Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Easy, Fast and Yummy

I’m eating a lot of sweet potatoes these days.  I need them to get plenty of nutrients and calories, because I’ve lost a lot of weight (more than I needed to) on this elimination diet.  I’m introducing new foods very slowly (one every couple of weeks), so right now I’m relying on sweet potatoes to provide more calories and fill me up each day.

Obviously you can prepare sweet potatoes any number of ways – baked, fried, mashed – but my favorite way to prepare them and make a lot at once is in our electric skillet from Saladmaster.  It’s simple and I end up with a ton of sweet potatoes that last me for several days.  The result is really tasty and sweet — a bonus when you aren’t eating treats or sugar.  It reheats nicely too.

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Ginger Carrot Soup – this is what happens when you buy two pounds of carrots at Costco…

 

Ginger Carrot Soup, courtesy of PaleoLeap

My boyfriend was feeling ambitious at his last visit to Costco and bought the two-pound bag of carrots.  We have prepped the first pound and are using that to make “carrot fries” in the skillet with ghee.  The second pound needs to be dealt with though, so I searched the Internet for a carrot soup recipe that can be modified to still keep me on my rather restricted diet.  So many have a ton of ingredients it’s not worth even trying them.  But I found a recipe on Paleo Leap for Ginger Carrot Soup that has just a handful of ingredients, including ginger, zucchini, apples, and stock.  I left out the onions, but kept the apple and turmeric to see what would happen.  Prep was straightforward.  Peel carrots, zucchini, and apple, and cut into chunks and pop in the pan.  Add broth, simmer, puree, and eat.  I added a fair amount of sea salt too since the recipe didn’t call for any.

I wasn’t expecting much since I’m not a huge carrot fan — the carrot fries being the exception — but I was surprised how good the soup was!  It was very creamy and smooth, and the ginger and carrots melded together nicely.  I did add some coconut milk at the table — which the recipe called for — and it added a nice touch.  Healthy soup that isn’t hard to make and tastes great – sign me up!

Ginger Carrot Soup | Paleo Leap.

How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs (America’s Test Kitchen)

Now that eggs are back on the menu at my house, we are using this technique from America’s Test Kitchen every day to make perfect soft-boiled eggs.  It’s really simple – all you need is a half-inch of water and a timer.  Find a cute egg cup or two, some sea or Himalayan salt, and have a great breakfast!  Check out the video link below to watch.

TV: Perfect Soft-Cooked (Soft-Boiled) Eggs, Christopher Kimball & Julia Collin Davison, Season 14 – YouTube.

Also, if you’re serious about soft-boiled eggs, you may want to invest in an egg topper.  I bought this one from Amazon and it’s great.  It’s even got a little salt shaker on the top.  Adorable!

Egg Topper
GEFU Egg Cracker with Salt Shaker

How to keep things yummy on an elimination diet

So having been on this Elimination Diet for almost 5 full weeks, I can tell you eating a very limited group of foods is tough. There’s not much variety in the proteins and carbs you can eat, there are no fruits allowed, and the spices you can use are limited too. Here are some tips for keeping it fresh and tasty.  When you’re done reading, visit this great post from Smith Meadows Farm’s blog for some other ideas for keeping elimination diets delicious!

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The Problem of Low Stomach Acid

I’ve written before that I am taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin as a digestive support supplement to address low stomach acid. This was recommended to me by my functional medicine doctor, as well as suggested in Aglaee Jacob’s book Digestive Health with Real Food.  I believe this supplement is making a real difference in my IBS-D symptoms.  I started taking it shortly after starting the elimination diet, and have noticed real improvement over the last couple of weeks.

I want to talk more about the problem that this supplement is meant to address — low stomach acid — and refer you to some good resources to help you decide if trying this supplement is right for you.

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Tips for Surviving the Elimination Diet

So how do you manage to keep your willpower strong for 4-6 weeks on a very restrictive elimination diet?  Well, if you have been continuously sick like me, that alone might provide enough motivation to get you through.  Otherwise, here are some ideas:

Remember, it’s just six weeks out of your life.  Think about things that have or might happen to you that would require a pretty substantial change to your daily routine.  An unexpected illness or surgery for example.  I knew a woman who fainted and hit her jaw on a counter while going down.  Her jaw was wired shut for two months.  Everything she ate was through a straw.  This is less hard and less painful than that.  Thoughts like that help me when I’m feeing weak and just want a milkshake.

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