Saturday, September 15, 2012

Let the Eating Begin

Sometimes it seems hard to update Ellie's progress, because "she get's 2 probiotic capsules instead of just 1" seems ridiculous to those who don't know her entire story.  In Ellie's life, these changes are huge and a sign of amazing progress. About 3 months ago we finally determined what remaining obstacles were keeping her from healing and now I can hardly believe her progress!

What were her obstacles?  Ellie had fluoride toxicity and chronic constipation.  We have worked hard to resolve both issues.  We believe her conventional mattress is still causing her problems and holding up some healing, and are saving up to replace it.

In the last 6-8 weeks Ellie has begun eating: broccoli, turnip, cabbage, egg yolk, and brussel sprouts. She drinks around 1 cup of fermented coconut water a day, has doubled her dosage of GutPro, and even enjoyed some homemade marshmallows.  Her eczema is almost gone, and she is resolving the pesky staph skin infections.  She has had lemon water and apple cider vinegar without incident, but declares it 'nasty' and does not drink it regularly.

Please note that she had an FPIES reaction to applesauce prior to starting GAPS, so I was very nervous about giving her apple cider vinegar.  She has also had no problem using various art products that gave her FPIES reactions previously.  We do limit her exposure to these chemicals still (as we would for any child), but are no longer fearful.  One example of this was a recent trip to the zoo with family friends.  While in the zoo cafe Ellie picked up and brought me a package of pink popcorn.  My sweet girlfriend freaked - WHAT! She touched popcorn! QUICK!... All while I had calmly said, 'Ellie please put that back'.  We laughed.  What a change from 2 years ago!

Ellie now has 5 vegetables she can safely eat, and averages 3 egg yolks per day.

What is next?

In the next few weeks we will be trying foods higher in starch that Ellie has not previously been able to tolerate.  If she is able to tolerate them, it will show that her disacharidase deficiency is healing.  On the list are onion, leek, spaghetti squash, cauliflower and carrots.  We will be starting fermented garlic.  Once I can find a goat, sheep or camel milk source, we will also be trialing ghee.

We are BEYOND ecstatic. The Lord is gracious and has been incredibly good.  My heart runs over with her signs of healing and continued hope!


  1. So wonderful to read this!! So happy for Ellie! I can feel the content in your words. ;)

  2. So, so happy to read this! I know what a struggle it has been for you to be content with her pace/rate of healing and feeling frustrated and the continual discovery of new obstacles. Your perseverance and commitment is astounding and I'm so stinkin' proud of you, friend. Thanks for sharing the great news! Love you!

  3. Hi, just found your blog while searching for recipes one day. I am amazed at all you do for your daughter. Glad to hear she is healing!



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