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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Hello, All!
    Day 24 and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! The past week was a little discouraging as I wasn't noticing any substantial changes in my body. I know it's not a weight loss program, but a girl can dream   Anyway, the last couple of days has definitely brought on some more changes. I had some cellulite that I've noticed is visibly less, so of course, I'm thrilled about that.
    I've also been able to concentrate on those projects that have taken a back seat these past few weeks. I've spent so much time prepping, shopping and looking for new recipes, that I feel I've put everything else aside. It's all for a good reason, but ready to get back into my normal routine as these changes have started to become much easier.  Sitting here making a list of projects to begin this week. I like to repurpose furniture, and now I feel like I have the energy to tackle the bigger projects that have been sitting there for months.
    Also, I've moved here just a few months ago and still haven't found a primary doctor, so that's on the list this week.  Going to have an annual physical and blood work done. I'm very interested to see where my cholesterol numbers are. I was borderline high last year, so hopefully this clean eating has lowered all of that. I am a little concerned, since I'm eating much more meat, but we'll see.
    Hope everyone else has a great final week.  Stay strong W30ers!
     
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from LauraOC in Whole30 Ketchup Recipe   
    @LauraOC From my perspective as a Whole30 participant, the recipe in the book does use apple cider as a sweetener, so I had no issues with using dates to sweeten the ketchup when I made my own. To keep more in line with the Whole30 feel, I only used 2 dates to sweeten the ketchup rather than the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe I was following. I do remember that I used much less vinegar than the recipe in the book, but I think I added more at the end to come up with a flavor that I thought would be similar to the recipe in the book. I'm pretty happy with my ketchup; it is not overly sweet or vinegary, but has hints of both flavors and goes well with burgers and baked "fries".
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to SugarcubeOD in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Try souping up your mayo?  I like a version of the secret sauce Mel Joulwan has with her Egg Foo Young... mayo, sesame oil, a bit of ginger, a dash of coconut amino... or try making a pesto?  Or putting a heaping few spoons of sundried tomato in oil (costco has one that is olive oi) or avocado?  Sunshine sauce would be a good one too...
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to ShellyM in #SeptemberWhole30   
    @NoneOtherThanAmy my favorite sauce on almost anything is chimichurri
    Tonight on Day 22 I cooked Pork Braised in Coconut Water from Michele Tam's (Nomnom Paleo) new cookbook Ready or Not.  The prep wasn't very complicated, but it did take a few extra minutes to brown the pork chunks.  Then it just simmers on the stove for 90 minutes (she includes directions for cooking it in the crockpot or Instant Pot). It is very good!!!  My husband really enjoyed it.  The flavors are more subtle, especially compared to most of the sauces and marinades I've been cooking with lately (like chimichurri!).  There was a lot of broth left in the bottom off the pot, which I poured into a jar.  I'm thinking I can use it to make a serving or two of soup.  
    I also made my go-to kale salad which is raw kale, a vinaigrette dressing, some sliced dates and and some sliced almonds.  The trick to making the raw kale salad-worthy is to massage it!  Sprinkle a tablespoon each of olive oil and whatever kind of vinegar you are using on the kale, and massage it for a minute or two.  This really softens it and makes it much easier to eat raw.  
    Like @alw289 and @NoneOtherThanAmy I am working on the food part of the equation before ramping up my exercise.  The good news is my knee feels significantly better, so I can handle more activity. I also have more energy so I am hoping to get into a more productive routine that includes getting to the gym more regularly.  
    @Bookgrrl You are a warrior!  hope things get better very soon.
     
     
     
     
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Great ideas, thanks again SugarcubeOD! I did enjoy the ranch I made out of my mayo the other week and that seems like it would go better with my breakfast than mayo. Sundried tomatoes in oil and avocado would be good too! I keep thinking avocados are crazy expensive right now, but they're really only $0.25 more than they were when they were on sale during the summer. 
    Hope everyone else is getting on well! I had a weird day yesterday and only ate 2 meals. Then today I forgot to pack lunch, so of course I'm starving at noon and I've got to be here until 3 PM or so.  Last night I had my first food dream of this Whole30 and now I'm wondering if that's connected to not eating enough yesterday. In my dream I ran a race and then ate something like 5 bagels afterwards. Apparently I needed some extra carbs or something. LOL.  Hmm, I also didn't have any starchy carbs yesterday...maybe there is something to the dream being connected to reality. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    D'oh! Of course, you're right. I'd probably have to drink an entire carton for it to count as my fat for the meal. I'll skip it then, thanks! I actually love black coffee.  I was just getting sick of adding mayo to my breakfast veggie saute every morning.  I bought some coconut flakes a while back, maybe I'll have to see if I can figure out a breakfast hash that incorporates coconut...
    (No worries on the book...there's no rush!)
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Ugh! That sucks. Glad you've got a plan moving forward and I hope things get better. Let us know how things work out. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from Leighdarilek in #SeptemberWhole30   
    @nahannilove Welcome! I agree, I am surprised that there isn't more momentum here for the September Whole30. I guess most people who are active on Whole30 social media are getting their support there rather than here. And that's OK, of course.  I'm pretty excited to follow along with the mass Whole30 and see how everyone does. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Thanks! That's exactly what I was thinking. If I didn't like it in my coffee, what else could I use it for? I can always add more flavor to the soup, but as long as it would work as a creamy base I'd be happy.
    Edited to add: Nevermind... they're completely sold out right now. I suppose I could try a different flavor, but I was kind of looking forward to pumpkin spice. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Yay! So happy to see new people and more activity here! Congrats on the NSVs all and keep at it! Day 21 for me and I feel like I'm cruising along at this point!  
    Oh, but the dishes.  I don't have a dishwasher, and even when I did, I used to do a lot of my dishes by hand. So much time and effort and I'm just cooking for one over here!  I remember during my first Whole30 I found that doing dishes was a great way to distract from random after-dinner cravings. Now it's still work, but I feel like I've gotten into a good routine with dishes and as long as I'm not cooking every single day they're manageable.
    @alw289 I hear you on the only able to do one health goal at a time. My various crafting hobbies have taken a backseat while running and eating healthy food have taken over. I now sometimes marvel at how much free time I had before I started all this healthy stuff. Of course, I was always generally tired, so one of the reasons I was sitting around watching Netflix and crafting all evening was just because I didn't have the energy to do anything else. Now at least I have more options! 
    I'm curious if anyone here has tried Nutpods, specifically the new fall flavor, pumpkin spice? I haven't had creamer in my coffee in years, but I'm thinking that sounds like a good way to get my fat in at breakfast. That's the one meal I sometimes struggle with fat. I'm also wondering if it would make a good base for creamy soup, like a butternut squash soup if I don't like it in coffee.
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to ShellyM in #SeptemberWhole30   
    wow! @stacie66 so beautiful! OK, I will share a photo too.  I went to the farmers market this morning. 
     I already cooked the green beans, marinated them in a mustard vinaigrette and threw on some toasted sliced almonds. Made this last week and my husband asked me to make it again. Then i sliced some of the little plums and chopped some of the cilantro on my way to a fruity salsa. Covered the grill with marinated chicken breasts and a nice piece of wild tuna.  Whenever I grill, I always try to grill up a bunch of chicken for salads, etc. 
    We were supposed to go to Martha's Vineyard this weekend but the remnants of Hurricane Jose have canceled that trip.  In a way, I am relieved b/c I know it would have been very challenging to stay compliant.  So back in the kitchen! 
    I am also feeling very good.  I have "chronic crappy left knee" syndrome and my knee feels MUCH better.  Also sleeping better, which is the first thing I noticed after my first W30.  
    Let's keep the positive energy going! 
     

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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Thanks for this great recipe, @snowflower! I made it tonight and it was so good, I think I convinced my husband to do a W30 round with me in January
    All going smoothly for me on Day 20. I went for a walk this morning and my body actually felt "different"...like I was walking taller and moving easier.  Hard to explain, but it was a definite and noticeable improvement.
    Hope everyone else is doing well and hanging in there...we're in the home stretch!
     

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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Hang in there! I am finally starting to feel some positive changes now on day 19, so I just had to wait longer than I expected. 
    Some things that could be affecting your results: not eating enough (especially fat), snacking/grazing on compliant items, not salting your food, not drinking enough water, or perhaps you're sensitive to something you've been eating more of on the program (FODMAPS, nightshades, etc.). Feel free to list out a few days of your food intake, including portion sizes as they relate to the meal template and one of us or the mods can comment if we see something that may be affecting your results.
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Hi all! As I said in the post earlier, I feel like I'm finally starting to see some results from this Whole30. I'm feeling more confident, happy, and at peace. Possibly a bit more energy, but definitely not Energizer Bunny level energy. I had a good run last night...it was only 2 miles, but it's a challenging run for me. I developed the route when I could just barely run a mile, so I would constantly be checking my FitBit to see how far I had gone and as soon as it hit a mile, I'd pretty much be done running. As it turns out, the 2nd mile is pretty hilly, so even when I did develop the endurance to keep going past a mile, I'd end up walking on or after the hills (I often make myself run up the hills and will allow myself to walk down them). I think I just started developing a mental block about the 2nd half of that run, so I was happy to finally conquer that route!
    My NSVs so far are very different than the last time I did a Whole30. This time, I'm noticing more things like developing new coping mechanisms, learning new things about myself, etc. Although, I will admit that I think clothes are fitting even looser than before and I'm kinda excited. I wasn't expecting much change in body composition with this Whole30 because I'd been losing steadily since my last Whole30. I don't think I'm going to weigh myself at the end, but I'll probably do some body measurements again to see if I need to adjust sizing for things when I knit or sew myself something.  
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to alw289 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    @NoneOtherThanAmy those are some impressive insights!  It's amazing what pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can do.  
     I also had a successful weekend.  I went to a professional sporting even on Saturday and normally that means beer and fried food.  I was able to "just say no" and it was easier than I thought it would be.  I had a few hard boiled eggs, carrots and almonds in the car on the way down and a lara bar on the way home.  Not being hungry really helped me say no.  Sunday was meal prepping some Pad Thai from Well Fed and egg roll in a bowl while watching football.  
    Some current NSV that I'm enjoying: clearer skin, my rings feeling looser, more consistent energy, and not be ravenous constantly.  I was hoping for having more energy, but waking up 1 or 2 a night with my baby isn't helping on that front .  
    Half way through Day 15 and I'm feeling good!
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from racheleats in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney Sounds like you've got a great attitude! Best of luck on your 2nd Whole30. 
    Oddly enough, I also started trying to run right around the time I started my first Whole30. I am not a "natural" runner, so it has been a ton of work to get myself to where I'd like to be, but I just ran my first 5k! I still did walk/run intervals, but I finished with about a 12 min/mile pace and I'm pretty happy with that. I've just started running with an 8k training group and I'm determined to be able to run the whole thing when the race comes around in 2 months. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from racheleats in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney Sounds like you've got a great attitude! Best of luck on your 2nd Whole30. 
    Oddly enough, I also started trying to run right around the time I started my first Whole30. I am not a "natural" runner, so it has been a ton of work to get myself to where I'd like to be, but I just ran my first 5k! I still did walk/run intervals, but I finished with about a 12 min/mile pace and I'm pretty happy with that. I've just started running with an 8k training group and I'm determined to be able to run the whole thing when the race comes around in 2 months. 
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to WholeCourtney in Can I Do...   
    Thanks @NoneOtherThanAmy! I think I'm going to do much the same..track a few meals over a few days just to make sure Im not REALLY overdoing it then just follow the portion guidelines. 
    Overall I think I have a pretty good relationship with food and the scale. Much better then before I completed my first Whole30. Honestly I focus more on what my body can do (I lift kettlebells and run) and I think that the break of tracking will be nice
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from frogtox in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul.  Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead.
    It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.  
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from alw289 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Hi all, I made it through the events this weekend! It was hard and not hard at the same time. I had a club soda plus lime at the movie and since it was dark and there was a movie on, it wasn't awkward that I wasn't eating. At brunch yesterday I had an omelette with veggies and fruit and the server said he'd make sure that the kitchen knew I was on a dairy-restricted diet, so I'm trusting that the omelette didn't have any milk with the eggs. I AM pretty sensitive to dairy, so I think I'd be feeling the ramifications if there was any dairy in the meal. So that part wasn't too hard. Then they bring out a plate of fresh cinnamon rolls and at first I was a little disappointed that I couldn't have one, but it wasn't as hard to resist as I thought and it was kind of nice to have an iron clad excuse to refuse. I guess I didn't need that little package of sugar, gluten, and dairy.
    Interestingly, I was also somewhat relieved to not be drinking over the weekend. I've never been a big drinker...maybe 1 or 2 drinks a month, but I've always had drinks whenever I go out with friends. It's almost like I feel pressured into drinking even though I don't really enjoy the way I feel after I drink. I think I had even more fun completely sober than I would have if I had a drink or 2. I never knew that about myself, so I'm glad I was able to navigate these social events while on the Whole30.
    Another thing I've started to notice is that when I've got something on my mind, like a decision or something I'm trying to think through, my previous coping mechanism had been to sort of "shut down" and brood over whatever was on my mind. This usually also required comfort food and Netflix, plus it would mean that I would get NOTHING done and I'd end up almost sad and depressed because I just avoided everything and ate junk all weekend long. Now that I'm on the Whole30, I've found it much more productive to get up and do things...not ignoring whatever is on my mind, but just going on and doing the things that I need to get done (like cooking and grocery shopping, for example). I was chopping veggies while thinking through the thing that was on my mind last night and realized I just needed to let it go. There's no point in wasting brain power thinking through things that will probably never happen. Once I realized that, I was able to lose myself in the rest of my cooking and food prep and had a wonderfully productive evening.  
    I managed to get some cooking done this weekend, but not as much as normal, so I'll probably be throwing meals together on the fly by Wednesday or so. I did buy some things to make salads again and I'm looking forward to more salads. I love fresh veggies!
    Hope everyone has a great week!
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from frogtox in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul.  Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead.
    It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.  
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from alw289 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Hi all, I made it through the events this weekend! It was hard and not hard at the same time. I had a club soda plus lime at the movie and since it was dark and there was a movie on, it wasn't awkward that I wasn't eating. At brunch yesterday I had an omelette with veggies and fruit and the server said he'd make sure that the kitchen knew I was on a dairy-restricted diet, so I'm trusting that the omelette didn't have any milk with the eggs. I AM pretty sensitive to dairy, so I think I'd be feeling the ramifications if there was any dairy in the meal. So that part wasn't too hard. Then they bring out a plate of fresh cinnamon rolls and at first I was a little disappointed that I couldn't have one, but it wasn't as hard to resist as I thought and it was kind of nice to have an iron clad excuse to refuse. I guess I didn't need that little package of sugar, gluten, and dairy.
    Interestingly, I was also somewhat relieved to not be drinking over the weekend. I've never been a big drinker...maybe 1 or 2 drinks a month, but I've always had drinks whenever I go out with friends. It's almost like I feel pressured into drinking even though I don't really enjoy the way I feel after I drink. I think I had even more fun completely sober than I would have if I had a drink or 2. I never knew that about myself, so I'm glad I was able to navigate these social events while on the Whole30.
    Another thing I've started to notice is that when I've got something on my mind, like a decision or something I'm trying to think through, my previous coping mechanism had been to sort of "shut down" and brood over whatever was on my mind. This usually also required comfort food and Netflix, plus it would mean that I would get NOTHING done and I'd end up almost sad and depressed because I just avoided everything and ate junk all weekend long. Now that I'm on the Whole30, I've found it much more productive to get up and do things...not ignoring whatever is on my mind, but just going on and doing the things that I need to get done (like cooking and grocery shopping, for example). I was chopping veggies while thinking through the thing that was on my mind last night and realized I just needed to let it go. There's no point in wasting brain power thinking through things that will probably never happen. Once I realized that, I was able to lose myself in the rest of my cooking and food prep and had a wonderfully productive evening.  
    I managed to get some cooking done this weekend, but not as much as normal, so I'll probably be throwing meals together on the fly by Wednesday or so. I did buy some things to make salads again and I'm looking forward to more salads. I love fresh veggies!
    Hope everyone has a great week!
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from frogtox in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul.  Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead.
    It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.  
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    NoneOtherThanAmy reacted to SarinaLR in Purse Dressing!   
    I had a friend come to town last minute today and called to meet up around 2 for a late lunch.  She called about 10am so I had some time to strategize and eat a small pre lunch just in case I had to cut everything out of my salad once we got there.  She wanted to hit up TGI Friday's so I got on the computer and started reading.  Million Dollar Cobb!  It sounded pretty good after leaving off the cheese and bacon.  They had a chicken, steak or fish option but I was fully prepared to ask them to leave off the meat and add extra eggs and avocado for me if the waitress didn't seem sure of her answers about the meat.  Luckily we had the best waitress ever!  I asked and the steak (which was my #1 choice) isn't marinated and they'd be happy to ONLY use salt and pepper on it.  LOVE IT!  So my salad (while still a TGIF salad) was downright edible and close to good, I'm pretty sure I stayed 100% AND I'd remembered my handy dandy purse dressing so I didn't end up eating it plain.  
    I typically have a little cooler with some snacks in it and so today I added a bottle of compliant dressing and just transferred it to my purse before we went in.  The waitress laughed at me but said she totally gets it because both of her daughters have a lot of restrictions.  Overall even though I could have made a better salad at my house it was lovely to not get left out of the girls lunch.  Go Me!
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    NoneOtherThanAmy got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    So, I just talked to a friend about getting more fish into my diet and found out that I live within walking distance of the best fish monger in Richmond. Now I have no excuses. Must incorporate more fish! Off to search recipes.
    @stacie66 So happy to hear about your NSV! I bet by the end you'll be able to wear those jeans out in public! 
    @ShellyM I love my pressure cooker...I don't have an instant pot brand (kinda wish I did, but this one is serviceable) and it is amazing for quickly cooking up large batches of protein. That soup looks great and I've been thinking about making the kalua pork she links to in that post.