Thursday, September 26, 2013

GAPS Intro Diet

I know, it's been a dreadfully long time since I posted anything! I have some post ideas, but I've been so busy with getting back into the rhythm of life since summer ended that I haven't had time to actually finish any posts. So today, I'm going to give you a rambly sort of review of my most recent health experiment: The GAPS Diet. 


I haven't posted much on the "health nut" front lately, mostly because I've been trying to get my mind around the GAPS Diet, and I still don't completely understand it, but we took the plunge and started the Introduction diet last week anyway. I have heard a lot about the GAPS diet, and always thought that it was unnecessarily strict, considering how healthy our family usually eats and our lack of serious health issues. But we do have a few stubborn conditions that need to be resolved. After kind of following the Full GAPS for most of the summer, we decided to just have a quick go through the Intro diet to see if it would give the extra kick we need.

For the first day (stage 1), we made chicken broth, and then made soup from the broth. The broth is to be drunk warm with probiotic food (fermented veggie juice or fermented dairy like yogurt, sour cream or kefir) and the soup to be eaten with more probiotic food mixed in. Besides that, we can have ginger, mint or chamomile tea, and that's it. The soup was very tasty, but I don't much like drinking chicken broth. I'm not a huge fan of chicken anyway, and drinking chicken "tea" just wasn't as appealing as my green tea with milk and coconut oil. *sigh*

We moved very quickly through the introduction stages (meant to take longer for those trying to heal serious issues like Autism or ADHD) and went to the second stage on day 2, which meant we got to mix raw egg yolks into our soup, and even make a stew and a casserole out of more meat and veggies. We did the second stage for just two days before we went on to the third stage. Technically you're supposed to wait for die-off symptoms to subside before moving on, but our die-off wasn't too bad, and we were determined to get back to "normal" by Friday because our farm order is coming in, and we want to drink our fresh milk... which I consider to be GAPS legal since it's raw. 

Third stage we added avocado to our soups and casseroles. We may have been on a diet, but we have had some delicious food this week, let me tell you! Finally scrambled eggs and almond flour pancakes were added back. Fresh-pressed vegetable juice, steaks, salads and some cooked carrots, onions and leeks were dinner last night. Today we can have raw fruit again! We did find the order of adding foods back sort of strange, but the idea of this diet is to eliminate fiber, starch and sugar, while eating copious amounts of healing broth and probiotic foods to heal the intestinal lining, and then those healthy foods can be eaten again. (To learn more about the GAPS Diet, go here.)

Tomorrow we'll move to Full GAPS, which is almost normal for how we've eaten over the summer anyway. I hope that we'll achieve recovery of the main health issues we were hoping to address, and I plan to do more posts about those soon (if I can find the time, and if anyone is even interested...hehe!)

If you're thinking that I really am crazy, well, I might agree with you. My brothers certainly do, they are tired of me coming up with new health schemes and trying to fix things. They wonder how we could possibly eat healthier than we already do, and then I find something like this to try. But really, how healthy can we be if we still have problems with things like psoriasis? There are always new health things to try! And sometimes you might land yourself drinking chicken tea and eating soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but in pursuit of health, I still think it's worth it. I feel great now that I'm past the die-off and detoxing phase (that can be pretty weird and uncomfortable feeling) and I've lost a few pounds that were sneaking back up on me. 

I'm so excited to have raspberries, blueberries and yogurt for breakfast this morning!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award!



I'm so honored to receive the "Elegant Blogger Award" from Hamlette and Melody!


The rules:

  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you: Hamlette's Soliloquy and Regency Delight.
  • Display the award button in the post 
  • Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (do not make your own questions) 
  • Nominate 8 bloggers (see below)
  • Notify them that they have been awarded.  

The questions:

1.  What made you start blogging?
Way back in 2008 (haha) my sister and I had a group of friends that were into blogging (and shunned Facebook) so we decided to get a blog so we could be part of that sphere. I loved it so much that I continued, despite most of them eventually giving up on blogging, caving to Facebook and moving on in their lives. I love to write, and this is a great outlet. Blogging helps me to get my own thoughts in order. If my posts are interesting or helpful to others, that's a nice bonus!

2.  What is your fashion style?
I guess I would label my fashion style as simple and classy. I like cute dresses, pretty tops, all kinds of sweaters with skirts or dark jeans, and I have a collection of boots for the fall. In the summer I mostly live in flip-flops or flats. Heels and I are not such great friends.

3.  What is something none of your followers know about you?
Oh, that's hard because, like Melody and Hamlette, people who know me very well follow my blog. I really can't think of anything. Okay, I like twirling my hair around my finger, and I'm a little obsessive about completing tasks, sometimes I get into a frenzy trying to finish things in the most efficient amount of time.

4.  What are some of your blogging goals?
To keep improving my writing... and... keep enjoying the process, I guess. I like connecting with all of you wonderful bloggers, too!

5.  Where is your favorite place to shop?
For clothes, probably TJ Maxx right now. They have some cute things that fit my style pretty well, and if you shop the clearance racks, it's not too awfully expensive. Goodwill used to be one of my favorites, but I've had difficulty getting some overly-strong detergent smells out of recent purchases, and it's so hard to find your size in all those racks! I get almost all my sweaters from Target, though, just have to wait for the sales!

6.  What would your ideal amount of blog followers be?
I never really thought about it. I'm delighted that I have as many as I do already, and I certainly wouldn't be against having more, but I'm not desperate. Perhaps I am at my ideal number for right now.

7.  What are your talents?
I am very good at tripping up the stairs. Haha! I suppose I am talented at the piano. A couple of my teachers have thought so, Nana and my mom both think so, and I guess I really must be if I can fool all of them with my regrettable lack of practicing! "You will never play really well, Miss Bennet, unless you practice more!"

8.  Are you a leader or a follower?
I don't know, I guess I can be both, depending on who I am with at the time.

9.  What is one of your favorite quotes?
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

10.  Do you have a favorite book or series?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen usually has top spot. Sometimes, Sense and Sensibility steals it a little. I love Jane Austen's stories. 

11.  Out of all the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with?  (smart -- stylish -- dressy -- graceful -- dainty -- fine)
Oh dear, I don't know. I don't think I'm particularly smart in either the intellectual or chic way, I wouldn't consider myself particularly stylish (although I do enjoy my own sense of style), I'm generally not too dressy unless I'm working or going to church; definitely not graceful, as previously mentioned I regularly trip going up the stairs; dainty isn't even close; and fine, well, that's sort of like dressy, isn't it? I do like to pretend that I am dainty and graceful, though.

12.  What is your favorite flower?
Black-eyed Susan's were on a painting in the hospital where I was born, which Daddy says reminds him of my birth, so I've always thought of them as my favorite. But really, how does one choose a favorite flower? They are all so beautiful! I generally tend to lean more toward delicate, frilly, "feminine" sorts of flowers, though, when I'm buying them to arrange.

Now to tag people... while I was taking my sweet time answering these questions, my list of "people to tag" shrank a little (as they were tagged and completed their posts already), so I'm just going to cheat and only tag the six that are left.

Carissa
Delvalina
Elora
Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth Bennet
Rissi


 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Things I Love About The Seaside

the pinks and oranges of the sun rising over the ocean


breathing deeply of the crisp, salty sea air that blows through my hair

walking down the beach, collecting shells

watching the little sandpipers run in and out with the waves


the sun reflecting off the water and warming my face

getting the paper and working the crossword

running straight into the ocean with abandon

bobbing with the swells to keep my head above the water

lying on a beach towel in the sand sunning and reading a good book

damp sand between my toes


chasing a frisbee down the shore

finding shark's teeth

relaxing in a float on the ocean when the surf is calm

beach photo shoots with my sister

watching my brothers do hand-stands and frisbee tricks

family walks to the pier for dinner at our favorite beach restaurant

playing pool at the pier house

late-night beach walks, sea sparkle glowing with every step

the rich darkness of the night, stars lighting the sky

the orange lights of the pier reflected in the deep blue ocean


snuggling into a soft sweater against the cool evening breeze

that lovely feeling of relaxing tiredness after a day of playing on the beach

playing games late into the night

eating ice cream and watching a favorite show

a crescent moon shining on the sea in the wee hours

the soft crashing of waves outside while I sleep

I think I'd be happy to live the rest of my life at the beach....

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Beginnings and New Outlook

Even though I no longer get back to school myself in the fall, the season still has a bit of a "beginning" feel to it for me. I teach piano all during the summer, but I do take some time off for vacation before I start back up for fall, so that reinforces the feeling. Summer has ended, the fun, relaxed portion of the year is over and it's time to get back to the hustle and bustle of life. I mentioned in a previous post that I was considering a new blog title, and sort of a new direction for my blog. 

 
I think I've finally settled on a name. I know I mentioned in the previous post about using "consecrated" in the title, since "Consecrated to God" is the meaning that I claim for my name. However, I looked up Elizabeth and didn't find that as one of the particular meanings (this site has a lot of variations) and I also did a Google search for my prospective blog title, and got a lot of Catholic things. I guess "consecrated" is considered a very religious word, now-a-days. 

Anyway, since I don't consider myself a religious person (I have a personal relationship with my God and Savior, King and Redeemer, not a religion) I decided on my current title: His Redeemed Child. It might not stick, I'm one of those people who tends toward redecorating way too often occasionally. I decided to go ahead and put it up (feedback is welcomed), and if it does stick, I may think about changing my URL.

Redeem:
1
a : to buy back : repurchase
b : to get or win back
2
: to free from what distresses or harms: as
a : to free from captivity by payment of ransom
b : to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
c : to release from blame or debt : clear
d : to free from the consequences of sin
3
: to change for the better : reform
4
: repair, restore
5
a : to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
b (1) : to remove the obligation of by payment redeem
s savings bonds on demand> (2) : to exchange for something of value <redeem trading stamps>
c : to make good : fulfill
6
a : to atone for : expiate <redeem an error>
b (1) : to offset the bad effect of
(2) : to make worthwhile : retrieve

Jesus does ALL of that for us! By His blood, He bought us back, He frees us, sanctifies and restores us, paid our debt for us, atoned for our sins.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
- Galatians 3:13-14

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - John 1:12