AUTOIMMUNE PROTOCOL WEEK 1 – MY HONEST EXPERIENCE

AIP WEEK 1COMPLETE

 

Okay, so whoever said the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is easy, was a complete liar. I’ve been on this AIP Diet since April, and let me tell you……  It was not a fun or beautiful experience whatsoever. I’m pretty sure I’ve messed up so many times by subconsciously eating almonds when I was hungry in the morning and also by eating a delicious Larabar when I was craving a sweet treat. Although these snacks are “paleo-friendly,” they are not “AIP-friendly”

AIP  is a diet where you remove many inflammatory and allergenic foods that could potentially be causing negative symptoms in your body, such as bloating, stomach pains, rashes, etc. Here’s a list of the foods you can/cannot eat on the AIP diet. If you take a look at the list, the foods you CAN eat, are your basic, super healthy, mostly single-ingredient foods. At first I was like, “Pshh this won’t be that bad! I basically eat like this already,” except for the fact that before April 2018 I was vegetarian, and before that, I was vegan for 8 months (I switch back and forth between vegetarian and vegan for different reasons that I will discuss at a later time.) So this was the first time in a VERY long time that I was eating meats on a daily basis. Also, I didn’t realize how much I eat almonds!! And how you aren’t technically supposed to be drinking almond milk. Oh, and, you aren’t able to drink coffee….. <<!!!>>

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The Talk about Turmeric – What’s so great about it?

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The hype about turmeric has not gone down, and with good reason.

Turmeric is an ancient herb that originated from India and was used as a natural dye, a spice for food, in special ceremonies, etc. Recently, probably within the past year, turmeric has reached a peak in its popularity for being a natural medicine in treating arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and many other ailments/symptoms.

In this post, I’ll list a few of the benefits that turmeric has as well as some additional information to help you get to know turmeric a bit more.

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Acure Brightening Facial Scrub (Exfoliator)

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My skin with #nomakeup + #nofilter + flash 😳 My skin is not perfect. I obviously have some red spots, discoloration, and SUPER DRY skin. However, I’ve been loving this exfoliator because it’s been so helpful in cleaning off the dry, dead skin cells, plus of course #crueltyfree & #vegan . Since it’s colder out here in #NYC , Ive had to exfoliate less (from 5 days a week to about 2-3), so I might use it in combination with a gentler exfoliator to continue to exfoliate every day bc that’s what I think helps my skin the most (this one is pretty coarse/rough). I still love it though, it’s definitely kept my skin matte and clear overall.

8/10 – recommended for people with dry/combination skin like me!

Sunset Bagels in Brooklyn, NY! So many delicious vegan options!

So my husband and I have recently discovered this place, and it has been our go-to for random lunches and snacking (because we love snacks).

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These are actually some of the best bagels we’ve had and they have a lot of vegan options as well. If you’re in NYC we definitely recommend going to this place for awesome food. I’ve also had their veggie supreme burger (without cheese) with their waffle fries and it was absolutely delicious and filling. They also deliver via seamless ! The only negative is that they are very slow in terms of giving you your food after you order. I usually have to wait like 10 minutes or more until I get my 2 bagels. To me, it’s not a big deal and it’s definitely worth it!