So, we have made it through the GAPS intro diet! High five for us! The last few stages went pretty quickly; we didn't have any problems introducing roasted meats, raw fruits and vegetables, etc. I was also able to introduce egg back in. We had two suppliers for our eggs. One came from a work friend, and the other came from a Mennonite farm. I do fine with the Mennonite eggs but have stomach pains from the others. I hypothesize that it is due to the difference in chicken feed. I am just super excited that I don't have to avoid eggs, because that would be tragic.
I've had a couple of friends ask me if I have felt any different since doing GAPS. Initially, I was annoyed because it seemed that they wanted me to relate some sort of miraculous cure, when in reality the effects I was seeing were much more subtle, but no less important. However, midway through Intro, I noticed a huge difference in myself. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
I have talked about feeling emotionally overwhelmed by events such as holidays, birthdays, service opportunities, etc. I get caught up in the logistics of the event and get overwhelmed even before anything begins. I also get stressed about new situations such as driving to a place I haven't been before, etc. These last couple of weeks I have seen a shift though. I have felt this tendency of mine to stress lessen.
For example, I decided a couple of weeks ago to go explore Amish territory--alone (or as alone as a mother with a toddler can be. I brought Finn). I had heard about an Amish store tucked away in the country where I could buy butter and other bulk items, but I had only the vaguest idea of where it might be located. I tracked it down with the help of the all-mighty internet, and decided one afternoon to just go. It was great. Finn and I had an awesome time. Afterwards, I reflected that not too long ago I would not have done this. I would have waited until the weekend when Mr. F. could have gone with us, or tried to convince a friend to join Finn and I for the drive. I would have been too unsure of the new situation to feel comfortable going by myself. Now however, I am filled with the sense of adventure. I don't feel anxious at all about doing a little exploring.
Prior to doing Intro, I was really dreading Finn's birthday. Isn't that awful? I didn't want the responsibility to "make it special" by baking a cake, having a special dinner, etc. It seemed like so much work to add to our already crazy life. Midway through Intro, I had a change of feeling. I got excited about planning the dinner for his birthday and what cake Finn would enjoy and be GAPS friendly. I also started thinking about Easter and what activities to do to make it special.
Who is this person?!
I sort of remember feeling this empowered before, but it has been a long time. I think every year the symptoms have progressively gotten worse with it being particularly bad these last few years. I am guessing my feelings resulted from some sort of vitamin deficiency/hormonal imbalance that is now resolving itself. All I can say is if this diet makes me feel like a normal human being, then it is worth all the hassle and more.