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5. Team Bailey: Getting Started

The Adjustment Period

Team Bailey

The Conversion Process

Now that I have the tools I need it's time to put it into action.
The first 2 weeks
Bailey's stomach will need time to adjust from a high sugar, high starch food to a lower sugar, more meat based diet. 

Her stomach pH will begin dropping from about a 3 down to a 1.5. This decline in pH will affect the enzyme secretions of the pancreas, and this I want to take time doing because of the ripple effect it will have on the other organs. 

The change in digestive enzyme production, which actually results in decreased stress on the pancreas due to the decline of dietary sugars, creates a more optimal output of protein and fat digesting enzymes and relieves the organ of too much insulin production and therefore effects the gallbladder, therefore the liver, therefore the kidneys

Because of this domino effect I want to make this change over 2 weeks to 1 month. I will provide an amylase enzyme supplement to assist the pancreas with the remaining starches left in this phase I conversion diet from the new low-glycemic dry kibble.

Other changes going into affect are: an increase in moisture to aid in the flushing of toxins through the blood and kidneys (dry food is chronically dehydrating to the body), omega 3's will be introduced to assist the anti-inflammatory regulation, and the
caloric intake will also be reduced simply by the change in food choices.

Bailey's initial 2 week regimen will look like this:  (fed 2x/day)
  • 1 1/2 C low glycemic dry kibble
  • 1 tsp fish oil
  • 2 scoops digestive enzyme powder
  • 1 C warm water
At this point I suggest that Bailey remain on the Benadryl at night so everyone can rest knowing that the itching will not be alleviated this soon.

Weeks 3 & 4
In weeks 3 & 4 I am ready to begin adding some raw foods to Bailey's meals.
This is the step that will alter her stomach pH the most drastically so all the prep work done in weeks 1&2 like decreasing sugars, adding enzymes, and increasing moisture- have prepared the other organs for this next addition.
The raw food I choose to begin adding is raw green tripe. (For info on RGT please see my RGT blog post.)
I select RGT for several reasons
  1. it is complete and balanced in and of itself so I will not be throwing off her ration's balance
  2. it is high in omega 3's
  3. it is teaming with probiotics to assist in recolonization of good bacteria
  4. it is enzymatically active-like crazy so! the fermentation vat of a cow is an amazing thing!
  5. it helps stimulate the metabolism for weight loss
Bailey's second phase regimen
  • 1 C low glycemic dry kibble
  • 9 oz RGT
  • 1 tsp fish oil
  • 1 C warm water

OK, I give this full month of meal planning to the Roberts and have now set the ball in motion.
I discuss with them the signs of adjustment, detox, and getting un-sick.
I ask them to monitor Bailey's water consumption, panting, occurrence of sneezing/reverse sneezing, licking, itching, and goopy eyes. 
We will re-visit at the end of week 4, for our 1 month check-in.

And I wait.