My First Week on AIP

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Phoenix Helix – Homemade Chicken Soup

I pretty much have a routine even when it is my first week.  When I first get up in the morning, besides letting the doggies out to pee, I make a smoothie, heat up some bone broth and down a bunch of vitamins.  I make my meat based breakfast that I eat later in the morning at work.  I pack my lunch and make sure I have snacks at work for the week.  In the evenings I am cooking food for the evening and week saving portions in the freezer for grabbing later.  

Daily Meals Example: 

Breakfast

  • Smoothie – mixed greens, wheat grass. cinnamon, pear, coconut water, aloe vera juice, kombucha, kefir coconut water, and sometimes gelatin powder for protein.
  • Bone Broth
  • The assortment of vitamins I listed in the previous post
  • Breakfast Sausages and Bacon and Kale

Lunch

  • Salmon and German Sweet Potato Salad

Snack – keep in fridge at work for the week

  • Beet Dip and Rosemary Plantain Chips
  • Green Olives

Dinner

  • Roast Beef and Brussel Sprouts with bacon

Dessert

  • Maple Coconut Ice Cream

I am learning to make homemade fermented foods as well as AIP friendly substitutes for the things that I miss like crackers and dips.  I do not want to be looking for something to eat so I plan everything.  Below are lists of items I have found handy to have around the house and at work.

  • Kale Chips
  • Rosemary Plantain Crackers
  • Beet Dip
  • Artichoke Dip
  • Green Olives

I also like my sweets but, since they are to be restricted on the AIP I add one piece of fruit to my smoothie in the am – which ends up being half of a piece of fruit since I save half of it for the next day.  I also usually have one sweet in the afternoon or evening.  Here are examples of sweets.

  • Banana Coconut Carob Smoothie
  • Blueberry Green Smoothie
  • Maple Coconut Ice Cream

I love experimenting with the meat recipes that I find as well.  I have never been a real cook – if it wasn’t easy I didn’t make it.  I thought that all of those fancy menu items that you find at restaurants were only attainable by chefs.  But, since I have become paleo I have learned that I LOVE to cook!  I could really spend the whole day in the kitchen.  I work on multiple items at a time and I get great pleasure out of realizing that I actually like what I make.  I would have to say that of all of the recipes I have made since I have started Paleo I really like about 90% of them.  The 10% that I don’t like have been utter FAILS but, more because I wither did not use the right ingredients or I did not follow directions.  Being paleo really is a life change and I am enjoying it.  

My symptoms have remarkably improved – within four days of going AIP I can breathe at night again!  So there, sleep apneoa test – I knew it was autoimmune!  My IBS has disappeared and my energy level has increased with a significant decrease in the chronic fatigue.  I still have very loose stools and I presume that I have a floral imbalance in my upper and or lower GI tracts.  I am hoping the tests will determine what I need to do to get it balanced out.  

I am lucky – I live with my significant other who pays for the mortgage so I can spend my meager paycheck on food and necessities for this diet.  I do not have children nor do I have any big bills.  I do not plan on doing this forever – once I reintroduce what it is I can eat I will know what I can eat for the rest of my life.  My goal is to get back to a state of health whereby I do not have to be a slave to the kitchen.  I want to be able to save my money wherever possible rather than chucking it at my refrigerator.  

I have been chronically fatigued for  so long that i have taken only menial jobs that do not require leadership, too much thought or deadlines.  I work a very cozy safe job that does not stimulate my mind the way I want to nor does it give me the interaction with people that I need.  I am rather a hermit at home due to the fatigue – coming home from work and being too tired to go to any social events.  I have only recently begun going to a meetup for boardgamers.  I really want to move ahead with my life and get involved without fear of brain fog, chronic fatigue or painful IBS at the wrong time (running to the bathroom for long stints daily).  I have even found the idea of going to yoga after work too fatiguing to think about even though I have wanted to take yoga for years.  

I feel like am just around the corner from the answers, the right diet, the right health and the right lifestyle that I need to move ahead and live a fulfilled life.  I have been depressed and insecure within myself for many years – wanting to have a special skill, helping others and being a part of a community.  I feel as though my life has been lacking all from my own lack of involvement with others and having a life too simple and unchallenged.  Even though I have chosen not to have children I find myself envious of mothers with families – lots of activities and adventures for the whole family.  I know my insecurities are part of who I am in addition to the chronic fatigue and that once I step out of my shell I find life very rewarding and I am grateful.  I do challenge myself on occasion to stretch myself into uncomfortable situations and I find that I am much better now than I was 20 years ago at interacting with people and finding common ground.  I am eager now that I am feeling better to up the stakes and really get out there and challenge myself.  I think I will post later about personal challenges I have taken and achieved – so that I can have a diary or testament to refer to when I am feeling insecure or self doubting.  

Sorry for the stray from the original topic but, it all has to do with feeling better and how AIP has already had an impact on my life.  Hope it helps anyone taking the time  to read it.  

🙂

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3 thoughts on “My First Week on AIP

  1. Thank you for sharing your story! I can relate in many ways, especially your sentiment in the following two sentences:

    ” My goal is to get back to a state of health whereby I do not have to be a slave to the kitchen. I want to be able to save my money wherever possible rather than chucking it at my refrigerator. ”

    Last month I spent $600 on groceries for myself (and that is with trying to be somewhat frugal). I see my savings dwindling away and cannot go on like this forever! It also felt like my entire weekend was spent meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.

    Have you been tested for SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)?

    • Thank you for responding! I have an appointment with a functional medical doctor next week – I’ve never been so excited to see a doctor. I had not heard of SIBO until I saw your page and I quite believe that I may have it. I also think there is some problem with my thyroid but, not sure exactly what it might be. I will definitely ask the doctor about SIBO.
      Now that it has been two weeks on AIP I think I can start paring down my grocery list so that I stick with some more frugal veggies and meats. I have found some recipes that can go a long way and since I’m a creature of habit I can plan my daily meals, if a little monotonous, at least more affordable.
      I will look at your site again for more info on SIBO to see what you aw doing to change it.

      Thank you again and best wishes,
      Suzanne

      • So glad to hear you have an appointment with a functional medicine doctor. I see Dr. Keller (a functional medicine naturopath) at NCNM’s SIBO Center and she is very knowledgeable about SIBO and has helped me tremendously! Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? Their organic frozen green beans are very affordable ($1.99/lb at my local TJs) and so easy because they are already pre-trimmed. Carrots are another inexpensive veggies I use. I like to cut up 2-4 lbs and make them into “fries”. About 30 minutes at 400 degrees (although this will depend on how you cut them). Also, I tried beef heart last night (less expensive than steak). It was different, but pretty tasty.

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