Store-bought items that meet GAPS (or close enough) & GAPS Efficiency

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Parsely, Chives, Kale

We are a family of 5 (Mom, Dad, three kids aged 2,5,8 when we started GAPS) and we are doing the GAPS thing as a family. We were previously following much of the Nourishing Traditions and Alice Water’s recommendations. GAPS seemed like a necessary step to help with my yound son’s multiple food allergies. As our kids grow, as do their extra-curricular activities (church choir, piano lessons, sports, and hobies). There are times when GAPS feels great- we have adjusted our eating and lifestyle to focus on gut health as much as possible, we lost some weight, feel good about our dollar-votes). Even though we often times neglect  the non-food lifestyle components of the protocol, we try to remain active outdoors and sleep as well as we can. But no doubt about it, GAPS is a lot of work compared to the standard American (or other developed countries that have similar habits) diet. It is not convenient. It takes planning,  careful shopping, and quite candidly a boatload of labor per meal. But we have reached a point (3.5 years in) where we have made certain choices to simplify things and occasionally that has meant purchasing store-bought items that are GAPS-compliant (or close enough). I will share in this post (and update over time) products we’ve tried, some items we use and tips for making GAPS more convenient. Sure there are times when we probably get more Omega 6 than optimal, but hey, we take fermented Cod Liver Oil so cut us some slack! Continue reading

US Wellness Meats (Review)

ImageWe are fortunate to live in a location with access to multiple local sources of grassfed/grass-finished beef, pastured pork, pasture-raised chickens/eggs, Whole Foods, Co-ops, and multiple farmer’s markets. We also are getting up to snuff on our own little farming venture with an established apple/plum/peach orchard, about a 1/4 acre vegetable garden, 2-dozen chickens, and a couple of bee hives.

However, even with all of these resources at our disposal, we do have a couple of annual family trips we like to take to destinations without access to similar resources. Continue reading

Bulletproof Coffee!

Update #2 (August 2015): I have since stopped drinking my coffee “Bulletproof” style. I found that I was struggling with my weight earlier this spring. I then heard several podcast discussions about BP coffee and realized that it was simply adding a lot of calories that I simply wasn’t using up. Also, I have not been doing intermittent fasting as much lately, so Bulletproof coffee just wasn’t as necessary to carry me through the fasting periods.

Since leaving off from Bulletproof coffee on a daily basis my weight has stabilized and I have not noticed a loss of energy or mental performance. I have made one other slight change recently: when I am writing or need to study for long periods of time, I will drink 1-2 cups of green tea after my morning coffee. I picked up on this tip from Tim Ferris – apparently there are complementary stimulants between coffee, green tea, and black tea (so I have coffee early, green tea later in the morning if needed, and occasionally black tea if I really need a boost).

UPDATE: A recent article on HuffPo got me thinking again about why I chose to start drinking bulletproof coffee (the technique more than the brand). I thought I would update my own post with the science I researched before venturing down this path. Continue reading