Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AIP - day 10 of 30

Today marks a third of the way through this autoimmune protocol experiment. I have learned so far that I should probably avoid certain things (like dairy and peanuts) that I thought were okay in my low carb way of eating. This is a tough plan to follow but nothing that I learn is waisted effort. I'm pretty sure one of the first things I will introduce after 30 days is chili peppers of some sort.

Yesterday I put together a marinade for the flank steak. I used all AIP legal ingredients of course and will probably try cooking it later today (it's been marinating all night though it only needed 3 hours).

I also found a recipe that I'm excited about for the spaghetti squash. I won't make it until I've eaten all of the flank steak but here is the recipe: Creamy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Casserole. Food can still be creamy without dairy thanks to coconut milk.

Loki got a new elevated food station last night thanks to Cro. He now sits in front of his food bowls to eat rather than standing with his head down. lol… I asked for a set of elevated food bowls because he tends to try covering his food when he's finished eating. I suppose that is instincts telling him to hide it so another predator won't help himself to Loki's leftovers. It often resulted in the food bowl being turned over or scooted across the room.

New toys! Does this camera angle make me head look fat?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AIP - day 9 of 30

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of butternut squash soup with pancetta. Believe it or not, I've never before had pancetta. What did I think? Hmm, it didn't seem much different than thinly sliced bacon… I guess it's the same thing but cured differently? It overpowered the squash, was very salty, and seemed a bit frou-frou (unnecessarily fancy). I liked it but only bought it because I'm doing this AIP thing.

Cro bought Loki a selection of canned CORE that included venison. He likes venison even though it isn't a bird. Maybe it's because venison is deer meat. Reindeer are deer. Santa's reindeer can fly and so can most birds. So he likes to eat things that can fly! Maybe we should look for canned dragon next time too. Not Komodo dragons… the mythical kind with wings.

Enough silly talk. I have work to do. ;)

Alice in Chains are in town tonight. I'm not going to see the show but it's still cool that Indy is on their tour.

Monday, August 18, 2014

AIP - day 8 of 30

Cro helped me to make bone broth yesterday. I'm very excited to use it in a few AIP recipes.

Today I haven't even thought about what I'll make. It's a very busy day with multiple projects waiting for my attention.

Loki ran downstairs before I could stop him this morning. He disappeared so I went ahead with my recumbent bike while keeping an eye out for him. Thankfully he did appear and I was able to tote him back upstairs and to safety. Cro has ordered several of the "bird-flavored" cans of CORE. He refused to eat the fish flavors (whitefish, salmon, tuna) but likes turkey, chicken and duck flavors.

I made this! And it is good. :)

Simple butternut squash soup (made with bone broth).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AIP - day 7 of 30

I don't know if it's the AIP, the boswellia or just a fluke but I felt super good with walking yesterday.

I had frozen banana, strawberry and blueberry "ice cream" this morning and tried fried plantain (in coconut oil) later today (meh, the plantain just tasted like banana). I have a recipe for making tortillas from plantain but I have to wonder what I would put in them since cheese is not allowed so that takes the fun out of making a taco. Peanut butter is not allowed so I couldn't use the tortilla to make a peanut butter sandwich. I'm sure I'd think of something allowed.

Tonight I'm thinking about making a sweet potato with sirloin steak.

Friday, August 15, 2014

AIP - day 5 of 30

Too busy to post! OMG! :) It is a good problem to have the tired saying goes. I'm sort of stressed but still smiling. Lucy WAS SO GOOD! More later if I can. Peapod just delivered groceries and I have so many things to choose from for AIP cooking (which is funny to say since my AIP no-no list is so restrictive). I have no time to cook right now so I just had a jar of apple, orange & pineapple BeechNut baby food to stop the hunger pangs (the ingredients are purely only apple, orange, pineapple, lemon juice which are all AIP-allowed).

Okay, I just put together a proper meal from leftover curry and a newly-baked sweet potato (pictured).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AIP - day 4 of 30

Oooh, the best meal I've had so far on AIP is a serving of Cro's pulled pork (no sauce) with a side of parsnip fries. It seriously took me longer to cut the parsnips into fries than it did to bake them… but I will be having these again sometime.

Busy busy busy today (and yesterday!!! and tomorrow!!!) but the weekend is nearing and I get to see a movie with Matt this evening.

I think we have finally found the brand of grain-free adult canned food that Loki likes. He has been refusing so many brands that I thought we were going to have to give up on grain-free and let him transition from Fancy Feast kitten food to Fancy Feast adult food. He has started eating some of the EVO dry kibble but wouldn't have it when we tried and tried to get him to eat the EVO canned food too. If cats had thumbs he would give EVO canned food two thumbs down. Two dew claws down? lol

It's a pain that we have several cans of EVO that he won't eat but I'll take it to Matt to since he regularly feeds several downtown stray cats on his block. I gave him all of Loki's other rejected canned foods last week. We had several unopened cans of Wilderness and I don't remember the brand of the other one (oh, Cro says it was called Source).

So the winner of the Loki picky eating challenge? Cro bought a few cans of a grain-free canned food called CORE and he seems to like it (day 3 and he is still eating it). I think the grain-free food just has a texture that is unappealing to him but CORE seems to be a bit "grainier" in texture even though it is grain-free.

This reminds me of the "Hay Mikey! He likes it!" advertisement I saw when I was a kid. I don't remember what Mikey liked other than it was some sort of breakfast cereal.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AIP - day 3 of 30

No food pic today but I had some of the cauliflower curry for breakfast. I made sweet potato tots yesterday with AIP ingredients but they turned out not so good. Imagine sweet potato flavored gum… yeah, not good. I probably blended them too much (it said to use a fork but I used a blender).

Super busy this week with an e-newsletter designed and going out for one client, a new website for another, website updates for a third and more website updates for a fourth.

I woke to find Loki had unplugged his kitty water fountain and moved it to the middle of the kitchen doorway. He is a little tinkerer and can't resist dismantling something if he can reach the parts. Cro said he was surprised the fountain wasn't turned over and water everywhere. There was a lot of water to mop up but the fountain wasn't overturned, just unplugged and scooted across the floor. I think I have the cord positioned out of reach of his little searching paws now (he crouched down and reached under a piece of furniture to get it last time). It was funny when he first saw the new arrangement this morning. He was visibly startled and a little afraid of boogey men as he tried to find the electrical cord. Haha

I am seeing the movie Lucy tomorrow evening with Matt.

Nothing to report regarding Autoimmune Paleo results yet. It's only been two days and I don't really know what to look for. Mainly I'm just hoping to improve my balance and make walking not so slow… for it to allow me to be more sure of foot. I use the recumbent bike 5 days per week but although I know it's good for my health, it doesn't seem to help with the balance thing.

I lied. Here is a food pic of the nasty sweet potato tots. I'm sure they where great when made by the creator of the recipe but cooking is not my forté. Here is a link to the original recipe if one of you wants to do it the justice it deserves.

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