After being mostly raw and all the way gluten-free for a month, when I mentioned GAPS to Jeremy, the reaction I got was like telling a marathon runner at the end of a marathon to run another marathon. With no water to drink. In a winter coat. In the middle of summer. In Death Valley. He quickly suggested I stop reading about nutrition, because every time I do, 25% of our food gets taken away. Hmm...
So, I decided to start focusing on the things that we are adding to our kitchen as I continue to do more research on GAPS. I discovered that "Leaky gut and malabsorption are the typical results of vitamin A deficiency." Also, the essential oils Omega 3, EPA, DHA, and vitamin D are very important to take in when healing the gut. Guess what has all of those things in easy-to-digest form? Cod liver oil. I was so faithful to put cod liver oil in our daily smoothies four years ago (be sure to use unflavored. Trust me.) It was just one of those things that accidentally got dropped during a crazy season of transition. Well, I'm picking it back up.
Another thing we will be adding to our diet: juice. From a juicer. That we don't have yet. This will have to wait until next month when our grocery budget is replenished and I can buy a basic juicer at Costco.
I'm also adding Navy beans to our pantry. We've never actually had Navy beans. Navy beans and lentils are the only two starches that are GAPS-approved.
Broth. We always have a supply of homemade chicken stock in our freezer, but folks on the GAPS diet need to drink a cup of stock with each meal because it is incredibly nourishing, heals the stomach, and the nutrients are easily digested. Yep, it's time to up our intake of broth. This one is going to be tricky. Especially at breakfast...
There's even more to add! House plants. Well, we won't be eating these, but they will provide much cleaner air and beauty to our home. I've known about the benefits of house plants for years, but it's just one of those things I never got around to doing. Again, we will have to wait for April for this once budgets get refreshed. If you want to join me, here is a list of good, low-maintenance house plants.
As we are on the subject of household health, I plan to add more easy-to-make homemade cleaners. Environmental toxins are super important to eliminate for optimal health. Keeper of the Home has some simple, non-toxic air freshener ideas here and an easy-to-whip-up gentle surface scrub here.
See? There is so much to add while on (or thinking about going on) the GAPS diet. Cod liver oil, lots of bone broth, carrot juice, house plants, homemade cleaners. I can just feel my husband's excitement.
Will we do the full-blown GAPS diet? Stay tuned. I did, however, order the books, and if we end up going for it, we will start in April.
In the meantime, I'm collecting all sorts of grain-free recipes to try out. Here is what I've found so far:
- 3-day sample of grain-free menu plans from Health, Home, & Happiness.
- Grain-Free Round-Up from Healthy Home Economist.
- Modern Alternative Mama has several grain-free recipes found here.
I'm sharing this at Monday Mania.