Mind the Gaps Diet
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Yes, it does look a little up hill at the moment, standing as we are at the foot of the intro diet hill. I'm hoping that when we get to the top of the incline we'll begin to feel more comfortable in our new way of eating and will have begun to feel some benefits.
We have now had 3 days of eating purely GAPS foods.
It hasn't been easy transitioning to grain and dairy free. Breakfasts have been the hardest.
Husband settled for 3 eggs. Sons gingerly tried nut butter pancake and sour cream and declared them ok. I tried stewed apple with a couple of eggs stirred in as I took it off the heat, with sour cream and honey. Fine, except I was starving by 10.30. Altogether it made an awful lot of washing up!
Today we cleared the last GAPs legal foods that we can' t eat on the intro ... cocoa powder, sausages (gluten free from Abel and Cole), eggs (hopefully we'll meet again in a few days time) and nuts/seeds.
So we had a slap up dinner of sausages, mashed swede, carrots and cabbage, fried eggs and gravy made of chicken broth with mushrooms and leeks pureed in. Pudding was wonderful, wonderful chocolate muffins from Megan's cook book (http://eatbeautiful.net/), with chocolate sauce poured over the top, made from the carob chip recipe from 'Nourishing Traditions'. (Only we used cocoa instead!)
I'd have taken a photo but we ate them warm straight out of the oven so you'll have to use your imagination!
Sons are coping amazing well and being very up-beat about it all. So much so they asked if we could start a day earlier ('To get it over with sooner!')
Their only complaint so far is 'Do we have to have BONE BROTH with everything? REALLLY?'
So when re-assured that they could eat meat as meat, and not in soup, they were only a little consoled. 'That's still only meat, veg and BONE BROTH!' 'How long until we can eat those muffins again?'
Husband is wonderful. No complaints and enjoying the food he is presented with cheerfully.
My biggest fear is running out of food and having to make them wait three hours for the next batch of BONE BROTH! Our blood sugar levels seem to drop very quickly unless we have lots of squash/carrots and meat. The fridge is stuffed with vegetables and chicken stock and the freezer with meat. I still think I will be knocking up soup all day long.
I might even enjoy the break from endless baking. We are already eating a much wider range of foods than we would ever have touched if we hadn't been doing GAPS - swede and squash for starters and actually, they are not that bad!
Tomorrow we still plan to have our normal big Sunday dinner - boiled chicken instead of roast, with mashed squash, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and gravy made with boiled onions and broth pureed together. Pudding (chocolate!) will be sadly missed. I think peppermint tea might taste quite delicious!
We are a little in trepidation of how to get through a week or so eating such a limited rage of foods, but are so encouraged by other people blogs/web-sites who have proved it can be done. It does just take that spirit of adventure and willingness to step outside the comfort zone.
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