I can’t believe we have gone to the other side. We have introduced sourdough bread! And for all you GAPSters out there, yes, bread it is as good as you remember. Actually, it’s even better. In my previous life (pre- GAPS diet), I never actually ate sourdough, let alone made it. But, when I decided I wanted to introduce wheat bread, it seems that sourdough was the way to go. It’s a little “pre-digested”. My hope was that my kids would be less likely to react to wheat if the natural bacteria and yeast chomped on the white stuff before our guts had the chance to tackle it. So, after much contemplation over the matter, we dove into sourdough bread making (and eating).
When my taste buds first got ahold of a fresh slice of warm sourdough bread, it tasted like all was right in the word. The crusty loaf, smothered in butter, was (and still is) heavenly. Truly. And for all you Catholics out there, I am pretty sure I get a few years out of purgatory for having voluntarily given up the white stuff for 4.5 years!! It is simply marvelous! Fabulous! Scrumptious!
I have not introduced it to the three youngest children. For them, I’m still introducing rice, oatmeal, and potatoes very slowly. Most of our kids are eating the gluten laden bread with out reaction. We only make it once a week and it’s pretty much gone in two days. My kids are responsibly for feeding the starter and also for making the loaves and baking it. It’s kind of like the Kombucha. I just don’t have the time to maintain all the ferments by myself, so the kids must help out. And believe me, they are happy to do it! In all honesty, I know this isn’t the healthiest choice for my kids (or for us parents). It’s certainly not nutrient dense. But, it is such a wonderfully tasty addition to our diet. So, we will continue with it until I have a good reason to stop. I do have a lot of glad in introducing wheat. My kids are not reacting to it. It doesn’t send them into a rebellion, belly aches or skin rashes. I think we truly have healed our guts!!