The GAPS Introduction Diet: Stage Three
We’ve moved onto stage 3 today, which means – pancakes! The pancakes are made with butternut squash, nut butter and eggs. It took us a while to work out how big to make them and how long to cook them for – a little bit trial and error. It wasn’t helped by the fact that we also have to get used to using new cast iron pans, which we’ve never used before. But between us we managed to serve up the pancakes along with scrambled eggs and fried onions. I’m pleased to say the pancakes were delicious (and I’m not just saying this because I’m desperate for anything other than soup – they really were). We have to start with just one a day and build them up slowly to make sure we can digest them OK. My stomach has been more bloated today so I hope I can stay on the pancakes without any problems.
I had my one pancake again this morning with scrambled eggs, fried onions and a small amount of fermented vegetables. I also had it with a mug of chicken stock, which I forgot to have at breakfast yesterday. I haven’t had the bloating that I had yesterday so maybe the chicken stock helped me to digest the pancake better.
Also on the plus side, I set my alarm for 8 o’clock this morning and didn’t have too much trouble getting up. Usually the best I can manage is to crawl out about 9-10 am, and that’s after a good night’s sleep of around 9 hours! This may not be a big deal to most people who are used to rising early and doing a full day’s work, but those who struggle with chronic fatigue will know where I am coming from. I then managed to make a large batch of soup before going out for an appointment at about 10.15. So all very positive. It’s these little bits of progress we have to hold onto when things get tough on the diet.
Today was very difficult mentally. I had a bad night last night – I didn’t get off until about 3 am. As a result I’ve been really tired today and my stomach has been more bloated. Today I REALLY wished that the introduction diet was done and dusted.
I feel very low today. We’re into our fifth week on the diet and it feels more like five months! It feels like it’s dragging on and on. I’m also feeling overwhelmed mentally with trying to keep organised with all the cooking and planning, and trying to familiarise myself with which foods are introduced on which stage. Sometimes my head feels like it’s going to go pop!
When I got up this morning I immediately started listing all the things which had to be made and cooked today to keep the diet going – beetroot kvass, more pancakes, more soup and stock – and get out to the butchers to collect my regular order. It feels like a full-time job just keeping this diet going! I feel like most of my time on this diet is spent cooking (my husband says he feels that most of his time on this diet is spent washing-up!).
My stomach has been more bloated this week. I’m not sure if it’s the nut butter in the pancakes or having ‘solid’ food every morning for breakfast. At least the bloating isn’t as bad as I was getting before starting the diet. It could also be linked to the fact that my constipation has been really bad again this week, and I can’t think why as I’m still drinking the beetroot kvass every day which was helping before. All a little disappointing but progress never follows a straight line, so I just need to push onwards.
To keep up with how I am doing, see the next entry in My GAPS Diary 2 Nov – 8 Nov 2020