I'm back from my trip and we had a wonderful time! It was a real joy for the five of us who traveled together and everyone enjoyed it. We went exploring, hiking, shopping, hit some museums and a few restaurants. I brought along some dried apple chips and a banana for myself. When we went to the donut shop, I just abstained. At restaurants, my choices were:
Meal 1: an order of thick sliced bacon with a side of avocado and a side of fruit
Meal 2: a grass fed beef burger with lots of Boston Bibb lettuce, onions, baked sweet potato and a side of raspberry kombucha.
Meal 3: a hamburger topped with thick sliced ham, lettuce, and pickles (this was about as boring as it comes, but there were limited options. No bun, no condiments).
Meal 4: 3 sausage links and a big bowl of cantaloupe, honeydew, and strawberries with some herbal tea. I figure the sausages might not be the AIP type (spices? nitrates?) but it worked out okay.
Another meal was had that they brought back to our hotel but I just had a banana and some water since I wasn't very hungry (we'd had ice cream in the afternoon).
Yes, I said we had ice cream. There was a local shop we wanted to try (which makes their own ice cream with only fresh local ingredients) and this is where I planned to reintroduce grass-fed cream (which is more likely to be tolerated than milk or conventional dairy). I chose one scoop of a flavor with no non-AIP stuff in it (no nuts, seeds, gluten, cookies, etc) and it was delicious. I felt fine after eating that. I had some cream cheese another day and still no issues with it. I am not planning to have cream or any other dairy on a regular basis, just because of the calories (and I need to ask my doctor more about the dairy/thyroid disease connection he talked about) but it's nice to know I can have it on occasion without it bothering me.
Foods I ate this week at home:
Flat iron steak, ribeye steak, turkey breast, ground beef, bacon
Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, Iceberg lettuce, spinach, red onions, mushrooms, kale, onions, butternut squash
Bananas, dates, apple chips, cantaloupe
Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut butter, avocado oil, olives, avocado
Decaf tea, herbal tea, honey, maple syrup, coconut flour, arrowroot flour,
Gelatin, kombucha, fermented pickles.
Sweets this week: 1 date caramel, 5 dark chocolate honey mints (AIP compliant, posted about these before), a few slices of AIP banana bread. I baked the banana bread this week and even the kids liked it! It tastes close enough to the real thing. Recipe here.
Exercise: I only walked once this week at home, but did at least 3 miles each day on our trip.
This morning I weigh 244 pounds. That's 1 pound gone this week (the fourth week in a row of losing one pound). I weighed 248 on February 1, spent all of February on AIP and lost 4 pounds for the month. That may seem small, but after 5 months in a row of weight *gain* it is a welcome reversal. I have not been counting calories or anything, but eating what I like from the AIP template (with reintroductions happening now).
Looking forward to another good week!
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