I’ll be honest with you, friends – moving into GAPS Intro was not easy for me, although I thought it would be. The baby and I had already been grain-free, egg-free, bean-free, and dairy-free for three months, but I still had some trouble those first rocky days. Mostly, I think I caused my own trouble by jumping in without preparing. Since then, I’ve read (and loved) The GAPS Guide, and I wholeheartedly agree with her recommendations on easing yourself in. So, if you’re thinking about GAPS, get the guide, and be gentle with yourself and your expectations!
It’s been two weeks now, and we’ve moved right along, from Stage 2 to Stage 4. We’re still eating lots of soups and stews and broth, but also: crispy almonds (delicious!), little “muffins” made from ground crispy almonds, butternut squash, and flax seed (instead of egg). We’re also eating roasted/pan-fried meats, instead of only stewed/boiled, lacto-fermented vegetables, olive oil . . . Exciting times!
I love drinking broth with my meals. Even if we’ve moved on next winter, I’m going to try and remember this, because it’s so hard to drink cold water in the winter, and wonderful to drink broth! Drinking water with my meal is a hard, life-long habit to break, but the broth is so delicious, and my body does feel better with it.
I love eating so many soups! I know, I loved soup before, but these past two weeks have taken it to a whole ‘nother level. Plus, having lots of soup in the fridge makes breakfast and lunch so easy. What’s on the menu? Warm up some soup! We especially like this Carrot-Celeriac Soup.
I love the reminder to stretch my culinary horizons. I know, I’m a food nut, but this has been a good challenge. In many ways, our meals these days are simpler than ever, but I’m trying new recipes and thinking about food in different ways. Like, can I make pancakes with no grains, no dairy, and no eggs? Hmmm . . .
I love that GAPS is pushing me to do the right things, like soak nuts before eating them. I’ve known vaguely for years that it made them more digestible, but was always too lazy to do it! Hello, motivation.
I love that with each food that gets added back into my diet, I get the excitement of eating it again. Hello, old friend, nice to eat you again, my aren’t you delicious. I love that I feel more connected with my body, and with what it does and doesn’t want.
Onward, friends! And I promise not to obsess about GAPS in every post – thanks for humoring me.