Yay, I’m moving quickly. From spending only 2 days in Stage 1, I now have gone up to Stage 2.
I didn’t want to stay long in Stage 1 not only because I’m getting hungry already, but also because I don’t think I should stay. According to this post, if one doesn’t experience any “die-off” symptoms during Stage 1, it’s okay to move to the next stage. While here, it said that Stage 1 for people without symptoms is usually just 1-3 days.
Considering both opinions and having no symptoms or discomfort or adverse reactions or whatever to the Stage 1 Intro diet, I feel I’m ready for the next stage.
Stage 2 basically is Stage 1 diet plus:
- egg (yolk only, raw if possible, or soft-boiled)
- meat or vegetable stew
- fermented fish (this I know I will never eat)
- homemade ghee
Egg seemed to be the major addition to the diet (if I won’t count fermented fish). The problem is, I wasn’t able to find organic eggs.
The beef bone that I used in Stage 1 is not grass-fed, organic beef (because organic beef is sooooo expensive here). Neither are the vegetables. Good thing I was able to find a naturally-grown, free-range chicken in the grocery that’s not atrociously priced (but then again, it’s not certified organic). But still, it feels like I have to walk the extra mile just to be 100% organic. The organic meat, poultry and produce are often limited and more expensive and finding vendors who sell them is just too much of a hassle.
But difficult as it is, I didn’t want to add to the compound of toxins I’m consuming by using another non-organic ingredient. And somehow, I have this notion that using caged eggs will be a worse offense in the GAPS diet than using non-organic meat and vegetables. Of course that’s not true, non-organic meat and veggies are just as bad as non-organic eggs, but organic eggs would have been easier and cheaper to get.
Up to the last minute of Stage 1, I was hoping I would be able to buy organic eggs, but the places where I can possibly find them are far away from where I live. Ordering online will also take days or weeks even. My mom was able to buy brown-shelled eggs from the local market, but there’s no telling if these are certified organic or not. I decided to use them anyway.
For the stew, instead of cooking another dish, I just added lots of solids in my soupy diet. Solids would mean the chicken meat and lots of carrots from the chicken stock that I made. I boiled the stock for more than 6 hours and these solid parts had been cooked thoroughly, making them very easy to digest. I also added cauliflower and chayote to my vegetables.
Fermented fish is non-negotiable. I simple cannot eat it. Homemade ghee is something I’m debating with myself whether or not to make. I know it will be a challenge again to find organic butter made from grass-fed, free-range cow’s milk (whew! that sounds complicated) so I’m thinking of dropping it all together and use an alternative instead (like the more easy-to-find coconut oil).
But homemade ghee is clarified butter and will surely add a layer of flavor in my meals and I’m raring to have something else that doesn’t taste like broth! So organic butter shows up, then by all means, homemade ghee will definitely be in the menu.
Now that I’ve got it all planned, how long do I intend to stay in Stage 2? I think I’ll give it 2-3 days. Stage 3 is beckoning me as early as now, there’s pancake in the list, but of course, it’s not the pancake that you’re thinking off.