Sunday, January 20, 2013

GAPS Tips That Work For Me


I've been on GAPS Intro now for 14 weeks. Things are going along smoothly, it has WELL been worth the sacrifices. My Raynaud's is under control for the most part, my digestion is much better, I feel stronger, and my thinking is clearer.

What do I eat? Right now; soup, bone broth, fermented veggies, eggs (in soup), and avocados (again, in soup), and the GAPS 'milkshake' without the apples. I've tried to add back in dairy in the form of kefir, but the candida let me know it was there for sure!
 
Cravings, what drove my eating habits all these years, are long gone. Happy am I to get to the point where healthy eating is about nourishment and not entertainment. An easy road to get here? No way. But as I said in my last post: sacrifice a little today - to have an awesome tomorrow!
 
I have always love to cook, but quite honestly, GAPS cooking is really more like one of those reality 'extreme cooking' shows. It doesn't seem to end. Chop, simmer, eat, clean up, and repeat!
 
Husband and Daughter are both doing GAPS with me to help with their allergies. DRAMATIC results, but more on that another day.
 
Keeping up with the meals is a common GAPS complaint. So instead of a dirty kitchen daily, I cook twice a week! Cooking 4-5 big pots of soup takes me about three hours. That includes clean up.
 
Accidental soup is what I've usually made in the past, you know, the soup you make when you clean out the fridge -smirk-. I've come up with some 'formulas' that make planning and cooking soup less stressful, a list of 15 or so soups to choose from with all their main ingredients. This still leaves room for some creativity. I'll be posting my soup 'formulas' tomorrow.
 
Another GAPS tip that I'd like to pass on - don't start until you are ready! This means, if you don't have a pantry or freezer full of broth, don't start until you do! Even though you'll be filling the stock pot daily to make broth, there WILL be a time when you're running short. That will also be the moment when everyone around you is absolutely STARVING and bad choices will be made. Peace of mind is a back-stock of broth.
 
And yes. Make broth everyday. Keep it full and available. Broth - a well made bone broth - will fill the belly, help detox, make you look younger (collagen anyone?), provide minerals that you need, and a HOST of other beneficial things!
 
These are just a few tips that have kept us going, would love to hear if you have any!
 

Enjoy the day-

9 comments:

  1. I am going to try your soup idea. Having several types ready and available will save time in the kitchen.

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    1. It really has been a huge time saver for me! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  2. Hi. Heavy metal poisoning? Very heavy.

    I have Raynaud's from scleroderma. I've got too much collagen. I did a... autologous non-myeloablative hematopoetic stem cell transplant... and the scleroderma, so far, remains gone, but the Raynaud's remains. I'm waiting for my feet to warm up now so I can go outside. Space heater, do your stuff!

    I think GAPS is intriguing, but I'm not sold. Because of the GI complications of scleroderma (which will linger for 6 more months to a few years) I am only comfortable eating meats, fruits, vegetables, potatoes and rice. Breads, legumes, sugar and milk dairy are awful for me (slow transit, or SIPO (not exactly SIBO, but very similar)).

    And there was this weird coincidence where I, who knows how to cook pasta and rice, somehow picked up a killer recipe for Osso Bucco... the recipe with the most cartilage in it of maybe any recipe around, right about the time I developed scleroderma.

    But I feel like the diet must be, at best, a way to limit problems. Billions of people don't eat that way, and haven't for all of human history, without too many problems.

    I wish medical science would do more research into the gut flora, because maybe something as simple as a gut flora transplant (omg, so gross) is really all most people with our condition need.

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  3. JSN,
    Thanks for sharing!Raynaud's seems to be one of those 'final frontier' kinds of illnesses. After reading the GAPS book, so many things became clear to me. I've found a HUGE connection between GAPS and the Raynaud's. This has been the best winter I've ever had. Still a ways to go with the heavy metals though. I can tell when I'm processing them. So glad for naps. Naps are good.

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    1. BTW, I thought I'd never do this kind of diet - EVER. I was just that desperate, glad for it now.

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  4. I found your blog site today and am so relieved to find somebody just like me! I have been suffering from autoimmune symptoms and Raynaud's disease for 4 years! I was recently diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Of course all I was offered was steroids and an anti-depressant. Nope, no way, I won't take the easy (and fake) route to fix this. After months of obsessive researching, and the help of a holistic doctor, I have come to the conclusion that yes, it all starts from our gut. I am currently on a candida cleanse, enzyme therapy, raw milk, kefir, raw sauerkraut, etc. and will be starting a heavy metal cleanse soon. I am feeling much better (minus the detox symptoms) but my Raynauds is still as horrible as ever. This won't go away no matter what I do!! I hate this disease, and nobody understands the physical and emotional pain that goes along with it. "It's just cold hands and feet, wear gloves!" No, it's SO much more than that. With that said, I am preparing to start the GAPS diet. I work full-time and have a 4 year old and 6 year old so I know it's going to be hell preparing fresh food every single day, but I think it's going to be worth it. I am excited to follow your progress as well. Thank you for sharing your story with us, it makes me feel less alone in this struggle, and less alone in the fact that I'm not the only one who wants to fix this naturally. I love your animal and nature pictures. It's so important to try and stay grateful for our blessings and the beauty of life while we struggle with the pain.

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    1. April, I am so sorry to hear that you can actually relate to me! Yikes, I am so sorry! It sounds like you may be taking a more direct route than I have. I really have to say that I believe the metals are the BIGGEST problem for Raynaud's. I am so much better now than a year ago. Right now, I am only doing natural chelators and still feel the effects of processing metals, but not so horribly. I'd be happy to share some very unconventional tips with you if you email me: chooserawmilk (at) resetyourways (dot)com. And yes, it does seem like no one understands this disease...very frustrating, but I am standing in the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for reaching out, and sorry it's taken so long to respond.

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  5. I am wondering how you are doing on GAPS now that it has been a few months. Are you still seeing improvement? I am considering it for food allergies. Can you share about the food allergy gains you've seen in your family? How long, what, etc?

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    1. Sorry it's taken so long to respond! I will be going in to more detail soon on our progress. The bottom line is pretty good. My husband is probably the biggest success story. He has lost buckets of weight and there are no signs of his allergies (which have plagued him from birth). I am doing very well these days. The shape of my face has changed...more round and I look healthier. My digestion is pretty good too. My daughter on the other hand, will be starting over again on GAPS. Every person is different. She's fought me on the broth and broth is SOOOO key.

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