6 tips to get started with your AIP lifestyle


Like most of you guys know, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, it sounds scary but it pretty much means my body hates my thyroid… and is trying to kill it… with fire. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but really it wants it to die. All my antibody army is fighting to kill it because for some incredibly odd reason my body thinks my thyroid needs to go. So no, I do not have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, because it’s constantly being acted like a virus, my thyroid likes to act up so some days I’m hot and hyper (Hyper thyroid) and some other days I’m cold, exhausted and super moody (Hypo thyroid). Fun huh?!

After much research I decided to follow the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP. Hashi is an autoimmune disease, so this “diet” which is more of a lifestyle is supposed to help me feel better and help me hopefully some day get off my medication. AIP, helps all people with autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, celiac disease, alopecia, to name a few). By eliminating food that are inflammatory and not the greatest for your body, you start feeling better, you’re body starts healing and you eventually find your root cause. The core reason for your illness.

If after some research you decide this is something you can do, here are some tips to help you succeed, because we are surrounded by SAD (Standard American Diet) and it gets hard before it gets easier.

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  1. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

I can not tell you enough how important it is to do some research. I am guilty of jumping into a new fad diet usually on a Monday because I want to loose some weight. This is NOT! that kind of diet. AIP is a lifestyle, a way of living. I recommend you read some books.

2. DON’T CHEAT!! 

Ok, that was harsh but seriously don’t! While most diets allow a cheat day every so often, AIP is not a diet (I know I sound like a broken record). one indulgence can set you back on all your progress and I’m sure you don’t want that! But once you start feeling good, you’re not inflammed anymore and you’re finally getting your life back, you start seeing food for what it is FUEL.

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3. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SUPER EXPENSIVE.

When I started it got super pricey! organic meats, vegetables and fruits and lots of herbs and spices you just don’t use that often. It adds up, specially if you are doing it alone and you still have to buy regular food for your family. I did a post HERE, on how you can save money on AIP and how it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. No one should settle for junkie food just because they can’t afford it.

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4. YOU DO YOU!

This one is important…You’re friend’s mother’s daughter says bacon causes cancer, how can your “healthy” diet allow you to eat so much of it?! Your in laws make faces when you talk about your new life style. Your friends/coworkers think you can go out with them anymore because you went full hippie and don’t eat regular food anymore. People are telling you to stop loosing weight. YOU DO YOU! Nobody helps you get out of bed when you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, nobody pays your damn food bill, NOBODY lives in your body but you! If you are feeling better, if you have real true friends, everyone that truly loves you will be happy and glad when they see you looking and feeling healthy. The rest? well the rest can go F**k themselves.

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5. IS NOT ALL ABOUT WEIGHT

Once you start getting healthy, everything else will fall into place. But let me make this super clear, weight loss is not the main goal of this lifestyle. If you need to loose weight more than likely you’ll loose some on AIP, but don’t do it just because of that. I’ve met people who haven’t lost any weight on it but they look about 30 lbs lighter because they don’t have anymore inflammation. I personally lost 25 lbs on the first 3 months of it and more inflammation that I say. I felt so much better and my symptoms were getting better everyday.

6. STAY POSITIVE AND RELAX

Stress is a HUGE part of what makes people sick, if you’re constantly worrying about your illness, if you have a hectic life and if you stress easily (this is sooooooooo me) Try to take a step back and relax. Try yoga, meditation, take on a hobby you enjoy. I started crocheting and it helped a ton! Just sitting back with some yummy tea and a big ball of yarn is both relaxing and it makes you feel accomplished even if all you made was a granny square. You don’t have to take on anything new, a simple walk everyday can make a huge difference.

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I hope all these tips help you, I understand how hard it is to change your lifestyle, but it can be done. You don’t have to jump in with both feet, starting slow and just adding a few things to your normal routines and eliminating junkie foods slowly can make a huge difference and by the time you notice it, you’ll be feeling better and making a HUGE difference in your life.


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Quinoa Pancakes with my own MockMill


As many of you know I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. After the diagnosis I made it my goal to find as many natural ways to help me heal, my illness doesn’t have a cure and the idea of having to take medication for the rest of my life was a scary scary thought. So that’s when my gluten free journey began.

As an avid baker, it was super hard to give up my baked goods, all the cupcakes, cakes and just the fun baking and creating used to bring to my life. I tried out many alternatives, but goodness some were just gross! It was difficult to find compliant ingredients. When I finally found a few flours I liked, it seriously got pricey. After so many years paying very little for flour (because conventional flour is very cheap). I really wanted to mill my own grains but all the mills I found were super pricey and honestly I just don’t have the counter space, so when I was asked to review the Mockmill from Wolfgang Mock I was thrilled!


I decided to play around with rice, amaranth and even tigernuts! Stay tuned for my trials with milling tigernuts! Then I decided to use my family’s favorite protein packed grain: QUINOA! I wanted to make sure I started with something easy so by the request of my bit gang we tried pancakes. Here’s the modified recipe because working with freshly ground grains it’s a bit different.


AIP Gluten Free Quinoa Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa flour
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 tbsp. coconut oil, plus more for cooking
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 gelatin eggs

1. In a bowl, whisk together quinoa flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon.
2. In another bowl, whisk together coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and gelatin eggs until well-combined.
3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
4. Heat an oiled, skillet over medium heat. Add batter to skillet in 1/4 cup scoops, and cook until bubbles just begin to form.
5. Flip and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes.
6. Serve with syrup and top with your favorite fruit.

Everyone LOVED them! They were super delicious! And honestly you can’t beat freshly ground delicious grains. And the Mockmill did an outstanding job. I was amazed by how fine the quinoa was and how easy it was to do it. If you love to bake gluten free or not you NEED to get yourself a Mockmill.

The MockMill uses STONES to grind the grains and has little dots  on the side to choose how fine you want to grin. The attachment fits ALL KitchenAid mixers, uses ceramic grinding stones and comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.


Amazon has the Mockmill for $199, which is already an awesome deal but since I am working with Mockmill for this campaign they have an AWESOME deal that you absolutely NEED to get! They have the packages below which are normally priced at $259 but are now on SALE for ONLY $179 with my special PROMO code!! Just use code CREATIVEMELIMOCK at checkout on the payment page to get that $80 discount (expires August 31, 2016). Go HERE to get yours. DON’T forget the promo code or you won’t get the sale price. The book is $25 you get up to 8 POUNDS of grains to start with your Mockmill!
For less than the mill costs alone on Amazon! How amazing is that?!? Gluten free and regular packages are available.

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Gluten Free package includes:

  • One MockMill
  • One cookbook reprint “Flour Power”
  • 32 oz. Hazzard Free Farms Floriani Flint Corn
  • 16 oz. Maskal Brown Teff
  • 24 oz. Breadtopia Organic Buckwheat
    Make sure you choose package #4 for gluten free!
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Buddha’s Brew: Best kombucha EVER! 


After I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis I began a journey of healthy eating, food is such a huge part of our lives and it truly affects us in many ways.

I started to follow AIP (autoimmune paleo/protocol) and the results were amazing! I lost weigh and started feeling like myself again, but there was still something missing. A friend recommended probiotics and told me I need to heal my gut too. I was already taking so many supplements and pills I didn’t want another one so I turned to fermented foods. It took some time to get used to it but that’s when my love affair with kombucha began.


Although I loved kombucha I needed to drink quite a bit to get the probiotics I needed. Until I found Buddha’s Brew! Omg life changed! It’s not only delicious but each 16 oz bottle has 19 billion probiotics, 19 BILLION! And it comes in some insanely delicious flavors, my two favorite are peach mint and pineapple greens.


Here’s a bit more about them:

“Buddha’s Brew Kombucha was born from the farmer’s markets of Austin, Texas. What began as a simple curiosity, grew to selling at the Sunset Valley farmers market. Seeing the increasing demand and wanting to satisfy more craving thirsts, Kimberly teamed up with John-Paxton to begin a business. A passion for meditation and spiritual practice along with Kombucha’s tendency to produce calm whole-body energy led to the name, Buddha’s Brew. A scenic warehouse on the greenbelt was selected in South Austin and after a year of working with the city learning to be contractor, a commercial brewery was born.

Today, we still brew out of our original location. We continually strive to find ways to be more efficient with our humble space and have added a few gardens on the property for good measure. Presently Buddha’s Brew employs around 20+ Kombucha fanatics with a desire to bring our delicious and alive Kombucha to Austin, Tx and beyond.”

Simple Ingredients – Powerful Kombucha. They brew over 15 Flavors in 16oz jars with rotating seasonal(s) in mason jars. Their Flavors are also available in 67oz Growler Jugs & 5 Gallon Kegs.

You can find Buddha’s Brew at several several stores and farmers markets in Austin and surrounding areas, for a list of places go HERE.


We’ve partnered with Buddha’s Brew to giveaway, two lucky Creative Meli readers will win a super cool t-shirt! Just enter HERE

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AIP recipe: Avocado dill ranch dressing 

  
Most of you know I’ve been attempting AIP (autoimmune protocol/Paleo) since I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. And as you might imagine, it can get dull sometimes. So many restrictions can make you miss “real” tasting food. 

Enter this amazing dressing/dip that will change your life! My kids and I dip everything in it and it’s delish!!! 

Avocado Ranch DressingMakes around 8 oz

1 Large Avocado

1 cup Coconut Milk, canned & full fat (add 1/2 cup for the consistency of the bottled stuff and adjust the lemon juice and seasonings to taste)

3 tbsp Lemon Juice (I sub this with ACV sometimes and it’s amazing) 

2 tsp Dill (or Italian Seasoning Blend)

1-2 tsp Salt

1 clove Garlic (or 1 tsp Granulated Garlic)

1/2 tsp Granulated Onion

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and combine until thoroughly mixed.

Stores for up to a week when refrigerated in an airtight container – the lemon juice prevents browning! 🙂

Enjoy! And let me know what you think! 

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