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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 18 (The Day of Key Lime Pie)

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Day 18 was a lot of on the road, out of the house time. We went to Ikea for the whole morning to finally organize my office and our closets and, although we didn’t quite get everything we needed for the closets, my office now has an awesome standing desk. But road time meant lots of packed food time, and although I was a bit anxious about being away from home and microwave for so long, it actually went quite well.

Wot I ate:
– Tea and a piece of key lime pie for breakfast
– The rest of the beef soup for second breakfast (ie, real breakfast). I had this in the car in a coffee tumbler, which kept it warm until I was ready to be hungry.
– More key lime pie, an avocado & a leftover burger for road snacks
– Steak, greens, and roasted carrots & beets for lunch
– A little more key lime pie for afternoon snack
– Burger with sauteed onions and mushrooms for dinner
– Broth with (accidentally) dehydrated cauliflower for dessert. Turned into a pretty delicious soup.

I may have gone a little overboard on the pie, but I promise they were all very small slices. Also it was super delicious. I had to try it first thing before (for) breakfast, out of sheer curiosity. It works! Gelatin stands in for the egg custard and dates make up the bulk of the crust. I mean, it’s not the real thing, but it stands in well for the real thing. And as a born & raised Floridian, I think that says a lot.

I’ll be using that crust for any future pies that call for graham cracker crusts, definitely. It has that bite, some crunch, and a good amount of that honey sweetness. It also holds together wonderfully well. It’s one of the better – if not best – gluten free crusts I’ve made.

God, I love key lime pie.

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 17

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Wot I ate:
– Tea (I should probably specify that it’s black usually)
– Steak & greens & breakfast cookies for breakfast
– Broth, coconut cream over raisins (not a good combo), an apple, and more breakfast cookies & pumpkin gummies for snacks
– Beef soup for lunch
– Burgers with sauteed onions and mushrooms for dinner
– Magnesium and sleepy time tea

Doing these logs, I’ve really noticed how much I frontload my food. I snack a lot in the morning because no matter how much I have for breakfast, it’s never quite enough. And I’m almost always pretty hungry again by lunchtime. But the rest of the day? Almost nothing. Just some water. And then dinner. It seems weird, but it also feels like it evens out. I wonder if it’s because I get up so early?

Because Friday was also our dating anniversary, we decided to put together a key lime pie using the filling from the Tasty Alternative and the crust from Autoimmune Paleo. The filling uses coconut milk in place of condensed milk and gelatin in place of the egg yolks.

Only after we finished the filling did we realize the instructions said it had to set for at least eight hours in the fridge. Oops. So much for date night pie. 🙂

Spoiler alert: The pie actually worked out very well. I’ll have more deets on day 18, but here’s a preview:

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 16

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Finally back to weightlifting! After being sick all last week and losing my appetite most days, it was hard to keep going throughout a normal work day, let alone run or lift or exercise in general. I decided to focus on just walking and getting sun until I was feeling 90% again. This morning marked my return. I only missed a week, but it felt like so much longer. I also was careful to stick to the lighter side of things, but goodness, it felt good.

I might be a wee bit addicted to weightlifting.

Wot I ate:
– A mug of chicken broth with a tbsp of gelatin for pre-workout
– Bison meatballs and sauerkraut for breakfast
– Steak & half an avocado for second breakfast (hullo appetite!)
– Plantain chips, pumpkin gummies, and coconut cream with blackberries for snacks
– Beef soup for lunch
РTuna steaks with saut̩ed arugula and mushrooms and a parsley-lime sauce for dinner
– Paleo breakfast cookies & magnesium for dessert

Now that I’m more than halfway through, I’m starting to think more and more about what will happen after. I’m not seeing the lessening of rash where I wanted to see it, BUT I have cleared up two other skin problems that I wasn’t expecting to. This means I don’t get to blow off the reintroduction period.

But beyond even that, I’m thinking about coffee, about wine, about gluten. I feel so good without coffee right now that I’m hesitant to let go of all that progress and go back. It’s lovely being past the headache and grogginess hump, but I also love love love the taste of coffee. Strangely, drinking broth helps a little with that, because it has more body than tea. But I’m not sure I should even give it up. :/ I’ll wait to see if I have a reaction to it first, I s’pose.

Wine… well, I know alcohol isn’t good for me. I have the exact same problem with alcohol that I do with sugar – that is, it’s hard to limit myself. It’s just so tasty. And I’ll have to go off wine in a few months anyway, so what’s the point of letting myself have some in the intervening time period – if I tolerate it? I don’t know. It might just be better to get used to abstaining.

And gluten. Oh, gluten. Bloaty, sleepy, crazy-making gluten. You, I should give up, but at the same time, it’s hard to commit because your punishments are not that severe, nor instantaneous. Avoiding you has been something I know I should commit to, but it’s been difficult, because – I admit, with shame – I don’t want to be one of “those people.” Maybe I should be examining why I feel that way, instead of whether I should commit. There’s nothing wrong with avoiding something for your health, but I think I need to come to terms with owning it, instead of letting myself feel judged.

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocl, Day 15

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Wot I ate:
– Tea & the rest of the broth (need to make more tonight!)
– Bison meatballs, grain-free tabbouleh, & half an avocado for breakfast
– Pumpkin gummies, plantain chips, coconut cream over blackberries for snacks
– Green chicken & roasted broccoli for lunch
– An apple for afternoon
– Roasted chicken and dried mangos for dinner
– Magnesium

God, those bison meatballs are good. Our grocery store has inexplicably begun carrying bison at a reasonable cost, so we bought some to try for the week. Then we got a chicken to roast, too, and it still had its heart and liver, so I pureed that and added it to the bison. Crush a ton of garlic, add a ton of salt, and viola – moist, delicious meatballs. I think next time I might try adding a little pureed beef liver. I’m still having a hard time with getting that into my diet.

I realized today that I’ve had a significant drop off in greens over the last week. I wonder if that has anything to do with my stalling? Can’t know for sure without amping it back up again. Let’s see how I feel by Monday.

Whew – we go through a lot of chicken and bone broth. I had to set up another batch for overnight. It’s just so fulfilling, more than tea can be, and really helps wake me up. Which is weird, right? That broth does a better job of boosting my energy than tea? Who knew.

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 14

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Wot I ate:
– Tea & broth
– Steak with sauerkraut & half an avocado for breakfast
– Plantain chips, pumpkin gummies, and blackberries with coconut cream for snacks
– Carrot & Sweet Potato Chili with the other half of the avocado for lunch
– Moar roast chicken for dinner
– Mango slices & sweet potato chips for dessert
– Magnesium

Definitely working the dinner-for-breakfast angle well. I think I like it. It was a bit of a mental leap, but now that I’ve taken it, steak for breakfast = win.

My intestines are still not happy, though. I’ve stopped drinking our kombucha because it gave me foul gas, but now aside from the occasional sauerkraut, I am not getting any probiotics. I’m now convinced that the yogurt and kefir I’d have on a semi-regular basis helped tons more than I gave it credit. I’m going to see if I can get water kefir – but I also only have two weeks left. It’s still worth trying, right?

Two weeks! Wow! I’ve reached the halfway point!! I’m also at the hardest point – my symptoms all improved within the first few days and now have entered a holding pattern. I know I should keep doing what I’m doing, because healing takes time, but it’s hard without that feedback. Knowing that everyone doing the Whole30 is having similar difficulties helps tons, though. And keeping this daily log all but forces me to continue.

I’ve got this. Halfway! I’m already planning my reintroduction schedule. Egg yolks first… yeesss…

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 13 (Dun dun duuun)

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

Day 13 was long and dragging, but not because of AIP. This illness has settled into my lungs, where it is forcing me to cough hard to get it out. Argh. I also suspect not eating much on day 12 has contributed to my overall feeling of lethargy.

Wot I ate:
– Tea & chicken/bone broth mix (with sea salt & turmeric)
– Pan-seared salmon with sautéed beet greens and a honey blackberry glaze for breakfast (sounds super fanc’, but is really super easy to make)
– An apple, plantain chips, dates, & dried cherries for snacks
– Baked green chicken with roasted broccoli, brussels sprouts, & squash for lunch
– Carrots, celery, & cucumber with the coconut dill dip for afternoon snacks
– Roasted chicken and pumpkin pie gummies for dinner

Definitely better with the shoving-food-in-mouth portion of life today. I should’ve had more for dinner, but a coughing fit left me nauseous after a little bit of chicken.

I am so ready to be well again. I haven’t been exercising because of the sick in my lungs and it’s driving me bonkers. I need to do something and walking isn’t quiet sufficient. I’ll see if my lungs clear today, because I’d really like to get back to weightlifting soon. Plus, I’m losing weight which is not at all on my plan. I have weight to lose, for sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion it’s all just muscle going away. 😦

The food is tasty, though. I’ve always loved Nom Nom Paleo‘s green chicken. It’s best grilled, but baked is fine too. Also would never have had salmon for breakfast before this, but it worked well. The blackberry glaze is simple, too – after your fish is done cooking in the pan, remove fish and throw on some blackberries and a squirt of honey. Deglaze it with a little water and cook until the berries seep their delicious juices, then pour over your fish. No skill required. Just delicious, delicious fish.

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Days 11 & 12

For the month of January I’m following the paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It’s like a Whole30 – just minus eggs, nightshades, seeds & nuts. It’s a little insane, but the only way to truly find out if a skin issue I have is autoimmune in nature or not. For more information, see my preparation post.

This weekend was weird. Still getting over this throat thing, so my appetite is still coming and going. On Saturday I did fine, but on Sunday I found myself thinking I should eat, only to have another hour or two go by before remembering I hadn’t actually eaten anything.

Wot I ate day 11 (Saturday):
– Lots & lots of throat tamer tea pre-breakfast
– Steak with sauerkraut and sauteed arugula & onions, with broth, for breakfast
– Chicken pad thai & blackberries for lunch
– Paleo breakfast cookies & dried mango slices for snacks
– The rest of the beef heart with chimichurri sauce & grain-free tabbouleh for dinner
– Magnesium for dessert :/

Wot I ate day 12 (Sunday):
– Throat coat tea & a chunk of leftover steak for breakfast
– Coconut cream & blackberries for snacks
– Grazed roasted carrots & beets, then had a small bowl of beef soup for lunch
– A chicken thigh for dinner
– More magnesium for dessert

And Sunday is also cooking day, so here are the meals we managed to make for the week:

– Baked green chicken, using this marinade from Nom Nom Paleo
– Riced cauliflower with lime juice & garlic (although we dehydrated it a little too long)
Carrot & Sweet Potato Chili (we didn’t have enough sweet potato, so I supplemented with cauliflower and greens – still super tasty)
– Roasted golden beets & carrots (chop, oil & salt, roast)
– Roasted broccoli
– Pumpkin “cookies” (more like floppies – tried modifying this recipe for just the oven by adding tapioca & arrowroot starch – aaah, not so much)
– Bison meatballs
– Plantain chips

That’s all we were able to make between the two of us being under the weather. We also have several bags of ready-to-sauté greens on hand, salmon and tuna steaks, avocadoes, and two more steaks from our CSA, as well as our freezer supply of ground beef. I noticed I hadn’t had any fish last week, so we might be going overboard on the seafood this week. It all balances out in the end, right?

On the symptoms front, the rashes and bumps still feel like they’re in a holding pattern. I’m also craving chicken skin, which might be a sign. Mmm, collagen.

You might have noticed I’ve added magnesium to my daily line up. I’ve been having mad constipation since the AIP started, and I thought it was because I wasn’t getting adequate fat. After logging my food on the Daily Plate for a few days, I was convinced that wasn’t the case. I usually take a token amount of magnesium daily, especially while weight training, but that wasn’t doing the trick. So I upped it – by a lot – and will see how that works. My theory is that because I’ve been eating such nutrient-dense foods, I’m getting more of some mineral that’s binding to the magnesium I usually get and using it up. I haven’t been lifting since I sliced open my thumb, so it’s not exercise-related.

Whew.

Okay.

Two more Sundays of AIP cooking left! I got this.

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