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    Bellad got a reaction from No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Felt really crappy this morning.  Discouraging.  Queasy and tired.  Slept later than what was reasonable on a teaching day.  Got up a lot last night to pee, way more than usual and was very thirsty, which happens when I'm glutened, but there's no way that happened.  I wonder if the sausage disagreed with me.  Even the Aidell's sausage I stopped eating quite a while back; their extreme saltiness felt not good for me.  I don't know why all these packaged sausages are so salty.  There's a hipster German restaurant I sometimes go to, and their homemade chicken sausages aren't salty at all.  No idea if they're compliant; if I found myself eating there this month I'd ask.  I threw the other 3 sausages away and tried to get myself to eat as much as I could before I left for work, which wasn't much.  All I wanted was some oatmeal and tea and to crawl back in bed.  Made some tea with a couple pinches of dried ginger in it, which helped.  Still feeling exhausted, and I should be doing some food prep work for the next couple of days, but the thought of it makes me weepy.
    On a happier note, the Kalua Pork turned out well.  I did some googling and found that in America, a pork butt *is* pork shoulder.  ?????  There was a big lump of fat on one side of it, I cut off, and everything ended up moist and not too greasy.  Other than chicken bone broth (why I bought the slow cooker) this has been the most successful thing I've made in it.  My slow cooker and I are not having a love affair.  I made 3 other vats of food in it this summer that I threw out most of.  I froze half the pork, and when I got home this evening I made a quick hash of onion, left over baked sweet potato coins, and two fistfulls of pork.  Made enough for 2 meals, so the basis of one meal is ready for tomorrow.  Want to eat some veggies too, but I decided to do my dinner in stages.
    I have this ongoing intestinal thing that can make me sick.  I guess I was hoping for a miracle cure in 10 days, no matter how unreasonable that is.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad got a reaction from No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Felt really crappy this morning.  Discouraging.  Queasy and tired.  Slept later than what was reasonable on a teaching day.  Got up a lot last night to pee, way more than usual and was very thirsty, which happens when I'm glutened, but there's no way that happened.  I wonder if the sausage disagreed with me.  Even the Aidell's sausage I stopped eating quite a while back; their extreme saltiness felt not good for me.  I don't know why all these packaged sausages are so salty.  There's a hipster German restaurant I sometimes go to, and their homemade chicken sausages aren't salty at all.  No idea if they're compliant; if I found myself eating there this month I'd ask.  I threw the other 3 sausages away and tried to get myself to eat as much as I could before I left for work, which wasn't much.  All I wanted was some oatmeal and tea and to crawl back in bed.  Made some tea with a couple pinches of dried ginger in it, which helped.  Still feeling exhausted, and I should be doing some food prep work for the next couple of days, but the thought of it makes me weepy.
    On a happier note, the Kalua Pork turned out well.  I did some googling and found that in America, a pork butt *is* pork shoulder.  ?????  There was a big lump of fat on one side of it, I cut off, and everything ended up moist and not too greasy.  Other than chicken bone broth (why I bought the slow cooker) this has been the most successful thing I've made in it.  My slow cooker and I are not having a love affair.  I made 3 other vats of food in it this summer that I threw out most of.  I froze half the pork, and when I got home this evening I made a quick hash of onion, left over baked sweet potato coins, and two fistfulls of pork.  Made enough for 2 meals, so the basis of one meal is ready for tomorrow.  Want to eat some veggies too, but I decided to do my dinner in stages.
    I have this ongoing intestinal thing that can make me sick.  I guess I was hoping for a miracle cure in 10 days, no matter how unreasonable that is.
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    Bellad reacted to JTCarlson in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    So, the weekend was tough. Department party at my house, lots of alcohol and non-compliant goodies, and because I am 100% on top of my game I had prepped ZERO food for myself. Good times. I ate a lot of chicken and celery sticks, drank a lot of La Croix, and tried not to hate my co-workers too much. Next day, gathering at a friend's house who is going through a divorce, again lots of wine and off-limits treats. Drank a lot of iced tea, at a lot of celery sticks. BUT, having got through both days without chucking in the towel I feel very proud and know I am on the right path.
    Hope you are all feeling good and ready for another great week!
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    Bellad reacted to Riya in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Quiet day today.  Made it through day 9 without too much trouble, beyond my lack of planning.  I have noticed the pants I wore today actually fit a little more comfortably.  They've been getting a wee (read: way) bit tight.  Right now I'm not feeling like I'm being squeezed to death.  Yay!  Don't really think it's weight loss, probably more reduction in bloating.  Which is a very good thing
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    Bellad reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm having much the same experience of mental preparation since this isn't my first.  But how well I remember that feeling of almost panicking before I started. Then the relief as each day of success passed. I felt very engaged in the countdown - 30 days seemed so out of reach.  I felt like a tourist in the grocery store as I studied everything!  All I thought about was food- what to have, how to cook it, how much to have - and then start over again the next day. Never mind that I seemed to cook, clean up and then do it again and again. I think once I figured out how to simplify, the time management issue got better. And once I wrapped my mind around that this is only 30 days as opposed to that sense of some kind of marathon where I had to drag myself across the finish line - well, perspective was everything. 
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I second the spiralizer.  I have the one with 3 blades.  There's a newer one with 4 blades, but the one with 3 blades gets better reviews.  And it's cheaper.  I only use mine for zucchini noodles and I think it's worth having just for that.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I second the spiralizer.  I have the one with 3 blades.  There's a newer one with 4 blades, but the one with 3 blades gets better reviews.  And it's cheaper.  I only use mine for zucchini noodles and I think it's worth having just for that.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MalinHillevi in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Been working on having more food available.  And eating more food more consistently.  But this evening, even though I had a late lunch that filled me, I found my blood sugar plummeting around 7:00 while I was out running errands.  Came home, left the car parked out front, even though it's street cleaning night and cannot be left there without getting a ticket.  Ate a deviled egg and due to the sausage discussion here, I'd bought a pack of compliant chicken sausages at Whole Foods.  So I sliced one up and chopped up half a potato I baked earlier today and threw it all in a skillet with some melted coconut oil and seasoned lightly, then ate it with a big serving of kale salad from the refrigerator.  It was kind of miraculous it came together so quickly.  At Whole Foods I asked for a Boston butt roast, tentatively, as it's only been a little more than a year since I quit being a vegetarian, and cooking meat still is complex for me, and the guy said, "Pork shoulder," and that's what they gave me.  Now I see from this forum, that's the wrong roast.  It did look fatty.  Guess I'll cut off as much of the fat as I can, and follow through on my feeling I should be using a better butcher than Whole Foods.
    I had a positive experience today re: this change in diet, one that was totally unexpected.  My knees hurt when I go down stairs, nothing that would keep me from doing it, but noticeable.  So when I was walking down the stairs at Whole Foods to go to the parking garage, I realized I was practically skipping down them.  No pain.  Amazing, right?
    Guess I should go try to move the car.  Best to all of you.
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    Bellad reacted to Seafarer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I arrived home - late - following a dratted meeting and what do I find in my Inbox?
    "You have been selected... "  (Yes, yes.... "selected" is good)
    "because you are a trusted... "  (uh-huh, yes, I'm trusted. Tha's good...)
    "to test a new product by... "  (Okay. I'm select, trusted, can test.... what? what?)
    "a brand new electronic bathroom scale!"  (Sounds of deflating balloon heard around the world...)
     
    Best Day 8 laugh ever! I wrote them back.... "I broke up with my bathroom scale & have no plans for starting a relationship with another one." Kinda wish I could watch them reading that reply. I picture heads cocked to one side & elbows nudging neighbouring rib cages, while they all agree "not sure what she means, but yup, she's crazy".  
    That's probably the end of my short-lived career as a product-tester, huh?
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad reacted to MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 7 #Septemberwhole30.
    Thing are going very well.  Yesterday I was a little tired.  I am loving the daily 30 email. It keeps me motivated.  My boyfriend is very supportive and made a pork loin in the crockpot for me last week.  I've also enjoyed the awesome green beans from the farmers market.  I have 3 pounds of them in the frig and I'm going to try canning with a pressure cooker for the first time.  We have also canned tomatoes this week.  I feel like this is such a great time of year for doing W30 in my region because of all the awsome fresh veggies from the local farmers market.  Oh and also the delicious Michigan peaches and honeycrisp apples.  
     
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    Bellad reacted to RubytheSugarDragonSlayer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    @Bellad - fritattas may become one of your new best friends - we make them almost every Sunday - just chop and saute or use leftover meats and veggies from the week (heated up), toss them in a greased, oven safe pan, add egg mixture, and bake at 400 until done. Time depends on size - we found individual size cast iron skillets in a junk store which work perfectly - that way we can each have the flavors we want. He likes a lot of peppers and they give me indigestion. Bigger pan, more eggs, more time...and easier foods for a few more meals.
     
     
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad got a reaction from MaryB613 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I found myself downtown yesterday later than I'd planned and very hungry.  The only thing I could think of eating was my glutenfree emergency meal which is salad and a hamburger patty.  I've been having so many food reactions lately, I often get that even when eating at a nicer restaurant. But there's a local burger chain with good quality food.  Usually what I do is get a salad with a burger patty and avocado.  Their dressing isn't so good, so I order the 3 flavored mayonnaises they offer with French fries, and use that as a dressing instead.  But god knows what kind of oil they use in that.  I remembered there's a City Target nearby, so went there and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil—they had California Olive Ranch, which isn't bad.  So I ordered by salad and grabbed extra lemon wedges that are put out for iced tea, some salt and pepper and found a table that was out of the way and pulled out my bottle of olive oil and dressed my salad.  Plan to get some tiny Nalgene bottles from the Container Store and carry around some oil and vinegar for future emergencies.  The California Olive Ranch oil, I noticed had little flavor.  When I make my homemade mayo (with the stick blender, what a gamechanger) I buy Mission olive oil because it has a mild flavor (they sell it in bulk at the food coop) and mix it 50/50 with avocado oil.  Anyway, I made some mayo with the stuff I bought at Target blended with avocado oil, and it was good.
    Glad to see a frittata recipe here, as I'm planning to make one this week.  Made one about a month ago, a small one that lasted 4 days, and it was a success, but I don't know why this intimidates me, but I'm planning to move forward with it.  I find myself wanting to skip meals because it's so much work to fix something.  I'm planning to make the Whole30 cookbook salmon patties.  Made them before and yum.  And some turkey meatballs.  I love turkey meatballs.  And kale salad.  And maybe roast the giant chicken breast I have in my freezer.  I ordered a farm box for the next 4 weeks—a trial subscription.  They have those amazing $$$ chickens, the kind raised in pastures with barcaloungers, and they sell chicken backs for pretty cheap, so ordered some of them to make bone stock with.  Want to make a big pot of some stew-type thing, but can't decide what.  It's weird thinking about food so much.  I feel complainy a bit, but I haven't been tempted to stray.
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    Bellad reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hot here and potato salad has been calling my name. My recipe calls for a cup of mayo. Alas, I had only 2/3c.  Whipped out my recipe, ingredients and immersion blender and whipped up a jar of mayo. 
    I made my first batch July 2015 during my first W30 and have been making it every 10 -14 days ever since. I use Mel Joulwan's recipe www.meljoulwan.com.  I use only a cup of the olive oil and a little less of the 2 TBSP lemon just because I like it better. I did all the things recommended: everything room temperature, drizzle the oil. I lived in fear of all the "fails" I read of. 
    Now I just dump all the ingredients together right out of the fridge, stick my immersion blender in and whirl it away, lifting the blender as it emulsifies.  I've not had a fail yet.  
    But I confess each time a hold my breath as the magic of the mayo happens.  Be brave and try it!
     
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    Bellad reacted to Seafarer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Doing well here, I am happy to say. Spending most of my time outdoors & in the garden... harvesting & preserving. Even my dog is tired at the end of the day.  I think one of the reasons W30 works so well for me, at times like this when I am really, really busy, is that it takes away that "what should I have?" aspect of meals. When I am not on W30 I can stand in front of the fridge & dream up all kinds of things to eat, and the only virtue there is that most of what I can dream up is *fast*. When I am on W30, I always cook in volume, so when it comes time for a meal, I just pick & choose from what's already in my fridge.  And when something unexpected happens & I might have to be away from home over a meal time, I grab a lunch bag, ice pack, and leftovers. Fortunately, I generally like most foods cold. Why don't I do this all the time???? One reason... my husband dislikes leftovers & has a strong preference for meals that are freshly cooked each & every meal. Hmmm.... a challenge to figure out, for sure, when he gets home from his current work stint in a month or two.
    RECIPES & BREAKFAST: For those who asked re favourite recipes, and for those who find that cooking breakfast is a challenge.....for me, both those questions can be answered with "leftovers"! One great leftover that I particularly like is a frittata, which has endless possibilities so it's worth finding a version that you like. The first one I made incorporated greens, and it was almost the end of my love affair with frittata. My fav version... crumble & brown about a pound of ground park in a large frying pan, add salt, sage, garlic powder, cayenne chili pepper (aka sausage seasonings, and sorry, no, I don't measure. Try 1 tsp of each & adjust after tasting). Stir in chopped onion, zucchini, & broccoli until all vegs are slightly cooked (I usually end up with a 3 to 1 veg to meat ratio). Dump it all into a large oven-proof dish that has been greased with coconut oil. Pour beaten eggs over top (8-10 should do it). Bake in 375F oven & cook 50 minutes. Slice into wedges & store the wedges in a covered container. Can be re-heated in the microwave or eaten cold as finger food. Would probably be good with salsa on it too.
    Here's to us, and the gift of a health-filled day!
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    Bellad reacted to RubytheSugarDragonSlayer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Here is a breakfast idea for those of us who hate mornings and would rather catch a few more ZZZZZ's than cook.
    Cupcake tin  eggs prosciutto or bacon Favorite veggies - peppers, scallions, asparagus, mushrooms, whatever salt, pepper, herbs - fresh or dried - you pick, you know what flavors you like. set oven to 350 lightly grease the cupcake tin line each hole in the cupcake tin with the meat crack an egg to each - or you can mix them scramble style add veggies and seasonings Bake 12-15 minutes. Done. Now you have breakfast for the whole week, you can pop 2 of them in a sandwich bag and eat them on the go!
    Made these for a camping weekend during my first W30, everyone loved them, and because they are so easy, my daughter makes them all the time now. Oh yeah - I didn't tell everyone they were eating W30 compliant food - they just raved about how good everything I brought was. I finally copped to it at the end of the trip, it got a few of them thinking about doing it too.
    BTW - I can't figure out how to update my profile pic - seems like my last one vaporized, I've scoured the edit profile tab, I must be blind! Please help!