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Alexandra

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Preparation (Week 2 Wrap-up)

While the first seven days of this journey were all about getting into the swing of things, week two was about preparation. Sounds a little backwards? Let me explain… I have decided to jump headfirst into caring for my body. That means: new dietary discoveries, all kinds of testing, getting systematic with my exercise and eating habits, and above all else finding the best ways for me to  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 7

Although I’m only a few days in, my body has already begun the process of detoxing. And while the end result, I know, will be me feeling fantastic, right now I just feel crummy. I’m going through weird swings of feeling wired then crashing. I’m hardly ever hungry (which is very unlike me). I’m thankfully not having painfully strong cravings, but that might be because  ...

  Self-care

Acknowledging the “Spoon Theory” & Accepting Your Limitations

In case you haven’t heard of the “Spoon Theory” before (and even if you have), please take the time to read Christine Miserandino’s account of how she began to discuss living with chronic illness in terms of having utensils. In essence, the Spoon Theory is a metaphor that sets up health like a bank account (to use another analogy). For most people, sleep and food act  ...

  Expressions

I Got Up This Morning

I got up this morning Where’s the prize for that? I put on socks that didn’t match, I brushed my hair and washed my face I even thought to rinse with mouthwash I got up this morning Can’t you be pleased with that? I tried to eat a bit of toast I drank some juice and kept it down I even ventured to the sofa It’s not that I’m a quitter It’s not that I  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 6

One of my favorite movies is the original Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows, based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As a young girl, I was infatuated with Anne – her free spirit, extensive vocabulary, and ever-steady sense of self. I wanted nothing more than to be a brilliant, passionate, ginger-haired woman with a bright future and a firm sense of who I was and what I wanted  ...

  Food+Lifestyle

Super-easy Paleo Alfredo

I chose to use a cashew-based sauce with zucchini noodles and pork loin, but there many different ways to tackle this dish. Different alfredo bases, like cauliflower or even reggiano cheese, will pair better with different noodles and meats. Sweet potato noodles could be delicious with ground lamb, or the lighter cauliflower-based alfredo may taste best with chicken or shrimp. Don’t be  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 5

Today I officially signed up for Zesty Ginger’s Healthy Hormones Group program! It starts on March 14 and runs for 12 weeks, covering all three months of the AIP challenge I’ve made for myself. And right now, that means lots of time spent filling out questionnaires, waiting on test results, and figuring out how to make my diet work for me! That’s been one of the major  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Days 3 & 4

Sleep has been both elusive and consuming. I’ve had insomnia ever since I can remember. My therapist says that being asleep is the most vulnerable a person can be physically, and that the racing of my brain and rise in anxiety when I go to bed probably stems from feelings of not being safe when I was a child. When I was two, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My earliest memory  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 2

Being 100% AIP is not. easy. I’ve spent a good deal of my life being aware of what I put into my body. I don’t drink sodas but a couple times a year. I try to avoid heavily processed foods (Twinkies=scary!) But that doesn’t mean I’m used to reading every single label. If nothing else, it is extremely difficult to avoid sugar and un-AIP oils (seed oils, corn oil,  ...