Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Veggie-full cauliflower rice

Veggie-full cauliflower rice
It's Day 6 of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, an elimination diet to help individuals with impaired gut function and autoimmune disease. At this point, I cannot tell any difference.

So how long does it take?  According to "there is no one-size-fits-all answer.  It depends on how leaky your gut is, how inflamed your body is, exactly what types of antibodies your body is producing and what cells in your body they are attacking.  Just like your genetics will predispose you to developing autoimmunity if you have a leaky gut, they also dictate how easy it is for your body to stop producing those antibodies and heal your gut.  Interestingly, this doesn’t necessarily mean that those people with more severe autoimmune diseases will take longer to see improvement.  It’s actually quite hard to predict who will see dramatic, rapid improvement and who will have a long drawn-out recovery.

Your gut needs to heal and this takes time.  If you are lucky enough not to have SmallIntestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), this may only take about 6 months.  Many people with autoimmune disease do have SIBO however, and healing for these people can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.  Many people with autoimmune disease and SIBO also have gut-brain connection issues (this is especially true for those with skin conditions)."
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Now that I have started, I am sticking with it. After all, I am nothing but a true blue personality, one who is methodical and determined to stick with goals. One way to stick with a restrictive diet is to plan lots of interesting and tasty meals. Last night, I made Veggie-full Cauliflower Rice.

Here's what you need for one veggie-packed serving:

1/3 head cauliflower, riced
2 zucchini, cut into matchstick-sized pieces
1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
4 green onions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 red onion, sliced
salt and pepper

For the dressing:

1/2 avocado
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
juice of 1 lime
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
water to thin, if necessary
Optional: drop of stevia

Here's what you do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread rice cauliflower on one baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread zucchini, carrots and red onion on other baking sheets. Toss with salt and pepper, and olive oil. Place in the oven. Cauliflower rice will take about 15 minutes to begin turning golden brown. Zucchini and carrots may take up to 30 minutes. Onion will take about 20 minutes. Monitor to avoid overbrowning.

In the meantime, mix up the dressing by placing everything in a food processor and blending.

When everything is ready, put the veggies in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Serve on a bed of greens. Garnish with green onions and additional cilantro.

"We're resting until dinner is ready."

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