sugar (lots of bananas and mangos lately.)

We have also experimented a lot and come up with some really fun foods.  Yesterday Rachel made really cute spring muffins with banana, almond butter, and egg in a shaped pan my stepmom’s mom sent us.  We have been having lots of  squash, almond butter, and egg pancakes as well as pancakes made from the same mix Rach used for her muffins.  Zucchini noodles were a hit though butternut squash is the current favorite aside from the pancakes.  I have made almond milk and almond flour which we also use to make a bread.  My personal current favorite go to is guacamole and the banana avocado pudding that we all love.  I can’t wait to get the coconut I ordered since it will mean a lot of new things I can make.

I am really looking forward to adding more things to the list as well as me being able to eat all of it.  It is really nice to be able to eat without enzymes after 7 years of having to have them every meal– which is really pretty expensive.

 

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.

GAPS Diet

I don’t talk about our food journey too often anymore because it is a long story, a very long story– a story starting when I met my husband (who was severely allergic to milk) 20 years ago and continuing through today, where our oldest has several severe food allergies but otherwise we get along pretty well with food enzymes and avoiding dyes and preservatives.

You can read a bit our food journey here on my post about Quick and Easy Meals for Toddlers with Food Allergies which is only slightly behind my Baking Soda Vinegar Shampoo posts (which get at the very least 30-50 hits daily) in the battle for post with most hits ever. Before Shamus and I married I was told I had severe candida overgrowth and to stop eating yeast (because back then that was all they knew.  I tried and just gained 25 lbs and felt awful, developing a reaction to all non organic meats and lived on sugar and dairy– which lead to me becoming allergic to dairy very quickly. Once I cut out the dairy and meat and quit living on all things sugar I lost the 25 lbs quickly and started eating a nice, simple healthy diet.  However, with each pregnancy both Shamus and I got sicker until finally we gave up and tried the rotation diet combined with the Maker’s diet.  It helped but was hard ot maintain, especially when I got pregnant again.  Gladly our journey did not stop with the rotation diet (which helped us pinpoint allergens and then keep more at bay), but instead moved through other ways of eating as God helped us change our habits and learn to eat the way our bodies needed.  After I had another huge flareup with the arthritis and Shamus noticed that I had serious issues when I ate a lot of sugar (and I LOVED sugar) we discovered the Candida diet (which helped with my RA as well as eliminated a lot of the food allergies).  After we finished that a friend told us about food enzymes (which I learned more about via Karen L. Felice’s book which she lent me).  This worked well until we went overboard reintroducing regular foods and oldest developed an extreme reaction to dyes, preservatives, and a few of her original allergy foods.

More recently we learned about Nourishing Traditions through another friend and added raw milk and soaked nuts and grains  and lots of lactofermented veggies to our diet (which we found we could eat without enzymes).   After years of messing around with raw and vegetarian diets we have been brought full circle to where, once again, we can eat dairy products (which 2 kids as well Shamus and I have been unable to eat since forever.)  As I said, it is a very long story– 20 years long, and God has brought us each new stage, which we found to help us one way or another.

Currently we are in maintenance mode.  I do a nearly sugar free (and low carb) diet with the kids tagging along as they feel like and all of us taking food enzymes for every meal.  This means I have had no trouble with the rheumatoid arthritis or sjogren’s syndrome this winter and the kids have remained fairly healthy (which is excellent since when Rach gets exposed to certain things she gets very, very sick, but keeping the carbs in check means her immune system is better able to cope.)  Shamus has had some health issues that we would like to deal with, especially as we no longer have health insurance.  However, all of this is exhausting when I have so much other work I would like to be doing and more often than not the kids have been making noodles or peanut butter saltines for snacks and meals (NOT healthy.)

So, enter the GAPS diet.  I have been reading about it an considering it for nearly half a year now– actually since we went back on the candida diet after a very bad winter and spring.  The GAPS diet is similar to the candida diet (no carbs from grains or refined sugar) and actually has more freedom as far as sugar goes (raw honey is good while we literally go through a lb of stevia every few months which is expensive.)  After some prayer and discussion the kids and hubby decided that I should try it alone first, since it is pretty intensive and starts with soups (which they all hate as a general rule.)

Today I began with the introduction as outlined here. I am lured by the idea of finally healing the gut completely instead of living in maintenance  mode.  I am tired of getting itchy when I get exposed to anything polyester, I am tired of being unable to eat poultry or eggs.  I am tired of having to be so very careful all the time for myself and for my children.  If it works, which I believe it will, then it should heal my gut and allow me to cure the allergies that make our particular diet so expensive.  If it works as I hope then the family will willingly go on it as well which will hopefully eliminate the big health issues that we deal with.

So I started today.  I didn’t fully intend to but that is what happened.  I have kind of vaguely been following the diet for a couple weeks now.  Not fully but leaning towards the gaps foods when I had a choice and I have noticed a difference but today I began in full about halfway through the day when I made some beef stock and decided to just stick with that and the fermented carrots in the fridge.

Why am I writing about it?

It occurred to me that the best thing to do was document it here.  I may not post daily but I want to keep track so my family can see whether it worked, how quickly I was able to add in new foods (especially since I am allergic to most of the beginning foods) and whether there were any results at all.  For now I am doing the full intro diet (though just from websites, I don’t own the book though I plan to get it when I can, especially if I see results.)  I am going to stick with the supplements that I know make a difference for my arthritis though I will eliminate them if I find I don’t need them down the road (I plan to drop them individually so I can see what I need and what I don’t).  So I will also document here what supplements I do take:

  • GNC brand Multi-enzymes  (which has acidopholous- 1 with every meal)
  • Now brand Super Enzymes (1 with every meal)
  • Super B complex
  • Vit D 5,000 (will lower this as get more sun–Western PA winter is depressing without large doses of Vit. D)
  • Cod liver oil
  • ginseng
  • ginkgo biloba
  • MSM
  • condroiton and glucosamine
  • Now Joint care
  • Magnesium powder in the morning and evening

I am hoping to drop both enzymes by the end of this as well as several of the other supplements.  We currently have a good source of grass fed beef (we don’t eat pork and up until this point  Shamus, I, and Rachel are all severely allergic to poultry though Rach can eat eggs an Shamus and I cannot.)

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts to this particular diet, as I have been through all those mentioned above and have learned to read it well.  So far I am fine– the headache and backache I woke with have diminished quite a bit–the headache is gone and the backache is nearly gone though the muscles are still tight I am able to be up and about (have been adding rosemary to my beef stock which I believe has been helping.)  I am glad I am doing this alone as my kids by nature are locusts and as has been suggested, on the intro diet I am very hungry and eating a lot.

Update: just as I was ready to head to bed and about to post this the kids came in the kitchen having smelled the beef stock.  All three  asked for some and quickly asked for more, and more.  We talked a bit about the diet, what the introduction looks like, what they will be able to eat, and all three quickly decided to start then and there.  So, I guess other than Shamus we are all starting the GAPS diet.  The kids are hopeful that it will cure their food allergies.  Rach wants to be able to eat normal foods without worrying about getting horribly sick because someone has ketchup where she can smell it.  Esther wants to be able to not get eczema when she forgets her enzymes, and Issac just wants to be able to eat without enzymes.  So…here we go, embarking on yet another journey, praying God will provide.  At worst it should be interesting (and our family is just going to love the added complicatedness of our diet–we drive them crazy). 🙂

For more information on the diet with a great run down of how and why check out Health, Home, & Happiness’s post on a GAPS intro.