A few bumps in the path!
We started stage 4 optimistically. The fellows are now consuming cream and butter freely. So now they can have a bowl of sour cream with a dribble of honey for pudding! Oh, pudding!
We have gradually moved from sauerkraut juice to actual sauerkraut cabbage and that was doing well until the second day of stage 4 when I had more yoghurt for breakfast than usual, had more sauerkraut than usual and upped my dose of sour cream to two teaspoons. I thought I might have overdone it but wasn't ready for what happened. Two hours after eating I suddenly developed severe ectopic heart beats. It came suddenly and four plus hours later it went as suddenly as it came. I have no other explanation other than die-off, but did go and have an ECG in case, but was declared all right. I now realise that the palpitations I had on stage 2 and 3 were due to the probiotic food. This is really a learning curve as you find how your body responds to different things. So I will now go very carefully with the fermented goodies. I do think that having two strong cups of camomile tea helped as it went half an hour after drinking it and after a repeat performance four days later, I took the tea quickly and they went!
We have also started taking the probiotic (Biokult) before breakfast.
The following day was not so good either as Husband and I introduced carrot juice, while the lads had one teaspoon of yoghurt as they had already taken carrot juice. By the evening I had stomach cramps and needed the bathroom, so I suspect carrot juice and will keep it out for a while.
I made our first almond bread with just butter, ground almonds and eggs. You have to laugh. I made it into almond 'cakes', which looked very desirable to our sweet teeth, except they have no sugar in. The first day, I cut one into quarters and we had a bit each. It wasn't brilliant, but it was a new texture and we got quite excited, except Son 2 said it tasted of marzipan which he dislikes! The next day we had half each. We had to laugh at the peculiarity of our situation - I said they could only have a mouthful each to test it. Husband said one cake was a mouthful to him! So there we were feasting on a few small crumbs
For my second attempt I tried Cara Comini's recipe in her book 'What can I eat now, 30 days on the GAPS intro diet'. only I added a tiny bit of coconut oil - this nut bake recipe is very versatile. These have squash in them and they rose nicely and looked delicious! I showed them to Son 2, who disparagingly said 'You forgot to put the chocolate in!' I despair!! Never-the-less he ate his tiny portion slathered in sour cream and a drop of honey!
We really enjoyed our roast lamb with roast carrots and roast squash on Sunday. I did cheat and only used the juices and fat from the roast to make a thin gravy - so it tasted like normal. Plus I put fresh mint in the gravy which was almost like mint sauce!! It was a welcome relief after the 'sameness' of many of our meals.
Unfortunately on our fourth day on stage four, Husband got a stomach bug. So that will delay us a bit. We have decided to let the Sons go on to stage 5 so they can have stewed apple to lighten their diet.
Husband ate a normal breakfast of three soft boiled eggs and a cup of chicken broth, but then felt gradually worse. He had another mug of broth at lunchtime and began to feel better, but his symptoms didn't subside so he stopped all broth and just drank water. The second day he felt better and just had chicken broth for breakfast and lunch, followed by a stage one soup for tea. The next day he returned to work, having stage 2 food and he will gradually work back up to where he was over the next couple of days.
Good news is that Son 1 realises he is concentrating better on his work, and that is amazing as it has been an enormous issue for him for years, but we are all noticing the difference and enjoying it! What used to take up to three hours is taking just one! For a fourteen year old he is amazing - the moodiness has gone, he's bright and cheerful and amazingly cracking jokes! This Son never used to know when a joke was made, let alone tell one himself - so he's constantly fooling me and catching me out to his great delight. In addition, he's decided he likes writing essays!
So it's painful, but starting to bear fruit.
Hopefully we'll all be on Stage 5 soon!