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Day 183 – My Six Month Anniversary on GAPS

I am amazed to be at six months on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet.

I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the occasion by sharing the healing I have seen by embarking on this journey thus far. I expect to see more good results as time goes by and it seems impossible to ever return to eating the way I used to eat.

  1. Foot Pain – My severe foot pain completely subsided.
  2. Stiff Back – My back used to stiffen once I'd been in bed seven hours at night and I would have to get up whether I'd had enough sleep or not. The stiffness would take from half an hour to a couple hours to finally relax. Now I can sleep comfortably for up to nine hours, and after that many hours my back does feel a little stiff, but that goes away within minutes of getting out of bed and into an upright position.
  3. Sleeping Better – I used to experience insomnia occasionally and I had connected it to hunger/blood sugar drop. I am finding when I eat too many carbs (winter squashes/fruit) in the evening I will experience insomnia. I am sleeping much better, I wake feeling more rested.
  4. Brain Fog – Prior to GAPS it was an every day thing to feel like I couldn't think clearly. I sometimes still experience this, but not every day all the time like before GAPS. The world just seems brighter.
  5. Lost Words – Prior to GAPS I had noticed that I would have trouble speaking because the words would evade me. I'd have to think really hard to find the word I was trying to say. I am experiencing this occasionally, usually when I haven't gotten enough sleep.
  6. Concentration – I'm able to concentrate much better at work and am actually getting caught up. For a while there I was starting to think I must have ADD.
  7. Depression – The mild depression I was experiencing in the past few years has pretty much disappeared. I had a feeling much of the time (pre-GAPS) that life was lackluster, that I never felt like smiling. I felt miserable a lot, I muttered under my breath this phrase quite often, “I hate my life, I hate my life.” I'm not doing that anymore! My mood in general is much more stable.
  8. Anxiety – Pre-GAPS I had started to take Kava-Kava regularly, sometimes one capsule daily. I bought three bottles from Amazon because it was the best price and I figured I'd be using it for the rest of my life, so why not stock up? I'd gone through one bottle and most of another when I started GAPS. I had had one anxiety attack, and most days I would be filled with fear, anxiety and stress. My life is just as stressful as it ever was, but the feelings of anxiety have disappeared. I have only had to take Kava Kava 3 or 4 times since I started GAPS.
  9. Hurting Hands –  My hands used to hurt, like when I'd try to open a small lidded bottle. That is not happening at all.
  10. Wrists Hurting – my wrists used to ache when I was driving, like the weight of my arms hanging on my hands would make my wrists ache. That is no longer happening. I used to have a bit of carpal tunnel pain on occasion, but that has stopped as well.
  11. Dropping Things – Before starting on GAPS, sometimes – in the last few years – I would be really clumsy. I would reach for something and it would drop from my hands. That has stopped.
  12. Eye Matter – All my life I had strings of eye matter coming from my eyes. I would always have to wash my face upon waking and then through the day my vision would sometimes get blurry because the eye matter would sometimes be in the way of my iris. I rarely experience that excessive eye matter and there is much less dried matter on my eyes upon waking in the morning.
  13. Marital Relations – I was sad that this area of my life seemed to be dying. That has changed since GAPS.
  14. Strength and Stamina – I can work in my garden, shovel dirt, pull weeds, and I'm able to do what needs to be done! Before GAPS I was having to sit down every few minutes to rest.
  15. Energy Levels – Before GAPS I was just worn out with no energy. I still don't have tons of energy, but for example two days ago (Day 181) I cleaned my bedroom and spent seven straight hours working on decluttering, going through boxes, sorting, repacking, taking bags of stuff to donate outside. This is a great improvement.
  16. Fatigue – Before GAPS I was tired almost all the time. This resolved shortly after the back stiffening stopped because I was able to get more sleep at night.
  17. Constipation – In the last couple of years I was experiencing constipation and that has resolved on GAPS (once I re-learned my bathroom habits, many thanks to the Fiber Menace website and the book Fiber Menace: The Truth About the Leading Role of Fiber in Diet Failure, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Colon Cancer*.
  18. Allergies and Asthma – I have been much less affected by seasonal allergies this year, and I am using two puffs of my asthma medication every other day. I tried to go off my medication altogether after being on GAPS only a few weeks but failed and had to go back on. I am hoping to continue cutting down slowly.
  19. Appetite Decreased – I am able to eat less food. I tried for over a decade to cut down on my portions, or at least stop going back for fourths. I believe it was the carbohydrates that caused me to overeat. I am finding when I eat fruit now it makes me more hungry, same thing when I eat vegetables high in carbs, like butternut squash or carrots.
  20. No Longer Overeating – I used to overeat at every dinner meal, prior to GAPS. I tried to stop eating as much food, but most of the time my stomach would ache from having eaten too much. I would ask myself why was I punishing myself and overeating. I felt compelled – driven – to overeat. Not since I've been on GAPS.
  21. Skin Tags – These disgusting things seem to be disappearing. I had several where my bra goes around my rib cage and they are gone. I had some on my neck and they seem to be shrinking.
  22. Road Rage – Okay, not specifically on the road, but in dealing with people in general. I used to get really frustrated but I'm much more mellow.
  23. Blood Sugar Leveled Out – I used to have blood sugar spikes and drops. Although I have not been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, my mother has and I have many of the symptoms. Before starting GAPS I would have low blood sugar drops and feel really tired, or I'd get cranky and irritable. It is really nice to be able to eat fruit and not have to worry about feeling drugged afterward (although I have found the fruit makes me hungrier and so I eat more and also makes me tired the next day).
  24. Hot Flashes – Before starting GAPS I'd started to have hot flashes. I have had none in six months.
  25. Weight Loss – I did not weigh myself prior to starting GAPS and when I did weigh myself a couple of weeks after getting started, I was at 232. On June 1st I was at 200. So I have lost a total of 32 pounds and four dress sizes (20 down to 16).
  26. Bloated Stomach – my stomach has really flattened since I've been on GAPS. I learned at Fiber Menace it was very likely the fiber which caused my bloating and protruding stomach. I have always disliked how my stomach pooched out even when I was slender as a young woman. Now I have a layer of soft padding on my stomach, but I can feel underneath the padding that my stomach is pretty flat.
  27. Swollen Ankles and Fingers – at my last visit to a primary care physician, the woman doctor who was about my age asked me if I ankles were ever swollen. I said they did sometimes and asked her why. She said it was because “we're” getting old and the blood can't make it back up so it causes edema. Well, Lady Doctor, you were wrong. It was eating crappy food that did it, because since I started GAPS, my ankles have not been swollen even one time and my rings are loose on my fingers and used to occasionally be very tight.
  28. Lower Back Pain – my lower back used to hurt whenever I had to be on my feet too long. Like while standing at the sink washing dishes, or working in the garden. Not anymore!

Okay, I guess that's all I can think of for now.

I am looking forward to seeing continued healing in the next six months.

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Until we meet again,

Starlene

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Monthly Progress Report – January 2010

Day 43, January 17, 2010: This weekend is the first in a long time that I have not had to take naps! I have been working four days a week for over two years now, so I usually have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. I have had to take 2 hour naps on two of those days for almost the entire two years. When I started GAPS, I was taking 3-5 hour naps on at least two days. This weekend, I did not feel tired and worn out, and did not need a nap! This is progress which I am very pleased to report!

Day 34 of full GAPS, January 8, 2010: Okay, this is about my son with Down Syndrome. He is not on full GAPS. We are still slowly weaning him off of “illegal” foods. We have had him off of dairy products and pasta (noodles, macaroni) and have stopped buying deli meats for sandwiches. There is also less and less bread and buns being brought into the house. I had him step on the scale and he is 7 pounds less than he was 10 weeks ago. I have almost as many “issues” with the scale when he stands on it, as I fear his weight will have gone up. Thankfully it has gone down. 7 pounds in 2.5 months is good weight loss. It is better than gaining!

Also, today my mom and I talked for two hours (at separate times in the day). She has read GAPS Guide and is now starting on GAPS. She is excited! She is stopping eating margarine and is eating tiny amounts of butter! She is amazed that I am losing weight while eating 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter a day.

Day 33 of full GAPS, January 7, 2010: My hubby asked me to step on the scale as it seems I have lost some weight. I have noticed that my jeans are slipping down further than they used to. The jeans I have been wearing are Just My Size and they are the right size around my waist, but usually they slide down until they ride my hips. Now they are riding down further on my hips. I have also noticed that my wedding ring is sliding around on my finger.

I do not know how much weight I have lost, as I have “issues” with the number. It is best that I not know, instead gauging my progress by how my clothing fits. I have to continue to remind myself this is not about weight loss (although I would love to lose 75 or so pounds). I consider this a significant change as my weight has been steadily rising for the past 10 years and I was afraid it would never stop.

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Monthly Progress Report – December 2009

I thought it would be handy to have a monthly report to look back on where I will list the most significant changes that have happened during the month. This report will become present in the current month once a significant change occurs.

Day 13 of full GAPS, December 18th, 2009:  Today I noted in my daily report that my feet were no longer hurting, and that I am now able to sleep for up to nine hours.

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