Food Your Mom Wants to Eat.

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Okay, all you husbands/children out there, here’s the plan for Mother’s Day:

Pick one of these recipes. Make it for your mom. Remember your manners and let her take the first bite. Then tell her how awesome she is at her job and hug her for as long as she lets you.

1: Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites, Salmon and Wild Rice Cakes, Make Ahead Baked Oatmeal, Chopped Salad

2: Caprese Salad Skewers, Pumpkin Streusel Muffins (paleo), Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Orange Creamsicles

3: Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites, Mini Asparagus Breakfast Galettes, Hoisin Glazed Salmon, Cream Puff Cupcakes

4: Fresh Strawberry Cake, Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups, Stuffed French Toast Cupcakes, Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Surviving GAPS Intro: Stage 3

For the next 6 weeks, I’ll be chronicling my journey through the GAPS Intro Diet with a little self-made questionnaire.

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What did I eat on Stage 3?

Hooray for Stage 3! Eggs and avocado are back!!

  • Scrambled Eggs in Tallow (so glad to have my whole eggs back!)
  • More meatballs.
  • Cauliflower Soup, Squash Soup
  • Beef and Broccoli Soup
  • Beef Vegetable Soup
  • Swirly Crustless Quiche (pictured above, recipe via Practical Paleo)
  • Crockpot Cilantro Chicken with Onions, Green Beans and Avocado (pictured below, recipe below)
  • Pancakes (made with squash, eggs and homemade walnut butter)
  • Poached Salmon with Celery Roots/Cauliflower/Onion Mash
  • Lots of Bone Broth and Tallow and Salt and Garlic and Sauerkraut

Did I see any changes or patterns in my symptoms?

I started taking some supplements this week for support. I was already taking my pre/probiotic and fermented cod liver oil, but I added some digestive enzymes, some hydrochloric acid and some Gastrazyme for extra support. I have seen a difference and I’m hoping the trend continues! I really think my gut lining needs help healing before the pain will disappear, but I was only ready to tackle all of the supplements after I had a few weeks of solid foundation on the diet.

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Any practical advice from Stage 3?

Take your time adding in the new foods. It is really exciting that in Stage 3 you get to add whole eggs, pancakes made with nut butter and avocado- but you don’t want to go overboard or try them all on the same day. Slow and steady is best- try scrambling 1-2 eggs or mashing just 1-2 tablespoons of avocado and eating it with your soup; or try just adding one pancake until you’re sure you can tolerate them.

Also, don’t forget to keep up your bone broth! I have gone a little slack with it since I’ve been adding foods. Make sure it stays a central part of every meal!

Any encouragement for people in Stage 3?

You are strong, you can do this! Don’t be discouraged if this stage takes a little longer as you work to introduce new foods to your diet. It may be the first time that you try a food that doesn’t work for you- that is okay! Every person is different- what you are trying to do is find out what works best for your body. Keep at it, day by day.

Crockpot Cilantro Chicken with Onions, Green Beans and Avocado
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Crockpot
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 large onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 8-10 chicken bone-in chicken pieces (I used thighs, but bone-in breast and drumsticks would be great, too)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1-2 avocados, mashed or pureed
  • more cilantro, for serving

Instructions
  1. Combine onions, garlic and cilantro in a slow cooker and top with the chicken pieces. Pour broth over top and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or until chicken is tender and onions are soft.
  3. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, cook the green beans- if the liquid in the crockpot is boiling, you can add them to the crockpot. If not, steam them or boil them in broth and then add to the plate afterwards.
  4. To serve, spoon the onions and chicken into a shallow bowl, add the green beans and top with the avocado and more fresh cilantro.

 

My Mother’s Day (Or Any Day) Wishlist

mothersdaycollageJust a few things I picked out.

vanilla bean paste, spring scarf, clay pot slow cooker

yummy soap, dipped bowls, makeup that’s not toxic (and pretty, too)

house portrait, Weck jars, butter dish

 

Surviving GAPS Intro: Stage 2

For the next 6 weeks, I’ll be chronicling my journey through the GAPS Intro Diet with a little self-made questionnaire.

meatballsquashcasseroleWhat did I eat on Stage 2?

Stage 2 didn’t differ too much from Stage 1. I was able to add egg yolks to my soup, fresh herbs (this really made a difference to me!), fermented cod liver oil in the mornings, whole sauerkraut in addition to sauerkraut juice and GAPS “casseroles.”

  • Carrot and Winter Squash Soup
  • Winter Squash and Meatball Casserole with Herb Salt (pictured above; I guess all I’ve been photographing are dishes with meatballs!)
  • Pulled Chicken, plain or mixed into soup (I liked it in my smooth soups like Broccoli or Carrot/Squash)
  • Chicken Soup with Carrots, Onions and Peas
  • Garlic and Parsley Meatballs
  • “Mashed” Cauliflower and Cauliflower Soup (this was new and surprisingly tolerable)
  • Lots of Bone Broth and Tallow and Salt and Garlic and Sauerkraut

Did I see any changes or patterns in my symptoms?

My pain has decreased quite a bit, as well as a few other “normal” (for me) symptoms. I feel like I wasn’t as irritable, but that could be because I was away from my kids for three days. 😉 I still experienced some blood sugar symptoms when I hadn’t eaten in a while- dizziness, fogginess, tired.

I’m actually starting to see a pattern with my digestion and my stress/busy-ness level. Usually things go much smoother and there are less issues on down days. I saw a lot of the same symptoms on busy days, days that we were driving in the car or days I had a reason to be nervous. I never actually feel nervous or stressed.. but I guess my body is telling me I am just good at hiding it.

Any practical advice from Stage 2?

I would say don’t get too excited about moving on to this stage. Don’t get me wrong, it is exciting to move along through the Intro diet- VERY exciting. But there actually isn’t much that changes with the food, especially the preparation.  In Stage 2, you’re allowed to have “casseroles,” but it was not what I was expecting. I was hoping to have roasted meat and vegetables again, but you actually can’t have those until Stage 4. The Stage 2 “casseroles” are similar to what you’d make in a crockpot, since you must still cook everything in broth or water.

Any encouragement for people in Stage 2?

Keep at it! Hopefully you have started to see results, little by little. There is a real foundation being laid in the first few stages of the Intro diet. Even the smallest cheat will make a big difference. Your body needs time to heal- a lot more time than we want to give in our modern, super-busy world. Give it time and continue to plug away. Take it day by day, meal by meal.

Also- I’ve found the SCD Lifestyle page on Facebook to be extremely encouraging. They are always posting little encouraging status updates and links. I also like @healingfoods on Instagram.

Winter Squash and Meatball Casserole with Herb Salt
 
 

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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground meat (beef, buffalo, lamb, etc)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium to large winter squash; peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1-2 cups bone broth
  • fresh herbs- I used parsley and rosemary, but any fresh herbs will do
  • sea salt

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the ground meat and garlic and form into small meatballs.
  3. In a 8×8 dish, spread out winter squash pieces. Pour enough broth over top to just cover the squash. Top with the raw meatballs. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until squash is soft and meatballs are brown.
  4. While the casserole is cooking, combine some freshly minced herbs and sea salt and rub together with your fingers. Top the casserole with the herb salt when it comes out of the oven and serve immediately with the broth.

Surviving GAPS Intro: Stage 1

For the next 6 weeks, I’ll be chronicling my journey through the GAPS Intro Diet with a little self-made questionnaire.

meatballonionsoupWhat did I eat on Stage 1?

(Soup, soup and more soup.)

  • Carrot Soup (I made a huge batch and fear I may soon turn orange.)
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Onion Soup with Meatballs (pictured above and my favorite- almost like French Onion Soup, recipe below)
  • Boiled Hamburgers (not as terrible as they sound)
  • Chicken Soup with Squash and Carrots
  • Boiled Chicken or Beef with Vegetables
  • Lots of Bone Broth and Tallow and Salt and Garlic and a little Sauerkraut Juice

Did I see any changes or patterns in my symptoms?

My stomach pain was still present at times, but a lot less than normal. I was actually more concerned about my blood sugar than the pain this week because I experience a lot of tiredness, irritability (especially before meal time), and some fogginess. I think (I hope!) my body is normalizing its blood sugar after relying on carbohydrates like potatoes, sweet potatoes and rice to keep me going the past few months. Despite being worn out, I didn’t sleep too well this week; so I’ve started supplementing with Magnesium in the evenings to help me sleep.

Any practical advice from Stage 1?

Be prepared to do a ton of dishes- try to get in the habit of rinsing out your most-used pots and pans and putting them right back on the stove instead of letting them pile up in the sink. You’ll need them to heat up everything since microwaves are a no-no. My most used items were mugs, bowls, small saucepans, small spatula, spoons, garlic press/microplane (I like the microplane better because you can easily rinse it), large Mason jars and my crockpot.

Also, just a note: the seaweed powder detox bath is strange and messy. It was my least favorite (I am partial to Epsom salts). The smell reminded me of fish food/an aquarium and the powder never really dissolves like the other bath items. Make sure you are able to easily rinse your tub (and yourself) after that bath.

Any encouragement for people in Stage 1?

Try to reach out for support daily during this first stage. I contemplated quitting (i.e. spending the afternoon in the local frozen yogurt shop) multiple times during my irritable moods, but I am blessed to have great support from my family and friends and lots of people who are just a text away. You’ll need those people to talk you off the ledge when you go crazy for a minute and convince yourself that you are ruining the whole diet by eating too many carrots.

I spent most of my detox bath time in prayer, which was a great encouragement to my spirit. I also had a comforting old hymn stuck in my head for most of the week; Before the Throne of God Above. I was singing this verse over and over again:

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Crockpot Onion and Meatball Soup
 
 

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Recipe type: Soup, GAPS Intro Stage 1
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 6 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef, formed into meatballs
  • sea salt
  • fresh garlic
  • tallow, grass-fed butter/ghee or coconut oil

Instructions
  1. Combine the beef broth and onions in the crockpot and simmer on low for 4-6 hours or until onions are soft.
  2. About 30 minutes before you’d like to serve, add the meatballs gently into the simmering soup. Cover and let simmer until the meatballs are cooked through.
  3. Add sea salt, fresh grated garlic and a bit of fat to each bowl and serve warm.

Get The Kids Cooking With Dad

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Head over to MPMK today for some easy dishes the kids can prepare in the kitchen (with minimal help from Dad). The kids in my house (even the baby!) love helping with the cooking. It can get a little messy, though- I make no promises about them staying clean. 🙂 Forward it to your hubby or your best friend’s hubby today!

Thoughts on Enduring Sickness (And Starting GAPS Intro)

I started the GAPS Intro Diet today. After all the prep work, I’m finally doing this thing.

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Top Left: Tallow, Top Right: My GAPS Notebook. Bottom Left: Grass-Fed Beef. Bottom Right: Beef Broth.

I wanted to say a few words about why I am starting this GAPS journey, because I kind of feel like a crazy person. I mean, this is crazy, right? To restrict my diet in so many ways, not knowing if the outcome will even be positive. Going ahead without any guarantee that my stomach pains will go away. Sounds crazy.

I am really writing this post to my friends and family, so they might understand my motives a little better. (And not worry about me.. Mom. :)) I know when I first researched GAPS I thought it was so out-there that I would never be sick enough to have to do it.. and now here we are. So I understand where you’re at if you don’t see the appeal.

If you’ve been following my tummy troubles, you know that I have struggled for quite some time. When I last talked about it in detail, I hadn’t had any diagnostic testing or seen a specialist yet. Since then, I’ve worked with a nutritionist, seen a Gastroenterologist, had tons of blood work, an abdominal ultrasound, and an endoscopy with no conclusive results. My doctor and I didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye: he told me that “some people just have sensitive stomachs.” If you know me, you know that I don’t buy into that kind of medical conclusion. So I set out on my own to see what kind of healing could be done through diet.

My motive in going forward with GAPS is to heal and repair my stomach. I am not doing the GAPS Diet to lose weight. I am not doing the GAPS Diet as just a quick cleanse.  I am not going to starve myself while on the diet. I pray I will not cheat on the diet or sabotage myself when I start to feel a little better. GAPS is a temporary, healing diet and I hope it will be just that for me- short term and successful. I know it is not a guarantee that I will get better, but it is my prayer that God will heal me or reduce the daily pain in some way.

As I’ve been preparing, God is revealing to me that this trial might not really be about my health at all. I think what He is really trying to teach me is discipline, self-control and obedience- perhaps illness is just the way He has chosen to do that. He certainly doesn’t promise us perfect health in this life- in fact, He tells us that won’t happen until we get to Heaven. I have been comforted by this sermon by Charles Spurgeon on the topic of sickness and suffering. Particularly this quote:

“Affliction of some sort is one of the marks of the true-born child of God, and it frequently happens that the trial takes the form of illness. Shall we therefore wonder that we have to take our turn in the sick chamber? If Job, and David, and Hezekiah must each one smart, who are we that we should be amazed because we are in ill-health?”

I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I do know that while I have been ill, I have felt His nearness. And that has been a sweet, sweet gift to me. I pray that as I document this journey here, that it will be helpful to others who are struggling in the same way. Thank you for all of your kind words of encouragement as I head down this path. We will see what the Lord has in store!

Preparing for GAPS Intro: My 12 Step Checklist

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I’m gonna be straight with you. Preparing for GAPS Intro has taken a lot of time and brain power for me. If anyone out there is overwhelmed by the idea of starting this diet, you are not alone! I think I finally have a handle on things, but for a while I felt like I was never going to be ready to actually do this diet (as opposed to just thinking about doing it).

I have been preparing for at least a month (maybe two?), and I’ve been reading and thinking about GAPS for even longer. Do not be discouraged if you don’t have everything you need to start right away. Some folks suggest doing the Full GAPS Diet or working backwards into Intro while you prepare (cut gluten, then grains, then sugar, etc. until you’ve removed all the major food groups) so your body isn’t totally shocked by starting Intro.

I am sharing what worked for me in my preparations. Keep in mind that I have not started the diet yet- I will come back and adjust this post if I have any more recommendations along the way. My hope is that this will be helpful for others who are thinking about taking on GAPS Intro. This is what my on-going checklist looked like as I prepared.

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1. Read about GAPS.

2. Evaluate Water Supply.

  • Filtered water is recommended on GAPS to reduce toxins in your environment. We purchased a Berkey water filter for our drinking water, a filtered showerhead and a dechlorinating filter for our bathtub (for detox baths). I felt these choices were sufficient for our family’s needs. Other options might be installing a whole-house water filter, using a filtered water pitcher or sink attachment (Brita, PUR and Bobble are popular brands) or using a filtered water bottle (I like the look of Bobble bottles, but I’ve never used one).

3. Locate Quality Food Sources.

  • This one is a top priority and can take some time. Start stocking up as soon as you decide you want to take on the Intro diet.
  • Protein- GAPS Intro allows beef, lamb, chicken, fish, game and eggs. You will want to look for ground meat, steaks and roasts, wholechicken and fish; but also soup bones (for making bone broth), marrow bones, and organ meats (liver is most “popular”). Find grass-fed, pastured animals locally if you can (EatWild is a good resource). If you can’t find anything in your local area, try US Wellness Meats for quality proteins. (And if you’re up for it, keeping backyard chickens makes the egg-finding really simple.)
  • Fats- Only animal fats are legal in GAPS Intro, starting with beef or lamb tallow. Beef and lamb fat comes two ways- as suet (which is animal fat that has not been rendered) and tallow, which is rendered fat (similar to lard/duck fat, etc). Be sure to ask how your fat is coming, you may need to render the fat on your own. The Prairie Homestead has a good tutorial on rendering tallow. US Wellness Meats also sells suet and tallow. Ghee (clarified butter) is allowed in Stage 3 of the Intro, so you can also stock up on grass-fed, pastured butter (like Kerrygold) and make ghee ahead of time as well.
  • Produce- Stock up on Stage 1/Stage 2 friendly veggies like onions, carrots, squash (all kinds), cauliflower and broccoli. You will add more produce as you go, so be sure to find a local source of organic vegetables. Consult Local Harvest to find farmers’ markets, co-ops and CSAs in your area. Having a small backyard garden can be helpful and rewarding during this time. I especially recommend planting a few fresh herbs- they will be a welcomed addition to the Intro diet.
  • Sea Salt- High quality sea salt is a must for adding to your food and ferments. Try Real Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or any other unrefined salts.
  • Other- You will eventually add honey and nut flour to the diet. Raw, local honey is best for healing purposes- check out Honey Locator to find some in your area. I buy blanched almond flour in bulk from Honeyville, but it’s also available in stores (Bob’s Red Mill) or at Trader Joe’s. You may also find it helpful to have some grass-fed gelatin on hand (like Great Lakes), as gelatin is known to assist in healing the lining of the gut.

4. Start Fermenting Veggies.

  • Fermented foods are huge on GAPS Intro. You’ll want to start about two weeks before you begin the diet so the liquid is ready to use right away. Cara includes simple recipes for sauerkraut and kimchi in her E-Book to get you started.
  • Starting to make fermented foods can seem daunting at first. We are all hoping for great results when we take on the GAPS diet, so we want our ferments to be great, too. There’s a great post on Loving Your Guts about anaerobic fermentation and why it might take your healing to the next level. I am still doing my own research on this; I will keep you updated on my findings.
  • At the very least, you’ll need vegetables, salt and mason jars to make ferments. You may also want to look into Pickl-It jars and Harsch crocks as well.

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5. Pre-Chop and Freeze Veggies.

  • This is purely for convenience, since you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen and eating a lot of veggies in the first stages of the diet. I filled my freezer with butternut squash (some chopped, some sliced like fries), chopped acorn squash, chopped butterCUP squash (looks similar to acorn squash) and cauliflower and broccoli separated into florets. I chose not to freeze onions or carrots, but feel free to freeze those, too.
  • The amount of veggies that you freeze is up to you- based on how many people are doing the diet, how much you think you’ll eat and how long you think you’ll be doing the Intro (the ol’ unpredictable GAPS answer, sorry).
  • You can freeze grated garlic (for soups) and ginger (for tea) if that would be helpful to you.

6. Evaluate Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies.

  • Since reducing your toxins is important during Intro, you’ll want to take a look at your personal items to see if you need to make any changes. Check out your shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, lip balm, cleanser and moisturizer. You want to keep it as natural as possible. I highly recommend the E-Book The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skincare– my cleanser and moisturizer are both recipes from this book.
  • Haircare- the no ‘poo’ method with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, castile soap, 8 homemade shampoos (including dry shampoo).
  • Hand Soap- castile soap, homemade or natural soap with minimal ingredients.
  • Deodorant- homemade or a trusted brand.
  • Toothpaste- flouride or not is your choice, but you can make homemade toothpaste or buy a trusted brand.
  • Makeup- Make the switch to natural brands or simply minimize your makeup routine. I like the looks of RMS beauty, though I haven’t tried it yet.
  • Don’t forget to check out your seasonal items like sunscreen and bug spray.
  • There are tons of recipes out there for homemade cleaning supplies. You can find a replacement for just about anything with a quick search on Google or Pinterest. The most common ingredients are already in your arsenal- baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. If you’d rather buy your cleaning products, check out Honest Company or Branch Basics.

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7. Plan For Detox Baths/Showers.

  • Detox Baths- These are recommended every day during GAPS Intro. You want to rotate between epsom salts, raw apple cider vinegar, baking soda and seaweed powder. And again, you’ll want to dechlorinate your water for these baths to be most effective (see Water Supply section above).
  • Detox Showers- If you are short on time and you have a shower/tub combo (as opposed to a shower that doesn’t hold water), you can take a shower while letting the water collect in the tub, then add your detox item and sit down in the collected water for a few minutes. Even a bit of detox can do you good (and your shower water gets a second life!).
  • Visit the GAPS Guide blog’s Detox Bath FAQ to learn more.

8. Purchase Supplements. (GAPS Supplement Guidelines)

9. Evaluate Your Kitchen Tools.

  • You will be doing things a little differently in the kitchen on GAPS Intro. You may need to put some of your oft-used appliances in storage and make room for other items.
  • Things you’ll definitely need- large stock pot, non-toxic pots and pans (no aluminum- try stainless steel, cast iron, enamel, stoneware), slow cooker, immersion blender or stand blender (if you like creamy soups), good quality knives, mason jars of various sizes and some plastic lids, thermoses for soup and bone broth, a juicer (unless you plan to skip out on that part. you can also “juice” with a blender by blending fruit/veg and pressing it through a strainer), strainers, skinny spatulas (for scraping out jars).
  • Things you might need- dehydrator (for nuts, you can also do this in an oven), food processor (if you don’t like chopping veggies), garlic press (if you don’t want to chop garlic at every meal), spiral vegetable cutter (if you want to make vegetable ‘noodles’).

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10. Prepare to Travel.

  • Most of us cannot afford to hibernate in our houses for 4-6 weeks while we work through the Intro diet. You’re going to need to prepare to take your GAPS food out of the house.
  • Essentials for GAPS on-the-go include an insulated thermos for broth (I like Kleen Kanteen), an insulated soup container, some dish towels (for inevitable soup spills), an insulated lunch bag (I have a thermal tote from ThirtyOne). For cold or room temperature items, look for glass containers with tight-fitting lids (Pyrex is a readily available brand).
  • If you’re heading out for more than a day, you’ll want to make food ahead and be sure to have extra storage containers. Find a hotel with a mini-kitchen if you can or stay in a home so meal prep is easier. Remember to pack your bathtub filter and any detox items, supplements, filtered drinking water, all your food and plenty of broth.
  • For more tips on traveling during the GAPS diet, visit Loving Our Guts.

11. Make Some Broth Ahead.

  • You’ll be drinking a ton of bone broth on GAPS Intro (and full GAPS), so you want to make a batch or two (or more) ahead of time and freeze them. You can then thaw them in the refrigerator as needed for soups or drinking. You can find my thoughts and tips on bone broth here.

12. Organize Your Information.

  • This has been one of the most helpful preparations I’ve made (I have to keep things organized to keep my head above water). I took an old binder and filled it with all of the GAPS Intro information I’ve been compiling. There is a tab for each stage that includes the list of legal foods, the daily menus from What Can I Eat Now?, a place to take notes and document my symptoms and extra recipe ideas.
  • I also find it helpful to keep a GAPS board on Pinterest to collect recipes and helpful posts. You can see it here.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you must be really interested in starting the GAPS diet- I hope this has been helpful to you! Doing research and getting organized gets you one step closer to healing your body and achieving your goals. You can do it!

*Please feel free to comment with questions or additions to this list.

16 Inspiring Spring Salads

 

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Are you guys feeling neglected? I know I’ve been doing a lot of work over on Modern Parents Messy Kids lately- it just ended up that a bunch of my posts were happening around the same time of the month. I’m sharing the links for all the salad recipes pictured above over there today, so if you’re in need of some salad inspiration- click on over.

If you’re wondering what’s new with me, I am waist-deep in preparation to begin the GAPS Intro Diet to begin healing my stomach. I have been stockpiling meat, chopping and freezing veggies and making broth like nobody’s business. I am just waiting on a few more things (mainly beef tallow from a local farmer) and then I’ll be ready to begin. I plan on sharing my journey, tips and any recipes I find useful along the way. I think it will be essential for my healing process to document things here, and maybe it will be helpful to some of you as well.

Any encouragement you have to share about healing through diet is welcomed! I will surely be drawing strength from the Lord to get through the introduction stages- it will be nothing short of a miracle if I make it through without sabotaging myself (i.e. eating handfuls of chocolate chips during nap time). Thanks for sticking with me while I work through this health issue- it means a lot to know that I am not alone!

Oh, and also- check out my two newest sponsors on the right sidebar- Jessica Lynn Writes (she has a yummy new baby, go see!) and All Natural Me.

Keeping the Peace at Meal Time

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We have been struggling a bit around here with keeping the peace during dinner time. The baby typically spends her dinner throwing all her food on the floor, climbing onto the table and screaming for no reason. The toddler has ants in his pants, bosses his sister around and fights us about eating his food (until he actually takes a bite and remembers he’s hungry). This topic has been on my mind a lot and so I tried to come up with some ways that we could work on keeping the peace. I’m sharing 10 of my tips at MPMK today (and it is absolutely a post written for me, I am not doing these things successfully, believe me!). Thankfully, I have the Holy Spirit working to give me patience- I know I could not handle the task of parenting without God’s help. I pray that He would help us as parents to discipline and instruct our children in love (and I know He will!) I hope the tips are helpful to other parents out there looking for a few moments of peace at the table.