Hey, friends! I thought it might be time for an update on our AIP diet progress. Jason and I have now been on the diet for ten days.
What have we been eating?
Chicken, beef, vegetables, herbs and fruit. That’s pretty much it. I cannot say that we have particularly loved anything we have put in our mouths but that’s not what’s most important anymore. We have found a few recipes that we have actually enjoyed. The first is Chicken, Onion, and Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. We tweaked this recipe by switching the pork for chicken and leaving out the cinnamon, apples and bacon because the only ‘legal’ bacon in AIP is uncured organic (basically made out of gold and/or diamonds). I did set a potholder on fire cooking this dish, but there are usually some casualties when I attempt to cook. Here it is, next to some mayo-less coleslaw made by Jason.
The other recipe we have made twice is this Creamy Garlic Mushroom recipe here, leaving out the pepper because nightshades are ‘illegal’ on AIP. These are so good that I think we will keep them around as a staple! Here they are, along with some incredibly tough steak and more kale.
We have struggled to get enough protein and good fats in our diet but we are getting better. Breakfast is difficult because Jason never ate breakfast before, and without eggs or cured meats, breakfast protein is minimal. I actually ate leftover meatballs for breakfast yesterday. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We have been eating way too much fruit because it tastes good, but that’s too much sugar so we have to cut back. We have also cheated just a bit. I have eaten some pumpkin seeds for a very necessary health reason and Jason has eaten some nuts and seeds to try and get more good fats. He hates avocados and they are one of the only sources of good fat (aka: brain food) in this diet. We are learning, and giving ourselves some grace when needed.
How do we feel?
I started the diet very, very sick, which could be a blessing in disguise because I haven’t really craved anything until now. The other day I walked into Fresh Market and smelled the most heavenly smell…..COFFEE. I WANT COFFEE NOW. I wanted coffee yesterday, I want coffee today, I imagine I will want coffee tomorrow. I’m not sure how much longer I can fend off that craving, even though I haven’t had any in about two weeks. Again, grace may be needed but I want this diet to work so cheating is a pretty big deal.
Do I feel healthier? Not really. I’ve lost another five pounds, which puts me smaller than I was when I was 16 years old. How do I remember that? Well, I was about to go on a mission trip to Haiti and they needed to know my weight for the prop plane. I don’t care how thin she is, you do not ask a teenage girl how much she weighs in front of a room full of people and on a conference call. Anyway, I feel better than last week but I’m not sure if it’s the diet or just a lull. When I asked Jason how he feels he just said “hungry”. He has lost 11 pounds and I am very proud of him!
Where do I spend my days?
GROCERY STORES. I live and breathe them now, which is pretty much my worst nightmare. I have gone to the grocery store no less than FOUR times this week.
Yesterday, I was in the checkout line behind an obvious college student. There was not a single healthy, or even unprocessed item in his basket. Easy Mac, Hot Pockets, Candy Bars, Chips. I was a mixture of jealous and revolted. Part of me wanted to say, “sit down next to me, child, while I tell you the story of my life.” Oh dear ones, I’m not sure whether to tell you to live it up while you can or to stop poisoning your body right now! I would give anything, ANYTHING to go back in time and stop hurting my body with an unbelievable amount of processed ‘food’. His basket made me truly sad.
Where Do I Get Support?
I reached out for support in an AIP group online. Several people have been encouraging and have helped me come up with ways to gain or maintain weight on AIP. However, there were a couple real downers who meant well but discouraged me with their words. I have felt kind of low ever since I spoke with them, which does not help progress. I have to believe that this lifestyle will help me or there really is no hope left for me to get better. I’ve also been ‘blah’ because I finally applied for disability yesterday. It’s laughable because I know for a fact that I will be denied. Too many others who have far more recognizable diseases do not get disability but our debt situation has left me no choice.
What I have learned from this experience thus far is that you have to have GOOD support and get rid of the downers. The downers take more of a toll than you may realize. My husband is my biggest support and blessing. It certainly helps to have someone changing their lifestyle with me! Thanks to everyone for all their prayers and support!