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  1. Oh, dear. So sorry about yesterday's heartburn! That sounds dreadful. Yes, red wine can be pretty vicious. I wonder if it's the sulfates that your body doesn't like (they do make some decent sulfate-free red wines). But maybe it's just... red wine. I hope you're feeling better and glad that you have a tried-and-true approach to return to!
  2. Food journal for 6/23/20: Wow, 30 days starts to seem really long after a while. Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with spinach; black coffee Lunch: Avocado and spinach smoothie; neverending chicken salad Dinner: 1/2 turkey burger with bacon, avocado and sprouts + sweet potato fries and compliant ketchup
  3. Sounds like you are doing very well being out of your normal circumstances! What was it Ram Dass said... "If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents." Yep. A very relatable quote!
  4. Food journal for 6/22/20: Breakfast: Chicken salad Lunch: leftover green salad w/ roasted chicken, grapes, pecans, etc. + 1/2 "Gutzy" fruit & veg pouch. Snack: 1/2 lemon Larabar. From my emergency rations in my desk drawer. Dumb salads never fill me up. Dinner: Turkey burger with bacon, avocado and sprouts + sweet potato fries and compliant ketchup
  5. You are off to a great start here! I Hope your chicken cutlets were gloriously overcooked
  6. Boy oh boy, do I relate to this! For me, the self-flagellation tends to be worse than the adverse effects of whatever I just ate. I feel like mental peace is a really important takeaway here. I tend to get pulled into a mental game of "I deserve [xyz]" when I am in a mental dance with an indulgent food. I never think, "Do I also deserve the mental disruption that [xyz] will bring me after I eat it?" One of the first sections of the Whole 30 "manifesto" It Starts With Food outlines "good food standards" from Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The very first standard is: "The food that we eat
  7. Food journal for 6/21/20: Breakfast: Chicken salad Lunch: big green salad w/ roasted chicken, grapes, pecans, apples, salad greens, balsamic Dinner: roasted cauliflower + kale + roasted chicken + 1 fried egg + sauce (I was really hungry! Salads never fill me up)
  8. I loved reading about your delightful birthday celebration. Glad you relished it. Wishing you much health and happiness in your new year!
  9. Food journal for 6/20/20: Breakfast: Nom Nom Paleo's Waldorf Chicken Salad (delicious) Lunch: Avocado smoothie - it was approx 95ºF today here in Atlanta and I want things that are cool and easy to prepare. Dinner: Sweet potato + brussels sprouts + shredded spinach + roast chicken + sauce Kind of a quiet day here. My busted-up knee is coming back to life! I'm so excited. I did a challenging yoga class (online) today and was so happy to get through all of it without pain. I have lost a lot of conditioning in my self-isolation, but I'm slowly coming back. Very grateful.
  10. Food journal for 6/19/20: Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficu
  11. Food journal for 6/18/20: Breakfast: sweet potato + sauteed kale + roast chicken + 1 poached egg + sauce Lunch: purple smoothie with beets, spinach, blueberries, etc. Dinner: leftover salmon cakes + diced red potatoes Today I pulled my sleep data from my Apple Watch and compared my pre-W30 results to my mid-W30 results. It's really interesting to see this data. The graph on the left is my "deep sleep" from January. The graph on the right is my deep sleep from June. Red = not great results. Green = great results. Blue = so healthy that I am basically floating six in
  12. I was also a little iffy on the salmon cakes, but curiosity won. Canned salmon is not a food I have worked with before. Also, the can of salmon contained... some tiny bones and tiny bits of salmon skin! (I was emotionally unprepared for this.) But once I separated the wheat from the chaff, metaphorically speaking, the recipe was very easy. Even though I halved the recipe, it still yielded 3 servings. I will make this again. It's worth the weirdness.
  13. Oh wow. I have never tried her Lizard Sauce, but I have a bunch of dried guajillo peppers in the cabinets dying to be put to good use! This sounds like a kitchen project waiting to happen.
  14. Food journal for 6/17/20: Breakfast: cauli rice + broccoli + roasted chicken + sauce Lunch: Sweet potato + mashed potato + sauteed kale + meatballs + sauce; 1/2 apple + almond butter Dinner: Mel Joulwan's Salmon Cakes (fantastic!) + steamed broccoli + sauce Non-scale victories so far: My sleep quality has improved greatly, almost since the very start of my Whole 30. My breathing is much clearer. Starting to think that my beloved daily yogurt may never return. I do find myself feeling better in my clothing, which is nice. I really didn't want to buy more clothes.
  15. I love this list.... and I love that you've written a list like this! One of my strategies during this W30 is to get up, walk around, and talk out loud to myself when I'm in a heightened state. Yesterday I got really grumpy over a project a coworker had failed to deliver on behalf of our client. I recognized the flinching wish to just go to the cupboard and eat something stupid. So I walked around my house and spoke affirmingly to myself. "Of course it makes sense that you would be upset about this. This sets you back in your relationship with your client. It's understandable. Let's
  16. Food journal for 6/16/20: Breakfast: 1 poached egg + meatballs + sauteed kale + sweet potato + sauce Lunch: Butternut squash + roast chicken + brussels sprouts + mashed potatoes + sauce Dinner: Lord have mercy, I am very tired of cooking! Chicken fingers and fries with compliant sauces. At the end of the day, I gratefully remembered that Day 17 is typically my very worst day on the Whole 30. And today is my day 17! Day 17 tends to be Peak What Is the Point of All This? for me. My ennui and irritation today felt so familiar — then I realized why. I managed to hang on by my f
  17. GOOD FOR YOU for seeing this! I wish more of us would put our scales on notice. For me, getting on the scales is just an invitation to feel grumpy and dumpy. I don't need that kind of energy in my life!
  18. Food journal for 6/15/20: Breakfast: A bit of hardboiled egg; green smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, kale, ginger, etc. Lunch: Broccoli + mashed potatoes + roasted chicken + sauce Dinner: Leftover turkey burger + sweet potato fries + 1/2 "Gutzy" food & veg snack pouch Today was my first day back in the office after being away for a while. The very first thing I saw when I walked in the door of the office was two boxes of donuts, brought in by our office manager! Ha. That's a fine welcome back. I sailed right past the donuts without flinching. (I'm REALLY gla
  19. Seriously. My inner 4th grader was so disappointed in that moment. The moment I'd worked for! the moment I'd dreamed of! and it just tasted like sweet, peanutty antifreeze. We deserve better!
  20. Welcome to this group. You are in good company! I salute you for taking the long view and making changes now to ensure a positive return to work. We are here to support you and are excited to cheer on your first day!
  21. This is one of the aspects of this reset that's easiest for me to forget. It feels good to put care and intention into my meals (hell, it feels good for me to eat meals instead of grazing mindlessly like a ruminant). I sometimes tell myself that all I want is to be able to eat anything with reckless abandon at any time, but... when I practice that philosophy, I end up feeling like garbage afterward. I'm glad you are feeling hopeful. What a difference eight days can make.
  22. Isn't that a nice blessing of doing a W30 at this time? I feel lucky that so many of the places that have become "lazy" meal solutions over the years simply aren't options. Nice for the wallet, too.
  23. Food journal for 6/14/20: Breakfast: I slept right through it! Lunch: Turkey burger (no bun) with avocado, bacon, and sprouts, with sweet potato fries. Dinner: Sauteed sweet potato + broccoli + brussels sprouts + meatballs + sauce Spent some time today doing extremely gentle yoga and whispering kind messages to my spasming back. I think it is helping. I need to spend some serious time thinking about my post-W30 life. I've already decided on a Fast Track re-introduction, preferring its structure to the loosey-goosey Slow Roll re-introduction. Despite the 3 or 4 Whole 30
  24. Food journal for 6/13/20: Breakfast: Sweet potato + broccoli + 2 scrambled eggs + sauce Lunch: 5 oz kombucha; meatballs + mashed potatoes + sauteed kale + sauce Dinner: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash, roasted chicken + sauce I have really reached apex Bowl of Stuff Plus Sauce here. A throbbing head and a gently spasming lower back made this day difficult. This morning, my chiropractor said that all his patients have been slowly limping into his office and telling him about all their bad behavior during self-isolation. I'm walking stiffly and trying to kee
  25. Food journal for 6/12/20: Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc. Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lo