Ahem… Um, uh.. How Do I Say This?

My new blog is lonely.

I haven’t heard from anyone (via comments) since changing my blog address, and I just have to say… it’s kinda lonely over there.

Just wondering if ya’ll got the memo about the address change. If so, what are you waiting for? Show me some comment love people! No one likes talking to a wall, seriously. Oh, and resubscribe, change your links, etc etc.

Thanks 🙂

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We’re Moving.

OK, not for real… just in bloggingville. Gotcha, didn’t I? 😉

Check out my new (old) home. Switch your bookmarks/subscriptions/readers, etc.

See you over there!


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Bad Day in Ricciville

Honey is away.

Until FRIDAY late evening. Today is only Sunday.

Oh dear.

Today was our first full day of him being away (he left yesterday afternoon), and it was horrible. Isaac did absolutely everything to push buttons (including breaking my camera and/or lens by colouring on it with a highlighter [it won’t focus], at which I somehow managed to keep my mouth shut, and just walk away, rather than bursting in anger). Poor Ally was pretty much her normal self, but everything she did that is normally only slightly annoying (like take a little extra effort going to sleep) was incredibly frustrating today.

I learned something today about myself. When I’m functioning on barely any sleep (about 2 hours I’d guess), I have VERY little patience. This is not good. This is not ok. Understandable, yes. Excusable? No. I need to learn to rejoice in all circumstances, and to have the patience with my children that Christ has for me (yikes!).

My conundrum is that I don’t know how I *should* respond to Isaac when he does something he shouldn’t. Deliberately disobeying. Shouting “NO” at me when I tell him to do something/stop doing something. Pushing his sister so she falls and cries.

Do I respond with yelling and anger? Push him so he falls and cries? (I know, I know). Gently say “Hey sweetie, would you please not do that?”. Give him a time-out? It seems that nothing works. I’d prefer a gentle way, with no harsh punishments (I prefer “discipline” instead of simply “punishing”). I want him to obey because of a heart connection. Is this too much to ask?

Why don’t 2-year-olds come with warning labels?

And instruction manuals?


PS – He has a nasty hacking cough when lying down. It wakes him up in the night, and he then calls out for me. As if I wasn’t already awake enough with Ally…

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GAPS and Hospitality: Are They Compatible?

sunset over the prairies. the view from our living room. the blurry edges of a paper cut-out snowflake hanging in our window.

Since I first began thinking about doing the GAPS Diet for our family, I’ve often been asked what I would do with the issue of hospitality. When you are on a very restrictive diet, is there a place for hospitality anymore? What would I serve people? Soup and boiled eggs? What would I do if we were invited out to someone’s house?

Before I was completely aware of the list of allowed foods on the diet, I was under the impression that it would be more or less boring/bland/un-exciting foods that I would not want to serve to anyone other than our family.

It turns out that the soup-only stage is only a few days, and you usually begin adding more foods in fairly quickly. The Intro Diet can take as short as a week, if your body tolerates the new foods at each stage. Sometimes you have to slow it down or regress… it really depends on the individual (I, for example, am regressing and taking ghee out of my diet for now, because it seems that I still can’t handle dairy, nor can Ally). For the most part though, a person would be on what they call “Full-GAPS” (as opposed to the Intro), which has a very large list of “allowed” foods, with a multitude of recipes and possibilities.

Recently, I ordered the new GAPS cookbook. Upon receiving it, I was VERY pleasantly surprised to find a TON of amazing-sounding recipes!

Check out this list (the ones I’ll be trying first for sure!)…

Guacamole, Tomato-Rosemary Soup, Hungarian Mushroom Soup, Chili, Turkey-Pecan Waldorf Salad, Taco Salad, Granola, Breakfast Casserole, Peanut-Butter Pancakes, Banana Caramel Sticky Buns, Almond-Crusted Chicken Legs, Lamb in Coconut-Curry Sauce, Cilantro-Lime Chicken, Lemon Chicken with Broccoli, Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Portobello Pizzas, Hazelnut Pizza Crust, Banana Bread, Jalapeno-Cheddar Biscuits, Baked Apples and Walnuts, Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Crust, Strawberry Shortcake, Cappuccino Cupcakes, Peanut-Butter Pie, Bourbon-Peach Ice Cream, Coconut Macaroons, Fruit Leathers, Pistachio-Date Truffles, Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes, Nut Milk Lattes… and more!!! (Can you tell I love food?!). All of these are GAPS-legal (no grains/sugar/processed ingredients, etc).

Once we’re on the Full-GAPS Diet, I don’t think it will be a problem at all to have people over and be able to cook them great food!

Going over to other peoples’ houses will present a greater challenge, but I am confident that it can be done with a combination of sharing our diet restrictions with friends who are willing to help, maybe bringing a bit of our own food, and perhaps an occasional bit of cheating once we’re well established in our healing journey.

*This post is part of “Fight Back Fridays” @ Food Renegade*

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The One Where I Brag About My Awesome Husband

Yesterday, Chris was out all day, including from 6-8pm (bath & bedtime for our two kiddos). At 8:12pm, he walked in the door to a tired wife holding a baby that was not yet asleep. He presented me with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, whisked the baby from my arms, and bustled in to run a candle-lit bath in our whirlpool tub. While I was in there, he got the baby to sleep, cleaned the kitchen, then came in to chat and ask about my day while I soaked.

{Coming up on 8 years of marriage… and he’s still got it!}

So thankful.

So blessed.

And a wonderful opportunity to begin this spiritual discipline in my life – Gratitude.

holy experience

1* for a an incredible husband who loves me fiercely and sweetly.

2* for the gift of writing, being contemplative, and drawing closer to God through the {unlikely} avenue of *gasp* technology, ie. blogging.

3* for beauty in creation – a bouquet of flowers.

4* for a warm bath in which to relax.

5* for the avocado and banana fingerprints just below my keyboard, reminding me of sticky fingers and mischievous, sparkling, two-year-old big-brown-eyes.

6* for a baby girl who is totally enthralled with her older brother.

7* for God’s grace in my every day.

8* for a weekly Bible study on the Fruit of the Spirit, and how it can “not just change my life, but my day”.

9* for our health, and the ability to pursue even better health for our family.

10* for the gift of creativity, and the many expressions of it that I love.


{PS – I know it’s not Monday. I’m such a rebel :).}

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GAPS Intro Diet, Day 4: Surviving Die-Off


(organic & grass-fed) beef soup bones from a local ranch

It’s day four of our family being on the GAP Diet (Intro). I can honestly say it’s been a bit tumultuous. I was ill-prepared for the amount of die-off (where the bad bacteria that is overgrown in your gut begins to starve and die off) that would occur. I think I way underestimated just how addicted my body was to starchy foods. This, however, has also served to confirm to me how much we needed to do it (there have also been a few improvements in various ailments and concerns, which I’ll get to later).

Let me give you the rundown of the last few days:

(DAY 1) Monday, we woke up, and it almost felt like Christmas… such anticipation in the air! I jumped out of bed and took the stock pot from the fridge, full of broth and veggies, and put it on the stove to simmer. Isaac watched “trains” (a few Thomas episodes we’ve recorded from TV) to keep him distracted in the meantime. Soon enough we were sitting down to breakfast… chicken and veggie soup! Isaac actually did quite well – he ate his bowlful without complaining, and again for lunch. By suppertime, however, he seemed to wondering what the deal was. Were Mommy and Daddy losing it? Nothing but soup all day? We ended up eating every 2-3 hours that day to stay satisfied. We went to bed, feeling pretty good.

By the middle of the night, when I got up to nurse Aliza, I was feeling kind of woozy. The first time I got up (1am or so), I hardly noticed, because I’m normally a very heavy sleeper, and barely wake up to nurse, often falling asleep in the rocking chair. By 5:30am though (Day 2), the next time Aliza woke up, I was feeling quite weak and woozy. I had Chris bring me some broth, which I drank and went back to sleep for a little bit. I got up, ate some more soup, and we decided to add eggs to the diet (a little earlier than recommended, but I need to be careful about getting enough food in me because I’m nursing). A boiled egg or two, some mint tea, some more soup and broth… and I was feeling much better by noon and onwards. We continued eating lots of soup and broth.

Then the same thing happened yesterday morning (Day 3) – feeling very woozy and weak by the early morning hours, so I had Chris bring me a spoonful of peanut butter (again, it was early to be adding nuts, but I thought it would be ok). Well, apparently my body couldn’t handle nuts yet (especially not a great big spoonful on an empty stomach), because I started feeling sick, and threw everything up 10 minutes later. I was now figuring out that my body was actually intensely detoxing from the starches/grains/sugars that it was used to. I can’t remember a day in my life that has not included at least a little bit of one of those things, so this was fairly significant, which I had underestimated. Again, started feeling better by noon-ish.

Yesterday we all got out of the house and went to get a few groceries (the healthiest grocery order I’ve ever done… not a hint of sugar/processed foods, etc.), which was great. We decided to add bananas in to the diet (also a few days early), which seemed to be a great decision because we all felt great after eating one. Supper was a treat – pancakes made from winter squash, eggs, and almond butter, and fried in ghee. After several days of soup for every meal, they tasted AMAZING! We were a little doubtful that they’d actually taste good, given the simple ingredients, and considering there’s a LOT of squash in them, but they actually tasted really good. We put just a little bit of honey and cinnamon on top… mmm, heavenly!

(Day 4) Today we added a fried eggs (as opposed to boiled), and avocados. We are still eating lots of soup, broth, and meat (these will continue to be staples in our diet because of their healing properties for our guts).

This morning Aliza woke up at 6:30 (and I think she would have slept longer if she wasn’t such a wiggly-worm – she had somehow managed to get both of her legs out of her buttoned sleeper(!!), and she also has a bad hacking cough that caused her to throw up last night, twice.

I got up at 6:30am… and instead of feeling completely groggy and mentally fogged like I normally do for an hour or so after waking up, I felt alert, awake, not sleepy, and fairly energetic. I played with Aliza on the floor, changed her diaper, and got her dressed (normally I would have hardly had the energy for that until much later in the morning, or sometimes not at all, other than a diaper change, of course).

We had eggs and avocado for breakfast, with mint tea – I made breakfast, served it to my family, and worked on cleaning up until I had to put Aliza down for a nap. I’ve been feeling somewhat lethargic/woozy today, but nothing like the last couple days. I feel like there’s energy in me that has suddenly appeared that I haven’t felt in years. Energetic underneath of the lethargy, if that makes any sense at all…


We’re moving onward and upward to the last few stages of the Intro Diet in the next few days, and will be adding in things like cooked apples, then some soft raw veggies (like cucumber), then more far fruits and veggies, olive oil, freshly-pressed juices (if we can figure out how to do that with no food processor and no juicer), roasted meats (instead of just boiled), bread made with nut flour, baked goods with coconut or nut flour, and honey. Exciting!

I’m very, very glad to be over the first few days, and am very happy to say that we are already seeing improvement in Isaac’s behaviour, and in both kids’ sleeping (Aliza has been napping over two hours now, as I write this, and she had a 1.5 hour nap this morning). I feel more alert, with less “brain fog”, and less moody. We are all still battling constipation however, which is common at this stage. All in all, I’m encouraged, and am pushing onward, anticipating the changes to come!

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Our First GAPS Meal

It’s here! It’s here!

We start the GAPS Intro Diet today, and I am really, really looking forward to it, and the changes it will bring!

Our breakfast (and lunch, and supper...)

I prepped today’s soup last night (the bone broth I had made several days ago). I chopped the veggies, put it all together, stuck it in the fridge, and then put it on to boil/simmer as soon as I woke up this morning.

The soup consists of chicken bone broth, onions (sauteed first in 1/4 cup or so of coconut oil), carrots, zucchini, and butternut squash. I will also add 8 or so crushed raw cloves of garlic (after it’s done cooking, as it’s healthiest in its uncooked state), and then a spoonful of my homemade sauerkraut to each bowlful, for its beneficial probiotic bacteria.

This is all we will eat today (however much we want).

Tomorrow we will hopefully move to stage 2 (depending on how our bodies react today).

(These are my constant companions these days - probably the most fascinating books I've ever read...)

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