This year I began a new nutrition plan called the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol or AIP. I’m doing this under the guidance of my general practitioner as well as a nutrition and health coach to I’ve got a lot of eyes on me! But why? Mostly because I am sick of being sick, if that makes sense? I want to:
- Regulate my blood sugar levels without having to use type 2 diabetes meds
- Not feel constantly bloated
- Not have stomach/GI issues
- Get rid of my eczema
- Loose weight
- Get fit
I hated biking 100+ miles a week on a given week, running, eating a pretty healthy diet, and still having zero energy/no weight loss, lots of stomach pain, and still having to take medicines to keep me going. The definition if insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results right? I needed new results, so I was going to need to change things up in a big way. So after blood work, hours of consultation, and answering (literally) hundreds of questions we came up with a path that *might* work for me: AIP plus supplements. I’m supplementing things like vitamin D, pro-botics, pre-biotics, B12, omega 3’s, and more. Basically I want my body to work for me…especially my gut.
Now I’ve gone through elimination phase and gone through re-introduction phase and I wanted to share what AIP-for-me looks like.
I have been able to re-introduce:
- Some beans
To start and create your own AIP plan check out The Paleo Mom – she has an easy to follow guide.
Weekly Sample Meal Plan:
Breakfast: paleo waffles or coconut banana pancakes (recipe below) and eggs
Lunch: ground meat (sausage) with roasted carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and beets
Snacks: oranges, apples, berries, melons, pickles, seaweed (nori) sheets, KOMBUCHA, plantain chips
Dinners: spinach salads with daikon’s and cucumber plus a side of Thai coconut soup (recipe below), chicken and green beans, chicken and pesto cauliflower rice, gluten free pasta with chicken, any grilled meat with veggies
Workout Fuel: Feed Zone Portables brown rice chocolate chip cookies and apple cinnamon rice cakes
Thai Coconut Soup
- In a large pot combine 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cups of chicken bone broth, lemon grass, lime, garlic and bring to a boil
- Add in vegetables of your choice (ex. Broccoli, peas, water chestnuts, cauliflower, mushrooms)
- Add in cooked shredded chicken
Coconut Banana Pancakes
- Mash 3 bananas in a bowl
- Add 3 tablespoons of coconut milk or coconut water
- Add a handful of crushed unsweetened coconut flakes for crunch and ¼ cup of non-nut GF flour (ie coconut flour)
- Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- Portion out onto a baking sheet and cook for 6-8 minutes until they rise and are firm
- This made 3 days worth of breakfast for me!