Starting on Friday (maybe Saturday) I will begin the paleo autoimmune diet. I have wanted to do an elimination diet for a while now. I have prayed and prepared for months. Initially I thought I would be doing the GAPS, but thats not the path that was chosen. My dear friend Kelli is starting an 8 week paleo challenge and I decided to join in the fun! I am going a step further and cutting out more than the normal paleo diet requires. I fully believe this is God's will for my life in this moment. I do hope I will see healing, but if I don't God will still be praised! He has already shown me I must be disciplined in preparing and planning meals. I am not a planner, so this is a challenge for me! I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. Most of the time Alan is pleased with the meals. The planning, prepping, and cleaning drive my crazy. I have been praying that God would give me a love for it all! I want to see it as a form of worship. I get to cook and provide meals for my family! That is a huge blessing! I have been learning new methods of prepping and I spend about three hours a day preparing our dinner. I have purchased two AMAZING books that have really gotten me excited for the next eight weeks! "The Autoimmune Protocol," by Mickey Trescott and "Well Fed 2," by Melissa Joulwan. These women have been so kind and quick to answer questions! Mickey actually sent me a signed copy of her book! It is sold out on amazon and I emailed her asking when it would be available. I didn't really expect a reply, but she quickly responded! I felt honored! Both books are wonderful! I have tried recipes from each book and we haven't been disappointed! Alan has told people he will be happy if these are the types of meals he gets for the next eight weeks.
Last night I read a verse I had never seen before and I want it plastered on my wall! "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it" (Proverbs 15:17). I can get pretty angry when I am cooking and EVERYTHING goes wrong. When the kitchen ends up in a mess, the food is not excellent, and I wash the same dish five times, I want to scream! I should have just put some herbs out on the table for us to nibble on! I want this verse to be a sweet reminder that it is an honor to plan, prepare, and serve my family. I want to do it with joy and not anger!
Here is the mess that was my kitchen last night:
This is after the sauce I made went everywhere. I am still cleaning the sauce from places in my kitchen. I wish I would have thought to take a picture. The crock pot has homemade bone broth in it. Who am I?
Here is the coconut milk, flower, ranch dip, and No-Mato sauce which I will freeze and pull out on a spaghetti night. I'll have zoodles.
The coconut flour had to bake
The coconut milk exploded out of the blender and this was AFTER the no-mato sauce went flying through the air! I was surprised at how calm I stayed. God definitely gets the glory!
I saved the best pictures for last! My little helper decided she wanted to put all her food down her shirt!