Sunday, March 7, 2010

Horrible

We went off the diet this weekend (lack of preparation on my part) and things went horrible. This past week when we have not been able to do intro GAPS, I have been at least trying to make meals on full GAPS. But today, I had nothing. Nothing but oatmeal (not allowed on GAPS) for "breakfast" so I gave JJ oatmeal. Thankfully for lunch, we were able to go by the health food store and get JJ some grass-fed sliced turkey. But for dinner, even though a full GAPS, I think the sauteing of onions and beef was too much too soon for him. His tummy is bloated and he doesn't know when he is full again.

It was great this past week when he would eat and then STOP eating!! :D His body was getting a signal that it was full!! :D I feel so bad for him now that he is back to always being hungry and never being satiated. :(

But I will be better from this point on.

Even myself (who has been doing this fully with him) is completely bloated (ick!) after today's eating. I had no idea how much I needed to be on this diet with him until today.

Ok, so I need to be MUCH better about planning in advance.

The soups, he and the girls love. The broths - JJ likes them, but sisters, not so much. I actually think they are OK, but it isn't the most yummy thing in the world that you eat and then beg for more.

All in all, I am learning that this diet is beneficial for more than just JJ.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Boiled Meat Ain't So Bad

So I thought I was going to have a VERY difficult time NOT being able to cook fish or meat the way I normally do, but having to boil it instead. Of course this is just for the intro stages, but I was REALLY worried about the taste.

Here is what I did for the meat:

I got grass-fed beef and put it directly into the soup that I am making. The soup was beef broth, chopped onion, zucchini, summer squash and spices (salt, pepper, basil and rosemary). Then I cooked until meat was done. Wow oh wow YUMMO! I was pleasantly delighted by the taste!

Here is what I did for the fish:
I must admit that this one scared me most of all. I was pretty certain that the meat would taste OK, but thought that fish would just be plain BLAND boiled. But it turns out that boiled fish is actually pretty popular! So it couldn't be TOO bad, right?

I boiled water and added salt and pepper. Once it came to a boil, I added chopped onion and boiled that for about 15 minutes. Then I added the fish and boiled til done. It was YUMMY!! I think next time I might splash some olive oil on the fish to serve.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Have Food ... Will Travel

So now that we are not going out to eat anymore, I need to find ways to bring healthy homemade snacks/meals with us. Especially important for when we go traveling. We visit family once a year, not to mention we try to take a vacation (even if it is a day trip to a local park or camping locally) once a year too.

So I found this post with some GREAT ideas on SAFE ways to carry foods. Some I have never even thought of before, and some I have never even heard of before.

(and for those who have been following my blog and are curious about JJ's weight and height - he is 50% for both height and weight!)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Traveling Pot Pies

Oh these look so yummy!

Won't be able to make these fora while unless I find a muffin mix that is GAPS friendly. And JJ is allergic to chicken (but I am hoping that with the healing the GAPS diet creates, that he will be able to have chicken with no problems in the future!) so I will most likely try it with turkey or duck at first.

So there you have it. Traveling chicken pot pies! YUM!

Kale Chips

These look like a tasty alternative to potato chips (of course I have to wait until kale can be reintroduced into our diets - we are doing Intro Stage 1/2 of the GAPS diet).



A lot of the comments say that they were bitter. I am curious if I can find a way to make them not so bitter. Any ideas?

How to Bake without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

How To Bake Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

I never thought about this until GAPS how our bodies react to baking soda and baking powder. Interesting read. And there is a recipe to boot! :D

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tips for Transitioning a Child

Transitioning a child to a new way of eating can be difficult. Especially the older they get.

There is a great blog post I recently read with some great tips to help the transition.

I do want to add that I talk to my kids - even my 3yr old son, and explain WHY we are doing something diet wise (though I use simpler terms for him).

And I always bring it back to God - our bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit - and we are to be good stewards of that temple. While I believe God can use anyone (even an invalid) to do His will, if He gave us an able body to do Hill will, should we not do what we are able to keep it healthy enough for us to be able to go out and do His will?

Friday, February 19, 2010

More GAPS recipes

GAPS friendly recipes that are nut, milk, gluten starch and sugar free!

Keeping Track on GAPS

Useful Gaps Summary Sheet
Foods to eat/Foods to avoid ... laminate and put on the fridge! :D

Keep on Track with GAPS Progress Sheet

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Real Food Challenge

There is a Real Food Challenge right now going on among the Nourishing Traditions crowd.

I recently came across a blog which is going through the challenge from a GAPS perspective! AWESOME! :D

Not Alone

So several people replied on the group to my letter I wrote yesterday. Some had children who ate even fewer foods than JJ, and their children can now eat so much more! :D

They are SO SUPPORTIVE and nice and helpful! :D

I am very excited about all that I am learning!

A collection of GAPS recipes

Gaps Friendly Recipes that are NUT FREE.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Update

WOW. It has been a while since I have written.

Things have been going VERY well for JJ. He is in the 50th percentile for height and weight. He laughs and runs and plays just like a typical 3 year old boy. It is wonderful to have new doctors coming in to his life question his diagnosis of EE. :D

However, different things are happening now. Or maybe, they were always happening, but I was too busy doing other things to notice.

His stomach is always distended lately. He seems to ALWAYS be hungry, even when he just ate as much as an adult has eaten and his stomach looks like it will pop because it is so full.

The finally thing was he woke up, after having a tummy full of dinner, and threw up yellow. I have no doubt it was bile. It is my understanding that a person will only throw up bile when their tummies are completely empty (i.e. they threw up the food AND the stomach acid and there is nothing left in their tummies). He was acting very odd before he threw up, and after he threw up and took a very long nap, he was fine and back to himself.

So my concern was low stomach acid. But the doctor said to put him on a VERY strong antacid. So thus began more research.

Which led me to the GAPS diet. This diet puts together ALL the elements I have learned over the past 6 years (yes, even before my son was born, we had issues with one of his sisters) and really is an answer to prayer.

However, HOW to implement this new diet when my son's diet is already VERY restrictive, this will be a challenge. Thankfully there is a Yahoo group which is supposed to be VERY supportive. It even has the author of the GAPS GUIDE on there.

Following is the letter I wrote asking for help, and I am planning on sharing our new journey, a journey on the GAPS diet with severe allergies, with you on this blog in hopes that it will help others who struggle with the same issue.

-=-=-=-=-Letter to the GAPS HELP group on Yahoo-=-=-=-=-=-

So I know that this is what my son (all of my family really) needs. I am reading the GAPS GUIDE and am on page 30 (number 4 of the preparing for GAPS). I like the whole idea of preparing before jumping in as I was feeling overwhelmed just from the information I had read online not to mention all the changes that would need to be made.

My son is severely allergic to eggs. I turn to the recipes section to read the first recipe to try, and it has 2 eggs in it. As I search for other recipes, I see eggs in almost every GAPS recipe. I know that eggs are healthy for you (we know some NT principles).

What am I going to do? My son has a LOT more allergies than just eggs ... dairy, GARLIC, tomatoes, citrus, chicken (yes chicken), gluten, soy, corn, nuts, legumes, beans.... Well let's put it this way... Here are the foods he can eat without throwing up:
Buckwheat (which I know I need to sprout, but don't always have the time)
Carrots
Buffalo
Grass-fed beef
Lamb
Duck
Broccoli
Zucchini
Butternut Squash
Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes (which are a no-no on this diet)
Celery
Beets
Cabbage
Peaches
Onion
Salt
Coconut Water
Coconut Oil
Coconut Milk
Tapioca
Evaporated Cane Juice
Stevia
Sunflower Seeds
Rice
Anchovies
Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar (which is odd because he throws up and breaks out in hives when he has apples)
Certain herbs
Lettuce

That is it. EVERYTHING else (avocados, bananas, mangos, berries, APPLES, DATES, fish, etc.) he throws up and breaks out in hives. We ended up in the hospital when he was 16 months and he almost died because NO ONE would listen to me when I said my son is allergic to EVERY THING. He was FTT and only 16 pounds at 16 months. FINALLY I had to go an hour away, but I got a doctor who was LISTENING TO ME. He has had multiple food allergy tests and is doing MUCH better now that those foods have been eliminated from his diet, but I know that his body needs to heal and that starts with the gut. Especially now that the doctors are wanting to put him on a very strong antacid when he is not even showing signs of reflux. IN fact, I have a feeling he has LOW stomach acid, but that is another story for another time.

But I wonder how I can do GAPS with such a restricted list of foods already and the GAPS uses eggs and nut flours?! And fish. I feel overwhelmed again. :( I have not even looked at the foods you can and cannot eat on the diet because I worry how much more limiting it will be for him.

Is there a GAPS support group for people with severe food allergies? A blog? Is there help and hope for us?

Thanks for ANY HELP.

-=-=-=-=-End of Letter-=-=-=-=-=-

I will let you know what I find out.