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.

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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.