Well, there I was congratulating ourselves on doing GAPs for two years, when now BUMP, I have had a setback and found myself right back on intro again, without any warning! To say it came as a shock is an understatement, but I intend to make the most of it. After all, no-one relishes the thought of deliberately doing intro again - but if you have to, thats a different matter! I'm afraid I can't tell you why I am where I am - I don't know, but I suddenly started having bouts of diarrhoea. Admittedly, I was on holiday at the time, but I hadn't eaten anything unusual - except I was experimenting with seed cycling. This inlcuded (the whole time we were away) a fortnight of 1T flax and 1T pumpkin seeds daily. Now I know that I had tried this before and ended up with a lot of stomach discomfort, but for some mad reason I decided to try again and ignore the bloating etc... After one day I spent the night in the bathroom and less than a fortnight later - an even worse episode took place, Loose stools took centre screen and something was definitely off kilter. I did visit the GP, who basically wondered why I had bothered going. He assumed I was worried about cancer, as apparently every one (according to him) who enters his surgery thinks even their itch must be cancer. He wasn't really interested as it hadn't been going on for 6 weeks! So I decided to take things into my own hands - intro INTRO!
My big question was what should I expect - after all, I'd detoxed the first time hadn't I? Surely I should swim through it this time?
Apparently no! The body recognises the deep healing opportunity every time you do the intro - these foods are powerful - and it can be different each time you do it! But it's not proving so easy this time!
Now to punish myself (I was very tired after our very energetic holiday), I decided to go veggie free for a few days - just meat/fats and meat stock... in fact this lasted 6 days! In the end Husband pleaded with me to put veggies back in, albeit cautiously, as I felt so awful and weak and tired! Just for the info of anyone else who might benefit - my bowels went crazy and I took this to mean I wasn't tolerating veggie. In fact, it didn't make a tiny bit of difference when I put them in! I was so relieved to read in the GAPS GUIDE, that it is wisest to ignore ones bowels and focus on other symptoms, as they will be 'all over the map' possible for some weeks and months (by the way, this book is an essential to read before starting intro, once you have read the official GAPS book.)
My first carrot soup with meat balls, was sooo delicious - I wolfed it down hungrily. Savouries have defintiely become more delicious. Even on a limited full diet, you can become overly dependent on the snacks, nuts and dried fruit.
My bowels have now calmed down a bit, though still not anywhere near 'normal' - apparently a type 4 on the Bristol Stool Chart. However my stomach seems very sensitive to anything (including a veg,) it doesn't like, giving me horrible stomach discomfort. Carrot, butternut squash and leek seem safe at the moment. It seems I will be going slower through this time than last.
Have I seen any other benefits: Yes, my carpel tunnel which had insiduously been coming back has receded once more. I am sleeping very deeply. But at this stage I am still quite tired.
I have pulled out my copy of What to Eat on the GAPS Diet, with its invaluable store of recipes and ideas.
I will keep you posted of any other bits of good advice I come accross, including recipes! Don't we all crave recipes on this diet!
the self-catering holiday meal planner
On another note, with holidays in mind, watch out for my latest publication, coming soon:
The Self-catering holiday Menu Planner for GAPS/Grain free/sugar free/dairy free diets
How to feed a hungry family simply, cheaply and still have time to enjoy yourself.
This little book will take the stress out of planning the holiday and then making sure you keep to your diet while you are away. It uses the simplest of ingredients so that you can be sure of finding them wherever you are. It includes suggestions for batch cooking to free up even more time! It is very versatile, so you can get the idea and spice up the meals as little or as much as you like. It provides for lunch and tea, presuming you will have your own ideas for breakfast.