I tried a couple of non-typical–for me– foods this week. AIP isn’t just about eliminating foods, but it’s also an opportunity to eat nutrient-dense foods that will help your body heal. I thought I’d try salmon and beef liver.
The salmon was an epic bust. I cannot stand fish; I had a bout of food poisoning my senior year in high school–on spring break no less!– and I haven’t been able to eat it since. Shrimp and lobster, those things are fine. Anything with fins, instant nausea. But, I thought I should pull up my big girl panties and try again. I really did cook it well. It was flaky and moist. It was flavored well with dill and lemon. Really, it tasted good. But the minute that salmon was in my mouth, I had to fight the urge to hurl. I struggled through the entire piece, but the leftovers sat untouched in my fridge. My 4-year old, who was very excited to help cook it, took a bite and also rejected it. She told me the next day that I was “chopped for that fish.” Maybe we watch too much Food Network together.
I tried a beef liver pate recipe from Autoimmune Paleo, and that was much more successful! We have A LOT of beef liver from a half steer we bought back in June. The liver has been taunting me from the freezer so I tackled it a few nights ago. The recipe I used included bacon, so, you know, it was the best opportunity for this to taste good. The only modification I made to the recipe was to puree some of the bacon with the liver instead of only stirring in the bacon chunks. I feel like that was a good call. The recipe made a lot of pate, so I’m going to freeze half of it and try to eat some of it weekly.
I noticed this week that my gas from the first week has mostly subsided. I still don’t know the cause, but I’m glad for the progress. I also have a belief that the granuloma annulare has lightened ever so slightly on my ankle, but it’s possible that this is my very wishful thinking. Time will confirm or deny this belief.
[Update: I feel more strongly a couple of days after this post that it has changed a wee bit; what makes it look different to me that you can’t see in the picture is that it doesn’t seem to be as raised as it was.]
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