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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Food journal for 1/18/21, day 20:
    Breakfast: spinach-avocado turkey burger, potatoes, broccoli, sauce
    Lunch: Coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Oven fries & ketchup, pulled chicken, broccoli, and sauce
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Sounds like you are going strong! Believe me, if I was in your household, I would happily partake of that shepherd's pie Wishing you ongoing NSVs and good eating.
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    Contessa got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings.
    Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday
    Lunch: coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Ground beef with sauce, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021
    M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa
    M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins
    M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips
    M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out.  I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better.  I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty.  
    My stomach was feeling uneasy at lunch so I had a small lunch which happened to also not taste great.  Maybe I have a stomach bug but I hope its just my gut flora adapting to the elimination of short chain carbs and the huge increase in vegetables.  I'll have soup for supper if this continues through the day.
    My energy level is still not great but I did spend a few hours this morning cleaning around and under the fridge and stove and it feels much better to me now.  This continues my kitchen cleaning streak this week.
    NSV: I slept 8 hours without insomnia. Unfortunately I didn't wake up feeling very rested.  
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals today, I didn't even feel drawn to snacking.
    NSV: I haven't had any major food cravings since I began this Whole30.  
    Pasta sauce for dinner tomorrow night is prepared and I made a 4-portion shepherd's pie for myself to eat over the next four days (nobody else in my house eats it willingly).  I also have a serving of soup thawing in the fridge so I can rest easily knowing tomorrow's meals are already prepared.  Dinner is the only meal that I cook for my husband and grown daughter, they sort their own breakfast and lunch.  This is the time in my W30's that I usually struggle with food boredom, so having a plan will help get me through this.  
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings.
    Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday
    Lunch: coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Ground beef with sauce, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Poor Lorelai. :-) 
    I love Gilmour Girls!  Grats on sticking with the plan.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings.
    Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday
    Lunch: coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Ground beef with sauce, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Today may have been the first time I've ever prepared a dish that made the taster physically step back and say, "Oh my GOD" in awe. Such was the feedback from ye olde boyfriend on the NYTimes' coconut chicken curry. With compatible oil and compatible rice/noodles, it's totally Whole 30! Cool!
    (Truly, I'm not sure if it was "Oh my GOD" worthy. It was good.... but for some reason, he really liked it.)
    Also, I just realized that yesterday's Day 17 passed without incident. For some reason, Day 17 is the point at which my enthusiasm wanes and my motivation goes missing. Day 18 feels so much farther along than Day 17, go figure.
    Food journal for 1/16/21, day 18:
    Breakfast: I slept in and missed it!
    Lunch: The aforementioned coconut chicken curry with spiral butternut squash and cauliflower rice (can we all agree that having access to mainstream, unsauced, free-of-a-million-processed- ingredients frozen cauli rice is really nice? Thanks, Green Giant.)
    Dinner: the everpresent chicken, veggies, and sauce
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    @LadyWolf0926The restaurant is Souper Jenny! 5 metro Atlanta locations, and they're running a lot of Whole 30 soups this month The locations list on the website also includes each location's daily soup offerings.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Today may have been the first time I've ever prepared a dish that made the taster physically step back and say, "Oh my GOD" in awe. Such was the feedback from ye olde boyfriend on the NYTimes' coconut chicken curry. With compatible oil and compatible rice/noodles, it's totally Whole 30! Cool!
    (Truly, I'm not sure if it was "Oh my GOD" worthy. It was good.... but for some reason, he really liked it.)
    Also, I just realized that yesterday's Day 17 passed without incident. For some reason, Day 17 is the point at which my enthusiasm wanes and my motivation goes missing. Day 18 feels so much farther along than Day 17, go figure.
    Food journal for 1/16/21, day 18:
    Breakfast: I slept in and missed it!
    Lunch: The aforementioned coconut chicken curry with spiral butternut squash and cauliflower rice (can we all agree that having access to mainstream, unsauced, free-of-a-million-processed- ingredients frozen cauli rice is really nice? Thanks, Green Giant.)
    Dinner: the everpresent chicken, veggies, and sauce
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Yep, food boredom is real. And yet I'm glad to be selecting from a limited menu. Today was an seriously bonkers day, with a doctor visit, work deadlines, conference calls, and unexpected errands. Oh, and the people in the apartment above mine are re-doing their floors. Apparently a lot of hammers are involved. I was harried all day but still felt great. It was a blessing to have reliable Whole 30 food to hang on to.
    Food journal for 1/14/21, day 16:
    Breakfast: 1 perfect scrambled egg, pulled chicken, diced spinach, shredded veggies, mashed potatoes, sauce
    Lunch: Chocolate avocado smoothie
    Dinner: Spinach-avocado chicken burger, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, sauce
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Your meals do not sound boring at all!  Wishing you continued W30 success.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Yep, food boredom is real. And yet I'm glad to be selecting from a limited menu. Today was an seriously bonkers day, with a doctor visit, work deadlines, conference calls, and unexpected errands. Oh, and the people in the apartment above mine are re-doing their floors. Apparently a lot of hammers are involved. I was harried all day but still felt great. It was a blessing to have reliable Whole 30 food to hang on to.
    Food journal for 1/14/21, day 16:
    Breakfast: 1 perfect scrambled egg, pulled chicken, diced spinach, shredded veggies, mashed potatoes, sauce
    Lunch: Chocolate avocado smoothie
    Dinner: Spinach-avocado chicken burger, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, sauce
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too.  Just trying to keep my journal habit this week.  Next week will be back to normal.  All is going well.  My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great.  Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Muscle cramps were back last night, but thankfully, they're decreasing in intensity/duration. Thanks @ShadowInTheKitchenfor the helpful tips on salt! I'm sure cutting out all packaged foods has curbed my sodium intake...  I'll try adding more salt to today's dishes. 
    Today I am missing crunchy foods... something besides carrots, I mean. Grilled toast... tortilla chips... come at me, crunchy foods.
    Food journal for 1/13/21, day 15:
    Breakfast:  1 perfect scrambled egg, pulled chicken, shredded veggies, mashed potatoes, sauce
    Lunch: Kettle & Fire coconut curry soup, supplemented with some additional chicken.... take that, sodium level! ....plus a glass of kombucha
    Dinner: Oven fries with compatible ketchup; pulled chicken, shredded veggies, steamed broccoli
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Could it be not enough salt or an electrolyte imbalance?  See page 67 of The Whole30. 
    I add more salt when on Whole30 due to cooking almost everything from scratch and avoiding heavily salted prepared food.  It may be worth trying.
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    Contessa reacted to LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    This statement absolutely spoke to my heart. I struggle with this daily and do feel like W30 is what I need to help me learn a better reward/comfort outlet.
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Muscle cramps are back! I don't know what the deal is. Beginning to suspect that bananas (too much potassium) are behind it. My boyfriend (who has a nursing degree in addition to a nutrition degree.... he's a darned handy fella) suggests laying off both bananas and Natural Calm for a while. I'll see if that helps.
    Almost to the halfway point with this W30. Truthfully, I've come close to bowing out of this Whole 30 a couple of times. My motivation isn't as strong as it has been for previous rounds. My experience would be different if I was experiencing an acute health concern, working to bring down my blood pressure, etc. My challenge, much more than eliminating problematic foods from my diet, is gently learning how to not eat every time I feel stressed/bored/frustrated. Those are 3 big "feeling states" that tend to spark self-destructive food behaviors.
    I don't know if W30 is really necessary for me right now. But I'm staying with it. It's always a moving target — finding the happy nexus where food enjoyment, satiety, nourishment, and embracing my right-now body overlap.
    I have no idea if this reflection makes sense to anyone else... but it makes sense in my brain, so I guess that's good enough. I did buy my first airfare today, for a client trip in February. And as I take a step back to reconsider these first 2 weeks of W30, I do feel grateful to have set aside this window of time to prepare for the airport food surely in my future.
    >>> Food journal for 1/12/21, day 14:
    Breakfast: Broccoli, frozen veggie shreds, pulled chicken, sauce, coffee with nut milk
    Lunch: Spinach-avocado burger, broccoli, mashed potatoes, sauce.... hurriedly gobbled down in a 6-minute break between meetings. Ugh! this week at work is really bonkers.
    Dinner: Stuffed sweet potato with spinach and bacon; 1/2 apple with almond butter
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    @ContessaThanks for the laugh, I needed it today!  I have a personal trainer and yes, she would definitely approve!  7km will be the max for today.  I'm seriously considering reducing my daily goal to 7km, it's what is manageable for me right now, and walking 7km a day is still lots.  Besides,  I'm spending my spare time glued to the news, praying for justice and a peaceful long term outcome to the messiness that happened in DC, and also for some semblance of adherence here to heed public warnings to avoid unnecessary contact as our ICU's rapidly approach maximum capacity and continue to fill with more coVid patients.  
    Day 6, Monday January 11, 2021
    M1: l/o shepherd's pie
    Snack: Larabar
    M2: banana, walnuts, vegetable chicken soup
    Snack: clementine, dates and cashews
    M3: white potatoes mashed then fried in a hot pan with ghee until a golden crust formed; oven roasted sweet peppers, celery and kale tossed in olive oil; pan-fried steak
    Omggggg my supper was super delicious!  I was hungry after a seemingly long day of wanting to snack.  A half hour walk late this afternoon helped to distract me, as did a medical appointment in the morning.  
    I had lots of snacks today, lots of fruit and lots of fat, but my victory is that everything I ate was clean, there were lots of vegetables and healthy protein on my plate, and I didn't eat any overly large meals today.  I know that the need to snack will pass eventually, I'm not beating myself up over it.   I'm also pleased with how all of my meals tasted today.     
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Another peaceful night of sleep.... loving it! I'm working hard to re-stock my fridge this evening while my phone is quiet. Work is bonkers busy this month. I'm almost to the point where I need to start scheduling potty breaks on my calendar. The beginning of the year is usually like this for us. I'm falling back into predictably boring food. But it tastes good and is all Whole 30, so.... [shrug]
    >>> Food journal for 1/11/21, day 13:
    Breakfast: Frozen veggie shreds with pulled chicken
    Lunch: Avocado chocolate smoothie
    Dinner: Steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, pulled chicken, sauce
    Natural Calm at night
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Another peaceful night of sleep.... loving it! I'm working hard to re-stock my fridge this evening while my phone is quiet. Work is bonkers busy this month. I'm almost to the point where I need to start scheduling potty breaks on my calendar. The beginning of the year is usually like this for us. I'm falling back into predictably boring food. But it tastes good and is all Whole 30, so.... [shrug]
    >>> Food journal for 1/11/21, day 13:
    Breakfast: Frozen veggie shreds with pulled chicken
    Lunch: Avocado chocolate smoothie
    Dinner: Steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, pulled chicken, sauce
    Natural Calm at night
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I'm so impressed with your walking intentions. I've had such trouble getting back to a regular exercise routine in the midst of Covid. Plus we're moving into the Decidedly Cold, Rainy, and Icky Season where I live. Just hard to self-motivate when it gets like this. You are wise to scale up slowly and keep the walks gentle for now. I heard personal trainers around the world cheer when I read that part of your update.
    Day 5 is often a tough spot... hang in there and keep the faith! 
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 5, Sunday January 10, 2021
    M1: shepherd's pie
    Snack: banana, pecans
    M2: tomato veg soup with ground beef
    M3: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK green goddess dressing, a cup of raspberries for dessert
    I take five vitamins with breakfast every day, 2 Omega 3's, calcium, vitamin D, and folic acid (when I'm off of breads).
    The inflammation in my hips, knees and ankles is reduced, but I still have some painful inflammation in the wee bones of my feet.  I also have mild plantar fasciitis that I'm trying to heal with stretches.  My aim is to walk 10km every day, broken in to two or three walks.  My pace is off, what used to take me 50 minutes of brisk walking in the summer is taking 70 minutes now.  I was definitely feeling sluggish on my walk this morning, probably noticeable now that the inflammation  has lessened, and I'm hoping to feel increased energy soon.  Running has been put on hold until the inflammation has gone.   Patience, I would rather start from square one again than injure myself. 
    My M3 salad was huge but I ate it all anyways, only to have a sore stomach a half hour later.  I have trouble knowing how much to make for a meal for myself.  I plan to measure out the ingredients going forward, until I can eye-ball things more accurately.
    My stomach is still not balanced correctly, having cramps and gassy today.  I hate this.  I know that I need to be patient in this regard, that in good time my gut will be happy with the changes I've made.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Thanks for the good feedback on magnesium! Very happy to report that I finally got some good zzz's last night. I'll chalk it up to Natural Calm.
    My boyfriend (who has a degree in nutrition) says magnesium sometimes takes a while for the body to absorb..... so I'll try to keep taking it for the rest of this W30.
    Had some more hard-core cravings today. Managed to work through them all. Fed the boyfriend a new batch of spinach-avocado chicken burgers, which he loved. "This crazy diet I'm on isn't so crazy!" I said with a wink.
    >>> Food journal for 1/10/21, day 12:
    Breakfast: Broccoli, sweet potato, pulled chicken, 1 perfect poached egg, sauce
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes, butternut squash spirals, spinach-avocado chicken burger; blueberry mint kombucha
    Dinner: Spinach-avocado chicken burger with oven fries
     Natural Calm at night