Over the past several years I've learned to be pretty in tune with my digestion. I have a good feel for what sets it off and what I can handle, and I know what signs to look for to indicate to take a step back. Every once in a while, however, I still hit periods of time where my digestion is sub-par, and I can't pinpoint any particular reason why.
When these times come, I simplify my diet to one that worked for me right after my SIBO treatment in 2016. It's an all cooked version of full GAPS, with some AIP and low FODMAP modifications. I do usually keep some sprouted nuts/seeds and eggs in my diet (not AIP compliant) unless things are really bad, because I generally do well with them.
Here's this week's GAPS friendly (and AIP adaptable) meal plan:
Breakfast: Spaghetti Squash Porridge // You can find this recipe here! I topped it off with sprouted sunflower seeds and tahini, which correspond with my current phase of seed cycling. To make this AIP, I like to make the base out of spaghetti squash, coconut milk, and mashed banana, and served with a protein on the side. I also like to mix in come collagen peptides!
Lunch: Simple Chicken Soup // This soup is so easy to make! All I did was put a whole chicken in my Instant Pot with 2 tsp salt, cover with filtered water, and cook on high manual pressure for 30 minutes. When finished cooking, I let the pressure release naturally, then carefully removed the chicken and set aside to cool. I transferred the broth to a large pot on the stovetop where I simmered 1# chopped carrots and about 4 cups of chopped celery for 7 minutes, then added in 1.5# chopped zucchini. While the veggies were cooking, I separated the chicken from the bones and added it into the pot as well! (Save the bones for a future batch of bone broth!) I top it off with green onions and parsley to serve.
Dinner: Beef and Liver Meatballs with Steamed Broccoli and Acorn Squash // Any ground meat will do, but this week I used a ground beef and liver mixture for my meatballs. I'm experimenting with well steamed broccoli florets to see how I do with them, and added some acorn squash that I cut in half and steamed in my Instant Pot for 8 minutes before mashing with some cinnamon and cloves.
In addition to simplifying my food, I'll also be supporting my digestion by paying special attention to eating mindfully and without distraction, as well as to taking a minute to get into rest and digest mode by taking a few deep breaths before starting to eat.
Have a great week!