AIP Paleo Burgers (That don’t suck!)

We started cooking AIP PALEO this week, and I am not gonna lie, I was nervous.

Will my food taste good, will it have a taste, will I starve because nothing tastes good…

I didn’t starve, and the burgers were FAB!! I know you all are going to love them, and I have included variations, cause not all of you are on this AIP journey with me.

(To read more about my journey click HERE)

 

Remember friends, the food you eat will either help you fight disease or feed it, and we ain’t got time for no disease over here, do you?! ❤

AIP PALEO BURGERS w CARAMELIZED ONIONS & SWEET POT FRIES

{INGREDIENTS}

serves 4

BURGERS

1-1.25 pounds of grass fed ground beef

3 TBS coconut Aminos (If you are Paleo or not AIP cut aminos down to 1 TBS and add an egg)

1 TBS coconut flour

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

{DIRECTIONS}

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, form into 4 round patties. Grill (indoors or out) to your desired doneness. Serve on top of your crispy sweet pot fries, then top with onions, avocado, and any other desired toppings. Drizzle UMAMI sauce all over burger and fries! (If you are not AIP, try topping with grass fed shredded cheese and a slice of tomato!)

 

CARAMELIZED ONIONS

{INGREDIENTS}

1/2 to 1 sweet onion

Avocado or coconut oil

Water as needed

{DIRECTIONS}

Cut ends off onion, then lay on flat side. Cut down the middle. Peel off skin. Place flat side down and slice through the “rainbow” very thinly.

Heat 1-2 tsps of oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions. Stir to coat, reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, and occasionally stirring, to be sure they don’t burn. 10 minutes in add a pinch of salt and a TBS of water. Continue cooking for 30-60 minutes, till onions are soft and caramel-y!

 

SWEET POT FRIES

{INGREDIENTS}

2 medium to large sweet pots, rinsed and peeled

Avocado or coconut oil

{DIRECTIONS}

Cut sweet pots in half, down the thickest part of the potato, then cut in half again, long wise. Slice quarters into thin, fry like shapes! 🙂

Toss in a bowl with a TBS of oil, then spread on large cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt Bake on 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. (They can sometimes burn easily, so just keep an eye on them!)

 

VEGAN UMAMI (From True Food)

{INGREDIENTS}

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (I like BRAGGS)

1 Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

3/8 Cup coconut aminos

1 Cup Olive Oil (Can use EVOO)

6 cloves of garlic (This is CRAZY garlicy, so I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder to take it down a notch. Experiment and see what you like best.)

{DIRECTIONS}

Add everything to a food processor or high speed blender. Then, with motor running, add oil into the mixture, while mixing, in a thin stream. Amazing on Salads, grilled meat, and veggies. Store in a an airtight container in the pantry.

 

We LOVED this meal, I did not feel deprived, and felt really proud about fueling my body with food! If you have questions let me know below or shoot me a message!

ENJOY!

LIZ

 

I think I am giving up Bacon….

Cue ALL the tears right now, but I am also adding Bacon to the list of foods I am giving up, at least for the next few days!!! 😉

I am addicted to bacon, call me gross, or weird, judge me all you want, but I can eat it all day everyday! This right here feels like another restriction, like I have nothing left to eat.

I will stop crying now….

I’m half kidding you guys, I am not that crazy. (Although some days Steve would disagree 😉 )

 

Truth be told, I didn’t really have ANY heart palpitations while we are away in Europe, and I didn’t have a single piece of crispy bacon.

I’ve been eating it every day since we got back, told you I was addicted, and the palps are slowly creeping back in. BOOOOOOO!!!!!

I eat organic, nitrate-free, but we think the sodium is messing up my heart. (At this point I think we are grasping at straws and playing this game of “see how few food groups Liz can eat without going totally bat shit crazy”!)

But let’s be real….

This is not forever.

My friend is fighting cancer.

This will be over really soon.

I have the potential to feel REALLY good.

So, I am going to put on my big girl, granny panties, and keep trying to heal myself. Without Bacon!

xoxo

Liz

My A.I.P. Journey…..

Life has been overwhelming lately.

An alien has invaded my body, and I have been trapped, screaming for help, but no one could hear me. I couldn’t even hear me!

Trapped in my body, trapped in my mind, just plain old trapped. Anyone feel me on this?

My thyroid numbers have been going down, but it hasn’t felt like it.

I knew it was time to get help, so that’s what I did! I got HELP!

I went and saw a Functional Medicine Doctor a few weeks ago, and it was the wake-up call that I so desperately needed. Then we left 2 days later for a 2 week stint in Europe….

(Cue the shitty eating, and self-confidence issues.)

So here I am, all crazy with my jet lagged self, starting a new adventure that I had to share with you all.

Monday I started a 30 day journey with an AIP Elimination Food Plan, and let’s be real, food is an issue for me, and was terrified to start.

(For those of you that aren’t familiar, AIP stands for Auto Immune Protocol. It is a way of elimination eating to heal the gut and other auto immune conditions, like Thyroid Conditions. I will be removing everything I love, so bear with me as I have a tiny pity party over here! I am saying goodbye to all things gluten, grains, dairy, legumes, nuts, nightshade veggies, soy – see why I’m a bit sad? But the truth is, I am already sad, so it’s time to change the attitude about food LIZ!!!! 😉 )

I’m not terrified of the food that I cannot eat, I’m terrified of FAILING. This was my big revelation this week. I am afraid of failing, because I have done it SO well in the past, and those limiting beliefs and fear were holding me back from the change I so desperately need!

So here I am, facing those crazy food fears, day two of the journey half way through.

I am committed to this, I am committing to all of you, I am committing to sharing the ups and downs with you all.

I know this will be 1000% worth, I just might need you all to remind of this when I want a spoonful of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter or a slice of grass fed cheese on my burger! 😉

As I always say to my clients in my Fit Clubs….

You have to want change MORE than you want to stay the same. And I hit my rock bottom last week, on a beach in Greece.

I want to fell good, have energy to workout with my girl Autumn Calabrese, get rid of the constant bloat and digestion issues, get my self-confidence back, see food as FUEL!!!

So, get ready for a ride friends, I’m about to go ALL in with you!

xoxo

LIZ

Where have I been??

Have you all missed me?? 😉

I have been knee deep trying to heal my Hypothyroidism, on my own, with NO drugs!

And guess what, it’s working friends!! My Thyroid numbers are going down, I am feeling stronger, fueling my body with foods it needs. (No gluten or dairy)!!!

So, how did I do it???

Well, it’s a LONG story, that involves LOTS of supplements, food changes, and even exercise changes….

And I promise I am going to share ALL of it with you.

The FITNESS. The FOOD. The SUPPLEMENTS. The SELF LOVE!!!!!

It works, and can work for you too, Thyroid condition or not!

(In the meantime, if you are ready to get your health on track and want to join me, fill out my FIT CLUB Application and we can talk! https://lovetobefit.typeform.com/to/DMg0bn )

Stay tuned friends…..

xoxo

LIZ