Two weeks ago, I started the GAPS program, which is a nutritional plan based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The SCD was designed to heal the digestive system, and it has been proven to help a wide range of conditions from autoimmne diseases to autism. The more I learn, the more I am convinced that so many of the medical issues in our country are directly related to the food we eat. I highly recommend the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome if you are interested. The conditions listed on the cover are very serious, but don't be fooled. Most of us suffer in some way from the standard American diet (or we will), and the information in this book is invaluable. It is a pricey book, but worth every penny. (The link is actually for the GAPS book and a cookbook, but you can by both books separately as well.)
This diet is not easy. Basically (and this is a very simplistic version), I can't eat disaccharides, which means no sugar, no starch, no grains. I can have fruit because the sugars are monosaccharides. Thankfully, I don't have to cut out baked goods completely, but I have to make them using coconut flour or almond flour, and I use honey as a sweetener. I was able to make some muffins this week using coconut flour. The taste is a little different, but still satisfying!
I really can't believe that I am able to say that it has been TWO WEEKS since I have had SUGAR or GRAINS. The first two days were somewhat difficult (kind of like withdrawal), but it has gotten much easier. Almost immediately, my eczema started to disappear, and as of today, I can tell that my reflux is improving. I really believe that this is going to work, and that is a huge motivator. I am not doing this to lose weight, but I certainly don't mind that I have lost 5 pounds in the past two weeks as well. I hope to stick with this for at least six months (you are supposed to stay on it for at least six months after symptoms go away, so we'll see what happens). I'll keep you posted on my progress!
In other news, I will be installed as the 2011-2012 PTA president for my kids' school on Tuesday. Am I crazy? Probably. BUT, I am going to be co-president with a good friend, and we have a great group of ladies to work with. It will be a huge job, but it will be fun, and I am excited to play such an active role at the school.
Both the kids are playing ball, and I admit that I enjoy it as much as they do. I love spending time at the ballpark and watching them. Oreo attended her first game of the season on Sunday afternoon, and I think she loves baseball games as well. I guess it runs in our family.
That's what's going on with me in a nutshell. Hopefully, I will have time to post again soon!