Although I love eating my liver nuggets, I decided to venture out on my organ meat excursion and try something new, beef heart. I’ve dabbled in chicken heart before at a restaurant, but never beef. After ordering it and seeing it in the actual package, it looked disgusting. So I shoved it in our freezer and ate the other proteins I fancied. However, once I bought more food to freeze, the big ole frozen beef heart stuck out like a sore thumb. I gathered my courage and let the heart thaw out….
Our lives were forever changed when we met our little Gracie from a rescue. Although she was the very first puppy we ever considered, she wasn’t the first puppy we “interviewed.” After meeting a few crazy, young breeds of puppies, and not not feeling 100% confident, little Gracie was carried out to us. She calmly walked over to me, stared into my eyes, and then crawled into my arms for a hug. Without hesitation, I knew in my gut that this little pup was special and I wasn’t leaving the shelter without her.
One thing I miss on AIP is definitely spicy food. I used to LOVE all types of ethnic foods, Ethiopian, Chinese, Peruvian, Thai, Spanish – the spicier the better.
Although I can’t technically have spicy, another thing I love just as much are colorful foods. Seeing only dark greens and bland colored potatoes during the colder months, it’s so refreshing to see bright colored foods at Whole Foods this week. Plus, I’m positive that eating a pretty plate induces happiness. Lord knows I need some sort of positivity in my life.
Now that winter is full blown here in Chitown, everyone and their mothers’ sinuses/respiratory systems are feeling the wrath. Plus, being bone chilling cold outside wants me to get a giant bowl of piping hot ramen (my favorite ramen place in the city is STILL Furious Spoon – not diet compliant). Since luscious ramen noodles and spicy food isn’t allowed on AIP, I had to compromise.
I know what you’re thinking, “ew, Aimee. Why the eff would you ever touch and cook liver?” Well liver wasn’t exactly my first, second, or third choice of cuisine either. I’ve read that there are extremely beneficial traits that come with eating organ meat, however, because I was grossed out, I never read any further.
Sure, thinking about consuming liver is gross, but animal liver has a lot of upsides to healing your body and gut.
Happy New Year everyone! 2016 was a year of super highs and lows. From planning a wedding, getting married, changing roles at work, diagnosed with severe food sensitivities, and having a miscarriage, this year has been incredibly stressful. However, I’m (semi) grateful for all of the “bumps” in the road that I’ve dealt with. As much as it has taken a toll on me, it’s made me into a stronger person. At least I’m telling myself that….
After getting my latest HcG blood test results last week and learning that I still have a few more weeks to go until we can start trying again, something inside of me just clicked. Why am I wasting my feelings on something I can’t control within my body? I need to be focusing on something I can control = my lifestyle. Since my surgery, I’ve been researching ways to help my body repair. From reading “go to yoga 3-4 times a week, clean up your diet, eat plenty of fats, take the right kind of prenatals, and stop stressing” – it was all overwhelming. And let’s be honest, stop stressing? Hilarious.
On my usual IG surfing, I came across Sarah’s handle (@balanced_babe) and checked her out. After being an international model in the fashion industry for 13 years, Sarah got into the healthy living realm. Sarah is a certified plant-based nutrition and holistic health coach, wellness media consultant, and holistic business consultant. Totally right up my alley! Her passion is to help people feel beautiful in their skin and influence them to achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals. Sarah is a total sweetheart and her site is very inspiring. While my body and mind still recovers, I knew that Sarah’s approach is exactly what I need right now and am so excited to share a behind the scenes look of the girl behind Balanced Babe…