I’ve been following a fairly clean paleo diet for about two years now. Probably around 90/10 “compliance”. All of the health markers people usually care about are in great shape. Blood pressure, pulse, triglycerides, oxygen levels, etc., etc. are all spot on. But I have still failed to make much headway on thyroid related markers. Sure, my temperature is up and approaching “normal” and the nodule is stable, but I still have hypo symptoms and tests show that I’m still not converting T4 to T3 properly. I want more, dammit!

This fact along with a few other little buggers convinced me I need to try the Paleo Auto-Immune protocol. You mean it’s possible I could go through winter without white/numb fingers? Sign me up!

But I won’t lie. It’s challenging. With all things challenging comes knowledge and growth. I started this week and I guess this is day 3. Must. Fight. Food. Boredom.

I had some ground turkey in the fridge for tonight’s dinner. Most of the recipes I have around that use ground turkey contain verboten ingredients, namely nightshades. So I had to get creative. Well, mostly I just started throwing stuff I found in the kitchen into a pan. And it turned out delicious!

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Granted, it doesn’t photograph well, but here we have:

Bacon Fat
Ground Turkey
Onion – I was feeling the need for carbs so I included LOTS of onion. Who knew onion was a good source of carbs. It is!
Garlic
Mushrooms
Sweet Potato
Sage <== the secret

When I realized I had the diced up 'tater to use I thought, "hmmm…that's kinda like butternut. And you know what's really good with butternut?…….SAGE!" It made this dish. And the house smells amazing!

I don't have a photo of my dinner plate because I hadn't planned on this turning out very well. You get to see my leftovers. :) I ate it alongside a pile of roasted broccoli.

Hi friends!

I’ve been concocting some interesting eats lately and it’s sad when I forget about yummy things I’ve made in the past. Taking pics helps me remember, so here I am again. I may not consistently record everything; might just pop in with interesting new creations time and again. Time will tell.

In other news, Food Protege did fabulously on her elimination diet. She can (very happily) handle moo dairy, but gluten is no bueno. Surprised? No. After the three-week experiment, she strayed back to the ways of gluten but is now back on the wagon. She is working through the phases of acceptance that this will be a forever thing if she wants to feel good. Totally normal to go through fits and starts like that and I’m counseling her as much as she needs. (She also ran a very difficult half-marathon in 2:07 last weekend. woot!)

Another “subject” I’ve counseled on who suffers from Crohn’s is FINALLY doing better following the SCD. It’s taken a long time and fruitless doctor’s appointments for her to get to this point. Once she’s a bit more stable, her mother (my co-worker) wants to go to congress to bring attention to the issue that NONE of her doctors had anything helpful to say about diet. Co-worker’s friends and family think she’s nuts when she tells them this. I told her I would go with her.

Anyway, on to the eats!

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Tomato Egg Cups and Nuked Sweet Potato. It’s smiling at you!

OMG, this was a TON of food compared to my usual breakfast lately. So. Stuffed. Blech. The tomato egg cups were a new experiment. Not worth it; they’ll go in the reject pile.

 

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Oops, almost forgot the lunch pic of my giant salad.

 

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And a little strawberry watermelon cooler.

 

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Wow, that’s dark. oops. Well, even though you can’t see it, dinner WAS Butter Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, and Pickled Squash. This was the first time I’d made this chicken. LORDY, it was GOOOOOD! I modified the recipe slightly, but you can find the original here. Make it!

 

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After a quick bike ride, I cooled off with a Green Frozen Lemonade. I’ve been making a lot of blended fruit things lately. This is one of my favorites. It’s simple and totally satisfying for like 20 calories. Plus, lemon juice does fabulous things for digestion.

1 cup ice
3 T lemon juice
1/2 c water or seltzer
2 c spinach
stevia or honey to taste (optional)

Blend, baby, blend! Yum. It looks really cool too.

Stuff I Ate 2012.04.13

April 13, 2012

Big Ass Salad with BBQ Chix

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Goat Milk Kefir

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On sale this week. It was almost as thick as their yogurt so I threw in a blob of raspberry pomegranate fruit spread and enjoyed with a spoon.

Pecan Encrusted Tilapia and Braised Greens with Olives

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Ok, so the crust got a little burnt. Don’t worry about it. It was still delicious. Instead of the citrus salsa the recipe called for, I blistered some grape tomatoes with cilantro, lemon, and lime juice. The greens were a delicious variation on my usual braised greens.

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The perfect dairy-free, sugar-free, chocolate-free chocolate shake. This time I used more ice and added some chia. Ice, almond milk, banana, chia seeds, almond butter, carob powder, chocolate stevia.

Stuff I Ate 2012.04.11

April 11, 2012

Scrambled Eggs and Nuked Sweet Potato

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mmmmm……eggies

Custom Salad at Ingredient Restaurant

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Lunch meeting today.  I meet with this client every other Wednesday for a late lunch.  He buys.  I order almost the exact same thing every time.  He thinks I’m a little nuts.  I even keep my order written on a post-it in my wallet.  (Hey – it saves me research time about what is “safe”!)  It goes like this:
 
* mixed baby greens and romaine
* english cucumber
* avocado
* roasted broccoli  
* roma tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes
* red onion
* snow peas or green peas
* grilled salmon or grilled chicken
* olive oil and balsamic
* hold the bread
 
I used to get all blood-sugary and shakey after this lunch.  Then I realized I was ordering a fat-free raspberry vinegrette.  whoops!  Probably loaded with sugar.  Once I switched to plain oil and vinegar, those episodes went away and this salad fills me way up.  
 

May have created an IF monster. Since I had breakfast today, I wasn’t hungry for dinner. Couldn’t figure out what I’d want anyway. So I went for a walk to try to work up an appetite. That helped, but I still couldn’t figure out what I was craving and nothing on the planned menu sounded right. (The idea of skipping dinner always backfires on me, so I don’t do it. Also, I know I’ll need to IF for breakfast tomorrow.)

Just started throwing things in the pan and this is what came out. Pretty tasty!

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onion, garlic, andouille sausage, green beans, tomatoes, assorted baby greens, northwoods seasoning

I usually get the Turkey version of this sausage. Don’t know how I ended up with Pork this time, but it was pretty good.

Banana, Almond Butter, Coconut

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This whole ‘after dinner fruit’ thing is a nasty habit.

Stuff I Ate 2012.04.10

April 10, 2012

Had to be out the door fast this morning so it was IF for breakfast again.

Chipotle!

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Chicken Mix-Up with Bonus Roasted Asparagus

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I love eating chicken mix-up. Partially because I eat it right out of the pan and it seems like a ton of food even though it really isn’t.

Chocolate Shake

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I had a craving for a chocolate shake after lunch. It was still with me after dinner so I whipped this up. Suppose I should mention that this is dairy-free, sugar-free, and chocolate-free.

WHAT?! Yes, a chocolate-free chocolate shake. Chocolate is no bueno for me. The last time I had some I even developed hives! So I’m staying away unless there’s a compelling reason not to. I used carob powder to create the chocolate color and chocolate flavored stevia for the chocolate taste. yum. It hit the spot.

Stuff I Ate 2012.04.09

April 10, 2012

IF for breakfast

Sad little salad, office style

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Roast Beast, Freaktastic Broccoli, Steamed Asparagus

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Banana, Almond Butter, Coconut

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Stuff I Ate 2012.04.07

April 7, 2012

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I made this frittata for breakfast, but I wasn’t hungry. Packed it up for the road. Honestly, my stomach was majorly unhappy this morning. Too many cookies last night, perhaps?

Lunch at Mom’s

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Taste off between the catfish and crappie: crappie wins. That’s all I’m going to say about this plate.

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For “evening snack”, I had some of the breakfast frittata and a couple of strawberries.

Admittedly, this doesn’t look like much for a day, but there was also the snacking that goes on that I didn’t photo…. more macaroons, some cashews, and tortilla chips. I’d already polluted myself with corn for the day (fish breading), so I figured I’d go all in and indulge in a couple handfuls of chips. Definitely a 90/10 kinda day.

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