We have bravely set our date! The 8th February 2016.
We are bravely getting ready. The cupboards are empty of all enticing goodies. The cupboard that was full of chocolate is slowly but reluctantly being emptied into our mouths, all dreading the 'last piece' ('But not for ever, eh Mum?')
I have my action plan - thanks to Cara of Health, Home and Happiness and her book 'What can I eat now 30 days on the GAPS introduction diet'.
The flour packets are all gone - but we are still feasting on Megan's wonderful chocolate cake! (See below)
The milk is going fast though we are allowing ourselves to drink raw milk until it runs out on Tuesday.
Oh how I missed my morning cup of hot milk and water today (silver tea)! Cold water just isn't the same. I didn't realise what a comfort drink it was.
Breakfast runs out tomorrow so we are going on to full gaps breakfasts as of then.
The lads and I have been reducing carbs all last week and eating more fat and soups. Husband has got to keep going to work this week, so he has reduced less so far.
And our bodies are starting to groan! I keep feeling nauseas and have had diarrhoea, as has Son 2 and we have had headaches. Son1 feels very tired. It's hard to watch them groaning and feeling off colour. I did warn them it would happen.
'Is it going to be like this all the time on this diet?' says son 2. We joke that we get GAPS in our times of feeling nauseas.
Son 1 is very silent on the subject so far, but is enjoying having more cooked vegetables. He's never been a fan of raw anything.
We decided to take a week to wind down slowly rather than go cold turkey, but I can see we are still feeling the effects.
Our typical diet to date has been:
Husband and I soaked muesli with cream, honey and grapes
Son 1 soaked buttermilk scones from 'Nourishing Traditions'
Son 2 soaked oatmeal from GNOWFGLINS
Husband: Two sandwiches (home-made soaked loaf in bread machine) usually with cheese and cake.
The rest of us more varied, soups or salad or baked spuds and cheese the boys having bread alongside. The boys had cake, I had fruit.
A nutritious home-cooked meal, but always with a pudding to follow! Of late it's mainly been stewed apple, or a quick cheesecake made from cream, soft cheese and frozen fruit and honey, or a custard tart, so more protein/fat foods than carbs and all served with cream!
We've been telling our family and friends what we are about to do.
Husband sees it as a wonderful joke that someone so addicted to chocolate could even contemplate such a thing. He loves rubbing in the 'We'll be eating loads and loads of BONE BROTH!'
'Well we've told them all - I suppose we'll have to go ahead and do it then?' was his last comment to me last night.
Fortunately family and friends have all been very supportive and we have been truly helped and encouraged by their support. They are all looking forward to 'watching the experiment unfold before their very eyes', as husband puts it - so nicely!
I used Jennifer Scribner's booklet ' The GAPS diet in a nutshell' to help to explain to folks and that has been very helpful. http://bodywisdomnutrition.com/
Meals this week are a fortaste! I'm already finding out that sandwiches can't be replaced with a bit of meat and veg. but rather another big meal as they are starving! Rather I'm cooking more at teatime to eat left-overs for lunch. Or making double batches of soup one day to last for the next. The sons are enjoying saying 'What's the snack Mum?' - only they seem to be saying it all the time!
Here's todays lunch offering (the light meal of the day!!). Seemed like a feast!
Lamb broth from yesterdays roast Eat- Beautiful chocolate cake from
with left over mince from Saturday http://eatbeautiful.net/my-cookbook/
and veg boiled in the broth. I think cocoa will have to come back
as soon as possible!
I can't say we are looking forward to it! It's going to be very hard to start with I know. But we hope we will feel better for it eventually. We don't know what healing to expect, but I will share with you as we go along. My husband and I feel it is the way to go for us as a family at this time.
We enjoyed this humorous cartoon: http://bodywisdomnutrition.com/ which provides a light hearted overview of the GAPS diet.