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33+ AIP Tips to Help You on Your Journey
This post is full of all the best things I’ve learned in my three years as an AIP blogger. It’s all the AIP tips, tricks, resources, recipes and more that you’ll need to stay strong on your AIP journey.
This month marks my three year anniversary as an AIP/ Paleo blogger and what a crazy ride these three years have been.
I’m celebrating this anniversary by launching a new blog… well not a new blog, but a new platform for Adventures in Partaking. I feel like my little baby blog is all grown up now that I’m here on my own ‘.com’ site. It feels so real all of a sudden. I’m no longer just doing this for fun (don’t get me wrong…this is still fun), but this is what I do. I am a blogger and this is my blog. 🙂
So, in honor of this milestone, I thought I’d share 33 things that I’ve learned or made or plans I have as I continue my AIP journey for another 3 or 33 years. Instead of just listing out 33 things, you’ll find the list grouped in a series of 3’s. 3 reader favorites, 3 tips for eating out, 3 favorite resources. Hope you enjoy reading along and that you learn something new along the way.
I’d love to hear your feedback (in the comments or on fb) letting me know how your responses to the same categories. Let’s all share what we’ve learned and help each other out.
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3 Reader Favorites on the Blog
- Butternut Breakfast Bites
These bite-size and portable breakfast bites are full of veggies and protein and perfect for batch cooking.
- AIP Chapatis
This quick AIP bread can be whipped up in a few minutes, using ingredients you likely already have and is perfect for dipping in stews, wrapping around taco fillings or even using as a burger bun.
- Potluck Broccoli Salad
This salad allows you to bring something to your next BBQ or potluck that even the most SAD eater in the crowd will be sure to enjoy.
3 Favorite Main Dish Recipes
- Ginger Lime Noodle Bowl
Before beginning my paleo journey, noodles were a big staple in my life – spaghetti, spicy singapore noodle and thai noodle bowls were my favorite. This recipe takes parsnips and a spiralizer and makes a noodle bowl that competes with all my pre-paleo favorites.
- Brakenhurst Style Chicken Curry
Curry was my last non-AIP meal and the ensuing joint pain is what led me to take the plunge. This curry takes me back to my childhood in Kenya and the best part of it is that everyone creates their own dishes with a variety of fun toppings.
- Broccoli Tuna Bites
I love packing a few of these for lunch or even heating a couple up for breakfast. They are nutrient powerhouses in a fun portable form.
3 Favorite Soup Recipes
- French Onion and Apple Soup
Adding apples to french onion soup may seem like an odd choice, but this soup screams fall. For a complete meal, add some meatballs in the last 15 minutes of cooking.
- Spiced Carrot Soup
If you’re on a budget, this is the soup for you. Carrots are one of the cheapest players in the produce section and this flavorful soup can be whipped up in no time.
- Smoky AIP Chili
Chili on AIP may seem impossible without tomatoes, nightshades or cumin, but this chili defies all odds and has the flavor of chili without falling off the AIP wagon.
3 Favorite Treat Recipes
- Real Deal Paleo AIP Biscuits
These biscuits take me back to my childhood and are great with honey and jam or sausage gravy or even as a sandwich bun.
- Maple Bacon Snowballs
Some would say that bacon makes everything better and that’s certainly true of these little bites. Perfect for your next cookie exchange or holiday party or just because you need a treat.
- Rustic Apple Crisp
Sometimes you need a dessert to take to an event and this is the one for that. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in the topping.
3 Things I Make Regularly
- Mushroom Cheeseburger Soup
I love making a big pot of this soup on busy weeks because its quick, filling and makes plenty of leftovers for the week. Plus, my hubby love it.
- Sweet and Crunchy Tuna Salad
To me there is nothing more perfect for lunch than a tuna salad and this tuna salad packs a flavor punch with the addition of apple for added crunch and sweetness.
- Shrimp and Sweet Potato Curry
I could literally eat curry every day (which my hubby enjoys), and this is the base I use for most of my curries. If you don’t like shrimp, you can easily substitute chicken or fish for the shrimp and enjoy this meal in a bowl curry.
3 Things I’ve Learned
- You need a Support System – Like so many things in this life, you can’t do this alone, you need friends or family by your side on this journey. My husband, my family and my friends have all been so supportive. My husband eats AIP with me 90% of the time. Plus my mother-in-law creates recipes I can eat. And, my friends are happy to eat burgers with me over and over again. I’ve even had friends cook from my blog when they have me over for dinner. This is a post I wrote for my friends about how to serve your AIP friends. Feel free to share it with all your friends. If you have a supportive family or friend group, that’s great. If not, find support online through facebook groups or
- Mistakes Don’t Equal Failure – AIP is tough and sometimes we all fall off plan and make mistakes. The goal when you slip up is to forgive yourself and get back on track as soon as possible. Don’t beat yourself up, just move on and remember that tomorrow is another day.
- Sleep is as Important as Food – At first glance, it seems like AIP is mostly about food. All the lists of YES and NO foods and the emphasis on nutrient density. And while all of that is good and necessary, sometimes the non-food aspects of AIP affect us even more. I’ve found that getting a good night’s sleep is the best thing I can do for my body. I also find benefits in going for a walk and getting rid of stress. So, my advice is go to bed early and get some sleep tonight. For more info on the importance of sleep on AIP, check out this resource from The Paleo Mom.
3 Favorite AIP Resources
- Freezer Cooking for the Paleo/ AIP – This AIP cookbook was put together by 30 of your favorite AIP bloggers (including your’s truly) and it’s full of 120+ recipes that are all AIP friendly and are designed to prep now, store in the freezer and enjoy later with less work. Freezer cooking makes AIP so much easier as it greatly decreases your time in the kitchen.
- The Healing Kitchen – I’ve never been a huge cookbook user, but when this book came out I cooked out of it for 3 weeks straight and loved everything I made. It’s full of recipes that your whole family will love.
- Paleo/ AIP Instant Pot Cookbook – A great time saver in the AIP kitchen is the instant pot and this cookbook will help you make the best use of your IP while staying compliant to your AIP diet….and allows you to do it all in less time.
3 Favorite AIP Products
- KC Naturals AIP BBQ Sauce – When you do 100% of your cooking, any little bit of conveneince food you can get your hands on is a lifesaver. These BBQ sauces are great for adding flavor to some of your favorite dishes.
- Spiralizer – When you have to prep a lot of veggies, tools like this spiralizer can really save your time. I especially love making parsnip noodles for this recipe.
- Immersion Blender – This is the most used item in my kitchen. I love using it to blend up veggies and broth to make all kinds of soups. YUM!
3 Plans I have for the Next Year
- Releasing an AIP Indian Cookbook – I’m working hard on this book and can’t wait to share it with you. It’ll be 55+ recipes for traditional Indian dishes (thanks to my hubby and mother-in-law) that have been AIPified. I’m having so much fun with recipe development and know that you’re going to love it as much as me.
- Getting back into a Blog Routine – with the wedding and moving and everything else going on this year I’ve been slacking a bit. I plan on getting back into the pattern of posting 4-6 new recipes a month. I’m putting this out there so that all of you can hold be accountable.
- Regular Exercise – This one doesn’t have a lot to do with you, but I know that in order for me to provide you with great AIP resources that I need to be my best and to be my best I need to get more exercise and just be more active in my life. So, ask me how it’s going.
3 AIP Tips for Starting Out
- Preparation – The best advice I can give someone starting out is to do all you can to stay prepared. This might mean batch cooking, freezer cooking, or simply keeping prepped ingredients ready to be cooked to reduce your cooking time.
- Keep it Simple – There are lots of great complex AIP recipes out there, but 90% of the time most of us following AIP don’t eat cook them. Really, who has the time. My most common meals are skillets or soups. I love the one pot method of cooking for easy clean up and these are quick and easy. Pretty much throw meat and veggies in a pot and cook.
- Go for a Walk – Don’t try to do too much too fast, but a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood can be a great way to get moving. We all know that walking is great exercise. But my favorite part of walking is getting some vitamin D and enjoying the fresh air. Plus, walks are great ways to lower stress. Wins all around.
3 AIP Tips for Eating Out
- Plan ahead – One of the scariest moments on AIP is entering an unknown food situation (walking into a party, entering a restaurant, etc) without a plan. The first key to success is preparation. Before going out, look up the menu online and check to see if they have an allergen menu. If possible, call ahead and talk to a manger or chef. Choose a dish from the menu that looks possible to adapt and come up with a plan.
- Bring Parts of the Meal with you – You may have planned ahead and chosen a restaurant and figured out with the manager that you can have broiled fish with steamed veggies and side salad. Bring along a small container or your homemade salad dressing of choice (my favorite is the mango dressing in this salad) or some olive oil and vinegar to dress your salad. Or, you may know you can get a plain bunless burger, so bring along a sliced avocado or an AIP BBQ Sauce to enjoy with your meal.
- Remember it’s not all about the food – Sometimes you’re not going to be able to find anything compliant (maybe your friends insist on a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria. Call ahead and ask if you can bring your own food. If yes, the great. If no… eat before you go and enjoy a sparkling water with lemon and the company of your friends.
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