We are finally on the second stage of GAPS. It is hard. REALLY hard.
Jon and I are pretty darn healthy, but because I think I have more toxins in my body I took it a bit harder. Not to mention last week was pretty hellacious. I needed this week to be productive and I needed my body to cooperate with me! It has definitely been challenging trying to make the foods tasty without having much seasoning. But, we’ve been putting salt and pepper on everything and that has helped tremendously.
I have to admit, on Sunday, I went crazy. It was bad. Jon could tell it was hitting me on Saturday, but Sunday was just unmanageable. I couldn’t focus whatsoever, was extraordinarily tired, and got angry for no reason at all. I knew it was time to bring in the troops. Organic apple sauce wasn’t even cutting it….
This diet makes NO exception for those who lift weights. So, it is pretty difficult for Jon and I who are avid lifters. Ketosis is not dangerous and it is not a deadly thing, but for those of us who have lives to lead and a family to take care of, it’s not helpful. Ketosis merely means that your body breaks down your fat storage for energy….and makes you feel like a walking zombie. No big deal, right? Wrong.
So, Jon found us a recipe to make so that we could have one tiny carb up snack. We made almond flour cookies. They had almond meal, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and pecans. I felt a tad guilty, but after eating them, the guilt vanished. I actually had energy to complete some work and feel more focused. I even feel better today having cheated a wee bit! But I will say I have been sneezing a little…so, I’m going to take a break from these cookies and see if the sneezing and sinus pressure stops. I could have a nut allergy. Sigh.
4 cups almond flour
1/3 cup melted butter (Just realized my brain was so out of it that I forgot the butter! Oh well, it tasted great to me without the butter!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)
Bake these for 325° for about 10-11 minutes.
**Great recipe for all you health fanatics on the full GAPS or just weight conscious!
So, other than that we have been doing really well with it. But it has limited our range of activities…..isn’t it amazing how everything revolves around food? We’ve had to be very creative in making sure that when we go somewhere we’ve eaten almost immediately before.
We love our fermented sauerkraut. We got it from the farmer’s market when we did all of our GAPS prep work. It has been a yummy tart treat that also helps to rebuild good bacteria in the gut. We also have enjoyed cauliflower soup. We boiled organic cauliflower in some water, chopped up an entire onion, and used our immersion blender to puree it, and then we added salt, and pepper. Mmmm…I’m getting hungry just talking about it! Here it is:
Another favorite of ours was pureed organic carrots with minced garlic. Talk about good! I never realized that would be such a treat. I don’t have a picture, so you’ll just have to trust me. This is especially good in the mornings with some boiled egg yolks. Nope, we can only have egg YOLKS for now….which is fine with me because I prefer the yolk more than the egg whites anyway. Those have been a lifesaver. Jon and I have missed our eggs immensely. But YAY! We are on stage two so bring in the eggs!
We have also been enjoying eating steak (yes, it’s boiled)….and drinking the broth after its cooked. Fresh organic rosemary makes an amazing addition to any steak dinner and we have found it to be quiet satisfying.
The other thing I do not love about GAPS is that we always have to cook. It is like we never have enough food. But, it hearkens back to the time when there were no microwavable meals, and no microwave. Of course, I never lived during that time, but I am sure this is how it feels. It makes me feel like a true prairie woman. Minus the prairie, and the pot belly stove, and the dirt floor….err…okay, maybe not then. I am having to chop, slice, simmer, and boil everything. It has been a great learning experience and I know God will give Jon and I the strength and encouragement to keep persevering through stage 6.
Been trying to load up more on veggies….that’s a hard one for me…I’ve found veggies aren’t my favorite unless they are pureed into a soup. They are just kind of boring with this diet. I love RAW veggies, but boiled? Blegh.
Oh, and having to drink BROTH every meal? Well, let’s just say it’s a good thing that fall is here and the weather is cooler. No way could I have done this in the heat of summer.
My hubby straining the broth into the mason jar. I haven’t had this much broth since….well, since never.
Have you ever done a detox? How long did you last? What did you feel like?! I have to know so I don’t feel like I’m going crazy, people!!!
Verse of the Day:
“Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.”