Infograph credit: @phoenix.helix
Someone at work today asked me about my restrictions, and I made the common mistake of starting with what I couldn't eat. She said, "wow, that means you eat a lot of meat."🍖 This is true to a certain extent. Any plant based #protein will keep me up all night in agony, so I have to rely a lot on meat and seafood. 🍤 But i also eat a ridiculous amount of produce. The UK recommends consuming 800g of #fruits and #vegetables a day. Out of curiosity, I calculated how much I ate today. Even after excluding the molokhia and the veggies in kofta, I guestimated it at 1,354.96 grams! 😰 Not as meat heavy as I thought!
#AIP Food Pyramid looks like this:
Foundation: 6 - 14 cups (~168 - 392 grams) of vegetables 🍠
Level 5: Organ meat, wild caught seafood, fermented food, bone broth
Level 4: Meat and poultry 🍗
Level 3: Good fats for each meal
Level 2: A couple servings of fruit 🍏🍍🍓
Level 1: Treats for special occasions 🍬
I meant to post this earlier, but 2 coworkers called in sick, so I filled in. The co-op has a sale in the Wellness Department every second Wednesday of the month, and with my employee discount, I bought some much needed supplements and essential oils for cheap. Cha ching! 💰
Today was #workoutwednesday and my 5 month evals! 💪some #gains around the waist and hips are more obvious, but what's awesome is that my personal trainer told me that I am showing more definition everywhere. Sweet! And a #nonscalevictory : my deadlift form is much stronger, and I am at 30lbs. Movin on up 😀
If there is one thing I miss on the #autoimmuneprotocol , it's mom's and taita's (grandma's) cooking. I have been looking for recipes that could be modified. Btw, how on Earth do such things like #aip mousaka exist? It's impossible and blasphemous!
Anywho, breakthrough! I made one of my favorite foods growing up. #Molokhia refers to both the plant and the #Egyptian classic dish. Jute leaves with either #chicken 🐔🍗or rabbit. I always feel awful about eating 🐇, so thank goodness it's not available in Minnesota. Then again, I used to feel the same way about lamb. 😂
The recipe for molokhia normally calls for cardamom, which I omitted, and added ground ginger and cloves. The taqliya paste for the chicken was made with #evoo , garlic, and cilantro (substitute for coriander). Molokhia is traditionally served over rice, so I ate it with mashed parsnips. For a first timer, it's pretty good! I think I will add more salt and maybe some fresh ginger next time for a little kick. In the meantime, yay/Alhamdullilah! Oh yeah, and it's Egyptian mother approved - yes, I had her try it. 👐
1. Cook food ahead of time and portion them to make separate meals. I prepared 🍗chicken thighs and #vegetables for 2 lunches plus a skillet for Saturday breakfast. Carry on
approved snacks include @wildzorafoods Lamb Bars and dried tuna. Anyone not #lowcarb can pack
sweet potato chips, dried fruit, and plantain chips.
2. Chances are there will be a grocery/convenience store within reasonable distance of where
you’re staying, so pick up staples. I walked to Whole Foods in #Chicago , and bought a plain
rotisserie #chicken , an avocado, mixed #greens , butternut squash noodles, and canned sardines🐟. I portioned
everything into enough meals throughout my entire trip -with the exception of eating out, my next tip.
3. Look up restaurants online (or ask on Instagram haha) and check the menus for dishes you could modify. Contact places to let them know of your dietary needs. I allowed myself to eat at 3 restaurants, and every
meal was delicious. I tipped staff well and wrote good reviews to show my appreciation.
4. 😴😨#AIP is more than food. #Stress and #sleep affect my #Crohns more than what I eat. My stress
was easily managed by all the walking, sightseeing, and being with friends. I took a short🛁 bath one
evening to relieve some pain. As for sleep, I had roomies with #ibd . Not taking the chance of waking others up several times (and
vice versa), I played White Noise. It works! I had one evening where sleep was just not happening,
so I worked out at the #gym after #fajr (5:30am). Call me crazy, but I burned off excess
energy.💪 5. Even with all the preparation, understand that hiccups may happen,
especially if you are considerate of time and travel mates. Planned restaurants being too far away
and hotel food come to mind. I prioritized by staying away from my worst
triggers -beans, dairy, grains, and gluten. However, The hotel cooked #eggs 🍳 with canola oil, which I allowed. I also didn't eat any fruit, so I replaced them with sweet potatoes. Neither hindered my healing #progress , but instead made it more sustainable.
6. Check out museums, tours, local events, and spend time with loved ones.
These are times to cherish. ❤