May 31, 2014
It’s officially Day 1, Team Squirrel!
I started my day with my disgusting gut-healing supplement. It’s a powder that I mix with the smallest amount of water or OJ possible and choke it down in one huge gulp. It does help. But it is super, duper, mongo gross. Then I whipped up some breakfast hash while I had my own version of bulletproof coffee. Basically it’s a cup of coffee with a big a$$ dollop of coconut cream stirred in. SQUIRREL – Dr. Neuro-chiro said that although coffee is not technically AIP (autoimmune protocol) compliant, there are major health benefits of freshly ground GOOD coffee in small doses. Thank goodness for that. No coffee = Grumpy Squirrel.
Check out my lovely breakfast hash! This is sweet potato, apple, ramps (kind of like little onions), chicken maple apple sausage, and spinach with a little salt and cinnamon. My creation was based on this. SQUIRREL – Sweet potatoes are one of the few good complex carbs on AIP. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes with means better for insulin control. SCORE!
Chicken, Sweet Potato, Apple, and Spinach Breakfast Hash
As I was in line at the grocery store (around 9:30am) my stomach started to growl. Uh oh. By the time I got home and got the groceries put away, I was in full on blood sugar crash. I ate a banana and half a leftover brat (Dr. Neuro-chiro said I should eat some protein with every meal to keep from spiking too high).
Lunch consisted of 2 small 50/50 bacon burgers (SQUIRREL – You *HAVE* to try these. They are the BEST homemade burgers I have ever had. My kids even squeal for them.), some braised greens, half an avocado, and a little glass of some pro-biotic smoothie.
Then I whipped these little beauties up for snacks!!! Healthy orange coconut bites!!! (I don’t know who Gigi is, but I’m already a fan.) Total. Yum.
Gluten Free Gigi’s Healthy Orange Coconut Bites
Dinner was a cookout. It’s DH’s last night home before a week-long work trip, so we wanted to eat outside. He grilled brats (from a local farmer so they are grass-fed with no junky ingredients), asparagus, and plantains. I added a veggie tray and we sat on the deck and ate. It was nice. Stupid hot at nearly 90 degrees outside, but still nice.
Then onto dessert. Evening snacking is my absolute downfall, so I tried to be prepared today. I made homemade paleo jell-os: one in the form of vitamin gummies (mostly for my kids, but I’ll dig into them too) and one in the form of actual dessert. This gelatin has mad gut-healing properties so I’ll take as much as I can get.
Homemade Blueberry Jello
The orange one is the gummies. I used an organic juice blend that is packed with vitamins (and marketed as such). The dark one is my dessert (based on this). It’s made from organic blueberry juice and has blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries in it. I topped it with a whipped coconut cream. Sorry I don’t have pics of it plated. We pounded it. All 4 of us. This kids went bat crap crazy over it. (SHHHHH! Don’t tell them it is ridiculously healthy. Muuuuaaaahahahaaa!)
Lastly, this 100 days really needs to include some other important things. So I also plan to be accountable (or at least just tell you about) my sleep, exercise, and mood. Here goes:
SLEEP: nearly 8 hours (this is a VERY big deal)
EXERCISE: nothing structured… but I did accomplish 2 grocery shopping trips, worked in my garden, finished putting mulch on the kids play area (which means I hauled and spread 18 bags), walked the back yard a bajillion times, and worked a little in my garden
MOOD: pretty good… mostly happy, a few emotional moments, and massive brain fog (makes sense – it takes up to 72 hours for the effects of the bad stuff to hit you… damn you, mini oreos!)
Day 1. Off to a pretty good start I must say. 😀
Disclaimer – I do not intend to write about this 100 times. Don’t you worry. But I did need the accountability for the first day.