Well, I am three weeks into eating and living Autoimmune Paleo. And let me tell you it has been very hard. But also a blessing. Let me explain. The first two weeks I struggled very much with the amount of thinking, cooking, and clean up I had to do. I was quite overwhelmed with how much I had to change. Despite having restrictions for many years, this just seemed like too much. But I have also been so sick for so long, that I knew I cannot give up. Instead of fighting all the difficulties I decided to embrace them. All the things I couldn’t eat, turned into a whole world of new foods and combinations that I can eat. For example, I miss tomatoes. I miss how quickly some salsa, or tomato sauce could change a meal. So I began searching for some alternatives. Then I discovered No-matoe Sauce. This recipe by the Curious Coconut has changed everything for me. Yes, it requires some work. But the flavourful result is worth every ounce of effort.
Once I started embracing the process as a gift. A chance to learn more about myself, create new fun food to eat and share, and to grow more relationships with the online community of fellow autoimmune paleo bloggers, I realized how much fun I could have.
The top left is my new favourite tool. It is a spiralizer. Small and compact but has so much value. Now squashes and yams become noodles. Like in the picture with the No-matoe sauce. Thats one whole zuchinni. Yum! The next picture holds, left to right canned pumpkin for baking and breakfasts, bananas, unsweetened roasted coconut chips, and avocados. The third picture has a random assortment of other favourite AIP things: Himalayan sea salt, dill paste, dairy free probiotics, silicone baking cups, and mineral water. The last picture is of some of my great finds for meat at the farmers market. Bacon without all the extra junk in it, ground lamb, and turkey breakfast sausages. Talk about flavorful and fun to cook with all of these items.
I blelieve this quote from Mary Angelou sums it up nicely. We do the best we can with what we have at the time. But should always be willing to learn, grow and stretch. Then we can do better, or at least differently.