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 9 & 10 on GAPS Intro – Life Happens

In the middle of week 9 of the GAPS Intro diet, I moved on to stage 5. The first food I introduced was two teaspoons of stewed apple mashed with ghee. It was yummy and tasted a little like apple pie without the spices. I did not experience any symptoms. Yay! The following day I took three teaspoons and still had no symptoms, so I’m guessing I’m okay with applesauce.  That is good news because last Thursday my daughter and I picked 100 lbs of unsprayed apples.  I think I’ll be busy for awhile! Next I tried some soft lettuce. … Continue reading

Week 8 on GAPS Intro – Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

  When I started the GAPS Intro diet, I absolutely did not anticipate being on it for two months, especially since I had been on the Full GAPS diet for a year.  I thought for sure my digestive system was in better shape.  I was so wrong. And then, just when I think I’ve got it figured out, my body throws me a curve ball.  First it was constipation, then came diarrhea.  I don’t know exactly why, but I have my suspicions.  I think it was either the magnesium pills I started taking or some super strong beef bone broth … 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

Giveaway! “What Can I Eat Now?” 30 Days on GAPS Intro

If you have been following my posts lately, you know I’ve been on the GAPS Introduction diet for several weeks.  One of my favorite resources, besides the GAPS book, has been the ebook “What Can I Eat Now?” 30 Days on GAPS Intro by Cara of Health, Home and Happiness.  I am so impressed by this book that I have decided to give a copy to a lucky reader in my very first giveaway on The Urban Hearth. This little gem is just perfect for helping you get started when you are only allowed just a few different kinds of … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Pancakes – A GAPS Intro Recipe

Oh my goodness!  I just made these for breakfast this morning, and they were so delicious I just had to share them with you. If you have read my previous posts you know I am doing the GAPS Introduction diet to try to heal from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I am currently on stage 4, and it is time to introduce coconut flour. In the GAPS book, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends making pancakes with squash, eggs and organic nut butter.  I decided to use coconut flour instead of nut butter.  They turned out really well and are super easy … 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

Week 1 on GAPS Intro – Where Are All the Spoons?

Oh, that’s right, I’m on the GAPS Intro diet, which myself and others lovingly call the Soup Diet.  I’m also low on bowls, too, even though I try to use them at least twice before I put them in the dishwasher.  😉 It has been a very interesting week, to say the least.  My learning curve went way up because I have very little experience making soup.  My family doesn’t care much for soup or stew so I’ve only made it a few times in 20+ years.  But I learned rather quickly how easy making soup can be!  Soften some … Continue reading