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What I’m Afraid Of

Here are the things of which I'm afraid:

  • Food cravings – The only diet I went on in my life was low fat. I now realize it was exactly the kind of diet that sets up food cravings. I started craving donuts most likely because of the fat content (at the time I thought it was the sugar). I'm afraid going on GAPS will resurrect those desperate food cravings that I don't experience when I allow myself to eat whatever I want to, and not only whatever I want, but the amount I want!! Many people will tell you they are on Weight Watchers and can eat ANYTHING they want, but then you find out that they can only have one bite, unless they want to eat only four slices of cake for the entire day.
  • I'm afraid this, like other diets, won't work. I wasn't able to do Nourishing Traditions, but then again my husband was not on board. Now that he has his own illness, he seems to be willing to help. Although just the other day he said maybe we shouldn't include ds1 in the 10 day trial. I almost started crying, because I feel so much desperation to help my son.
  • I'm afraid GAPS will be too hard.
  • I'm afraid I'll fail.
  • I know I'll have some slips, but hopefully we can work together to do this.
  • We're not using organic meats or vegetables, so I'm afraid we won't see any improvement.

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What I Will Count As Success

This would be my wishlist if we were able to stay on GAPS until we heal our damaged guts.

These are the most important things:

  • I would love to have more energy, this is the most important thing, even if I remain at the size that I am now. At least I could get more done than just sitting at the computer and maybe be more effective when I am sitting at the computer! I know what it feels like to have energy. I actually can get something done! With no energy, I just feel like I can barely make it through the day.
  • I would love for my son with Down Syndrome to stop needing to hack and cough and spit frequently. He seems to be plagued with a lot of mucous. We also suspect that post nasal drip is draining into his stomach and at times causes him to feel nauseated.
  • I would love for him to lose weight. He needs to lose a lot of weight. It worries me a lot.
  • I would love for my husband's ulcerative colitis to be completely healed.
  • My husband complains of not having enough energy, so I would love to see his energy level rise.

Here are some others that I would love to see eventually:

  • I would love to lose weight. I weighed 225 two years ago, and suspect I have gained more. I will ask my husband or son to get my weight prior to starting GAPS. I just step on the scale and have them look at the number, and keep it to themselves. I probably need to lose a minimum of 80 pounds, maybe 100.
  • My husband could stand to lose some weight, too. He is in good physical shape, and active, but I suspect his gut issues are causing him to be overweight.

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What We’re Doing Right Already

Starting on GAPS is known to be daunting and overwhelming to most people who learn about it. I try to keep in mind that we're already doing or know how to do a lot of the things that we need to be doing, even if we haven't been doing them. Here's my list:

  • We know how to make good broth (although I'm concerned our use of regular store bought chicken isn't going to help enough)
  • We love the broth
  • Me and ds1 love soup (dh not so big a fan)
  • Having been on a low fat diet years ago, I've already had experience with coming up with substitutions for unapproved foods
  • we can all tolerate fats
  • everyone likes coconut okay
  • we have been cooking from scratch for years
  • we don't cook with a microwave
  • I use baking soda [affiliate link] and vinegar to clean/rinse my hair (avoiding chemicals)
  • I use a deodorant stick (avoiding chemicals)
  • we drink well water (no fluoride and we get “dirt” since the water isn't purified)
  • we love our water and mostly drink it (instead of soda, juice)
  • if it ends up we heal enough to tolerate raw milk, we have dairy goats (what to do with all the milk in the meantime)
  • I've known about WAPF principles for years so a move to GAPS isn't too wildly different (for example, we haven't been living off of convenience foods and fast food)
  • We like meat and vegetables and salad
  • I have been trying to limit my intake of pasta and carbs, recognizing how they make me feel after eating them
  • We don't end dinner with “dessert” so no one will miss that
  • We have been trying to avoid MSG for over a decade
  • We have been using butter for the last 8-9 years (instead of margarine)
  • We avoid all artificial sweeteners (nutrasweet, saccharin, etc.) I have in fact been against artificial sweeteners and have tried to avoid them all my life. Ds1 is allergic to sucrose and breaks out in a measles type looking rash if he ingests it
  • we have been avoiding soy for many years

My son with Down Syndrome tends to be a creature of habit (aren't we all?). He becomes dependent on a routine, and then expects it. If we'd been having dessert after dinner all along, he would be upset if we stopped abruptly.

That's all I can think of for now.

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