The reason I didn't quite finish it and cycle off properly is that I became pregnant with my youngest, Billie. It was a very much planned pregnancy and I was in the best health and head space that I had ever been in. In my previous pregnancy with Ayla I had experienced quite debilitating morning sickness and I guess I thought that with all of the work that I had done on GAPS for the previous 18 months, there was no way morning sickness would get me this time. But in week 6 of the pregnancy, there it was!! Morning sickness .....WORSE. THAN. EVER!! I couldn't manage most of the foods I was accustomed to and began craving dry toast. I started to eat Sourdough Rye Toast with eggs (not so bad but I really wasn't ready for it) and Raw Milk. All I wanted was Raw Milk!! I stuck with my soups and broths but sauerkraut was turning me green just thinking about it. My blood glucose levels were all over the place and for around 10 weeks I survived on Raw Milk Egg Nogs (no alcohol of course!), Eggs on Sourdough (usually in the middle of the night) and soup during the day. It doesn't sound so bad. All nutritious foods but in truth, I just wasn't ready for some of them.
Fast forward 2.5 years and after a pregnancy that went 42 weeks and 2 days, birthing an almost 10 pound baby girl (9lb 12oz) at home, averaging 5 hours of broken sleep EVERY night with our eldest (who is still having seizures) and breastfeeding for the past 2 years, my body is starting to show signs of breaking down. Food sensitivities that have been gone for 4 years are starting to creep back in, the eczema is making small but noticeable appearances on my hands, I'm completely knackered most of the time and I'm done with it. Soooooo done with it.
I'm going back to GAPS! And I'm taking my youngest with me. Billie is very sensitive to dairy and as I have been breastfeeding for the past 2 years it has meant that the only dairy in my diet has been butter. But even without having dairy in Billie's diet, her poo's are always loose and smelly.
The hardest part of GAPS this time around? Weaning Billie. I'm not sure who is more sad, Billie or me. Tonight is her last milk forever and my last breastfeed forever ....no more babies :(. I'm pretty sad about it but my body has been screeching at me for months now.
So, if you have ever wondered how a Certified GAPS Practitioner breezes (do you like that?LOL) her way through the GAPS Diet, watch this space! I'm going to keep in regular contact with you guys as I make my way through GAPS for a second time. I wonder what trials and tribulations I will face this time?
Here's where we are at the moment:
Eczema on my hands
Food sensitivities - preservative 220's (eczema) and coffee (severe joint pain)
Tired ....oh so tired
A little acne here and there
Some candida rearing it's ugly head here and there
Craving fruit and coffee
Some memory and concentration issues
Smelly loose poos
Sweet tooth - constantly asking for fruit, berries, figs, cake/pancake (even though they are paleo, they're still sweet), mangoes.
Persistent Cradle Cap