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During week 4 of GAPS Intro, I continued to notice health improvements. I added back in butter, which was super delicious and awesome. I also added in yogurt, roasted/grilled meats, and onions sauteed for 20 minutes in butter. All delicious options to add to my diet. The yogurt tasted like Greece! *swoon* I experienced plain, high quality (although I didn’t know it at the time) yogurt for the first time when I traveled to Greece 3 years ago. I also was able to taste this type of yogurt when I traveled in Germany this past summer. That is what this 24-hour yogurt, made from the highest quality milk I can legally buy in the store, tasted like. Cue nostalgia, and extreme happiness that I tolerated it.
However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. During week 4, I went against my better judgement and began consuming crispy almonds whole. At first, it was just a snack before evening mass so that I could make it through without dinner. I asked my husband for permission, he measured out a portion for me, and I kept it in check. But they were the most delicious nut I had ever tasted. I already knew nuts were a food with no breaks for me, and now I had okayed myself to eat the most delicious version of these I had ever tasted? I should have known…
During week 4, I had a few emotional meltdowns. The last of these occurred the day after I binged on nuts. And it was a full out binge: I kept eating almonds until I felt physically ill. I resolved to just have broth for dinner, and I did. Except that once my stomach started to feel better, I began craving the almonds again. I ended up on a second binge, eating almonds until I was sick for the second time in one day. Nuts are now off the table. I decided that after two weeks without nuts, I could try adding in pancakes, but whole nuts needed to be out of my diet much longer. As I’ll write about next week, during week 5 I discovered that this goes even deeper than just a food without breaks.
Physically, I did improve this week. I had more energy, although I had a tendency to overdo it on the high energy days, leaving me fatigued the next day. My sleep quality also has not improved yet, and I really want to work on improving that.
Overall, I am still moving forward with GAPS intro. I am in Stage 4 now, and will likely be hanging out here for awhile. I can really feel how amazing this diet is for my body and my mental health. The diet itself has gotten easy – I am loving my soups! Following as many food bloggers as I do, it can be hard to see the chocolate almond butter treats or the cookies, that kind of thing. But my body is satiated and I am very happy with how things are going.
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