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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    I strayed from the program last week. I'm doing my best to get back on the bike. I've completed three W30s, so I should know how to ride my own bike and work towards Food Freedom, so that is what I'm doing now. Best wishes to all
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    Bubble and squeak, @Pipi is a charming name, and I think I will adopt it. Hopefully you got some rest after your marathon cooking! You mentioned you have months to go, are you doing a longer W30? I'm almost half way through a W60, my finish date will be June 6. I recall you mentioned AIP, and also I think you had mapped out a months long re-intro period, is that right? That's so wise...I have been somewhat scientific with my re-intros before, but I always feel I could do better. 
    Thanks for checking in! That's sad about kiwi...I feel sad that I have had to eliminate coffee, even decaf, as I cannot tolerate. I can once in a while get away with a cup, but today.I got the problem response again, so I will eliminate it...again = (
    I had lots of ground bison on hand, so I made us bison burgers for breakfast today, and I ate mine with sliced avocado and red onion, and a pile of steamed broccoli and mayo and dijon. It was delicious, so i also made a batch of Mel Joulwan's Lebanese burgers for later today or tomorrow. I also have Thai carrot soup in the fridge, and leftover chicken apple sausage patties, and tons of salad greens. I'll cook up some roast Brussels sprouts and yams, and that should hold me until I can shop again in a few days. 
    Cheers, and happy new week to all!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    @Elizabeth33 thanks for the check in - it's quiet here, but hopefully everyone is rocking it! I'm hanging in there - it's been a demanding time at work, and yesterday I under ate, but today I'll do better. I've snacked on Rx bars only a couple of times, and I'm feeling slimmer. More notably, no allergy symptoms - win!
    Onward!
    @Pipi, @megbeveridge how are you ladies doing?
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    Looks yummy! Is that a plate of sliced pears with mint? Very nice. Your dishes are very pretty, too.
    I thought of your sausage patties today when i made one of my favorites. I amended it from a recipe I saw somewhere, and it's so easy, and so simple:
    2 lbs. ground chicken (you can use pork)
    1 grated apple
    2 tsp salt.
    1-2 Tbsp cinnamon, to taste
    (I've added cardamom to this blend, too)
    Mix thoroughly, and shape into sliders, and bake in a 350-375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until it reaches 165 degrees with an insta-read thermometer.
    (I've tried to pan sautee these, but the sugar in the apple makes it get kind of burned, so baking is best, I find)
    Today I used 3 lbs of ground chicken thighs (I special order this from the good meat market in town) and two apples. I now have lots of food on hand! I also went food shopping so I have plenty of greens, French green beans and broccoli, as well as a fresh batch of mayo. I'm in good shape!
    Hope everyone else is doing well!
     
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    One day at a time @Elizabeth33, that's the way to do it. How was your casserole? Today was good....I am enjoying leftover hash made with ground turkey, Lebanese 7-spice blend, with parsnips, onion, mushroom and kale, and I love to eat it with steamed baby green beans, a little yams, and a dollop of homemade mayo. Heaven. I'm going to try to remember to make it without onion next time, @Elizabeth33 and if it is still tasty I'll let you know. Your presence here makes me realize that I take for granged how much garlic and onion I rely on, and makes me wonder what it would taste like without. Tonight we ate out, and my safe meal at this place is grilled chicken over green salad with avocados and olives, and oil and vinegar for dressing. At home I love to use walnut oil for dressing - it's a tad pricey, but I find it worth it in spades - so yummy, and if I haven't had enough fat on my plate, I eat a spoonful of it, and it's pure manna.
    I've been doing 20 minutes or so of yoga every day, and often a quick walk. My self respect has a boost and my energy is good. Most nights I'm sleeping well. Onward! Hope everyone is doing great!
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    LadyLisbette reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    So I got some veggie prep done today. I made steamed asparagus, baked sliced mushrooms, delicata squash, coconut aminos baked bak choy, and a veggie casserole. The casserole was a risk because when I planned it I was going to use this tomato substitute which I found out I can not do. So I made it with chicken stock. I am hoping it is good. I will let you know. 
    I have done my day 0 on the Day by Day and redid my if/thens and updated my goals which are pretty much the same as day 1 on April 1st. I am excited that I am restarting and not waiting a month or 2 before getting back on it. I hope everyones day went great. 
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    @Elizabeth33 This sounds really smart, and well considered. Congrats on your decision. I sympathize with you, having the hard-to-avoid extra things that aggravate your gut. We have in common a sensitivity to coffee - I have finally let it go completely for the last few months, after years of being on again-off again. I cannot tolerate even decaf. I don't know why, I just know that my stomach will not tolerate. Gut health is everything, so I admire the way you are organizing your thoughts around it. You sound like a woman with a plan....You can do this!
    @Pipi Can you eat/do you like fatty fish like salmon? I noticed that wasn't part of your discussion in the last post. Where I live wild salmon is a tad pricey but I can make a fillet last for several meals - hot out of the oven, then leftover. The canned salmon and also canned mackerel, yum, are undetermined re wild or farmed, but they are affordable, and they both make delicious fish cakes, which I enjoy hot or cold in salads, and they freeze well. Also, yay for flower seedlings!
    I've had several very active days- lots of deep cleaning at home and work. My back felt drained when I went to bed last night, so I am being careful to get lots of stretching, which is my favorite, anyway, when I make time. So I'm making time!
     
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    LadyLisbette reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    I hope all are doing well. I have made a big decision and taken a lot of thought on this. I have decided to restart and today is my day 0. I have been eating things that are “compliant “ but are known to cause digestive issues for me. My excuse was just get through a “compliant” one and continue the next one taking out the other things you need. Just get through 1 successfully and continue as a gradient to get rid of things until I am completely leaky gut/aip with out the high lectins foods. But I should not be doing things that I know cause my stomach to possibly get upset like store bought sausages with garlic and onions or the teriyaki coconut aminos even though I seem to do ok. And the big one if coffee which always upsets my stomach. I am sensitive to garlic, onions, most peppers, tomatoes and citrus. 
    So this is what I am doing this round: I am excluding garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes, citrus and coffee in addition to the regular excluded items outlined in the Whole30. I have removed some of the supplements that I’ve chosen to use that I have discovered have items that are not compliant. I am going to continue to take the ones that are prescribed by my chiropractor and MD. When it is time to continue into round 2 I will continue to eliminate things and will deal with that choice list at that time. Everyday I will go through Day by Day book and post what I eat. My goal is to get down to 3 meals a day and only snack when it is absolutely necessary. No more munchies compliant items especially nuts after dinner. Focus on not feeding the sugar dragon with compliant foods but using protein and fat if needed without high carb foods but not with nuts. Only 1 serving of nuts per day and I must use other sources for fat.
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    @Elizabeth33 yes, of course, make yourself at home here! So glad you're doing well - that's funny about the coffee. I'm planning to take your advice and enjoy luxurious baths on this round - since we moved into the new place, I've been waiting on a repair that needs to be made to our tub, and that is happening today - yay! A hot bath tonight.
    Congrats, @HopingtoHeal on your husband's new job, and on NOT having any regrets for celebrating. That's the way to do it, making a decision you can live with, and loving yourself as you would your dearest friend. Will you start again soon, or take your time?
    I've been sleeping well, and the energy level is good. I did snack yesterday on an Rx bar, which had become an almost daily habit, so I'm watching out for that. Another habit I acquired along the way, even during my last W30 in December, was eating only two meals. I've been eating three meals a day, and waking up feeling hungry, but not as hungry, which feels better.
    One of my goals this round is to do anything and everything that supports good sleep. No kombucha after 11 am (I can't tolerate coffee or black tea), tapering down the water intake after 5 pm and drinking a small amount of water at dinner or herbal tea, and plenty of movement. In previous rounds I experienced Tiger Blood, but often the famous deep sleep eluded me. So I'm taking this good sleep in the early days of this round as an early NSV. Yay!
    Later on I'll cook up a giant batch of hash: 3 lbs. ground turkey seasoned with Lebanese 7-spice blend from Well Fed (Mel Joulwan is my fairy godmother) and a sautee of onion, mushroom, parnsip, and maybe stir in some coconut milk. I also have a Thai carrot soup on the agenda one day soon.
    Happy Friday, all!
     
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    LadyLisbette reacted to Suzanne-SATx in Starting April 1   
    Thanks, @ShannonM816  - based on the answers in your link, I'm staying the course with #4, and not starting over because 1) it was not a conscious choice and I did ask the right questions - twice - , and 2) when I found out there was added sugar (I was about 1/3 of the way through my portion) I didn't choose to eat anymore and fixed a compliant dinner for myself.
    Starting over felt unjust, like a punishment for something I didn't do, and that made me angry. I don't want my journey to be a punishment for being over-indulgent in the bounty we are surrounded by daily. There are enough issues for me to work through that I'll probably extend this program anyway, but "starting over" for this? Just no. I will not surrender my progress so easily. This decision needs to stay in a positive stance for it to work for me. I can wait to measure results on the scale and tape measure. I can work on refocusing my attention to how my clothes fit, my sleep quality, my energy/pain levels and even my happiness quotient. I can not look at this additional week as a punishment, and expect a positive influence on my lifestyle moving forward. It's an attitude thing. My choice, my victory.
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 1   
    Hope no one minds I'm popping in from the April 7 [email protected] it's awesome that you are taking on your W30 in the midst of the busy tax season! I'm impressed - you got this! What's on your menu for tomorrow? What have you done in the past when food boredom sets in? Any relatively-easy-to-make favorites? FWIW, I hope you get to experience your allergies disappearing as a NSV!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    @Pipi did you mean hyper cholesterol? I wonder if W30 ways of eating will help regulate your cholesterol - that will be wonderful if so, yes? It must be frustrating to eat so much good food and not feel satiated. I sympathize with you! Have you read It Starts With Food?
    @HopingtoHeal and @Pipi I hope you're both feeling better soon, and bring on the Tiger Blood! We should all get Tiger Blood so that we can keep up with ourselves in the kitchen, right? @HopingtoHeal has the pain subsided? The idea of your pain made me want to reach for my hot water bottle for that heat, and that weight, does that work for you with menstrual pain? It can be so comforting.
    I'm encouraged by the state of my well-stocked refrigerator right now - I have plenty of de-boned chicken on hand, a fresh batch of homemade mayo, and loads of vegetables. I've learned to not let the vegetables run out, EVER! I'm planning to make a Thai curry carrot soup, some Asian-ish chicken thighs, and if the need for comfort food strikes, bangers (to your point @Elizabeth33!!!) with sweet potato mash and caramelized onions. Someone's remark on this forum reminded me that I have silicon baking cups that I hardly ever use, so I will try making a big batch of quiche-like cups filled with spinach and whatever protein I have on hand for breakfasts or emergencies. Things are looking good, and it's just day 4. Yahoo!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    @Pipi did you mean hyper cholesterol? I wonder if W30 ways of eating will help regulate your cholesterol - that will be wonderful if so, yes? It must be frustrating to eat so much good food and not feel satiated. I sympathize with you! Have you read It Starts With Food?
    @HopingtoHeal and @Pipi I hope you're both feeling better soon, and bring on the Tiger Blood! We should all get Tiger Blood so that we can keep up with ourselves in the kitchen, right? @HopingtoHeal has the pain subsided? The idea of your pain made me want to reach for my hot water bottle for that heat, and that weight, does that work for you with menstrual pain? It can be so comforting.
    I'm encouraged by the state of my well-stocked refrigerator right now - I have plenty of de-boned chicken on hand, a fresh batch of homemade mayo, and loads of vegetables. I've learned to not let the vegetables run out, EVER! I'm planning to make a Thai curry carrot soup, some Asian-ish chicken thighs, and if the need for comfort food strikes, bangers (to your point @Elizabeth33!!!) with sweet potato mash and caramelized onions. Someone's remark on this forum reminded me that I have silicon baking cups that I hardly ever use, so I will try making a big batch of quiche-like cups filled with spinach and whatever protein I have on hand for breakfasts or emergencies. Things are looking good, and it's just day 4. Yahoo!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    Day 2 and holding steady. For lunch I ad libbed a tasty big bowl of sauteed zucchini spirals, leftover salmon, and threw in a little tomato soup that I had just made, and strange as it sounds, it was delicious. For dinner I tried a new recipe that my husband and I both liked a lot:  http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/ It will make nice leftovers for lunch tomorrow, and then I have ground chicken thawing to make meatballs to go into the tomato soup. @HopingtoHeal sausage patties are one of my favorite things, what is your recipe?
    I had great energy today, and was very active, working in the yard for hours. The week is off to a good start.
    @megbeveridge during my first W30 I also became a bit gaggy about eggs. I'm not sure what happened, but I think I got used to eating other dinner-type things in the morning. Now I rarely eat eggs in the morning unless it's a pre or post w/o snack: a bowl of scrambled eggs with special spice blends that I learned from Well Fed, and often a splash of coconut aminos. I think variety is definitely the spice of life. 
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from megbeveridge in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    Hi everyone, I thought about starting on April 1, changed my mind, and now have changed it again - I need to make a commitment. I've done this three times, including the last two Decembers in a row. I'm trying to take the long view, and instead of being discouraged that I'm not sailing along effortlessly in a state of Food Freedom (hello cravings and sugar dragon), enjoy the "begin again" mode. I know that this program is healthful and life affirming, and I always benefit from it. 
    I'm doing this to keep inflammation down (joint pain), for preventative brain health (family history), and to be the most functional that I can be. 
    My commitment is 60 days. That will bring me to June 6, and give me a few weeks for re-intros before some out-of-state travel. 
    We recently moved, and I am working on creating a healthy new routine that includes consistent daily movement. I haven't journaled my W30 experience since my first round two years ago, so I'm doing that again, too.
    Happy trails to all!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from megbeveridge in Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"   
    Hi everyone, I thought about starting on April 1, changed my mind, and now have changed it again - I need to make a commitment. I've done this three times, including the last two Decembers in a row. I'm trying to take the long view, and instead of being discouraged that I'm not sailing along effortlessly in a state of Food Freedom (hello cravings and sugar dragon), enjoy the "begin again" mode. I know that this program is healthful and life affirming, and I always benefit from it. 
    I'm doing this to keep inflammation down (joint pain), for preventative brain health (family history), and to be the most functional that I can be. 
    My commitment is 60 days. That will bring me to June 6, and give me a few weeks for re-intros before some out-of-state travel. 
    We recently moved, and I am working on creating a healthy new routine that includes consistent daily movement. I haven't journaled my W30 experience since my first round two years ago, so I'm doing that again, too.
    Happy trails to all!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 1   
    I'm thinking about starting a W30 or a W60 on April 1, too. I had a great December W30, but I'm still working on Food Freedom, and I find that the accountability and support here helps me get back on track.
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 1   
    I'm thinking about starting a W30 or a W60 on April 1, too. I had a great December W30, but I'm still working on Food Freedom, and I find that the accountability and support here helps me get back on track.
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    Hi Holly! Much better today. I hope you, too, are feeling renewed from a yucky spell. I like Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the Jungian psychologist and author. She writes about life/death/life cycles, and that really speaks to me. I hope you're back in a Life renewal now....It is a new week, and we are turning a new page, so to speak. Hello, belly of January.
    I regret that I can't find the original recipe I used online for the shea butter face cream, darn! It might be bookmarked in the old laptop. It was 5 (or 7?) parts shea butter, one part olive oil in a double boiler, melted very gently. (I love olive oil but I have also used fractionated coconut oil, as I mentioned before.) Let it cool, then stir in the EOs. For mature skin, it was recommended to use carrot seed and fennel seed EO which I bought, but didn't care for. So since then I've been adlibbing. I stopped measuring and started winging it with ratios, and have come to want to make it less oily, so next time (which will be soon) I will add, after the cooling, some cold-pressed aloe vera gel. I learned that when I didn't wait for it to cool enough, it came out a little bit grainy. Next time I will set the timer for 30 minutes and make myself wait. What EOs are you dreaming of for your lotion?
    I'm excited to try your recipes for laundry and dishwasher soaps. I've just saved and printed them - thanks so much! As for citric acid, I've been looking for some in order to make bath bombs. Someone recently gave me a dreamy looking purple and blue bathbomb, and I really liked the texture in the water, but felt grossed out by purple bath water. Hot baths are part of my extra (but not extra, essential!!) self care lately. How could I forget how much I love a luxurious bath. And, the new place has a beautiful porcelain bathtub (stand alone clawfoot) that I can't wait to enjoy. I bought some classic pectin at the grocery, which has citric acid, but also dextrose and of course the pectin, but I see that I can get pure citric acid at Vitacost, and I am due to get coconut aminos, too and the aloe vera gel, so that will be this week. Is that where you get your citric acid? I don't see any harm in trying the grocery pectin as an experiment, and then I will have a comparison!
    I love it that your PT spoke honestly about your shoulder as an injury, that is so awesome. One time I mentioned to my teacher than an older friend, who I visited during her dialysis treatments, had kidneys that were "shot". She corrected me that her kidneys were not shot, they were tired. Such a difference, I am grateful for these lessons. Must resist the temptation to degrade the body and self with such harshness. I'm still learning, and should watch it with my self talk.
    Yesterday I made a big pot of chicken curry, but just winging it, not really using a recipe, and used what I had on hand for veg: broccoli, bell peppers, celery, carrots. I used both the Thai red chili paste I had on hand, but just a little as hubs doesn't like it too hot, and then also garam masala. It was pretty good, but a little soupy. I flt a little fearful of the coconut milk, so I thinned it out with chicken broth, and before the veg cooked down, it seemed like it needed more liquid, so I got a little happy with the broth... after it cooled, I separated some of the broth for the freezer for next time. I also made the curry burgers, and that was delicious. At the moment I have a tray of brussels and yams in the oven roasting, so I'm set for several days. This is the new normal! I can't do it all in one day...
    Have a sweet day!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    We closed. It's ours. We have keys. We ate dinner there tonight, and are plotting our move schedule. Yay!
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    @Elizabeth33 I'm writing my reply to you in our reintro thread, I hope you don't mind! ... It's a long and winding road, isn't it? Every time we devote ourselves to W30 ways, whether we are on program, or riding our own bikes, crashing into the weeds, or hanging in there during an illness or stressful time, we learn more about ourselves, and about what works for us, and what doesn't, at that time. Not eating optimally has caused me fatigue in the past, too (as in, just yesterday)....it might sound cliche, but one day at a time. An off day doesn't have to be an off week. You can do this, we are here for you!
    @kirbz thank you for the kind words, and I want to hold up a mirror to you, and thank you, too! As for mishaps, I had one yesterday. Yesterday was oh-so rough - WHEW - but I got through it and learned what NOT to do....dI had a long day Friday, which included a great food shopping trip, and I will share some of my finds, too. But, on Saturday morning I was just so tired, and like a teenager, I did not want to get up out of bed. This is not like me. So instead of eating breakfast (see where this is going?) I figured I could pack my meal and multi-task eating and working, since it would probably be slow, and anyway, I didn't give myself any other choice. It was slamming busy. By the time I ate a meal, it had been (I did the math today) 19 hours since I had eaten. Jeez Louise. I experienced hangry and a deep down panic and frustration in my body until, waiting for our food at the restaurant, I actually felt sick. It took a long time for my belly's fullness signal to reach the brain. I used that moment, since my tummy has been okay, to reintro corn, and had the corn toritllas with the chicken fajitas.
    One serving of corn in a day is not a proper reintro, I know, but I did get results: some sinus congestion/mucus, and wind. Energy-wise, I was totally fried, emotionally depleted, and never perked up. = ( I had to start over today, and I feel better.
    I will wait awhile and do a proper reintro of corn or rice at each meal for a day. Looking ahead, I feel ready for it!
    @hollysmokes I was looking at the cheese on the beans that I didn't eat, and I am thinking that I'll do a separate reintro for cheese. I don't think cheese will take my into the ditch, but I am curious about how it makes me feel! I think you mentioned you were doing that, and I'm going to follow suit...it makes sense. I don't feel tempted to eat cheese, but one day I WILL, and I will need to know if it is worth it.
    Speaking of beans, I scored some yummy looking compliant red pepper hummus at Costco. Yippee! Something to go with the bag of snap peas. So that will be the next reintro, maybe in a few days.
    Holly, your mother's Moroccan chicken is very intriguing to me, and I would love the recipe if you are willing to share! There's something so special about a family recipe. Also, I am going to make MJ's better butter....glancing at the spices gives me that crazy, giddy feeling that I am going to love it, and must have.
    About dates and raisins, and pretty much any dried fruit, if I'm hungry and otherwise vulnerable to the dragon, is potentially a food without brakes. (this is also why I have to stay away from trail mix for now, although it might have a place in my food freedom moving forward) Dates are the king of the dried fruits for me, though. At this moment, my best self-knowledge is that if I occasionally use them in cooking while I am satisfied/not hungry, I will be okay. Ooh, sour cherries, sound so, so good ...and I swear, one day, I don't know when, I am going to try making kombucha! Maybe this will be the year...in the new place...
    I would love any links/tips you can share about tooth powder, laundry and dish soap, even the deodorant although that might further down the list for me. As for lotion making, I am ALL for it! In the 90s I used a recipe from a middle school teacher friend who did a lotion lab with her students, isn't that awesome? It involved using a glass blender, tea, coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax, and of course essential oils. I never got the emulsification quite right, and these days, I know there are way better DIY recipes out there, and lots of them. I'd love to know what you're up to. As for me, I have been making a face cream that I love with shea butter and olive oil (or fractionated coconut oil). I don't whip it, so it's more like a balm, and it is soothing and healing to any skin that is dry or irritated as well as feeling silky on my face. I've never used anything at any price point that I like more, my face has never been softer. In fact, I think you encouraged me on this subject last spring when I was about to run out of the one my friend sent from England, and I couldn't afford to buy it online! I've been making my own, and having so much fun with oil combinations. The latest is lemongrass and sage. Mmmm. When I'm willing to splurge on Absolute Rose I will make rose and frankincense. Aphrodite herself comes to mind with that one.
    So glad your hang bar is making a difference already! Also, thank you for the Lady Shanny quotation...that is, again, urging me to get outside and move, and remember that I am not just a part of nature, but I am nature...and I need to get out and move my body. Yesterday's crisis and this quotation and your hang bar all point in that direction! .... oh and back to an older post, yes, my brother makes pizza crust! Good memory! (a future reintro might be pizza with no cheese, an old idea of a health food) ... what has become of your broccoli?
    @kirbz I've been thinking about your paleo desserts.  FWIW, I think paleo desserts are a way more healthful alternative to the non-paleo fare. For me, paleo is the way to go. I am sure that Melissa Hartwig has said it much better than I am about to, but we can all explore the cultural inclination to project value based judgments on food (and then on ourselves, too) being bad/good, right/wrong. Going to the trouble of the structured elimination period and reintros, we can learn to look at it as, "what works for me vs. what doesn't work for me". I say this to encourage you not to set yourself up for seeing yourself as bad if you enjoy a paleo sweet treat and wobble off road more than you wanted to. That might not happen to you. But if it does, it doesn't mean that you are bad, you are the Mother Nature's Mighty Kirbz no matter what.
     
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    I've been off-line due to a 32-hour power outage...and, a bit further down the mountain range from @kirbz, it has been very, very, cold here, too!
    Hi everyone! Happy New Year!
    I love me a December W30! This time around I added plated fat in the form of delicious olives nearly every day, and that is something I want to continue. I'm now keeping back-up jars in the pantry. I learned a couple of new recipes, like roasting duck, a creamy mustard chicken, and breakfast eggroll bowls. Otherwise, I find that during W30 (this is my 3d) I tend to stay close to familiar favorites, that aren't time consuming like new recipes (at least for me) and then play with new recipes in between. So now I'll start looking for some new culinary adventures!
    Like Holly, I haven't stepped on a scale in a long time, and it seems I've let go of the number on the scale. At the end of 30 days, I know that inflammation is reduced from feeling slimmer, my clothes fitting better, not needing allergy meds (not since my first round April 2017), and feeling better in my joints, which is a real treasure, that last part. Like @Jim4884 my joints tell me immediately when I am too far astray from optimal ways.
    I enjoyed a sip of single malt scotch last night at midnight. Today i will review formal re-intros, and figure out the next steps. I'll have to also take another look at all the vitamins I stopped taking while W30ing, and make some decisions. Soy and dairy are present in some...also I'm having mixed feelings about fish oil re sustainability vs. the great health benefit of taking them. Meanwhile, I feel confident going into the new year, and so grateful for our supportive community here!
    Some things I am ready to let go of:
    chips (no exceptions)
    hard candy (no exceptions)
    More to come.
    Cheers, all!
     
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from ChristyJ in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    I did my 2nd W30 last December, and it was really empowering to get through the season in a state of high health! That was a first for me, a recovering cookie monster.
    I've had a good year, but still working on Food Freedom. Looking forward to reducing inflammation, and feeling better in my hips and feet (I'm thinking it's arthritis). 
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    LadyLisbette reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    I'm with your cat, @LadyLisbette! I love sour cream and could definitely face plant it I've had my goose cooked before but I've never actually cooked one- sorry I couldn't help it; apparently Tigerblood has a deleterious effect on my sense of humor- yep, feeling awesome today! My dad used to do a goose every couple of years and I ate his once and really liked it. Like your duck, they have less meat than you think they would have for a bird that size. It's all dark meat, which I love but I don't know if I could convince my husband who is the white meat eater around our house. He whines if I use a whole chicken in chicken salad because he knows there's dark meat in it so I don't know if I'd spring for the price of a goose.
    I'm with you on more veg, too! That's one of the things I've been working on this time. I just finished the last of my egg roll bowl with extra veg and 2 eggs, half of an avocado and a few blueberries. SO yum but I'm sad that it's gone and I'll have to cobble something together for tomorrow. I've been drinking more water, too and that feels good (except around 2 AM).
    Tostones are definitely a food with no brakes for me; thankfully I have to make a special trip to an international grocery to find them. I only buy 2 plantains at a time and only make them when there are others to share them. I peel the green plantains and cut them in 1-inch chunks. Heat up about a half inch of oil in a skillet, stand them on end and fry until light golden, flip them over until light golden brown on the other side then remove from the pan and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Stand them on end and squash them with a meat pounder (my method) or the heel of your hand (my grandmother's method) then put them back in the hot oil to finish cooking and get a little more golden. Pull them out, salt them and try to wait until they're cool enough not to burn your mouth.
    Speaking of food with no brakes, I just got some coconut butter (AKA coconut manna) and that may not be a good thing for me to keep in the house. That stuff is seriously delicious and I could easily sit down with the tub of it and a spoon. I need to set some limits on that- maybe as pre-workout only?
    As far as my mission creep goes, before we started this W30, I thought I was being pretty compliant but I realized that I was letting bad habits sneak their way back in. Thankfully you nudged me back before I reached catastrophic failure! My portion size was slowly increasing, afternoon wine and stopping at the neighborhood watering hole for craft beer was routine and non-compliant ingredients were, little by little, showing up more often: a little fried food here, a slice (or 2) of pizza there. It was all starting to add up because I wasn't paying close attention. Or I was just in denial (more likely). My husband generally does a terrible job of explaining to anyone what I'm doing during a W30 but he surprised me this time and told some friends that asked why I wasn't out for a beer with him that I wasn't drinking and was only eating really good proteins and vegetables. Even though that's a simplification of what we're doing, it shone some light on what I hadn't been doing. Ah hah! So, awareness is my first step in keeping it from happening again. I think I might need to set some W30-style rules for myself, too, so I'm pondering what that will look like.
    @kirbz that's a pretty significant weight loss! Congratulations on that and all of your NSV's as well. I know I've slimmed down but I haven't weighed myself since last March when I had to get weighed before zip-lining at Big Bend and I know I gained weight between then and this W30. I'm going to leave it at that and, like @MeadowLily says, "If the jeans fit, you must acquit!" and my clothes are fitting much better.
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    LadyLisbette got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi there @Elizabeth33 thank so much for those links! I read through both of the duck recipes, and I really love the simplicity, especially with the balsamic vinegar. It helps me to wrap my brain around he process of it, and the time it will take, and to find a comfort level, like with the fat rendering. I'll look forward to the third recipe when I get home from work later.
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    It seems awareness is the only game in town, to Meadowlily's point above. Yep.
    When I came home last night from a sort of hectic but productive day, I had, oh no, more tasks...aware of being a little task fatigued/annoyed, and wanting to get into the tub. I succeeded in avoiding devices, and made a beautiful bath with epsom salts and some essential oils, just right candle light. A long soak. Let myself unwind. The words unravel and unwind keep coming up, even my massage therapist remarked that working with me she was getting a sense of "unraveling" which I validated as where I'm at...but not unravel as in falling apart, unravel as in re-wiring the brain. Yes? Anyway, I also took some Hylands homeopathic Calms Forte, for the first time - has anyone ever used that? -  and at last enjoyed a welcome altum somnum. I think I will not wait for another solstice to enjoy the combo of no devices/hot bath at the very least!
    Just as you said @hollysmokes
    Yes!
    I enjoyed your story about climbing the fig tree...and I'm so sorry to know you got chased out of New Orleans by Katrina. II'm sure there is a novel in there, right? I will never forget the dread of the night before, and my mother crying as we braced ourselves from afar, and grieved and worried, for all of the suffering that was on the way. Man. So glad you landed on your feet.
    It will be a year to learn a lot about trees - looking forward to that among lots of related things!