Truth. Today is day 14 and I am sleeping better than I have in more than two years. My skin is clear, and I have so much energy! No more afternoon energy crashes and maybe it’s coincidental, but I haven’t had as many migraines either. My sugar cravings are gone. Gone! That’s a lot of changes in two short weeks. My clothes even fit better although for now I am not focused on weight loss–just healing.
I know most people are wondering if it’s manageable. Is it too hard? Is it too restrictive? Is it even practical? I’ll be honest. These are all very relative questions. Nothing is hard if you are committed to it. I have found ways to make this as easy as possible. I know the things and the times that trip me up and I am prepared for them. this means taking some steps in advance and planning ahead, but the result is SO worth it. Here are a few tools to make it easier for you.
Have snacks on hand–always. Remember all those snack I stocked up on? They have saved me more times than I can count. In those moments when my daughter makes popcorn and I feel myself caving in and telling myself that just a few pieces will be okay, I grab my plantain chips or sweet potato chips and I am good to go. Fresh fruit and raw veggies make great afternoon snacks. The hardest part is keeping the rest of the family out of my stash. At this point though, they are all following the diet about 75% to the time since I am the one cooking the main meals.
Use your weekends to prep a few key meals to help you through the week. Figure out what your most difficult meal is during the week and prepare several meals on the weekends. If you work-full time or have to run kiddos to activities after school, dinner might be the toughest meal for you. If that’s the case, I would recommend putting several chicken breasts and some marinade (there are lots of AIP friendly marinades to make-Coconut Secret makes an awesome teriyaki sauce and a garlic sauce that are perfect for this) into a ziplock bag and just keep it in the fridge to bring out for dinner. On the night you are running around like a crazy person, you can pull it out, pound it out and dump it in a frying pan.While that is cooking on medium heat, chop up some broccoli or veggies and drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with some garlic salt and roast in a 400 degree oven. Dinner will be done in 30 minutes. Easy, delicious and healthy. You could cook a large batch of soup or stew on Sunday afternoon, or make a large roast.
If lunches are hard because you are busy, making up several containers of salads and chopping up fresh veggies or making up a large batch of soup might help make lunches easier. I tend to eat leftovers from dinner the previous night (see #4) for lunches during the week.
The hardest meal for me is breakfast. Fussy toddler with lots of demands, getting kids off to school and daily chores make mornings a challenge. Add to that my love for all things carb and pastry, and breakfast could be a disaster without some planning. In order to set myself up to succeed, I have been doing up batches of breakfast food on the weekends. So far, I have prepped in advance chicken and turkey breakfast sausages to keep in the freezer, “oatmeal,” and “pancakes” that are amazing. So far, breakfast hasn’t been a problem at all. Here are a few of the yummy AIP-friendly meals I have made this week. Two of them are from The Healing Kitchen cookbook:
When you cook, always cook enough to have left-overs. Since you are already doing the work, you may as well do it efficiently. There have been MANY times in the last two weeks that I have been hungry at an odd time and having leftovers from other meals has filled the gap. This is a life-saver at 3:00 in the afternoon when you want more than an apple. Sometimes, it even saves me from having to cook every night. I LOVE these nights because I have more time to paint 😉
So, again, planning to succeed will definitely help you get where you want to go. I really haven’t had many, but when I find myself having a weak moment I remind myself that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. This is truth.
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(**The information included here is not to be substituted for medical advice. I am not a doctor and any information or advice written here does not replace the advice of your own doctor. Please see your doctor about any health conditions you might have.)