What to Feed the Houseguests

This post may be of interest to those on the GAPS, SCD, or Paleo Diets if they have family and friends coming to stay.  My mom, dad, sister, and niece are visiting.  I have been striving to find meals they like which don’t keep me in the kitchen all the time.  Since I’m on GAPS Introduction, it doesn’t really matter.  I’m in the kitchen all of the time, making broth and boiled meats and vegetables.  I added in potatoes for my family’s meals to try to make things a bit more familiar and filling.

Interestingly enough, eating our way has eliminated a chronic diaper rash my little 2 year-old niece has had since infancy.  Her mother suspects dairy as a culprit.  Very fascinating.

Our garden is in full production, and we are trying to eat all we can.  Luckily, my mom and dad really like garden-fresh produce, even beets and greens.  That has been a huge help and relief.

I continue to struggle with GAPS Introduction, since eggs and increasing the ghee have given me horrible headaches.  I’m embarrassed to say I may have to throw in the towel on GAPS Introduction.  I will do some looking around the internet to see what others who may have had this problem have done.  Any ideas?

Day 1

Breakfast:  Seasoned pork patties from US Wellness Meats, Paleo Bread  from Paleo Mom (substituting for the tapioca flour and cream of tartar), jam, and fresh cherries
Lunch:  BLT salad (greens wilted with dressing made from bacon drippings, honey, and ACV and topped with bacon and tomato),
Supper:  Turkey salad made with cilantro, lime, avocado, and mayonnaise (like a chicken salad); cucumber salad made with ACV, honey, onion, and water; fresh cherries;  boiled Swiss chard
Snacks:  S’mores (not “legal”)

Day 2

Breakfast:  Petulant Pancakes
Lunch:  Beef roast with potatoes, carrots, and thickened with arrowroot
Supper:  Leftover turkey and pot roast, beets, and Swiss chard
Snacks:  Stick ends from US Wellness Meats and ice cream sundaes (homemade chocolate sauce from cocoa powder, honey, and coconut milk; bananas; pecans)

Day 3

Breakfast:  Leftover Petulant Pancakes and bananas
Lunch:  Grilled steaks, baked potatoes on grill, Swiss chard boiled greens, 1-2-3 Collard Greens
Dinner:  US Wellness Meats Hot dogs, cucumber salad, and beets.  Also, any leftovers from all of the above!
Snacks:  Ice cream sundaes

Day 4

Breakfast:  Bacon, almond flour drop biscuits from Elana’s Pantry (recipe modified), and scrambled eggs
Lunch:  Qdoba lunch out
Dinner:  Shrimp “scampi”, peas, green salad with cucumber and vinaigrette, and beets
Snacks:  Chocolate chip cookies from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook but modified

Day 5

Day 5 will be tomorrow.  I am planning on making some grain-free granola for breakfast, some blue hake fish for lunch, and I haven’t gotten to dinner yet!

With my niece’s rash relief and my increased ghee suffering, I am reminded that food counts.  It really does.  Many symptoms we deal with in every day life stem from food.  Food counts.

Have a great evening, and I’m going to go chill with my family.


P.S.:  I have no connection to anything I recommend.  I use it because I like it.

10 thoughts on “What to Feed the Houseguests

  1. DetroitFamilyFun

    I started my journey in discovering how adding/eliminating certain foods completely impacts how we feel nearly immediately while completing my 200 hour Hatha yoga training in 2007. I am still on that journey and love reading and being inspire by others journeying as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Natalia Holcomb

    If eggs & ghee are causing problems for you, sounds like you should exclude those. Maybe you are exceptionally sensitive to dairy? I haven’t done GAPS though so I don’t know if there are reasonable “substitutes” or if that messes up the whole Intro bit. What about just egg whites or just egg yolks solo?

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Yes. I think excluding those would be the best, but when I read other people’s stories, I wonder why mine can’t be the same. (Background crying.) GAPS Intro is kind of confusing. Would probably be best if I had a GAPS “provider” to guide me. I do believe I could progress without those items, and try them periodically. Or I could stay on Stage 1-2 and periodically keep trying them before progressing. Egg yolks come first in GAPS Intro sequence and then egg whites. I failed egg yolks and haven’t then tried egg whites. Since my family is visiting, I’m going to avoid them (ghee and eggs–not my family. LOL!). But life is good, and at least I have food!!

  3. IrishMum

    You family are lucky to be getting such great home cooked foods. Hope you enjoy their visit! I would not be eating eggs if I was you. I would stick to meat and veggies, and lots of fish. That’s it! . No grains, no dairy, no eggs!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I would totally have to agree (unfortunately) that that is where I absolutely feel like normal old Terri. But I do so want to have cream in coffee. Apple dumplings. A lick of ice cream. Scrambled eggs. And I was so hoping GAPS could give that. Is that your case, too? Do you feel best also on meat, veggies, and fish? I try to remember, it is ONLY food.

      1. IrishMum

        Yeah, it is only food, but it tastes so good!! I am better on strict meat and veggies, but I do like cream in my coffee in the morning, and I can eat eggs once in a while.

  4. rachelmeeks

    Goodness that’s so much cooking! When we have family over there’s a lot of going out to eat, haha.

    I worked on an add for the butt paste. ….*shudder* I’ve heard the words “butt” and “paste” in one sentence FAR too many times.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Yeah. I should have just sent them off to eat Pizza Hut while I slurped broth! (No. Actually my sister was doing the Whole30, so I had to keep it clean eating.) That’s neat that you worked on an ad; sorry, though, that my post brought flashbacks! I chose it as a photo since my niece’s long-term diaper rash went away eating at my house–whether it be gluten, dairy, or something else…she didn’t need any cream! Take care!


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