GAPS Intro Journal: Day 2

11:15 am

This morning at 5:30 am, #1 woke up (he was sleeping in our bed) and vomited a small amount, then promptly when back to sleep after telling me he threw up (he is such a little trooper). I offered him some freshly squeezed orange juice to help. I think he vomited because of hypoglycemia, which according to Dr. NCM (the creator of the GAPS protocol) children often suffer from that condition in the early stages of the Intro diet as their body goes off of most carbohydrates and relies on fats and proteins (hypoglycemia in Intro is also a sign of yeast overgrowth, which #1 has). I feel at ease about that incident this morning because I feel like it is a symptom of the change in diet and possibly a die-off reaction. He hasn't vomited again and refused the orange juice when I offered it. He has been really tired all morning so I kept him home from preschool. He was not crazy about the soup this morning, even though I added some yogurt cream (you simply culture yogurt with cream instead of milk - it yields a sour cream tasting yogurt and is delicious!!!). He ate some microscopic bites between Mario Cart races. He has been really hungry so I decided to give him some pieces of boiled, shredded steak as a snack - even though it is not technically a Stage 1 food. I just need him to eat something. He ate it and I can already tell he has more energy.

#2 did amazing for breakfast!! I gave her a bowl of Broccoli/Cauliflower soup with yogurt cream and she sat and looked at it for a bit. Then, finally, she began to dig in and finished off the entire bowl! Then she asked for more, which she only ate a small amount of. I am so proud of her! In many ways, she has a lot more relaxed personality than #1 when it comes to food, so that is a blessing in this situation. She has become quite picky in the last few months, but with her easy going attitude, I think she will continue to do well.

I woke up feeling really, really tired and weak. Once I had my soup (two bowls with yogurt cream...yum!), I felt better. I've already had another bowl. When you are eating foods that are so easy to digest, you get hungry often. I will probably add yogurt in for me later today since I am pregnant and am not technically supposed to be doing the Intro diet.

Right now I am thinking I will move us to Stage 2 at dinner time by doing a casserole vs. a soup. I think the kids need it but now I will have to figure out a way to get them to drink some broth. I am planning to introduce egg yolk tomorrow, then ghee on Saturday. It is my hope that we can start Stage 3 on Sunday or Monday. Kara posted a delicious GAPS recipe that is legal on Stage 2...I cannot wait to make it. I'll probably make it Saturday and use ghee in place of butter.

#1 wet through his diaper last night and #2 has also been wetting a lot too, which is no doubt in correlation to the amount of liquids they've been having. So far, I haven't noticed any reactions in #2. She is acting normal, full of energy, and happy.

It's still early in the day, so we will see how the rest of today goes!

7:45 pm

It seems like today was full of ups and downs. Luckily, it ended on an "up" and I had the thought to myself as I rocked #2 before bed "We got through Day 2...we're making it!" Lunch time consisted of meltdowns from both kids. Both of them were super whiny and I couldn't get either to take so much as a sip of soup. For snacks throughout the day, I let the kids have chicken or beef that had been soaked in broth. #1 was lethargic most of the day because he hadn't eaten anything but once he had that meat, he perked up. For dinner, I moved us to Stage 2 because the kids were just having such a hard time with the soups (surprisingly, I have actually been doing fine). I baked chicken drumsticks with water, salt, pepper, and garlic - then as they were close to being done I tossed in some veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, onion, and zucchini). It tasted really good and it was nice to eat something other than soup. The kids devoured the meat - they each ate two drumsticks whereas my husband and I only ate one. They also thoroughly enjoyed the yogurt cream, eating it like yogurt off their plates. #1 kept asking for more, so I kept giving him more as long as he continued to eat his broth-drenched broccoli. He did great and finished his broccoli (only two florets but still)! I couldn't coax #2 to do the same but she continued to get more yogurt cream because she is too little to understand that concept. I know you're supposed to introduce things in small amounts but when your kids are begging for more and don't understand why they can't have more, it is hard. Neither child has had a BM today or yesterday, which is unusual. Supposedly that can happen at the beginning because of the lack of fiber in the diet (that makes it so your digestive system doesn't have to work hard at all, thus giving it the ability to heal quickly). I'm hoping to see something tomorrow.

When I gave #2 fermented cod liver oil tonight, I didn't know what to expect. She's been taking it really well but I hadn't given it to her in awhile and this time, I did a different flavor (Ginger). I totally expected her to balk at it but to my surprise, she wanted more and more bites - I think she had 6 small spoonfuls! I love that girl. Her easy going attitude is really refreshing. I didn't even offer it to #1 because I knew it'd cause a meltdown. Meltdown ensued despite my lack of offering...I am pretty sure he is just really tired and probably detoxing. You know what is exciting? After only two days, I can already tell that the dark allergy circles under his eyes are lightening up! I am feeling hopeful.

I made a really yummy soup today - our favorite so far. It is absolutely divine topped with yogurt cream! There's no measurements really, I just went by taste. Here is a loose recipe for anyone who's interested (sorry no picture)!

Hamburger Soup

1 pound organic grass-fed ground beef
Pot of meat broth or stock
Crushed garlic
Chopped onion
Shredded carrots
Shredded zucchini
Chopped red peppers
1 can tomato paste

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes until meat is cooked and vegetables are tender.