Well, friends, I thought I had written my last GAPS post, but I find that my healing journey did not end with deciding to “quit GAPS”. Shucks. After writing that last post in October, I did some serious thinking about what I needed from a diet. My 6 months on GAPS had certainly taught me . . .

 

Friends, it’s hard for me to believe that my six month GAPS experiment has come to an end. Back in April, I began this GAPS Diet with the highest of hopes. There have been successes and failures, and I find myself in the position of having to decide whether or not to go on with . . .

 

Even as I typed the title of this post, I had to shake my head. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 5 months. I had expected to be into a “groove” by this time. I had expected to have a rhythm to my cooking. But instead of feeling like I’ve hit my stride, . . .

 

I miss a lot of foods on my restricted diet, but dairy is one of the ones I miss the most. I’ve had issues with dairy for years. It was one of the first foods to be eliminated from my diet. For about 4 years I would move dairy in and out of my diet . . .

 

Oh, friends. I am so excited to share with you the newest secret ingredient in my cupboard. It’s delicious, and surprising, and no one at your dinner party will be able to guess what that intriguing flavor hiding in the sauce is. Ready? Here it is: I mentioned last week how I encountered fennel pollen . . .

 

The GAPS Diet requires me to eat some fermented food with every single meal. Fermented foods supply tons and tons of good, probiotic bacteria and they act as a digestive aid. Fermentation is a process by which the fruits and vegetables are preserved, and many of the vitamins and nutrients become more bio-available and easier . . .

 

Friends, do you notice anything exciting about my breakfast plate pictured here? Look closely. Why, yes! That is an egg white on my plate! After 4 months eating GAPS Intro, my belly has finally agreed to accept egg whites (one a day) with only the mildest complaints. This is my first real progress on GAPS, . . .

 

Yes, I do know it’s July. And I know that the temperature here has been hovering near 100 the past few days. But GAPS protocol insists that I eat soup everyday. So here I am. Making up soup recipes in July. ~sigh Despite the summer heat, you should really consider giving this soup a try–or . . .

 

I long for the day when I can eat food that isn’t placed in quotation marks. Who wants “ice cream” when you can have Ice Cream? Or “truffles” instead of Truffles? Hopefully that day will come. But until then, I’m stuck with inventing GAPS-legal counterparts for all of my favorite treats. This week? It was . . .

 

When I started the GAPS Intro Diet way back in April, I already knew about our family’s travel plans at the end of June. And as the date drew nearer, and I began to ask myself “How exactly am I going to take GAPS on the road??” I got more and more panicked. Just thinking . . .