Today is the last day of my week-long, post-vacation AIP tune-up. I went to my nutritionist today and, according to her scale, I’ve gained two pounds since my last appointment six weeks ago. According to my scale at home, I am exactly the same weight as I was when I left on vacation. She said that two pounds is a normal fluctuation and nothing to worry about. She did say that I should watch the amount of plantain chips I was eating because of the calories. She suggested I rotate those with other, lower-calorie snacks such as carrots dipped in guacamole.
She also recommended that I try to reintroduce rice, corn, and beans. This would help a lot when I’m traveling and eating out. I’ve already introduced potatoes, and I don’t really like sweet potatoes. I’ve already successfully introduced coffee, eggs, raw tomatoes, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, black pepper, guacamole with small amounts of onions and jalapenos in it, and a few other things, so the next logical foods to reintroduce are the starches.
When I reintroduce these starches, the important thing is that I replace something in my diet and not just add these to my diet. I would replace some of the fruit I eat because fruit is a starch. I’ve gotten used to not eating corn, beans, and rice, and I’m not sure I want to give up some of my sweet fruit, but I understand her point. I need to find out how these foods affect me so I know whether or not I can eat them in the future if needed. The objective of reintroducing foods is to make my diet as broad as possible and still allow me to feel good and be healthy.
I spent most of the day dreaming about the foods I will eat tomorrow. I’ll have coffee with coconut milk, sausage, and fruit for breakfast; meat and vegetables for lunch; 365 brand unsweetened creamy peanut butter and celery sticks for a snack; and meat, vegetable, and corn on the cob for dinner. Yum! I’m really excited about the peanut butter and celery sticks. Peanut butter has roughly the same calories as guacamole, but the celery sticks have significantly less calories than the plantain chips, so peanut butter and celery sticks should be a very good snack.
sausage (this sausage was pork sausage from Harris Teeter’s deli that ended up having red pepper flakes in it, so I wasn’t crazy about the flavor)
smoothie with strawberries, banana, baby spinach, coconut milk
sausage, leftover from breakfast
carrots, raw, handful
spring greens, plain, handful
slow-cooked chicken, leftover from yesterday
small portion of plantain chips
small portion of avocado
Late Evening Snack:
frozen orange juice