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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 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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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 10

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 on day 10:

– Chicken broth with a little added gelatin for pre-breakfast
– Lamb kofta meatballs with sautéed greens & onions for breakfast
– Tea tea teeeeaaa
– A banana & frozen liver pills for snacks (inasmuch as liver pills are a snack)
– Beef heart with chimichurri sauce, sautéed greens (Southern Greens blend from Trader Joe’s) and onions for lunch
Paleo chicken pad thai and more of those paleo banana cookies for dinner
– Fizzy water, assorted veggies with coconut dill veggie dip for writing night

I’ve noticed that beyond my headaches being gone, my energy is now pretty constant throughout the day, no matter how much tea I have. I am officially past the coffee withdrawal. Hoorah!

Today was one of my coworkers’ last day, so there was a table full of cake, chocolate sauce, ice cream, root beer, and bananas. My coworkers are thankfully quite used to my usual paleo food averting, so there was only minimal cake pushing. I kept to the one banana, for which I was thankful. But I secretly coveted the ice cream and root beer – I freaking love root beer floats. But it’s definitely getting easier to just not eat the tasty things. Especially when I have something like heart to look forward to.

I took photos of my most prominent rashes before starting the AIP, and I think I need to take more. It’s gotten to the point where they’re definitely no longer multiplying, and they look like they’re healing. Not so much smaller, but the texture is smoother and the color less intense. I should probably just be patient, but it’s hard. 🙂

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 9

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.

You know those little white lines you sometimes get on your nails? Yeah, the ones some people say indicate calcium deficiency, while Doctor Google insists it’s all a myth and it’s caused by trauma to the nail while it’s growing. I had them persistently for the 10 years I was a vegetarian, despite little to no nail trauma. Within a month or two of going paleo, though, I was surprised to see they’d disappeared. Since then, I’ve slammed my nails into walls, dropped barbells on them, scrabbled in dirt, and subjected them to all sorts of Crossfit-related trauma. Not a single white spot.

Until now. Now I’ve got two, and I’m a little worried. This has been since I started AIP, and since diet is the only thing that’s changed for me, I’m willing to place my money on that being the cause. Sorry, Doctor Google. It just doesn’t add up.

Now what is causing it, exactly, or lack of what, I have no idea. But I’m going to be more careful about eating enough greens and drinking my bone broth. If it’s a mineral deficiency, then the bone broth should help. I just made a big batch this weekend – time to drink up.

Today, I ate:

– A cup of broth, two cups of sautéed greens, and five lamb kofta meatballs for breakfast
– Tea
– A sweet potato, half an avocado with some olive oil, and a mason jar full of half bone, half chicken broth for snack
– Beef heart with chimichurri sauce and stir fried broccoli for lunch
– Small apple for afternoon snack
– Grassfed burger with sauteed onions and sauerkraut for dinner
– Blackberries drenched in coconut cream for dessert

Feels a little more balanced on the carb side today. I was definitely famished after not eating much the last two days.

Things are going smoothly. I only occasionally cry out for dairy now. 🙂

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Day 8

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.

I woke up with a horrible headache and nausea so intense I had to sit down on the floor before I’d made it halfway to the bathroom. I crawled back into bed and begged Lady for some naproxen sodium and chicken broth. Naproxen isn’t allowed on the AIP – it’s an NSAID – but it’s the only pain reliever we have in the house. And at this point taking naproxen was a much better alternative to calling in sick for a second day.

I’m almost 100% certain my sensitivity is not an NSAID, considering I very rarely resort to pain killers these days. Three times a year wouldn’t account for my more frequent flare-ups. Also fuck it – I sliced my thumb in two. I think I can be allowed some pain relief.

Now that the headache and nausea are gone, I feel a whole lot more human today. Whatever I had came and went pretty quickly, thankfully – it just left me with a scratchy throat. All the better to earn more sympathy at work. >:)

Today, I ate:
– Broth, some naproxen sodium, then the rest of the chicken soup for breakfast
– Dates, dried currants, dried apricots, roasted brussel sprouts & butternut squash for snack
– Tea, after I realized I hadn’t had any caffeine yet
– An avocado with olive oil for lunch
– A grass fed burger with sauteed onions & mushrooms, sauerkraut, and sweet potato chips for dinner

Not very much food, partially because my appetite wasn’t quite back yet, and partially because I didn’t want to eat before my afternoon dental appointment, and then they ended up taking an hour longer than they should have, and then it was pretty much time to go home, and –

Well.

You know.

But! I’m over 1/4 of the way through this! Yeah! What have I learned so far? First: this is really, really hard, and I am crossing my fingers a hundred times that the reintroduction goes smoothly and I can at least get eggs back. I keep wanting cheese. And eggs. And more cheese. And spices. God. Just a little chili powder? Please?

Second: you have to be prepared. There must be acceptable food available at all times. We dipped real low last week and several times I just didn’t eat because it was too much effort to put food together. Not okay. I’m doing this to get lots of nutrition, not to starve myself. This week has been going better, and I can definitely attribute that to having more food on hand.

Third: It’s so much work. I thought Whole30 was hard, but damn. At least I could eat lots of Mexican food, just over salad instead of corn tortillas. I definitely miss nightshades a whole lot more than I’d expected.

Fourth: It’s worth it. It’s totally worth it. Already I know one of these foods was causing me issues and already I feel better. After just one week.

Here’s to the remaining three!

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