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Blogiversary Giveaway # 4 – GAPS Intro eBook From Health, Home, Happiness {CLOSED}

Today we are presenting our Blogiversary Giveaway # 4
courtesy of Cara from Health, Home and Happiness!

This giveaway is posted at Becoming Crunchy and Hybrid Rasta Mama. YOU MAY ONLY ENTER ON ONE SITE!
This eBook has been a complete lifesaver for both of us (Kelly & Jennifer) as we embarked upon this GAPS journey. Seriously, it took care of ALL of the meal planning for 30 days. All we had to do was follow the easy, easy recipes (all of which are delicious) and stick with each stage faithfully.
Now, I (Jennifer) was already doing things like making my own ferments and bone broth, but for the newbies out there, Cara offers some VERY easy to follow recipes. Seriously, they are fool proof.
Cara has done an outstanding job of putting together a GAPS resource that includes some basic background information about GAPS, including her suggestions for required reading prior to tackling this new lifestyle. Cara also discusses sourcing food, supplements, kitchen equipment, side effects, bulk food prep, and so much more. One of the greatest things about this eBook is that there is a list of what EXACTLY you can eat in each stage. That is very helpful to be able to refer to quickly.
This really is THE go-to guide for GAPS. Remember when you were in high school and college and grabbed the Cliff Notes version of whatever required reading you put off? Well, consider this the platinum edition of the GAPS Cliff Notes.
Although it is not a substitute for the required reading Cara mentions, it is an eBook worth investing in, both for the ease of meal planning but also as a good introduction to the GAPS Intro Diet if you are on the fence and hoping to learn more about it.

Did we mention that we would be lost without this book? Read the rest of this entry »

Healing My Gut: Week 2 ~ Monday Menu

Homemade Yogurt - 8 Hours of Refrigeration

Image by I Believe I Can Fry via Flickr

I have officially been on the GAPS Intro Diet for one week!

First of all, I must pat myself on the back (again – I’ve been doing it a lot ;) ) for sticking to anything diet-like for a whole week. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before!

I totally understand now why Mama Eve was posting so much on her experiences with GAPS – this diet is insane! (In a good way, of course).

So here’s my story so far:

Monday – the very first day of Intro for me, I stuck to the whole thing beautifully – lots of broth, boiled meat, veggies. I was a rock star.

Until that night. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf’s Up!

So I’ve definitely been lagging behind with the blogging this week, for various reasons…

Number one is GAPS – I’ll post more about it tomorrow, but basically, while I know without a doubt that it is working and doing good things, it is also kicking my butt!

I feel tired and sickie a lot, but I knew that was to be expected, so I’m just trying to push through and get lots of sleep! It doesn’t leave a whole lot of motivation for doing much else though and I’m feeling pretty bad about all those e-mails I haven’t yet responded to…

Thrown in the mix is what appears to be a flare up of sciatica, something I experienced once before about 3 years ago and is totally not what I need right now!

There are various things that can cause sciatica, but in the main it causes excruciating pain in the lower back, hips, and up and down the legs, which only becomes worse when you sit or lie down. When I saw a doctor about it in the past she told me to alternate cold and heat on my back and take ibuprofen, which I have been trying for the past 4 days.

Aside from the fact that ibuprofen probably is not the best choice for the GAPS intro diet, it also doesn’t seem to be working – it will give temporary pain relief but the problem isn’t going away, so I’m thinking I need to see a doctor again. I hate going to doctors. :p Read the rest of this entry »

Healing My Gut ~ Monday Menu

Preparing of chicken broth

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I had chicken broth for breakfast this morning.

That’s because I’m beginning week one of the GAPS Intro diet today – so it’s not exactly a conventional menu plan I’m sharing.

But for any who may be curious (and for my own reference, of course), I’m posting what I hope to be eating this week as I begin the process of healing my gut, or restoring the balance of bacteria that is so important to proper digestion, healthy immunity and even the way my brain works.

So I spent the weekend making lots of chicken and beef stock and fermenting sauerkraut, along with cutting up different veggies to make them super easy to prepare.

I’m not making a formal ‘breakfast, lunch, dinner’ thing right now, as during the first week especially I’ll probably just be eating what I want, when I want (within the limits of the diet, of course).

So far I’m seeing the challenges of really consuming every part of the bone broth I’ve made (which means adding in the fat and marrow that would usually be taken out), and not using the microwave to re-heat anything. Nothing too bad yet, but of course I’ve only just started. :)

I do just want to quickly reiterate that I’m normally not a fan of ‘diets’ and I dislike the connotation that diet has - my intention with GAPS is not to lose weight per se (though I do hope to do so), but to pretty much revolutionize my insides and truly become healthy – both in body and in brain.

And one thing that’s cool with this is that you’re not just changing what you eat – but changing a lot of the other areas of life that I’ve already taken care of (I feel like I’ve prepared without even realizing it!) – things like switching to all natural personal care products, reducing toxins in the home – whether it be cleaning products or the things I store and cook food in – in all those areas I am ready!

So in some ways this is like the next step in that journey…

So here’s the plan for this week: Read the rest of this entry »

Posting in Gratitude ~ July 23, 2011

gratitude: january 16, 2008

Image by rversde23 via Flickr

I’m joining in with Amandra Metro, TouchstoneZ, and others in being thankful until “I absolutely exude gratitude”.

Last week I had the opportunity to post how thankful I am for certain specific bloggers – I plan to do that again soon, but this week I’ve had a lot to be grateful for just in life so that’s where I’m sharing from… :)

This week I have been grateful for:

1. The care my in-laws give to my daughter. I have awesome Chinese in-laws who pretty much believe it’s their job to care for the grandchildren – like, full-time care. Up until the last few months I’ve been hesitant to let my little Bean go for more than a few hours at a time, but as I will be returning to work soon, both of us need to get used to the idea. She now goes to their house for a full day once or twice a week, and has nothing but fun. The moment she sees her Popo (grandmother) she starts laughing her head off – it is obvious that she is already one of Bean’s favorite people in her little world. I’ll admit – I wasn’t keen on the idea of having them care for Bean while I work – we don’t exactly agree on quite a few parenting points! But they have admirably respected my wishes – even when they think I’m crazy – and the love they have for Bean pretty much overshadows any other small concern. Now, instead of apprehension, I can only feel gratitude for their willingness to help raise their granddaughter – and the knowledge that Bean has so many amazing people to love and take care of her! Read the rest of this entry »

GAPS Diet – My Pros & Cons

Homemade Sauerkraut: The Yield

Image by I Believe I Can Fry via Flickr

Yesterday I posted about my interest in beginning the GAPS diet and what I see as the pros to taking such a drastic measure.

Today I’m discussing the cons – I would love to hear your thoughts as well!

Cons…

It looks hard!

I talked yesterday about how in some ways I think it will be easier to have something more strictly laid out than just ‘I am giving up grains’ – but that also doesn’t make it any easier!

I have a problem with commitment – particularly when it comes to diet and exercise – and that scares me. I don’t want to chalk this up as another failure in trying to attain good health.

On the other hand, I can’t know whether it will work unless I go ahead and give it a try – and that’s what I always come down to in the end.

It is going to be hard to follow something so regimented – especially making all the homemade stock, fermented dairy and vegetables, and baked goods with alternative flours that GAPS calls for – but I am hoping with enough forward preparation (stocks can be frozen, thank goodness) and support from the husband that I will be able to make it happen.

The GAPS diet calls for eating a lot of fermented foods – and I don’t really like them. Read the rest of this entry »

A Whole New World…

Homemade Beef Stock: The Yield

Image by I Believe I Can Fry via Flickr

Do you have the Aladdin song in your head now?

I know I do (and if you didn’t, you probably do now).

At any rate, that has absolutely nothing to do with my intention for writing this post…I just like to provide a little harmless (or super annoying) distraction every once in awhile.

OK – here’s the thing though – yesterday I promised to write about an upcoming major change to my diet that I’ve been contemplating, and, well, it’s time to deliver.

I am (most likely) going to attempt the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (or GAPS) diet created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride – hopefully beginning early next week.

I’m not going to go too much into what the GAPS Diet actually is here – you can easily find plenty of information on it – but I am going to discuss why I’m interested as well as what I see as the pros and cons of embarking on what seems to be a pretty strict regimen – something I generally don’t do very well with…

First off, let me say that I am not a ‘diet’ person. I don’t really believe they work well or long term (there are exceptions to that, of course) and I don’t think they are very good for a healthy self-image either. I really believe that the key to eating well is, well, eating well. (Yes – that was cheesy. Sorry).

Really though – eating a good balance of healthy, whole foods is my ideal (not that I’ve ever been able to accomplish that longer than literally a week at a time).

So why do I think GAPS is different? Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surfin’ July 17, 2011

Lots of great posts this week – and a busy day of rearranging our entire living room, phone and internet setup today – so without further ado, your Sunday Surf!

Hope you enjoy and benefit from these posts as much as I did… :)

  • You may think of fabric softener and dryer sheets as fabulous inventions that help keep your clothes static-free and smelling good, but in reality they are some of the most toxic products in your home.Why It’s Important to Minimize Chemicals in Household Cleaning from The Peaceful Housewife
  • …most examples of social privilege aren’t that straightforward. Let’s take, for example, a basic bit of male privilege: A man has the privilege of walking past a group of strange women without worrying about being catcalled, or leered at, or having sexual suggestions tossed at him. A pretty common male response to this point is “that’s a privilege? I would love if a group of women did that to me.” And that response, right there, is a perfect shining example of male privilege.On the Difference Between Good Dogs and Dogs That Need a Newspaper Smack from Sindelókë
  • I started a TerraCycle program in our town about a year ago. A friend of mine knew about it, but was totally honest with me in saying that she just did not have time to save all of that. I never pushed or even made any comments. Just recently, she has started giving me her energy bar wrappers. She says that now she feels like she can’t throw them away.Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) from Reduce Footprints Read the rest of this entry »
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