Wednesday, January 25, 2012


We have started the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS Diet) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  This diet allows the gut lining to heal, restores the correct balance of intestinal bacteria, and relieves the body of an excessive toxic load which helps to resolve an existing imbalance and prevents further damage.  I began reading this book back in November and only finished it at the end of December.  It was a little overwhelming at times because it is bringing a lot of changes to way we prepare our food. 

Basically the diet is what I like to refer to as "old-school" cooking, the way your Mom or Grandma used to cook.  The diet is based around meat and bone stock (from poultry, beef, and fish).  For instance I take a whole chicken and cook it in the crock pot.  Take the meat off the bone and put the bones back in the crock pot with some fresh water and get some more stock out of it.  Another big part of the diet is fermented vegetables.  I have my first mason jar of sauerkraut fermenting in the closet. The downside to the new diet is that I had to cut out fruit from Kevin's diet (until we reach a certain stage in the diet) but the upside to the new diet is that Kevin gets to have meat, meat, and more meat...which he loves.  So now he can have meat snacks instead of fruit.

So to start out, I had made and frozen Thanksgiving turkey soup before Christmas and got that out of the freezer to have at the beginning of the New Year.  Just by adding in the stock to Kevin's diet he had BM's for an entire week (with no suppositories).  The following week I added in beef bone marrow.  He stopped having BM's and he became lethargic and crabby.  I immediately thought that this was due to the beef of the bone marrow because Kevin has not had beef in years.  We knew he was sensitive to beef and have been buying bison meat for him for years at a local market.  The following weekend I went to the indoor farmers market, where I was able to buy whole stew hens (with feet!) and I also found a bison farmer.  I realized that I had been buying this bison farmer's meat for years through the local market and he is able to supply me with bison bones to get the bone marrow.  This past weekend we went out to his bison farm (about 30 minutes from our house) and bought our bones and some more meat.  We had some snow the night before and the bison looked beautiful against the white snow.  He has about 400 acres of land and over 250 bison.  He was very friendly and gave us a tour of the farm, although we weren't exactly dressed for the chilly tour around the farm, we enjoyed it. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas 2011

BLACK & GOLD Christmas Eve

Christmas morning with Thomas & Mickey

Lionel Train Display at Grandma & Grandpa's

Steeler Fans Watching the Game

Wednesday, January 11, 2012