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    Contessa reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Woohoo!  It is getting like a proper gang in here now!  I am going to print this out and post it on my fridge because you are right, we are strong and we are committed and we are taking control.  
    I will be 54 in November and I will NOT spend another year being unhealthy, lethargic and miserable!
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    Contessa reacted to kirbz in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Welcome back! I also just finished my fifth round after also rolling all the way back down the hill! LOL.
    But, I'm really trying to change my self talk. Words become very real and very alive when you speak, or write, them aloud. I refuse to put conditions on my progress for this round. I completed another round. I am surrounded by an aura of health. I'm more aligned with the woman I hold in my heart and in my head. And I'm making a change that will help ensure I am hiking in a forest until the day I die. Because really, that's my soul purpose for doing this. Not so my thighs look a bit slimmer in my jeans. That was just something silly. 
    So yeah, we're all here! We are committed. We are strong. And we are taking control of our lives, our purpose, and our outcomes! We got this! 
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    This is Expert-level right here.  
     
    The Philosophy of Treats...deliberate treats...special...there is wisdom here.  This is a good focus.  I look forward to getting to this part of Food Freedom Forever.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    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!
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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
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    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 "sprouted cookies" at a Whole Foods. They were little date and sesame seed cracker things. They were not very good, but they were somewhat sweet, and when I dunked them in almond butter, they became palatable.
    These cookies became a real substitute dessert for me and I ate them with abandon. I think I did this during every Whole 30 I've completed. Melissa talks a lot about honoring the spirit of the program and not just the letter. Although these sprouted cookies were technically permitted, they were very much counter to the spirit of the program.
    Fun sidebar: the store where I bought those cookies has since closed. I don't even know where to buy them anymore. I think I'm having a better Whole 30 without them.
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    Speaking of cookies, because my boyfriend has been having a hard time lately, I decided to bake him some cookies today. Not the gross date and sesame kind, but real chocolate chip cookies with real butter and real chocolate. My baking adventure did not involve any surreptitious dough-sampling or crumb-nibbling. I baked six cookies for him, bagged them, and then froze the rest of the dough for some future bake-a-thon.
    Food Freedom Forever contains some serious reflections on "treats." It's making me think hard about deliberately crafting a personal Philosophy of Treats. My previous, unspoken Philosophy of Treats was basically... All Treats, All the Time. Going forward, I may add a treat-planning session to my weekly meal planning session. I don't know why this thought has never occurred to me. I like treats, but I don't want to start eating treats every day. Why not plan them out?
    Maybe I have a tough meeting on Wednesday, and I want to start the day with a latte. Boom, there's a treat. Then, maybe Friday night's dinner party is being hosted by a great cook. Lasagna and a glass of wine becomes a treat. Perhaps I go out with the aforementioned boyfriend for bubble tea on Sunday afternoon. That's a solid week.
    What makes a treat not a treat is when I eat them all the time. That's when a treat becomes "Oh, Okay, So We're Just Eating Chips Ahoy for Lunch Now, I Guess? This Is What We're Doing?" I don't want to go back to that place. It's a surefire way to kill the joy of treats.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    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!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    It also took me a while to get ok with fat, but it really is a lifesaver.  Plus, it makes my skin so much clearer/brighter/happier!  
    Having said that, the turkey broth saved me yesterday. There's no fat in it, but I think the protein, plus something warm and savory to sip on made me feel better.  It got me through my morning meetings until lunch.  Lunch ended up being a Chipotle Whole 30 chicken bowl.  My daughter came over to do her laundry and wanted to order something.  OMG, I forgot how good those are....I might make that a weekly treat.  I took a nap late afternoon, did my yoga, and socialized with a friend on the front porch all evening.  That's usually a wine event - she brought her glass, while this time, I fixed a club soda with lime.   My drink choice had absolutely no impact on how much I enjoyed her company!  It ended up being such a good day, after I thought it was going to be so rough.  
    Today, my mood is absolutely buoyant!  I have a good amount of energy, no pain, I feel fantastic.  I did however, have a headache during the night last night and had to take meds to get back to sleep.  It was lingering this morning, so I had black iced coffee.  Maybe the coffee is what's put me in such a great mood .  I'm a little skeptical of this feeling, though...I should still be really tired and achy and yucky feeling.  It's usually 3 days for the sugar cravings to get under control, 5 days for me to start feeling normal.  But, today is Day 5, so I'm on target.  It just feels too soon.  I don't feel like I paid penance long enough, didn't have the hit-by-a-truck sensation for more than a few hours yesterday morning.  Maybe the bone broth is that miraculous?  Or maybe it is the caffeine.  OR...maybe it's the fact that working from home I have fewer stressors in general so my body and brain can roll with the the physiological stressors a little more easily.  
    Day 5 
    Energy-8, pain 0 (a little knee stiffness while walking, but didn't last, no tightness in back or hips), Mood-10!
    M1-chicken salad, black iced coffee,  I was HUNGRY when I woke up.  I walked 2 miles, I was hungry, again.  More chicken salad...can I roll that all into M1 or does that second count as a snack? lol
    M2-Beef and broccoli.  Getting Chinese with a friend.  Last W30 I figured out what to say to my local Chinese carry-out to get compliant beef and broccoli.  No flour, no sauce, no MSG.  I'm packing my coconut aminos to sprinkle on.  We're picnicking in the park with our carry-out.  It will be lovely! 
    M3-leftovers.  There's burgers, taco meat, bbq chicken....my Thrive Market stuff came yesterday and with it some Caesar dressing.  That would be good on a salad with a chosen leftover meat.  
    Snacks-celery and almond butter has been a good go-to when needed this week.  
    I've already walked (and hit my step goal for the day!), but haven't ruled out that this will happen again later today.  Definitely yoga this afternoon.  
     
    I'm contemplating this whole idea of eating as a habit.  When is it ok to replace a poor choice with a good one instead of changing the habit?  Or is it ever ok...maybe eating shouldn't in any way be a habit, tied to a particular activity.  Maybe this has been my failing in the past.  "It's time to sit at the computer to do some work...hmmm...I left my almonds at home, let me go see what's in the snack machine (or in the chip cabinet, while on quarantine)...."  "It's time to sit down and watch xyz on Netflix, let me fix a bowl of strawberries and coconut milk....hmmm...these strawberries aren't looking so hot and I really don't feel like cutting them up.  I'll get some fresh tomorrow, but for tonight, I'll have just a few cookies..."  And then I've made a bad choice, so why not just gorge on All the Nonfood Things that Somehow Taste Yummier than Real Food (but they don't!!!) and then get back on track tomorrow...everyone knows how that story goes.  In theory, it absolutely makes sense to eat when hungry.  Listen to your body.  Follow the cues.  But the reality is the rest of the world doesn't run on the same schedule as my body.  I can't just stop what I'm doing and fix an omelette.   Or pull my pre-fixed lunch out and start eating in the middle of a meeting.  I can't even imagine trying to do this with shift work! So I have to rely on at least some environmental cues for when it's time to eat.  Maybe this is where I start-separate out the environmental cues that signal I have time to eat AND it's meal time AND I'm hungry from the cues that are habitual.  I'm still not sure about the distinction here, though.  At least I'm thinking about it.  I haven't ever really thought about it before.  
     
     
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Contessa Thank you! I love that saying and I don't think it's morbid at all. I love the idea of knowing how you want to go out of this world and doing something to make that happen. I want to die with my hiking boots on. Thank you for checking in and best wishes to you! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    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!
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 40, Tuesday June 9 continued
    M1: 2 fried eggs, brat sausage, green beans, ghee
    M2: chicken salad - breast cooked in rosemary & thyme, cubed and added to homemade mayo, celery, chopped romaine, 1/2 avocado, onion & garlic powder
    M3: the last bit of leftover chicken salad, taco stuffed sweet potato, recipe from today's W30 email
    NSV: No cravings today
    NSV: That taco recipe was good, if a bit salty but that's an easy fix.  I forgot how much I like taco meat and this is something I will add in to my rotation about once a month after the leftovers are gone. The victory is trying a new recipe, and not feeling my meal was too different from the rest of the family's dinner.  
    Well I went back to bed this morning for two hours because my day just wasn't happening without enough sleep.  Then I zonked out again before supper for a half hour.  I hope this doesn't happen too often. 
    I don't have a reintroduction plan yet.  My wine reintro isn't happening as planned, so I have to think about what food I want to reintroduce first instead.  I miss bacon, have been unable to source compliant bacon nearby, so I'm going to try to get some with sugar and hopefully without preservatives.  I think I want peanuts too.  I kinda miss them. I also want to get dairy in because I miss ice cream, especially now that the weather is hot.  Rice.  Other than that I plan to continue W30.  I like the food I'm eating, I like the way I feel, I like the way my clothes are fitting better.  I want to keep going.   
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 potato + broccoli + chicken sausage + spinach with Garlic Everything sauce
    Dinner: I needed a break tonight from cooking. I was really excited about stopping at Whole Foods to pick up food from the buffet, which has recently re-opened. I can usually do well at the Whole Foods buffet, and they do an admirable job of labeling all ingredients. Alas, the buffet isn't self-serve yet. A gloved, masked, robed employee has to prepare your container of food. I felt like I was timidly requesting a chicken breast from a surgeon. So, yeah. Chicken fingers, fries, compliant ketchup. Not a nutritional powerhouse of a night, but that's okay.
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    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!
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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.
    Dinner: Refrigerator clean-out: Butternut squash apple soup with ground turkey and shredded chicken. 1/3 apple + almond butter.
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    I've adopted Melissa Urban's Food Freedom Forever book as a companion to this Whole 30. Although I bought it when it first came out, it stayed on the shelf for a couple of years... until now. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my life... I feel irresistibly drawn to purchase a book, but then put it on the shelf when it arrives, only to find myself extremely ready for it two or ten years later.) I'm really enjoying the book. Adopting a growth mindset, using mantras, and using positive language around food are some of the tools Melissa unpacks for the Post-Whole30 eater who wants to develop a long-term success strategy.
    This section on the language of food really spoke to me:
    Food freedom catalyzes you to change your relationship with food. It also requires you to take an honest look at one more aspect of your life-changing transformation: your vocabulary.
    Negative self-talk is one of the fastest ways of destroying self-esteem, sabotaging your goals, and upsetting your mood and emotion....
    Insulting yourself for your choices—any choices— is perhaps the most harmful behavior of all. You aren't a mess, a disaster, or a train wreck. You aren't hopeless, worthless, or pathetic. You are a committed, motivated, healthy person working hard to change your relationship with your food, grappling with strong emotional ties and the pull of long-standing habits. You are so much more than the results of your struggles.   [emphasis mine]
    I really loved this section. When it comes to food, some of us are dealing with powerful old messages. Food touches on so many aspects of our identity. The families we grew up in, the relationships our caregivers had to their own food and their own bodies, our own self-image, our dreams about the future. Perhaps we'd all benefit from giving ourselves a tiny bit of credit for the effort we are putting in just by being here and by bringing more consciousness to our relationships with food.
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 potato + broccoli + chicken sausage + spinach with Garlic Everything sauce
    Dinner: I needed a break tonight from cooking. I was really excited about stopping at Whole Foods to pick up food from the buffet, which has recently re-opened. I can usually do well at the Whole Foods buffet, and they do an admirable job of labeling all ingredients. Alas, the buffet isn't self-serve yet. A gloved, masked, robed employee has to prepare your container of food. I felt like I was timidly requesting a chicken breast from a surgeon. So, yeah. Chicken fingers, fries, compliant ketchup. Not a nutritional powerhouse of a night, but that's okay.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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 potato + broccoli + chicken sausage + spinach with Garlic Everything sauce
    Dinner: I needed a break tonight from cooking. I was really excited about stopping at Whole Foods to pick up food from the buffet, which has recently re-opened. I can usually do well at the Whole Foods buffet, and they do an admirable job of labeling all ingredients. Alas, the buffet isn't self-serve yet. A gloved, masked, robed employee has to prepare your container of food. I felt like I was timidly requesting a chicken breast from a surgeon. So, yeah. Chicken fingers, fries, compliant ketchup. Not a nutritional powerhouse of a night, but that's okay.
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    Contessa reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    I did another mountain bike ride yesterday and I made it to the top in my fastest time ever, with my lowest max heart rate ever! I did it in 36:35 with a max heart rate of 176! My previous best was 37:48 with a max heart rate of 185! Woo, woo! It doesn't feel any easier! But my body says it is!
    This is why I do this. Because the time I get to spend in the mountains means everything to me. And I want to be able to enjoy the mountains with my own body until the day I die.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    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 lunch > Don't want to stop for a real meal, so I'll aimlessly graze my way through every bag, carton, and box in the house. Learning not to reach for the salt and vinegar chips at random intervals through the day will take some time. From my lofty perch here on Day 9 (ha!), it's worth the discomfort. Hope this new day goes smoothly for you.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Well said Contessa 
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Still Living In Crazy Town   
    Welcome back LydiaJo! Waves and applause coming your way from the rest of us circus peanuts here on the forum
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    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.
    Dinner: Refrigerator clean-out: Butternut squash apple soup with ground turkey and shredded chicken. 1/3 apple + almond butter.
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    I've adopted Melissa Urban's Food Freedom Forever book as a companion to this Whole 30. Although I bought it when it first came out, it stayed on the shelf for a couple of years... until now. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my life... I feel irresistibly drawn to purchase a book, but then put it on the shelf when it arrives, only to find myself extremely ready for it two or ten years later.) I'm really enjoying the book. Adopting a growth mindset, using mantras, and using positive language around food are some of the tools Melissa unpacks for the Post-Whole30 eater who wants to develop a long-term success strategy.
    This section on the language of food really spoke to me:
    Food freedom catalyzes you to change your relationship with food. It also requires you to take an honest look at one more aspect of your life-changing transformation: your vocabulary.
    Negative self-talk is one of the fastest ways of destroying self-esteem, sabotaging your goals, and upsetting your mood and emotion....
    Insulting yourself for your choices—any choices— is perhaps the most harmful behavior of all. You aren't a mess, a disaster, or a train wreck. You aren't hopeless, worthless, or pathetic. You are a committed, motivated, healthy person working hard to change your relationship with your food, grappling with strong emotional ties and the pull of long-standing habits. You are so much more than the results of your struggles.   [emphasis mine]
    I really loved this section. When it comes to food, some of us are dealing with powerful old messages. Food touches on so many aspects of our identity. The families we grew up in, the relationships our caregivers had to their own food and their own bodies, our own self-image, our dreams about the future. Perhaps we'd all benefit from giving ourselves a tiny bit of credit for the effort we are putting in just by being here and by bringing more consciousness to our relationships with food.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh I thought W30 was tough!  Argh.  I could live without bell peppers most of the time, potatoes and tomatoes some of the time, but black pepper?  Ugh.  That would be disappointing.  
    But thanks for this, it's interesting for sure.  I know that wheat is most likely problematic for me, and now I'm thinking potatoes may be too.  I learned on this W30 that I love sweet potatoes, and am thankful for that.
    I am considering doing a low FODMAPS trial at some time in the future, and now I also believe a nightshades trial will be necessary too. But I hope I won't need to eliminate black pepper.  I'm going to have to first figure out how to do a two week stint without potatoes though.  I feel two weeks is a good amount of time to experiment.  Two days is too short IMO.  
    I hope that you find out what is contributing to your inflammation problems.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Exactly!!!  I had not thought of it that way before, but this is so true.  To add one to your list, when I sit down at the computer I need a snack to get started.  Transition points...a good place for a new behavior to replace eating.  I'm going to ponder that.  
     
    There's not.  That's how I make it, LOL!  I poach the chicken in salty water with fresh rosemary and thyme (dried works, too), and then cut it while warm so it shreds instead of chunks.  I make my own mayo and sometimes I add garlic or curry powder to it before mixing with the chicken.  Diced celery.  Sometimes chopped nuts and sliced grapes, sometimes dried cranberries (but I have not found any in-store without sugar).  Yesterday's was just chicken, mayo, and celery, salt and pepper.  Instead of putting it on a bed of lettuce, I mix chopped salad into my bowl of chicken salad so it's all a big creamy dish.  Chicken salad is probably my favorite summer food.  
     
    I did survive day 2.  I spent the afternoon on the back deck reading and even took a nap.  That helped with the mood.  Then I made a delicious dinner of hamburgers in the Instant pot (White Castle, anyone?), fried onions in ghee, grilled pineapple, and salad.  I thought I might want two burgers, but ate one and then I was really full.  I thought I'd be fine, but a few hours later hunger struck (or transition to tv watching?  hmmmm.....) and so I had a small bowl of chicken salad.  
    Up and ready to walk this morning!  The dog and I walked double our usual route.  I actually have errands to run outside the house today, so I'll be fraternizing with civilization all afternoon.  My forays into town have been very few since quarantine.  My region got as high as #14 on the CDC list of infected areas, so I'm still a little nervous.  It will be fine, though, and at least I'll be occupied this afternoon.  
    Day 3:
    Energy-8, pain-2, back & hip tightness, some limping; Mood-7   I'm just going to report on pain when I'm walking because during most daily activities, I'm fine.  And I'd really like to track improvement there.  
    M1-chicken salad 
    M2-leftover hamburger with sauerkraut and sliced cucumber and tomato
    M3-W30 bbq pulled chicken, a big salad with olive oil and vinegar and sliced avocado.
    Yoga this evening.  Maybe another walk today, if there's time.  And I'll be thinking about the relationship between "hunger" cues and transition times.  I've been working in my Day by Day book which is helpful, too.    
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    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 lunch > Don't want to stop for a real meal, so I'll aimlessly graze my way through every bag, carton, and box in the house. Learning not to reach for the salt and vinegar chips at random intervals through the day will take some time. From my lofty perch here on Day 9 (ha!), it's worth the discomfort. Hope this new day goes smoothly for you.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Thanks!  And I didn't have any potatoes, which I've been eating waaaay too many of.  Perhaps you've hit on something, and maybe high starch potatoes aren't all that good for me.  I see a new food experiment in my future!
    LOL!  Cue up the music! I'm Gonna Fly Now!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Thank you, I need the encouragement!  And @Blueautumn I stalked your journal, found the recipe and bookmarked it.  I don't have all the ingredients, but I will be eating that chicken pot pie in the near future.  
    Chicken breasts are in the instantpot and bbq sauce is simmering on the stove.  I am in such a foul mood.  It's gorgeous outside today.  I should go sit out there.  But I'm irritable and hungry.  I know it will pass, but some salt and vinegar chips would make me feel better right now!  Ugh.  I'm going to eat some chicken salad once it's done.  I'm glad I can come here and post.  I shall carry-on, and report back with a successful day 2 tomorrow.