The path's looking a little easier just now.
Stage 3 took us 5 days as I needed to catch up after my set-back last week. Generally speaking things definitely got easier all round. I was more organised in the kitchen, plus the normal back-to-school routine helped put a feeling of normality back into our lives.
We have settled into a routine of having scrambled eggs or squash pancakes for breakfast. We just can't afford more eggs than 2 each at the moment, while our meat consumption is so high. So we have them all in one meal. We have a bowl of left-over soup to follow. We are going to try and have one egg-free day a week to avoid egg allergy and intend to have home-made sausages on those days.
Tea is a proper meal, and we turn the stock into (a lot of) gravy to pour over the meat. We sometimes have a little more in a mug if it's particularly runny.
Lunch is usually some cold (or reheated) meat and a bowl of soup. Son 1 and I actually enjoy some soup mid-morning to tied us over until lunchtime. Son 2 doesn't want more than he has to have, but will make himself some poached fish if he is starving (which isn't very often now).
We have varied the stages a little and have omitted the fermented fish as we don't think any of us will ever want to eat it. Also, as our Avocado wasn't ripe in time, we've decided to move on to Stage 4 and add it in when it's ripe.
The budget is holding out at the moment but we are not doing the diet all organically. We use a butcher who specialises in local meats and supplement with some items (e.g. free range pork mince) from Abel and Cole, who also supply our cold-pressed honey. We are using organic eggs, from Lidl, currently prices at £1.49 per half dozen. Once we are through intro I intend to go back to the free range eggs we purchased in the health food shop - we know where they come from.
By shopping around I know where to find the best organic veg. deals and get organic carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms, but squash and leeks we buy non-organic at best price we can find. We have a small local farm shop selling vegetables which I use sometimes too.
Dr. Natasha says pasture-raised meat is best but not essential, whereas organic vegetables produce better results, so we are buying as many organic vegetables as we can source for a reasonable price. I always look in the 'close to sell by date' bin in the supermarkets first before starting my shopping and often scoop some bargains.
I need to get more adventurous wit the vegetables as we tend to still be sticking with onions, leeks, carrots, squash, peas, broccoli and cauliflower.
After four days we decided to try moving onto Stage 4.