What I Eat in a Day {AIP}

Since starting the AIP diet, everyone keeps asking me, “what the heck do you actually eat???” I’ve had to eliminate SO many of my staples – everything from black pepper, baking powder, and curry to bell peppers and tomatoes…and the obvious nuts and grains. My diet over these last two weeks have consisted of A LOT of fresh fruits and veggies. It can definitely get repetitive and old, which forces you to buy produce you don’t always eat and to get creative with meals. It’s also hard because you get conflicting info on the Internet as to what foods you can and can’t eat.

Here’s what I ate in a day:

Breakfast:

Sautรฉed kale (oil-free) topped with half of an avocado, nutritional yeast, and a sprinkle of Himalayan salt.

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}
Snack:

12 oz smoothie >> 1.5 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon maca, 1 teaspoon carob, 1 teaspoon mesquite powder, water and a splash of coconut milk to blend.

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}

Lunch:

1 Persian cucumber and half of an avocado topped with garlic, Himalayan salt, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil.

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}
Snack: 

Sliced apple, blueberries, and Ceylon cinnamon in a coconut paleo wrap. Also munched on a donut…working on trials for a grain-free recipe that’s also oil-free…holy tricky!! Haha! 

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}
What I Ate in a Day {AIP}
Dinner:

Sautรฉed kale + onions (oil-free; used mushroom broth), crispy sweet potato fries, and roasted brussels + broccoli with an AIP friendly cheese sauce…needs another trial, but I’ll share when I get it figured out!

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}

Before bed:

A cup of herbal tea.

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A couple of my other favorite meals from the week:

Banana-yam cakes with blueberries and pears (recipe courtesy of my cousin). Uses banana flour and a lot of cinnamon. You can either fry them in coconut oil for a yummy crispy exterior or bake them oil-free…both ways are delicious. 

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}
Butternut squash soup topped with steamed broccoli + fresh basil. Failed to write down how I made it, but that just means I’ll have to make it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I Ate in a Day {AIP}

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

โค๏ธ


20 thoughts on “What I Eat in a Day {AIP}

    • Right??? Although you can’t have russets or gold potatoes…but thank goodness for sweet potatoes and yams! Really? I love savory breakfasts and lately all I crave is savory things…really weird for me considering I used to have the biggest sweet tooth ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Poppy!!! How have you been?? Haha! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜ I could eat kale all day long, I love it! Even better with a good avocado. Hope you’ve had a good summer! โค๏ธ

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  1. This is so interesting Mandy! How long do you have to eat this way? Is it working to heal you? Will you be able to/want to eat the way you used to? No matter what, I’m so happy you have discovered a way back to feeling better!

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    • My sweet friend! I haven’t felt this good in a loooooong time! I’m happier, more energy, and my gut feels way better than it has in months. My naturopath told me to limit my fruit to one piece a day and see how I feel with limiting or eliminating nuts/seeds…other than that, following this specific diet has been a way for me to follow my gut and get more in tune. In doing this, I’ve even pinpointed which veggies are causing problems for me! If you’re following the AIP pretty strictly, they say for best results to do it for 30 days and then slowly reintroduce foods. I’d like to do it for the full 30, but might cut it short with our trip next week. But we’ll see! I have a feeling certain grains were causing me issues, along with nuts, so I’ll probably have to either limit my consumption or avoid – I’ll have to play around. Thank you SO much!!! I’m happy too โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ love you!

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  2. Oh man, I am so happy this works for you but I think I would literally die. LOL!! I have tried periods, very small ones, without grains and carbs like pasta etc, and my body just shuts down. I need those things or I crumble! It’s so interesting how different we all are and the main point is that you do what’s best for you! Really happy though that you feel so great. Keep rocking it!

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    • Bahahahaha!!! It’s challenging, but feeling the difference in my digestion and mood makes me want to stick with it! I was definitely overdoing it with the grains and nuts – so it will be interesting to see what happens when I slowly reintroduce them. Isn’t it crazy how our bodies react so differently??? I find it so fascinating. Exactly! It’s so important to do what’s right for your own body and listen to it โค๏ธ Thank you, Sophia!! That means a lot! xo

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  3. I can vouch that Mandy’s banana-yam cakes with blueberries are delicious! She made them for us last week and they’re a very good substitute for banana fritters. The blueberries she used were fresh, not frozen, and we loved how they popped and bursted with blueberry flavor in our mouths…YUM! I saved 2 baked yams from our dinner and plan to make the banana-yam cakes for breakfast tomorrow! Great post! Love you, Mandy! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    • Haha! Yay! So glad you liked them! I tried using frozen berries and they didn’t work as well – fresh is key! Mmmmm! Enjoy, Mom!! Thank you! Love you ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  4. Wow my hats off to you for eating this way! I’m Vegan/Plant-Based and love all the food I can eat. This would stress me out lol. Hope your feeling better and can soon start adding more foods to your diet.

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    • Haha!! It stressed me out at first, but when I started noticing how much better I felt, it was motivation to keep going! By eliminating so much, it has helped me to pinpoint what exactly is causing me problems – even some veggies. I’ll slowly reintroduce grains, beans, and nuts in another week and see what happens!! But in following this protocol, my mood has improved, my digestion is way better, and I have more energy! I haven’t felt this good in a long time. So this diet is definitely helping me to heal. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! Hope you have a great weekend โค๏ธ

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  5. Well you make it look easy!! And really really yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ I now know what to try inside a coconut wrap, what to do with the two sweet potatoes on my dining room table that need to be used, and that I need more kale in my life lol. I don’t eat it often, but with avocado and nutritional yeast on top you make it look so good! Oil-free AND grain-free? You must be a donut wizard or something, they look very good to me already. I’m interested to see what flours you used, I’ve been tempted to order cassava flour ever since I started scoping out AIP recipes but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Anyways, thank you SO much for sharing this โค

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    • I shared a pretty bland, green day ๐Ÿ˜‚ but wanted to get a post up before next week. Those coconut wraps are SO good! Willow even eats them…with mashed avocado. I make salad wraps with them too – but what’s really good is baked or sautรฉed apples with cinnamon and coconut butter. Yum! I think I eat a bit too much kale, but my body has been craving that and all the other greens. I’d be lost without nutritional yeast right now ๐Ÿ˜‚ I sprinkle it on everything!
      I should email you about the donuts…maybe you could help me! Funny you should mention cassava flour because that’s what I used! I also ran a trial with coconut flour + cassava…both were gummy, but the flavor was really good! Willow actually ate a bunch of the batter, but didn’t like the donuts ๐Ÿ˜‚ The cassava flour is a bit pricey, but it’s about the same price of almond flour and I ordered it because it’s in SO many AIP recipes! Wish we lived closer – I bet we could come up with some yummy recipes together! โค๏ธ Thanks for reading, friend! XO

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    • Haha!! It wasn’t a big eating day…I think I filled up on water and tea throughout the day so I didn’t snack as much ๐Ÿ˜‰ I could honestly graze all day! Thank you!! I’m going to start reintroducing a couple foods this week so I’m pretty nervous! Hope you have a great week, Jenn! โค

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  6. Wow, Mandy!! That is a TON of food you can’t eat. I’m so very happy you are feeling better, that is most important. It honestly just seems like there isn’t much left, lol. I am not a fruit eater so I would likely wither away and die, bahaha! I eat a lot of rice and beans, they satisfy me and fill me up and of course nuts, but then again, I don’t have any issues with any of them. I’ve never had gut issues so I can’t even begin to relate. All I can do is say you are amazing for doing it and hopefully over time you can reintroduce some of the foods you love and pin point more closely what you can and can’t have to feel your best! That is what is so important!!

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    • Haha! I get that ALL the time! But oddly enough, I don’t feel deprived or like I’m missing out on anything…feeling this good keeps me motivated to stick with it. In the beginning I was focusing too much on the list of foods I couldn’t have and when I changed my perspective, I actually saw a long list of foods I could still enjoy! With adrenal fatigue, you’re actually not supposed to eat a lot of fruit (limit to one piece a day)…so over these last two months, I’ve really cut back on fruit and don’t crave it anymore…I am all about the dark leafy greens and veggies these days. Consider yourself very lucky to not have any gut issues because it’s awful. I’ve had issues for years – goes waaaaaay back – and while I looked at it as a curse, I now see it as a blessing because this whole ordeal has taught me so much. Gosh, I used to eat grains, beans and nuts daily…I think it just all caught up to me. I do know that rice is a major culprit for me (tried adding it back into my diet a week ago and paid the price). I’ve definitely been able to pinpoint what’s causing problems and what isn’t – I still have a few items to reintroduce, but I’m so nervous! I don’t want to mess with feeling this good! Thank you, friend! Means a lot to have your support! โค

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