Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chiming In

Just as a quick update, we dumped the AIP. My acne continued on its normal fluctuation (got worse, even), and decided that is not food related. I have consumed legumes, seeds, and grains since, and feel great!

So happy that I have a partner that cares so much for me, and was willing to follow along on this science experiment with me :)

One day, if I care enough, maybe I'll figure this acne out XP

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day 21

Wasn't sure how today's lunch was going to turn out. Made cranberry glazed chicken... without cranberries! Can't seem to find anything we need at the store :) So instead, made a "berry glaze" with our smoothie berries (blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries), some orange juice, and a touch of maple syrup. Never made something like that before!

Made with baked sweet potatoes and zucchini as sides (because I'm so original.) It was (surprisingly?) great! The turmeric and berry compote blended splendidly together.

Can't wait to reintroduce tomatoes on Monday! I love me some sweet red fruits!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 20

Tonight for dinner was breakfast! Only because I accidentally made what was supposed to be dinner one night for breakfast foods (the pork pesto). Not that it matters, since most of our foods are comprised of the same components anyway. This is a homefries alternative; we used spinach instead of kale, normal sweet potatoes instead of white, and ground beef to ours for more substance instead of bacon. (Noooooo not bacon!)

Turned out pretty well. The meat was actually kind of lemony, but when eaten all together, it was quite nice!

More acne popped up as of last night. It's frustrating that this process doesn't seem to have helped me in that department. Outside of the acne, I don't feel any different either. Been talking to Seneca about it, and he believes that if there's no relief of any issues, then there's no reason to continue doing this experiment. I agree with his statement, so I think that if after Father's Day there's still no improvement (because facial skin regenerates about once every month) then there's no point in continuing to filter the foods I eat. Maybe I'll notice a physical reaction to reintroducing something at some point, but I doubt it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day 19

Oh, normal breakfast. I love you!

This week has flown by. Pretty soon we'll be back to nightshades! :) Still feeling like normal, taking that all as good signs.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day 18

Accidentally made dinner for breakfast (oops!) The recipe was just straight-up meat! It tricked me :) Oh well, not like it really matters! I made a pork pesto skillet. The store was out of fresh basil, so I had to finagle with dried. Turned out fantastically anyway!

Overall, so flavourful. Even Seneca (the man with no sense of smell and little taste) thought so! :)

Speaking of flavourful foods, made the blackberry cobbler again last night. It's too good and too easy to not have time and time again :) Also, going to make the Hawaiian salmon tonight for dinner. I guess it's easy to tell what our favourite recipes have been!

Seneca didn't end up feeling itchier the rest of the day, so we don't believe it's tied to the eggs. Tomorrow morning we'll be having our "normal" breakfast, so he'll have two whole eggs. We'll see how that goes!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 16

Egg yolks!

Who knew I'd be so excited for these one day :) Mmm the taste of approaching normality. No negative affects so far from the egg yolks. If all stays well, we'll be having egg whites on Thursday!

Tonight, I made beef and mushroom risotto for dinner.

As with the last recipe I made, there were no parsnips at the store, so I went with my trusty old cauliflower ricing instead. I also added a bunch of additional spices (oregano, garlic, rosemary, thyme) because this was definitely going to be headed to B-land without. It tastes alright regardless, kind of a mushy mess. Mushrooms are delicious tho!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Day 14

It's been two weeks! You know what that means... egg yolks will be introduced on Monday. Yay! :)

Made a beef pot roast for dinner tonight. There weren't any parsnips at the store, so we ended up with turnips instead. I think it came out great regardless! The broth is the best part, by far (Seneca agrees.)

I'm eating more, and feeling much better now. Otherwise, no changes! My face is still at normal acne fluctuation, but Seneca's psoriasis is gradually fading. Hopefully, it'll be gone well enough that we can see if anything besides grains influences it.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day 12

After my post yesterday, as the day went on I became progressively more and more light-headed and woozy. Seneca and I were at Kroger around 7pm, and I was having some issues keeping balanced properly. I was pretty hungry, but otherwise didn't feel sick or anything. We stopped at a blood pressure station to see if I was running low, but was normal for me (~98/72). It allowed me to weigh myself and check my body fat percentage, so I went ahead and gave that a whirl. I didn't believe it when it said 119lbs, so I did it again: 120lbs.


I was dumbfounded. Over the past three or so years, I've fluctuated around 130 and 135lbs. I even weighed myself at Seneca's mother's house on Mother's Day, just after getting back from a cruise with unlimited food, and my weight had not changed. There as no way I was going to believe that I'd lost so much weight in about two weeks.

(Oh, and I haven't had my body fat percentage measured in years, but it was 21%, so that was good!)

When Seneca and I got home, and after eating the remains of the delicious salmon, he reviewed my food intake (I've been tracking food consumption for about two years now, for SCIENCE!) Just looking at the past week, it was pretty clear to him where the issue was:

Apparently, I don't eat enough. Now, I will say a 750+ calorie deficit is not my norm, usually it's more around 150-250 (according to whatever FitBit thinks I should be eating every day based upon my activity level.) Seneca is attributing this giant leap of a difference since we started doing AIP, to my sudden drop in weight, since I have basically been malnourishing myself. My body needed to feed upon what reserves I have! Or at least most of those pounds, 3-5lbs of it is more than likely water weight.

I eat until I'm full! It's not like I go hungry... but he still says, I need to eat more. Can't lie that after having a bit of extra sweet potato last night I didn't feel a heck of a lot better. Definitely don't feel that way today, so we'll see how this continues to go.

This afternoon for lunch, I cooked up what will be our breakfast for the next few days: "Moroccan" breakfast skillet. Now, it wouldn't be an Ashley dish if I didn't replace something, so the pork was replaced with beef, and chard with spinach (since we always have that on hand.)

It's very different than other dishes I've had, and I thought it was quite tasty :)

While its ingredients are quite similar to what we had for dinner, they were completely different in taste (and texture!) I ran carrot and sweet potato "chili" in the slow cooker all day today for dinner. Added in some oregano, since it was a bit short on spices.

It was definitely more like beef soup, not just because of how liquid-y it was, but because there literally is nothing "chili" about this. Just call it soup; it's okay! It was still pretty good :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 11

Last night for dinner we had Hawaiian salmon. We brought back the bacon! Felt like it'd been so long since the last time we had some. Usually it's part of our breakfast, but hasn't been recently since we're without eggs :(

This was so incredibly delicious, and I'm so glad we get to have the remainder of it tonight, but damn... I wish I had cooked the grilled salmon this way as well! So much flavour! And bacon!!

I've been pairing a lot of our meals that don't have veggies in them already with baked zucchini or baked sweet potato. So simple, and so good.

Threw together lunches today, although I wasn't originally planning on cooking. Realized there was nothing for either of us to have tomorrow at work, because I had rearranged the food schedule a bit. Quickly made some not-recipe-Thai chicken with the remains of the cabbage and onion side.

Still no physical changes yet for me. Doesn't seem like I have more energy (not that I felt a lack of before), or have less acne. Seneca brought up an alternative idea for my face, in case the food experiment does nothing for it: filtered shower head.

Seneca is feeling much better now; thank you to those of you who said something :) Still not sure on the cause, potentially all the extra leafy stuff we're eating?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Day 7

They keep saying it's going to rain, but I don't believe them, because it doesn't! I didn't let the threat stop me from grilling out today! :) One of my favourite things to do, for sure!

Never grilled salmon before, so that was a first :D Mmm look at that smoldering deliciousness.

Turned out marvelously! Didn't have a recipe for that one. Just sliced open a lime to juice it down, hand-oiled the grill with coconut oil, and down the skin side went! The pineapple slices were a remnant from...

... the juice I needed for the chicken kabobs! Left the coconut sugar out of the equation; we're supposed to be limiting it :P Made eight total kabobs, so we have tons of food!

So glad I did, too, because these were fantastic! If you can fit one of each in your mouth at once, it's so beautifully meant to be :)

Just in case we still didn't have enough food, I cooked up something Seneca and I had made with Balo in the past: cabbage, onion, and bacon fat. Yup, that's it (well, okay, I threw in some garlic this time!) So good!

My face acne has cleared up a bit over this past week, but it does typically come and go on a weekly basis. What it looks like next weekend will be the interesting part!

Seneca's been having some tummy troubles, so we're really confused as far as from what. If he's not getting something he does need, or is processing out toxins he'd had couped up in his body for too long. Not really sure :/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 5...

... is cookie day!

Coconut macaroons, made without vanilla extract because it's not AIP.

Did not turn out visually as anticipated, but they are divine! I don't generally care how food looks as long as it tastes great :)

I came across the recipe for banana bread cookies, and had to make them for Seneca (he loves banana bread!) Once again without the vanilla extract, and I replaced palm shortening with coconut oil, cricket flour with arrowroot flour, and tigernut flour with coconut flour (I'm not anti coconut!) I also don't own any of those ingredients.

They look much more like normal cookies, and they also are delicious! Much less sweeter than the other cookies, but that's not a bad thing. Almost tastes like banana bread :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 4

Last night we had Thai basil chicken for dinner, with some zucchini. So glad I tripled this recipe, because it was very tasty! This will be our lunch for the next couple of days, and not going to be bummed about that at all :)

Breakfast for the next week or so (since I tripled the recipie) will be these olive meat patties. I swapped beef for pork (since I needed it for dinner tonight as well, so I could buy the massive 5 pound bundle), and green olives for the black. Apparently, black olives are canned with sulfate preservatives to retain their colour. I don't care about their colour! It's okay, I think this will turn out great anyway. Has a very Italian flair.

Dinner tonight was squash and ground beef curry with caulirice. I added an onion and used bone broth in place of water, because yum!

Unfortunately, the end result wasn't as fantastic as I was hoping for. Most likely because it's not really curry (we can't use those spices!) Oh well. Still, not terrible!

Tomorrow is another cookie day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I made shortbread cookies! (sans the vanilla extra, as it's not AIP-friendly)

They're delicious :) Although, they get a bit harder in the fridge. They are intended to be eaten at room temperature, after all.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Yesterday morning we completed our first big batch of cooking. Our breakfast (ground beef, sweet potato, and onion) was completed with cinnamon and turmeric. Actually ended up turning out really well!

 My blackberry cobbler is one of the simplest and best desserts I've ever made; (of course) Seneca agrees :D

We made about 20 cups worth of bone broth over the day (12 in the morning from the slow cooker, and then another 8 we squeezed out of it by evening.) Per several sites' advice, I roasted the bones first (with olive oil, garlic and onion powders) and since I haven't done this before I can't say if it made the broth "better", but it was extremely rich!

Lunch was tuna (but not tuna) casserole. After previously scoping out all of the cans and pouches of tuna in the grocery store, there's one thing I feel is necessary to share: fuck those cans of garbage. SOY? Are you kidding me? Undoubtedly it's due to them adding soy sauce or something (most cans include vegetable brother and salt, even though they claim the tuna is just in water.) What a bunch of trash! There are a couple of brands that offer straight-up tuna, and of course they are significantly more expensive. But what else costs the same as those cans and pouches? Canned salmon! Which surprisingly is just salmon. Fancy that! Thus, we took it upon ourselves to make salmon casserole instead, and it came out delicious! (Never mind that it had the look and consistency of slop :) )

The immediate thing the broth was used for was beef stew! Which we had for dinner yesterday evening. It was absolutely fantastic. I never thought of using anchovies before, and while I know some people are going to think that's gross, it really just enhanced the flavour of everything else.

The not-tuna casserole will be lunch for today and tomorrow, and the beef stew will be dinner tonight (and there will be a little left over besides, so maybe lunch for one of us another day?) Tomorrow night's dinner will be Thai basil chicken.

Day 1: success! Too early to tell if there's any changes yet, but that knowledge will come soon enough :)

Tea is such a sad substitute for coffee.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

For the Love of Coffee

Tomorrow's the day! Seneca and I picked tomorrow because we're going to a Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival today. Clearly, we couldn't enjoy this if we had already started our AIP :)

After the festival tonight, we're going to be making some bone broth in the slow cooker to run overnight (for use in tomorrow's slow cooker dinner: beef stew), Seneca will prepare breakfast (ground beef, sweet potato, onion, and undetermined spice since he can't use what he used to), and I will make blackberry cobbler (since it's his favourite and I haven't made him cookies since we've been back.) However, I just realized our lemon juice has sulfur dioxide in it, so that will need to be remedied first.

It's amazing what's in foods when you start looking at the labels. I've been doing this already, but even things that we are particular about have very non-AIP friendly ingredients. The biggest shock last night while we were at the store: cooking stock has soy and even tomatoes in it. Even unsalted varieties! Gah! Guess we'll be making our own, or using water in its place ~_~

Now, I will go enjoy my last cup of coffee for awhile~

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Not a Post

It's been the longest time in awhile! Not back to begin blogging again really, just here to document and track a new venture Seneca and I are getting into. We've decided to do an elimination diet over the course of the next two months, effectively going through an auto-immune protocol process.

Seneca is already acutely aware of his horrible skin reactions due to grains, and congestion and inflammation because of dairy products. I've wondered if there are food-related reasons to my acne issue I've had my entire life, or if there's some negative way my body has been reacting to foods (like maybe this wrist and hand pain that's crept its way in...)

Having just got back from our cruise, and not going on vacation again for awhile where we'll most definitely eat things we shouldn't, figured this would be the best time to strictly manage what we consume! :)

Currently, we cook mostly Paleo at home, and do our best to eat the same if we go out. While this is already slightly restrictive, some of the foods we'll be removing are in nearly everything, so we'll need to provide all of our own food for ourselves. I already love cooking, especially for both of us, so I'm not too concerned about feeling overwhelmed about not being able to go out to eat for a little over two months.

Starting Sunday morning 5/21, we won't be eating eggs, nightshades (certain "veggies" and spices), legumes (nuts & seeds), any grains, non-grassfed meats, not drinking alcohol, and even furthering limiting/eliminating sugar. Seems a bit daunting at first- what are we going to eat!? Our staple breakfast is half gone (eggs!), I love my chili (alllllll the nightshades), and BEER!

But... it's all for the potentially greater good, right? If it makes either of us feel better or resolve issues (known or not) then it'll be totally worth it! :D