So I was thinking last night when I was making hotel reservations that I need to make a plan for staying on AIP while we're gone on a sightseeing trip with our company in a little more than a week. It was kind of a last minute thing; we knew we'd have company staying with us for a week and a half (and planning out those meals is a whole 'nother thing I am working on), but we just decided to take this trip for a couple of days. I've got a couple of "foodies" travelling with us and they are very interested in hitting some good restaurants. Now I am deciding how to handle this.
Since I am three weeks into staying 100% AIP, Tuesday night I added cocoa back in (just like I did the first time). I knew cocoa wasn't a problem for me since the reintroduction went smoothly last time. This isn't going to help me on my trip (can't have any chocolate donuts or mousse... just cocoa) but helps me have more variety at home (10-calorie Choffy (brewed cocoa beans) in the morning instead of always having tea with coconut milk and honey). Now I am thinking about adding back in a couple of things over the next week so that I'll be able to eat well in a restaurant, no matter where we go.
The biggest difficulty, for me, in trying to eat AIP in a restaurant is the spices. I mean, when I was on Medifast or low carbing I could *always* order some plain steamed veggies and some kind of meat: baked chicken, a steak, or some fish. But on AIP the spices are so limited that everything has to be plain. Salt and pepper, basically. And I just don't trust some places to honor my "no seasoning in the burger patty" request. Plus it is just so bland... "can I get a boiled chicken breast please? No butter, no oil, no seasonings!" Anyway I am thinking about reintroducing some spices this week, just so I can have a bit more variety without adding calories and without worrying so much about going off plan. I think I will add some seed spices (they can be added back as a group) over the next 3-4 days but avoid nightshade-based spices for a few more weeks. Then if that goes well, on Monday I will try some plain black coffee. You can get black coffee anywhere on a trip, and I am happy to enjoy my plain coffee when there is nothing food-wise I can, or want to, eat.
The only other thing I am considering reintroducing, IF the spices and coffee go well, is eggs. It would be so nice to have a veggie omelet for breakfast or a hard boiled egg for a snack. On AIP I have read that egg yolks are usually not something people are sensitive to, so you can add those back first. Egg whites can be a problem for some. But hey, even if I can just get yolks added back, my dogs will be happy to help dispose of the whites! So like I said, if the spices go well this week, I may try adding back eggs (or at least the yolks) in some organized fashion next Wednesday or Thursday. (You're supposed to wait 3 days between introductions so I will definitely do that).
That's the plan! I also may mix up a recipe of AIP-compliant salad dressing, put a serving in a spice bottle, and bring it in a cooler. Might sound silly but it would make a big salad more appealing! After the trip's over and company is gone I will figure out what I want to reintroduce next. Maybe ghee. I am getting tired of coconut oil.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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