My Husband Has No Pants

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My Husband Has No Pants

We’ve been GAPsters for a three and a half months now, which means it’s time for an update! So, the first thing you need to know is . .

My Husband Has No Pants

Start GAPS today, and you too can have no pants! Okay, I overshot there. You probably WANT pants. You most likely even want them to fit. My husband actually does, too, but since the man is shedding about two pounds a week his measurements are a moving target. Nothing to complain about there! I can think of a few other things not to complain about when losing 35+ pounds, and they are bacon, mayonnaise, biscuits and BUTTER! Not in breath mint sized portions, either. No, we’re talking unrestricted access. Take that, Jenny Craig!!


Pantlessness is not the only “benefit” of GAPS.

We’re Spending 80% Less On Supplements

GAPS is not as expensive as I thought. Yes, we pay more for food, but it’s so nutrient dense that for the first time in years I can count the supplements we’re taking on one hand. Just in case you’re interested, they are . . .

  • Biokult probiotic
  • Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Innate Sufficiency Fish Oil
  • True Calm (Helps us wind down after stressful days)

Plus, now that we’re off Intro we can use navy beans and lentils to stretch things a bit. And the fact that Daddypotamus doesn’t sneak off and blow our budget at restaurants now helps too. πŸ™‚

Oh, And The Fungus Is No Longer Among Us

We don’t actually know what it was, but my husband’sΒ weird, bumpy, crusty flakiness is gone! After using several topical applications on his scalp with no success, we were excited to watch it completely disappear during the Intro Diet.

It hasn’t stopped by to pick up it’s mail in awhile so we’re assuming it’s found a lovely beachside home and will stay gone for good. Fine with us.

Considering GAPS? Feeling overwhelmed? Cara at Health Home & Happiness just released “What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days On The GAPS Introduction Diet.” It is hands down the best resource on starting GAPS Intro I’ve seen. Review coming soon!

Did I miss anything? What do ya’ll want to know about our GAPS journey?

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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26 thoughts on “My Husband Has No Pants”

  1. @Stacy – The introduction diet is A LOT of soup, but when you get to the second phase of GAPS (full GAPS) there is much more flexibility. We only have soup about once a week now. We live in Texas so it was already warming up when we did the introduction phase. My family seemed to think the best way to get through intro was to crack jokes about the food. They basically acted like they were prisoners on Alcatraz, but they ate without any REAL complaints.

  2. It’s is so worth the SOUP though! My husband has lost 30 pounds in 2 months as well, my youngest boys eczema is gone and his belly is flat again not swollen…I’m on a modified version because of other issues, but my auto-immune condition has improved by about 85% and I was REALLY bad off (confined to bed) when I got started. Thanks to Heather I found out about this option!

  3. I’ve toyed with doing GAPS for quite some time. I’ve implemented many of its principles already into our diets (especially for me and my daughter) but I’ve never gone full-steam ahead. Please keep posting about it; you make it sound much more doable and that’s encouraging to read! I’ve made some GAPS-legal soups here in FL too and it totally feels like the WRONG season to do it in, but, sometimes soup is just good no matter what!

  4. I am sure there are lots of other people out there benefitting from your posts as well – just shy about letting you know πŸ™‚

    Question: How did Daniel handle bringing lunches to work in the early stages of the Introduction Diet of GAPS? Broth in Thermos?

  5. Alexis, we packed the soup in a large glass container. I basically bring a Whole Foods recycled shopping bag to work every day with my lunch in it. It clanks sometimes because of all the glass in it.

    Maybe that’s a blog post worth writing.

    • So people could hear you walking *clank* *clank* “there’s the GAPS guy bringing his lunch”? πŸ™‚

      And yes it would definiltey be a blog post worth writing!

  6. Thanks for all the info! It’s helpful as we’re gearing up for GAPS ourselves.
    I’m reading through Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book, and she keeps talking about being monitored by a medical professional. Are you checking with a nutritionist/doctor/etc, or do you think it is possible for families to do this without professional monitoring?

    Also – Daniel, while at work are you heating your soup in a microwave or eating it cold?

    • Hi Megan – What edition are you reading? Ours didn’t say anything about being monitored . . . most GAPS families that I know of aren’t. It simply a nutrient dense diet, so that doesn’t really make sense to me unless she is saying that as a disclaimer. Can’t say for sure.

      And yes he eats it cold. I bought him a hotplate but I’ll bet he’s never used it. πŸ™‚

      • Megan, I personally “chuckle” every time I think about checking with a doctor before eating healthy. I don’t check with them before I drive through Chic-fil-A. Know what I mean? I’m totally guessing that is just a disclaimer, and would be comfortable–barring any very serious illnesses–proceeding without further guidance. But I’m kind of a rebel like that. πŸ™‚

    • Megan, I think most people doing GAPS don’t check with a doctor, but while it is a nutrient dense diet, sometimes die-off can be pretty miserable and questionable, and can make people nervous (especially w/ children). If you’re sicker, and have major things to heal, you may find yourself wishing to use a doctor. We don’t use one. When I joined the GAPS group on yahoo, I got pretty scared about the things people wrote. We’re pretty healthy already, and it seemed like maybe I’d be making us worse off for a while. But not so. Most people’s experience is mostly, if not entirely, positive.

  7. Ok, so how on earth do you take the FCLO?? I just ordered some (regular flavor) and have yet to take any. Phillip took it and I could see him almost turn green- he usually can handle any kind of taste. I can barely handle my regular CLO without feeling the urge to vomit- maybe I’ll try the FCLO after baby comes but right now I just don’t see it happening! Just looking at the bottle makes me nauseous. Also, are you doing the Butter Oil, too? From what I understand, if you eat enough pastured butter there’s really not a need to take the Butter Oil. By the way, it’s great to hear about the progress y’all have made on GAPS.

    • Hey Jessica – It’s not easy, but we shoot it. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried different flavors and we like the Cinnamon Tingle, but I just found out it is illegal on GAPS because it has stevia. We eat lots of pastured butter so we skip the oil.

    • has the clo and butter oil in capsules called royal capsules, so you dont need to taste them, just take them! thats what im going to do anyway…

  8. I love reading your posts on this as well! My question is, how did you know you could stop taking most of your supplements? Simply because the food is so nutrient dense, or do you have some sort of test?

    • Well, for some things my symptoms disappeared. (I have nerve damage in one knee from my ballet days. I used to manage my symptoms with calcium and magnesium but no longer need to. Eating more nutrient dense foods played a role also, since now we are actually eating liver once a week I was able to cut out b-vitamins and thyroid/glandular support. Does that help?

      • I have an awesome local source of grass-fed beef liver but its a food I have yet to eat. Do you eat it plain or mixed in with a meal?

        Also is the True Calm you and Daniel take from the NOW Foods brand?

        • Haven’t ventured into beef liver yet. We do chicken livers mixed into a beef chili. We soak the livers in a water/lemon juice solution overnight to kill some of the strong flavor beforehand then just make chili as usual. The texture is different but Katie will eat it πŸ™‚

          Yes, it’s NOW brand. Just took some, too!

  9. Hi, I’ve been looking for something to help me wind down at the end of the day and sleep better. I am nursing a one year old (he doesn’t nurse during the night, though). Do you know if True Calm is safe to take while nursing?

    • Hi Allison! This is all I could find to answer your question “No serious adverse effects have been associated with the use of GABA. Nonetheless, comprehensive safety studies have not been performed. Maximum safe doses in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.”

      Personally, when Daddypotamus started taking it I did as well. We were in a really stressful period of transition and checking to see if it was contraindicated for breastfeeding totally slipped my mind. I didn’t notice any adverse effects but that’s not saying there can’t be some. These days I spray magnesium oil on my belly at bedtime to help me relax before sleep. Hope that helps a little πŸ™‚

      • Hi! Sorry for the delayed response here. Thanks so much for finding this info for me! I really appreciate it. What brand of magnesium oil do you use? Also, I have been laboring over the decision of wether or not my son need the tetanus vaccine. I can see you do a lot of research! If you don’t mind sharing, what are your beliefs about tetanus and the tetanus vaccine? Thanks so much!! I maybe should have posted this question in another place… ?