Mind the Gaps Diet
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Stage 2: No gravy! But our favourite meal so far! Broth was in a mug on the side.
Stage 1: 2 days
Seeing as we started the GAPS diet a day earlier than planned, we had church to take our minds off the lack of decent food, which did help. Even so, by mid-afternoon Son 1 was saying he didn't think he could take any more bone broth and he picked at his tea - but ate it.
I didn't know how much food to make and felt by the end of the day that I had underestimated a little.
Having said that, there is only so much meat broth you can drink (unless you love it!). I cooked it in my 3.5l slow cooker and did two batches and we probably used one and a half parts, supplemented with water to top up the stock when I made the soups.
Meat wise we definitely need meat at each meal to fill us up and plenty of carbs. Seeing as we are limited by allowed foods and our preference to squash (not our favourite) and carrots, these two must be alternated! On Day 1 we had fish for breakfast, chicken for lunch and plain veg. soup for tea. Cold chicken was offered for tea but only Son 1 had any.
For day 2 Husband and Son1 had fish, myself and son 2 just had veg. soup and were starving by 10.30, so had another helping. Lunch was better, with minced beef and loads of veg. Tea was soup laced with pureed squash so they couldn't taste it and chicken either hot or cold.
We do feel a little tired, but so far nothing noteworthy. I think we have spared ourselves some of the symptoms of change in diet, by having come down gradually over the last 2 weeks. If anything it has only made them all a bit loopy.
Stage 2 - day 3 onward
Day 3 has been more of a challenge. Son 2 woke not wanting to eat and saying he would be sick if he had to eat any more meat broth! He also felt 'like a jelly' so I decided the low carbs was getting to him and gave him some pureed cooking apple ahead of schedule (should be stage 5, but others recommend this strategy) with his (newly introduced) raw organic egg yolk mixed in. This perked him up and he ate some dinner and tea, but I gave him less broth. I (wife) overdid the sauerkraut juice and know about it, so will reduce that as from tomorrow for me. The others seem fine so far.
With our sweet teeth we are really struggling with no puddings, so I cheated a little and whisked all our raw eggs portions (1 each) into a whitish froth with a tiny bit of honey and we ate it to end the day as a 'creamy pudding'. This recipe is in the official GAPS book on page 205 - called Russian custard. To us it was delicious!
Minced beef is definitely our favourite meat, either just as it is, or made into meat balls and/or added to soup.
We're going to the butchers tomorrow to see if we can find a different cut of meat for variety. Making each meal a bit different is a challenge as we soon seem to tire of the same textures and flavours.
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