Seems like we've a long way to go and it's bit grim on so few foods!
Having started on Sunday, we all progressed to stage 2 on Tuesday with no digestive issues. However I had a rough first week with several sudden trips to the bathroom. I stayed on stage 2 whilst this was going on. So I had the conundrum that many seem to have trying to work out what is due to die-off from the probiotics or what is due to a reaction to a new food or how much is just toxin clearing. There was no clear cut answer, but I couldn’t see any pattern developing with what I eaten and it suddenly cleared on the 9th day.
We all picked up on Thursday and woke with better appetites (despite getting fed up with soup and mushy vegetables!) and more energy.
We tended to be really starving first thing in the morning, but that has improved so much that I don’t notice it now on day 9. I found that a teaspoon of coconut oil with a bit of honey tied me over while we made breakfast, otherwise the low blood sugar levels made me feel quite weak.
So we spent two days on stage 1 and four days on stage 2.
So how do we feel?
Husband and I both agree we can be tired without feeling heavy-eyed/headed. We wake feeling fresher and have more energy. The lads don’t complain of being tired anymore.
Husband and I have both lost a lot of weight. Not that I think anyone would put oneself through such a strict diet just to lose weight! Husband has lost 6lbs in the week and myself 5lb. They say you only lose the weight you need to lose to become your natural weight and size whatever that be, thin or stocky (on the GAPs diet). This is not a starvation diet. We can eat as much of the allowed foods as we like. We are focusing on healing the gut so that the nutrients we eat actually are absorbed properly by the body.
Amazingly we haven’t craved for much, probably because we had weaned ourselves off of a lot of carbs before starting. We have fond thoughts of sweet things, but don’t feel the need for them. Our food is satisfying. Naturally we all delight in a new food when it’s introduced (eggs and sour cream being the favourite at the moment), but I’m surprised that Son1 is keen to try scrambled eggs which he hated before, and Son 2 wants pancakes that he’s never been keen on. Even Husband said he wouldn’t mind a pancake (these are squash and egg pancakes fried in butter) with butter and sour cream on top and honey (OK, old habits die hard!)
I think we are over the hardest part now. We don’t enjoy soup three times a day, but we have learnt to accept it and it’s made easier with a widening range of vegetables.
Basically Stage 1 is hard because you are so limited in what you can eat. Stage 2 improves if you can tolerate eggs, which we all can. But we are all looking forward to the next stages - especially stage 64, as the fellows joke, when they can have cocoa back!! I did say we had a sweet tooth!