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 🙂