AIP Chicken Salad, Re-imagined

aip chicken salad

Happy New Year Everyone!  Yes, I know it is February and I have been m-i-a for a while…busy busy and a slow falling off the wagon since last August…but a new year and new people in my life brings me back to center!

I’m involved in a little test run with AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) with my Naturopath, Dr. Hailey Heard, and some of her patients.  I do this very reluctantly.  I knew about the AIP and had the books, but I just did not even WANT to go that far.  But when you start running out of answers and solutions, you are forced to face what you might not like entirely.

Diagnosed years ago with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism, I have been on Synthroid for years.  About three years ago I went paleo and despite falling off that wagon from time to time, it works really well for me.  I feel better.  I know what I am eating and where it comes from.  It’s all choices.  And most of the time I make good choices.

So after much griping and groaning, I jumped into the AIP group with both feet.  I am ten days in, and must say I feel good.  Not so sluggish.  My energy is up when it should be.  I am tired at the end of the day, as I should be.  I still crave “other foods” but that is diminishing.  I feel good about the things I am eating and I know this is a good path for now.

Latest news, we may be adding SiBO into the mix.  That will just turn my life upside down in the ways that it interracts with Hashi’s and my favorite foods.

But for now, sticking with the AIP.  Simply put, its a Whole 30 on steroids!  Strict Paleo.  Plus some other eliminations:  no grains. no sugars. no legumes. no nightshades. no nuts. no seeds.  It’s difficult wrapping your head around what you CAN eat….but it clicks one day.  And it’s actually very simple.


Re-Imagined Chicken Salad:

Here is what I threw on a plate, actually in seperate piles, but then decided to toss it all together and it was quite tasty!


  • roughly dice one chicken breast, prepared aip
  • slice one or two stalks of Hearts of Palm
  • dice 2 tender stalks of celery
  • dice 1/2 ripe avocado

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 or more lemon juice over all, salt and pepper to taste….toss everything on the plate together, gently….that is it!

I was eating some red grapes along with it, and think a handful of halved grapes would be very nice in it as well!

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So simple

lunch

If things could always be this simple!

This week I went to a new practitioner. She is a naturalist and a chiropracter, and has multiple autoimmuntes, but not medicating.
She is young, and focussed, and I am going to give her a whirl.

Guess what she tells me? Pretty much all of my complaints are connected to Hashimotos. And how do we get to the root of Hashimoto’s and auto immunes? Well, we fix the gut. (no surprise here!)

She started me on a detox that works best with a paleo way of eating (which she was so stoked I was already doing, sort of) called ClearVite. It is actually tasty and no problem to do. Then we go into maintenance mode. On my own I started drinking more Kombucha, I like that too.

She has me working on a little test to determine if I am T1 or T2 dominant….this means eating alot of mushrooms and echinacea for a few days. I am already over the mushrooms people. I feel fine, but no more this week!

She is not bombarding me with supplements, which makes me very happy!

Now why have I made bad food choices every day this week! Could it be the mushrooms?
I required pizza last night. Gluten and all. Paying for it now.
I know better, I know how to eat right, yet every day it is a battle of choices.
That and I am ravenous this week! Maybe that is the ClearVite at work? I don’t know yet.

So for lunch today I was actually craving these healthy items….so good, so simple…it is what it is:

Leftover chicken, cold.
Sliced Cucumbers, cold.
Half of an avocado, cold.
Lemon squeezed over it all….a little salt.

There are blueberries too, just not in the pic…

This was yummy!
I admit I could still eat….
But busy hands and all….

Have a great afternoon everyone!
Would love to hear from you!