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Health, Home, and Happiness: Modifying GAPS intro to work for us

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Modifying GAPS intro to work for us

I was thinking that the GAPS Intro might be a little too low carb for us, and it really was. On the first day we ended up adding in a ripe banana and some coconut oil. And I heated up the coffee that I wasn't going to drink during nap time (hubby had made the whole pot that morning just in case- I think he knows me!). Ahem. I can try to cut back on coffee, really! I can! but I don't think at the moment I'm going to give it up completely.

So GAPS is turning into SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) but keeping the parts of GAPS that worked and make sense to me, like their probiotic, plenty of broth, slowly introducing foods, ginger tea, and when I have enough swagbucks to get another couple $5 amazon certificates (I have gotten $20 in Amazon certificates so far just for searching with their search engine a couple times a day, it's easy to sign up and free- worth a try, and it adds up!) I want to get some organic cold pressed olive oil as recommended, to eat with food (they recommend drizzling it over your food, not cooking with it, as it breaks down during cooking).

On both of these; GAPS and Specific Carbohydrate Diet, you're taking out complex carbohydrates in order to 'starve' the bad bacteria that produce toxins in your body and inhibit the update of nutrients. So I've been playing around with carbohydrates that are easy to digest. The picture is butternut squash, which I hadn't tried before! It is soooo good, I can't believe it's healthy :) Easy to prepare, I cut it in half, scooped out the seeds and pulp (there isn't much) and put it cut-side down on a pyrex. Added a couple cups of filtered water and a teaspoon or so of sea salt. Baked at 375 for 45 or so minutes. Scooped it into canning jars to store in the fridge.

Behind the squash is my new 8-quart stockpot. You can see I'm still taking pictures with my webcam, so a pot is a higher priority than a camera in this house ~smile~. I linked to the one I bought (it's really nice!) on Amazon, but I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond- it was the same as Amazon's price, but I had a 20% off coupon so that made it the best deal I could find. It's taken me a while to figure it out, but it's worth it to me to buy really nice quality things in the kitchen, and just have less.

Part of Fight Back Friday (A collection of rebel bloggers who use real food)

What happened to my camera? Why am I taking these lame pictures with my web cam?
Starting GAPS post
Book reviews on GAPS, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and more
How coconut oil can be used to reduce cravings and (really!) doesn't cause weight gain

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Blogger Sarah Schatz - menus for limited diets said...

Hi Cara,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm glad I found your's too!
I didn't know about earning money/points from Amazon! That's really great.

I too am a huge fan of butternut squash. I find it the sweetest and yummiest squash around. There is another one called Kuri that is really sweet but harder to find.

I don't think your webcam pictures are that bad! Put your money towards your food and cooking supplies!

October 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Sarah, your website is a great resource too! I love the variety of different recipes you have up.

Glad you don't think the pictures are awful. I'm loving my new cooking supplies, though! :)

October 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

where did you get those canning jars (the ones in the picture filled with the butternut squash)?

I've been looking for canning jars like that forever.

November 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

I got those in particular from my mother in law, and she had them since like forever. I find that the old ones (and ones that I 'borrowed' from my mom) are better quality than ones I buy new at the store. Thrift stores have them really cheap too, though they wouldn't match. This is what's comparable on Amazon

Ball wide mouth pint jars, 16 oz.

Hope that helps! I know nice kitchen stuff makes a big difference.

November 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

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