Last week marked three months on GAPS! It seems like such a short time and such a long time, all at once. GAPS is definitely just part of my routine now in so many ways. During those first few weeks on intro, it seemed like my diet and how I was feeling was constantly changing from day to day. Maybe that’s because it was! But now, I feel like I’ve finally hit my new definition of normal.
That’s not to say it’s a piece of cake (grain-free and honey-sweetened, of course)! There are definitely challenges that continue throughout GAPS. Having enough time for meal planning, food prep, cooking, and clean up is still an on-going challenge. I think the biggest difference for me now is that this all actually feels normal. I also think I’ve gained more energy, particularly this past month. That definitely has helped as I continue with this time-intensive way of eating.
I thought I would fill you all in on a few changes I’ve noticed and the new things I’ve been doing most recently. One of the great things is that I haven’t needed any peppermints to help reduce the tightness in my chest due to asthma. That’s great news! I was starting to feel like an Altoid junkie right before starting GAPS. Mints with actual peppermint oil have always helped me prevent my asthma symptoms from proceeding into a full-on attack. Now I haven’t even needed those, which is even better because they’re made with sugar and not actually legal on GAPS. I do drink peppermint tea fairly regularly and have peppermint essential oil on hand if I ever actually need it.
I’ve also been losing weight slowly but steadily. I’m hoping that GAPS is helping my thyroid to return to more normal functioning again. I mentioned before that I had been doing the T-Tapp workout. While early on in GAPS I was just doing the 15-minute version of the workout. I figured I had enough changes going on in my life! Now I’ve been doing the full 50-minute workout about three times a week. I think that is also contributing to my weight loss. My hubby and I have also been getting out for hikes more regularly which has been a fun way to get some more exercise.
I have more energy again, especially over the past month. This was just in time because my baton twirling classes started up again which means more time and energy spent. I’m hoping my energy levels will continue to increase over time. I’ve also found that my energy level seems to be better when I’m eating organ meats, like liver and heart, more regularly. I’m sure that’s because they are such great sources of B vitamins which I have often been deficient in over the years.
It’s nice to see several improvements in just three months, and I’m hoping for many more to come as I continue on my GAPS journey. It’s certainly not the easiest thing to do, but it has been very worthwhile so far!