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    Bellad got a reaction from Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Horseradish- how did I ever forget you!
    I was cooking steak tonight and began thinking about a side condiment I used to make out of sour cream and horseradish. I stopped dairy after my first W30 a year and a half ago - reintros showed me dairy was not my friend.  So I thought maybe I could make it out of mayo. Googled "whole 30 horseradish" and came upon this wonderful link: http://whole30.com/2014/08/mayo-ghee-sauces/
    Horseradish and mayo in less than a minute- so, so good. And I'll be trying some of the others, too - so easy and that's what I'm needing these days!
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    Bellad reacted to Riya in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Glad to see so many still onboard :).  I am too, just been running too many different directions.  Still having an issue with eating enough.  I'm hungry enough, but my prep work has left a lot to be desired.  But I have no plans tomorrow beyond grocery store, food prep & laundry, so I hope to start getting some energy soon.  I have been going to bed a bit earlier, so that's something. 
    The eczema on my had has flared up again, so I'm going to have to start experimenting.  Maybe nightshades?  That will be depressing, but I have been eating a lot of tomato's lately, when I wasn't when it started clearing up at first. 
    One thing I've noticed is that I'm handling stress better.  This past week was some heavy work stuff, but I was able to keep a good attitude about it, and even got my over-serious, read into everything boss to laugh at it a few times.  And then he approved a Vegas trip for me for November. 
    Digestive issues are also better.  Not completely eradicated, but much less frequent, and a lot less painful.  That's a HUGE win!
    I'm really looking forward to W30FFF coming out.  I'm torn about being in the last third of this.  A big part of me is ready for it to be over, so I can loosen up a bit and try my raw dairy again.  But at the same time, I'm afraid I'm going to go careening off a cliff like I did last time.  I'm really anxious to learn strategies to keep that from happening.
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    Bellad reacted to Seafarer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Feeling blah yesterday & today, so I reviewed:
    1. My jeans feel looser, and my thigh-high boots are definitely looser.
    2. One of my goals was to find more go-to meals that would support my (desired) W30 lifestyle. I have a separate booklet where I write them down. I flipped through it & re-discovered several that I had forgotten about & am excited to try. I made two of them today. Food boredom... poof!
    3. I juiced some grapes from my garden, added the juice to club soda. Pow! I like it better'n wine. Really. Great addition to my water too. 
    4. I started going to a community exercise class a couple of weeks ago. I adore the people I am meeting, and the exercise makes me feel energized. I have needed "PostWO-type" meals before, due to activity levels, but to have one following real-live targeted exercise? Win!
    5. Food costs: I am a pain-in-the-butt keeper of detailed financial records & budgets, so I already knew this, but I like looking at numbers so I did it anyway. Add up your old grocery bill, your out-of-pocket ice cream cones, lattes, doughnuts, potato chips, your occasional dips into bring-it-home-and-eat-it-instead-of-food indulgences like cookies & pizza, add in your old fast food plus restaurant dining.... compare that total to your current grocery bill.... ya gotta know this way is actually cheaper, right? Or at least very close.
    6. Last year when I did a W30 my relative was dismissive in spite of her own gastrointestinal issues which have now lasted for a year & a half. Her new GI specialist has put her on... guess what?! Score one for keeping my mouth shut. Score 100 for having favourite recipes to pass along to her.
    And that pretty much took care of the blahs.  
     
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    Bellad reacted to Quilter in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I always cook my bacon in the oven, but tonight I left the drippings in the pan and roasted cauliflower in it - yummy!  It feels wrong to cook in bacon grease because bacon was always taboo, but if it makes cauliflower taste this good - I'll get over feeling guilty!
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    Bellad reacted to No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    DAY 19
    Having minor surgery this am.  (to remove my port...cancer free 1 year).  No food or drink.  I am a little worried as when it was put in,  my arm was so sore for days.  Right arm too, couldn't really move it for anything.  Yesterday was tough for a glass of wine.  Then saw a delicious scotch ale on the counter.  I held it, smelled it and even put my lips to the beer.  Still compliant.    We have an amazing grape festival every year and its filled with food and wine.  Its this weekend.  Probably a good thing I will be out of commission.
    Have a great day everyone!
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    Bellad reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Zoodles and meatballs for breakfast. Before W30, that would never have crossed my mind. Now I eat meals much more to what I have and what I want.  Also I note that I have much less trash ( less packaging). I used to do a refrigerator clean out before my grocery shopping- that would be what to throw out as spoiled because I just never got around to eating it. Now my clean out is putting together a meal of perhaps unusual combinations to make room for new. I love that I'm buying food that I actually eat as opposed to buying what I think would be good for me and then tossing it. 
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    Bellad got a reaction from Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad reacted to Cannylassy in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    My clothes are definitely fitting better. I have more energy, am doing more stuff and the last couple of days I haven't been crawling into bed exhausted at 9pm either. 
    Oh. Sunday I went trampolining with the kids. 
    Messed up yesterday; skipped breakfast, had a decent lunch and then didn't leave myself enough time to eat properly between classes because I was being too nice to my kids. I need to get my college nights organised.
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    Bellad reacted to RubytheSugarDragonSlayer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I"m dying to hear how you like the soup! Enjoy! What a great job prepping today - you are going to have a fantastic week!
    Did 5 hours of yard work today - trimmed a lilac bush, 2 curly willow trees, trimmed 3 sand cherry shrubs and 2 gold threads, cleared all the dead stuff from the day lily bed and a bunch of other stuff. Hubby planted 3 azelas and a squad of stone crop and sedum. Thankfully our son pitched in too. My Moto watch said I had 75 minutes in the target heart zone today - that was HUGE!!! Drank almost 2 quarts of iced tea in the process. Gonna sleep like a rock tonight!
    Home stretch everyone!
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    Bellad reacted to Riya in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Had to return a pair of jeans for smaller?  That's freaking awesome!! 
    Not noticing as much this time as I did last time.  I think I went so far off the cliff that it's going to take more time.  Although as I mentioned before, digestive issues have significantly reduced.  And I'm handling stress somewhat better.  But I am going to stop the official W30 at 30 days and add back in raw dairy.  Especially kefir.  Then I'll see how I feel.  If that's good, then I'm going to call it good for a good long while before reintroducing anything else.  Except for Christmas Eve, because that night will be worth it :).  I have a lot of damage to heal.
    And it just dawned on me that I've been off my thyroid meds for the past 2 1/2 weeks.  I totally spaced out the refill.  That might explain some of it.  I'm such an idiot.  Now I'm grateful I have a 24 hour pharmacy.
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    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
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    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
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    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
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    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
  23. Like
    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
  24. Like
    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.
  25. Like
    Bellad got a reaction from FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been posting but I'm still hanging in there.  I'm finally getting to the point where it's feeling normal to be preparing all this food for myself.  I made some Swedish meatballs out of ground turkey, the sauce made with coconut milk and chicken broth, thickened with some arrowroot.  Amazingly delicious and decadent, but not really all that decadent.  My first experience thickening with arrowroot.  I didn't know it wouldn't keep.  But the reheated thinner sauce still tastes delicious.
    Another success was very simple.  I coated a giant boneless, skinless chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkled it with lemon pepper (I have a compliant one) and salt.  Then put it in a small au gratin dish, covered it with foil and baked it.  So simple, but the chicken was amazing, moist and flavorful.  I ate most of it sliced and cold, though heated the last bit in the juices with a half a leftover baked potato, and that was good as well.  Made lots of steamed veggies.  Steamed some organic brussel sprouts (which are insanely expensive and I usually won’t buy them, but they have them in the farmer’s box I signed up for) and tossed them with ghee, salt and pepper, and they were delicious, not overcooked.  And some green beans.  Also made some yummy kale salad with avocado mashed into it with my bare hands.  Have gotten my baked fritatta down, have figured out the perfect proportions to fill my large pyrex pie dish that fits in my toaster oven.  Finally tried mashed cauliflower.  O.M.G.  I could eat that day and night.
    And yes, some days I’ve wanted anything but this food I’m learning to so carefully prepare.  One day I wanted cookies really badly.  Realized it wasn’t the sugar but the crunch I wanted, and I ended up making some broccoli slaw from the bag you buy at Trader Joe’s—and the crunch of that seemed to really help.  Along with the bit of sweetness from the dried cranberries.  Happily the ones in bulk I buy are compliant, sweetened with apple juice.
    Curious what I’m going to do when this is over.  I’m wondering if I shouldn’t keep going for another month.  I feel all the things we’re avoiding are not compatible with me, and overall the strictness is starting to make a difference.