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The Importance of Breakfast

(Original image from here)

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” (A.A. Milne)

I’m currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, a nutrient-rich elimination diet that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. You can read more about the protocol and why I’m doing this here. And, if you want to know why I’m on the sugar-free version of the Autoimmune Protocol, you can read about that here.

I think my Dad and Pooh have a lot in common when it comes to breakfast. I suspect Dad wakes up thinking about what he’s going to have for breakfast most mornings. I can’t blame him one bit – breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. And, when you’re following the autoimmune protocol like me, the question you get asked most often is “What do you eat for breakfast?”.

Way back in March of this year, I wrote about the magic that is the No Recipe Breakfast Hash. And, I’m here to tell you, nothing has changed. If anything, my love of the breakfast hash has grown. Once you get over the fact that you can longer eating cereal or toast, that the carbs you know and used to love are off the table, the advantages of the hash are many.

Here are a few:

  • Hash is an awesome way to get more vegetables into your system. Your Mum was right about eating your greens (most of us still don’t get enough)
  • Hash is a great way to use up all those leftovers in the fridge. Less waste has gotta’ be a good thing – for your wallet and for the planet!
  • Hash tastes seriously good. Especially when it’s made from last night’s leftover slow cooked meal. Our current favourite is the Jamie Oliver Inspired Four Hour Lamb. I’ve worked out I can fit two shoulders of lamb into my le Creuset and this gives us extra meat for days!
  • Hash is a great way to get more healing bone broth into your tummy
  • Hash is quick. It takes me less than 10 minutes to whip up my basic hash with leftovers and a few wilted greens. You could even do enough for the week, portion everything up and then zap it in the microwave when you get to work.
  • Hash tastes even better with a side of fermented vegetables. A great way to get even more nutrient-dense goodness into yourself.

Today, I thought I would show you just how much I love my breakfast hash. A picture paints a thousand words and all that!

So, without any further ado, here are my last five days of AIP-friendly breakfasts…

TSL AIP Breakfast

Day 1
A medley of shredded sprouts sautéed in coconut oil and a little bone broth, smoked mackerel and diced avocado, served with leftover salsa verde
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TSL AIP Breakfast

Day 2
Bacon and leek sautéed in bacon fat and a little bone broth, and served with half a diced avocado (market day tomorrow – the fridge is looking a wee bit bare)
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TSL AIP Breakfast

Day 3 (Brunch with LM)
Meatloaf Hash – LM’s world-famous AIP-friendly meatloaf sautéed with bacon, red onion, leek, and shredded sprouts in coconut bacon fat and bone broth
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Day 4 (another brunch with LM)
Leftover 4 hour lamb and minted gravy with last nights leftover roasted veggies, cavalo nero and leek
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TSL AIP Breakfast

Day 5
The last of LM’s world-famous AIP-Friendly meatloaf and the last of the minted gravy hashed with leek and shredded sprouts sautéed in coconut oil
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Instead of telling the world what you’re eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that’s meaningful. (Edward Norton)

I’m choosing to believe that Ed Norton may just be wrong on this occasion. The autoimmune protocol can be a daunting exercise to kick off – especially at the beginning. And, I think breakfast choices require the biggest mind shift. It is fair to say that I still miss having eggs and I’m certainly looking forward to the day that I can reintroduce them. But, for now the AIP-friendly breakfast hash is a winner here at Casa TSL.

If you’re on the autoimmune protocol and have any alternative breakfasts to share, please feel free to comment!

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