I am grateful to have 2 weeks of the AutoImmune(AI) Protocol under my belt. And although I don't feel good persay, I don't feel as bad. Progress, right?
I'm not going to lie, Week 1 sucked. I felt tired and slow the first few days. I was uncertain about what to eat and breakfast and snack felt really awkward. Then I was grouchy about all the "can't haves".
Fortunately, Week 2 was a different story. It seemed to glide by more gracefully. I felt better and more confident about what to eat. I also got in a groove in terms of shopping, cooking, and eating leftovers.
Almost every night I put a sheet pan of veggies in the oven to roast at 350° or 400° while I worked on the protein. A few of our favorite combinations are:
- broccoli + cauliflower + carrots
- brussels sprouts + shallots + parsnips
- butternut squash + red onions + romanesco
- purple cauliflower + romanesco + parsnips
Just toss uniformly cut pieces (to ensure the same cooking time) with 1-2 Tbs of your choice of fat plus salt & pepper and about 30 minutes later, you have deliciousness! (Check it after 20 minutes, just to make sure.)
I also tried to squeeze in several salads each week. Having a jar of homemade dressing in the frige really helps. This week I made Lemon Vinaigrette. At lunch, I would have a salad with leftover protein and veg. At dinner, I kept side salads simple with greens plus 2 or 3 toppings. One of my new fav's is romaine + green apple + celery + persian cucumber + lemon vinaigrette...tasty!
Lemon Vinaigrette makes 1/2 cup
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or part juice part white wine vinegar)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
pinch herbs (I used thyme)
pinch salt & pepper
Assemble in a jar. Shake vigorously before each use. Store up to a week in the frige.
As I mentioned, a few times I felt down about following a "restricted diet". However, I came out of the 2 weeks feeling confident, emboldened and actually inspired by the narrower field of choices. I read that grocery stores have 40,000-50,000 products. Who needs that kind of choice? No wonder people are paralyzed by indecision and end up with a cart full of crap!
I can't wait to go to the Farmer's Market tomorrow and refill our coffers with colorful goodness. Tune in for more!