GAPS Intro Diet: Weeks Four & Five

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Wow. It's been a busy couple of weeks! Where did weeks four and five go?! I'm not really sure how they slipped by me so quickly, but it looks like I'm doing a double post this week!

We have experienced a lot in these past two weeks--physically, emotionally & spiritually... But we're still going strong with the Intro Diet!

Week Four:

Days 1-3 - Completed Stage 4

New foods that were introduced...

  • Cold-pressed olive oil
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Homemade sauerkraut
  • Homemade mayonnaise
  • GAPS bread

Days 4-7 - Beginning of Stage 5

New foods that were introduced...

  • Raw cucumber
  • Raw lettuce
  • Coconut flour
  • Applesauce
  • Raw tomato
  • Juiced kale, chard, beets, beet greens, cucumber, zucchini
  • Cantaloupe juice added to veggie juices

Week Five:

During this week, Mr T (my hubby) and I completed Stage 5 and moved on to Stage 6 but we bumped Little E & M back down to Stage 4. Mr T and I haven't experienced any discomfort or changes that would indicate any issues, but Little M's eczema came back with a vengeance and both girls experienced a few days of diarrhea. We're not sure the exact cause but it could be due to one or more of the following: raw vegetables (their digestive systems aren't ready yet), cantaloupe added to their veggie juice (again, their digestive systems aren't ready yet), gluten-contaminated food, or applesauce (we know that Little E has a sensitivity to apples and we've never given Little M apples because of that.) No matter the cause, we felt it was necessary to step back a bit and allow their digestive systems to heal further before moving on.

New foods that Mr. T and I had were...

  • Fresh fruit
  • Coffee (ok, so we're technically a little early for coffee but we were at a wedding and that's what we chose to have as our treat, rather than dessert or wine haha)
  • Apple juice added to veggie juices
  • Homemade, GAPS-legal chocolate zucchini bread (oooohhh baby!)

I received some crappy news during this time that I (again, for the second time) have gestational diabetes. And completely unsurprisingly, I am still anemic. The iron-deficiency anemia is not a surprise, as this is something I found out about a couple years ago and is part of my desire to do GAPS. It doesn't seem to matter if I supplement with iron or not, my body just does not absorb the mineral as it should. Hopefully, healing my gut through GAPS will remedy this issue eventually. Because I have probably been anemic for most of my life, it isn't something I notice right now. On the other hand, I was pretty upset (and actually quite angry) about having gestational diabetes again. I could go on a rant about how flawed the testing for gestational diabetes is and how it does not mimic how a person's body actually processes glucose, but I won't. At least not today. Because, whether I think the test is BS or not, it means I am testing my blood sugar levels 6 times a day and will not be able to have a homebirth. In summary: it sucks. Thankfully, the possibility of my having to go on insulin seems pretty slim, as I have not had a single high reading since I started testing 13 days ago... and really, how could I? My diet is almost exclusively fat and protein with the occasional fruit, squash and honey thrown in!

Through all of this, I have been extremely grateful for my midwives who have trusted me to follow my own nutritional standards. I had a very difficult time dealing with the diabetes nurse and dietician during my second pregnancy, as I do not agree with a lot of conventional nutrition. The midwives agreed that it would be--for lack of a better term--a waste of my time to have to consult with "the experts" when I clearly have a good understanding of healthy nutrition and will disregard their "helpful advice" anyway. Feeling completely supported by my husband, my closest friends, and my midwives has made all the difference. I am so blessed to have amazing people in my life that have faith in me and in God's plan for my life even when I have doubts. If you're reading this M & R--thank you.