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Have you started the intro diet yet?  Are you thinking hard about it, but not sure you’re ready to jump in?  Well, after a shaky start I finally feel like I’ve got the hang of things, and I’ve learned some tricks that are really making things easier.  I thought I’d share, and I’d love to hear your ideas too!  Please leave a comment if you have a trick that makes your GAPS journey less overwhelming.

Here are 5 ways to make intro easier: Read the rest of this entry »


Joy Pockets: always inspired by Holistic Mama

Strange, to have an edition of Joy Pockets in the middle of a so-so week here in west Texas.  But then again, maybe that’s the perfect time to count my blessings.  So here goes, my joy pockets for the week. Read the rest of this entry »


Begin.  Ireland, September 2010.

Blogging every day means that some days you really have to dig to find something worth writing about – and I guess that’s kind of the whole point.  Creative practice means coming to the page, the guitar, the easel every day no matter what, and writing, strumming, painting through all the crap, all the garbage that is No Good.  We have to throw all that No Good stuff out there, give it expression, let it fly.  It’s intimidating, and sometimes downright terrifying, but the alternative is worse. Read the rest of this entry »

Some of my most popular posts can be found under the tag “Clean&Simple”.  Here I’ve posted recipes as well as stories from my journey toward using fewer commercial products for cleaning my home and my body.  A lot of these stories have gone very well, and in fact when I get home from this rotation I’ll probably make up a big batch of this laundry detergent so that we don’t have to buy any more until, oh, around 2016.

One of the most popular posts over the last few months has been my confession that I stopped using shampoo last year.  The no-‘poo craze has really caught fire on the internet, gaining avid supporters at Mark’s Daily Apple, Simple Mom, and other sites that I frequent.  After reading about it at MDA last June, I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Read the rest of this entry »

Well, Week 2 is over and it went much better than the previous week!  The key? Go slow.  Last week I took the time to let my body rest in Stage 1, soaking up the bone broths and a small amount of probiotics.  Near the end of the week I (re-) introduced my first Stage 2 food, ghee or clarified butter, and my body has responded very well!  The smooth introduction gave me some confidence to continue introducing foods, but I promised myself that I would only introduce one food every four days.  This structure has helped me to stay focused, and I even devised a chart to help me track my progress so I don’t forget where I am in the diet, reintroduce too quickly, and end up losing clarity again on which food is causing what symptom. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, it’s my 200th post today!  You might have noticed that I didn’t post on Saturday – it was so this post wouldn’t be a Visual Sunday edition, but one where I could say HEY!  It’s my 200th post!! In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d quick-share with you some of my favorite posts over the last year.  Thanks to all of you who have visited and who keep coming back!

Favorite Nourishing Foods post: How I Met the Rock Star of the Raw Milk Revolution

Favorite Wandernest post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Day 71: Missing the Boat

Favorite Keeping a Simple Home post: A Dining Room Table

Favorite Living On Purpose post: Become Attached to Your Stuff

Favorite Nourishing Creativity post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Days 22 & 23: Creative Habit-Making

Favorite picture: Flying

As for the rest…well, feel free to click around and see what you find!

Do you have a personal favorite post on Maggie’s Nest?  If there’s one that really sticks out for you, I’d love to hear about it here!  If I don’t hear, I’ll just assume that you all. love. them. all.  🙂

inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Homemade Yogurt: Preparation is the Key


It’s official: the next six weeks will be a quiet retreat.  There’s not much around here, and even where I’m working is unusually quiet.  Nice, and quiet.  Aside from a trip or two to the next nearest city (San Antonio) I’ll be here for the duration.  To give myself some structure, and in light of yesterday’s post, I’m going to lay out some modest goals for the time I’m here.  Maybe simply naming them out loud will motivate me to make them happen! Read the rest of this entry »

The Clear Way Ahead.  Colonial Williamsburg, May 2010.

I have been writing this blog post all day, and it just won’t come together.  It has something to do with goal-setting, which was inspired by the latest blog post on Rachel Meeks’ excellent site, Small Notebook (one of my very favorite blogs).

Well, it has to do with goal-setting, but something more profound within that realm.  You see, I think of myself as a pretty gutsy person.   Read the rest of this entry »

“And I’m up on the airplane…nearer my God to thee…I start making a deal…inspired by gravity…”

The Indigo Girls song “Airplane” was my mental accompaniment today as I crossed a couple thousand miles to Texas.  I’m not excited, but I’m not bitching either; it’s needed work and I’m glad for the opportunity.  It does mean that I will be away from home while Eric and his folks finalize the plans for our house remodel, and pack up the house.  In six weeks I’ll come home to a torn apart house!  What a trip.

My nutritional accompaniment on this fine day was an old Quik Stop thermos of stewed chicken and vegetables, soaked with just enough sauerkraut juice to keep the mixture moist but not liquid – you know, no liquids get through security!  I was given great advice to separately pack some 2 oz bottles of broth in a quart-sized bag (broth shooters!) but didn’t get around to it so I made the best of what I had.

Fortunately, I find that I’m not nearly as hungry on GAPS as I was before.  I get through the day just fine on about 4 bowls of soup, and if I have to wait an hour or two after the first hunger pangs, I’m not ravenous or panicky.  Awesome!

On Monday I mentioned that I would be trying a new food that day: the GAPS pancake, made of nut butter, butternut squash and egg and fried in ghee.  Oh friends, let me tell you, I had one small pancake (about 3-4 inches in diameter) and went down like a ton of bricks, literally!  It sat angrily in my stomach for hours and hours, causing cramps and bloating and all sorts of havoc.  It was quite unpleasant, but it also very educational, as it made very clear that my gut is in bad shape and really needs this healing protocol.  There will be no breezing through the introduction diet for me!  At this point I’ve taken out all additions; I’m back to soup and probiotic juice, and I expect that I’ll be lucky to return from Texas with anything more than Stage 2 foods introduced.  I’m making peace with that possibility – after all, there’s no point in doing this diet if I’m not going to do it right!

BONUS: I got to my hotel tonight, and found out that I’ve actually been placed in an apartment with a full kitchen!  This is such a huge relief, friends.  I was working hard to surrender to several weeks of very creative cookery, but what a blessing to have a stove and pots and pans and dishes!  The GAPS gods are on my side.  (Fingers crossed that it’s not a cruel joke!)

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