For the most part our diet is the SCD/GAPS diet in that we don't eat grains or starchy vegetables but we have departed from time to time, like with stevia. The big difference I suppose is that we don't eat the way GAPS is prescribed anymore. We eat relatively low fat, we don't eat organ meats or cook vegetables in loads of lard and we aren't eating much in the way of soups, though that's probably a seasonal thing. And our focus is on lots and lots of fresh produce.
I am in a good place where I'm no longer reading and re-reading diet books or trying to introduce new foods with the assurance from some book that it will be well tolerated only to be disappointed when Ellie has a reaction. The number of foods we're eating is quite small ... I mean the fact that I can compile the foods into a list is indication enough that we're eating a small group of foods. But they are very nutrient-dense and there is not an empty calorie in there. Our nutritionist assures me that Ellie is not missing anything nutritionally, and that actually she's eating a healthier diet than 99.999% of America's two-year-olds. So what are we eating?
Here's the list of foods that are working for us:
Salmon/ all fish
Green apples (peeled)
Celery (juiced only)
Cilantro/ parsley/ all herbs
All spices, especially curry
Fermented beets and cucumbers
Supplements: Gut Pro, Vit D, Cod Liver Oil, Magnesium, Stevia, Apple Cider Vinegar, Digestive Enzymes, Bile Salts
Every food on this list represents trial and error and it's through a lot of missteps and tummy aches and bad nights that we've arrived at this beautiful list of foods that work for us.
There are a few minor points where my diet can break from Ellie's. For example, I can tolerate almond butter and she cannot; she can only tolerate cashew butter. And I can snack on whole nuts. I can eat sauerkraut and she can only have the juice. I can munch on celery but that's too fibrous for Ellie so she has it juiced. But for the most part we are eating the same foods. The plan is to keep things stable (i.e. no trialing new foods) for a while and focus on introducing new supplements, including bile salts, which seem to be going well, and additional lactobacillus. As she continues to poop regularly and sleep well the hope is that she'll experience enough healing to be able to add more foods sometime next month.