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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

health in a glass

This is the morning shake that has kept me alive during this AIP. It really has grown on me and I think it will stay in my life long after the AIP is over.

First step, take two big handfuls of raw spinach and put them in your glass. I use a Nutribullet, by the way. It is awesome and blends everything to perfection.


Next, pour in as many frozen blueberries as you want! Please excuse my cloudy glass, it is well used.


Next, put in some protein powder. Right now, I am using Vega, which is a vegan pea protein since I can't have whey (dairy product). You can use whatever flavor you want, I use vanilla.






Now I put in a few heaping scoops of hemp hearts and ground flaxseed. Hemp hearts don't seem to congeal the way chia seeds do. Make sure your flaxseed is ground or else it will just travel right through you without giving you any health benefits!





Now fill it up with water or any other liquid of your choice! Normally I would use almond milk but I can't have that right now.





With the Nutribullet, it blends everything down so you don't have to worry about getting weird strings of spinach in your drink. Also, because it is blended and not juiced, you don't lose any nutrients or fiber!





It ain't pretty but it is tasty!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

who's down with AIP? yeah, you know me!

I am nearly done with my two weeks on the AIP (autoimmune protocol). I'm not going to lie--it sucks. It is severely restrictive and rigid.

I posted about it on Facebook last week and apparently some people think this is a new diet plan, like Atkin's or South Beach. It is most definitely not! You wouldn't want to do this for weight loss because I don't think it is sustainable in the long run.

I took this drastic route because my body is incredibly inflamed and by taking every possible inflammatory food out of my system, the hope is that my gut will heal and the inflammation will subside.

To say that I miss bread is an understatement. I would scarf down an entire loaf right this second if I could! I've been living on my green shake (which I will post about sometime), veggies and guac, chicken and steak and berries. It makes it basically impossible to ever leave the house because you can't NOT be in control of what food is available.

This is just the first step in trying to heal the brokenness I've been living with the past 8 years. I'm far from done but it is a step forward.

I shall leave you with this:



back to business!

In retrospect, I should've named this blog The YEARS of Living Healthfully. What was I thinking, that I could overhaul my life in one year? I guess I'm just crazy like that!