Last week I posted about how I veered off the GAPS track slightly, and felt pretty crappy as a result. Subsequently I set myself three additional challenges: give up coffee and booze indefinitely, and no sweet treats no matter how healthy they are.
I spent all last week weaning myself off coffee, and Sunday was my first day without any at all. I’m pleased to report the slow wean method meant I didn’t get any nasty headaches, so that was a win. The closest I’ve come to eating anything sweet was tasting a teeny bit of the mixture when I was making the girls grain free flapjacks, and I’ve not even had a sniff of alcohol. I was true to my word, even though I found it harder than starting GAPS in the first place.
I intended to go back to step four of the intro diet on Monday this week, but decided instead to go back to the very beginning. My day has been starting with a pint of water and my probiotic supplement, shortly followed by a glass of goat milk kefir (about 200ml). I eat some chicken or other boiled meat around 8:30-9am, then I drink home made stock and fresh ginger and mint tea all day long. Lunch is blended soup, and dinner is clear soup (see photo). With boiled meat in between when I feel I’m getting hungry.
This may sound drastic but I am plagued by the fact that I cheated a little and tried to speed the process up. At least if I go back to the start and follow the rules to the letter, I know I’m healing sealing my gut lining good and proper. If all goes well, I’ll spend five days on each of steps one, two and three, then I’m going to hang around on step four for a few weeks. I’m going to take some time introducing everything super slowly, and enjoy the healing process more this time round.
I feel like I have learnt a lot about myself and my body whilst on GAPS so far. First and foremost, I know I have a tendency to go too long without eating, get really hungry then overeat to compensate. This simply has to stop because it’s an appalling example to set to the kids if nothing else. I’m becoming better at drinking stock or tea when I feel the urge to eat now, which is really agreeing with me (mentally if nothing else).
My friend asked me yesterday what my vices were now – and I replied blogging/writing. I’ve got to have something right?!