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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 30s I've completed, I've never done any kind of intentional re-introduction. In fact, at the conclusion of my first Whole 30, maybe eight years ago, I committed the ultimate careless error. The moment the 30 days were up, I tore into a jumbo bag of peanut M&Ms with absolute savagery. It's like the whole reset had been an endurance contest or something, and I was astonished to have lasted a full 30 days. (Side note: I remember how disappointingly chemical-y the M&Ms tasted in that moment... after month-long build-up, all I could taste was a huge hit of blue 1 lake, yellow 6, and gum acacia. Peanut M&Ms used to be a real binge food for me, but I have never enjoyed the taste since then.)
    Anyhow, I don't want to do the same thing this time! What I'm working on here is a sustainable, long-term relationship with food that honors every dimension of my life... physical, emotional, psychological. It's something worth careful meditation.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Ok, so poutine is on my list of foods I want to eat again.  
    What a wonderful feeling to look good and feel good in your clothes! 
    You have a great plan for today, make sure you at least share some of the recipes you find with us here.    
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in PregWhole30- 10-14 weeks pregnant   
    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.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    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.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    It's pretty huge for me to not be derailed by my mom and sister.  I really need to take a moment and savor this and give myself credit.  This has traditionally been one of the things that throws me off track, whether I'm in the midst of W30 or eating paleo.  I always think that because I'm not at home or because they are visiting me for a short time, that I can go off-plan for the short-term and then get right back to it once life returns to normal.  In theory, that's beautiful and perfect.  In reality, the first off-plan meal leads to pretty terrible eating by the end of the week.  And then continued poor choices until I finally wake up months later ready to return to health.  
    While I'm feeling a little distress about having to say no to Mom's cheesecake and soy sauce, it feels better to keep myself compliant and while she keeps asking, she's not angry and isn't breaking down into tears wailing about how I don't love her because I won't eat what she wants me to.  And there was no pressure/guilt/self-righteousness, at making a good lunch choice in spite of my sister and niece's choices yesterday.  These few days here are just a few days in my life - I need to continue to make the good choices and recognize that my health has no bearing on my relationships with these people.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Lunch ended up being an omelette with chopped ham, spinach, mushrooms, olives, and onions with a side of fruit.  Dinner was the shrimp and vegetables, sauteed in avocado oil, no soy sauce.  I'm glad my mother has discovered the virtues of avocado oil.  My tummy was rumbling last night though - not enough food, but there are no compliant snacks - (keto cheesecake!  sugar-free jello!  peanut butter fat bombs! fake graham crackers!  keto brownie mix!).  I'm just drinking water and remembering it's just a few hours until my next meal, this is only a few days, and I'm choosing not to eat - I'm not really starving!  What would I do if I couldn't talk to myself???
    I was up and out for my walk at 5;30 am.  It was lovely - my mom lives in a beautiful place, just a few blocks from a sailboat-filled bay.  I did my C25K round.  I had intended to do the 60 sec run/90 sec walk round two more times, but I forgot and moved right into the next section, which is 90 sec run/120 sec walk.  It was fine, though.  A little hip and low back tightness at the end during the cool-down portion.  I feel better getting my exercise in early.  But i still need yoga!
    Day 19
    energy-7, pain 2-during walk/jog, mood-6
    I'm not sleeping great-sleeping on the sofa in a warm room.  It's ok, though.  
    M1-some form of eggs.  
    M2-manage to ingest some meat and vegetables in as close to their natural state as possible.  
    M3-see M2.  Maybe Mom will let me make chicken piccata tonight.  She mentioned that she has some brussels sprouts that she wants to broil...
    On a positive note, I'm taking a much more proactive and stronger stance about my diet than I have in visits in the past - often I just cave to what everyone else is eating.  For instance, my sister and niece had stuffed french toast for lunch yesterday...it was not hard to resist, but boy did I take pause in thinking about what it would taste like.  In the past, I would just think, "oh well, I'll get back on track when I get home."  Not this time!!!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    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!
     
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    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!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Ok...reaching for the "healthy psychological response"this week,  Both toward food and toward my mother.  
    The road trip was long, but went well.  I ate my packed lunch and was happy to do so.  Dinner was meatloaf made with hemp seed (I need to check compliance on this) and some keto tomtato sauce on top (why not just tomato paste with a little oregano?/)  Keto stuff tastes weird.   a delicious arugula, strawberry, pecan salad topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and mashed cauliflower made with butter, which I did not eat.  When I reminded Mom that I wasn't eating dairy, she got defensive and said, "that's not Keto!" So I explained again.  Then she asked me if I wanted a piece of the cheesecake she made with cream cheese and sour cream...sigh, Mom, that's dairy.  And I told you last week that I wouldn't eat it if you made it...I offered to make chicken piccata for dinner this week.  I'm really going to try to come up with solutions rather than wallow in the issues.  
    I told her about my walking upon waking plan - she wanted to walk with me in the morning, which I was good with.  I was awake at 5:00 am this morning, thinking she was also an early riser.  She didn't get up until almost 7:30, then asked me if I had been for a walk.  I told her no I was waiting for her...then sat for a little longer while she made coffee.  Then she wanted to make breakfast, so I said I was going to go for a quick walk while she cooked.  I almost didn't go, feeling guilty about not waiting, but I really want to stick to my plan.  She told me when I got back that it was too warm outside for her anyway.  So I'm just going to get up and go tomorrow morning.  Despite my mental wrestling with guilt and go vs. not go, it worked out fine and I think the rest of the week will be much more smooth regarding this.  
    M1-2 eggs fried in avocado oil, black coffee
    M2-Hopefully something compliant
    M3-Hopefully compliant, a shrimp stirfry that mom plans to make,  I've already told her that sounds good, but that I've recently discovered I'm allergic to soy sauce.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    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 should promote a healthy psychological response" (p. 24). I remember reading that sentence for the first time — it was like a light switch coming on.
    Wishing you safe travels today, and easy decisionmaking along the way.
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    Contessa got a reaction from neversickofeggs in PregWhole30- 10-14 weeks pregnant   
    You are off to a great start here! I Hope your chicken cutlets were gloriously overcooked
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    I love this.  I haven't considered it before now, but when I read this it was like a lightbulb switched on in my head.   You are absolutely right, this is a mentally peaceful way of eating.
    I hope you enjoy the visit with your mom.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    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 should promote a healthy psychological response" (p. 24). I remember reading that sentence for the first time — it was like a light switch coming on.
    Wishing you safe travels today, and easy decisionmaking along the way.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    It was such a disappointment to see that my bacon was not in fact sugar-free.  "Less than 2% cane sugar"   ugh.  I think the shopper picked up the right brand, but wrong bacon, as it doesn't say sugar-free on the front of the package.  I did, however, walk the dog to the farmer's market.  It was lovely.  And so affirming.  I felt like a really healthy person, taking a walk to go shop for local tomatoes.  
    Day 16
    Energy-7, Pain-0, Mood-7.  There were a whole bunch of teenagers strewn out in various locations throughout the entire downstairs, so I tiptoed through so as not to wake them.  I couldn't get to my walking shoes, so took the dog for a short walk in my flip flops.  But the walking streak is now at day 19!  
    M1-eggs with riced cauliflower.  Umm, I hope this is good.  Trying to get rid of leftovers before I leave tomorrow.  I didn't buy any cooking greens that could go in my eggs. I could put my egg over salad, though...I think I'll do that.  With mayo.   
    M2-picnic lunch.  Curried chicken salad, homemade bruschetta (minus the mozzarella), sliced cucumbers and celery, sliced oranges, grapes.  We will be at a local winery with friends, listening to good music.  I don't expect an issue with turning down wine (same people I went to the pool party with last week).
    M3-Father's Day dinner.  W30 chicken piccata, Italian fennel salad.  
    Some NSVs that I didn't realize right away:
    -I can walk up and down stairs, one foot on each step, even when I first wake up in the morning.  It has been a LONG time since I could do that.  
    -I think I reported this with my last set of NSVs, but the general feeling of well-being, contentment with myself.  I really go through a lot of self-talk when I'm faced with and indulge in a tempting food.  The entire script to try to convince myself not to go get the bag of chips from the pantry could win an Oscar.  Then there is the afterword, the self-flagellation of thoughts in an effort to punish myself and keep it from happening again.  The W30 and paleo are the only types of eating I've done in my life that are mentally peaceful.  I haven't put words to that feeling before, but that's what it is - mentally peaceful.  The internal struggle just dissipates when I'm eating wholesome foods.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I loved reading about your delightful birthday celebration. Glad you relished it. Wishing you much health and happiness in your new year!
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    Contessa got a reaction from emcate97 in Contessa's June Realignment   
    I'm starting a new Whole 30 after spending most of these few months of self-isolation eating like a 4th grader whose parents are out of town.
    During self-isolation, I have also done a number on my knee (too much anxiety-walking, I think). Probably just a little patellar tendonitis. The inflammation is pretty bad. I want my knee back. Back away from the Chips Ahoy, Contessa. My sleep has also been kind of dodgy, and I just feel/look more sluggish than I'd like.
    Grocery shopping yesterday, I was delighted by the number of great products on the shelf that are Whole 30. Thank you, Sir Kensington. Thank you, Mark Sisson. I bought four different kinds of sauces and dressings. Boy, this movement has come a long way!
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    Contessa reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Ugh, so due to circumstances out of my control (a death in the family), I had to give up on this last week.  I did however, keep to no sugar and no alcohol.  Which is pretty good under the circumstances.  So, moving forward, starting again, pressing on, I need to do this so badly.  I AM SO TIRED.  and I know it is rubbish carbs - bread mostly.  I was going to do some painting this weekend, but I think I will rest and regroup.  And dream of tiger-blood. 
    Hope everyone else is doing well.  
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    What a wonderful way to spend your birthday!  Enjoying foods and drinks with those you love without guilt, without insanity.  That is so awesome! 
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    Contessa reacted to Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Thinking very hard about my food freedom i was able to successfully convince myself that I deserved nachos  so ill be going on another 30 days!
    Let me know if you like the cookbook! I found that i need to have a variety of stuff ready to go in case something just isnt sitting with me well which can happen especially during my flares and i just wont eat anything for days at a time...which is kinda how i got to nachos! SO i have to prepare against that this next month.
    Ive had that canned salmon recipe bookmarked for like 5 weeks lol. I even have canned salmon! and i havent gotten a chance to make it yet. Maybe ill do that instead of the chowder.
    Youve been doing so well! keep it up - good call on the milkshake, though i mean maybe ill try to get one before i start again on sunday....ill think of you <3
    Happy thoughts!
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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.