We both felt great today! The salmon soup followed us from house to house, we both had happiness and energy. My son, instead of whining, approached me several times with joy asking, “How can I help you, Mummy?” He was close to napping in the afternoon again, but we received a visitor, so I decided today was a good day to help him transition back to his usual bedtime. By 7pm, he was getting himself and his bed ready, eager for sleep. I, too, was ready by then. Will have a detox bath then sleep.
I remain rather stunned at having zero cravings. I’m really noticing that so far my body has asked for nothing beyond these soups. What does bring up thoughts is exposure. When I look at recipes or smell a neighbour’s baking, I’ve got the whole Pavlov’s dog thing going on. In those moments, I’m suddenly on auto-pilot, immediately pondering access. How bizarre! How wild that my mind can react so profoundly to exposure or ‘advertisements’, while my body feels so well and satisfied on what it has. Well, maybe it’s not so odd: I have the same thing with furniture. I live in a very small apartment with very little furniture. I love it that way: I like us to have space to move and play, lots of light, little to clean. I feel so good when I sit in my home. But when I see movie scenes or magazine photos of more involved approaches, I really respond to that, getting all excited, planning. A good move in my life is to remember who I am and what works best for me, and to spend little if any time connecting with things my own self hasn’t requested. My mind, spirit and body are all deeply satisfied with relative simplicity -such as, apparently, with these soups! Tomorrow’s? Chicken drumsticks, celery, broccoli, bell pepper and the rest of the usual contents.
My son was keen again today on ‘something different’, so for him I did a variation on yesterday’s squash dish: boiled carrots, quite a bit of duck fat, egg mixed in (it basically gets cooked that way), grated ginger, little bit of honey. I blended it together, poured it into muffin forms and, mistakenly believing we were moving on to roasted veggies tomorrow anyway, baked them. He was over the moon with these “cupcakes”. (When you are ready for this type or preparation, you can alternatively skip the baking part to enjoy this as a pudding alongside your broth.)
I’ve been trying to figure out how to bake or roast osso bucco pieces. If I’m remembering correctly, the Bager/Lass Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet book has a recipe for osso bucco, but at the beginning of the week I loaned all my SCD and GAPS cookbooks to someone looking at going gluten-free. (It just occured to me that being loaned the recipe books -especially those with gorgeous photos- could really help convince a person to go for it!) I like having a recipe to work off the first couple of times, before starting experiments. Anyone with tips? They are steaks, 1-1.5 inches thick, beef around (I believe I was told) leg bone. On meat-baking day I’m wanting to do these in the oven, low and slow. I have large glass baking pans but not a roasting pan nor lid.
A big day tomorrow. As always, doing and supporting others in GAPS will be priority; doing sports, etc, will have to be assessed as I go.
At this point in intro, some people start feeling very worried about their food bill. People are committed to buying the freshest, cleanest sources of food they can manage, and then a ravenous appetite kicks in for them or their kids! People feel afraid their food bills might stay this high forever! They won’t. Usually, appetites mellow about 6-8 weeks after the ravenous period sets in.
For tips around avoiding unnecessary expenses or otherwise wasted expenditures while on GAPS, please review your GAPS Guide book. Following the tips in the ‘Budgeting’ and ‘Shopping’ chapters alone will save you the cost of the book and far more (enough to buy all the recipe books with beautiful photos)! Depending on the tips you have yet to apply, the Guide can help you save literally hundreds of dollars over time!