AIP Paleo – Day 13 BUSTED!

It’s always my intention to be as honest with ya’ll as possible, but it’s also embarrassing when I don’t set out to do the things I intend to do.  I’m not clear if this was truly a lack of willpower of some sort or a true “this is not working, and I need to change my plan” thing, but here’s the story.  I’ll let you decide.

I’ve been hungry, starving really, almost every day.  Even right after I eat a big meal, I’m still hungry.  This hasn’t made a lot of sense to me, as I shouldn’t be going through any drastic sugar or caffeine withdrawals, like I did when I first went Paleo (with AIP).  I had a flare-up of some kind a few nights ago (hives, followed by more active RA).  I wondered if it was cinnamon or coconut milk.  I’ve been having good days, but I’m still waking up sore and slightly stuff in the AM since that cinnamon night.  My thyroid eye disease (which strangely seems to operate similarly yet differently than my RA, one can be active without the other) has also gotten worse the last few days.  What does it all mean?  I set out to do AIP to tease this stuff apart, but all around I’ve been doing worse since starting AIP!

Yesterday, I went to work, my brain was foggy, I felt weak, and I was hungry all day.  I’ve been under a bit of stress at work (that I was hoping would end today, but unfortunately it has been “to be continued” until the end of Feb).  I’ve also been under a lot of mommy stress at home, and my son has been needing a lot of extra TLC.

So, yesterday, my eating went as follows:

Breakfast:

  • Shake (coconut milk, blueberry, banana, kale, unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 slices Applegate turkey

Lunch:

  • Comfort chicken (chicken thighs, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic)
  • Cuties (oranges)
  • Hibiscus Tea

After Work:

  • 3/4 of a nondairy chocolate bar
  • 1/2 cup of homemade granola (with TONS of cinnamon in it)
  • Kit’s Organic Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar

I was SO Hungry, and still wasn’t full after eating all of this in a short period of time. 

Dinner:

  • Comfort Chicken
  • Tea
  • Water
  • More nondairy chocolate

How did I wake up this morning post-cinnamon?  No hives.  Better than the last few mornings, but still having insatiable hunger, less sore, no stiffness.  I had planned on going back to AIP today, but I wound up not doing it.  I’m wondering how much stress, poor sleep (allowing time for sleep, but not waking up feeling rested), lack of exercise (doing better, but need to “really get it going”), and mommy worry are playing into things.  I think right now I have to halt my experiment until I get these other things “dialed in.”  Basically, I’m not sure what I’m measuring right now, diet or other life circumstances.  Unfortunately, some things are out of my control right now, and I’ll just have to wait them out.  Some things, I can work on, like exercising, taking time to de-stress, and loving my little guy.  Plus, my husband will be thrilled that we can eat pork again (part of my elimination this time around).

So, with that, I am off to take a bath and ponder my next moves.  Suggestions are certainly welcome!

AIP Paleo – Day 12

So, I have to tell you that I write these posts the day after my eating, and I will tell you right now that although yesterday (this post) was a good day, boy did I blow it today.  But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about it.  I’m disappointed, but…. well…. we’ll see how this plays out.

 

Breakfast:

  • Shake (coconut milk, banana, unsweetened cocoa, blueberry, kale)
  • 2 pieces Applegate deli turkey

Lunch:

  • Comfort chicken (chicken thighs, carrots, celery, garlic, sweet potato)
  • 2 Cuties (oranges)

Dinner

I’ve been freaking hungry, eating very large portions, and STILL HUNGRY.  This seems harder than when I went AIP Paleo the first time.

AIP Paleo – Day 11 of 30

Breakfast:

  • Shake (coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, blueberry, banana, kale)

Church:

  • Gluten free wafer/dip of wine
  • chicken wrapped lettuce

Lunch:

  • dried fruit

Dinner:

  • Ribs
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onions

I have to be honest that I’m eating way less than I normally do, and I’m not losing any weight, which is interesting.  I’m not trying to lose weight, but am fascinated by the fact that I don’t eat as much, as AIP is making it harder for me to have food on hand (I need more AIP recipes/practice, and I’m sure this would be easier.)

AIP Paleo – Day 10 of 30

Last night almost killed me.  You’ll see the last thing I ate was apples and cinnamon cooked in coconut milk.  Very yummy.  I got very itchy and broke out in some hives shortly after that, and I’ve been very itchy this last week (although I hadn’t had hives).  I’ve been blaming too much fruit consumption, as I believe I have issues with high histamine foods.  Here’s the problem.  Apples are low in histamine, as is coconut milk, but cinnamon is high. Here’s the big kicker: I woke up this morning with significant pain in my wrists, base of my fingers, and shoulders.  To add to it, I took a shot last night, which usually kicks in rather quick for me.  This means something, but I don’t know what.  I’ve never linked itch/hives to my pain before, but I think there’s a connection here.  Cinnamon?  Coconut milk?  Ugh, issues with either of those would be very sad.  I’d love some thoughts here.  I could probably take out cinnamon pretty easily.  Coconut milk would be hard.  Oh, and I broke out in hives before my shot, so I don’t think there’s a connection there.  Comments are most welcome!!

Breakfast:

  • Shake (banana, kale, unsweetened cocoa powder, blueberry, coconut milk)

Lunch:

Dinner

  • I was all set to make salmon cakes until I realized there’s eggs in that recipe, so more leftover Comfort Chicken
  • Apples cooked in coconut milk with cinnamon

AIP Paleo – Day 9 of 30

Well, my experiment from yesterday worked.  I exercised and woke up in less pain today, but still a smidge.  In all fairness, I should have been taking my Enbrel yeserday (and that would be when my half dose was due, as I’m no longer taking 25 mg Enbrel 2x/week, just once).

Breakfast:

  • Shake: (kale, blueberry, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, banana)

Lunch:

  • Jerky
  • Dried pears and apples
  • a pitiful excuse for a lunch!

Dinner:

  • A newly invented meal, and I’m calling it COMFORT CHICKEN.  It came out perfect!
  • Mango juice mixed with aloe vera juice (both store bought).

I’m eating way too much fruit and am itchy as a result of it.

Recipe – Comfort Chicken

I should have taken a picture of this recipe, but the leftovers don’t look as pretty as when you first spoon it out of the pot.  I’m sure I’ll make this again soon, so I’ll try to get a photo then.

Comfort Chicken Ingredients:

  • Two 20 ounce packages of chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I used Pacific brand, organic free range)
  • 1 pound organic pre-cut carrots (of course you can cut your own, but I’m lazy)
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut in large chunks
  • 1 very large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in large chunks
  • rubbed thyme (dried)
  • rubbed sage (dried)
  • rosemary (dried)
  • pink himalayan sea salt (or any salt, this was just an experiment)
  • 3 cloves are garlic, finely cut

In your crock put, sprinkle just enough broth to coat the bottom of the pot.  Place one package of chicken thighs across the bottom and sprinkle with a light-medium coating of thyme, sage, rosemary (heavier on the rosemary) and salt (just a tiny bit).  Sprinkle a little more broth on top, then add the second package of chicken on top.  Again, sprinkle with herbs and salt.  Add all of your veggies on top, sprinkle again with herbs and salt.  Add the rest of your broth and garlic.  Cook on high in crock pot for 3-4 hours.  I was going for comfort food here, and this totally hit the spot!

Into the crock pot it goes! 

AIP Paleo – Day 8 of 30 & Exercise?

A few interesting things to add to the mix.  A few nights ago, I started a new method to get my exercise going.  I’ve been very lazy since my elbow stuff about 4 months ago (torn ligament and was told not to exercise it until we know more).  Well, I just stopped exercising all together.  I had been doing Pilates on a Reformer for a few years.  The last few weeks (since I was told I could start again), I’m exercising once every 7-10 days.  LAZY!  And I am so so so weak.  Things are becoming harder just because I’ve lost muscle mass.  And yet I’m struggling to get going again, knowing that it would help me immensely.  I’ve also wondered if that’s why I’m not feeling as well as I had.

So, for 3 nights in a row, I took a Paleoish approach to this problem.  They’re always saying, “lift heavy things.”  Well, I have to be careful about that, especially working my elbow back up.  Here’s what I did:  1 minute of marching, knees high, to get my heart rate up (trick from my PT), and 4 minutes on the Reformer with the tension set as high as it could go that I could still do it for legs/body with only 5 reps, and then some real easy stuff for my elbow/arms.  So yes, I did 5 minutes of exercise, with about 3.5 minutes being REALLY heavy stuff.  And you know what?  My body LOVED it.  I didn’t flare up, which I worried about, and I felt much stronger the next morning when I woke up.  So, I did this for 3 nights until last night. 

Last night I ooopsed, and I fell asleep on the couch before hauling my carcass up to bed.  I woke up this morning, and I was sore again, which I hadn’t been the last couple of mornings.  Now when I say sore, this is mild stuff.  I’m not limping or stiff; it’s mild, annoying, barely rates bad in the grand scheme of RA stuff.  Still, when I woke, I was thinking “Oh, today’s shot day, and my body is so ready.”  After I was awake for a while, I was thinking, “hmmm, maybe I need to exercise.”  So, my experiment today is that I am going to exercise this morning, see if I can go the day without a shot, exercise again tonight, and see how I do tomorrow AM.  If I’m a mess tomorrow, I’ll know I really needed a shot.  If I feel good/fair tomorrow, I hope it serves as my lesson to stop being so lazy!

Breakfast:

  • Shake: (strawberry, blueberry, banana, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, kale)

Lunch:

  • Salad (greens, chicken, blackberries, lemon olive oil)
  • Homemade jerky
  • dried pears

Dinner (I was super hungry and made my hubby grill steaks!) (with cinnamon)

AIP Paleo – Day 7 of 30

Today is a hard day.  I got busy and didn’t get a chance to eat lunch.  I then realized the fish that I had just bought for dinner was spoiled.  I’m hungry and quite tempted to eat an entire bar of chocolate right now (nondairy, of course).  And I just might!

A few things to know about today: It’s supposed to snow tonight, and I’m not feeling the storm coming (happy about that).  I am, however, FREEZING cold.  Does anybody else get that way?  Cold and you can’t warm up?  It was SO much better last year, and I thought Paleo was helping.  Not so much this year.  I am cold A LOT, and wear layers, and still freeze.  And my son was driving me up a wall with his homework tonight, and the fireplace wouldn’t stay lit, and the fish was rotten, and the dog peed on the floor, the grocery store was out of many of my staples that will make getting through this week challenging, and…. I’M HAVING A BAD DAY!

Breakfast:

  • Shake (banana, kale, unsweetened cocoa, coconut milk, blueberry)

Lunch:

  • Didn’t really eat lunch…. a few dried pears

Dinner:

  • A couple of bites of tilapia and then it went in the trash
  • A few bites of leftover chicken and meatloaf
  • Carrots with honey
  • Fresh pineapple

An enormous cup of tea

And I made it with no chocolate.  Maybe it was a hurdle I had to get over.

AIP Paleo – Day 6 of 30

Breakfast:

  • Fresh juice (apple, pear, carrot, collard green, kale)
  • A bite of leftover meatloaf as I ran out the door

Lunch:

  • Salad (50/50 spinach/spring mix combo with leftover roast beef, blackberries, and lemon olive oil)
  • Coconut covered dates

Dinner:

  • Sirloin steak*
  • Broccoli*
  • Sweet potato fries* (I’m so addicted to these babies, and sweet potatoes are very filling)

* Eaten at a restaurant, so may be containing some secret ingredients.

AIP Paleo – Day 5 of 30

Breakfast:

  • Shake (PUMPKIN, banana, collard green, blueberry, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa)  ***My husband and I usually share a big shake, and I usually put in 2 bananas.  We only had 1 small banana, so I tried some frozen pumpkin I had from my garden.  It changed the texture a bit, but it was still good.***

Lunch:

  • sweet potato bisque
  • salad (50/50 spinach and spring mix with roast beef, blackberries, and lemon olive oil)

Dinner: