Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 28: Slowly but surely

Last night Ellie slept through the night for the second time since going on Intro. Yay! She did wake up at 5:30 a.m., but that's really common for her to do the first night of sleeping through. If the trend continues, she gradually sleeps a little later each day. My response to this wonderful development is to not change anything.

I am on my second day of probiotics and S. Boulardii and doing fine besides increased tiredness. Maybe weariness is a better word. Ellie has seemed fine, except she's had a runny nose and lots of sneezing, which is unusual for her. No idea if that's related or not. If tonight goes well we may give Ellie a tiny bit tomorrow before her bedtime.

I had another terrible stomach ache today and pinpointed it to spinach cooked in a soup. That's the second time spinach has caused the stomach pains. Not sure why, but it's out for now. I feel like the walls are closing in on us in the vegetable department. Some are too sweet (squash, carrots, peas) and some are too fibrous/gassy (broccoli, green beans). Ellie's never been healthy enough to sufficiently trial nightshades (tomato, peppers, eggplant) so we're avoiding those right now too. We are eating a lot of onions, garlic, cauliflower, asparagus and zucchini. I'm getting really sick of them and hope we can move forward with some new veggies if Ellie starts feeling better soon.

It's hard to say what stage we're in at this point. We haven't done fermented fish, or any fish for that matter. Ellie got sick all four times she's tried fish in her life, but looking back it is hard to say whether it was fish or citrus (lemon squirted on fish) or eggs (in tartar sauce). We haven't done avocados. We did poached and scrambled eggs, but then backed up to raw egg yolks in soup. We have successfully introduced pancakes (made with duck eggs, raw almond butter and pureed zucchini). We tried juicing and failed, though I may try again soon with less sweet vegetables (perhaps cucumber instead of carrot). We are using all cooking methods up through Stage 4. So we haven't done some steps in Stages 2 and 3 and yet are doing some things in Stage 4. I realized that working with so many food intolerances and allergies meant we weren't going to be able to do Intro exactly as prescribed in the book - but I am trying to stick as close as possible.

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