The AIP community is centered around positivity, which I love, being negative isn’t going to change/help anything, but one thing I feel is missing is conversation and discourse. Many AIP leaders talk about road blocks, journeys, trouble shooting, and share success stories, but I don’t hear enough from the community as whole, both positive and negative.
The reason I bring this up is because I had my endo check in today and my TSH levels are higher, jumping up a full point +. It is still in the normal range, but for most people your TSH levels should/would not vacillate drastically. Of course, there are so many reasons this can be the case and AIP has been a big help overall, but it’s disappointing that my labs are worse and not better. Listen, I know I am getting ahead of myself, I usually do, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, I’ve worked so hard. Discouragement is easy when you haven’t had Italian food in three months ;).
Again, I have to go with how I feel, and the diet makes me feel better, but I also need to start trouble shooting to see if I can stop this attack on my tender little thyroid! It’s going to be a frustrating process and I suppose I should saddle up.
As much as I want to share positivity and encouragement I also want you to know you’re allowed to be angry/sad from time to time. It isn’t easy trying to navigate “alternative” healing, but when the other choice is a hit or miss medication that doesn’t fix anything, it’s certainly worth figuring it out.
All that said I did have some delicious meals this week that I am going to share with you, yay!
PRESSURE COOKER ASIAN PORK, recipe here!
Cost: $30 – $50
Rating (1-10): 6
Review: This was actually better the next day, it was a bit tasteless and watery straight out of the pot. I would recommend starting with the slow cooker version, those seem to have the most flavor! Overall it was good, I threw it on a bed of kale and added extra pink sea salt.
Notes: $30 – $50 for a 3-4 meals and depends on what ingredients you have, I usually have coconut aminos, fish sauce, and honey around but if you don’t it makes this recipe a bit pricier. That said you can always make recipes for what you do have in your pantry/refrigerator to make everything more cost efficient.
SEA SALT & LIME SPINACH CHIPS, recipe here!
Rating (1-10): 7
Review: These we’re tasty and easy to make, I used about 1 1/4 bags of organic spinach from Trader Joes. I would also get two limes for this recipe, just in case. It was nice to have a snack that was both nutrient dense and convenient.
Notes: $5 for a snack that will get you through a couple of days, it unlikely you can have TOO many leafy greens, so enjoy!
SPATCHCOCKED ADOBO CHICKEN recipe here!
Yeah I couldn’t wait to eat this, hence the pic…patience is a virtue!
Cost: $12 – $25
Rating (1-10): 9
Review: This was easy to make and so flavorful! I had never done a spatchcocked chicken but it’s definitely a good life hack for cooking chicken faster. That said I hope you don’t have any issue with cracking some bones because this requires that you cut the backbone out of your whole chicken and piercing its sternum (you can use it for a bone broth later that week). Luckily I am fascinated with anatomy and it didn’t bother me too much ;).
Notes: $12 – $25 for 4 meals, again it depends on the ingredients and/or quality of chicken you can buy, but you get A LOT of bang for your buck on this one. While it takes around 45 minutes to cook, the prep time is around 15-20 minutes which is considerably less time than most AIP meals. I highly recommend you try it.
ROSEMARY & GARLIC BEEF LIVER, recipe here!
Rating (1-10): 6
Review: I have to say I didn’t hate this recipe, I thought I was going to have to choke this liver down but I actually enjoyed eating it. Having the apples and garlic/rosemary really helped with the liver flavor. I have not been eating enough organ meats on AIP and I am trying to get back in the groove.
Notes: $12 for a pound of liver and the additional ingredients, organ meats are relatively cheap, even the grass-fed pastured versions!
WINE AND CHOCOLATE (reintroductions)
Oh what joy! This week I added back in two of my favorites and so far so good. I usually go for the reds when I drink wine, but a dry white was recommended so I went for the only white I like, sauvignon blanc. No symptoms and it was so wonderfully delicious.
The second introduction this past week was chocolate, whoop whoop! Instead of trying to track down a brand I could eat I made my own and it was really easy. Organic cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, honey and voila! I also added some sea salt to mine, I love salty and sweet together! Recipe, here!
In regards to my opening, today is one day of (hopefully) many more to come, I can’t let it derail me from answers and healing. Have a good week, only one more full week until the holiday, and damn do we need it!