An update

A few days after my last post my joint pain escalated again so I realised the Autoimmune Protocol was not helping at all and started to eat delicious whole foods such as nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggs (I’m sorry I accused you eggs, all is forgiven) again.

I decided to try a couple of other strategies.  First strategy is to give up all forms of sugar, I started this on Thursday after breakfast ( I had some raspberries I need to use up in a breakfast smoothie first!).  2 days later my knee pain has disappeared, which was quite surprising seeing as walking even a short distance has aggravated it over the last 2 months.  On Friday I went to Aerobics and it was amazing to be able to use that leg again without thinking if a certain move is going to leave me in pain for the rest of the day.

It’s not all rainbows and sunshine though as my hand and foot pain has been quite high.  The other food I am suspecting of causing me problems is coffee.  I really don’t know how it sneaked back in there again, but this morning we ran out and I am not going to purchase any more.  I have not decided yet whether to cut out black tea but if I do I will do this gradually.  I will probably continue with no sugar for two weeks before I test no caffeine at all.

Since I reintroduced eggs breakfast has become so exciting to me again!  On Friday we had courgette (zucchini) pancakes with bacon and it was so delicious.

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Even something as simple as eggs scrambled with broccoli and onions tastes like a treat!

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This morning we had sausages with a fried egg and potatoes sautéed with broccoli, peppers and onions.  I was eating it thinking:  “This is so delicious, I must take a picture before I gobble it all up!

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I am surprised that I’m not finding it harder to give up fruit though, I suppose it’s because I have re-introduced nuts and so can snack on those instead, I always think the key is to focus on the foods you can eat rather than those you can’t!

 

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Day 11 – I’m only human

OK, I screwed up.  It was valentines day, I was tired, there was a special deal on at the fancy supermarket and it involved Prosecco.  Back on with it today and then I will introduce eggs on Monday, I should have recovered by then.

Breakfast: bacon, onion and swede hash.

Snack: 1 banana

Lunch: chunky beef and veg soup made with bone broth

Snack, 1 orange, 1 apple and some coconut flakes

Dinner: (wait for it) mussels cooked in cream, bacon and cider, fish pie with carrots and green beans, sticky toffee pudding, Prosecco, chocolates and 1 dark rum.  Yes, it was worth it!

Joint pain has been quite bad all day, probably the reason I splurged.  Knee and knuckle have been really quite painful, I might still be paying for eating all those macaroons.

Day 10 – we may have a prime suspect

Yesterday was interesting, I ate all AIP compliant foods, but as I said I made myself the egg free macaroons as a treat, which contained quite a whack of honey.  These had a very negative effect on my body:

  • I could not control myself and kept on eating them obsessively
  • my joint pain is worse the next day (today!)
  • my IBS (bloating) flared up in the evening

I try to be careful with my overall carbs, I don’t eat sugar at all and try to keep natural liquid sweeteners low for my IBS but it didn’t occur to me that they might be affecting my joint pain, probably to do with gut flora again (is everything?).  Here is my slightly modified plan:

Seeing as it is lent I may as well give up honey and maple syrup (I don’t eat sugar anyway).  The first foods I will reintroduce (probably this coming weekend) will be Whole30 compliant.  Here they are:

  • Eggs
  • nightshades (pepper, chillis, tomato, potatoes)
  • nuts
  • seeds

I will wait and introduce chocolate, alcohol and coffee after that and then dairy.  That’s the plan, I will probably have to re-introduce chocolate at around Easter time…  I’m pretty certain dairy is not helping and I’ve given that up for a long time before so it’s not that difficult.

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Guess what – bacon and chicken hash!  with apple, sprouts, onion and swede.  it was one of the best.

Lunch: beef, cauli, carrot, fennel and onion soup made with bone broth.  Also a salad of smoked salmon, mange tout, avocado and kimchi.  Then a banana and a clementine.

Snack: coconut flakes and some prunes

Dinner: Meatballs with liver, roast parsnips, carrots and sprouts.  it was too small so I then had an apple which I baked in the microwave with coconut cream concentrate, dried apricots and cinnamon.  This is one of my favourite foods and I think I will have it again very soon.

 

Joint pain.  Hand pain was a lot worse, this is the one which fluctuates the most as is probably the most useful marker.  There was a little foot pain too.  Knee pain was moderate.

Day 9 – the sugar demon awakens

I know I’m not doing the Whole30 but I have just finished reading “It Starts With Food” so it has influenced my eating a little over the last few days.  I was avoiding sweet treat and felt completely in control but then this morning I fancied something so I made these coconut macaroons.  They are so good but I have to say I feel out of control on my eating again!  If you don’t care and really want something you should make them as they are chewy and delicious!  Maybe I should just enjoy them and get back on with watching my sugary foods tomorrow.  At least they are AIP compliant but how much does an excess consumption of honey/maple syrup affect these things?

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: hash (what a surprise) made with bacon, grated butter-nut squash, onion and mushrooms

Snack: banana, 1 coconut macaroon

Lunch (picture below): salmon salad made with pan fried salmon, mange tout, fennel, avocado, kimchi.  Also some dried fruit and another macaroon.

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Snack: 2 macaroons

Dinner: chicken, roast cauli, carrots, onion and fennel then it’s no surprise what I had for pudding!

Joint pain: moderate knee pain only.

Day 8 – need cake

My joint pain is slightly higher than yesterday which makes me wonder if it’s worth it, although it’s not been that difficult maybe I will just make myself some AIP compliant treats tomorrow, especially seeing as it’s pancake day!

Breakfast: Hash made with minced beef, onion, cabbage, fennel, apple

Lunch: Guacamole, carrots, celery, olives, salmon fried in lard with Greek seasoning from Practical Paleo, kimchi

Snack: Pear, 6 prunes, coconut chips

Dinner: cottage pie made with celeriac/cauli mash served with braised red cabbage and mixed green veg.

Snack: apple

Day 2 of my experiment on me!

I really like taking pictures of my meals, it’s fun!  Also useful to look back on when I can’t decide what to cook.  Today I felt like having a bit of a treat so I made Chunky Monkey Muffins from the Paleo Parents blog, I substituted coconut cream concentrate for the almond butter and used tapioca flour (not cocoa powder).  I also added some currants (not raisins as “The Boy” has scoffed them all).

My hairdresser was telling me all about the Millionaires Shortbread she had made and I told her she had to stop when she started telling me about all the butter.  I think butter is the most difficult food to live without, at least there is still bacon in my life,  looks like I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

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Breakfast:  Green smoothie made with spinach, banana, pineapple and coconut milk

Snack: Chunky monkey muffin

Lunch: Cup of bone broth, spinach, home-made kimchi, smoked salmon, sweet potato with beef dripping and salt

Snack:  Another chunky monkey muffin, banana

Dinner: turkey with broccoli, braised red cabbage and roast carrots/celeriac

Joint pain was similar to yesterday, hand pain in the evening

Swede (Rutabaga) Breakfast Hash

This is so easy and can be made very quickly in the morning if you have the swede grated in a container in the fridge.

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Fat of your choice, I use goose or beef dripping
  • Half a swede, grated coursely
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • salt

It’s so easy!  I put 1 tablespoon of the fat in a large frying pan and when this is hot add the red onion.  Sauté until slightly browned and then add the swede and a pinch of salt.  Continue to sauté until the vegetables are golden brown and softened.  If you are serving this with bacon you can add the bacon when you add the swede, put it round the edge of the pan with the hash in the middle.

Day 1 – so it begins…

I am making a start today with this record of my diet and joint pain symptoms to see if there is any correlation.  I will not record drinks, I drink black or herb/spice teas, no coffee while on the protocol : (

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Breakfast – swede and onion hash with bacon (above)

Mid morning snack – a blood orange

Lunch – Leftover turkey with gravy, carrots, swede, butter nut squash and pork stuffing

Snack – pineapple and 4 dried apricots

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Dinner – Thai yellow curry (home-made paste) with turkey, carrots, mange-tout and broccoli (above).  I then ate a packet of coconut cream concentrate.

In the morning my foot pain was moderate and in the afternoon my knee pain started to increase a little.  No pain in any other joints.