If you have been around awhile, you know that I have been on the GAPS diet (affiliate link) for 1 1/2 years and followed it religiously. The results have been amazing! Through the GAPS diet, I have relief from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and I am eating meat again after a 30+ year allergy!
But, back to my confession.
I have had off-GAPS “treats” these past couple of days!
Fortunately, I am not suffering with my rheumatoid arthritis which means that healing is occurring.
But, for some reason, I, who am normally very resolved to stick to the plan no matter what, have melted in my self-control!
It is a hard thing to admit.
It started with chocolate chip cookies.
Of course, they were whole wheat – and, the nuts, well, they are healthy too, right? But, when you just keep eating them …. there is a point at which they are no longer healthy !
Then came a friend’s wedding.
I was doing great as I carefully made my food selections at the buffet but then …
They had a coffee bar!
Oh dear – that was all she wrote for me!
It was better than Starbucks – it was FREE!
And, oh so good!
I had three, yep you read it right, 3, wonderfully delicious coffee drinks, all made with real coffee, milk and syrup.
It was heavenly!
And, I forgot, there was the double espresso I split with John!
In my defense though, it was over the course of several hours – it was a long reception!
Now, you may remember that I quit coffee after being diagnosed with an overactive bladder. The doctor suggested I quit drinking coffee in a backhanded sorta way and after reading a book from my affiliate partner, Caffeine Blues (which I highly recommend) I ditched the coffee and became decaffeinated. Since my bladder problems were resolved, I started allowing myself a cup occasionally in the afternoon after nap-time. So, this much coffee, not to mention the sugar that I am no longer used to, well, it made for one miserable mama!
I was actually sick feeling on the way home!
It served me right, I realize that – I was Miss Piggy when it came to that coffee bar.
Why does it have to taste so good?
Which brings me to another question – why does a “treat” always seem to be something that is not good for you? After all, these treats were putting something into my body that I knew where not necessarily the best choice(s)- I would most probably feel bad afterwards – I might even experience a revival of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – WHY is that a treat?
Oh well, so much for rhetorical questions – I simply don’t know the answer and that is that!
I was so encouraged by how I felt after these splurges (except for being sick from coffee) that for now, I am back to the GAPS plan and am actually following the steps to come off the diet!
I have added quinoa back and boy, is it good! I guess treats don’t have to always be bad for you!
Isn’t it funny that after 1 1/2 years without any grains, quinoa is a treat!
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