Isn’t this a pretty little breakfast salad? Full disclosure, this was my 10:30 second breakfast. I had an egg, a Larabar and espresso around seven. With heavy cream! (Don’t blame the butter for what the bread did, people. Do not fear good fat from real food sources!) I worked out for an hour after getting the kids off to school and then made this bowl of YUM. I was feelin’ like I wanted to eat a bunch of living food…I was so hungry for it. Threw some broccoli in the oven to roast at 425 for 35 minutes (toss broccoli with olive oil, sea salt, pepper) washed broccoli sprouts and sunflower sprouts, added the pomegranate arils and some chopped white onion. Squeezed some lemon over the whole deal, and sprinkled it with more sea salt. Sea salt is magic for our adrenals and our hormones overall. (And despite what my father-in-law thinks, sea salt is not the same think as man-made table salt. The trace mineral content alone is staggeringly different.) And yes, my kids eat veggies for breakfast. When you consider how many vegetables and fruits you need to get in every day for vitamin, mineral, phytonutrient and fiber content- you really cannot afford to skip them with even one meal.
Planning out my transition to full-on-AIP (autoimmune protocol), as it has been so healing and good to me in the past, I’ve decided it’s time for more- plus, the whole family benefits. Going with realplans.com this time for help in meal planning, which for me is the most exhausting part of a limited diet, I really have a tendency to get stuck in a rut, and it’s so important for me to keep things fresh for my family so they stay excited about eating healthfully. I will update about my findings, experience, and ease of use of the whole website.
I recently had shoulder surgery, and even though healing seems to be going well, I was surprised at the level to which it knocked me down energy-wise. I have had to reprioritize sleep in a way I never imagined I would have to do, like going to bed at 8:30 every night and sleeping until six or seven in the morning. Basically just doing the bedtime routine with my hubby of getting the kids to bed, and then I follow shortly thereafter. Less time with my darling spouse, but I reckon he’s pleased to see me feeling better all the time.
As far as bedtime routine and prep, I like to eat a very healthy and balanced dinner, not too late- 6 o’clock at the latest. The best recipe for sleep is protein, carbs, and fat! We mostly do paleo carbs like veggies and potatoes, but some nights we are team white rice (NOM!) and a couple of times a month we will do gluten-free crust pizza or gluten-free pasta with soy free marinara sauce and some nice grass fed beef in there. Before bed I always do a spoonful of coconut oil for more good fats, and- bonus– it helps you sleep and helps balance the system.
I take magnesium glycinate (everyone needs more magnesium!) and I use a great liposomal melatonin spray, as I recently found out that my body naturally produces very little on its own- so I’m going to use it for a little while I transition to the AIP, which will hopefully be instrumental in helping me to get my own levels back up. I have an essential oil diffuser right by my bed, most nights it’s frankincense, lime and patchouli. And if I remember, I also take probiotics before bed- it’s the best time of day to do so, because they get to hang out in your gut all night long, doin’ their good probiotic stuff. My supplement regimen is changing all the time depending on what my body needs, seasons, travel and the like.
What are your secrets for a great night’s sleep?
What are your favorite Paleo/AIP (autoimmune protocol) dinners? I’d love to hear 🙂