GAPS Intro Diet: Week One

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Woohoo! We've completed week one of the GAPS Intro Diet! Ok, it was actually a couple days ago, but I am a bit behind on the post :)

Here's how we did on Week One:

Days 1 & 2 - Stage 1

I felt fine mostly, but was experiencing some aversions to foods which was a bit frustrating and made it more difficult to eat. I tried eating some fruit (not allowed for the rest of the family) but ended up running to the bathroom (get used to the TMI).

Buttons ate like a champ on day 1 but was cranky and really difficult about eating on day 2. On the other hand, Bean hardly ate anything on day 1 but ate like a champ on day 2.

Hubby felt like crap the entire first day and had a hard time eating on day 2, even though he was constantly hungry.

Side note: hunger can be expected when you're changing your diet so drastically, especially if you're not eating the same amounts of food that you're used to; but in this case, it is also because our bodies have been so used to using glucose for energy and they need to adjust to using fat for energy.

Days 3-7 - Beginning of Stage 2

I felt fine most days, with no more exhaustion than usual. I found myself having a difficult time eating due to lack of appetite most of the time. I'm not sure if this is because it's summer, I'm pregnant, or just the diet. I have found it very difficult to keep up with the demands of constantly prepping and cooking food. Because everyone (except me) is hungry all the time, I find I am constantly thinking about what I can feed them next. Even recipes that I have doubled don't seem to last as long as I would like. So it's been constant prepping and cooking. This has been the most difficult part for me. I thought I was prepared  and had enough soups, stocks, etc. to last a bit but found that almost everything I made ahead of time was gone within a couple days.

Buttons and Bean have both been more cranky than usual, are often hungry, don't always want to eat what's given to them, and are more tired than usual (but still sleep well.) Some meals go really smoothly and some don't. Sometimes it has to do with the food and other times they refuse to eat something that they had previously thought was fine. It's been a bit of struggle. The only thing I can count on them never fussing about is eggs, which I got to start giving them during these few days. I have tried to limit their amount so far, but as we get further into the diet, giving them more eggs will definitely help us all a lot!

Hubby has been such a big help to me! He is catching on quickly to what all needs to be done and has been a big help in the kitchen in the evenings. He seems to be doing well, other than constantly feeling hungry and tired. I am so grateful that this hasn't impacted his ability to be an amazing husband and daddy :)

So now that you know we've survived it, I thought I would post some of the foods we ate. I will definitely be adding more detail and posting recipes to some of our favourite* meals in the near future!

  • Chicken bone broths
  • Beef bone broths
  • Boiled carrots, cauliflower, zucchini
  • Butternut squash (mashed for breakfast every day for the girls)
  • Beef Stew (meat only) with Mashed Cauliflower*
  • Chicken "Noodle" Soup (zucchini noodles)
  • Meatballs
  • Beef & Vegetable Soup
  • Beef & Broccoli Soup*
  • Pea Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chicken*
  • Egg yolks mixed into soups
  • Juices from fermented carrots & cucumbers mixed into broths/soups
  • Soft-boiled eggs*
  • Shepherd's Pie* (topped with mashed cauliflower)
  • Beef Stew with carrots, green beans, turnips
  • Cream of Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

Have you done the GAPS Intro Diet? What are your tips for surviving the first few weeks?