Let's hear it for short work weeks! Hip-hip hooray! We have Friday off because Independence Day is on Saturday this year, so YAY. Good times.
Last night I cooked some organic turkey thighs that are my-God so delicious. I then made a quick (3.5 hour) broth from the bones and the brown yumminess in the bottom of the dish I baked them in. WOW. Best broth EVER. I was able to get a quart out of those two thighs, and it is by far the most flavorful broth I've made to date. No veggies, just some salt and the sage and pepper I put on the thighs before they hit the oven. YUM! I used a Le Cruset roaster for this job and the sheer amount of delish I got out of it has convinced me that all future broth projects must be done in a Le Cruset. I have a dutch oven that I can roast in (beef or chicken) and will take (what may be my last shot at) beef broth. I picked up some lovely, meaty neck pieces along with a nice marrow bone yesterday. My quest is to start the broth on Friday morning and let it go as long as it takes. I'd like to have one batch of delicious, not yellow beef broth so that I don't get tired of it and write it off.
Anywho... I did drink all of the beef broth from the previous batch, I have a good amount of chicken broth waiting in the fridge and some in the freezer to boot, and I brought the turkey broth to work for breakfast and lunches this week. I feel organized! That only took two weeks.
I've been contemplating many things lately, one of which is - which diet to I use for my intro phase? I've done a lot of reading and digging into the details and have decided that Paleo AIP is for sure the one. I know I've mentioned it before and pretty much thought I was going that direction, but I was thinking that the GAPS intro diet might be an easier transition since I'm already on it. Turns out that this is not the case; in fact, the transition to Paelo AIP makes more sense for a couple of reasons:
1) I've been setting up my pantry for this diet
2) There are many GAPS and SCD foods that are not allowed on Paleo AIP
Given those to important factoids, I am now preparing for a switch-over next week. Which means I need to go find a purveyor of meats that are organic/grass fed. Another project for this Friday. I've found some local-ish ranches that provide such meats (all pastured, grass fed and grass finished, certified organic) but they are quite expensive, and require large purchases. I spoke with the hubby briefly about getting a freezer for the garage in which to store such things, and he's down with the plan but it was left up in the air. Guess I need to press this a little harder.
Good news: I'm wearing a dress today that I haven't worn in at least 4 years, and it's loose in the belly region! The reason it's loose is that my bloaty tummy is shrinking! Even though I haven't lost but 10 lbs and I was much thinner when I wore it last, when I did wear it before I needed a girdle because of my pooch. Isn't that odd? I guess not, seeing as how that is one of the reasons I'm on this journey. This is a huge win, and I'm thrilled!
Energy level: Good
Other Gastro: Gassy last night, little bit today as well
Mental clarity: Great
Exercise: Dog walkies, Pi walk at lunch
Other: I've started incorporating more solid foods into my diet as I ready my body for the transition to Paleo AIP. Not so sure if this was a good idea or a bad idea, as I am plugged up but good today. Which may mean that I need to stay in liquid land a bit longer. Sigh...