“Hey,” my husband mumbled in a low voice, casting a sideways glance at me. The kids were at the kitchen island, as they usually are when we arrive home from daycare, chattering and vying for my attention. “There are cookies in the cupboard for you.”
“Nope!” I smiled. “I’m doing the diet.”
“You haven’t cheated?”
I shook my head, then admitted I had taken one bite of an apple during Logan’s class field trip to the apple orchard. He’d begged and begged to have one of the ones he’d picked, and it broke my heart to say no. He devoured it like it was the most delicious treat known to man–I was worried for a second he was even going to eat the seeds and stem. But other than that, we haven’t strayed from GAPS Stage 1-legal food. (I even made it through my Thursday coffee shop run with a coworker without ordering anything other than herbal decaf tea.)
We are now on Day 5, and things are looking up. All week Logan has had fabulous, focused days at school, earning a “rock star” badge every day. He had the best night he’s ever had in karate class, following the instructor the entire time without getting distracted and wiggly.
Of course, meals are still another story. Every time it’s time to eat, Logan approaches the table with apprehension. Most of the time he refuses to eat during the day. Snack times are the worst, ranging from all-out meltdown for a half an hour to a quivering lip for a few seconds. He hates all broth and will sit at the table for two hours rather than taking one sip. Even the “Shredder” chicken, which is shredded chicken simmered in broth and named after Logan’s favorite Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles character, doesn’t appeal to him. (I devour it.)
Our world right now is basically turned upside down. We’re installing hardwood floors, so all the furniture from two rooms is piled in the kitchen. This obviously makes things harder, but at the same time, I feel like GAPS has simplified things, too. Now when I open our fridge, I don’t have to wonder to cook, because all I see are five 1-quart mason jars filled with broth, vegetables, and meat. And even I can pour broth into a large saucepan and add veggies and meat to simmer. I kind of like it, actually.
And despite still feeling drained and heavy if it’s been too long between meals since I’ve eaten, overall, I believe I have more energy. Now when the kids go to bed, I don’t instantly collapse in my bed. I actually have energy to go wash dishes. And when my alarm goes off in the mornings, I don’t feel like I’m rising from the dead and stumbling downstairs to cook and wash another round of dishes (aside from meal-time meltdowns, dishes are the worst part of the diet — I now wash dishes before work and after work.) I’ve also lost 8 pounds, though losing weight isn’t something I wanted to do.
And I think Logan is cheerier, too–again, except for meal times. And those will get better as we move on to Stage 2, which we’ll start tomorrow. We get to have ghee! And we’ll try introducing yogurt, too, which we’ve held off on until now because the casein makes me hesitate a bit. Hopefully, as we are able to introduce more foods, meals will get easier.
Stay tuned for Stage 2.
My shopping list for the next five days:
- 2 heads cauliflower
- 2 heads broccoli
- 1 big bag of carrots
- 2 butternut squashes
- 2 bags of onions
- 1 bunch leeks
- Ginger root
- 4 pounds hamburger
- 4 pounds roast
- 2 whole chickens
- Case of mineral water