Welcome to AIPooja!
My name is Pooja, and I am trying to keep my head above water while balancing disease, wellness, and graduate school. Continually learning and growing, with no end in sight. I hope you find something you can relate to here!
Follow AIPooja on InstagramNew blog post: Savory Egg White Oat Muffins. . These muffins feature 3 different kinds of slightly charred peppers (poblano, bell, and jalapeño), along with spinach and oats for a well-rounded breakfast that will keep you full. . Breakfast is usually the first thing I cut out of my day when I hit “snooze” in the AM—anyone else? Well breakfasts like this will make your life easier because you can just reheat and eat on the run! The flavor punch will make you look forward to it too 🤗 . Simple to make, beautiful to look at, and droolworthy to eat. Does it get any better?! . No muffin pan? No problem. Instructions for turning this into an egg bake are included in the post as well. 😊 . Link in my profile for the recipe! . Disclaimer: this is NOT AIP-compliant. It was a meal I made for my personal chef client and a fun one I thought I’d share here for those of you who can tolerate these ingredients! . 🍳🥚🌶🌿💛The first time someone asked me, “What’s wrong with your face?” was in 6th grade. I’ll never forget where I was, whose class it was in, and who said that to me (a boy I liked). It created feelings of deep shame, embarrassment, and self-consciousness. . I got my first zit when I was in 3rd grade. Acne became my reality at the ripe old age of 9 years. It started a long, painful journey of trying to heal my skin, while simultaneously facing the harsh world with a face that made me feel hideous and ashamed. . I tried antibiotics, ointments, Accutane, all the fad treatments and home remedies...but nothing brought about lasting change. . It wasn’t until I changed my diet and lifestyle that I saw real healing take place with my skin. Removing the foods that caused systemic inflammation was key to clearing my acne, and changing my entire skincare routine to eliminate toxic ingredients and incorporate safer products was key in healing my skin. . I feel conflicted when people comment on my “flawless” skin. It was only a couple of years ago that someone mistook the ice pick scarring on the side of my face for an old piercing. It’s true, I finally feel confident in my own skin. But it has taken me 20 years to get here, and the work certainly is not done. . If you are struggling with your skin, I see you. I feel your pain. I know how embarrassing it can feel for your inflammation to be on display for the world to see, for you to wonder when you’re talking to someone whether they’re looking you in the eye or secretly thinking about the acne on your face, for you to wish you could hide. . If you ever need help finding something that works for you, message me. Let me help you feel as confident in your skin as I finally feel in mine. . I use safer products because I care about my health, but I became an advocate for safer products because I care about YOURS. . ♥️A perfectly roasted chicken is such an easy, no-fail way to get delicious chicken and veggies on your plate! . Roasting a whole chicken used to be so intimidating, but after I did it once I realized there was really nothing to it. I like to stuff mine with lemons, apple, and garlic to keep the meat moist and flavorful, and always always quickly chop up some veggies to throw underneath so they can soak up the lovely juices. . The two most important tips I learned from Michelle at @thewholesmiths was to run your hands under the skin (it allows air to circulate underneath and create supremely crispy skin—the best part!!) and to use a high quality sea salt (maldon flakes) because it significantly impacts the quality and flavor of the skin and chicken. . What are your secrets to getting a perfectly roasted chicken? Share below! . Details: whole chicken stuffed with lemon, garlic, and apple & rubbed with olive oil, poultry seasoning (or no-salt-added seasoning of your choice), and maldon sea salt (on both sides, over and under the skin), sitting on a bed of chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, onion, and rutabaga; roasted at 450F for 30 minutes, then turned heat down to 400F for another 30 minutes or until thickest part reached an internal temp of 165F.Have you tried my Kale Pesto Guacamole yet?? . It’s a perfectly summery dip that comes together in minutes! So easy, flavorful, and incredibly fresh. You’re guaranteed to impress people with this simple dip. 😊 . Not to mention that it’s easily Paleo, AIP, and Whole30 compliant if you use compliant pesto. Make your own or use whatever you have on hand! . KALE PESTO GUACAMOLE RECIPE Ingredients: •1 whole avocado 🥑 •2 TB pesto •1/4 cup shredded kale 🥬 •1/4 tsp garlic powder •salt, to taste 🧂 Directions: 1. Carefully slice the avocado in half, and remove the pit. Scoop the meat out of the avocado & into a bowl. 2. Add remaining ingredients (except salt) and mix with a fork to combine while gently mashing the avocado. 3. Add salt to taste, then mix to combine until it’s reached your desired consistency. . Serve with veggies, alongside chicken or grilled anything, with crackers or (my favorite) @sietefoods chips. Or OMG use it to make pasta salad or chicken salad! 🤤 . Enjoy 🌞🥑🥬🤗OKC PARTY PEOPLE! Or OKC dog people...or really just OKC people... . This little smiley pup and I will be hanging out at Bone Dog Boutique (@boneokc) in downtown OKC this Saturday (6/22) from 1-4pm. . I’ll be there to chat safer beauty and self care, give you a chance to learn some important info, try some fun products, go home with some free samples, and enter to win some great treats (human treats, not dog treats)! . Margo will be there to skeptically sniff you then give you a million tail wags while she wins your heart. . Can’t wait to see YOU there!!What are some little moments in your day that make you feel proud of yourself? Sometimes, in my exhaustion and pain, I boost myself up by finding little things that make me proud. . For example, after working an exhausting 9 hour day full of cooking (which may not seem like much, but is a lot on a body that is still healing from surgery—yes my incision still isn’t fully healed), when all I wanted to do was come home and crawl under the covers, I managed to cook a nourishing dinner for myself. . It’s important to celebrate the little victories. It can be uplifting and energizing to acknowledge those wins, especially when we feel like we’re running out of fuel. . Details: Oven-fried chicken from The Healing Kitchen cookbook (made previously and froze, but reheated in the air fryer); green beans sautéed in avocado oil, coconut aminos, and Trader Joe’s EBTB seasoning (#aipreintro); kale massaged with olive oil, balsamic, and EBTB seasoning.