I can't believe I haven't fallen off this GAPS wagon yet! I'm still super queasy all of the time, and on top of that, the GAPS diet has highlighted some of the digestion problems I have had all my life. Ones I had been managing with balanced fiber intake. But, GAPS is a healing diet and I know this is just part of the process to rebuilding my gut flora, so I am thankful I have taken this grain-free journey...well mostly.
This week when I was grocery shopping, I saw this lady with a bunch of ramen noodles in her buggy. You know, the value pack that you used to keep in your dorm room? Okay, I must say, that in another life, one I lived mostly eating healthy food. I still ate my fare share of ramen noodles. Also, this was one of my favorite morning sickness foods.
So there I am pushing my buggy filled with nuts and salad and juicing fruits and veggies...and there she is with her ramen noodles. It took everything in me to pass that last aisle and not get some. Then I spent the next 3 days...YES! THREE DAYS!!! Thinking about ramen noodles. I know this is crazy, but if you've ever been pregnant, you've been there, right?
I didn't give in. I've been strong, so far. I may have to come up with a healthy alternative, I know it won't be GAPS legal, but maybe just once? So aside from day-dreaming of msg-laden, hydrogenated, college garbage food, I have found a couple of things that are easing my morning sickness.
1. Lying down. This seems to be the best, but it wastes a lot of time and isn't practical.
2. Drinking very lemony water.
3. Chewing raw ginger. This is super nasty, and burns going down, but it works in about 5-10 minutes. I take a thin slice about the size of a quarter and just chew it up and swallow. I rinse it down with water.
4. Sipping on pickle juice. I'm doing the fermented Bubbies right now. But I've almost been through a jar in the last 5 days, and at $6/a pop, that isn't something I can keep up. I have an AH-mazing recipe for fermented pickles, I just have to source some cukes and February isn't really the best time of year to do that...so more on that later.
5. Broth with a good amount of salt, but no other seasoning. (I was adding garlic and ginger before, but just plain right now.) This is, of course, a requirement on GAPS. I don't crave the broth, in fact looking at it in the fridge with the fat on top is kinda gagging me. And having it simmering all of the time, also not helping with the gag factor. But when my husband makes me some, (I know I'm spoiled) it always goes down well and makes my tummy calm down.
So that is it for now. I may try some teas and other things. According to my calendar, I have 4 more weeks of this...and to that I say...geesh! The kids are giving me a ton of extra help and the extreme exhaustion seems to be passing...So I guess we are on our way to chubby knees and gurgling-toothless grins!
Thank you to my sweet readers for all of your messages of encouragement! It means so much!
Love and Butter,
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