Jennifer Flanigan’s – German Sweet Potato Salad
I have been on the AIP diet for a week or so now. It has been expensive and incredibly time consuming. I have had to purchase a bunch of food and items that I do not normally have on my shelf and I have spent every single day cooking. I enjoy cooking really but, there is added pressure to make sure I have enough to eat at any time and not be tempted to sway.
Jumping into AIP from Paleo is not very hard to do. I am already used to a high protein, fat and vegetable diet. I only had to remove another few items and it was the logical next step. I have to say however, that I did shed a few tears on the day that I decided to embark on this part of the journey. I LOVE coffee and wine. I also found myself being cranky the first few days as we ventured out of the house and I could not find anything without paprika, gluten or dairy in it!
I will share links throughout here of the items I have purchased as well as specialty foods that are not found in any grocery store that I have access to.
I have found much inspiration and guidance from the women and their blogs/websites listed below:
- Jessica Flanigan’s http://aiplifestyle.com/
- Sarah Ballantyne’s http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol
- Eileen Laird’s http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/06/02/paleo-aip-grocery-list/
- Terry Wahl’s http://terrywahls.com/
- Mickey Trescott’s http://autoimmune-paleo.com/
There is also a great video interview with Eileen and Mickey regarding reintroduction of foods after being on AIP for a while.
I immediately realized when I started the diet that I was in for a lot of cooking. I always put half of what I make in the freezer. I use recipes online that people share on Pinterest as well as on Eileen’s site here. The first recipe cookbook I ordered was Mickey’s The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. I love this cookbook and have made many of her recipes already.
Items that most folks do not have in their kitchen but, I use with the recipes:
Here are supplements I have ordered and take regularly.
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Kombucha – I got this at a local whole foods market
- Inner Eco Kefir Coconut Water – I got this at a local whole foods market
- Vitamin D3
- B12 – I get a low release sublingual – if the stomach lining is damaged the best way to absorb B12 is through the mouth via saliva
- L Glutamine
- L Tyrosine
- L Theanine – I take this at night before bed
- 5 HTP – I take this at night before bed
- Probiotic Blend – pick your favorite – 10 billion count or greater at time of bottling
- Fish Oil
- Milk Thistle
- Super Digestaway
For a thorough explanation of the benefits of these supplements I highly recommend Datis Kharrazian’s book Why do I still have thyroid symptoms? When my lab tests are normal. This is the book that taught me what tests I am going to ask for at my functional medicine doctor visit and the different types of thyroid conditions and how they are treated within the functional medicine practice.
UP Next – My first week on AIP with recipe links and outline of different days