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    Basmah, a.k.a. I 'MMUNE
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πŸ’°πŸ’° score! Bought this big guy from @traderjoes for πŸ’²4.99, which is the same price at other stores for less than half this size. πŸ™Œ I love to use this seasoning on turkey and chicken. 
#ibd #crohns #autoimmune #paleo #autoimmuneprotocol #aip #lowcarb
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."πŸ– 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 πŸ—
Level 3: Good fats for each meal
Level 2: A couple servings of fruit πŸπŸπŸ“
Level 1: Treats for special occasions 🍬

#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #paleo #lowcarb #autoimmuneprotocol #nutrientdensity #gainingweightiscool #foodie #girlsgottaeat #eatyourveggies
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."πŸ– 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 πŸ— Level 3: Good fats for each meal Level 2: A couple servings of fruit πŸπŸπŸ“ Level 1: Treats for special occasions 🍬 #autoimmune  #ibd  #crohns  #paleo  #lowcarb  #autoimmuneprotocol  #nutrientdensity  #gainingweightiscool  #foodie  #girlsgottaeat  #eatyourveggies 
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! πŸ’°

Today was #workoutwednesday and my 5 month evals! πŸ’ͺsome #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 πŸ˜€

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #gainingweightiscool #girlswholift #weightlifting
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! πŸ’° Today was #workoutwednesday  and my 5 month evals! πŸ’ͺsome #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 πŸ˜€ #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #gainingweightiscool  #girlswholift  #weightlifting 
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 πŸ”πŸ—or rabbit. I always feel awful about eating πŸ‡, so thank goodness it's not available in Minnesota. Then again, I used to feel the same way about lamb. πŸ˜‚

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. πŸ‘ 
#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #paleo #lowcarb #healthymuslim #Egyptianfood #weightgainjourney #feedme
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  πŸ”πŸ—or rabbit. I always feel awful about eating πŸ‡, so thank goodness it's not available in Minnesota. Then again, I used to feel the same way about lamb. πŸ˜‚ 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. πŸ‘ #autoimmune  #ibd  #crohns  #paleo  #lowcarb  #healthymuslim  #Egyptianfood  #weightgainjourney  #feedme 
#batchcooking day 2! My classic #skillet made with the frozen #vegetables I posted the other day. I still have a few servings left from the other dish, so I am putting this in the freezer next to the chicken. I also cooked my #kofta snack - sticking with what I know for now until I get into a routine. Then I will be able to experiment again. It is #squash season yay! 
#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #autoimmuneprotocol #paleo #lowcarb #healthymuslim #mealprep #weightgainjourney
#batchcooking  day 2! My classic #skillet  made with the frozen #vegetables  I posted the other day. I still have a few servings left from the other dish, so I am putting this in the freezer next to the chicken. I also cooked my #kofta  snack - sticking with what I know for now until I get into a routine. Then I will be able to experiment again. It is #squash  season yay! #autoimmune  #ibd  #crohns  #autoimmuneprotocol  #paleo  #lowcarb  #healthymuslim  #mealprep  #weightgainjourney 
Not pretty at all, but #batchcooking day 1 includes InstaPot πŸ–chuck roast, salmon fillets 🐟, and a whole chickenπŸ”πŸ—. It took 30 minutes to prepare, and everything was done within 2 hours!  I'm going to save the rest of my energy for work today, and do the rest of my cooking tomorrow. Hopefully will fit in some gym time as well depending on how I feel. 😊

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #paleo #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #lowcarb #mealprep #girlsgottaeat #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool
Not pretty at all, but #batchcooking  day 1 includes InstaPot πŸ–chuck roast, salmon fillets 🐟, and a whole chickenπŸ”πŸ—. It took 30 minutes to prepare, and everything was done within 2 hours! I'm going to save the rest of my energy for work today, and do the rest of my cooking tomorrow. Hopefully will fit in some gym time as well depending on how I feel. 😊 #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #paleo  #aip  #autoimmuneprotocol  #lowcarb  #mealprep  #girlsgottaeat  #weightgainjourney  #gainingweightiscool 
Mini batch prepping experiment with my skillet. I used a food scale to separate everything into equal portions. The food in the bowls are what I'll be using today, and placed the bagged #vegetables in the freezer for next time. Throw in some chopped #greens and #protein, and I'm good to go! πŸ™Œ

I plan to transition to batch cooking, making multiple roasts and other dishes at once so I can freeze some for later. Hopefully this will shave off a little time in the kitchen!

#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #paleo #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #lowcarb #mealprep #gainingweightiscool
Mini batch prepping experiment with my skillet. I used a food scale to separate everything into equal portions. The food in the bowls are what I'll be using today, and placed the bagged #vegetables  in the freezer for next time. Throw in some chopped #greens  and #protein , and I'm good to go! πŸ™Œ I plan to transition to batch cooking, making multiple roasts and other dishes at once so I can freeze some for later. Hopefully this will shave off a little time in the kitchen! #autoimmune  #ibd  #crohns  #paleo  #aip  #autoimmuneprotocol  #lowcarb  #mealprep  #gainingweightiscool 
1. Cook food ahead of time and portion them to make separate meals. I prepared πŸ—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 shortπŸ› 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.πŸ’ͺ 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. ❀
1. Cook food ahead of time and portion them to make separate meals. I prepared πŸ—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 shortπŸ› 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.πŸ’ͺ 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. ❀
First day of work! I was going to wear my Eid outfit, but it's too light for my cold. Booo. At least this old #len top fits me again, and my new #sketchers are super comfy!

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #gainingweightiscool
πŸ”πŸ—Excited to carve this baby! πŸ—πŸ” Seasoned with duck fat, salt, garlic, and homemade poultry seasoning from Food to Heal Ourselves. 
#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #paleo #lowcarb #aip #chicken #girlsgottaeat #ilikethemcrispy
So happy I got to hang out with this girl before I left #chitown! Just love her. 😘

At @uncommongrd, I ordered a grilled steak seasoned with salt, poached eggs🍳, and sweet potato cubes. Omnomnnom!

#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #paleo #aip #girlsgottaeat #gainingweightiscool #Chicago
Any #girlswithguts warrior named Stephanie is pretty stellar in my book. 😘

#ibd #crohns #autoimmune #celebrategwg
Cabin 9, including my #ccfa #teamchallenge Dublin sister at the Gala!

#girlswithguts #celebrategwg #ibd #crohns
#girlswithguts sister Danette made these awesome #crohnswarrior stones! Thank you! ❀

#autoimmune #ibd #crohns #celebrategwg
Cabin 9 lovelies! ❀❀❀ #crohns #ibd #girlswithguts #celebrategwg
#otter synchronize swimming, a salamander, and some really hangry toads.
#otter  synchronize swimming, a salamander, and some really hangry toads.