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    Green Bean Pasta

    Thank you both!! I kind of figured it would be off limits for an official Whole30. In the meantime, though, it’s been a nice substitute for pasta made with grains, which currently give me hives.
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    Blue Apron Meals for January

    We are disappointed that Blue Apron is discontinuing their Whole30 meal offerings. Blue Apron has been a fantastic partner and we have enjoyed working with them. We wish them luck in their new endeavors and promise that your January Whole30 will still be incredibly well-supported with a variety of resources (some existing, some new!) to make sure this Whole30 is your most successful to date.
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    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I use a coffee bean grinder to grind my spices and it works great. I have a separate grinder for coffee beans, as I don't really want my coffee to reek of rosemary or whatever other spice I may have ground in it - and thanks for that brainpickings link - looks intriguing, going to investigate further! (I read a lot of Herman Hesse as a young man, maybe time to revisit...) (Damian, Siddhartha, Glass Bead Game, Narcissus and Goldmund, Steppenwolf)
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    Ha ha, I posted the wrong link! But yes, I think you'll love the lemon garlic chicken Holly, whatever cut of chicken you use. I used it as a starting point, and can't wait to do so again. I am going to Paleo Running Momma more and more these days, and the egg roll bowl looks so good, I printed the recipe and will make that soon. Thank you! Today we'll finish up some of the leftovers, and soon I'll get my cook up going, too...the creamy dijon chicken, and I'll use the original nutpods creamer I have on hand. And the apple cinnamon chicken patties finally...Holly, what do you use to grind your spices? I've never done that but I understand you can use a coffee bean grinder? Does that really work? For fun, here is the Mel Joulwan soup recipe I intended to post earlier: http://meljoulwan.com/2017/10/07/roasted-carrot-caraway-soup/ I thought my nerves were settling lately as we're in a holding pattern until the seller gets through their to-do list, but my stomach disagrees. Yesterday I was too rushed to eat breakfast, so I leaned on an Rx bar and decaf with nutpods, then had a salad with grilled chicken at the Mexican place, and when I got hungry in the evening I ate a cold plate of sliced turkey, some olives, and then dug into the pomegranate on the counter before it went bad...I'm thinking maybe I can store those in the fridge in a plastic bag to keep them fresh like I do with citrus, but they're so pretty I hate to out them out of sight. So it was a weird, kind of hanging on by my fingernails kind of day, plus the nerves, I need to start over and have a good, air-tight, organized week! We're having a staff holiday party on Thursday and I'm getting a sandwich platter from the awesome local deli, and I'll enjoy watching others enjoy it. All parties are being careful about what they eat, and supportive of each other in various approaches, and none are bringing in the usual sweet things with one exception, and my lovelies kindly whisked things out of my sight. Sweet and thoughtful! So come to think of it, it's been the "safest" and most supportive December ever, maybe in my whole life. That is something, eh? I thought this excerpt from brainpickings.org (the brilliant Maria Popova) may be of interest, on the subject of taking responsibility for our own lives, which is clearly what we are doing here with Whole30: “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,” Joan Didion wrote in her timeless essay on self-respect. And yet this willingness does not come naturally to the human animal. We glance left and right, we peer above and below, placing the responsibility for our suffering everywhere but at the center of our own being. We treat the unhandsome consequences of our actions as something that happens to us, at us, by some wretched external causality. In the process, the tick of our self-righteousness grows fatter and fatter on bloodthirsty blame..." Maria is so generous with links and further reading. Though she starts here with Joan Didion, she's launching into a discussion of Herman Hesse, one of my all time favorite authors and thinkers. If you're interested in the context of the article and reading more, here's the link: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/12/12/hermann-hesse-letter-to-a-young-german/?mc_cid=ff1aba8dfe&mc_eid=9730dce241 Besides cooking, I also need to assemble some gift baskets and prepare a few mailers so as not to be later than late. Posting here and reading everyone's news helps keep me grounded. Wherever you are at, do check in when you can!
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    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Sunday Funday! What's everybody up to? Day 15 under our belts for some of us! @Elizabeth33 how are you feeling? I need to get moving on my cook-up for today but I'm drawing a blank. The good news is that I only need four breakfasts for this week because my mom decided on a last minute trip to come visit for Christmas and she'll be here Thursday afternoon. I ordered a prime rib for Christmas dinner to celebrate so now we just need to come up with some appropriately celebratory side dishes to go with it and I'm drawing a blank there, too! It'll come to me eventually. Last weekend my cook-up was so successful that I didn't have to cook all week. That was a such a treat! Back to the real world now. @LadyLisbette thanks for the link to the lemon garlic chicken; that looks like dinner one night this week. I'll have to sub breasts for thighs so I'll just have to be really careful not to overcook them. While I was on paleorunningmomma's web page I ran across her https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-egg-roll-bowl-paleo-whole30/ so I think I'm going to keep that in the back of my mind for my breakfast. This week is Lebanese hash with turnips, kale and broccoli with a couple of fried eggs on top. Now my cook-up plan is coming together; I just needed some inspiration. After months of neglect, I got some kombucha brewing yesterday and that was at the top of my to-do list this weekend. I've been drinking a little in the afternoons as a vehicle for my collagen peptides. In the mornings I just put the collagen peptides in my coffee so that's easy. Time to do some movement videos, maybe spend some quality time with my favorite rock and, once it's warmed up a little bit more, clean my poor, dirty car (btw, that counts as movement, too). Bonus- we have sunshine and blue sky!!!
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    Whole 30 December Start

    Welcome Jen! I have done two official whole 30's, and I eat 95% plus Whole 30 all the time now, 18 months total. When I started, I was pre-diabetic, and my doctor (at Kaiser, so a fairly busy doc) e-mailed me personally to emphasize that I needed to do something about it. My first Whole 30 brought my blood sugar into completely normal range, and it has remained normal since. I too have had to deal with anxiety and depression issues all my life. I've found various solutions to help with that, but I will add that the Whole 30 brought about modest improvements in mood, and energy levels as well. I've had many other health benefits from Whole 30, and would never even consider going back to how I used to eat. I'm happy to share anything that I've learned and experienced, and I can be a cheerleader for you, as I love to hear about others' successes. The Whole 30 tagline "it will change your life" may sound contrived, but I believe in it. It truly did change mine.