Okay, so now that thesis is over I will stop being such a slacker and give more time and attention to this blog and you all :-) I haven't really had much of a chance to experiment with recipes the past two weeks, but I have put together some pretty tasty plates along the way, so I am going to share a bunch of them with you. If you ever want to stay in the loop with what I'm eating on a daily basis though, feel free to check out my instagram, @chronicillnesschronicles.
I've also fallen off the wagon (the autoimmune paleo protocol wagon that is) a few times in the past couple of weeks thanks to stress and anxiety, so I'll be writing a post about that on Wednesday. It's important to forgive yourself when you have a slip up, but I also like to prepare for the future so I can avoid the same situation from happening again. I was a bit bummed that I couldn't even handle a couple glasses of red wine the other night, but oh well! I found other ways to celebrate my thesis being completed: bacon, lovely company, and good tunes :-)
Once I get my life back together (although I feel like that's a process that is never-ending haha...) I'm going to try out some different recipes. I am still a little reluctant on trying AIP-treats because I'm not sure how I would respond to the flours and sweeteners/syrups (honey and maple) would sit with me. But, I might try out something for my thesis defense on Wednesdays since I need to bring some snacks. We shall see.
Anyway, here are my meals from the past couple weeks with pictures of each dish at the end of the post!
1) Chicken thigh, figs, plantain bread, greens, radishes, roasted carrots, and broccoli/cauliflower mash
2) Kalamata olives, greens, radishes, spaghetti squash, ground turkey, and mushrooms
3) Chicken wings, pumpkin puree, parsnips, and brussel sprouts
4) Ground turkey, frozen blueberries, greens, brussel sprouts, and roasted carrots
5) Tuna salad with greens, cucumbers, olives, and avocado cucumber guacamole
6) Pumpkin puree, blueberries, blackberries, and carob powder
7) Cod, white onion, greens, green beans, black berries, and golden sweet potato chips
8) Ground turkey, broccoli slaw, brussel sprouts, radishes, served in some leftover crock pot "juices" (I cringed typing that out - I don't really like the word juices I just realized...) (apple cider vinegar and chicken broth), and of course, plantain chips!
9) Ground turkey, kalamata olives, zoodles, greens, and green beans
10) Chicken thigh, cucumbers and oranges
Woo! Okay... hopefully that somewhat makes up for my absence, as I know you all have been waiting on baited breath for this post.
Have any of you all tried some new recipes lately? Maybe something St. Patrick's-day-themed? Let me know if there's anything out there that you'd like me to experiment with!
Until next time!
I think it makes more sense to have this post be on Sunday instead of Friday, and it makes it easier on me to get a post out to you all, so let's just agree that recipe day will now be Sunday... ;-)
So, cooking this week has been a bit interesting considering our oven is not working. This means I have to put my bacon obsession on hold for a week. Let's hope that I'll be able to survive ;-) I've gotten "creative" by relying on our crock pot and using the microwave more often. An oven breaking might not seem like a big deal to all of you non-AI/paleo eaters, but for me, I do ALL of my cooking and meal prep., so I've been trying my best to keep calm and cook on without it haha.
Anyway, I'll admit that as a result I haven't really experimented with too many new recipes this week, but the ones that I have tried came out awesome and taste great. That's not me tooting my own horn, rather, the amazing bloggers that I follow always pump out wonderful recipes! Yay!
I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately with everything that I have going on, but I feel like this weekend has helped me get back on track. Sometimes it's really hard to balance everything between graduate work, teaching, advising, working out, cooking, this blog, and having some semblance of a social life. I think I'm juggling everything as well as I possibly can though!
Okay, so enough about me - onto the recipes/dishes that I really enjoyed this week.
1) Tuna salad
2) Pumpkin puree with BACON! <3
3) AIP-approved Mint-Chocolate Truffles
4) Cod with Red Cabbage and Zoodles
5) Roasted Garlic Mashed Rutabagas
Have any of my lovely readers tried a new recipe this week? Let me know in the comments! :-)
Until next time!
Hello there! This week has definitely been a long one, so I'm really happy that it's finally Friday!
I've recently tried introducing an array (well, to me anything more than blueberries constitutes the usage of the word array...) of fruit back into my diet. I had been avoiding it for some time because I had issues with fructose malabsorption, which led me to have blood sugar crashes and itchy skin all over. Yay!
Since starting the autoimmune protocol, my stomach lining has been acting like a champ and I've been able to tolerate apples, oranges, different types of berries, and we shall see if pineapples pass the test later.
Even more exciting, I can finally eat some things without having to take a digestive enzyme prior to eating *does a dance* *raises the roof* Go stomach! It's exciting stuff.
Anyway, here are some of the awesome recipes made by some amazing women who also live by the autoimmune protocol. I honestly could not keep up this diet and lifestyle without these recipes and the kindness that is abundant within the autoimmune community.
Oh, and as I said in my last recipe post, even if you don't need to restrict certain types of food from your diet, these recipes create really delicious and nutrient-dense dishes, so it's worth a try in my opinion. Plus, they're super healthy!
1) Cinnamon Pork Apple Skillet - He Won't Know It's Paleo
What has been your favorite dish/recipe to make lately?
Alright, well thanks for checking in with this week's favorite recipes and I hope that I gave you some fun options to explore. I'm off to enjoy some lunch before I tackle the rest of my day. I'm looking forward to Zumba-ing it up later on in the day :-)
Until next time!
One of the biggest challenges when starting with a new diet or when you're restricting certain types of food is figuring out "what can I eat now?!?!" I started the autoimmune protocol (AIP) over winter break, so it's been a little over a month since I started the new "diet." I put that in quotes because it isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. (If you'd like to learn about what foods are restricted on the AIP, please click the link from up above :-))
One component of my new lifestyle is making sure that I always have meals in the fridge or some fruits and veggies that I can readily snack on. I've learned the hard way with this one. My hanger (anger stemming from being hungry ;)) gets out of control and I am a terror to be around. The diet I eat does not afford me the opportunity to get fast food, order a sandwich from Jimmy John's, or even get a burrito bowl from Chipotle, and that is okay, because if I were to eat these things I would look seven-months pregnant and would be spending a lot of free time in the bathroom. I'll spare you the rest of the gruesome details ;-)
As a result I typically cook 3-5 days a week to make sure my pantry and fridge is stocked up with tasty snacks and delicious meals that help me stick to the protocol. On Chronic Illness Chronicles, I plan to share some of my favorite recipes that I've experimented with during the week on Fridays.
***Even if you aren't eating the AIP way, these recipes are healthy, quick to make, and very nutrient-dense, which is key for me, since I'm working to heal my gut lining. I'll be sure to post about leaky gut once I have researched it some more :-)
Okay, so here goes!
1) Roasted Squash Soup with Thyme by Healing Family Eats
2) Fit Fat Bombs by Grazed and Enthused
3) Napa Cabbage and Prosciutto by The Bacon Mom
4) Thyme Roasted Acorn Moons by Simple & Merry
5) Plantain Bread/Tortillas by Stephanie Meyer
Alright, that's all for now! I'm about to leave the office and spend some much-needed time in my grey sweatpants and binge watch some One Tree Hill on Netflix ;) Happy Friday to you all!
Anyone try out any new or old favorite recipes this week? Anyone have any suggestions for what I should make this week? Drop me a line in the comments below!
Oh, and please look below for some pictures of these meals and more!
Until next time!