Friday, 25 December 2015

The Magic is in the Mess

We have been on a roller coaster ride with doctor visits, specialist appointments and hospital visits going through diagnostic procedures. Then hearing what the specialist thinks maybe the issue... But still having to wait for tests to come back from the labs to be sure.
For me it was rather exciting to be sitting in the specialists room and thinking oh man I know what that is and that all my naturopathic learning will come in useful. Of course the first thing I look at is diet, it is such a fundamental part of the naturopath journey;

So with everything that has been going on, thoughts of Christmas have not been a priority. We don't even have a Christmas tree up or a single decoration out this year.

But we have strawberries - We hear on the news there is a shortage in NZ shops... But not in our garden - Homegrown organic strawberries, best crop we have ever had... The secret is simple; guard them from the birds and let them fully ripen on the plant - Yum yum way tastier than the watery ones you get in the shops.

I  decided a special menu around gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, grain free, sugar free, nightshade free, seed free. Sounds overwhelming doesn't it. But not if you look at eating AIP Autoimmune Paleo. I pulled out my cookbooks to help.

Christmas Eve and we had quite the feast, today for Christmas Day it will also be AIP menu. Oh and  we opened all our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

 I never stick to a recipe and always adapt  - but thanks to The Autoimmune Paleo Diet cookbook I found a tabbouleh recipe that uses the tops off carrots. What a clever clever idea. Yell if you want my take on this - I use parsley and currants

 Abbey made a mango salsa.

 A kale salad also from Mickey Trescott's book
Asparagus and broad bean salad from Deborah Madsion (we still have enough broad beans for another few meals). (NB Broad beans are not AIP approved as they can be hard for the gut to digest but family members have been able to tolerate a little and won't be eating any again for a few more weeks). It is all a bit hit and miss and depends on where you are of what you can eat. As a naturopath (in final year of training) I don't use the AIP diet as a diet as such but more of an elimination diet as I do not believe there is one way of eating for EVERY person. That is where it is soo exciting with all my study that my learning is going to be so beneficial for my family. Empowering aye!

NB Ham is not AIP and some reacted badly to it last night. That is the beauty of going on an elimination diet (AKA AIP) your body will tell you quite clearly what you can and cannot eat.
Pudding was cherries, strawberries and a macaroon each from Little Bird.

Today is the first day I've been in shorts and Tee shirt - Summer has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere.

1 comment:

  1. Wishng you all the best Leanne. Those strwberries look the best :-) Enjoy your summer!