Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jumping into GAPS!

I should be preparing lots of food right now.  At the moment I am fatigue.  After a long battle of illness, the youngest is having a case of 'mama magnetism' other words, she is attached to my leg most of the day!  I kind of need some space and time to get some things done, which I have not been afforded.

Other, very fun things, have been going on instead, like fort building!  Now it is evening and I have to try to muster feeding my crew, and clean up my kitchen.  It's not in too much disarray, but I have a lot of food prep to do....a lot!  I can't think in clutter/chaos, much less cook and make more messes.

I would never tell someone to just jump into the GAPS diet, but we've been through (most, some....) of it about 5 years ago.  In that time I've learned a lot more about why we are sick all the time.  This time I do have a plan (a long range plan) to healing, but it may take much time I do not know.  I kept thinking that 'this' illness would be the last one, and we could move on....oh wait, 'this' one will surely be our last bought of, wait, maybe this one?  Yeah, it became apparent that I needed to do SOMETHING in the short term, and quick, before I lost my sanity.

So we are jumping in, head first.  Thankfully, for my kiddos, I am only starting us on the full GAPS diet, not Intro.  I need to get some ducks in a row before I do Intro.  There are some supplements that I want to add to our arsenal, and I need to not only order them, but I have to figure out how much and when to take them all to optimize the best outcome.

The supplements I plan on putting everyone on (though Merida won't get them all) are:

probiotics from Custom Probiotics (they have low histamine strains)
caprylic acid
liquid garlic drops
milk thistle
apple cider vinegar
vitamin C
borax (topically for Jonah and myself...still battling ringworm....yes, for two years now!)

Some supplements that I need to do for my venture in healing a cavity:

cod liver/butter oil
a supplement that has calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and boron
wheat grass powder to swish in my mouth (along with oil pulling)

My suspicions are that we are all dealing with some level of systemic yeast, due to our black mold in the house.  To help our bodies process all the 'yuck' that will surely come from killing off yeast, I will be booting up my rife machine to help with heavy metal detox, and organ support.

It's been a lot to try to plan out.  Never mind the food planning....or the food planning that I still need to do.  I went into shopping day knowing we HAVE to do GAPS, but with NO meal plan.  So I just bought a lot of GAPS foods, and now I have to make some semblance of a plan on what meals we will actually eat!  I'm not looking forward to it.  Mostly because I know that despite a meal plan, we will all go through about two weeks worth of feeling like we are  Sigh.  So whatever I make up will be eaten lickety split.  I'm not even sure we will have enough food to get through the next two weeks without doing another big shopping!

I want to start GAPS in two days.  So I am hoping i can get to:

rebooting my kefir
making a TON of yogurt (like three gallons worth!)
making some GAPS legal granola
cooking a bunch of chickens
putting those chicken bones in the crockpots for 'never ending' chicken broth
hard boil a ton of eggs
make mayo
soak and then cook a ton of navy beans, then freeze them

I know from experience that you HAVE to have a bunch of food pre-cooked to make this work.  None of these foods are hard to make, but they are not quick.  I can't be thinking about dinner one hour before we need to eat.  Having a bunch of foods pre-cooked will greatly ease the stress of getting our meals ready to eat.  Plus it will give the kids something to grab if they are 'starving'.

I am not looking forward to the weeping and gnashing of teeth the next two weeks will bring.  But I am looking forward to a break in the never ending sickness, fatigue, and other health benefits we will surely see!


Sarah Faith said...

Oh, Navy Beans are gaps approved? I am trying to do GAPS with my husband for his celiac and I didn't bother refreshing with the book but I kind of thought that legumes were out. It would be great if I could do beans.

The Southern Peach-Girls said...

Sarah, I hope you got my email. Still not sure why your comment was blocked. Silly computers!


Jennifer said...

It's interesting that you posted this. I've been thinking about looking into the GAPS diet for our family. To be honest, I've been put off by the amount of work everyone says it is. Right now with homeschooling, my husband fighting Stage 4 cancer with chemo and alternative medicines, and two sons in a program to overcome dyslexia I'm not sure I can add anything else to my schedule. Your post though has encouraged me to give it another look and more study. I have two children with stomach problems so I'm sure that this would be beneficial for them as well as the rest of us feeling generally better.

The Southern Peach-Girls said...

Jennifer....oh my! That is a lot on your plate. But I will say that GAPS may help with the dyslexia as well. Not sure, but it may be possible. I know it helped our son get over his speech apraxia, which is considered incurable. When the signals of the brain are getting mixed up, a change in diet, like GAPS, may set things right.

It is a lot of work, there is no denying that, but the changes are worth it! Email if you have any questions. You may also want to look into the book, "A More Excellent Way". Definitely not going to hear this in mainstream Christian churches, but it makes a lot of sense! And there are a TON of testimonials in the back of the book. Definitely worthy of looking into.

Praying for you all!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Kerri. I will definitely make time to study GAPS more. I've done other kinds of diets before when the children were smaller. I know I can. I just have to work up the initiative to get started.

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