Week 1 on the Healing Protocol
Happy Almost Weekend! It has been magical here in NH watching the leaves change with the season.
I wanted to share with you how things have been going this past week starting on my healing Food-As-Medicine Protocol. If you want to check out a little bit more about the WHY of this head to last week's post! I am not going to lie, it has been challenging. I started the protocol Friday and on Saturday my best friend from Vermont came to visit us. We wanted to take her out that night for a belated Birthday but also make it some place that had some options for me. We went to Applecrest Farm Bistro, which Mike and I have been wanting to try for the past year! The Bistro is a farm-to-table restaurant located right on the orchards of Applecrest Farm, featuring a menu inspired by locally grown foods.
When we arrived there was a roaring fire in the fire place, twinkling lights hanging from the beams and the smell of cider donuts in the air... I mean can it get better than that!?
We split a house made charcuterie plate to start, and I got to sample some of the meats, but had to leave the cheese and bread for Kat and Mike to enjoy. I opted for a grass fed burger (without the bun, cheese etc) and it was delicious. The hardest part for me was at the end of the night when cider donuts were being eaten. They smelled amazing and I felt a little twinge, but it was still so fun to see the enjoyment and pleasure on Mike and Kat's faces when they were eating them. Ok... and there was also a whoopie pie that was partially eaten by the Birthday Girl in the car home. And no I didn't even take a bite!
For me the hardest thing so far has been breakfasts which I am still figuring out a routine for. They have been smoothies for the most part and smoothie bowls.
A recap of some of the dinners (which have also turned into lunches)
Saturday: Applecrest dinner
Sunday: Zucchini noodles with scallops and bacon (Recipe coming soon!)
Monday: Zoodles sautéed with chicken, garlic, lemon, and a kale salad.
Tuesday: Paleo Crockpot Chicken Soup (Will need to repeat and write this recipe down for you!) with broth, carrots, celery and brussels sprouts and a side salad.
Wednesday: Leftover Crockpot Chicken Soup
Thursday: (Tonight) Will be Paleo Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli
I haven't noticed a big change in my physical health, and I think it is a little early to tell. I did experiences a bit of headaches in the first three days which might be due to the shift in what I am eating (transitioning from a primarily plant based diet to now incorporating animal proteins) along with reducing my coffee intake (I was only drinking 1 cup before but this can still have an impact). The headaches are now gone and my GI system is also moving things along which the first few days I battled a bit of constipation.
So far take homes from the first week:
- If I think about this as a restriction, then this process will be a burden. I am working on continually reframing and focusing on the why behind my decisions.
- I need to continue to be creative and find ways of incorporating fun recipes.
- Traditional "Breakfast Food" is kind of out the window so I need to become okay with that.
- Having a supportive community is key. My health coach sent me this cookbook in the mail and it made my week. To know that others have your back is so amazing and in fact my sister-in-law and her boyfriend are doing a Paleo challenge this month, and it has been fun to share recipes and encouragement.
Any challenges you are facing this week? How are you moving through them? Comment below!