AIP Paleo

AIP Challenge – Day 9

AIP, as in any diet, inspires me to create new recipes and try new things. There is such a wealth of knowledge out there about food, nutrition and all things delicious. 

Food I ate today: 

  • Banana 
  • Pineapple 
  • Apple
  • Tuna, Avocado and Balsamic Veg Toss

Great recipes I found today: 

Zucchini Cheese

Feeling healthier than I have in months! 

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AIP Challenge – Day 8

I love food prep! I enjoyed this gorgeous balsamic honey chicken and brussel sprouts that I made last night. 

I have fallen back in love with working out as it keeps my anxiety at bay. So excited that I’m seeing progress. 
Food I ate today: 

  • Chicken and brussel sprouts 
  • Raisins 
  • Orange 

Six days to go! 

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AIP Challenge – Day 7

The buffet and I started the day on a high note! Totally loved picking out AIP friendly food this morning! Today was emotionally taxing and quite difficult, but ended on a high note with a successful run. 
Food I ate today: 

  • Buffet (100% AIP #winning) 
  • Raisins 
  • A few dates 

I prepped chicken and brussel sprouts for tomorrow, so feeling positive about starting the week with a bang! 
One week down, one to go :). 

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AIP Challenge – Day 6

Today was an emotionally taxing day that left me feeling totally empty emotionally. I’m in Dubai for a night and there are temptations everywhere which lure me in and make me weak. Tonight I let myself enjoy what was available at the dinner buffet, within limits. I let myself have cauliflower in a curry tomato sauce as well as a little black pepper. I also had a little Chardonnay which instantly lifted my mood and left me laughing uncontrollably at silly jokes! I’ve decided that I’ll count this as a learning curve and go back on the straight and narrow for the rest of the challenge, followed by an AIP lifestyle with a few reintroductions. 
Food I ate today: 

  • Fruit salad 
  • Apple 
  • Green tea 
  • Buffet (AIP 90%) 

Amazing recipes I found today:

Garlicky Flatbread
Pizza Bites
Cherry Pie Bars
Pumpkin Pie

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake
I see a detox as soon as I’m home! 🙂

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AIP Challenge – Day 5 

Adjusting to a new eating plan is always tricky, especially when its restrictive. Ironically, when we face restrictions it somehow frees us in ways that we can’t foresee. I didn’t realise how dependent I was on caffeine, to the point where I’m actually going through mild withdrawal. 
I found I had a lot more energy today and can’t wait for my run tonight!

Food I ate today:

  • Apple (just one to start cutting back on sugar).
  • Leftover chicken broccoli from yesterday.
  • Raisins and dates

AIP recipes to try: 

Lemon and Blueberry Cookies
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Cake (yay!)

Nine days to go! I’m actually considering staying on this diet forever! 

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AIP Challenge – Day 4

Here it is… Day four. Now, four days might not seem like a lot, but cutting multiple food groups overnight is quite a task. On the plus side, I feel fantastic and this is the best decision I’ve made in a while! 
Food I ate today:

  • Dried fruit and apple 
  • Dates 
  • Green olives
  • Tuna and rocket salad 
  • Chicken and broccoli in turmeric coconut broth 

Great recipes:

Top 10 tips for a great AIP breakfast

24 Really Great AIP Recipes
Here’s to the next ten days! 

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AIP Challenge – Day 3

It’s day three and I am feeling phenomenal. My body is self-regulating and I can see and feel the difference already. 

Started the day with weighing myself (I know it’s not encouraged), and was pleasantly surprised! Much of this weight loss was water retention, but a 2.5kg loss in only a few days left me smiling! 

Food I ate today:

  • Apple 
  • Pineapple and melon 
  • Dried fruit 
  • Mediterranean Fish Bake 
  • Steak fajita 
  • Smoked salmon and avocado salad

I found a few wonderful AIP recipes! Here are the links: 

AIP Avocado Popsicles

Banana Bread

Lamb Shanks With Ginger and Figs

Paleo Carob Sauce 

AIP for the win! 

AIP Paleo

AIP Challenge – Day 2

One of the main reasons for embarking on the Paleo lifestyle five years ago, was to achieve over all health. It worked. Better sleep, minimal water retention, lower anxiety levels, increased stamina, weight loss, phenomenal progress in running etc. The Keto way of life had its own benefits, of course, but I missed the willpower and determination I seemed to have on Paleo. AIP is designed to heal the body through the intake of food, which is brilliant of course. 

I wasn’t hungry until about 13.30 today, probably due to my (unapologetic) late night dried fig snacking! Around 17:30 the fatigue stepped in and I just couldn’t keep going, but that is undoubtedly my body adjusting to this way of life. 

Walking through the grocery store today I was totally blown away by how many nasty chemicals and extras are in our food… Yuck. 

Instant progress:

  • Better sleep 
  • Great stamina on my run last night
  • Weight loss 

Challenges I faced today:

  • No glass of wine with dinner
  • No coffee 
  • No tomatoes 
  • Sluggish digestion
  • No chocolate 

Food today was: 

  • Shrimp with caulirice 
  • Bone broth 
  • Snap peas 
  • Dried fruit and dates 
  • Mince meat with veggies
  • Tea 

Here’s to day three! 

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AIP Two Week Challenge – Day 1

This is the first day of a fourteen day ‘challenge’ that will foreseeably alter the way I think, feel and function to the point that I won’t want to stop. I sway from Paleo to Keto and everything in between and have prepared meals and treats for clients with specialised dietary needs, but this is a whole new ball game. 

In order for the body to embark on this healing process, taking in food that encourages a healthy gut and strong immunity is naturally the first step. 

Bone Broth Method:

Beef bone broth has been on the stove for nearly 25 hours and delicious aromas are wafting through my apartment. I have liquidised it and it may be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. This is my first attempt, so feel free to comment with ideas! In a large pot of water, I added a kilogram of frozen beef bones from my local butcher and set the gas at a medium heat. Once the water started boiling, I turned the heat down very low and let the bones do their magic! After about eight hours, I added Himalayan salt, two carrots, an onion and two garlic cloves, cilantro and turmeric. After a total of 24 hours (minimum), blend it up and sip! 

This article is an accurate description of AIP, so I found it to be informative and honest.

Food today: Pineapple and dried figs; bone broth; black and green olives and bacon; a few pieces of chicken in coconut cream; lots of tea! 

So far my challenges were:

  • No black pepper and eliminating my regular seasoning. 
  • Overthinking the sugar content of the food I’m taking in. I’ve decided that the limitations are all I’m going to consider for now and I’ll worry about sugar content further down the line. 
  • Diet soda 

Let the healing begin! 

“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich