Well, I’ve successfully made it through My GAPS Diet WEEK #2 and I still feel really great! The best part is no matter how stubborn I am, I’ve learned a few lessons…. (for more information on the GAPS Diet click HERE for my Week #1 Recap and/or buy the GAPS Diet Book HERE)
What did I Learn in Week #2?
Dairy probably isn’t really a good choice for me, right now. At the end of week #1 I was eating some organic raw sour cream in my broths & soups.. however I started to realize that, um, things may be slightly backed up 🙁 Not really bad just made my digestion a little more sluggish than optimum. So I eliminated the raw sour cream and things were moving a little better – but again I’m really stubborn so I decided over the weekend I wanted to try some organic raw yogurt. So Saturday & Sunday I had about 1/3 cup of raw milk yogurt each day – and although I didn’t have any obvious digestive issue (gas, bloating, etc) I still “think” its not perfect for me. For some reason I just refuse to follow instructions and have a teeny-tiny bit every day and slowly build up – I WANT a little bowl of yogurt.
I’ve also learned that when I take a break from an eating free-for-all and strictly limit food choices – I revert to desiring the same eating patterns I had as a child. I’ve been craving carrots. Raw Carrots of all things. When I was a child, I was notorious for eating an entire 5# bag of carrots in just a couple days – and mom was always upset because she’d need them and I ate them all! Although I was already eating a very healthy (paleo/gaps) style diet before officially beginning my Gaps Diet – I don’t crave any bad foods, just REAL FOOD. Healthy food that I’m just not able to eat right now.
Falling off the GAPS Wagon
This morning I nearly fell off the wagon. I came dangerously close. Too close for my comfort. I’m at the stage in the GAPS diet where I need to try having eggs, specifically just egg yokes. I’ve had a little egg yoke over the weekend and had no obvious reaction. I’ve avoided eggs for the past year while I was trying the low carb diet during pregnancy. I’m so eager to have them again in my diet (and really we have a backyard full of chickens laying us some of the healthiest eggs money can buy – and I don’t get to eat them!) But I didn’t just WANT a scrambled egg today, I wanted a scrambled egg and bacon. I went so far as to getting out the bacon to thaw .. skillet was on the stove… and I was just about to crack open a few fresh eggs….. BUT I luckily talked myself out of it. No eggs, No Bacon. I will have my broth and kraut juice instead. I will stick with the plan and have a little egg yoke in my broth later today.
Weight loss in Week #2
Happily I’ve lost 15 pounds total since starting my GAPS diet. (11 pounds the 1st week and 4 pounds the 2nd week) I can feel the change in my belly/waist – I’m back to my normal hourglass/curvy body. Phew!
Again I have to stress, GAPS is not a weight loss diet – It is a gut healing program, weight loss is just an added BONUS!
Looking Ahead – the plan for Week #3
I’m progressing through the GAPS Introduction Stages very, very slowly. Perhaps slower than I need to, however I want to do this one time and one time only. I’m making it count. I want to give my gut every opportunity to heal and make sure I don’t try to advance too fast.
I’m pretty much going to be eating the same as Week #1 only will be gradually increasing my fermented vegetable juice to 2 cups per day and hope to try egg yokes and a few bites of actual sauerkraut by the end of week #2
- 6 am Warm Lemon Water
- 7 am Probiotics, Fermented Cod Liver Oil & Raw Liver
- 8 am Mug of Homemade Bone Broth with 1/3c+ of sauerkraut juice
- 10 am Herbal Tea
- 12 pm Bowl of soup made with Homemade Bone Broth, veggies (onion, garlic, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower and/or zucchini) boiled chicken and a 1/3c+ of sauerkraut juice
- 2 pm Herbal Tea
- 4 pm Mug of Homemade Bone Broth with 1/3c+ of sauerkraut juice and 1/2 avocado mashed
- 6 pm Herbal tea
- 8 pm Sleepy Time Herbal Tea and Probiotics
I averaged 1 quart of bone broth per day (chicken, beef, pork or venison), 3-4 mugs of herbal tea, and 1/2 gallon of room temperature water.
Wish me luck!