Summer Has Arrived

Summer has arrived and the boys have graduated to Full GAPs.  In my gut I felt like I needed to push them through the stages so they could enjoy the fruits of our orchard.  As disciplined as they were in not eating the blackberries, there’s only so much temptation two little boys can take.  For a few days they were satisfied with picking them for us.  I would praise them for serving their family members.  Boo would light up at the praise but it broke my heart that he couldn’t partake.  Munchkin snuck a few berries when no one was looking.  So during a trip to the farmer’s market, the Hubs and I decided to let them eat a peach and some strawberries.  After all, summer is the time to indulge in fruit.  I’m a big proponent of eating what’s in season and what your body is craving.  It’s hard to make them drink a cup of hot broth when it’s 90 degrees outside.  So we’ve been a little more flexible in allowing them to have more fruit than is encouraged in the GAPs diet.  Even if it slows down their healing, I’m reminded that this is a marathon and not a sprint.  They’re still drinking broth but I’m trying to hide it in more palatable things.  I’ve been blending it up in their smoothies, mixing it with kefir, making broth gummies/jello as well as popsicles.  I’m also cooking their veggies in broth and giving them at least one mug full a day.

A few things that have been encouraging….we’re juicing!!  This is part of the healing protocol but I never could get them to drink juice last time.  They didn’t even like straight carrot juice.  Now every morning we’re juicing lettuce or kale, celery, carrots, an apple, and half a lemon.  The boys love it and look forward to it.  Another thing is that the heat doesn’t seem to be affecting Boo as much.  Early in the summer during an 80 degree day, Boo would complain about how it was too hot to be outside.  Now when the temperature is in the upper 90’s, he’s cool as a cucumber and loves playing outside.  He’s also eating salad and enjoying sauces.  He used to never touch a sauce.  Texture issue.  Now he LOVES homemade mayo and this honey mustard dressing recipe.  Last night for dinner he had 5 helpings of salad!!  I had to make more salad and dressing to accommodate him.  And he was even eating the lettuce!!

A side note on Munch.  He’s been sneaking some food whenever he gets a chance.  He’ll feel guilty and I can read it all over his face instantly.  That’s been a challenge but we’re trying to encourage him and offer things that he enjoys eating.

Baby Face isn’t doing the diet.  However he LOVES broth.  If only it were that easy to get the other two boys to drink it. He’s sweet and our comic relief.

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