A Set Back & A Step Back

As I’ve mentioned over on my other blog, my little family had a very busy long weekend catching up with lots of friends. On the Friday I packed a massive picnic lunch for everyone, and ensured the whole thing was GAPS friendly. For dinner we went to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen, where I had a ‘naked’ burger (no bun) with fresh avocado and a big salad. On the Saturday our friends came here, and I cooked a massive lunch all GAPS friendly and did the same on Sunday when we entertained again.

The spanner in my works is that on Friday and Saturday there was wine, and I really wanted some! Although I didn’t have much (three glasses between the two days) I think it was three glasses too many. I’ve also been really enjoying sweet treats, and although they are super healthy and only made from nuts and fruit, I think I overdid it. To top it all off, my stock drinking was minimal among all the socialising. Subsequently my skin isn’t looking quite as clear, my head is fuzzy and my stomach is bloated. Unlike two weeks ago when I was feeling fabulous.

Reading about Natalie Lamb’s GAPS experience has made me think I subconsciously rushed through the latter steps of the intro diet because I wanted to make life easier for when our friends were in town. I’m at the same time rather mad with myself, and trying not to beat myself up too much. We had such a lovely time, and boy did those vinos and treats taste gooooooood! Never one to dwell on the problems, I’ve already analysed it all and come up with some solutions.

Firstly a full booze-ban, indefinitely. I’ve written in depth about my past, and how I abused alcohol almost to the point of no return in my teens and twenties. Fortunately I didn’t quite cross the line, and taught myself how to enjoy a social drink. I never wanted to be that person who couldn’t have a drink or two. For the purpose of GAPS though, I think it’s imperative I just say no. It’ll just slow my healing down otherwise, and I cannot bare the thought of alcohol ruining this for me.

Secondly, I am weaning myself off coffee. Yep you heard me correctly. As much as I love my coffee, I just don’t want to rely on the black stuff anymore. I cut down to one cup pre-GAPS, and this week I’ll slowly reduce the amount in that cup down to nothing. Hopefully I’ll avoid the horrendous withdrawal headaches that I got last time by doing so. I had to remove coffee from my diet two years ago as I’d become intolerant of it, but after a strict three month exclusion was able to reintroduce it. I needed it back then, as hadn’t learnt to cope as well as I do now with sleep deprivation.

Thirdly, no sweet treats for the time being. As sweet as it’s going to get for me is my delicious nut bread sans dried fruit.

So essentially I am going back to Step Four Intro and staying there until I start feeling those wonderful positive GAPS effects that I was so greatly benefiting from! I know I can do this, and won’t be beaten by a minor set back 🙂

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39 thoughts on “A Set Back & A Step Back

  1. They all sound sensible steps. I’m glad you had a good time with your friends though and I think it was worth taking that (subconscious) risk of rushing through the last steps so that time with them went well.

    The alcohol and sugar bans are brave! Coffee I can live without, since I overdosed on it a few months ago and spent a few weeks feeling terrible and not understanding why. Life has been much better on fruit teas.

    • You’re so right and I’m trying not to be too harsh with myself. Sugar is now the easy one for me as I’m used to it. Booze should also be fine to avoid now I’ve made the decision. Coffee? We’ll have to see… glad it’s working for you 🙂

  2. I think you’re doing amazingly well and are so determined. My hubby has eczema and is now, very recently,gluten free. I know how hard it is for him to slip up every so often because it’s a social thing and he likes treating himself. His skin doesn’t thank him for it unfortunately 🙂

  3. I’ve been exploring this blog a bit to find out more about GAPS – I didn’t even know it existed! I’m a big believer in the link between what we consume and our general wellbeing, and as always when I find out more it amazes me how narrow conventional medical practice can be in its thinking. I know from my allergy how hard it can be to have to be so disciplined though so good luck – hopefully you’ll reap the benefits soon x

    • Thanks so much Sophie! I hope you found some of the info useful. I truly believe the food and health are intrinsicly linked to one another. GAPS certainly feels like a logical step for me (having already given up dairy in 2002 and refined sugar in 2007), just hoping it works for my almost 5yo xx

  4. mmm coffee im off it for almost 8 months and I miss it only when pass Costa and alcohol i dont really miss it apart from my husband sitting next to me and drinking beer

    • Oh wow well done 🙂 I’ve found coffee the hardest tbh. I spent all last week reducing my intake, and yesterday was my first day without any at all. I didn’t fare up too badly and didn’t have a withdrawal headache thank goodness. I think by the end of this week I should have broken the habit.

  5. To be honest I have no idea what GAPS is but I can see that you are so determined and it sounds pretty healthy. Keep up the good work and I hope you will reap the benefits of it soon x

    • I do too hon, and gave up refined sugar a long time ago. I think while on the early days of GAPS I need to limit anything sweet at all though. This does not bode well with my love of creating treats for my family – it’s like torture in fact but needs must right now!

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