New Year, New Attempt

Well, lets just say that I was not able to make it through my first attempt of autoimmune protocol. I did not realize how tough it was going to be and how much time and dedication it took. I feel I am more ready this time and am strong enough to avoid temptation.

So since it is the new year, it is also day one of my second attempt of autoimmune protocol diet.

I did change the plan a little bit – but I find to be very important. I liked the way that the GAPs diet was set up in the beginning – bone broth for the first week and nothing else. Well, maybe not JUST that. I will allow tea and fresh juices (not fruit from concentrate). I think it is an important addition,  allowing myself to heal alone.

Wish me good luck! Oh, and Happy New Year, everyone!

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad

The last couple of days have been extra hard. Friday I had my wisdom teeth pulled, so I had to eat soft foods or soup. This was especially hard doing this AIP style. I ended up eating bananas and drinking broth for two days then feeling good enough to eat real food again.

Today my boyfriend and I created a delicious Chicken Bacon Avocado salad! I am so proud, he made the chicken and the bacon himself! I made the avocado sauce(basically just guacamole), and added some veggies.

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad

for the chicken

  • 3 Small Chicken Breast
  • Half a Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • Garlic Powder to taste

Apply Lemon and Garlic to Chicken and pan fry in coconut oil until golden brown. Cut into small, bite sized pieces.

for the bacon

  • 4 pieces of precooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Fry in a pan until caramelized.

Avocado Dressing

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mash all ingredients together.

for the rest of the salad

  • 1/2 of a cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Preferred Lettuce

Pour everything over Lettuce and enjoy!

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Lemon Cilantro Chicken and Coleslaw

Early today, only one meal in, I thought I was already going to give up the Autoimmune Protocol. I kept daydreaming about tacos and nachos, craving a cold cider. I felt my mood start to swing and was prepared to fail. Seriously. After only one meal!!

Before I went to class, I threw a few chicken breast in a crockpot with cilantro in hopes it would subside my craving for Mexican food. Guess what? It DID. I am so thankful to have at least one meal that makes me feel like normal me.

I even liked it with a side of coleslaw. Which I quickly threw together earlier in the day.

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Lemon Cilantro Chicken

Serves 2

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice(could do lime)
  • Salt to taste

My coleslaw recipe was straight from this website, minus the honey.

Nice to feel back on my game after my emotions today. Hope I don’t feel like this tomorrow!

Who else has felt like quitting? What made you keep going?

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Sweet Potato Hash

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My first Autoimmune Protocol meal! I modified the original recipe, which is found here.

Sweet Potato Hash

4 servings

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Gala Apples
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces and lightly pre-cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sage
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • Light amount of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 425*.

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The Last Meal

I’m not sure how many people who go on the Autoimmune Protocol actually set a date and prepare rather than jumping straight in, but I am sure those who were date planners know how I am feeling right now. My last meal before the start of this journey consists of a taco soup and a Newton’s Folly cider.

I’ve never had a problem with eliminating food from my diet. I was vegetarian for five years and two of those years I was vegan. I’ve been gluten free for the last year now and even cut out coffee because of similar gluten reactions. I’ve been told before that I have real discipline when it comes to my diet and I’ve always been proud of it. The truth is, veganism and just gluten free has never been hard for me to follow because I wasn’t giving up much of the food I really loved.

My favorite food of all time is Mexican food. Beans, rice, and salsa could be every single meal for me without complaint.  The hardest part for me is going to be losing all of those ingredients. I’m also extremely afraid that I won’t be able to successfully reintroduce those items back into my diet.

I didn’t realize that this journey was going to be such an emotional one. Here we go …

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Week One Meal Planning

October 1st is coming up quick! Only three days until I start this Autoimmune Protocol. I am feeling nervous, yet excited at the same time. I figured for a diet and adventure such as this one, planning is going to be the key to success. I am a full time student and also work full time. I don’t have the time to just think of meals as I go. I need to prepare meals ahead of time. If I don’t, I typically end up with vending machine snacks and cafeteria food meals.

Keep in mind, I am a repetitive person. I can honestly eat the same things over and over and over again. I am going to try to break this habit since that may have been the reason I got myself into trouble with my health in the first place. But this is a process… right?

Week One:

Breakfasts – Sweet Potato Hash, homemade coconut yogurt with fresh fruit, coconut fruit crisp

Snacks – Carrots, sour cucumbers, applesauce, sweet potato chips

Lunch – Chicken Salad with fermented slaw, Grilled chicken with brussel sprouts, leftover dinners

Dinner – Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Thai Soup, BBQ Chicken

Drinks – Tart Cherry Sparkler, Coconut Chai Tea Latte

Most of the recipes I have gotten off of Pinterest. I will try to post as I cook them.

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Safe Spices for AIP

Many spices used in the common diet are heavily pepper or seed blends. Unfortunately, seeds and peppers are both not allowed in the Autoimmune Protocol diet. I compiled a list of spices that are safe to use during my 30 day AIP diet.

Safe Spices for AIP

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cilantro
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salt
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric

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