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  1. Already noticing some NSVs over here. My nighttime breathing has gotten clearer, which is nice. And my sleep has been steady and deep. Today has involved a *tiny* bit of stress for those of us in the U.S., watching a ragged band of boneheads try to storm our capitol building. Sigh. Hoping to have a gentle evening with an early bedtime. Food journal for 1/6/21 - Day 8: Breakfast: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and mashed potatoes with sauce Lunch: Egg drop meatball soup from the soup goddess; 1/2 apple with almond butter. I am singlehandedly keeping those
  2. Just a quick entry tonight as I still have much to do before my head hits the pillow.... Food journal for 1/5/21 - Day 7: Breakfast: Applegate farms chicken sausage, spinach, eggs (love seeing that Whole 30 badge on the sausage) Lunch: "Paleo chicken soup" from the soup goddess Dinner: Shockingly tasty spinach avocado chicken burgers (I will totally make these again); oven fries with Sisson's ketchup
  3. One of the things that becomes clear each time I go through a Whole 30.... I need food to not be the highlight of my day. (I'm suddenly reminded of one hilarious friend's description of her overweight cat as "highly food motivated" — the creature lived for the whirring of the can opener.) Is it okay for food to be an enjoyable part of my day? Sure. Is it okay for me to take delight in food? Sure. Is it okay for food to be the bedrock of delight and enjoyment in my day? That's probably not a great idea. I think part of the growth I need to engage in this year is re-ordering m
  4. A nice, boring day of eating Food journal for 1/3/21 - Day 5: Breakfast: Broccoli, shredded chicken, mashed potatoes, sauce Lunch: Spaghetti squash and tomato sauce with meatballs; oven fries with ketchup Dinner: Broccoli, shredded chicken, mashed potatoes, sauce
  5. Sounds like you've got your mind right, and that's the most important part! Cheering you on for Day 1!
  6. That's really something. As someone who experienced a spontaneous inaugural bout with PF early in the fall, and did not enjoy it one bit, I really like hearing about how nutrition clobbered your pain. I hope you get similar results from this round.
  7. Ha! I think I was definitely a member of the same experimental group, which focused exclusively on acquisition of peanut M&Ms and fun-sized Kit-Kats. It's been another solid, satisfying day here. I discovered a group of FB friends who are starting the Whole 30 on Monday. That group will be nice, maybe an additional bit of social support and conversation. Today's reflection was on another thing I love about the W30 — So. Many. Frickin'. Vegetables. I definitely eat more vegetables on this protocol than I do during my Regular Life. Sometimes significantly more vegetables. Whole 30
  8. So glad you are doing this reset. Looks like you're off to a great start! Cheers for that homemade mayo.... wishing you a tasty day 2
  9. Now I'm remembering why I appreciate the Whole 30 so much — and I'm remembering why it is challenging. What's challenging for me is just eating three meals a day, and not snacking. That's always the hard part. My compulsive tendency around eating unfolds in bites, morsels, crumbs. Just a bit here, a bit there, but it really adds up and leaves me feeling uncomfortable in my body. My diet is reasonably nourishing. I do eat vegetables on a regular basis. I can enjoy a special treat (like the cheesecake I made for Christmas) in a paced, appreciative way without feeling awful the next day. I s
  10. I'm totally gonna hunt for that Bird's Eye frozen veggie bag you mentioned. I love all those veggies and it's great to know that it's compatible with W30. Thanks for highlighting that! Tomorrow is a perfect day to begin again, looking forward to seeing you then!
  11. Food journal for 12/31/20 - Day 2: Breakfast: steamed broccoli, shredded chicken, diced potatoes, butternut squash + sauce; decaf coffee with nut milk Lunch: golden cauliflower soup with meatballs and diced sweet potatoes Dinner: shredded chicken, kale, mashed potatoes, broccoli, sauce + 1 perfect poached egg 1 spoonful of almond butter
  12. Holy cow, those are some serious road warrior numbers! No wonder this year has felt strange. I'm glad you've had the Airstream to take the edge off your wanderlust, but... you're probably feeling bereft. Glad you have stayed flexible throughout it all. This year has surely been extra-extra hard for people who struggle with deviations from "the plan."
  13. 12/30/20 - Day 1 Here we are, at the close of a unique and uniquely difficult year. Friends who work in health care are already getting the vaccine. And my work calendar for 2021 is slowly filling with commitments and the promise of an eventual return to client travel. Somehow, in the midst of a pandemic, my employer has had a great year. It's bananas. Today we closed one final sales contract for 2020, wrapping the year above our sales goal for 2020. This year should have been a total disaster for us, but somehow it was not. Perhaps because I've been lucky enough to avoid the vi
  14. It sounds like you've maintained some nice positive habits for these past few months. Excited for your return to W30 — you know how to do this, and how to do it well. Excited in anticipation of all these NSVs waiting for you.
  15. Greetings from the U.S. on what may be the most stressful day of the year for many of us. Let's vote instead of snack. Yay! Things are going okay here foodwise. Since my last update, I had a couple of weeks that involved heavy off-roading (like, lost in a rainforest during a tsunami level off-roading) and a few weeks of keeping my oars in the water. Those metaphors don't really complement each other, but you get the idea. The current week feels very balanced (heck, maybe even a little too restrictive). I declared on 10/25 that I was going to skip "recreational sugar" (cookies, candy, cake
  16. Just wanted to say I'm loving your posts. You have a delightful way with words. I hope W30 is very effective and enjoyable for you!
  17. Regardless of what the food looks like, I hope you have a truly joyful birthday with lots of greetings and cheer from your loved ones! I'm toasting you with this extremely boring glass of seltzer water!
  18. A good food week last week. Man, snacking is where it's (not) at. Yes, I'd like to be eating a little less "recreational sugar" right now, but I'm not bingeing, and I'm not snacking, and that is a good place for me. One thing I have learned during 46 years on the planet is that we humans are depressingly good at justifying our own behaviors. Whether it's a U.S. legislator making up new rules about the when to appoint a Supreme Court justice, or a citizen unconsciously plowing through half a bag of tortilla chips at mid-afternoon, we are good at creatively cooking up reasons. Speaking
  19. After righting the ship and having some very good days last week, I see anew that snacking between is the start of a huge cascade of undesirable emotional and physical outcomes. I'm not talking about "Enjoying a slice of apple with peanut butter after a 5k" snacking. I'm talking about "It's mid-afternoon and I feel irritable with my job so I'll open up this bag of tortilla chips and suddenly look down and realize I've eaten 2/3 of it" snacking. A new mini-goal for this week: No snacks between meals. Period. I'll report back later on my findings
  20. Just wanted to say that I love this plan for a reset.... sugar is also the one place where my eating feels truly unhelpful and out of whack. I spoke to a friend this weekend who permanently gave up "recreational sugar" (I love that phrase). Perhaps that's something for me to think about. If the cookies are antagonistic to my overall wellness today, is that going to magically change tomorrow? You're sure to experience a lot of benefit from this reset — I look forward to tracking your progress.
  21. Absolutely love this thought! Perhaps we should use it as a guide and let it teach us more about how we respond to food. I appreciate your takeaway on alcohol, too. It affects me the same way, impairing my sleep. Wine and beer are great as weekend treats.
  22. Rough going here in early September. I learned last week that cancer has returned to my beloved 75-year-old father. He had his first spin with this awful disease (multiple myeloma) back in 2014. He's beat it a couple of times, at considerable personal cost. He's had some unexplained pain this summer and now we have an explanation for it. It isn't clear yet what his prognosis is. (Weeks? Years?) He meets with an oncologist tomorrow to go over his options. I know none of us are meant to live forever. Science and skilled care have given Dad six active, high quality years since his first
  23. I just want to say that I love this so much and I relate fully to this aspiration! Brava!
  24. I look forward to your forthcoming Whole 30 cookbook. This sounds tasty, colorful, and nourishing! Wow!
  25. Just here to say that a "6 hour slow roasted brisket in pomegranate and pecan marinade, with a pistachio mint gremolata" sounds phenomenal. You're on a cooking hot streak!