Again…well, we never really did it like youâ€™re supposed to do it. We didnâ€™t drink broth like youâ€™re supposed to. We added some fruit from the very beginning. So, we never actually did the GAPS Intro.
But, weâ€™ve been on â€œFull GAPSâ€ for nearly 2 years–so why start over?
Itâ€™s mainly for me. Despite the tremendous healing I have seen on GAPS, I am still seeing a few issues that I want to heal:
My ear hurts. Every now and then, my right ear hurts and gets waxy. Itâ€™s yeast. It usually happens when Iâ€™ve eaten a lot of honey. The GAPS Intro will wipe that yeast right out of me…I just need to do it! Pre-GAPS my right ear hurt most of the time–so I have seen healing. I just want it to go away for good!
Iâ€™ve been drinking a lot of tea with honey lately, and a couple of my back teeth hurt. I read Cure Tooth Decay when we got our foster kids (they have rotten teeth), and I know that the answer to healing dental issues is to drink broth, take fish oil, and go GAPS, basically.
On occasion (though itâ€™s rare these days), my thyroid hurts. Or, at least, I think itâ€™s my thyroid. Itâ€™s in my throat, right where I think my thyroid is. Around the same time it hurts, I feel a little agitated–which makes me think itâ€™s a hormone thing. I need a good detoxing before I check into any other methods of dealing with my thyroid.
As of 2 weeks ago, my digestion is messed up. We ate gluten free pizza for Farm Boy 1â€™s 10th Birthday. My body, for sure, without a doubt, cannot stand grains or starch. My digestion is off, letâ€™s just say that. From 2 slices of pizza, I gained 6 lbs that I still havenâ€™t lost, my tummy is poochy (bloated), and is feeling yucky after everything I eat. YET–itâ€™s growling and starving all of the time, as if, something has taken away my nutrients (well, duh, thatâ€™s what grains and starch DO!). I just need the GAPS Intro, thatâ€™s all there is to it…
And some of it is for the kids:
The foster kids have rotten front teeth. The dentist wants to pull them. I wonder if we can heal them. We might as well try! Weâ€™ve got an appointment for a January extraction–Iâ€™d love to see if we can make a difference before then. We obviously wonâ€™t make their tiny little teeth grow back into regular sized teeth–theyâ€™re gone. For good. But we can help the structure that is still in tact…maybe…thatâ€™s what weâ€™re hoping for, anyways.
Farm Boy 1 was a 1 lb 12 oz preemie and was â€œnourishedâ€ intravenously with TPN (basically, soy oil straight into the blood stream). I have read recently that 60% of the kids who have that end up with severe liver damage–like an alcoholic. Almost 100% of cancer patients who start TPN will pass away within 1 year. They go on TPN because part of their gut has been removed and they canâ€™t digest food. But soy oil = estrogen and estrogen feeds gut cancer. Itâ€™s a terrible predicament, to say the least! Anyways, Farm Boy 1 is itchy a lot of the time. Thatâ€™s a sign of liver damage. Heâ€™s had some testing done, and heâ€™s having more done–and thereâ€™s nothing for sure showing up right now, but we need to watch out for this. When you read about healing liver damage, do you know what youâ€™ll find? Basically, the the GAPS diet is the answer! That, and fish oil. No refined carbs. No starchy things. No sugars. Those foods tax the liver. If we find out that he does indeed have damage, there is a new (to the US–itâ€™s what they do in the UK) treatment that can fully restore the liver. They give the kids fish oil, intravenously. Isnâ€™t that amazing? Anyways, weâ€™re starting with diet–and if we find out that there is severe damage, weâ€™ll fly where we need to fly and get that treatment for our boy!
And partially itâ€™s for The Farmer:
Heâ€™s still got psoriasis after almost 2 years on GAPS. Thereâ€™s something in his body that needs to get cleansed out. I believe that the Intro can do that.
And partially itâ€™s for all of you:
I write this blog about my experience with GAPS, but we never did the Intro. How silly is that!? When people send me e-mails or post comments about â€œhow did you handle __â€ during the Intro, I want to be able to give a good answer. And since I need to do the Intro anyways, it just makes sense!
And, while I believe that honey is far better (like 100 times better!) than refined, white sugar (or even organic evaporated cane juice), I think my family is addicted lately. Weâ€™re buying it wholesale from a local apiary & re-selling. We have a 1 gallon glass jar of raw honey on our counter a.l.w.a.y.s. Itâ€™s too much. We need to cut back and simplify things for our bodies.
So, very soon, youâ€™ll see some posts from me (and Tarena!) about the GAPS Intro and our experiences, and how weâ€™re doing things. Our family is big (9 people!), so taking on the Intro diet is a bit of a big ordeal! I just purchased lots and lots of meat, and I have an order in to our local farmer for 32 onions, 12 large winter squash, etc., etc.!
Did you start the GAPS Intro, or do you want to? Why did you start it? Or, why do you want to start it?