Thursday, October 27, 2011

Intro to GAPS diet- Day 3

Ahhhhhh.  Much better.  I know that I was experiencing some die-off symptoms yesterday, but I'm feeling much better today! 

Yesterday I felt a little nauseous and had a headache (mainly in the morning, but no, I'm not pregnant!).  Thankfully that wore off once I had lunch.  Maybe it was that yucky onion soup for breakfast.  I ended up putting the onion broth/onions in my blender and pureeing into more of a creamy soup.  It still wasn't my favorite, but a lot better than eating the onions sliced in the broth.

In the evening yesterday I suddenly started having symptoms like I was getting a cold- stuffy nose, my throat feeling itchy/funny, and sneezing.  I have felt that before over the last few months, and it was always quite sudden, but went away quickly, too. 

Here are common die-off symptoms (the ones I'm experiencing/have experienced in red):

Fatigue, brain fog, gastro-intestinal distress such as nausea (not any more), gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low grade fever, headache, sore throat (slight), body itch (behind the knees!  I thought it was a reaction to something I was eating, but couldn't figure out what), muscle and / or joint soreness or pain, feeling as if  coming down with a flu (slight- not so bad) .

When you do a candida cleanse everything I've read says it isn't good if you have a big die-off all and once and feel horrible.  I feel like I've got a pretty good balance here, because I'm having enough symptoms to know it's working, but nothing too bad.

One of the biggest changes today is how mentally clear I feel!  There is a distinct difference!  The last few days I have been VERY spacey- answering questions wrong, saying the wrong words when I'm trying to say something- in a BRAIN FOG (another die-off symptom).  It's hard to describe unless you've had it happen before.  It's a step past "dumb blond".  

I have read that when you first start GAPS or a candida diet some of the symptoms you were having in the first place get worse before they get better.  I was hoping that because I had cut out simple sugars and most fruit for a few months that I wouldn't experience die-off symptoms as bad, but I can see that there is more work to do!

Today's Menu:
Boiled roast beef (with leftover butternut and onion soup from yesterday)
Creamy Cauliflower (with butter and lamb tallow - I'll use chicken fat instead of the tallow)
Crock pot Onions (I'll use the leftover from yesterday)
Mashed Carrots (boiled an hour, then mashed & adding garlic and chicken fat).
Sauerkraut Juice (!)  (I get to introduce sauerkraut juice- 1 tsp!  Thankfully I like it. It's supposed to be homemade, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.  It's on my to do list.  For now I'm using pricey fancy sauerkraut from the health food store).

1 comment:

  1. I always describe brain fog as feeling like you are thinking through syrup or glue. That's how I felt after I had Jeffrey. It took a while for the feeling to go away.