This post serves as an AIP PSA of sorts. I’m joining many other bloggers this week in sharing how I live the manifesto.
One of the mistakes I made first starting out on my healing journey was focusing so much on what I couldn’t eat and not giving enough consideration to nutrient-dense foods that I *could and should* eat. That phase was snuffed out once I challenged myself to try new things. Not only was this challenge expanding my palate, it was reinforcing a solid foundation with our children. From tripe to trotters, pate to cow’s tongue, bok choy to kale, sardines to sashimi – they’ve eaten it all.
Each week, I asked The Mister to get a new cut of meat at the butcher shop. Each week, I’d pick out a new-to-me veggie. It got to the point where I was even willing to challenge my past food aversions (e.g. organ meats, shellfish, mushrooms, and red beets; now I love them and cook with them often). I’ve also harnessed an appreciation for fermenting, charcuterie, and homecanning. I look back on the foods I used to eat and sometimes chuckle to myself…
Over the past three years, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, continually striving to make the most out of what many merely see as a “fad diet”. Cheeky hashtags like #totesAIP, #alwaysthebonebroth, and #offalaintawful will continue to make appearances in my Instagram feed as I continue to seek out nutrients that fuel, heal, and satisfy my body.
Those of us with autoimmune disease(s) owe it to ourselves to give our bodies the nutrients we are often lacking and desperately in need of.