Monday, July 21, 2014

AIP Compliance and How I Feel

When I first started the Autoimmune Protocol, as you can see from my last post, I felt pretty crappy. It seemed impossible, and I felt so foggy and had a constant headache and couldn't even seem to gather myself to make a meal plan or pick out some recipes to try. I was pretty much winging it all last week, just throwing whatever AIP-compliant foods I had in the fridge and freezer into the oven or on a plate when I was hungry. I poached some wild salmon earlier in the week and whenever I was hungry and couldn't think of what to have, I'd just eat a piece of it cold. Before AIP, if I needed a little something to get me through, I'd grab a handful of nuts, or a slice of cheese, or have an iced decaf Americano with cream. Since I can't have any of those things now, I was drawing a blank. Cold salmon, a raw carrot or cucumber, or a piece of fruit (which is limited on this protocol) were my staples last week.

Here's how I felt during the first week of AIP: tired, achy, and just emotionally blah. My face was breaking out, I had a constant headache and it felt hard to think, and I had this very unusual, constant sinus drainage going on for days even though I am not sick. Well, as of yesterday all of that started to lighten up. And this morning, I am feeling great! No headache, more energy, happier, face clearing up, and nice clear sinuses! I took advantage of the mind clarity last night and sat down and planned out a few recipes to try this week and went shopping for the ingredients. Last night I made this: Coconut Curried Cauliflower with Kale. I threw in some boneless skinless chicken thighs. So good! And lots of leftovers.

autoimmune protocol paleo recipe curry AIP

I am going to have some tonight over some baked sweet potatoes for dinner. Other things I am eating:

Homemade breakfast sausage, which is just pastured ground pork seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, sage, garlic, and thyme. I made 8 patties from a pound of meat, froze them in layers on parchment paper, and stored in a Ziploc baggie in the freezer for quick breakfasts:

AIP autoimmune protocol paleo breakfast sausage recipe

Makes a nice meal with some baked acorn squash and apricots:

AIP breakfast sausage autoimmune paleo

Another easy breakfast is steamed butternut squash and apples mashed with cinnamon and coconut milk, topped with toasted coconut flakes:

AIP autoimmune paleo protocol breakfast cereal

Nice and warm, with plenty of leftovers to warm up and enjoy throughout the week.

I guess AIP eating isn't that boring after all!

This morning I went to the gym and lifted weights for about 35 minutes. Later, we'll be going back for a swim! Hope you are enjoying your day too.

9 comments:

timothy said...

glad the fog is lifting and the options are becoming clear, sounds like you may do well on this plan to me, have fun at the gym!

callie said...

Thanks for your detailed account of your experience on AIP. Question: I always thought that thyroid issues meant you couldn't have cruciferous vegetables. So I was surprised when you mentioned the curry recipe with kale (which sounds delicious BTW. Are cruciferous vegetables fine to eat if you have Hashimoto's?

Lyn said...

Thanks, timothy!

callie~

I did research that issue when I was diagnosed, as my endocrinologist just said it was not an issue unless I was eating large amounts. Here's a quote that summarizes what I've found:

"Luckily, cruciferous vegetables are only goitrogenic in the raw state. Cooking or lightly steaming will deactivate the glucosinolates, thus diminishing the goitrogenic activity. While consuming cooked cruciferous vegetables is preferred, occasionally eating small amounts of these foods in the raw states should not aggravate autoimmune thyroid conditions."

Source: http://www.thyroidpharmacist.com/blog/what-are-goitrogens-and-do-they-matter-with-hashimotos

Hope that answers your question!

Lyn said...

More info on cruciferous foods here: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/04/teaser-excerpt-from-the-paleo-approach-what-about-the-goitrogens-in-cruciferous-veggies.html

Interesting reading.

jaymn said...

I do hope you are going to share the recipes that you make on this plan. So glad you are back to blogging and you're feeling better.

Joyce

Lyn said...

jaymn~

sure will! I linked to the curry recipe and it is delicious. The squash and apples was simple. I just cut off the top part of a butternut squash, cubed it, cubed an apple, and steamed it all until soft. Added some cinnamon and maybe 1/4 c coconut milk and simmered a few minutes while mashing with a potato masher.

callie said...

Thanks for providing the extra info on the cruciferous vegetables. I am following your posts on AIP with great interest and am bookmarking the websites you link to. I have always thought my thyroid function may have been compromised though my initial test results showed normalcy. Based on what I'm reading it sounds like a regular TSH test isn't sufficient. I think it's time to revisit the issue. As an aside, I am really glad you are no longer angry and are blogging again. :)

kim ellis said...

what about dried italian herbs...can you use that? i find that tastes pretty good with some seasalt on fish and veggies

kim ellis said...

yessssss!!!!! this plan is going to work!

awesomesauce man....like the muscle building routine too..