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
- Green olives
- Tuna and rocket salad
- Chicken and broccoli in turmeric coconut broth
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Here’s to the next ten days!
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:
- 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
Lamb Shanks With Ginger and Figs
Paleo Carob Sauce
AIP for the win!
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.
- 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
Here’s to day three!
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. http://www.dailybitesblog.com/2014/09/30/aip-day1/
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
Thanks to perusing through Pinterest, I found this fantastic list of pantry essentials to get you started on AIP!
Tomorrow is day ONE :). More excited than I should be!
So, as an experiment, despite not being known for following through on challenges like this, AIP is upon me.
Great info on AIP here: https://aiplifestyle.com/what-is-autoimmune-protocol-diet/
Known for it’s phenomenal advantages in terms of immune system regulation, this diet is also supposed to support other areas of health, too.
Two weeks seems appropriate as it comes with quite a few restrictions.
So, as I’m writing this, my apartment is permeated with the heavenly aroma of bone broth and I almost can’t wait to start!
Eat to nourish… This phrase has captured my attention repeatedly over the years. Simple? No. Worth it? Definitely. The controversy surrounding the classification of what is ‘healthy’ will stand the test of time.’Healthy’ is an adjective, defined as being in good physical condition, not diseased and promoting good health.
Serious stuff! Can you look in the mirror today and use ‘healthy’ as one of your adjectives?
Three weeks, 21 days, 504 hours: the amount of time it takes to form a new habit or break an old one. Or is it? Unfortunately 21 days is not a magic number that will fix years of bad choices, but it’s definitely a positive step in the right direction. Long enough to see a change and change your way of life for the better, three weeks is a realistic goal that doesn’t seem impossible to achieve.
On this challenge to a healthier lifestyle, the following items are to be avoided:
– Sugar (fruit is allowed, but no fruit juice)
– Legumes (peanuts and peas are classified as legumes)
– Dairy products
The rewards and benefits of following this eating style are endless. Weight loss, better sleep, more energy and vitality, no ‘brain fog’, stable blood sugar and blood pressure, general sense of being in control and many more…
Exercise at least 5 minutes a day.
Remember: EAT TO NOURISH. For the whole you.
Good luck! 🙂