Friday, July 31, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #26

Friday July 31st, 2015

How-deeeeee!

The weight porpoising continues... but I have a funny story to go along with it today. I get up around 5:30, it's dark in the basement bedroom, and I wander into the bathroom to get on the scale, usually with my eyes still closed. This morning I did the same and when I looked down I inhaled sharply, rasping "No way!" as I stared, because the scale said 144.6. Holy merde! Could it be? I stepped off the scale and noticed that it was resting on the baseboard. Once I moved it onto the tile and stepped back on, I was not at all surprised to see 146.8. So there. Damn! One moment of I MADE IT! followed by oh no you di'int... happy Friday peeps.

Big weekend on tap, lots going on! Hubby and I are going to do some much-needed purging of crap from our house and our lives, I have a massage tomorrow, I must get to the farmers market and pick up some organic stuffs, the whole house needs to be cleaned, and we're going kayaking on Sunday. Whew! Luckily I've been doing laundry as needed this week (yet another advantage to living in the basement!) so I don't have a backlog of that to deal with. 

Going to keep it short today because I'm busy, believe it or not. Fridays sneak up on me like that sometimes. 

Vitals:

Weight: 146.8
Energy level: Great!
BM: Negatory, but yesterday was quite prolific, so to speak
Other Gastro: Negatory
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great! 
Exercise: Dog walking and a walk around the block so far. I intend to follow that up with more walks around the block, it's really lovely this morning. 
Other: All is well! No headaches, no tummy troubles - life is good :-)


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #25

Thursday July 30th, 2015

Happy almost Friday! I'm not sure why I'm in such a hurry on a 4-day work week, but I am. Might be due to the stress level at work, which is extremely high, and that's something I try to avoid as it is not so good for the health.

So.

Got my 5k interval training in yesterday, and would love to do it again today, but I have some errands to tend to and may not get around to the training. It's also supposed to be hot again, yuck. I'll see what I can do. If I can't get intervals in there's always the trampoline and the TV this evening in our nice, cool basement bedroom!

This is going to be quick because I have an early meeting and I need a few minutes to prep. Here's the skinny on yesterday...

Vitals:

Weight: 146.4
Energy level: Little tired today, sleepis interruptus thanks to the little dog having to pee at midnight.
BM: Uh, yup. 
Other Gastro: Had some serious bowel clearing post-posting yesterday, wow!
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good
Exercise: Walked the little guy, so far that's all
Other: I slept with a window opened last night and am having a sinus-y headache this morning. Hoping it clears, or I may have to chalk it up to almond reaction. BOO! It feels different than the pepper headaches, and is localized to the sinus region, but I'm always skeptical now.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #24 - Patience and Endurance

Wednesday July 29th, 2015

Today my post is about persistence and patience. I had an epiphany last night whilst spending 2 hours in the kitchen, making up time that I didn't have in the kitchen on Sunday because I was having fun. Not a problem, I love being in the kitchen! But back to the epiphany: I've talked to several people who are wanting to try this life changing way of eating, but I keep hearing things like:

"Well, I'm not about to give up coffee."
"I can't give up my wine."
"Give up chocolate? You must be nuts!"

And the list goes on. 

Here's what I want to say to you: in for a penny, in for a pound. If you're not familiar with this particular phraseology it means: if you're going to do it a little bit, do it all the way. And I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I've had amazing results both health and weight loss wise, but I cannot tell you what will happen if you choose to not eliminate everything for the minimum period of 6-8 weeks. Is it a sacrifice? God yes, it is. Is it permanent? Probably not.

The key here is to eliminate all foods known to cause trouble for people with autoimmune disorders. I know most of you don't have Hashimoto's but don't lose sight of the fact that while I started my change with a Hashimoto's protocol, I have now switched to an autoimmune protocol - very, very different. I understand how much it seems like it will suck to eliminate eggs, coffee, soy, cocoa, etc. but I am here to testify that once you start feeling better and the weight starts to come off (if that be your goal, arrrrrrr matey) YOU WON'T MISS THEM ANYMORE!

Plus-plus-plus, you get to add them back in after a sensible period of time to see what does and doesn't bother you. This is very important! I found out that black pepper corn and grass fed ghee bother me. I would never have known that had I not done the elimination and introduction stuff. Even though I initially screwed it up, I have it down now and I can tell when a food is not working with my body. Would you rather go through life with pain and weight that you can't lose, thinking that certain items have never bothered you when they stealthily have, or would you rather find out definitively and feel better? That's the choice.

I'm not trying to be a downer, I'm trying to encourage you to go all in, and dedicate yourself to your health, and be patient with your body while it works on healing itself. This I can promise you; you may miss coffee for a couple of months, or eggs or what-have-you, but you won't miss the pain in your gut, joints, extremities - whatever it is that troubles you - at all. Pinkie swear. 

So eliminate all of the things, stick to it, then add items back in sensibly. 

P.S. This is not a diet. Get that out of your head. This is a lifestyle change that you will need to stick to if you want to stay healthy. 

Okay, end lecture.

Vitals:

Weight: 146.6 - I broke the 147 mark at last!
Energy level: Great
BM: Not as of 8:08 AM
Other Gastro: Nothing to report; thus far no reaction to almond butter
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Short dog walk, will do intervals at lunch even if I have to do them alone. Yesterday was a walking day as I had worked out hard over the weekend and was pretty sore from sitting on airplanes all day Sunday.

Other: Happy that I haven't had a reaction to the almond butter!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #23 - Almond Introduction

Tuesday July 28th, 2015

Well it feels like Monday but it isn't - total bonus! More bonus - I didn't gain any weight over the weekend, YAY!!!! Third bonus - I get to add almonds today!!!! Does it get any better than today? I think not.

Plus, I'm wearing a new skirt that I picked up in Madison, and it's a Medium. Good times.

Got home last night after spending the entire day reading at airports on planes, and started a mad dash to get things ready for today. I made cereal out of the acorn squash I froze last week, added some frozen cherries that I picked up a couple of weekends ago, pitted and froze, I poached some chicken for my lunches and took my 3-week old fermented veg from the cupboard to taste.

OH. MY. GOD.

It is unbelievably good. I'm so so so so pleased! It's the shaved brussel sprout version with green apple slivers - even I can't believe how delicious this is! I'm going to have to get another batch of that going ASAP, because WOW. I tucked into it pretty good last night, probably noshed a cup or so before I put it away. Highly recommend this to anyone! And it was so easy, here goes:

2 packages of Trader Joe's shaved brussel sprouts
3 Tb sea salt
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced into a fine julienne (you can shred if you prefer, I like bigger chunks in my kraut)

Place the sprouts in a large bowl in layers, sprinkling salt on each layer (3 of them, 1 Tb of salt each - make it easy). Then get comfy with your bowl because you need to massage the veg with salt for 10 minutes or more, until they become soft and you see water in the bottom of your bowl (these take longer than cabbage because they are pre-shaved and get a little dry - you can always get fresh sprouts and shave them yourself - I say no thanks to that!). 

Add the apple and mix with your hands to combine. Let sit in your kitchen for 20-ish minutes, then squish into a canning jar that has a rubber gasket and air tight seal. I use these from Ikea:



Get it all in there, liquid included, and mash it down really well. If there isn't enough liquid to cover the veg, quickly dissolve a Tb of sea salt in a C of water and add enough so the sprouts are submerged. Seal it up, put a date on it, and stick it somewhere cool and dry (I put mine in the pantry) then leave alone for 3 weeks. If you look at it during that time you should see bubbles forming (tilt the jar to make them move) and a film will form on the bottom of the jar. This is good! After 3 weeks smell it (should smell like kraut) and taste it. If it's sufficiently fermented, stick in the fridge to stop the process. Don't heat it up or you'll kill all the good bacteria! Enjoy cold with meals. Soooooo good.

Right, so back to the news of the day...

I was worried that eating food in restaurants would have a negative impact, but that did not happen. I was careful and Longest-Bestest brought those delicious ferments with her, along with applesauce and electrolyte water so I was easily able to supplement! 

The phrase of the day is : Fear Not. 

I need to get over the fear that one little change in my routine will send the scale screaming in the wrong direction. I need to be confident in my approach to eating, do the best I can to stick as closely to it as possible, and allow myself to chill a little bit at the same time. Flexibility is important, as is staying positive and not getting dragged back into negative land! 

Okay, enough. Here's the scoop:

Vitals:

Weight: 147.2
Energy level: Great
BM: Yes, several (I tend to get shy colon when away from home)
Other Gastro: Negative
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great! Even though I had to come back to work...
Exercise: Uhhhh, nope. But am planning on intervals at lunch.
Other: Almond addition is going swimmingly thus far. I picked up some naked almond butter on my way to work and had a Tb with my breakfast. Yum! And no pain so far. Fingers crossed!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #22

Monday July 27th, 2015

Hello to you, and soon goodbye to Mad City. We have had such a wonderful, relaxing time that it's hard to think about going back to work tomorrow (or ever, haha!) but reality is setting in. Shortly we will check out of our room and then it's off to the airport for moi. I'm so grateful to have a friend such as Lor! We can not see each other for a year or more, but the friendship doesn't waver. I am a lucky girl!

So, I still don't know my weight, and won't until tomorrow. Obsessive-compulsive me had to check the bloody work out room to see if there even is a scale in it, but there is not. See how I talk myself out of sticking to my home scale? OCD baby, the struggle is real.

I was very surprised to learn that the hotel cafe has free range brown eggs, so I had some for breakfast with bacon and berries. Yum! But no veg, so I feel like I screwed up. I don't want to be a carb -sugar whore anymore, so I'm going to down some fermented veg as soon as I publish this to make up for the lack-o-veg in my life thus far today.

Happy trails, until tomorrow when I can get on the scale again and I sincerely hope I don't get a bad surprise...

Vitals:

Weight: Nope
Energy level: Great!
BM: Negatory good buddy
Other Gastro: I feel like I need to poop...
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Intervals for 3.55 miles today, and we just walked another 2.5, so I've met my exceeded my step goal easily, and it's only 11:25 AM! Woooooo!!!
Other: Got to sleep until I woke again, which is the loveliest thing I can imagine for myself. I got over 8 hours on the mattress and I feel great! Except for the having to poop thing. I really want to poop. It's all just sitting in there laughing at me right now.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #21 - Sorry So Late!

Sunday July 26th, 2015

Hi-ho from Madison, WI! It has been a lovely day starting with a 4 mile jog, followed by a 4 mile bike ride, lots of walking, facials, food, shopping, etc. Just a really fun "do nothing" day and boy am I decompressed - I feel like a million!

We had an two excellent restaurant experiences here: The Capital Chop House in our hotel last night, and the Lone Star Steakhouse for lunch today. At the Chop House the waiter was very attentive to our needs and made sure the kitchen took very good care of our food. Then today we went to Lone Star where they handed us the most detailed gluten free menu I've ever seen. I mean - wow. It listed in detail all of the allergens in every dish they have, and it was easy to modify items that were GF but still had things like soy or dairy in them. I had the cowboy pork chops with no seasoning, with a plain baked sweet potato and plain steamed broccoli. It was delish! Lorrie asked for lemons and I used some on my broccoli with just salt, and it was amazing. I'm so excited to have had two great restaurant experiences in a row! This is very encouraging for my future in dining out. Thanks Madison!

Short and sweet tonight...

Vitals:

Weight: No idea. That's right, I don't know. I don't know if there is a scale in the workout room and I don't care, I'm not about to go get on a strange scale and be surprised (one way or the other!). No thanks. Y'all and I are just gonna have to wait until I get home. So there. I'm taking a vacation from my weight for a couple of days.
Energy level: Couldn't be better. I slept 9 hours and 31 minutes last night, and it was glorious! I've never felt more like dancing a jig in my life. No, I don't know how to dance a jog, but thanks for asking.
BM: Score! Huge, major one last night and a couple so far today. 
Other Gastro: Clear
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Outstanding
Exercise: See above
Other: Looks like we won't be doing any kayaking tomorrow, the rental place doesn't open until 10 and we have to be out of our hotel by noon, so nope. Damn it. We saw lots of people kayaking today, the lake is huge compared to what I'm used to but it looks like fun!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #20

Saturday July 25th, 2015

I'm on the road in Wisconsin (shout out to the cheese heads from a FIB!) so I will keep this short and sweet. I'll get to the nitty gritty in a sec, but first a horror story of airport food at 5:20 AM...

It was too early (and we were running too late) to cook anything before leaving the homestead, so I drank my tea with coconut milk on the way to the airport and stressed about just wtf I was going to find to eat there at this early hour. What culinary delights might await me at the barely opened Colorado Springs airport? One could never imagine the wonders... 

Just kidding. The selections were minimal and mainly consisted of gross leftover salads, stale baked goods (NEVER EVER) and yogurt. Crap. I was hungry, knew I would be, so I made a snap decision to eat a "chef's salad". I bought the over priced, brown-ish salad, picked off the cheese, threw away the dressing and ate 3/4 of a hard boiled egg (the other one was goobered with cheese), probably a total of half an ounce of meat between the ham and turkey, and a few leaves of lettuce. Iceberg lettuce - a thing I have not eaten in ages. I thew the rest of the salad away, took my pills, got on the plane and started playing solitaire like a good little girl - when it hit me.

GI pain, lower, bad, stabbing like little needles. The damn iceberg lettuce! It always gave my mother a case of the diverticulitis, and it seemed to be doing the same to me. I had no access to anything that might help relieve it, so I rode it out. To Chicago. Then to Madison, and until lunch. Thank goodness it didn't last longer than that. Now I now something I need to add to my NEVER EVER list: stupid iceberg lettuce and its welcoming crunch! Damn damn damn.

Oh well, it has no nutritional value anyway, so... 

Had the best time kayaking yesterday, we were up at the North Catamount reservoir for 3 hours and packed the yaks just when a giant, purple storm cloud was settling over the mountain. It was awesome! So fun, and a little bit of work. We were on the bigger res this time so we actually had to paddle against a current! Makes a diff people, trust me on that. So my shoulders are a little sore today but SO WHAT. Plus, total bonus - my longest-bestest also loves kayaking so we're talking about doing that on Monday! YAY!

P.S. Dr. Jessica gave me permission to leave my liquid supplements at home, but I brought them anyway. I don't want to get off track at all. I just had to make room in my 3-1-1 bag by leaving my pooh-pourri at home. Sorry, Lor... Also I got through security with my stuff like nothing. I opened the cooler, told them what was in there, they said no problem and it went right through. Whew!

To the facts!

Vitals:

Weight: 147.4 - GRRRRRRR
Energy level: Let's be honest, I'm tired. But I'm energized. I'd give it a 6.
BM: Yes sir, that's my baby - 3 of them, and it's not even dinner time!
Other Gastro: See airport episode, above
Mental clarity: Pretty good for the amount of sleep I've had
Mood: Fantastic! I'm hanging with my longest-bestest!
Exercise: Uhhh, does walking like a maniac count? I think so. Yep.

Other: Just having some fun, decompressing and discovering a new city!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #19 - Fennel Seed Introduction

Friday July 24th, 2015

Today is an introduction day! It occurs to me that I should label these days in the title, along with what I'm introducing. So let it be thought, so let it be done. Aaaaaand done.

Fennel seed, I confess, has been slipped in quite by accident already (by hubby). I had no reaction, but it's worth doing the real test on. Morning introduction commencing; I have ingested the stuff, time to watch for reaction. 

I'm nearly out of all my foods that I make on Sunday for the work week; I was a little shy on veg this AM and had to substitute coconut water kefir for fermented veg as I only have enough left for lunch. Not that there's anything wrong with a sub, far from it! I love the kefir and it's better with breakfast anyway, but it's expensive so I try to keep it to a minimum (and no, I don't want to make my own, it's a giant pain in the ass and nearly impossible for someone with a job - the instructions I've read all say to check every few hours during fermentation to avoid explosions - no thanks). 

Hubby and I are playing hooky this afternoon, sneaking away to the mountain (when I say "the mountain" I mean Pikes Peak, by the way) to break in our new kayaks. Raven will be taking her maiden voyage! We're really looking forward to it and praying that the weather holds out and it doesn't rain. It's very cloudy up there right now but the weather on the mountain changes constantly. Fingers crossed please!

Tomorrow I head to the airport at o-dark-thirty to catch my flight to Madison! I'm already packed and will have to locate a small, soft sided cooler to transport my refrigerated meds; I checked the TSA website and it says that this is allowed, as long as the meds are labelled. No sweat, can do, but still need the cooler. I wonder if that counts as one of my carry on bags? Hmmm...

It hadn't actually occurred to me how many meds I need to take with me, holy cat crap. I'm just going to put them all in the cooler even though most of them don't require refrigeration. I have some powders, some liquids and tons of pills. Tons. Yay. Or maybe, just maybe! I can to without them for a couple of days. I'll check with Dr. Jessica. I will have all of my supplements and vitamins that don't require refrigeration already in pill organizers, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Vitals:

Weight: 147 - plateau 2 lbs shy of the goal weight much???
Energy level: Great!
BM: Yes, and I already know there will be more
Other Gastro: Negative
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Sneaked a little walk around the block in with my work wife, will be getting more this afternoon!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #18

Thursday July 23rd, 2015

Goodness! It's the end of July, what the hell?

Today is going to be hot, as in very, as in 90's. Holy crap. So happy that we're sleeping in the basement but I must tell you that the AC is on all day and that basement holds onto the cold air so well that we were cold last night. Ha ha! Tonight perhaps I'll open a window to let in some fresh air and chase the cold air into a corner or something. Either that or we will need the full-on down comforter cuz damn! I was laying in bed this morning, cuddled up to my personal heater (Bandit dog) and I was still shivering! Good problem to have in July, I guess.

I'm only two pounds away from my goal weight!!! Of course I'm going away for the weekend with my longest-bestest and Lord only knows if I will be able to adhere to the plan strictly (doubtful), but I will do my level best. I located a bunch of Paleo friendly eateries in the lovely town of Madison, WI but who knows how far away they are from where we're staying, if she will be hip to eating that way for a whole weekend, and how down the restaurants are to the whole AIP thing. We shall see! 

I pondered last night as I drifted off to sleep... what shall I do with my refrigerated supplements? How do people do this? It just so happened that I needed to pop into Walgreen's to replenish the dog's supply of Pepcid (yep, they both have acidic tummies) so I asked the pharmacist. He said he didn't really know what people do, but he gave me a small, heavy-duty zip top bag to freeze into a cube of ice. We'll see if they allow that through security - I have my doubts. If not, I will have plenty of zippy bags on hand and if all else fails I will get ice from a fast food establishment and keep them iced. I would just put them in my bag and check it BUT I only have a 41 minute layover in Chicago and I seriously doubt my bag would make the connection. I've flown United before and their attention to detail is abysmal, I just didn't have another convenient choice to get to Madison from my little airport, and I sure as hell didn't want to drive to DIA and pay a fortune to park. Bleh.

Vitals:

Weight: 147
Energy level: Great
BM: Baking....
Other Gastro: Nope
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Good walk with the dog, need to get a few laps around the block under my belt before the heat hits!
Other: I pooped so huge last night, it was kinda ridiculous. Felt great afterward though!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #17

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 - The day after the mattress didn't come...

I think it's nearly time to celebrate the incredible, edible egg :-)

I had three servings yesterday, one with each meal, and had no reaction whatsoever. YAY!!! Of course I have to go two days eating none and see what happens but YAY! Generally my reactions are swift and clear; this is a really good sign.

So yeah, the mattress store screwed up and even though they called the night before to confirm, they didn't put our mattress on the truck. Back to the air mattress we go... for two nights (last night and tonight) with the vague hope that they will actually deliver tomorrow between 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Cripe sakes, that grumped me right out. Not to mention LensCrafters! They called to tell me my sunglasses are in but that the wrong color lenses were ordered so they had to order new ones for me. Oakley is currently taking about 3 weeks to fulfill orders (staff up people!), but I can go pick up and wear the sunglasses with the wrong color lenses in the mean time. At least I could have had they been OPEN. They called at 6:39, my bad for not asking what time they close - the closed at 7:00. For crying out loud, tell a bitch! I drove over there and said some bad words* when I noticed that it was dark inside (*may have been overheard by a child entering the burger joint next door with her papa). Lord help me, it was quite a night. To cap it off, I went to Dick's to pick up some life vests for our kayaking needs and got stuck in line for 15 minutes while someone tried to return an incomplete football helmet and pad combo... I didn't really mind, it gave me some time to cool down. The kind cashier gave me a 10% discount for being so patient. Just goes to show you that patience DOES pay.

Now, onto more important topics: what to name my kayak? Here's a picture of my girl:



Mine has more black on it than that one (they all do, don't count on your kayak looking like the bloody picture!). Two names I'm kicking around right now: Porky or Raven. Not sure how Porky popped into my head but it did, and Raven is for The Raven That Refused to Sing. Whaddaya think? Whatever I name her, I will need to add some art work to her hull. Boring!

Back to the actual purpose of this blog: food and stuff. I just took a walk around the block and I started thinking about the lifestyle change I've made, and how rewarding it has been so far. I have been asked some questions repeatedly, and I'd like to share them along with the very honest answers.

Q - Don't you get tempted?
A - I don't, not really. My hubby eats some very normal food and our house is quite full of things like chips, milk, Nestle's Quik, ice cream, salsa, tortillas, bread - none of which I give a crap about eating. Honestly all I have to do is remember how AWFUL I feel if I eat that stuff, and it makes me not want it at all.

Q - Do you get tired of eating healthy all the time?
A - Nope. See answer above. Eating crap makes me feel like, well - crap. So no. 

Q - Can you eat out?
A - I can, I just have to choose my restaurants wisely, and possibly call ahead to make sure they can handle my requests. 

Q - Do you have to eat all organic/grass fed all the time?
A - No, and thank goodness because it's not always possible or affordable. I can't always find organic every-kind-of-produce-I-need, nor do I always want to pay the price ($9.99/lb for organic portabella mushrooms = no thanks!). I just make sure that I carefully wash and peel any non-organic produce I buy. I do try to stick to hormone free meats at a minimum - grass fed isn't always an option.

Q - Do you have cravings?
A - I do, but not for the things you would imagine. I crave water when I'm dehydrated, and I crave sauerkraut a lot. I don't crave sweets the way I once did, but when I do I have about 1/8 C of shredded coconut with a teaspoon of honey, heated in the microwave to melt the honey. It's so good! Tastes a lot like a macaroon.

Q - Will you ever be able to eat normal foods again?
A - Some of them, maybe. I will likely never consume gluten again, I'm afraid to even try it! Processed foods are out because they make me feel awful. I will try corn and potatoes at the end of my introduction schedule because they are delicious and I'd like to have them again. Regular dairy? Maybe, but doubtful. Refined sugar? Rarely, but I already look forward to those occasions (Disneyland!).

Vitals:

Weight: 146.6 (WHAAAAT?)
Energy level: Great!
BM: Cooking
Other Gastro: Nope
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great, even after sleeping on that shitty air mattress!
Exercise: Long-ish walk with the pup this AM, gonna take a stroll downtown to check out some stuff at lunchtime.
Other:


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #16

Tuesday July 21st, 2015 - mattress day!

After two nights of sleeping on an air mattress on top of a bed frame, I can tell you that 1) camping is not for me, and 2) any mattress would have to be better than that stupid, bouncy, awful thing we were stuck with. Two nights seem like an eternity to my poor back (OY!) but tonight we will be resting beautifully on a Sealy or whatever it is. Crying out loud, I never thought I was such a princess but yep - am. Deal.

On to the more food related topic of the day: whole eggs. My hubby totally shocked me by purchasing the organic, cage free egg option at Costco for my celebrated addition of whole eggs and guess what? No reaction. None. So beautiful to add something back in! 

Although I should really say "no reaction YET" because it's day two, and I know how this can go. Today I'm eating an egg with every meal to really test the waters. Fingers crossed, please. This one makes a difference in my ability to eat breakfast with my husband instead of us having two different breakfasts.

Vitals:

Weight: 147.8
Energy level: Great
BM: Dark and stormy, with bits of undigested carrots. Ew. 
Other Gastro: Nope
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Walked around the block to start my day with the little dog, must do some trips around the work-block today as well, maybe hit the trampoline when I get home tonight. 
Other: I overdid it on the intervals yesterday (didn't listen to my body when it tried to tell me to chill) so I'm sore and have some muscle cramping today. That's the only reason I'm not trying to do intervals today; I don't want to get hurt. Also did those intervals yesterday without stretching - rookie mistake. I know so much better! Stupid move, K.



Monday, July 20, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #15 - Egg White Introduction

Monday July 20th, 2015

I think it's safe to day that hubby had a good birthday weekend. First, kayaking, which quickly became the newest passion in the house. We also got the downstairs room ready to sleep in (cleaned, air mattress set up, extraneous crap removed), capping the evening off with the fabulous lamb shank dinner. Yesterday was gifts first thing (he loves the Fitbit, the Dodgers cap needs to be exchanged, no likey the wide brimmed-ness of it, which I knew he wouldn't), followed by errands, followed by kayak madness. At the end of the day we each had our own kayak, we had installed a roof rack to carry them and brought both of them home without incident. THEN we went to dinner at this new-ish fine dining establishment that was incredibly good. We were both blown away. The night was capped off by spending the first night in the basement master, so much cooler than the upstairs master, albeit much smaller, but with a kick ass bathroom attached. Good times, good times.

Monday. Yay.

Vitals:

Weight: 148 straight up
Energy level: Great
BM: Oh yeah
Other Gastro: Nada
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Pfffft, nada in the morning, got out for nearly 3 miles of interval training at lunch.
Other: 



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #14

Sunday July 19th, 2015

Hubby's 56th birthday!!!!!

We're celebrating in style today; he with his new Fitbit Surge as we had out to shop for kayaks for real (yesterday was about gathering information and plotting next steps - step #1 is going to REI for a roof rack, HAYLOO!), and going out to dinner at a new place, Cowboy Star. Looks pricey but the selection is great, and they have a butcher shop next door. Crazy, right? Personally I'm leaning toward fish as I haven't had any in a long time, and I'm beef-and-chicken'd out at this point. 

Last night I made braised lamb shanks as planned, but the store was out of parsnips so I made cinnamon scented butternut squash instead. There is no possible way for me to describe to you how incredibly delicious this meal was. Amazing! With a side of my home fermented kraut and a little apple sauce, I was in heaven. Hubby enjoyed it too. This way of eating is a big win in my book.

Vitals:

Weight: 148.4 (yay?)
Energy level: Pretty good
BM: Yup, biggie
Other Gastro: Gastro symptoms from ghee have passed
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Taking my little fella for a walk just after typing this!
Other: It seems that the gastro troubles have been replaced by a headache. Taking some Tylenol because it's bad, and has been since I woke. 

Food pic for the (epi)curious:



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #13

Saturday July 18th, 215

It seems that my luck with ghee has run out. Officially after lunch yesterday, I ate no more. I had a teaspoon with my breakfast and it tasted absolutely magical but I became nauseous within minutes. That passed rather quickly but after lunch the same thing happened, and it stayed longer this time, plus invited bloating and gas along for the ride. Damn it to hell! Total BS. As of this morning I still have some upper GI discomfort so I'm glad I didn't try any at dinner. There goes another food addition to the bottom of my list, and I can bloody well remove grass fed butter because if I can tolerate ghee I sure can't tolerate butter.

Which leads me back to that place where I'm afraid to try new additions. Given my track record I'm at 50% right now and I'd like not to tip the scale the other direction. I know that I have to soldier on, but my how tedious the food addition game becomes.

On the bright side, we went kayaking this morning and are currently kayak shopping. I don't mean at this very moment, but today for sure. Hubby loved it so much (and I did too, surprisingly enough given my water phobias) that he decided right there on the water it was time for us to have our own. WOW. It was so amazing, we had the best time and spent hours paddling and floating around the reservoir. We are smitten!

On to more bad news, I gained some weight. Boo! It isn't much but I know I have to watch those dinner portions. I tend to use a regular sized plate at dinner but that is probably too much food for me. Chill baby, chill. 

I have a full day ahead of me getting caught up on laundry and getting groceries. Good times. I'm making braised lamb shanks for dinner. It takes a lot of time. I have my shanks thawing and will be going on a quest for parsnips to cook and puree. Yum!

Vitals:

Weight: 149.4
Energy level: Good when I woke up, tired now from hours of fun and sun
BM: Oui
Other Gastro: Leftover upper GI pain
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great-ish
Exercise: Just the kayaking so far! My plan is to get some jogging in on the trampoline while I'm doing laundry. Now that's fun!
Other: Nothing to report

Friday, July 17, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #12

Friday July 17th, 2015

Looks like ghee is a go! Okay I may be jumping the gun just a little on that, it has only been 24 hours, and I only ate it twice. Today I'll eat it three times and see what happens. But I haven't had a single reaction to it and that excites me! Perhaps grass fed dairy will be okey dokey with my gut, and wouldn't that be nice.

Tomorrow hubby and I are going kayaking with some friends who were kind enough to borrow kayaks for us because we don't have our own. We've never tried it outside of the little lagoon we kayaked in Hawaii, and that was years ago. It was fun but we had a two man and we (OOPS) went under the bridge into the ocean where I had a near panic attack (not a fan of the ocean, thank you very much - I love to look at it but I don't want to be in it!) and it took us a bit of wrangling to get the damn thing turned around, so we never tried that again. Oh sure, we talked about doing some ocean kayaking on clear mornings when the water was as smooth as glass, but I simply don't have the balls. Or intestinal fortitude, I guess I should say, since I've had such GI woes since childhood, ha and ha.

I'm the only boss in the office today so it will likely be a let's-close-up-early kind of day. There isn't much going on project wise, we're in some holding patterns at this time and awaiting new work, so I say let's take advantage of that while the taking is good. 

It's almost 8, time to start work officially, and I'm hungry, so I'm out. 

OH! Wait, I owesk. The lozenges that Dr. Jessica sold me for my breath (and just good health, I guess: they're called Thieves. They consist of a blend of lemon peel oil, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint. They're good, if not a bit strong, and they sure did kick out my garlic breath.

OH OH! One more thing. I put one jar of fermented cabbage into the fridge last night as it should be done, but I also threw one out that didn't ferment but smelled like feet. I ain't eating feet. I tamped down the big jar of brussel sprouts with apple, it stinks too, but at least it's bubbling. The last jar is only a week old and I'm leaving it totally alone, it has cabbage and golden beets. It's gorgeous! I hope it tastes good. I need to work on my fermenting methods and skills. I also probably need to move my operation center to the basement as I think it may be too warm in the kitchen. We don't usually have the AC on, so it routinely gets up to 75-78 in the house. The highest temp fermenting goods should reach is 70. It may yet turn out that I have no viable ferments in the cupboard... I will move the remainder of them downstairs this evening.

Vitals:

Weight: 148.8 - steady is nice, but I'd like to start moving downward again. Time to pick up the exercise I guess!
Energy level: Fantastic
BM: Sure as shit, ha ha!
Other Gastro: Negative
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Walked both dogs half a block, nothing to write home about! Gotta get a run in this morning.
Other:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #11 - Grass Fed Ghee Introduction

Thursday July 16th, 2015

I'm back in the saddle again... at my regular desk in our main office, just the way I like it. Yesterday went well and I was even able to get what I needed from the nearby Microsoft store AND get hubby's birthday gifts! Unheard of productivity from me at the mall. I usually fart around and walk into every store that's having a sale (which is every store right now) but I walked with a purpose and got in and out like a flash. Done and done!

I was preoccupied with being in Denver and then cooking for an hour and half (there has to be a better way, Lord, please guide me!) that I completely forgot to try some grass-fed ghee yesterday, damn it. I only needed to add it to one meal but NOOOOOO. This morning I brought some with me, melted it and drizzled it on my acorn squash cereal - OMG it's so good! I hope it doesn't become a problem. Fingers crossed please!

I got almost no exercise yesterday (11,114 steps - pathetic), so today I really must bust out some interval training. It's going to be hot but I don't give a good shit, I'm out there. Gotta keep my momentum going, I'm so close to my goal weight!

Ghee with breakfast gave me an upset stomach. It passed quickly but I had severe nausea... not a good sign.

Vitals:

Weight: 148.8
Energy level: Great!
BM: Si!
Other Gastro: Nothing to report
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Meh
Other: Saw Dr. Jessica today: she said everything is looking good, and I should keep up what I'm doing. Yay! She also explained the Withania is another herbal supplement to aid my adrenals, along with the Adaptopath. So far, so good. She was fine with my increasing probiotics. I also asked about my breath, since I can't chew gum or eat mints because they contain crap and sugar, and she turned me onto some herbal hard candies that have no sugar. They're a touch heavy on the clove but not bad! I'll tell you the name tomorrow, they're in my car.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #10

Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Happy Amazon Prime Day! 

I will celebrate by ordering grass fed gelatin and my hubby's birthday gift, if they have what I'm looking for at a good price. Here's to free two-day shipping - cheers!

Today I'm also going up to our Denver office for a couple of hours, which is always bittersweet. I dig going there because it's quiet and allows me uninterrupted access to the CRO and the VP of Marketing, and it's close to my favorite mall in Colorado (yay! and boo!), but I dislike the drive. Driving up and down I-25 is a pain in the ass. It's sort of pretty but we're in the middle of tourist season so... do the math. Lots of looky-loos everywhere, flat-landers, if you will, not paying attention to the traffic ahead of them, or the curves in the road, or the lack of shoulder in some areas, or wildlife... the list goes on. 

Well I'm feeling good again, my only regret that I didn't get a good interval session under my belt yesterday, damn it. I'll shoot for one when I get home this evening. It's not supposed to be too warm but it is supposed to rain. Typical front range weather for July, no complaints, just sayin'. I will for shizzle get some steps in at the mall this afternoon! I need an extra power cord for my Surface and I need to just walk that mall because it's so pretty. It has a Nordstrom too, and a Rack across the street, and a Costco where I get gas before heading home. I need to get my work done FAST or I won't be able to dawdle!

Vitals:

Weight: 148.8 (HELLO!)
Energy level: Great!
BM: Not yet
Other Gastro: Seems that I'm back to once-a-day pooping, so I'm going to increase my probiotic to 3 bills, which is 150B. See what happens. I'm not crazy about blowing through those because they are crazy expensive (covered by my HSA, thankfully, but that will run out eventually if I'm not frugal) but if they help, c'est la vie. I must check with Dr. Jessica about finding some maybe at a lower price. Hmm. I'm going to see her tomorrow.
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Dog walking, going to try to get in some serious steps later. For now, I need to get in my car and head north :-)

Other: Coming in 3.8 lbs - before and after pictures! YAY! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #9

Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Well, heck. I guess I was due for a small setback, and here it is: I haven't pooped since Sunday. ARGH! I've been going so well and so regularly that I took it for granted. Never take pooping for granted! It is not granted thus. But I digress...

Late yesterday I dealt with some upper GI pain and bloating - old school, had to unzip my jeans on the drive home. The bloating and pain both dissipated, and I made several attempts to trick the poop into coming out (sitting on the toilet playing Candy Crush Soda on my phone as if I had all the time in the world) but nobody showed up. This morning I tried that again and was able to squeeze out a couple of little marbles, but it was less than satisfying. I have to evacuate those suckers today! 

Here's my strategy: move around as much as possible (strolls around the block usually help) and keep up my fluid intake. I can sort of tell that it's getting ready to come out big time, but damn it's uncomfortable in the mean time.

Is this a late reaction to egg yolks? Could be. Latent reactions are common, and they can come in any shape or form: gastric distress, headaches, brain fog, fatigue. Is this due to the sheer volume of veggies I'm taking in? Could be. Although I'm combating that with digestive enzymes, probiotics, etc. I guess I'll wait to see what today brings before I decide.

One thing is clear, I need to wait for this to pass before I introduce another new food in case it is a reaction. Makes me glad I chose a spreadsheet for my schedule because it will be easy to update when I have one of these incidents to wait out. 

Vitals:

Weight: 149.4 (HELLO! Below 150!)
Energy level: Great
BM: Didn't have to wait long for relief! Before 9:00 and without even a single stroll around the block, my bowels let loose a terrific looking snaky thing that (were it a real snake) would have been a bull snake, hand to God. It was HUGE. I feel so much better now, thank you.
Other Gastro: Fine
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Double dog walkies this morning, walks around the block even though I pooped, it's a lovely day!
Other: Nada

Monday, July 13, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #8

Monday July 13th, 2015

MAN do I feel good. As in really, very, no bubble gut, no bloating, so happy to be in my size 10 jeans again GOOD. 

MAN do I love the food I get to eat. As in really, very excited that the acorn squash "oatmeal" tastes awesome cold with sliced banana on top and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon, the meatballs, sauce and sauteed chard with red cabbage was amazing and the breakfast chicken patties are delicious LOVE.

That's my positive stuffs for the day. You're welcome.

I did spend a solid 2.5 hours cooking last night, but I'm set for breakfast and lunch this week, and that makes me very happy. The only wild cards are dinners and I have grass fed ground beef thawing to address that, and plenty of veg on hand to go alongside. I made a ridiculously simple and amazingly tasty raspberry vinaigrette, so I must remember to pick up some organic salad mix. For now I have butter lettuce, carrots, celery and spinach to salad-ize, and that will be just ducky.

I must confess, I don't miss tomatoes, at least not yet. I guess it's been over a month now since I've had any but I'm totally cool with it. In fact, I don't miss much of anything aside from COFFEE. Lord I love coffee. I've tried a few cups of my old standby English Breakfast tea this week and wasn't overly thrilled after the first time. It's okay, I mean I like it and all, but it's not something I can't live without. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to consume a grande non-fat latte again (because of the pasteurized milk) but I'll bet that I can have some delightful homemade lattes with raw cream. That idea is stuck in my head like bubble gum on the sidewalk! I hope when the time comes (August 26th, now that I've checked) I'll be able to tolerate coffee. My long lost friend!

Vitals:

Weight: 150.2 
Energy level: Great!
BM: Nope, but it's brewing big time as of lunchtime
Other Gastro: Negative
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Got nada this morning, 3.17 mile interval training with the pi gals at lunch
Other: I had a very large, overly healthy BM late yesterday but I'm still puzzled at the lack-o-BM today. Hmmm...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #7

Sunday July 12th, 2015

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today is another fantastic day, thank you for asking. It's warm and sunny with a few high clouds and I have the whole day ahead of me. This morning I'm going to take my little dog on a big walk, hubby and I are going to drive out to Falcon to borrow kayaks from my bestie, and we're going to paint the basement. 

YAY! The work is almost complete; drywall guy is coming back today to texture the closet (it didn't dry yesterday) and then he's done. Thursday the carpet guy is coming to re-lay the padding and carpeting. Then we will rent a carpet cleaner and clean it. Then we will put the log bed back together, bring in all the furniture and wait for the mattress. The we'll be able to sleep down there where it's nice and cool for the remainder of summer and probably autumn as well. 

Unfortunately hubby found evidence of mice (I detest mice) in the utility room, but he's all over trying to evict and/or kill the little shits. If they hang out in there they may venture into the bedroom when it's done, and then we'll be completely fecked. Not letting that happen if we can help it. Little bastards are pooing everywhere in that utility room.

I introduced egg yolks yesterday, as is the proper way to do things. No reaction. Had one in my acorn squash "oatmeal" today, no reaction thus far. I need to eat another at lunch and dinner, then wait a couple of days. I'm hoping for no reaction! It would be my first clean introduction since green beans, and that was a while ago, back in June I believe. Stay tuned! Below my vitals is a shot of my introduction spreadsheet (better to be organized than willy-nilly, eh?). If you'd like a copy leave a comment and I will email one to you.

On that note, I excluded items from Phase 1 that I either reacted to (black pepper) or already reintroduced successfully (green beans, which are legumes with edible pods) or foods that I don't eat (anise, cardamom, juniper, etc.) - so what I'm saying is, this is not 100%, but it will get you started. I compiled the introduction schedule from the recommendations of two books and one ebook - they do tend to vary a bit here and there so I made a list that makes sense for me.

Anyhoo, have a great Sunday!

Vitals:

Weight: 150.2 
Energy level: Great!
BM: Big one in the AM
Other Gastro: Negatory good buddy
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great
Exercise: Long dog walk in AM, maybe some intervals when I go to Trader Joe's this afternoon, I'll be close to my favorite trail.
Other:


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #6 - The Day I Hit My Original Goal Weight

Saturday July 11th, 2015

Holy shitballs, I never thought this day would come when I started all of the elimination madness on May 11th. Two months exactly to the day, I hit my original goal weight of 10. If you need any further proof that this works then I can't help you. I'm at 150. One-freaking-fifty! Party on, Wayne (party on, Garth)! 

Of course I have adjusted my goal weight to 145, and it may go down to 140 once I have my full confidence back (still living in fear of suddenly gaining it all back, 5 lbs at a time, that may take years to get over, but I'm trying). 

AND, and and - my fermented veg are coming along just beautifully!

I checked and burped them this morning and they smell heavenly (just like my favorite, Bubbie's) and as soon as air hit them they started bubbling like crazy! I tamped them down into the liquid to ensure they are all getting fermented and I won't have any crusties on top, and I added a teeny bit of leftover Bubble's juice into the brussel sprouts and apple concoction because it seemed low on liquid. Today I'll get some garlic dills to add to the first batch of white cabbage kraut once it's done, and I think it will be done soon. This is so exciting! I had hubby pick up two extra rubber sealed jars for me at Ikea yesterday so I can get another batch going, that way I'm starting a new batch every week and I will have plenty on had. As it is I'm going through two jars weekly, so there ya go. 

Happy Saturday everyone! Viva la Paleo AIP (and all the other BS I went through to get here)!!

I didn't eat much this morning because I only had about 1/8 of a cup of pumpkin, but I mixed it up a little by adding crispy panchetta on top of my pumpkin "cereal" mixture, threw some applesauce and kraut on the plate, and it was amazing. I love my diet! 

I took a couple of bites before thinking to snap the photo, so yes, there was more. 




Vitals:

Weight: 150.2!!!
Energy level: Great
BM: Yepper, I can pretty much set my watch by it now
Other Gastro: Bubble gut last night after eating some very green soup. Settled down quickly.
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Took Bandit to the vet with hubby, walk/jogged back. Four miles. Sweaty as can be. Yay!
Other: I'm not sure if I said this here, but I said it to hubby and Dr. Evil the other day: for the first time in my entire life, I'm having regular BMs. If I eat three times, I poop three times. I've never felt this light and CLEAR in my life. So great when a plan comes together, isn't it? I wasn't quite expecting this because no matter what I have done in the past, I was lucky to have one BM a day, usually every 3-4 days, sometimes 7-10. I have recollection of how terrible it felt to be full of POOP all the time, and I'm eternally grateful that this is no longer the case.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Paleo AIP Day #5

Friday July 10th, 2015

After a very long night of powerful storms, the sun is shining today. It's a great way to start the day! The trees are still dripping and fence posts are steaming as they release the moisture they have stored through the cold night into the clear, dry air. It's quite something to see. This is one of the reasons I love Colorado, one of thousands. It's just so beautiful here, no matter the weather. 

Last night I was tested in a big way, attending a happy hour for someone leaving our company. I was surrounded by delicious junk food, some of which I have eaten in the past and enjoyed a great deal (Kobe nachos - nothing wrong with those) and frosty adult beverages. Luckily I arrive just late enough to have the only available seat with the water drinking crew. I'm going to be completely honest: I was not tempted at all. Someone asked me how I can just say no to all that delicious food and I said "All I have to do is remember the pain it causes me, and that's enough." And it is. Remembering feeling like I had a bowling ball in my gut, all of my digits becoming bloated and my gut seizing like an engine with no oil - that's plenty for me. I hope that it will be for you, too.

Anyway, I came home and made myself some leftover curry and enjoyed it immensely. I ate a little too much, actually, and a wee bit of a tummy ache for a little while. This morning I didn't want to to have curry again (holy crap, I've eaten it about 8 times!) so I threw together something quick and really delicious:

1/2 C pumpkin
1/4 C coconut milk
1 tsp organic evaporated coconut crystals
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger (spice, not fresh)
1/8 C unsweetened, shredded coconut 
1/2 tsp alcohol free vanilla
1/4 banana, sliced

I warmed all of this in a teeny cast iron pot and then dug in. It was really good! I had a link of organic sausage for protein along with it, and wow, I am full.

I'm learning that the use of smaller pots and pans as well as a small plate are very easy ways of controlling portions. I started doing this about a week ago as I switched over to solid food, and I must tell you, it really works. If I'm using a smaller pot to warm my food, I am not encouraged to overfill it. Then using a small plate (I'm using a side/salad plate) gives you the visual cue of "full plate". If I savor what is on my plate I am full by the time I'm finished with what is on the plate, and once in a while I can't finish - it's too much! Imagine just making that one change, and what a difference it could make for you. I've heard of this approach to eating before but was not a believer until I tried it and found it to be true. You can believe me!

I'm also 100% accustomed to not snacking any more, and I think that's making a huge difference as well. In my previous life I snacked 3 times per day, and while I tried to really watch what I was snacking on, those were extra calories I did not need. The funny thing is that I don't get hungry between meals any more, which makes me wonder if I ever did, or if I was just trigger eating. Other people snack, I snacked. It was "snack time", I snacked. Now that I don't snack, I don't crave snacks. Makes sense right? Stress eating and trigger eating were adding calories that I didn't need. Boom. Done.

Vitals:

Weight: 151.4 
Energy level: Good
BM: Massive, yes
Other Gastro: Feeling good!
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Great
Exercise: Hubby is in Denver today so I didn't get to take the little guy for a long walk, just got to take both of them for a short walk. Hoping to get some laps in at lunch time today.

Other: Sleepus-interruptus happened again last night. Not sure if maybe it's time to increase my magnesium intake? Will check with Dr. Jessica, because I'm tired today and I'm not a fan. I was tired yesterday too. Two days in a row of tired means I'm not on my game.