July 27, 2010

Why Intro Is (and is going to be) Better This Time Around

This time around, I know what I am doing.

I know what die-off looks like and how to manage it.

I know how to cook GAPS food and what the kids and I like and don't like.

I am not grossed out by bones and soft tissues anymore and we even love the way the soft stuff all blended up adds so much flavor to the soups and stews.

None of the children are picky eaters anymore.

We are not dealing with the extreme behavioral and emotional issues we were working so hard to recover from the first time around.

[Praise God, our Father in Heaven, who led us to GAPS, because He is recovering our children who had reacted so severely to their vaccines. He is healing all of us through this protocol, but we are extremely grateful that the tantrums and screaming fits are rare these days. We have happy, healthy kids again! (We are getting there.)]

We have all of the necessary supplies to make it easier this time around. We have lots of pots and pans, including four large stock pots. We have a juicer and a food processor and a Vitamix. We have a hand held blender and a Magic Bullet. We have lots of canning jars in various sizes. We have stoneware for baking and lots of cooking and serving utensils. We even have enough plates and bowls and silverware to go around, plus a few extra.

We have excellent resources for good food: grass-fed beef, free-range chicken eggs, ruminant pigs, salt, fish, nuts, oils, probiotics, etc.

We know how to make ferments, like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, pickles.

We have a good idea of what foods we will be able to add back in fairly quickly without any trouble.

We know that detox is part of the protocol and we understand that we are going to have to have symptoms and feel yuck sometimes. We just need to manage it by going slow.

We have figured out systems and routines for getting all of everything done, and it works most of the time.

Our baby is a year older and he sleeps through the night. The older three kids can, and do, help look after him and our three year old. This is huge!!!

The side of beef that we bought from Farmer Brown is the best tasting grass-fed beef we have had yet. Yum! That helps.

Everyone is drinking more water.

Our 11yo ds (almost 12yo) helps our 3yo ds get up and dressed in the morning, even getting him out of wet pajamas, helping him put pee in the potty, and getting a dry diaper on. This is a miracle and a blessing.

Our girls, ages 6 and 9, often get the baby in the morning while I am running around getting done the things that have to get done. They change him, dress him, and play with him.

All of the older kids are willing participants of GAPS.

We have seen great success over the past year and have much motivation to continue.

So far everyone has done well with a teensy dose of Biokult, even me.

Everyone is finally drinking Ginger tea!!!

We eat three meals a day, no snacks, and no one is hungry! Three days in for the boys and no one is ravenously hungry. We all ate non-stop the first time, we were so hungry.

I have figured out a good way to keep track of food proportions and what has been tried and what to try next.

I am not afraid to do (shhh) enemas, if needed. No big deal.

No need to justify what we are doing to anyone.

No more cravings.

The list goes on. GAPS is good.

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