This week I avoided Reeses and Snickers, which is a staple for me almost every Halloween. My mom still likes to send my brothers and I a care package filled with ALL of the goods, even though we’re in our 30s, but you know candy is good at any age, am I right?! I asked my mom to resist the urge to send me candy this year, and she did (thank you mom). That didn’t stop here from sending traditional festive socks and decorations so I could still get in the spirit without the treats.
This week was not a home run in the food department, but I am well-fed and that in and of itself means I am lucky. The fact that I am even able to do this diet is a privilege. I know a lot of these AIP sites tell you there are ways to get deals and discounts, but I know that takes time and time is already so limited in our lives add in work and a family and what’s left? It is also, even with deals/sourcing/discounts, not cheap.
I would still encourage those with an autoimmune disease to try this diet/lifestyle and remember to take it one day at time, I have to remind myself of that constantly. I won’t solve my disease in a month, even thought I want to, I, like so many want everything to have a concrete answer and plan, but it just doesn’t work that way. This is a journey that will have many missteps, pitfalls, and stops along the way to healing and we cannot do it alone.
Have I sufficiently gone off the rails? I tend to do that, what I am trying to say is that it takes awhile and you need a good support system. You need people who will encourage you along the way and not bring negativity/toxicity to your healing, it’s just as important that you surround yourself with good/positive people as it is to feed your body with good/healthy foods. I hope that you have that and if you don’t, hey I am happy to start the circle!
Without further ado, here’s what I ate this week!
AIP PIZZA, recipe here!
Cost: $15 – $45
Rating (1-10): 4
Review: I am a pizza purest and AIP pizza doesn’t not hold up, crusts and breads made the AIP way are not good. Don’t let anyone fool you, beef gelatin as a solidifier is not a true replacement for eggs. If you don’t eat this expecting it to taste like pizza it’s actually alright and better the next day.
Notes: $15 – $45 for 3-4 meals and the cost depends on the ingredients you have like the beef gelatin which is about $25 (but lasts for forever and you’ll use it a lot). I recommend trying other pizza recipes, I am determined to find one that works, but I may have to wait until I can go the paleo route. Also, I ate this with a side of roasted asparagus, the picture was blurry, I failed. 😉
CUCUMBER MINT WATER
Rating (1-10): 7
Review: Okay, so I definitely didn’t reinvent the wheel with this one, but it was nice to switch up regular water for some cucumber/mint water. I just threw in some leftovers and had a nice refreshing drink with my meal.
Notes: $3 for the ingredients, if you want to use them strictly for cucumber/mint water you would be set for a week.
100% GRASS-FED BURGER PATTIES ON A BED OF GREENS w/ NOMATO KETCHUP
Rating (1-10): 7
Review: This is a recipe I threw together with leftover foods I had in the refrigerator. I cooked up a couple of 100% grass-fed ground beef patties (Trader Joe’s), threw them on a bed of kale, sprinkled with leftover red onion and nomato ketchup. Easy and delicious!
Notes: $12 for roughly 2 meals, I got one meal from this but I only used 3/4 pound of meat, the other 1/4 went to the AIP pizza. The nomato ketchup I had from the week before and an onion/kale from a previous meal.
Cost: $30 – $45
Rating (1-10): 8
Review: This meal was easy and satisfying, tilapia is a cheaper fish which makes it more accessible to everyone. I loved all of the different flavors in the fish and the side dish of apples/beets.
Notes: $30 – $45 for a 3 meals depending on the ingredients you already have!
BEST DAMN STEW EVER, recipe here!
Rating (1-10): 6
Review: This stew is nice and hearty, but does take some considerable prep/cook time. I spent roughly 1.5 hours on this and the result was not THE best damn stew, but good stew. I consider having to omit two of my favorite ingredients, worcestershire and peas, to the stew’s rating! Hopefully peas will be back in my life soon, but until then they’re out!
Notes: $50 for 4 meals and somewhat worth it, like I said in my previous post, stews aren’t my best or favorite work. They’re often labor intensive and not as satisfying as other meals. That said you get a lot of meals/snacks out of stew and they’re worth it in that arena!
TAZO ORGANIC SPICEY GINGER TEA
Rating (1-10): 8
Review: I love this tea and it is caffeine free, it helps stave off hunger pangs between meals and has a nice little kick to it. I usually put a bit of raw honey in to sweeten it up, but I have to be careful with the sweet stuff. I find this tea at Whole Foods, when buying teas remember to buy organic and to look at the ingredients (no preservatives, filler, or AIP NO-list ingredients).
Notes: $4.69 for 20 tea bags and you’re set for awhile!
AIP BANANA BREAD, recipe here!
Cost: $5 – $31
Rating (1-10): 9
Review: Lucky for me I had all of the ingredients lying around to make these bad boys and I needed something to attempt a reintroduction of ghee butter (see below). This recipe does not create traditional banana bread but it is still yummy all the same. I am going to try to bake it more traditionally next time and see how I do, but the batter and end result are pretty divine!
Notes: $5 – $31 depending on the ingredients you already have around the house, again if you’ve been doing AIP for a bit you will likely have most of these ingredients.
GHEE BUTTER (REINTRODUCTION)
Rating (1-10): 8
Review: I reintroduced ghee butter in anticipation for Thanksgiving, and so far so good. I haven’t had any reactions and it’s nice to have butter back in my life. Ghee butter should be 100% grass-fed, is clarified, and lactose free. To boil it down, ghee is healthier for you than traditional butters.
Notes: $14 is pretty hefty for butter, but you’re not supposed to have it daily so it should last you quite awhile and is not to be refrigerated.
FARMERS MARKET FARE , BEET KVASS @ LA VIE, site here!
La Vie has a small probiotic stand at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market where you can pick yourself up some beet kvass! I had a sample of all of their flavors including the traditional beet kvass. Kvass, saurkraut, kombucha, and kefir are just some of the fermented foods that are wonderful for healing the gut on AIP. I don’t get enough fermented foods so I was excited to try this beet kvass with apple and ginger, cleverly named “Root Awakening”. They are located next to the crepe stand, which smells awesome even if you can’t actually eat one.
I had a lot of old faithfuls this past week and I didn’t want to bore you with repeats, more to share in the coming weeks. I am especially excited to showcase my Thanksgiving feast!
I hope you all have a good week, until next time!