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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyM in LadyM's seduction continues (sur son propre velo)   
    I feel like I could conceivably date a vegetarian who put as much energy into planning meals as I do into into mine. The Standard American Diet makes it so easy to be what I call a "potato chip vegetarian," where you just subsist on low-quality convenience foods that happen to not involve meat....
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyM in LadyM's seduction continues (sur son propre velo)   
    I feel like I could conceivably date a vegetarian who put as much energy into planning meals as I do into into mine. The Standard American Diet makes it so easy to be what I call a "potato chip vegetarian," where you just subsist on low-quality convenience foods that happen to not involve meat....
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyM in LadyM's seduction continues (sur son propre velo)   
    Glad you are feeling so good. Scrutinizing relationships that don't really support your best expression is a terrific byproduct of the Whole30. I dated a guy last year who was a "sort-of vegetarian." On a day to day basis, this meant that his life was dominated by tofu, pasta, noodles, pastries and coffee. Our meal times became really tough. It didn't work out for other reasons. But the relief I felt when no longer being pulled in two opposite dietary directions was tremendous!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Shelley in Contessa's 60-day Lift Ticket   
    Day 6 (01/10/15)
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs, sauteed kale, bacon
    Lunch: sweet potatoes + crock pot seasoned chicken
    Snack: "gingersnap" cookies (fully compliant and not very cookie-like)
    Dinner: mashed cauliflower + crock pot seasoned chicken
     
    The cravings are getting rumbling. They are very much mental cravings. Like thinking about an ex-boyfriend. "Hmmm, I wonder what sugar is up to right now. I wonder if it's thinking about me. I really miss it."
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    Contessa got a reaction from magritte in Started July 13th - struggle with alcohol   
    Really impressive, Magritte. Thanks for pointing to that site — looks like a great resource.
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    Contessa reacted to magritte in Started July 13th - struggle with alcohol   
    Hey Lisa - it's tough! I know from personal experience. The only reason I'm now doing my Whole30 is because I successfully managed to stay off of alcohol for a month to start with. As of 5 weeks ago I virtually hadn't had a single booze free day since February (I'm not proud of it but that's the reality I was facing - I was up to a bottle of wine on average in the evening to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day and a lot more at the weekends). I knew I had to change things up but also needed some additional support and encouragement so I signed up at http://hellosundaymorning.org and committed to 3 months off of the booze. And here I am 5 weeks later, alcohol free and doing my whole30 and have taken up running and feel great. HelloSundayMorning is completely free and the community there is very similar to Whole30 - very supportive. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
    You can also follow my own journey there at http://hellosundaymorning.org/magritte
    Wishing you all the best with your Whole30.
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    Contessa reacted to Kmlynne in LadyM's seduction continues (sur son propre velo)   
     
    Thank you so much for saying this.
     
    I am around day 70something.  I have not reintroed yet - am afraid in some degree that it will lead to offloading.  I do not have any desire yet to have "off w30" foods, so why fix a good thing.  I have no definite number of days in mind - just going until I feel I am ready for w9.
     
    Anyway, I woke up this morning feeling frustrated?  (Not sure thats the right word).  I know this isn't a "weight loss diet".  The clothes that I was wearing snug before starting are definitely lose, but the smaller clothes are not wearable yet.  The "feel good" parts (better skin, less pain with waking, more energy, better sleep) are not new and unique any longer.  Despite some positives (coming off vacation feeling GOOD), I somehow had it in my head that I would be looking different!!!!!
     
    I was feeling defeated.
     
    Your comments, however, changed my attitude.  I began to realize that this is the longest I have consistently stuck with good eating without cheats.  This is also about the time that any significant weight loss begins to plateau out for me, leading me to "give up" and think that strictness isn't worth it.  You reminded me that this is a lifestyle and there will no longer be huge fluctuations in weight.  
     
    Thank you for helping me relax into this mindset and head towards acceptance!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Lisaj in I can't believe I did this   
    Congratulations! That sounds fantastic. I hope you will indeed stick with it and enjoy feeling better and better!
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    Contessa reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi!
    Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey.
    I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary!
    I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up!
    We will all learn together!
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    Contessa reacted to LadyM in Summertime reset   
    I reach for jicama, carrots, celery, and other crudités as well as kale chips when I'm craving crunch. Way less damaging in all sorts of ways than nuts.
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    Contessa got a reaction from GoJo09 in Summertime reset   
    Day 3:
    Breakfast: Egg & veggie casserole
    Unsweetened green tea
    Lunch: Giant salad w/ roast chicken, dried cranberries, walnuts, Tessamae's
    Dinner: turkey meatballs w/ mashed cauliflower, roasted potatoes
    Raw almonds for a snack after going dancing last night
     
    Goal for the weekend is going to be doing a giant cook-up. I've been collecting some handsome new recipes to try, and I am ready to get going.
     
    Also: every time I do a Whole 30 (or a modified reset like this one), it gets easier and easier. The Whole 30 has truly loosened the grip of some of my former crazy, off-the-rails, 7th-grader-whose-parents-are-out-of-town eating habits.

    There will probably never be a day when I eat perfectly all the time (and I don't know that I'd even want that), but it's so much easier to stay on the reservation, having practiced this for a while.

    I know that the Whole 30 isn't magic, but sometimes it feels like it. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from quaintjack in Jackie's Journey- Day 1   
    I can empathize with the "hate-hate relationship" with the foam roller! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from robotarmy in june whole30 robotstyle!   
    So glad you are feeling Amazing! You are crushing this Whole 30.
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    Contessa reacted to GFChris in Summertime reset   
     
    All fresh fruit is allowed. However, fruit is optional on a Whole30. The recommendation is 1-2 servings a day, where a serving is a whole piece of fruit the size of your fist. Further, the idea is to eat fruit as part of or immediately after your main meal only, not as a snack. Among other things, this approach avoids using fruit as a way to feed the sugar dragon.
     
    Carbs from fruits and vegetables are fine on a Whole30: the Whole30 is not a low carb way of eating.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MeadowLily in Summertime reset   
    I'm back for another go. I am planning a Whole 21 this time around — long enough to give my body a nice reset. 
     
    I've done 3-4 Whole 30s in the past couple of years, and am perpetually delighted by the long-lasting effects this approach to eating offers. Even when I am not on a Whole 30, these principles of eating offer a helpful touchstone that yields better choices and feeling better. No other eating plan has offered me so much bang for the buck.
     
    Day 1:
    Herbal tea
    Breakfast: Egg & veg casserole (love this recipe!)
    Lunch: big salad w/ carrots & raisins; meat loaf; green beans; sweet potatoes
    Dinner: smashed red potatoes (OK, I'm doing some potatoes and some mild non-W30 things like that); mashed cauliflower; orange sesame chicken from the crock pot 
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    Contessa reacted to robotarmy in June 1st Support Thread   
    Hello, all! I started June 1 on #4, doing it along with a friend. She's doing her 1st w30 and reports that she is doing really well so far!
     
    As for food: finished up a batch of vegetable beef soup and had sweet potato/onion cakes for breakfast. It's already pretty darn hot here so lunch and dinner will be cold salad and soup. I have a large flat of tomatoes that a coworker gave me, so there is a lot of gazpacho on the menu this week. I figure: tomatoes don't bother me, so why not?
     
    I've always told friends that when I eat w30 that I've never felt better. So why haven't I been eating that way for the majority of the last year? Reasons. Not good ones, but reasons nonetheless.
     
    This morning, day 4, I felt super lethargic. Slept in much later than normal. Food only made me sleepier. As soon as I started downing water though, I perked right up! Looking forward to a wonderful rest of the day!
     
    Happy eating, everyone!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Physibeth in Limiting anxiety in the next 2 weeks (Whole 15)   
    I am reading your food log and appreciating all your good choices this week!
     
    Funny, I can really relate to the stress of having a parent who's ill. My dad was diagnosed with cancer last month and the family stress of the situation threw a big old curve ball into my diet for a little while. (Happily, he's being treated now and is doing much better. And his daughter is getting off the coping-eating wagon by doing a Whole 21.)
     
    Sending good thoughts to you and your mom.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Physibeth in Limiting anxiety in the next 2 weeks (Whole 15)   
    I am reading your food log and appreciating all your good choices this week!
     
    Funny, I can really relate to the stress of having a parent who's ill. My dad was diagnosed with cancer last month and the family stress of the situation threw a big old curve ball into my diet for a little while. (Happily, he's being treated now and is doing much better. And his daughter is getting off the coping-eating wagon by doing a Whole 21.)
     
    Sending good thoughts to you and your mom.
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    Contessa reacted to jent103 in jent103's W30 #2   
    The one Contessa posted is the one I used! It's in the original Well Fed cookbook, and she lists some flavor variations too. Worked really well, except I needed to wrap my sausage better, I think - all but one of the eggs had the sausage come apart in the oven so the egg showed through. No big deal though! I didn't find pork rinds in my store so just did without and they were still good.
     
    I'd never made them before, but was inspired on my vacation - I started in London and had lunch at a place called Scotchtails, where they did Scotch eggs with runny yolks served with arugula salad and sweet potato fries. YUM. (Theirs had bread crumbs and I'm sure the fries were coated in something, so definitely not Whole30-compliant, but a great jumping off point!)
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    Contessa got a reaction from jent103 in jent103's W30 #2   
     
    I'm kinda elbowing in on this conversation, but this one appears to be W30 compliant and looks pretty tasty:
    http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/05/17/scotch-eggs-a-k-a-protein-pellets/
    (I think it's compliant if you leave out the fried pork rinds!) 
     
    Haven't tried it myself, but I love this blogger/cookbook author. Her recipes are reliably delicious. 
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    Contessa reacted to GoJo09 in Limiting anxiety in the next 2 weeks (Whole 15)   
    I never remember how much anxiety my diet causes me to feel until I cut out all the culprits (I'm looking at you, sugar!).
     
    Everything else just seems so much easier to deal with when I'm not "treating" myself with M&Ms because I've had a stressful day, which causes me to feel stress more keenly... Oh, hi there vicious cycle!
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    Contessa got a reaction from jent103 in jent103's W30 #2   
     
    I'm kinda elbowing in on this conversation, but this one appears to be W30 compliant and looks pretty tasty:
    http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/05/17/scotch-eggs-a-k-a-protein-pellets/
    (I think it's compliant if you leave out the fried pork rinds!) 
     
    Haven't tried it myself, but I love this blogger/cookbook author. Her recipes are reliably delicious. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from Perfect Sense in Perfect Sense Whole30 (part 1)   
    Here's something I found that's helped me up the veggie intake. http://wellroundedathlete.net/eat-more-vegetables/  It isn't glorious and won't be on the cover of Fine Dining magazine, but it works. Been trying to just stash some in the fridge and have them on hand throughout the week.
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    Contessa got a reaction from luv2scuba in Starting August 1!   
    So excited to read all these announcements. Looking forward to supporting everyone. I kicked off my third W30 on Monday. So far, so good. For those who are new to this, you'll want to check out a recent blog post from the Whole 9 Team.... Avoid Empty Plate Syndrome! Free Whole 30 Meal Plans from Around the Web. Tons of good stuff in there!
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    Contessa got a reaction from luv2scuba in Starting August 1!   
    So excited to read all these announcements. Looking forward to supporting everyone. I kicked off my third W30 on Monday. So far, so good. For those who are new to this, you'll want to check out a recent blog post from the Whole 9 Team.... Avoid Empty Plate Syndrome! Free Whole 30 Meal Plans from Around the Web. Tons of good stuff in there!