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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Last night's last meal took an interesting twist from my original plan.  A new Cuban restaurant opened in town, and the hubs offered to pick up carry out on his way home for work.  After scouring the menu and talking with the restaurant (her broken English v. my broken Spanish), I opted for the grilled chicken in a criolla sauce - spicy tomato, garlic, and peppers.  I was assured that "todas las salsas son sin azucar" or something like that and that the oil they use is lard.  I had yucca and plantains as my sides.  It was delicious and I haven't felt any ill effects so I'm thinking it's ok.  I realize that some of the dry spices they use could have soybean oil, but it is also an authentic Cuban restaurant, so with no effects on my part, I'm going to assume they use everything fresh and from scratch.  It certainly seemed that way based on the conversation we had - lol! 
    On a possibly related note, I slept excellent last night - I wonder if it's because my carb intake has been so low over the last 10 days and then I got a huge injection with the yucca and plantain last night.  I feel great today, with my GI issues mostly resolving yesterday.  
    Day 10
    M1 - Rx bar, mineola orange
    M2 - grilled chicken salad
    M3 - steak, sweet potato, broccoli
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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
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla 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
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Magnesium has worked for me, too.  I actually have a spray of magnesium oil that I will rub into my legs when I have cramps.  I hope you soon figure out what works best for you and are able to get some good sleep again.  
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    Contessa reacted to foxymama3 in Contessa's January reset   
    I was having muscle cramps in my legs too. My sister deals with these on a regular basis and she takes magnesium. It is one of the supplements they say is ok to take during Whole30. I started taking it 4 nights ago and it has definitely helped. They are so painful so I hope this helps you!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. This week. A colleague asked today, "There are literally so many things that are flying around, and everything seems urgent! Do you feel like your hair's on fire like I do?" Yes, beloved colleague, I do. Today is a day that would have absolutely knocked me off my W30 if I didn't have a ton of meal building blocks ready to go in the fridge. Thank the goddess for meal prep.
    I had some pretty gnarly junk food urges today. It doesn't help that I discovered (just before starting this Whole 30) that the new grocery store down the street has a bakery that makes very good chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I do consider myself a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. I ate half a bag before the W30 started, but then had to throw the rest in the garbage, because I was ready to start my W30. Thinking of you, chocolate chip cookies, and knowing I'm better off tonight without you!
    Food journal for 1/7/21 - Day 9:
    Breakfast: Steamed broccoli, last of the butternut squash, mashed potatoes, 1 perfect poached egg.
    Lunch: Paleo chicken soup
    Dinner: Thanks to @Amy_Michigan  – I scored one of these nifty Birds Eye bags of shredded potatoes & sweet potatoes with broccoli & cauliflower florets. Find 'em in your frozen food section, folks. This item is completely compatible with W30 and makes the work of meal prep very easy. Dinner involved about half a bag of these with some pre-made pulled chicken. A satisfying and lightning-quick dinner! No, I am not being paid for this endorsement
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Already noticing some NSVs over here. My nighttime breathing has gotten clearer, which is nice. And my sleep has been steady and deep. 
    Today has involved a *tiny* bit of stress for those of us in the U.S., watching a ragged band of boneheads try to storm our capitol building. Sigh. Hoping to have a gentle evening with an early bedtime.
    Food journal for 1/6/21 - Day 8:
    Breakfast: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and mashed potatoes with sauce
    Lunch: Egg drop meatball soup from the soup goddess; 1/2 apple with almond butter. I am singlehandedly keeping those soup people in business this month.
    Dinner: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and steamed broccoli with sauce; 8 oz cashewmilk
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. This week. A colleague asked today, "There are literally so many things that are flying around, and everything seems urgent! Do you feel like your hair's on fire like I do?" Yes, beloved colleague, I do. Today is a day that would have absolutely knocked me off my W30 if I didn't have a ton of meal building blocks ready to go in the fridge. Thank the goddess for meal prep.
    I had some pretty gnarly junk food urges today. It doesn't help that I discovered (just before starting this Whole 30) that the new grocery store down the street has a bakery that makes very good chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I do consider myself a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. I ate half a bag before the W30 started, but then had to throw the rest in the garbage, because I was ready to start my W30. Thinking of you, chocolate chip cookies, and knowing I'm better off tonight without you!
    Food journal for 1/7/21 - Day 9:
    Breakfast: Steamed broccoli, last of the butternut squash, mashed potatoes, 1 perfect poached egg.
    Lunch: Paleo chicken soup
    Dinner: Thanks to @Amy_Michigan  – I scored one of these nifty Birds Eye bags of shredded potatoes & sweet potatoes with broccoli & cauliflower florets. Find 'em in your frozen food section, folks. This item is completely compatible with W30 and makes the work of meal prep very easy. Dinner involved about half a bag of these with some pre-made pulled chicken. A satisfying and lightning-quick dinner! No, I am not being paid for this endorsement
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    @LadyWolf0926  I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way.  I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle.  I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine without the extra work.  
    Yesterday was a good day.  I had a lot to do, including taking Christmas decorations to the attic.  I usually avoid this because it's so much effort, but I didn't mind and did it quickly.  Everything got done, I wasn't in too much pain, and I felt very accomplished.  I was so busy I missed the riots (probably a good thing because I would have been glued to the tv).  I didn't hear of it until my husband mentioned it over our late dinner - then I immediately began searching out news.  As would be expected, I was quite heightened and edgy, and so had difficulty settling down and falling asleep later.  But I did end up sleeping well once I went to sleep.  
    Day 6
    M1-pumpkin souffle
    M2-leftovers of chicken salad, bone broth, ceasar salad with PK dressing
    M3-leftover chicken fajita over kale
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Welcome Shadow! Some of us old-timers are back again as well
    Hope all your Notes to Future (and Present) Shadow are helpful, and that your W30 continues to unfold well. Glad you're here.
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    12/30/20 - Day 1
    Here we are, at the close of a unique and uniquely difficult year. Friends who work in health care are already getting the vaccine. And my work calendar for 2021 is slowly filling with commitments and the promise of an eventual return to client travel.
    Somehow, in the midst of a pandemic, my employer has had a great year. It's bananas. Today we closed one final sales contract for 2020, wrapping the year above our sales goal for 2020. This year should have been a total disaster for us, but somehow it was not.
    Perhaps because I've been lucky enough to avoid the virus so far, 2020 has been quiet, contemplative year. A genuinely scary yet somehow restorative year. Working from home, taking long walks, quitting my gym (which is simply not covid-safe, no matter how much they talk about wiping down the equipment...). When I think about jumping back into the fray in 2021, I feel.... not ready. In some ways, this enforced immobility has been good for my spirit. Not having set foot in an airport since March has been glorious.
    Today kicks off another Whole 30 for me. This Whole 30 will be a way of simply enjoying my time at home. The year of working from home has been such a privilege and a luxury — I want to savor every bit of it. Pre-covid, I rarely got to enjoy 30 consecutive days at home with no travel.
    My diet has been okay for the past few months. I've slowly slipped back into eating more processed foods and treats than I'd like to. But my sanity has generally stayed intact. I'm eating whole foods regularly.
    Today I discovered that the owner of the wonderful soup place in my neighborhood will be doing a Whole 30 in January. She has been adding tasty Whole 30 items to her carry-out menu. Did I just stock up on three different W30-compatible soups today? Yes, indeed. I feel extremely lucky that this option exists for this Whole 30, and I plan to take frequent advantage of it. (Check out this menu board. She even offers curry beef meatballs and zoodles! I'm getting that next time.)
    Food journal for 12/30/20:
    Breakfast: steamed broccoli, butternut squash, 1 perfect poached egg
    Lunch: Thai coconut chicken soup (thank you, soup goddess)
    Dinner: Sautéed kale, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, shredded chicken, sauce; 4 oz cashewmilk + 1 spoonful of almond butter

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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 1, Wednesday January 6, 2021
    "I don't need to do another Whole30," she said.  "I can get back to good health on my own."
    NOPE!  
    My joints ache.  I'm not sleeping well.  I've gained belly fat over the holidays.  
    I re-read my entries from 2020 and I want to feel the same way I felt then.  
    The fridge, freezers and pantry have been some-what tidied in preparation.  Freshly made ghee is cooling on the counter.  Groceries have been bought today.  A menu plan will be finalized. 
    M1: kale, sweet potato and prosciutto pan fried in olive oil and finished in the oven, two eggs fried in ghee.
    M2: hearty vegetable soup with chicken
    Snack: clementine
    M3: stampot (sweet potato, white potato, turnip, carrot, ghee), green beans, gehak
    NSV: lunch was super easy. I found the soup in the freezer yesterday (dated June), set it in the fridge to thaw overnight.  Was easy-peasy to re-heat as I was putting away the groceries early this aft.  Note to Future Shadow: batch cook and freeze, then pull a meal out the night before to thaw when you've got a busy day coming up.  I tend to forget about things I put in the freezer, so I need to develop a better habit here.
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Already noticing some NSVs over here. My nighttime breathing has gotten clearer, which is nice. And my sleep has been steady and deep. 
    Today has involved a *tiny* bit of stress for those of us in the U.S., watching a ragged band of boneheads try to storm our capitol building. Sigh. Hoping to have a gentle evening with an early bedtime.
    Food journal for 1/6/21 - Day 8:
    Breakfast: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and mashed potatoes with sauce
    Lunch: Egg drop meatball soup from the soup goddess; 1/2 apple with almond butter. I am singlehandedly keeping those soup people in business this month.
    Dinner: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and steamed broccoli with sauce; 8 oz cashewmilk
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Just a quick entry tonight as I still have much to do before my head hits the pillow....
    Food journal for 1/5/21 - Day 7:
    Breakfast: Applegate farms chicken sausage, spinach, eggs (love seeing that Whole 30 badge on the sausage)
    Lunch: "Paleo chicken soup" from the soup goddess
    Dinner: Shockingly tasty spinach avocado chicken burgers (I will totally make these again); oven fries with Sisson's ketchup
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    Contessa reacted to Lorna from Canada in My daily food log - we'll see how this goes...   
    We might be the same person! I have struggled with the wine knowledge for 3 W30s and will continue with it after this one too. sigh*
    @MadyVanilla Let me know how the baba ganoush goes
    Okay - so plans to keep a food log are not going well. But, I have been 100% compliant so, all good!! The advantage of having done 3 previous W30s is we know what to eat and can make meals without a lot of thought but we're already in a bit of a rut! Lots of roasted meats and plain veg.  We need to get more creativity in here. We cook all our food from scratch and are generally very creative but, these past few days have been boooorinnngggg.
    Bkft today: hard boiled eggs and oranges
    Lunch: kippered herrings, apple slices and almond butter, almond milk latte
    Dinner: roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy with sliced fresh veggies and baba ganoush
    Alrighty - Day 5 in the bag!
     
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    The picadillo was delicious.  I fried up some cubed potatoes in olive oil as the base.  I will definitely be making that again.  
    I am feeling better - a good energy level yesterday, though a slight headache in the background.  Still a little stiff and pretty significant tightness and pain after yesterday afternoon's walk.  But this morning was much better - the dog and I walked about 1.5 miles and for the first time in ages I did not have tightening in my low back or hamstrings, no pain in my knees or hips.  I kept waiting for things to appear, and noticing every little twinge.  I was getting a little tightness toward the very end, but I came in the house and was able to sit normally (rather than collapse into a seat because I can't quite bend my knees far enough to sit correctly), 
    I also slept well, practiced yoga, and was well-hydrated, so those things help, too.  
    Day 4
    M1-chicken salad with celery
    M2-chicken fajitas over salad 
    M3-leftover picadillo over potatoes fried in olive oil.  
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    One of the things that becomes clear each time I go through a Whole 30....
    I need food to not be the highlight of my day. (I'm suddenly reminded of one hilarious friend's description of her overweight cat as "highly food motivated" — the creature lived for the whirring of the can opener.)
    Is it okay for food to be an enjoyable part of my day? Sure.
    Is it okay for me to take delight in food? Sure.
    Is it okay for food to be the bedrock of delight and enjoyment in my day? That's probably not a great idea.
    I think part of the growth I need to engage in this year is re-ordering my day/week so that food is just one enjoyable component of the day.
    And of course, this task comes with some complexities during covid. Consistently reliable sources of delight are not accessible right now — concerts, travel, shopping, hugs from friends.
    This is why I like doing Whole 30s.... I notice different stuff every time.
    Anyhow, another very straightforward food day today....
    Food journal for 1/4/21 - Day 6:
    Breakfast: Broccoli, shredded chicken, diced sweet potatoes, sauce
    Whizzed up a cold brew coffee with nutmilk and a shot of bottled almond milk "mocha" .... an exceptionally beige but still frothy drink.
    I enjoyed it... and yet.... there is no substitute for real dairy in my coffee
    Lunch: Chocolate avocado smoothie
    Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meatballs and tomato sauce
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Point well taken-food as an enjoyable respite, not the main source of joy.  The pandemic does make this so much more challenging.  I enjoy my daily walks and look forward to weekend hikes with the dog, but the solitariness of it all presents it's own challenges.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Oh the headache....yesterday I ended up doing nothing most of the day but vegging and peeing.  I always go to the bathroom so much in the beginning - the massive cut in carbs equates to an increase in fluid release...and the headache.  I have been eating sweet potato in an effort to ward off the impact, but substituting proteins and vegetables for what has been bagels and cereal is going to crash my carb intake.  The headache seems to be gone today (a little on the fringes), so I'm hoping that part is over!
    One error that I make every Whole 30 - I'm gung-ho with the recipes the first week, without considering that my energy levels are going to be shot and I might not feel like cooking.  That happened yesterday, so I did not make the fajitas.  Instead, I had sugar-free bacon and eggs cooked with onion and kale.  It was good comfort food.  
    Otherwise, I definitely seem to be moving a little better.  And while I had a hard time falling asleep last night, I wasn't having the overall achiness that has plagued me.  Whether or not this is a true NSV or wishful thinking/"all in my head" I'll take it.  
    Day 3
    M1-eggs sautéed in olive oil, topped with mayo.  sugar-free bacon (all gone until next week!)
    M2-chiicken fajitas over salad - going to make this and then I'll be back on track with my meal plan for the week.
    M3-picadillo recipe from above.  
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    Contessa reacted to Pencil Case in Whole 30 starts today!   
    Hi all,
    The house is clean, the fridge and cupboard compliant.  I was going to wait until Monday Jan 4, 2021 to begin but decided to start today.  If I delay, I will want to indulge.  Tough love!  Meal prep is ready for the next few days.  I did step on the scale this morning and took my measurements...   no need to roll your eyes at me!  
    I am looking at this Whole 30 challenge as an adventure, as a hike toward health.  Along with the Day by Day and the encouragements from my friends, I will make it.
    .
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    So glad you are doing this reset. Looks like you're off to a great start! Cheers for that homemade mayo.... wishing you a tasty day 2
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    Contessa reacted to Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day 2   
    Today was good - woke up late after a good sleep. I'm working on a routine to help my plantar fasciitis and it seems to be working with reduced pain on rising. I will keep at it. My first W30 eradicated my chronic PF in my right foot after every treatment known to mankind failed. I had it for more than 6 years then, boom, gone! 6 months ago I developed it in my left foot. I am hoping this W30 helps but, already deep (painful) massages, stretching and voltaren are starting to work. My goal is to return to running (I'm a marathoner) with some confidence but there are a few things that need to be in place first - starting with a resolution of this particularly painful PF. 
    A little headachey and logey today. Unlike previous W30s I'm laying off the fruit beyond the recommended 2 pieces/day. In previous W30s it took me a few weeks to reduce my daily banana/orange/apple/dates/raisins/dried cherries quotient - sugar bombing from the acceptable list. Yes, I knew what I was doing. Anyway - I think the sugar withdrawal has hit hard already so the dragon is whining. Tomorrow might be a KAAT day early...
    Off to my pot of herbal tea and what's left of the Christmas movies on dvr. We've watched about 30 so far - they're mostly terrible and OH SO predictable but we like them anyway  

    Hope everyone is having a great day whatever your stage is! 
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    I think I was one of the subjects in those food scientists' studies....I was part of the experimental group that bought all the reduced rate Halloween candy on November 1.  I vaguely remember waking up from a sugar coma once or twice () surrounded by mini M&Ms and Almond Joy wrappers....
    Almond butter and cashew milk - that sounds like some kind of special smoothie or milkshake in the making.  With a dash of black coffee....hmmm, that has potential....
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Just in case I was having any thoughts of putting of my start until Monday, I slept terribly last night due to joint pain.  So I'm ready.
    Because of the poor sleep, I slept in the recliner for a few hours this morning while it was foggy and dreary outside.  I do feel somewhat rested at this point, but it's very late in the morning.  I just finished my first meal and am about to put the laptop away and go for a 3 mile hike through the woods and cypress swamp with the dog.  And then day 2 of 30-day yoga later this afternoon.  
    Day 1
    M1-3 eggs with diced tomatoes and fresh basil, topped with homemade mayonnaise.  3 slices sugar-free bacon.  No coffee - I like black coffee, but have been using holiday flavored creamers since Thanksgiving (pumpkin spice, peppermint twist, etc.) so I need to go cold-turkey on the coffee for a few days.  
    M2-chicken salad with celery and kale.  I didn't put this together yesterday after poaching the chicken and making the mayo, so I'll make a big batch today.  
    M3-Steak bites with sweet potatoes recipe from above.  Along with sautéed onion and kale. 
     
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to Lorna from Canada in Contessa's January reset   
    Okay - that was the funniest thing I've read in awhile. 

    I'm a fan of Dr. David A. Kessler (actually, I'm a fan of both author Dr. Kesslers) who wrote The End of Overeating - learned a lot about corporate frankenfooding from that
    I'm a "little bits here and there don't count" kind of eater too. I got into buying packs of sourpatch kids and wine gums and eating the whole bag in one day. Over and over and over again. I felt justified because the pandemic is crap and life is boring and Hubs and I work so hard for such long hours in our apartment - treats treats, treats. sigh* Once the bag is opened, I, and it is done.
    No candy for me since Christmas Eve - I knew going into this I'd have to wean off that habit before I started. Sooo glad I did. 

    Onward Contessa!