Anyway, I got discouraged after a week on the AIP because of continuing digestive issues, and decided to give GAPS a go (again)...I didn't get any further than last time (2 weeks) because it is so terribly restrictive it just about does my head in...bone broth soup with well cooked meat & vegetables for breakfast, lunch & dinner! I am continuing to have bone broth at least once a day for the digestive healing benefits but I can't mentally handle that much never-ending soup. Also, I realised after re-reading the GAPS book that pretty much everything you add back in after to the initial soup stage is either FODMAP, nuts, dairy or nightshades!
So, I'm still avoiding nightshades (because I KNOW they cause my hands to ache), still avoiding egg whites, although I'm going to try and add them back in soon and see how I go. I seem to tolerate a small amount of nuts (but I find it hard to stop once I start eating them!). I am okay with two small pieces of 85% dark chocolate (but again, hard to stop at that!).
I am just about out of my digestive enzymes, so I decided to give the developed-in-NZ kiwifruit product Phloe a trial (I love that it's a 100% natural product and I know I can tolerate kiwifruit reasonably well compared to most other fruits) ...it sounds really good and the testimonials are encouraging, so I will let you know how I go with those in a week or so. I also ordered a multi vitamin (I'm not usually a fan, but I'm worried about my lack of vitamins and minerals on such a restrictive diet!). This one was the best and most natural looking one I could find (if you have any recommendations, let me know!).
So, anyway, all in all, not much progress really! I continue to be frustrated and necessarily obsessed and preoccupied with improving my digestion as I sure would like to eat more fruit & vegetables! I would love to hear from anyone who is dealing with similar issues, so please leave a comment!