Week 11 on GAPS Intro – Last Post of the Series

If you’ve been following my recent GAPS adventures, you know I’ve been on the Introduction diet for about 2 1/2 months to heal from Fibromyalgia.  It has been quite a roller coaster ride, but finally leveled off for the last couple weeks with little to no digestive issues or symptoms. I have successfully been able to eat raw vegetables despite my bad reaction to lettuce towards the end of week 9 and have also added small bits of raw fruit with no upset.  Since there is very little to write about as I finish up Intro and transition back to … Continue reading

Weeks 6 and 7 on GAPS Intro – Old Habits Die Hard

I’m sorry my GAPS update is so late, but life has been a little crazy around here.  Besides doing the Intro diet, I’ve been harvesting vegetables, foraging for wild blackberries, pickling cucumbers, working on tearing out the rest of my flowerbed downstairs to add a couple more garden boxes for the winter garden and catching up with friends from out of town.  Thanks for your patience! The last two weeks on the GAPS Intro diet have been going fairly well with one hiccup a week ago Tuesday evening. I had a severe, but short, case of diarrhea.  I am not … Continue reading

Week 4 & 5 on GAPS Intro – Slow Going

Not much happened during week 4 of doing the GAPS Intro diet so I decided to combine weeks 4 and 5 for this post.  I was having some constipation, and Dr. Campbell-McBride says to wait to move to the next stage until all digestive issues have cleared. As mentioned in previous posts, my right ear gets plugged occasionally.  At first I did not know what it was, but now think it might be dairy.  I did the sensitivity test for raw milk on my wrist several months ago that showed I was not allergic to dairy, but I have not … Continue reading

Week 3 on GAPS Intro – I Almost Quit!

But I didn’t.  🙂  It was a tough 3rd week.  On Saturday, I went on a long motorcycle ride with my husband, his brother and sister-in-law to Mt. St. Helen’s.  I took GAPS Intro food for lunch, but ate a Full GAPS breakfast at the restaurant with everyone else.  The ride was lots of fun, but long and tiring.  I had to take several days off to recover which why this post is so late. My husband and I also celebrated our 29th anniversary.  Woot!  I tried to be strong and not ask to go out to eat, but by … Continue reading

Week 2 on GAPS Intro – I’m Back, Baby!

It is day 15 and I’m at Stage 3 of the GAPS Intro diet.  Towards the end of the second week, my energy came back strong!  I’m still a little tired, but my stamina is way up!  That makes me so very happy, and I got a lot done the last couple of days. I’m probably going to stay at this stage until I get off coffee completely.  I’m down to a few sips every other day, so things look very promising.  My husband usually makes a pot every morning, and I used to heat up a cup or two … Continue reading

Why Bio-Kult May Not Be So Expensive After All

Is a therapeutic probiotic, like Bio-Kult, required on the GAPS diet?  Yes, it is. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says, on page 253 of the GAPS book, “…probiotic supplementation is absolutely vital for treating any of the GAPS conditions.” The GAPS diet is all about eliminating foods that irritate the gut lining, eating healing foods and getting good bacteria into your digestive tract. It’s critical to begin to re-populate your digestive system with the “good guys” so they begin to combat the “bad guys.” My gut never showed major signs of healing until I started Bio-Kult. But it’s so expensive, you might … Continue reading

The GAPS Diet and How I’m Healing

About a year ago, I was browsing Facebook and a dear friend, whose opinion I hold in high regard, posted an article about a book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD.  Another friend, whose opinion I also respect, commented about how much she wanted to start this diet because of her many allergies. I was intrigued because I had just discovered that I had several food allergies.  My health has not been good since college when I caught Epstein Barr virus, which manifested as Mononucleosis and evolved into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After this, my immune system was never … Continue reading

Just getting started

Hello everyone!  I’m just getting started and ask for your patience.  This is a whole new world for me!  I’m still working outside the home until the end of March and am sick as well, so it is a slow start. I have a lot planned for this blog.  I’ll be sharing my new goal to homestead the little plot of earth God gave us, my chronic Epstein-Barr virus/Fibromyalgia journey, and how I’m healing with GAPS and real food.  You can read a little more about me here. If you are interested, I will consider blogging about how I homeschooled … Continue reading