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My mood is pretty good and my energy level is not too bad after a few days of there.are.sandbags.in.my.extremities please-someone-come-over-and-take-care-of-me kind of tired. I miss days of tons of energy and strength. They are far and few between if not non-existent right now. Katie is in after growth spurt mode of little eating and tons of energy. She’s been burning it by jumping and hopping. A lot. She was pretty tired today – as were we all – after not sleeping the last couple of nights due to a stuffy nose. I think seasonal allergies rolled in and have almost rolled right out again in three days time! Mine have abated the last few years after years and years of Hell. I was a once a week allergy shot kid. Sick through the whole season, and sicker for a couple days each week after my shots. Hubby developed them a few years ago but mostly has them in fall. We’ll see how we all do with ragweed this year after a few months on GAPS. There is also a bit of plump happening in the last few days since little missy ma’am stopped sprouting up. She is up a pound (back to 24.5 where she was before starting GAPS). With her at 36 inches and 24.5 pounds just shy of her third birthday, I’ll take it! Her height is about 10-15 percent higher than she’s been averaging, so I just need to get her weight up. Since she’s not losing anymore after those first few days of intro, I’m comfortable with waiting until the cold weather to see any real gains. I can’t wait to see how she plumps up this fall for the Midwest winter weather! I’m excited!!

Since we’ve been a little back and forth with what we are eating on the GAPS diet, I thought I would list what we are eating right now for those in the ‘what are people eating on this diet?’ category. We’re mostly avoiding raw fruits and vegetables for Katie as of last week, since I now know she gets an upset belly and some bloating with them. She was constipated when I recently removed fruit, so I added it back in. I hope to make it more occasional than daily due to our Candida imbalance and hope that juicing will do the trick instead. If she drinks broth (chicken broth 99% of the time in our house) around the time she has raw food, there seems to be no tummy trouble or it clears it up if she has some after a bellyache starts (amazing!). I try for no more than raw foods once or twice a day max with her, and start our day with a juice such as carrot, celery, and beet. I’ve also recently juiced bok choy, cucumber, and apple (once), all in various combinations. We own a twin gear juicer, and I highly recommend them.

Hubby, Katie, and I

  • 100% pastured (grass-fed) local organic beef (we have a 1/2 cow in the freezer that we just purchased from Hicks Dairy Farm)
  • free-range organic chicken (having the hardest time finding pastured)
  • organic broccoli
  • organic cucumbers (lately only juiced)
  • organic radishes, red and daikon
  • organic peas (only ok to eat as of today, well-cooked)
  • organic carrots (only juiced)
  • organic cauliflower
  • organic celery (lately only juiced)
  • organic beets (only a small amount juiced)
  • organic turnips
  • organic bok choy
  • organic spinach
  • organic asparagus
  • organic eggplant (only once recently)
  • organic zucchini
  • organic summer squash
  • organic green beans (only ok to eat as of today, well-cooked)
  • organic avocados
  • organic apples
  • organic blueberries (mostly frozen)
  • organic parsley (in small amounts very occasionally)
  • organic rosemary  (in small amounts very occasionally)
  • organic sage  (in small amounts very occasionally)
  • organic bay leaves  (in small amounts very occasionally)
  • Celtic sea salt
  • stone-crushed, cold-pressed organic Bariani olive oil
  • elderberry syrup
  • organic olives
  • organic jarred artichoke hearts
  • Custom Probiotics 11-strain Probiotic Formulation (full doses)

Hubby and I (additional foods that Katie is allergic to)

  • local 100% pastured organic chicken eggs, soy-free from Hicks
  • local 100% pastured organic sour cream from Hicks
  • local 100% pastured organic raw milk from Hicks
  • fish
  • shellfish
  • nuts (though I should stay away from them and am working on it due to my reactions)
  • organic true berries – strawberries & raspberries
  • 100% pastured organic yogurt (not local or raw so will make my own soon)
  • illegal organic bacon (cured with sugar) on rare occasions diced in eggs
  • organic garlic (rarely)
  • organic onions (today was the first for me since starting GAPS)
  • organic tomatoes (another first since starting GAPS)
  • organic cumin
  • organic curry powder
  • organic cinnamon
  • raw local honey
  • black pepper
  • organic coconut oil (for oil pulling)
  • 100% pastured organic May-September butter
  • homemade fermented sauerkraut (organic cabbage, sea salt; fermented 4-6 weeks; Katie cannot handle fermented foods yet)
  • Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil, unflavored capsules (for hubby’s diabetes)

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