Day 61… (grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Strawberry Mango Salsa)

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My intention was to do a big post on day 60 of this autoimmune protocol (a/k/a autoimmune Paleo or AIP).  But, alas, life interrupts these blogging adventures and I just have to post when I can.

I still consider myself in the beginning of this journey (said with a big SIGH).  I’m thankful for improvements in my health that I can measure and see, but, unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet, folks.  The grace of God, patience, diligence and prayer are all being employed to keep plugging away.

I’m encouraged to read and/or hear about people who have made leaps and bounds with regard to autoimmune conditions – even putting it into remission.  I’m also SUPER excited about a book coming out in October from Sarah Ballantyne at The Paleo Mom called The Paleo Approach:  Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body.  I’ve been listening to her podcast The Paleo View, (co-hosted by Stacy Toth of Paleo Parents) paying special attention to the episodes on AIP.  Very interesting geeky science stuff going on!  Love it.  Although, I have to say publicly that I do not agree with the “origins” behind Paleo, (i.e. – I’m not into Darwinism but am a young earth creationist) though the science behind what food does to our bodies is incredible to learn about.

Am I sick of eating AIP?  Well, quite frankly, yes.  I’ve lost some motivation on meal planning and cooking altogether.  Although, I have to say that I still believe simple food can be delicious.  Even the most simple of foods…this video summarizes what I’m trying to say…

 

Here’s a little recipe that I hope you enjoy!  It was a winner over here and easy to prepare.  The strawberry mango salsa was inspired by my friend “Master Chef” whose family is also on a very strict allergy diet.  (It makes the AIP look like McD’s at Disney World).  We were enjoying a delicious smoked salmon that he grilled to perfection whilst talking about food allergies and potential recipes.  We’re all just hungry, people. And I want some more of that smoked salmon…  Mangia!

Shared on Allergy Free Wednesdays

5.0 from 2 reviews
Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp
 
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. large wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of two limes
  • ½ cup e.v.o.o.
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
Instructions
  1. Place the shrimp in a glass bowl.
  2. Make marinade by mixing the rest of the ingredients together.
  3. Pour over shrimp and toss with hands.
  4. Cover and allow to marinate 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Place shrimp on skewers and grill until shrimp turns pink and curls up around edges.
  6. Don't overcook! (I do only about 1 minute per side, give or take)
  7. Serve with strawberry mango salsa.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry Mango Salsa
 
Ingredients
  • strawberries, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons e.v.o.o
  • dash salt
Instructions
  1. Just toss it all together! Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. NOTE: If you have a sensitive gut (like yours truly) it's worth the extra time to cut the seeds off the strawberries. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it's worth it.

 

Comments Adored

  1. Hi Jen,

    Beautiful recipe!!! Love it.

    You find the cutest videos. Ha ha.

    I feel your frustration in this post, but you still sound very determined and strong. The meal planning and motivation is hard to keep up for sure. Thanks for this great recipe, Jen! Thinking about you and sending strength and love.

    I might be heading in the AIP direction. For the last month I’ve suffered from symptom after symptom and afraid something has changed or is very wrong with my immune system right now. Off to get some blood work today. That’s always a good place to start right. Your an inspiration to me girl. :-)

    Hugs,
    –Amber

    • Thanks so much Amber – I am feeling frustrated. I’ve been thinking about posting on that itself. There are definite “issues” surrounding such a strict diet plan, but also a necessary evil when you are dealing with chronic illness.

      I hope you’ll be able to get to the bottom of everything concerning your own health. You’re so in tune with your body, I would venture to guess you’re able to catch things early before your health spirals out of control – which is a wonderful thing. I’ve let myself go and gone on rabbit trails for my health, but not gotten to core issues behind it all – until now (I hope, anyways).

      Thank you, from my heart, for always being so encouraging and following my posts. I just shake my head every time I read one of your posts and then see “10 billion page views” at the end! I don’t know how you do it, girl! Well, I do know – you have awesome recipes and helpful posts on topics that affect so many of us. I’m still dying over those raw macaroons!!!! Lemon gets me every time…

      XO
      Jen

  2. Hi Jen!

    You are doing SO GOOD!!! We are not not on a diet nearly as strict as yours and I constantly feel criticized for it. I have been very discouraged with our diet lately because me and my son have both not been feeling well. My solution is to make our diet more strict to find out what causing our digestive issues and help heal our bad immune systems but everyone around me tells me that obviously the diet isn’t working and I should give up :(

    In addition to that we have been under tremendous stress, which doesn’t help our health problems and just makes it that much harder to cook! ANYWAYS…. even though I don’t always comment, your posts inspire me and I’m happy you are sticking to it!

    BTW- You recipe looks great!!!

    -Cassidy

    • Awwww sweet Cassidy, don’t give up! Don’t listen to the critics! YOU know your body and YOU know your son. God has made YOU and your hubs the parents – not anyone else. I’ve been listening to The Paleo View podcast (as mentioned in this post), specifically, the episodes on Autoimmune Protocol (Parts 1, 2 and 3). They say over and over how vital the roles that stress and sleep play with regard to our ability (or inability) to heal.

      I really want to do a post on the emotional difficulties of having either food allergies or autoimmune diseases that many people don’t understand. Unfortunately, people’s misunderstanding can lead to insensitive comments. I can tend to be sensitive to this, as I think all of us can. I will say this though: the more I’m learning about the science behind it, the more it empowers me and “validates” or maybe just confirms that diet and supplementation is the right route for us. I’d rather work with preventative functional medicine than “reactive” medicine.

      There will always be critics to whatever we choose in life. Listen, I’m a born-again Christian who home educates my children, believes in the 10 Commandments (including keeping the Sabbath holy), am a young-earth creationist (meaning I believe God created the earth in a literal six days as outlined in the Bible) AND I have 17 chickens and EAT FUNKY! GIRL, I GOT CRITICS!!!! :) But it’s ok. I think I’m finally (at my ripe old age) fine with people not accepting what I think or do. Not that it’s still not hard at times. I want to live my life for God and to God – no matter what anyone thinks. (Not that I do it well, mind you. I have much to learn and grow in. God is so patient with me!)

      I wonder if you should consider finding a good functional medicine doc to lead the way. Maybe you have some things going on behind the scenes that blood-testing by the right doc would help you with. My doc in Tampa has been really on the ball – one of the smartest guys I’ve ever come into contact with. There are lists out there you can find on Paleo sites. I found my doc through Dr. Karrazian’s website when looking for a doc in my area. I drive about 4 hours to see him, but it’s worth it.

      I’ll say a prayer for you, honey. I know it’s hard. Keep at it – you and your son ARE WORTH IT! Contact me any time you need a shoulder to cry on, girl!

      XO
      Jen

      • Thanks so much for the encouragement Jen! I think you are right, I need to find a good functional medicine doc to help guide me. Florida is a bit far but I’d bet I can find one closer to where we live in OK.

        Keep up all the good work and thanks again!

        Hugs,
        Cassidy

  3. June Mahan says:

    Mmm, I love shrimp so this sounds yummy!! And if “Master Chef” is who I think it is, his salmon is to die for. It is what got me turned on to eating salmon.

    • Hey Junebug! You got it! His salmon can’t be beat! He’s the one who needs to have a food blog…
      XO
      Jen

  4. This looks and sounds delicious! I am quite intrigued by fruity salsas for summer BBQs

  5. Hello Jen,
    I just found your blog from A beautyfull photo of yours on Pinterest (a lemon cake)
    I like your recipes, your writing and photography.
    It has been a surprise to see you are doing the AI diet.
    I’m really intested on it, as my mum, sister and me have chronic fatigue syndrom and other health problems.
    We eat grain-free already. But I alwas have on my mind the possibility of doing the AI.
    I would love to hear more about the difficulties and the benefits you are finding.
    Thanks!
    Yedah @Delissin

    • Thank you so much Yedah! I haven’t had the time to post lately but plan to update everyone on how it’s going. Unfortunately, I’ve had several “issues” to work through physically, so it’s been slow going, but the diet isn’t so bad once you get used to it. The goal is to remove any and all triggers for autoimmune disease – not only with food but also with cosmetics, hair products and environmental triggers too.

      I wish you the best on your journey!

      Jen

  6. These shrimp are so good! I used the cilantro from my garden and cooked em on my george forman grill. They were done in about 4 minutes.

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