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  1. This also made me chortle. Some dream thief in the sky is having frito pie burps right now.... it's NOT FAIR!
  2. Congratulations on finishing a good strong week!
  3. Food journal for 6/11/20: Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc. Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset. Doing a W30 i
  4. I've been working on my "I am" statements during this Whole 30. "I am a healthy eater." "I am committed to making great choices that benefit my long-term health." "I am a person who loves veggies!" Sounds like you are finding clarity in this reset — and behaving like a strong, energetic and intentional person! Congratulations!
  5. This is one of the challenging parts of a Whole 30! I live by myself, and I am reaching the stage of just kind of.... rinsing stuff and setting it aside. I know I'll be using that bowl/spatula/slotted spoon again shortly. Heroic levels of laziness!
  6. Food journal for 6/10/20: Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + roasted brussels sprouts + chopped chicken + every conceivable kind of sauce. I added three kinds of sauces to this. Lunch: Spaghetti squash + roasted brussels sprouts + ground turkey + steamed broccoli + all the sauce, small glass of cashewmilk yogurt Dinner: Sweet potato + sauteed kale + chopped chicken + sauceapalooza - - - - - - - - - - - - - Food Freedom Forever has been a great companion to this Whole 30. It is making me reflect on previous Whole 30s. The first time I did a Whole 30, I found these bizarro "s
  7. It's weird how much there is to appreciate about rice when one is maintaining a safe social distance from rice, isn't it? I'm glad you are feeling such momentum to keep going. You've come a long way and it's wonderful to think about cherishing all that progress!
  8. So much wisdom in this. A few years ago, I heard an older loved one say that he wanted to "die with his boots on." Perhaps it's a morbid phrase, but I loved the image of engagement and presence even later in life. Congratulations on all the positive decisions that have led you to this point!
  9. Food journal for 6/9/20: Aaaaaaaand the forbidden food dreams have begun. Last night I dreamed that I carelessly took a bite of a peanut butter cup. As the sweet chocolate began to melt in my mouth, I realized I was eating something I shouldn't. Then I faced a dream dilemma: keep eating it, or spit it out? I regretfully spat it out. Ha. I think some forbidden sourdough bread also showed up in some improbable circumstance in my dreams. Can't wait to see how else my wacky brain is going to tempt me. Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + tomato sauce + ground turkey and garlic Lunch: Sweet
  10. Food journal for 6/8/20: Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + kale + 1 piece bacon; black coffee. I really can't remember the last time I consumed black coffee. I neither loved nor hated it. Pre-Whole30 coffee for me was not a daily experience, but when I had it, it was a big, sumptuous affair with lots of frothed milk and sugar. Black coffee is a different animal entirely. Lunch: Power-eating in the precious, 6-minute window between meetings about my company re-org. Broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, roasted chicken + Garlic Everything sauce. A splash of cashewmilk yogurt. Dinn
  11. Welcome back LydiaJo! Waves and applause coming your way from the rest of us circus peanuts here on the forum
  12. I've read a bit about white potatoes in Melissa Urban's Food Freedom Forever. One elimination protocol she offers in the book is the "nightshade" category (even more limited than the Whole 30). Tomatoes, potatoes, bell/sweet peppers, and black pepper all fit into the nightshade category. (Sweet potatoes/yams are fine.) These foods are recognized by many as causing digestive sensitivity. "If you're really struggling with inflammation and are ready to 'go big' to see potentially huge benefits, [nightshade elimination] is an option worth considering," she says. Given that inflammation is one
  13. Oooh... chicken salad. I kinda forgot that chicken salad existed. I have historically loved this stuff.... and it's not hard to make a W30 compliant chicken salad. I'm being reminded again of how very frequently I have used food as a transition point in my day... Wrapping up a work meeting with a client > How about a peanut butter cup? Coming in from a stroll outside and turning my attention to the next task > Time for a bit of chocolate milk! (HOLY MOSES, I LOVE CHOCOLATE MILK. The rich, full fat kind.) Midday, feeling kind of grumbly, not sure what to do for lunc
  14. So many great veggies in your line-up yeserday! Bravo! Perhaps no coincidence that you have been feeling good lately. And bravo for unsnacked baking. Baking during the Whole 30 without "sampling the goods" is a next level, Rocky-climbs-the-museum-stairs accomplishment.
  15. Food journal for 6/7/20: Breakfast: ground turkey + butternut squash apple soup Lunch: Purple smoothie with beets, blueberries, spinach, cashewmilk, etc. I needed something quick and COLD as I was dashing out the door to a protest. Protesting in Georgia in June is the real deal. Dinner: collard greens + mashed potatoes + roast chicken + steamed broccoli with Garlic Everything sauce; sweet potato tater tots
  16. Food journal for 6/6/20: Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + spaghetti sauce + ground turkey + fried egg on top! Look out people! Also ~2 oz of an apple/carrot/beet/ginger baby food pouch Lunch: Mashed potatoes + kale sauteed in olive oil + roast chicken + Garlic Everything sauce, with ~4 oz kombucha Dinner: roast chicken + sweet potato tater tots + roasted brussel sprouts with Garlic Everything sauce I felt like a bus hit me this morning. Since I'm on day 7, this seems to be a predictable part of the cycle. Glad it was Saturday so I could just lay low.
  17. Completely this. A colorful, neatly packaged escape hatch from life.
  18. Very interested to hear your opinion of Atomic Habits after you dig into it. I've heard a couple of interviews with the author and it sounds solid. Honestly, there are so many elements in your story that make me think that I may be your Long Lost Yet Fully Anonymous Whole 30 Twin. (Okay, that's probably a stretch.) Really, though: glad you are reflecting on your experience here; I resonate with so much of it.
  19. Food journal for 6/5/20: Breakfast: 2 eggs + spinach + ground turkey Lunch: diced sweet potato and white potato + broccoli + ground turkey with Garlic Everything sauce Snack: ~3 oz cashewmilk "yogurt"; 3-4 pieces "Crunchies" fruit snacks. The Crunchies are probably not a good idea even though they are literally just freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries, and bananas with no additives. They taste quite sweet after a few days away from my packaged cookies. I have not eaten many crunchy foods this week, and I miss them. The crunch, man. We homo sapiens really love the crunch.
  20. Food journal from 6/4/20: Breakfast: diced sweet potato, steamed broccoli, roast chicken with chipotle mayonnaise Lunch: spaghetti squash with meatballs and pasta sauce Snack: Spindrift with 1/2 apple and almond butter Dinner: mashed cauliflower with meatballs and pasta sauce Whew, this has been a stressful day. My company is re-structuring and we are getting into All the Complicated Conversations with staff members. Tomorrow will be even worse. I'm thankful for the structure of the W30 right now. The complexities presented by Covid seem endless. What a difficult time
  21. Agreeing with what MadyVanilla said... I am really enjoying reading about your experience. It's noteworthy that younger & younger people are coming into the hospital for issues we'd typically relegate to much older generations. As another huge devotee of ALL THE ADDED SUGAR, I really resonate with your perspective. Also, now I want to try that sesame chicken.....! So impressed by what you are doing here, carry on!
  22. Food journal from 6/3/20: Breakfast: ....the morning got away from me! I ended up skipping breakfast. No bueno. Lunch: 1/2 sweet potato with steamed broccoli + ground beef + Garlic Everything Sauce Snack: 1/2 apple + almond butter Dinner: Mashed cauliflower with roasted chicken and sauteed kale Felt good this morning. Woke up before the alarm. Also, it could just be my imagination, but I feel like my knee pain is beginning to dissipate a bit. I really hope so, because I'm ready to have it back! My older brother, who lives on the other side of the country, is also a Who
  23. Are you awake yet? Are you awake? Hope you are having a glorious morning and that you have a good, consistent day today.
  24. Oops — I posted too quickly yesterday, and I can't figure out how to delete the post. Food journal from 6/2/20: Breakfast: 1/2 sweet potato with sauteed kale + ground beef with Sir Kensington's Garlic Everything Sauce Snack: Forager cashew milk yogurt Lunch: Nom Nom Paleo's Asian Chicken Thighs + mashed potatoes with ghee Dinner: Mashed cauliflower with meatballs and tomato sauce Feeling better. Went to bed very early last night and felt good today. The unrest happening all over the country is a bit overwhelming. I had to take s
  25. Food journal from 6/2/20: Breakfast: 1/2 sweet potato with sauteed kale + ground beef with Sir Kensington's Garlic Everything Sauce Snack: Forager cashew milk yogurt Lunch: Nom Nom Paleo's Asian Chicken Thighs + mashed potatoes with ghee