When AIP Breaks Your Heart
Today is my daughter's birthday. She's delightful and strong and ornery and every good thing that a 10 year old should be. So, when she chose a national chain restaurant for her birthday dinner and I had to say "no, I can't eat anything there," or at her second choice either, AIP broke my heart.
There are so many occasions when we find ourselves on this journey not being able to walk it with those who are close to us. We want to join in on the celebrations, the camaraderie of going out ...
When you are transitioning to Paleo or AIP Paleo from a standard American diet (SAD), one of the most difficult meals to reconfigure is breakfast. We've all grown up with cereal, toast, pancakes, muffins, waffles, etc., etc. Breakfast seems to be almost entirely grain-based, with the possible exception of a slice of bacon, ham or sausage here or there along with a fried egg. Add in the milk, cheese and coffee and pretty much everything around breakfast becomes something you realize you ...
Mourning Foods You Love(d)
Mourning Foods You Love(d)
If you’ve read my story, you know that I’ve been gluten free for about 15 years. I had developed severe abdominal pain and was visiting the restroom multiple times a day with horrible diarrhea. I know, TMI, but if you’re dealing with autoimmunity, you must begin to understand that how your gut works, which involves poop, is critical to regaining your health.
Since then I’ve removed even more foods to combat the various other autoimmune conditions in ...
Avocado Ice Cream
When you remove dairy from your diet, as well as sugar, well, it seems like the days of enjoying a bowl of ice cream are over.
Not true! Avocado based ice cream is a fantastic alternative that you can make easily. Once you have the basic recipe down, you can make all sorts of additions and flavors that you really enjoy. Let me know what some of your favorite flavors of avocado ice cream are. I like pineapple-lime. It's almost like a pina colada!
Living in New Mexico most of my life has given me a great appreciation for guacamole done right. They're a staple in Mexican Food restaurants and adds a great healthy fat to your day. Fresh and creamy, it's a great accompaniment to dinner or as a snack. I can eat it with a spoon, I love it that much, or eat with pork rinds (make sure the ingredients on your pork rinds are just pork skin and salt). It's also great with plantain crackers, plantain chips, or even on steak!
The Connection Between Food and Autoimmunity
Well, obviously. Nothing like stating the obvious, right?
But, if you have an autoimmune condition, it adds an extra measure of importance.
I have Celiac disease (I HATE the word disease by the way). So it was clear from the beginning of my autoimmune struggles that food was a critical piece of it. My body was developing antibodies against itself, ruining my intestines as a result. Enter a gluten free diet and I felt better.
Until I felt worse again. And ...
There are tons of recipes out there for kale chips. Here's my version. This works fine with other leafy greens as well. One of my favorites is beet greens. I find I can eat almost an entire bunch of greens all by myself when I make them this way. It's also the only way the picky eater in my family will eat her kale.
Tequila Lime Shrimp pre my paleo transition was one of our family's favorite meals. With the exclusion of the tequila and a few other tweaks, it was easy to reform our favorite recipe and make it AIP compliant and super tasty too!
Growing up in New Mexico, tacos have been a part of my life from the time I can remember. Fish tacos are a great option as a paleo main dish. There are a number of options to use for tortillas, coconut wraps, this recipe for tortillas from Predominantly Paleo, or even lettuce or cabbage leaves. Try different ones to find exactly what you like best.
Creamy Clam Sauce
It's difficult when first transitioning to AIP to consider all the things that are no longer on the menu. However, with a bit of ingenuity and some reading of blogs such as this one, things you thought you would have to say goodbye to forever, are actually still options.
Here's my recipe for creamy clam sauce. Serve them on zucchini noodles and you'll think you're still eating the rich and creamy version made with dairy.