Monday, January 5, 2009

First Day on GAPS

So, this is the family's first day on the Gaps Diet. This is not an effort to lose weight, get fit or look better. This is a detox diet and a healing diet so that our bodies are healthier, better functioning and less toxic. I am very convicted that the SAD (Standard American Diet) is not the best diet for the human body and therefore it is a sin for us to continually subject ourselves to those toxins. As it is wrong to smoke, it is also wrong to consume toxins with our food. Anywho, this is not a lecture...

Day One

Pre-Breakfast: 1 glass warm water, just cause I was thirsty

Breakfast-Lunch (since my hours are weird right now): Moose, carrots and onions in home-made turkey stock with garlic and home-made saurkraut juice for the probiotics. Dandelion and peppermint tea.
The Dandelion is a liver detox and the peppermint is a digestive aid.
Cod Liver Oil

I'll probably make the same thing for dinner, but I'll use home-made beef stock for a different flavor and maybe some broccoli or squash.
All of this is organic or home-grown and will be for as long as I can afford it. It's not really more expensive since I don't buy anything in boxes and only the carrots come in a bag.
For the duration of this detox we are eliminating all carbs, dairy and sugar. Honey is allowed since it is already simple sugars. I don't think I'll partake since I'm battling yeast right now but Mom and Dad can have honey if they want. And before you all shudder and shake to think of giving up your donuts I have to tell you that you don't feel deprived at all. At least Mom and I don't. Dad still whines about the sugar but that's because he's just doing this to make us happy. I hope that he'll start to feel better and soon he won't miss the carbs. It helps to increase the saturated fat you're eating so your body has something to work on that's healthy in between meals. Eventually, we can add carbs back in, as our digestive systems heal but that day is at least a month away. Dairy can be added as it can be tolerated but refined sugar is not something we will ever add back as a regular menu item, or be in something on a regular menu item. Having done a post on sweeteners I will not go into details here. Soy will not be on the menu any more and every label will be read so we can avoid any and all chemical additives. It's a lot of work but I feel convicted and that is not something I'm willing to ignore just because it's inconvenient.

Hope you are all staying warm since we're below zero for a while. I'd take a picture of the thermomenter but it's too small to get a clear picture, suffice it to say we're the warmest we've been in two weeks and it's -13 degrees. I guess now is the time to do wood and coal so... Later!
~Pam

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