Over the last few weeks, I have just been tired of my elimination diet. I have been really sick with the flu, so I think that had something to do with it. This diet doesn't really allow for quick fixes, and I've discovered it's most challenging when I don't have a plan for food. So I was actually cheating a lot while I was sick. It was fun, but I definitely didn't feel as well, and maybe that's partly why I was sick for so long.
The last few days of cheating on my diet actually made me realize that when the elimination diet is over, I don't want to just go back to eating the way I used to. I just didn't feel great. And I gained 2 lbs T_T Eating a bunch of bread and cheese was fun, but I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do in the long run. Once in a while is fine, but for my body, I don't think those foods should be part of my everyday staples.
When I first started this diet over 3 months ago (wow!), I was eating basically the same two meals (pulled pork and baked chicken) over and over because I figured it was temporary, and I could just eat other stuff when the trial was complete. But now I understand that this is a real life-long change, and I need to start cooking like it is. So this weekend, I started exploring more recipes. The Paleo diet is the closest to the elimination diet, so I started looking at those recipes.
It took a while, but I found this Clean and Green Paleo Chicken Salad from Grass Fed Salsa. I made the marinade as directed, but used the ingredients below for the salad part:
1 medium avocado (sliced)
2 heaping Tablespoons Just Mayo
1.25 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup kalamata olives (chopped)
2 tablespoons parsley or cilantro (chopped)
salt & pepper to taste
romaine leaves to make lettuce wraps
juice from 1/2 a lemon
I did not mash my avocado with the mayo like the instructions say because I really like the texture that avocado adds to wraps.
This was really good! It was also super easy because I used the sous vide for the chicken. I will definitely be making this again.