Tag Archives: water kefir

The First Indication My Adrenals Are Functioning Better

I've been using the cremes for a week. There is a “day” creme and a “PM” creme. The day creme is to be used upon waking and at 6pm. The PM creme is to be used when going to bed. I've not been sure if I've felt any different. I'm not even sure how long it takes until I start feeling any effects.

I've been feeling really stressed out about my husband. He's been scheduling a lot of work and keeps getting backed up until he will stay up all night long and the next day with only a couple hours of sleep. When he does this it really, really stresses me out because I know how vitally important sleep is, and I don't want him to end up blowing out his adrenals by doing this. I would be less concerned if it happened once a month but it's happening more often than that. Last night was one of those nights. For once he was home, building a platform that he needed for a job today. I went to bed around 9:30pm and I woke at 1:30. For the past few months, when I wake up in the middle of the night and he's not home I feel panicked. It's like the fight or flight response kicks in and I feel like my stress level just shot up super high. I lie there and my imagination runs wild with no so far fetched scenarios… like maybe he fell asleep and drove off the road and was in an accident and is just lying on the side of the highway.

But when I realized when I woke up this morning, I didn't feel my stress level shoot up. I tried to go back to sleep, but then I wondered how it was going with the platform he was building so I went outside. I stayed out and helped him for a while, threading on some bolts and washers while he drilled holes. Thank goodness we live out in the middle of nowhere far enough away from other people!

Then one of our dogs came up with foam all over her muzzle. My husband looked at her and asked what was wrong with her. I told him she probably got hold of a Sonoran Desert Toad. I heard them the other night when we had the really bad sandstorm. Our power was out for 5 hours and it rained so it was cooled down enough that I had my bedroom window open and we could hear the toads singing.

But then my husband said he hoped she didn't have rabies.

That worried me a little bit, but I really didn't think so.

She started acting weird, like she was going blind, running into things. I know really the only thing you can do is rinse their mouth repeatedly with fresh water, but I think I've also heard you can get rabies just by getting the saliva of an infected animal on you. I think you do need to have an open wound to be infected… like the animal has to bite you… so I decided that I needed to get her mouth rinsed out.

Now… a week ago I feel certain that my stress level would have shot to the sky… but I felt totally calm. Almost removed from the situation. Tess was compliant and readily allowed me to rinse her mouth with a squirt bottle. I rinsed her mouth about four times with 16 ounces of water each time. Finally she laid down and relaxed and stop breathing so hard and fast. She was so still I thought she'd died, but she was only asleep.

I finally went back in the house and got back into bed at 4am. I slept very peacefully until close to 10am.

I think that is the other thing that's happening, I think I'm sleeping better. Even though I have always felt like I sleep well, I feel I've been sleeping even more peacefully in the last few days.

I still don't have much energy.

I really want more energy.

I have also noticed that I'm not panicking about other things so much. I always have so much that needs to be done, and not enough time to do it, but I freak out with stress over what needs to be done, and then I don't get it done because I'm so panicked.

Could this all be due to my adrenals being fatigued?

Sometimes I wonder, how will I get anything done if I'm not insane with worry and anxiety over them? Will eventually I be able to complete tasks that need to be done, because they need to be done?

Something else I have noticed… time seems to have slowed down. The days seems to be longer. I don't notice missing whole hours. For example, it's 5pm but I would have thought it was 7pm already.

Anyway. That's what I've noticed so far. By the way, Tess is fine today. I don't know why she bothered that toad, she is one of our older dogs, she should know better. At any rate, I thought to myself it was a good thing I was up in the middle of the night!

Here are the ingredients contained in the cremes:

Day Formula: Pregnenolone, L-Lysine, Vitamin B5, Boricin, L-Glutathione Reduced, Pyritinol, Wild Yam (Progesterone), Proprietary Herb Extracts, Vitamin B12, Licorice Root Extract, Benfotiamine, L-Cysteine, Vitamin B6 P5P, DIM, Colostrum, DHEA, L-Tyrosine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-Ornithine, Maca Extract, Colloidal Silver,  Niacin B3, Aloe Vera Extract, Muira Puama

PM Formula: 5-Hydroxytyptophan, Phosphatidylserine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Avena Sativa Extract

I have to admit I have not done the research on all these ingredients, although it would probably be a good idea to know what purpose each is serving. At this point I'm strictly going on blind faith, hoping that I'm not doing my body a disservice.

Also, I was able to get four pounds of grass fed liver yesterday, as well as a small package of ox tails, half of a heart and *ahem* I also took the testicles. Everything is still frozen at the moment. I need to get dinner going. I am hungry. I have note eaten well today.

GAPS DIET JOURNEY is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to AMAZON.COM. GAPS DIET JOURNEY is an affiliate for several companies and may be compensated through advertising and marketing channels. Therefore, this post may contain affiliate links.

Day 102 Intro Day 14 – Day 9 of Stage 4

I seem to be stuck on Stage Four. It is because I have been SOOO busy! I still have to make nut bread, and I haven't had carrot juice since Sunday. It is just too much to do with having to work.

I was depressed yesterday and today. I feel less depressed tonight. I am also experiencing some clogged system, if you know what I mean.

I just wanted to pop by and say I'm still here, still working the GAPS diet.

My kefir grains (the milk ones) have begun to multiply FINALLY! I am now kefiring 3 cups of milk daily. I am not able to use the kefir, unfortunately. The chickens will enjoy it. I'm changing out the milk daily in hopes that my grains will multiply faster.

I have been making some awesome water kefir that I can't stop drinking. It is made with slices of fresh ginger [affiliate link] and it is fizzy. It tastes a little bit like 7-up or Sprite.

My cortido sauerkraut got finished today. It tastes so deliciously sour and salty!

I feel better tonight. I am tired. I have been feeling tired. The weekend was rough on me.

I haven't had a detox bath in days, so I better run and do that now.

How is your GAPS day going?

GAPS DIET JOURNEY is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to AMAZON.COM. GAPS DIET JOURNEY is an affiliate for several companies and may be compensated through advertising and marketing channels. Therefore, this post may contain affiliate links.

Day 48

Today our Internet was out nearly all day long. I managed to get to my Gmail account once but wasn't able to send anything because the connection was so intermittent.

I think I am addicted to the Internet. In spite of having no Internet connection, I still managed to get nothing done. I guess not having an Internet connection doesn't mean my energy levels are going to spike. 😉

Today I was also neglectful of feeding myself – meaning I kept waiting too long to feed myself. I woke at 4am and had some broth that my husband had warmed (he is a very early riser) but went back to bed around 5am and slept until 7:30am. I was hungry by that time, but didn't eat right away. I finally forced myself to stop trying to figure out why we had no Internet and had Zucchini Scrambled Eggs.

My water kefir was finally done on Wednesday, and I changed out the grains into a fresh jar of water and this time only 2 tablespoons of sugar to the three cups of water. My grains have grown from the 1/4 cup I received by mail. It took 10 or 11 days for the water kefir to be ready to my liking – I didn't want to be getting white sugar so I waited until it did not taste sweet. Then I did a second ferment with an orange cut up. This is the first time I've made water kefir that I actually liked it. I have had to keep myself from drinking it throughout the day.

For dinner YS made omelets with green chilies and homemade salsa and black olives. The green chilies were canned as were the black olives, as well as the tomatoes in the salsa. So some breaches.

I feel disgusted with myself because I feel like I got nothing done today. This getting nothing done has got to stop.

I guess I'm having some feelings of annoyance tonight. Mostly annoyed with myself. Now I'm wondering if the canned items are attributing to my black mood. My boss gave me some organic coconut milk [affiliate link] which contained guar gum and I thought what could it hurt? I had a Banana Dream Smoothie made with two frozen bananas and ate too much. It was a nerve wracking day altogether.

I am feeling annoyed also that I'm not yet miraculously healed from asthma. (That is somewhat tongue in cheek – I realize this isn't a miracle healing diet). I am needing to use the Albuterol once a day, sometimes every other day. I think though it is better to use Albuterol than the corticosteroid, Flovent.

I'm sure tomorrow will be a better day.

GAPS DIET JOURNEY is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to AMAZON.COM. GAPS DIET JOURNEY is an affiliate for several companies and may be compensated through advertising and marketing channels. Therefore, this post may contain affiliate links.

Day 34

I slept wonderfully last night. I think I got to bed around 9pm and ended up finally getting up at 6:30am.

I had to work on my husband's books this morning, which got me feeling stressed out. I had to call the state tax department to clarify how to do some of his taxes. It always stresses me out to talk to them. Not that they are mean or anything, it's just that I think we're supposed to do it one way and then I find out I've done it wrong and have to recalculate stuff and then try to remember to do it the right way next time.

ES wanted popcorn this morning to go with his movie from Netflix. He was warming up some butter to go on top of his popcorn but he thought I wouldn't like him having butter. He was standing in front of the toaster oven, just standing there waiting. I was curious what he was warming, so I said, “Whatcha warming up?” He said, “Uh, sandwich.” I said, “Sandwich? I didn't know you'd made a sandwich.” Then I opened the toaster oven and said, “Hey, that's not a sandwich. That's butter.” He said, “I sorry, Mom.” Then I said, “That's okay, you can have butter on your popcorn.” He said, “Oh! Thanks, Mom!” and then he was happy.

The popcorn smelled really good. I caught myself before taking a piece and popping it into my mouth. I surprised myself by catching myself.

I weighed him this morning, he is seven pounds less than he was the last time I weighed him. I believe keeping dairy and pasta out of the house has helped him to lose some weight. Now we just need to keep slowly removing foods to get him to full GAPS.

I bought some bananas last night. They were half green. Once they ripen I am going to try this Whipped Banana recipe from GAPSters. Although now that I look at the recipe again, I don't have a juicer with a homogenizer attachment. We have a juicer that my mom gave us that she never uses. It is some thing with a screen on it. I don't even know where it's at.

Today for breakfast I had the peanut butter [affiliate link]/butternut squash pancake disaster mush stuff from last night. It was pretty good cold. Reminded me a lot of pumpkin [affiliate link] pie filling. Actually I bet it would make a decent pumpkin pie custard replacement. Certainly more protein content with all that nut butter.

I think I am going to lie down for a while to try to stop feeling stressed out.

More later.

I took a two hour nap, but felt guilty because I wasn't getting anything accomplished by napping. I have a lot of work to get done this weekend, and napping isn't going to help me. On the other hand, if I'm tired and feel sluggish, I can't concentrate and feel no motivation to get the work done. The “work” that has to be done involves one of my side jobs, and I have to prepare year end reports, W2s. For my husband's business I need to complete state tax information for the month of December. I would like to get this done this weekend, instead of waiting until the “last minute” next weekend. I am desperately in need of finding an accountant who I can consult with for different various issues when it comes to keeping the books, and I need someone familiar with Quickbooks.

For dinner we had chicken breast cut into chicken nugget-sized squares, dipped in egg and coated with almond flour [affiliate link], and fried in a mixture of coconut oil [affiliate link] and butter. I steamed cauliflower, and I made my husband a small salad with about 1/4 chopped cucumber and a whole avocado. I also gave him a “dip” made of the Avocado Mayo Dressing (a variation).

I continued to feel somewhat stressed out, and my husband and I were putting together an invoice and misunderstanding one another. I felt really agitated. I think I am having underlying issues with Monday. I have to work at my bosses house on Monday, and she loves to cook for me. Only now I'm on this “diet” and only God knows what she'll come up with. I asked her on Wednesday if she would be interested in reading the GAPS Guide and she said she would be, so I brought it in to her on Thursday.

I've been a little bit obsessed with my weight today. Thankfully keeping to the full GAPS food list has been so easy that I have no desire to “celebrate” with some kind of food that would cause me to gain weight.

It will take a while for the “diet head” to settle down. But in the meantime, I'm continuing to eat nourishing foods.

My water kefir grains arrived in today's mail! I started them with regular sugar, I'm sure they were pretty hungry from their trip. The lady said she would ship on Monday so they were without anything to eat for five days. My last batch of water kefir grains grew like bunnies, apparently they love our well water. We love our well water, too.

I am still undecided as to whether my milk kefir grains are alive or dead. The product they are producing smells pretty putrid. It has a smell of kefir, and maybe it is kefir, but I'm not doing dairy, so I'm not going to taste it and I never did like the smell of kefir. The way I am going to tell is to measure the amount of grains and see if they are multiplying. But I probably won't weigh them until a month has gone by.

My Shikai Yuzu Lotion arrived today. Yuzu is Japanese Citrus. I am very pleased with it. It is thick and luxurious feeling. The scent is very mild. I am glad I got four tubes. I am going to take one to work, keep one beside my bed at night, one at my computer at home and that leaves one more tube, maybe to give away as a gift. Or maybe ES would like to have a tube for himself. His hands get really chapped and red during the winter from all the hand washing he has to do as a cook.

I should really get off this computer and get myself going to bed. I would like to take a detox bath tonight and get into bed at a decent hour. I should be there already!

Are you doing GAPS? Do you have a blog that I can link to? Please leave a comment and let me know.

GAPS DIET JOURNEY is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to AMAZON.COM. GAPS DIET JOURNEY is an affiliate for several companies and may be compensated through advertising and marketing channels. Therefore, this post may contain affiliate links.