GAPS Intro Diet: Week Two
Wow, week two was SO much easier than week one! Week one felt like it dragged on but week two just flew by! It felt like we were back to living our "normal" life :)
Here's how the Stages of the Intro Diet looked for my family this past week:
Days 1-4 - Completed Stage 2
New foods that were introduced...
- Carrot juice (not Stage 2 legal, but the reason is explained below)
- Bacon; local, hormone-free, nitrate free
- Homemade pork sausage patties
- Acorn squash
- Homemade sour cream
- Spaghetti squash
Days 5-7 - Beginning of Stage 3
New foods that were introduced..
- Scrambled eggs
How are we doing?
Great! So far none of us have reacted poorly to anything we've eaten; however, most of the foods that my girls have sensitivities to have not yet been introduced. Tomatoes are usually an issue for my girls and hubby but neither the sensitivity test or eating them in a meal proved to be a concern--which opens up many more recipes for me!!
All of us have had more energy (which is especially great for me!!) and the girls have gotten progressively less irritable! The girls and hubby all still eat lots but aren't feeling ravenous all the time; I've still not had much of an appetite but I make sure I am eating at least 4 times a day. Overall, I can't say I notice major improvements in our health, but we're feeling really good and Bean has not had any bad eczema flare ups (but her eczema is still visible.)
**TMI ALERT** The only issue that our entire family has had is that none of us have experienced the tell-tale diarrhea reaction to this new diet. Generally, the way to know when it's okay to move on to the next stage of the diet is that stomach upset and diarrhea have cleared... but that hasn't happened at all! So, we've just been moving on to the next stage when we're sure we haven't reacted poorly to anything and have introduced new foods slowly. As I mentioned above, we introduced carrot juice in Stage 2, which is normally not introduced until Stage 4. However, all of us have had issues with irregularity and constipation, despite limiting dairy and using mostly juices from fermented vegetables in our meals. So, Dr. NCM recommends starting to juice earlier as it aids in bile production. We've only been juicing once a day so far and it seems to have helped the girls a bit, but I haven't noticed a difference at all. We will be starting to juice first thing in the morning and in the afternoon and adding new combinations of vegetables so we'll see what that does! None of us "feel" constipated or uncomfortable, but with how much junk should be clearing out of our bodies, we're a little concerned that our digestive systems are not going to heal properly if we're backed up.
Here's a breakdown of what we ate on Week Two (items with a * are family favourites--recipes to come soon!):
- Eggs (soft-boiled, fried with ghee or bacon fat, scrambled)*
- Mashed butternut squash
- Homemade Pork Sausage Patties*
- Leftover dinner
- Cooked vegetables
- Meat (chicken or beef leftover from making broth)
- Carrot juice with egg yolk*
- Spoonful of ghee, coconut oil, honey, or coconut manna
- Cooked vegetables
- Acorn Squash Hash*
- Stewed Chicken with Mushrooms & Tomatoes
- Chicken Cilantro Soup*
- Spaghetti Squash with Chicken
- Egg Casserole*
- Beef & Vegetable Stew
- Egg Drop Soup*