I'm going to switch over from Paleo to the autoimmune protocol for a few weeks to see if it solves some mood/energy/skin problems I continue to have. My biggest challenge is breakfast, because I'm usually crunched for time and my go to has been lot's of eggs. Now that I'm dropping eggs, I'm stumped on quick/easy meals for the morning. I know I can make a burger, some fish, steak, etc but those all take longer than I would like.
Any suggestions on quick/easy meals? Maybe it makes more sense to make breakfast at night and heat it up in the morning, but it kind of turns breakfast into eating leftovers since I'm re-heating food.
I find that, in general, one of the best things I can do to be successful in my Paleo journey is have cold cooked protein on hand. So I'll roast a chicken or braise a hunk of beef and have easy-to-grab chunks cut up. I can eat it cold or warm it up with some veggies on the side depending upon my mood and any time constraints.
Really, taking eggs away makes it more difficult for quick and easy meals in the morning if you don't want to deal with leftovers.
I get pre-cooked sausages from Trader Joe's and either fry them or zap them. Either way, it's a pretty quick breakfast--not any longer than it takes to make some eggs. Otherwise, leftovers for breakfast works also.
Okay, I have also been trying to do the autoimmune protocol, but I eat white rice as I tolerate it well. IF you eat white rice, you could do what I do and make a sort of rice porridge dish by cooking white rice in coconut milk and coconut oil. I make a big batch and my daily portion heats up quickly. I add lots of cinnamon and occasionally some honey (sugar doesn't bother me). It's delicious and easy to digest and pretty fast.
Of course, if you don't tolerate coconut products or rice, this meal would be a disaster.
I also occasionally just eat a green apple for breakfast, if I am not very hungry. Some fruit bothers me but one green apple doesn't seem to.
It requires a little prep work, but how about making your own mayonnaise and making tuna salad? Easy to grab, good protein and fat in the morning.
Edit: Wow, first ingredient in homemade mayonnaise = eggs. Sorry. It has been a long day. Mayonnaise-less tuna salad?
I know that protein shakes aren't considered Paleo-friendly, but when I first started down my health journey through a naturopath - the amazing journey that eventually led me to be fairly strict Paleo (no diary, no nightshades, fairly low carb) for which I'm eternally grateful... Anyway, I was prescribed MediClear Plus which I buzzed up in a blender with coconut milk and frozen pineapple and 2 tbs. of melted coconut oil. It was a great source of protein, quick and easy, and made me feel fantastic (I don't know what supplements are in there, but I'm about to start using MediClear Plus again because my hormones are out of whack - yet again - and they got on track -hello, libido? please come back! - when I was on the shake). It's made out of rice and pea protein powder with curcurmen (the active ingredient in turmeric). I might get down-voted for this suggestion, but it helped me with the breakfast issue when I went from SAD to an elimination diet and, eventually to the amazing world of Paleo.
I am having the same problem myself and since transitioning to Paleo we have probably started to lean a little too heavily on eggs (for baking and cooking) and nuts (too much omega 6) so we are trying the autoimmune protocol to make sure we keep my wifes MS in good check.
Still, what to eat for breakfast is a bit of a kicker, I tend to do intermittent fasting in the week to skip breakfast and just have something a bit fancy at the weekend (steak and sweet potatoes brownies or some such).
There is really very little out there in the paleo world for recipes for autoimmune stuff so trying to share my pain, I mean recipes for autoimmune stuff over here: http://www.primod.co.uk/food/autoimmune-recipes/
I am really just modifying standard paleo stuff to remove nuts, nut butters and flours, eggs etc and trying to paleo'ise some standard UK type recipes as well.
Anyone found any good sources of autoimmune friendly recipes or are we all just blundering through this?
After being super inspired by the results on the Autoimmune protocol, I decided to write a short book available in kindle and ibooks called:
The Autoimmune Paleo Diet which includes lots of DEElicious Recipes : ) It's $2.99
I also highly recommend Chris Kresser's Personal Paleo Code which has an autoimmune meal plan generator-very cool.
here are the links:
Let me know what you think!