Starting the autoimmune protocol can daunting in a lot of different respects. “What do I do when I eat out?”, “What do I have for breakfast?”, “What do I have for lunch?”, “What do I bring to work/school?”. Though I’m always learning and evolving, I feel like I’ve become more of a lunchbox aficionado and have what I bring for lunch to work down with lots of easy, stress-free, AIP lunch Ideas!
One of the keys to my success while healing my Hashimoto’s and following an AIP diet has been cutting down on stress. One of the easiest ways to do that has just been planning ahead. Though it may sound stressful to have to think ahead, it’s far more stressful in the long run to waste time and money on food that makes me stick. Yes, it takes time to get into the habit, and though it may seems easier to just hit up a drive thru, it’s just not worth it… the money, the gas, or the stomach ache. Packing my lunch ahead of time and preparing my meals for the week ahead of time has been a game changer on my AIP journey.
But, before we get to my favs, it’s important to have some staples on hand to actually accommodate an AIP (autoimmune protocol) lunch on the go. Here’s what I recommend:
Here are some my favorite AIP lunch ideas!
The Low Maintenance Option
You’ll find me eating this meal weekly… typically on a Friday when I’m down to just whatever I have in my pantry! Plantain chips, half an avocado, and wild planet tuna with red onions.
The Tasty Salad
A bed of italian kale topped with sliced apples, proscuitto, and drizzled with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice.
The No-Cook Hero
Perfect for travel, those times when you have no access to a fridge or can’t carry an insulated lunch box, or you’re just over cooking for the week (I get it). A bison epic bar, avocado, baby carrots, and plantain chips are what’s in order.
Honestly, this what you’ll find me eating most days. I firmly believe that we don’t have to make lunch complicated or prepare something separate to stress us out further. For this option, I threw together some grass-fed meat balls, sweet potato roasted in bacon fat, and oven roasted cabbage.
Though it may indeed take the effort of forethought to prepare these lunches, it’s so worth it in the long run to be less stressed out over food! For more ideas on how to make AIP less stressful and prepping food ahead easier, check out the free AIP Meal Prep guide that I put together to help do just that!
Note: also pictured here are my Anti-inflammatory Coconut Turmeric Bites.
For even more AIP lunch ideas as well as dinner, breakfasts, and snacks that are all targeted towards healing the gut, be sure to check out my e-book, the 30 Day Gut Healing Diet Plan & Guide that also includes…
- 30 days of paleo and AIP meal plans targeted towards healing the gut
- Shopping lists and prep guides to help you prep meals fast
- Over 20 AIP/ Paleo recipes with GAPS and low FODMAP modifications
- Tons of information about healing your gut beyond just food alone
What do you usually bring to work/school for lunch?
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