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  1. Ooh. I'm just sitting here at my kitchen table nodding over your response. That bit about flexible thought processes really preaches. Yes!
  2. You can totally say this I'm glad you're not beating yourself up about yesterday. Sounds like you enjoyed the night with your husband and son, and that you came away with valuable observations. I feel like that's what this food freedom thing is about. My therapist says that food issues are the perfect avenue for self-discovery and growth, for two reasons: (1) it's impossible to get food 100% "right" all the time, and (2) anytime you feel like you get it "wrong," well — you'll have another opportunity in a few hours to try a new experiment. There's a lot more gray area with food th
  3. Yeah! Last week didn't match my plan, but I stayed in the saddle. That felt good. And yesterday I cooked up a huge amount of W30 proteins and veggies. Grateful to be staying close to home (metaphorically and physically) as this new week begins. I dunno, perhaps after 1,382 episodes of eating way too much junk food, I'm ready for a different approach. Yes, please borrow the Sunday questions if you want to! Heck, no need to wait until your W60 is done... you can start using them now. Usually most of my reflections around food have been past-focused (beating myself up, regretting whatev
  4. Anyone wishing to follow along with my once-a-week re-introduction updates can find my reintro thread here. I will post reflections here for the next couple of months.
  5. Food freedom thoughts, 7/5/20: I'm almost a week into my food freedom and am already learning some good stuff. The first discovery is that, uh, reintroduction is tricky! No catastrophic eating has occurred (none of the former face-planting into a bucket of peanut M&Ms) — but my beautiful, orderly plans for the week buckled under some real world pressure, and I have not kept to the re-intro as I'd wanted. The challenge came from spending most of this week with my boyfriend. We did a bit of traveling this week (my farthest journey from home since all this covid stuff began). A
  6. "The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper" hooked me completely. Great title I'm looking forward to cheering you along your journey. I hope you will report frequently here on your difficulties and joys — we are here to support you!
  7. The bits and pieces I've heard from this book sound so interesting! This sounds like a great companion for this time as you are thinking of your post W30/W60 life. This way of eating is too restrictive for most of us to maintain over many months or many years. But I love what you're saying about small choices that add up. This is a pleasant antidote to my former way of "all or nothing" thinking ("well, I already had some gluten, and it's only 9:45 am, so I might as well spend the rest of the day face-planting into this package of Mint Milanos"). Excited about your bike, too. Cheers for pl
  8. Oooh.... I love your concept of setting monthly goals and then giving yourself little rewards. Gonna have to borrow this idea!
  9. Sounds like some lovely NSVs. Also, I wish you joy in browsing those Well Fed cookbooks... I think Melissa Joulwan is my favorite paleo recipe author ever. Her recipes are so creative and satisfying! Hoping your morning is pain free.
  10. Wishing you well, Shadow. Take good care — we'll be cheering for you.
  11. Bravo! As a veteran of throwing things in the trash.... I enthusiastically support this gesture. Melissa Urban talks in Food Freedom Forever about her one-bite rule. If she takes a first bite and absolutely loves the treat, great. She lets herself continue with the second bite, and so on. If she doesn't love it, she either gives the food away or gets rid of it. Throwing food away is a nice way to signal that you have changed your mind, and that you get to call the shots... not the food.
  12. Hey there, excited to hear about your second round! Boy do I relate to "porridge brain." And I relate to the childhood coping strategy, too! Your goals sound wonderful. Cheering you on as you explore alternative means of relaxing, living well, and enjoying life!
  13. Food freedom thoughts, 6/30/20: Here's a hot tip: the best thing to do on the morning after finishing a Whole 30 is to prepare a big batch of Whole 30 foods. Here's you, italian meatballs, spaghetti squash, and roasted butternut squash. After 30 days of Whole 30 eating, I'm doing a by-the-book fast track reintroduction. Today was legumes (normal W30 breakfast; veggie and lentil soup for lunch; a smear of peanut butter on an apple). After this, I'll go back to classic Whole 30 for a couple of days. Incredibly, even lentil soup tastes pretty good right now. I feel very gra
  14. Thank you Mady <3 I feel the same about your posts. I've been working on this food stuff for a long time and I know I'm not alone. I find encouragement and help in all kinds of different places, and just want to go on sharing what works and what doesn't. Fortunately, I have a pretty good grasp of what doesn't work. I think all of us doing a Whole 30 probably have that part of the spectrum covered. Focusing now on what works.
  15. Food journal for 6/29/20: Breakfast: crummy ol' hard-boiled egg, in a hurry Lunch: Sweet potato + steamed broccoli + roasted cauliflower + spicy chicken tinga + sauce Dinner: Stovetop marinated chicken + mashed potatoes + green beans almondine + a splash of kombucha Because I started this adventure a couple of days before the start of the month, I am considering today my last official day of this Whole 30. Now the real adventure begins... figuring out how to translate my observations from the past 30 days into sustainable ways of feeding myself. I've been at this adventure
  16. Food journal for 6/28/20: Breakfast: I slept right through it! Lunch: Sweet potato + kale + roasted cauliflower + turkey burger + sauce Dinner: Riced cauliflower + steamed broccoli + Nom Nom Paleo's chicken tinga. (This may have been the dietary low point of the entire Whole 30 for me. Or maybe I'm just pretty tired of piles of veggies plus a protein....)
  17. Reintroduction thoughts for 6/28/20: Spent a good portion of yesterday thinking through my reintroduction and trying to think through what I will need on a physical and spiritual levels in order to be successful. Here is my game plan for the next two weeks: Day 31: Legumes: I'll try some peanut butter, soy sauce, and black beans. Days 32–33: Back to the Whole30 Day 34: Reintroduce non-gluten grains: I'll try some oatmeal, some white rice, and perhaps some corn tortilla chips. I did notice on on my spontaneous sushi date night with my bf last weekend that the soy sauce ca
  18. Food journal for 6/27/20: Breakfast: Apple "cereal" (not sure where this recipe originated. A mix of apple, coconut, chia seeds, almond butter, etc. that comes together via food processor into a porridge. I've been wanting to try this egg-free breakfast for a while and today I finally did! A nice break from eggs and "bowls of stuff" Lunch: Chicken fingers and fries Dinner: Sweet potatoes + ground turkey + roasted brussels sprouts + sauce
  19. Food journal for 6/26/20: Breakfast: sweet potato + broccoli + ground turkey + sauce Lunch: Roasted brussels sprouts + ground turkey + mashed potatoes + sauce Dinner: Turkey burger + steamed broccoli + mashed potatoes + sauce A very boring but satisfying day of food.
  20. This is a brilliant and undersung idea. I remember making an absurdly delicious recipe of Kalua Pig a couple of years ago, leaving my slow cooker to run on my patio one night. Somehow no raccoons got wise to the plan, but the fragrance was a blessing to the entire neighborhood.
  21. I'm high-fiving you from Georgia! Way to navigate some difficult scenarios during your trip. I am pleased to report that we will not have a "keto cheesecake" waiting for you on your return. Wishing you a safe drive.
  22. Food journal for 6/25/20: Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + spinach Lunch: Turkey burger on lettuce with avocado and bacon; oven fries; steamed broccoli Dinner: Neverending chicken salad
  23. Food journal for 6/24/20: Breakfast: Sweet potato + cauliflower + chicken + sauteed kale + sauce Lunch: Ground turkey + mashed potato + steamed broccoli + sauce Dinner: Ground turkey + mashed potato + steamed broccoli + sauce (an encore performance)
  24. Yes! Glad to hear you remark on this progress. When we can look at the things that tripped us up before, and think, "I am going to try a different choice this time" — that's massive. You're unlocking two powerful channels here . The first is simply realizing that you have choices. The second is making a choice that serves you on a deeper level.
  25. Your food updates are so clever! I chortled at "internship phase" and the prune comment — not to mention 'WHO KNEW' about drinking water. Glad you are feeling good.