October 12, 2010

Reactions - to what???

I have everything in the world to be thankful for, so why do I feel sad, frustrated, irritable, and just plain blah? I know it's because I am a classic GAPS person. My feelings are totally NOT situational. My feelings are coming from the inside, not from outside circumstances.

Since I started all of this diet stuff, I have had days where everything went wrong, but I could handle it all and more. I have had days where things are really going quite well and I feel as if the world is falling apart around me.

Right now, my head knows that things are really going quite well, but I can only seem to focus on all of the little things that are not going right. When I say little things, I mean little things like kids getting distracted and forgetting to finish a task, or a bed sloppily made, or books put in the wrong place.

Oh, just this past week I had a friend over on Thursday and her baby was pulling at some notecards I have taped to the wall. I told my friend to please not let him pull the card off of the wall. I knew I would feel so irritated by it if it happened. The next day, she came to visit again and he did pull one off the wall and it didn't bother me a bit. I told her it was no big deal. I could just get a piece of tape and tape it back up. It is so ridiculous to me that something so simple as getting a piece of tape could seem like a huge inconvenience one day and no big deal the next day.

Some days, everything seems SOOOOOO HARD! Other days, I am on top of everything and it seems as if I can juggle a hundred things at once and it is even challenging and fun.

I had so many good days and now it is up and down for two to three weeks and I am not sure from day to day what to expect. I think it is the bone broth, but I am not sure. It could be that we are using a lot more coconut oil and ghee. We added nut bread this week, but this has been going on for longer than that. Eggs???

So what I don't know is whether or not I should stop the two small teaspoons of bone broth a day (this is total for the whole family) or push through on this one. After three weeks, I just don't know.

Oh, bother! It could be egg yolks. We were without eggs for a week and had to introduce them again. Maybe we introduced them too fast this time, but CKS is relatively OK, behaviorally and emotionally.

I think it could be that we suddenly started using lots of coconut oil when we started to make chicken and nut butter pancakes because they are "oh so good" when cooked with coconut oil.

Everyone is having symptoms of one kind or another these days and I think it may be the coconut oil because CKS has itchy rashes on his bum and on his cheeks that flare up at every meal. Maybe I should try to have one meal without coconut oil and see if his cheeks will NOT turn bright red. Hmm. I think I will try this tomorrow. No coconut oil for CKS.

If things do not settle out for me by the end of the week, I think we will quit the bone broth. I really, REALLY want to be able to make and serve bone broth. It is soooo healing. It has calcium. We need calcium.

OK. Enough rambling. Done!


  1. The other day I stumbled upon some information on parasites. After some brief research, I decided to buy the "Humaworm" cleanse. It's easy to find on google. I don't know if GAPS addresses the issue of parasites, but--to me--it makes a lot of sense that a diet by itself would not be too terribly effective if parasites are present. (And you can read the testimonials (on Humaworm's site and on other websites) to see that parasites must be a lot more common than we've been lead to think.
    Again, sorry if you've already done a parasite cleanse already. Just wanted to share.
    I started an anti-parasitic diet this past week and my body has clearly been responding, so I think parasites are definitely an issue for me.

  2. Thank you, Sarah, for your comment. Parasite cleanse is part of the GAPS protocol and we have not done anything about that yet. It could be what is needed to resolve the bedwetting issues among other things. It takes me a long time to get up the courage to try anything new and a parasite cleanse is new. I do not know anyone (in person) who has ever done one. It is on my list of things to do. Thanks for the nudge.

  3. I did avoid giving CKS any coconut oil yesterday. His cheeks still got red, though not as bright, and his diaper rash was even worse and very itchy. Poor kid.