Then, early this fall, my oldest was officially diagnosed with two learning disabilities and ADHD inattentive type. And, as I began to look for exercises, therapies, games, etc, that could help him, the GAPS diet came up again. By October, I was ready to start the diet. Is tomorrow too soon? Luckily, a friend, who has also done GAPS, talked some sense into me and suggested that it might be a good idea to wait until after the holidays were over. Because, who wants to attend parties and dinners where you cannot eat anything that is offered! So, we enjoyed the holidays and prepared to start GAPS in the new year.
|Homemade dill pickles and sauerkraut, staples of GAPS|
We are currently on what is called the Intro diet. I will not give you tons of details, but we eat lots of broth, meats, cooked vegetables, and homemade fermented foods such as yogurt, keifer and sauerkraut. The first few days were rough. I had a detox reaction the first day and was SICK. The boys had a tough time adjusting and kept asking questions like, "Mom, will we ever get to have donuts after mass again?" (and then tears ensued).
|A eating GAPS pancakes made with squash, eggs and almond butter|
Plus, it is evident that everyone's tastes have changed. My kids will eat plain keifer and plain yogurt with no complaint, when, before, NONE of them would even touch yogurt if it were not sweetened in some way. As of right now, the whining about dinner and what I made has stopped. Everyone eats and is happy with what is in front of them.
I have seen behavior differences in my boys too. Nothing significant, but overall they seem to be more calm. They still are rowdy boys, but it is just on a lower level than before. And, J has been much better at being able to attend to his school work.
And, finally, I have lost weight! Although that is not the intent of the diet, I have lost all of my holiday weight gain and am back in the 120's again even with eating lots of meats and foods with higher fat content (the good fats).
|My family has declared egg drop soup as their favorite meal!|
As pleased as I am about the changes, I do want to share some of the cons:
- My family's appetite has increased significantly. Each family member is eating MUCH more than they did before. They are snacking much less, but eating so much more at each meal. To give you an example; my family just finished off 3 dozen eggs in two days!
- We have had to adjust our food budget. Eating lots of good quality, organic meats, vegetables, etc is not easy on the budget. This will ease some when we can introduce more vegetables and have fruits. But for right now, we have had to find ways to rearrange our budget.
- It is time consuming. Everything is made from scratch. You make your own broths, yogurt, keifer, sauerkraut. Almonds need to be soaked overnight, then dried in the oven, then processed in the food processor to make almond butter, almond meal, etc. This means lots of cooking and lots of pots and pans to be cleaned. If you were to walk through my kitchen right now, you would see bone broth simmering in a crockpot, jars of nuts soaking, and keifer, tucked on a shelf, fermenting. Yet, even though it is time consuming and there are times, between homeschooling and food prep, I feel like I am spending my whole day in the kitchen; I am starting to really enjoy it. There is a pleasure in making foods from scratch that you normally just buy at the grocery store. It adds a peaceful rhythm to our days.
Ok, this post is much longer than I intended so I will end it here. This is just the beginning of our GAPS journey. I will update you all on how it continues to go!