Between puppy issues and being overwhelmed at work –I’ve definitely been off the grid lately. However, one thing that I have been doing is eating. A lot. Sigh. When I’m stressed, I rarely ever resort to food, it’s the opposite. However, my body has been just craving anything and everything lately. So I’ve given in.
I definitely am one of those people who say when she overdoes it, “well, it’s AIP or Paleo.” However, as we all know, too much of a good thing is not good, even if it is clean. Sigh. That’s how it’s been for me and my week long love affair with almonds. I’ve somehow managed to sneak almond products in my daily intake for the last 14 days and my skin looks like absolute hell because of it. Eczema patches on my legs, arms, and now stomach (which has never happened). Sadly, I knew right then and there that it was time to pull back on the reigns and get back on being strict AIP.
If you’ve experienced a miscarriage like I have, you’ve realized that there’s not an instruction manual or any sort of normal recovery to base your expectations on. With every pregnancy being different, so are all of women’s bodies. It’s important to make yourself aware that researching groups online or asking around won’t speed up the recovery process, it will only speed up anxiety and decrease your patience.
Now that I’m on month four of my AIP lifestyle, my time and focus has totally shifted from eating out to instead cooking at home. Mostly, cooking to find loopholes and making “safe” AIP foods into the foods I miss: Donuts, Bread, Pasta, Tacos, Ice Cream, you name it. However, now that I have a limited amount of safe food I can eat on the reg. I find myself gorging on those. For example: raw honey and tahini. Woof, I eat raw honey like it’s going out of style. Although tahini is not AIP, it was classified on my food allergy test as a safe food. Whatever can be dipped or needs a sesame topping, I load on the tahini. Is it too much? Yes. Do I care? Absolutely not. Why? I can only eat certain things and my hard workouts balance it out.
Anyways, one major breakthrough that I discovered at the end of month two was an idea to create a “safe” treat to enjoy after dinner.
Since April, my work-travel schedule has been limited to auditing firms in Chicago. While it’s been extremely nice NOT living out of a suitcase and spending more time with my hubs, It’s time to get back on the road. As I finish up my last week of my AIP/elimination diet, I will admit, I’m extremely nervous about eating in restaurants (such a weird thing to say out loud). For the last three weeks, I’ve only been eating things produced from our kitchen-to eat as pure and clean as possible. Sure, it’s nice to have super clear skin and no stomach problems, however, it’s not really realistic to only eat in your kitchen.
Although I won’t know ALL of the ingredients in the food I’ll encounter in my travels, one thing I’ll know is the contents of the snacks I’ll be arming myself with. Here’s a quick list of 7 healthy grabs to pack in your carry on: