I made it! A whole week of Paleo AIP. I am so chuffed with myself I could do a little dance. This means that I can do it!! I thought it was going to be really hard to eat such a restricted diet but it wasn’t. This week I planned, cooked and stayed ahead of the game which meant that I was able to stay on track for the whole week. And do I feel better? YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!! I was expecting to maybe feel a little less achy and sore after a week but five days in and the tightness was gone, I could actually bend over and touch my toes without being in pain. There is still stiffness in my lower back but I think that because I had surgery on it in August 2014 there is still a lot of inflammation and it may take a bit longer. Time will tell.
There were a few highlights this week on the food front. A lovely spinach, onion and bacon side dish that went beautifully with bacon wrapped chicken breasts. And a zucchini, onion and kale stir fry that I made for breakfast to accompany some organic bacon.
Apart from the dietary changes this week I had to deal with starting a new job. Again the planning made this a lot easier. Early mornings and long days were exhausting but because I was prepared I didn’t slip up. I tried to make sure I ate dinner, had some down time every evening and got to bed by 10pm. I didn’t do too badly but by the end of the week I was absolutely exhausted and the weekend has been blissfully quiet. I have realised that getting to bed early and being rested is vital to my wellbeing, even though it is challenging at times.
Exercise! Now this one I have failed at completely. I tried to walk as much as I could but there was no formal plan in place. I am not beating myself up about this, I know I have to take things slowly and I think rest is the most important thing to me at the moment. I think if I have another week to settle into my new routine I will be ready to start some gentle, structured activity. This is one to report back on…
I have been a bit braver, and more adventurous, with my shopping this week – I have added liver! I am going to hide it in meatballs because I really, really don’t like it. But, as I am committed to this programme, I am going to suck it up and give it a go. More on the success of that at a later date! I have also decided to make a big batch of meat patties and breakfast patties (basically homemade sausage without the casings). I bought more of a variety of fruit and vegetables, I am still on a hunt for plantain though. There are a few recipes that I want to make that I need them for – some sweet treats. I will start sharing some of the recipes I am using in the coming weeks, most of which I can credit to other, far more seasoned Paleo-ites (that’s what my son called me today – a Paleo-ite), is that even a word?
Until next time
Love and strength