I’ve replace a few of the meals this wee with my autoimmune cabbage and mushroom curry last week. I also made sushi from a recipe on Pinterest which is to die for, I just removed the capsicum. I cooked the prawns in a little turmeric powder too (getting it in where I can).
I also was also a bit naughty and added some walnuts over one of Luke Hines’ salads. I definitely don’t recommend you being naughty and steering off the protocol so early on, but I added these little gems in for protein that day as I know I don’t have a problem with them. Click on the walnut link to find out why walnuts are good for you if you aren’t on an AIP or can start introducing nuts again.
I hope you are starting to feel better and not craving those nuts, seeds and eggs anymore. The one thing I have been most surprised about this week is how much I am not missing is eggs?? I ate them all the time and it’s not bothering me one iota that I can’t have them!
Nuts however is a different story! ( Click here to hear why Sarah Ballantyne, PHD and author of paleomum.com explains her scientific take on nuts and the autoimmune protocol.
Nuts have been so far the hardest thing to give up. I began to wonder why? I think, because they make up so many of the ‘alternative’ lunches, snacks and treats like crackers, nut cheeses, deserts, and all the other ‘healthy’ treats I think I have become a little bit too used to over the last year. It is so hard when we have been governed by snacks and treats all our lives, they are everywhere we look, at school, work, in fact most of our social lives revolve around them. They had crept in a little too much to my weekly rituals again. It wasn’t until I started the AIP that I realised they had became a bit of a crutch. So, this coming week, I am going to try and break this cycle. I’m going to do it gently though and make a heap of AIP coconut bliss-balls adapted from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook with added healing doTERRA oils and lots of love for times when I just need to grab a treat. I also use organic orange peel where I can, as they are full of flavonoids which are antioxidants which play a huge role in helping prevent chronic diseases. Orange peel also contain more nutrients than its flesh and is packed full of; calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and some B vitamins as well as fibre! And to think I have been throwing the peel in the bin all these year!!!
It’s funny because the word treat in our house has turned into a bit of a naughty word and I don’t know why, because all of the treats that get made in this house are Paleo/Banting 100%. So thinking along these lines I got thinking about why do we want snacks? Well for me it’s a ready snack to grab and go when I haven’t got much time, so in that instant it’s about having something readily available to crave a hunger when the rest of your world is a crazy nonstop whirlwind. The other reason is boredom, bad habits in front of the TV or if I am at a social gathering where I know my nutritional needs aren’t going to be met. So this week, apart from the bliss-balls I’m going to focus on having enough ‘treats’ that are more nutritionally beneficial than one that’s made up of nuts. I am also upping my turmeric and vitamin C intake to reduce the inflammation in my body. For vitamin C I use the Loving Earth’s Gubinge powder, which is the dried powder of the Kakadu plum from WA. It has been said to be the most potent form of vitamin C in the world and can be bought at Dynamic Organic in Mandurah. Please pop in the comments places near you that may stock this too.
So my list of healthy, ready to grab treats this week are raw veggie sticks and dips, sushi rolls, snack size portions of soup, cabbage slaw and my all time favourite a selection of veggie chips. For the bliss balls please click here. Keep going everyone, each week is another step closer to being the best versions of ourselves.