Another week has gone by!
This post will probably be pretty short, but there is some news so I wanted to go ahead and update.
Last week when we left off, we just learned that my oldest son (the one with a severe egg allergy and the main reason we started the GAPS diet) had just passed the sensitivity test for egg yolk twice with absolutely no reactions. (This was after he had failed the test immediately, two weeks prior.)
Well, a week had gone by and I was still too chicken to give him a drop of egg yolk in his food. But today he asked, so I went ahead and placed a drop of raw egg yolk on top of his mashed carrots.
You see, he has passed the sensitivity test for raw egg yolk, but we haven’t tried the egg whites yet, so we have to carefully separate them. You’re probably familiar with how gooey raw eggs are – it’s tricky to fully separate the yolk from the white.
So I crack the egg and pour it into a mug. I grab one of our sharper-edged spoons and lift up the yolk. Most of the egg white will fall off this way, but there is still some surrounding the membrane holding the yolk. So I grab a toothpick and poke a hole into the sac. Then I just place a drop from the toothpick onto his food.
He asked if he could mix it all in together. I told him that was okay, but in retrospect (and for any others reading this who might be introducing eggs) I should have had him just eat the bite with the drop on it separately. That way, if there was a reaction, at least the whole plate of food wouldn’t be wasted.
Alas, it wasn’t necessary.
He ate a drop of egg yolk and there was never any reaction.
Did you hear?
He ate a drop of EGG YOLK and there wasn’t any reaction!!!
You’d think by now I would be able to believe it! I’m still in shock. Only three weeks ago when a drop of egg yolk was placed on his skin, he immediately broke out into hives, redness, and itchiness. But no more!
What a cause for celebration! After giving him the egg yolk, I kept bugging him about how he felt. I had to explain to him how scary it was for mama to give him a food like eggs and I just wanted to make sure he was okay. I told him I wished I was as brave as he was! Because this was all no big deal to him. I had to remind him all day long about how he ate a drop of egg yolk.
But it’s a big deal to me.
We’re still moving slowly. I am fine with a drop of egg yolk for now. It’s a big deal in our house, and in my heart.
Life After Two Months of GAPS Intro
When we started Intro, it was so difficult. I didn’t ease us into the diet by first going Full GAPS and working our way down to stage 1. I am wayy too impatient for that! So, it was hard on us. The kids were crying, tired all the time. The grown ups were, too. All they would want to talk about was where they wanted to eat, at what restaurants, and what they wanted to order.
They balked at the food, they cried at what I placed in front of them. It was tough for them. They have really been troopers.
But this past week, I’ve overheard some of the most amazing things. Like,
“Thank you for this delicious food, Mama.”
“Thank you for always feeding us healthy food, Mama.” (Be assured, I did not always feed them healthy food until we started the diet, when I had no choice but to feed them according to the protocol.)
And I hear their prayers before meals: “Dear God, thank you for this wonderful food we get to eat. Thank You for this healthy food. Thank you for these mashed carrots. Thank you for sauerkraut. Thank you for hamburger meat…”
And during nighttime prayers: “Dear God, thank you for the GAPS diet.”
I look at my husband and shake my head in disbelief. WOW. Food really can change so much about how you’re living your life.
But even more so, we thank God from the bottom of our hearts for blessing us with these changes. We’re in the process of a dream come true, and it’s all because of Him.
Things have gotten so much easier. We have moved on to Stage 5 of Intro, and it’s a good feeling. We have been able to introduce raw vegetables like carrots from our garden, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, onion, and even raw garlic in our guacamole with no problems. It is so refreshing!
I still haven’t introduced juicing. I think I will this week, making sure to take it super slowly with our second son who has eczema. His eczema has been slowly improving over the past few weeks, but we still have an itchy, bloody night here and there, unfortunately. 🙁
By the way, the youngest two children are taking the diet very well. They have put on a nice layer of baby fat that was missing before and it makes this mama pretty happy. I’m hoping my two oldest will do the same, but I’m happy to say they all have regained the weight they lost from the beginning of the diet. I know it’s healthy weight that they are gaining and I am all for it. Bring on the chubbiness!
I’m starting to feel more energy and not so drained. That’s a good feeling. There is some chronic pain that is still present but it seems to be getting better slowly.
So things are easier, two months in. Life has returned to a new normal and although I’m excited about making it all the way to the Full GAPS diet, for the time being, we’re pretty happy as it is. I feel like the worst part is over.
Things are looking up!
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us, with us, and for those who have prayed over our family. We are indebted to you for your prayers. We bless you a thousandfold for sowing into our lives.
To put it succinctly, you ROCK.