This week we started the GAPS Diet (hence the light posting; I've been passed out on the couch from major detoxing even though I'm only partially doing the intro diet). We have some friends whose son was recently diagnosed with autism so they started the diet. We thought now would be the perfect time to start so we could simultaneously support them and have someone to talk with about it. Although, they've ended up being more of a support to us since they started first and can assure us that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel! We've been wanting to do the diet for awhile to help Sam get his digestion back on track after all his abdominal surgeries and the major load of antibiotics and hard drugs that were involved.The silver lining of this crazy diet is that I was inspired to make lots of yummy, femented veggies!
I mostly used recipes from Nourishing Traditions, plus that exotic beet one from the Nourished Kitchen. We found that the Nourishing Traditions recipes were a bit too salty for our taste, so I think I'll cut back next time or just try a vegetable starter culture and skip the salt altogether.
But what fun it was to fill jars and jars and line them all up on my counter to work their magic! It makes me smile every time I look at them. And, of course, now that they're ready to eat it makes me smile to eat them too:)Sam is a good helper; his favorite job is grating the ginger:) After several days of being so lethargic and having no appetite I was so thrilled when he requested some saurkraut, of all things. He's really quite good at listening to his body and knowing what it needs.
We made the beets with orange zest and spices, daikon radish, gingered carrots and a medley of turnip, golden beets (such a gorgeous color!) and onion, and I've got a pineapple waiting to be combined with some cilantro and other goodies for a fermented chutney!
PS If you're thinking about doing this diet, totally get the guidebook . Dr. Campbell is brilliant, but I found myself hunting through the book for information; it just isn't organized in a super user-friendly way. I also just ordered the cookbook ; I'm excited for a little variety:)