I have officially been on the GAPS Intro Diet for 2 weeks and one day. Whew!!!! What a journey thus far. The GAPS Intro is hardcore. I thought that I was mentally prepared for the rigors of such a huge detoxification but this completely knocked me for a loop. However, it is completely worth it.
As of this posting, I am only on Stage 2 (out of 6). This has been slow going for several reasons. First, I seem to have a lot of gut issues despite the fact that I thought that I been eating quite well by following a traditional diet. As it turns out, I am gluten intolerant and this has probably caused some damage over the years. In addition, I was a vegetarian for almost 15 years and did not exactly reintroduce red meat slowly. This could have shocked my system a tad. Beyond that, I am also dealing with a recent diagnosis of Celiac SPrue – AKA gluten intolerance AND Ulcerative Colitis (and still waiting for some additional test results). So yeah, this Intro will take me some TIME! However, I am still standing and things are progressing.
For those of you who are not familiar with GAPS, take a moment to read this post to learn a tad more. Essentially, I am eating ONLY the following at this point:
- Boiled meats, poultry and fish
- Bone broth (beef, chicken, or lamb)
- Homemade soups from bone broth base (primarily leak and onion, butternut squash, and zucchini)
- Boiled veggies limited to cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, acorn squash, kabucha squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, crookneck squash, leeks, onions, and carrots
- Egg yolk
- Juice from fermented veggies (although I am about to actually eat a little of the veggie itself)
- Mint infused water
- Coconut water
- Chamomile Tea
Let me share a few tid bits with you about this journey thus far.
First, I took 5 hours on ONE day and did ALL of my prep. I made 3 crockpots of broth, peeled and rough cut 10 butternut squashes, cut up 15 summer squash, cut up 8 leeks, cut up 3 heads of cauliflower and 2 heads of broccoli, made sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles, AND separated out individual portions of meat, made burger patties, etc… I froze a lot of this so I would have it on hand. The next day, I made two crock pots of soup with the broth (keeping one pot of broth). I have continued to make something in the crock pot almost every day. I usually make bone broth every other day since I am going through it like mad and I make soup every three days or so.
Let me preface this by telling you that I am a FOOD LOVER. I EAT! A LOT! ALL. DAY. LONG. Sooooooo…the idea of limiting myself to these foods seems a little ridiculous. I can pack it away! I was not sure how this would all go but knew that I needed to commit. So I did.
Days 1-3 SUCKED in a really big way. I had a monstrous headache, I had NOOOOO energy, I felt a little light headed, and I was grumpy. Surprisingly, I wasn’t that hungry. I was drinking broth and eating soup with every meal and in between meals. The Butternut squash was pretty filling and eating meat with each meal actually kept me quite satiated. I was hungry for sure but I was able to keep the tummy rumbles to a minimum. The headache though…GOOD NIGHT IRENE! I have never experienced something like that before. And the fatigue!!!!! Wow. I tried to walk Tiny to the park and about passed out after two blocks. I can walk forever so this threw me for a loop!
By Day 4, the headache was gone but my energy did not ramp back up until about Day 7. I am still not firing on all cylinders but the mental fog and grumpiness are dissipating. The foods were still keeping me satisfied and I am actually really loving the ease of boiling everything. Seriously. No mess really. The hardest part is cooking different meals for RastaDaddy. Those good smells do get to me a little.
As of today I have not cheated at all. I am definitely looking forward to moving on to Stage 3 where I will add in avocado and squash/almond butter/ egg pancakes. I will be ALL OVER THOSE!
I am not experiencing much die off anymore although as my system detoxes I am noticing that I smell odd. I do not stink per say but I don’t smell like myself. I think my breastmilk flavor has changed as well. Tiny keeps asking for water afterwards or tells me “eeew.” Yet, she keeps plugging away! 😉
So what questions do you have for me? I am happy to answer anything you might like to know about my experience this far as well as what lies ahead.
Stay tuned for a great giveaway next week! My saving grace throughout this journey has been an Ebook from Cara over at Health, Home, and Happiness titled What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Intro. This book was the game changer for me. You will want to win it or buy it if you are embarking upon the GAPS journey. Seriously. More info to come….