Wow, how did another week fly by so quickly? Guess it was partly due to having company all week (they leave tomorrow). It was enjoyable and we had lots of fun.
My eating this week was okay. I felt kind of nervous about re-adding dairy, even though the grass fed cream went well last week. I am not sure I fully understand the possible connection between dairy and thyroid disease, so I'm not really keen on adding lots of milk products back into my life until I am sure it's not going to be a detriment to my health. I need to do some reading and ask my endocrinologist about it. For now, I have backed off to grass fed ghee. Ghee has no lactose or milk proteins and is tolerated well by most people from what I have read. It's usually one of the first foods reintroduced on AIP because it is less likely to cause a reaction. I had some ghee twice this week, spread on my AIP banana bread toasted from the freezer, and it's delicious. I haven't had any other dairy this week.
I've started feeling kind of burned out on the whole AIP diet thing... well, not so much the actual diet as the details of each day in the life of AIP. For the 3+ months I've done AIP (2 months this summer and over one month now) I have written down a list of foods I eat each day, and then posted them in a summarized list each week on my blog. This is the first week I didn't do that and just ate from the AIP lists without recording everything. I just haven't wanted to think about food as much. I also have gotten kind of sick of some of the basics, like coconut products. I really have no desire to eat anymore coconut milk curry, coconut oil, coconut butter, or coconut baked goods. I didn't even bake any AIP "treats" at all this week. I think I just feel so much more relaxed about food right now, and less worried about what I am going to eat, that it is taking a back seat to the other stuff in life. I like it better this way.
I do plan to keep reintroducing things, but I'm not in a rush and I don't have a plan aside from leaving grains, and probably nightshades, until later. Believe it or not, I am kind of getting sick of bacon. I still like it, but would really enjoy having a couple of eggs for breakfast instead. I think I'll add back egg yolks this week.
I am starting to feel free again. I don't know if you can relate to this, but I have felt kind of boxed in by the whole "food issues" thing, the lack of energy, the general "blah" feeling and even the fear of my pain coming back. There is a bondage of fear and hesitation that comes when you've spent a long time (two years in my case) in daily, debilitating pain; even when it leaves, you kind of wonder how long you will get a reprieve and fear the day it comes back. Over the last few weeks I have felt all of that melting away and being replaced by peace and happiness in life. I feel so much better.
No gain, no loss this week: still 244 pounds.
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