Day 11

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Just a quick update.

Today was a work day. I told two people I was on an “elimination” diet. Two people who might bring me food and expect me to eat it. I told them mainly to head off  my having to reject any food.

I had my cup of broth on the way to work, munched on cashews until lunch when I had leftover chili verde. I ate it cold since I feel weird about using the stove at work. I'm worried that my boss is going to call me on it, because I know she thinks I'm a little weird because I don't have a microwave in my home.

I had a few more cashews after lunch.  I had to stop at the bank on the way home, and bought some more Clementine Cuties. Ate two of those.

Dh put a beef roast in the crockpot this morning, along with carrots and onions so that was ready for dinner when I got home. I milked, then we came back in and had dinner. We also had steamed green beans.  Dh found a deal on frozen vegetables. The steamer packs, 11 and 12 ounces, marked down to $0.50/pack. He bought 26 packs. The green beans we had for dinner were fresh green beans. I figured we'll use fresh ones first, and save the frozen ones for another time.

I also had some broth with dinner. There was some bits of fat – white pieces of fat –  floating on top that I went ahead and drank down.  This is something that ten years ago I would have gagged. But I have noticed my tastes changing over the past couple of years to where I'm not so picky, picky, picky about fat with my food. I even once recently ate a piece of steak with fat on it, accidentally ate it and wow, it tasted good. I usually can't stand to put fat into my mouth. When I was a kid, I hated fat. Hated the dark meat on chicken, hated the crispy chicken skin from baked chicken (or turkey), now it is so delicious I gobble it down when I can.

I swallowed some broth the wrong way and coughed and coughed.  I didn't finish my broth after that. I'll save it for tomorrow morning.

There is plenty for leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I only work M-Th so only one more day, and then I'm home for four more days.

Well, not much more to say. I am glad I only have to work one more day until I'm off. I'm contemplating doing the Introduction starting on December 26th or 27th, when I'll be off work for ten days. I read on another blog that the family only did Intro for three days. I need to read the books more. I thought we were supposed to do Intro for six weeks. Or maybe I read something about until symptoms subside (like diarrhea or constipation).

I am seriously craving a bath. I am not a “bath” person, but I am seriously wanting to take a bath.  On occasion, I crave to take a bath.  Like now. But my bathtub has a hole popped in it (we live in a manufactured home and the tub is made of some kind of thin plastic).  The other bathtub is the one my sons and husband use, and would need a good cleaning before I could actually have a comfortable soak in it.

I like to get into the warm water, then run the hot slowly until it keeps getting hotter and hotter and hotter.  The half of my body under the water usually turns red.  In the past, I have taken baths with epsom salts, but now come to find out it's a detoxing thing! I did not know that. I bathed with epsom salts because I know it's helpful to aching feet, and just liked to put some in my bath.

I am still experiencing a lot of tiredness.  I had hoped to see some change in my energy level, but I guess that can't be expected when my body is working so hard to rid itself of the toxins.

I wonder if I can successfully stick with this for one month. I am not sure what Christmas Day will be like. I would like to see only full GAPS on the table, and thankfully it is just our immediate family. We have never been big on going to family gatherings, and are generally thought of as being hermits. 🙂

Okay, I must get to bed. It's 7:40pm, and 4:00am gets here very early!

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