Full-Gaps Day 21 (Pre-Intro)

-fresh apricots
-coffee with honey

-eggs fried in coconut oil
-homemade ketchup
-chicken broth

-crispy almonds, Nourishing Traditions pg. 515
-crispy walnuts, Nourishing Traditions pg. 513
-crispy peanuts, Nourishing Traditions pg. 513
-dried apricots, figs, dates, and raisins

-Leftover Oven BBQ'd Chicken Thighs
-Oven Roasted Veggies w/ Balsamic & Garlic
-Homemade Sauerkraut

Day 18 no dairy

Energy Level:
So far, so good. I feel like getting stuff done today. That's a good sign.
Feeling slower this afternoon. Have to make dinner. Thank goodness for leftovers!

OK, but easily flustered.

Brain Power:

Back pain:
Was a little stiff this morning.
My neck is still sore.
Regular pain between the shoulder blades keeping me company this afternoon.

Foot pain:
Feels like my feet are getting a bit worse. I'll have to check back in a few weeks to see if it happens around the same time of the month.
Mild pain in both feet through the day.

Knee Pain:
Mild pain in left knee when climbing stairs or sitting.

A little after lunch. The eggs? The ketchup? The broth? Who knows.

Day of cycle:
(.) weirdness. Yep, still spotting.
This evening I started getting what felt like (.) cramps. Hmmm.

Last nights sleep:
Good. More crazy dreams. In one there was some kind of scary animal hiding around a corner. I could hear it growling and grunting. When I woke up I realized The Fiancé's snoring had worked it's way into my dream. Tee-hee.

I really hope that the between-the-shoulder-blades pain takes a hike soon. It's debilitating. It feels like someone is sticking a knife in there and twisting it around. It makes my arms and shoulders feel weak and keeps me from getting things done. Grr.

I guess this past few days I've been experiencing die off. I'm not a crier, unless I'm reading a Hallmark card or watching a goofy romcom, but this week there have been a few points where I though I might burst into tears. That's new for me. My "normal-crazy" emotions are more in the range of blind rage and anxiety induced panic. Tears huh. Guess I can handle that.

Had a bit of fermented sauerkraut today too. Every time I've had a ferment since starting GAPS I've felt pretty crappy later. It amazes me how powerful this "diet" is. I ate ferments several times a day pre-GAPS and always felt fine.

We purposely started with full GAPS and advanced foods to slow die off. For the last month or two I'd started cutting back on grains and starches to the point of not having them in the house for a few weeks before we even started GAPS. I can't imagine starting with intro. It must be killer to start with it. I'm trying to convince myself to work toward intro this fall/winter. Hopefully my gut will be in a better place by then.

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