SPPP Days 1-11

Having been on so many other restrictive diets, I am familiar with using unusual ingredients and methods to come up with something edible.  Many of the recipes for the Autoimmune Protocol can work, sometimes with slight adaptation, for the SPPP.

I looked at several different AIP recipes for granola, and because of ingredients I did/did not have, took some of the ideas and did my own thing.  I didn’t really even measure, so this is approximate.

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup flaked and/or shredded coconut, unsweetened (I used a combo)
  • 3/4 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Combine to make a thick batter (if necessary, add more flour or coconut to make a spreadable consistency).  Spread about 1/2″ thick on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  After this time, it should be firmed up.  Chop it up into chunks with a spatula, spread evenly on the pan, and put back in the oven for another 15 or 20 minutes, or until your preferred level of crunchy/chewy is reached.


I realize tigernut flour is a specialty ingredient that few people are likely to have in their pantry (btw, tigernuts are not nuts at all, they are tubers).   I happened to have some from my stint with AIP.  You could try using coconut flour, although it will act differently.  It absorbs moisture like crazy and I don’t think you’d need as much of it.  Or perhaps ground flax or hemp seeds would work.

I consider this a snacking granola, but you could try it with some compliant coconut or hemp milk if you want to eat it like cereal.

Take this recipe and make it fit your diet:

  • For AIP, omit the sunflower seeds and add more coconut or chopped tigernuts.  Add dried fruit if you tolerate it.  Also make sure you are using alcohol-free vanilla.
  • For Paleo, add nuts and dried fruit as desired.  If you don’t have tigernut flour, try using finely ground almond flour.

Full disclosure:  I have not been feeling well for about a week.  It was mostly digestive upset, and eating made me uncomfortable.  I just kind of figured it would work itself out and I would go ahead with the cleanse.  Unfortunately, it’s stuck around, and with the restricted food availability, I haven’t been eating much.  I’m not a big eater in any circumstance, so when I say I’m not eating much, I mean probably not enough to keep a bird alive!

Day 2:

Breakfast:  smoothie and 5 Cleanse pills

Lunch:  I made soup with vegetable broth, the leftover veggies from day 1, 1/2 can diced tomatoes, and Italian seasoning (ate maybe 1 cup)

Tried to drink another smoothie in the afternoon and take more Cleanse; could only drink a very small amount.  I did later have a few plantain chips with salsa.

I decided the Cleanse pills were not helping my stomach and intestinal upset, so have stopped taking them.  I suppose that means I’m not fully doing the program, but my main goal was to improve my diet, so I will keep up with the food restrictions.

Day 3 (today):

I woke up feeling pretty bad…shaky, out of breath, heart pounding.  I drank the smoothie and that seemed to help a little.  Then I ate 1/2 a pomegranate and that helped a wee bit more.  I’m guessing I just haven’t been eating enough (maybe low blood sugar?), but I still don’t feel like I really want to eat, so it’s a catch 22.  I had a very small amount of salad for lunch.  For supper, we had lentil chili using this recipe (I added celery, cumin, smoked paprika, and a smidge of cayenne).

In an attempt to have something around for me and my son to eat other than vegetables, I did manage to make, and snack on, some “granola”.  It’s actually quite good.  Check out the recipe.

Well, I wouldn’t call this a strong start, but it was okay.  What seemed like a fridge full of vegetables yesterday is pretty much gone at the end of the first day!  My 16 yr old son is doing the cleanse along with Craig and me; three people can go through a lot of salad greens quickly!


Craig made the smoothies with frozen berries, spinach, coconut milk, chocolate Complete, Fiber, and water.

I took 5 Cleanse capsules instead of the prescribed 7.  I figure 7 is enough for a 180 lb man, so a 95 lb woman could get by with fewer.


“Baked” sweet potato (microwaved) with grass-fed butter and cinnamon.  Half an avocado with lemon juice and s&p.  Sugar snap peas.



Another chocolate shake with 1/2 banana, although I only ended up drinking 1/2.

5 Cleanse capsules.


Sauteed medley of zucchini, onion, garlic, mushrooms, red pepper and tomatoes over quinoa.


Berries with coconut milk

5 Cleanse capsules


The chocolate and vanilla Complete powders are sweetened (with monk fruit, I believe).  It’s okay, but I found it almost too sweet, and with my sweet tooth, that’s surprising!  I plan to use the plain powder most of the time.

I did feel hungry several times today, but it was manageable.