Contessa

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    Contessa got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Whew. It's Thursday and I am ready to reset! I don't know what the deal is, but I have slept poorly for the past couple of nights after enjoying some decadent homemade ice cream. Last night, I had legitimate acid reflux in the middle of the night! It was only the second time in my life that I've experienced that particular barrel of monkeys. (If you've never experienced acid reflux, don't rush out and experience it. It's really awful.) I don't feel like I had eaten a ton of ice cream, but whatever I ate was not loved by my body.
    This morning, after a fitful night of sleep, before I had even changed out of my pajamas, the decadent homemade ice cream went right into the garbage. Yep, there it is, melting all over yesterday's coffee grounds and eggshells.
    I have been feeling too good to sacrifice for that ice cream. That was decidedly #NotWorthIt. So thankful to have the framework of good W30 meals to fall back on. Onward, upward.
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    Contessa got a reaction from decker_bear in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Posting meals and W30 experiences here does seem to dial up the level of engagement, doesn't it? You're in the right place. And yes. Dijon mustard is delicious, shit absolutely happens, and your W30 pals are here for you. Hope you are having a great day, I look forward to tracking your experience here.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I know this feeling too.  @MadyVanilla had a good suggestion for a way to deal with the depression etc.  Try to talk to someone outside of your house at least once a day.  
    Have an open mind and look for meaningful conversation with everyone you meet.  Neighbours were the best answer for me.  I walk often with my dog, but also bring along dog treats for other people's dogs, which helped to meet a few new people in my neighbourhood and then led to conversation.  You will often be standing on opposite sides of the street to talk, keeping social distancing guidelines but it's real in-person contact with other people.  I believe that by making a conscious effort daily to get perspective from others brought me back from the brink.  Ok that's being dramatic, but it did help me. A lot.
    With the nice weather coming it will be easier to enjoy time outside, even if it's only 2 hours a day.  Hang in there.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    A quick note to say all is going well - wrapping up Day 6, dinner is cooking now.  I don't like to miss more than one day of journaling, and I got up for an early breakfast and gym workout yesterday morning and never got on the computer.  Five mile hike with the dog today (gorgeous day!) and plans to hit the mat soon after dinner for a good restorative session.  
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Sunday!
    I realised last night that I hadn't had vertigo. It's like hiccups, you don't really notice it stop, you just realise sometime later that it's not there anymore. So we shall see if that keeps up, but day 18 appears to be the magic day!
    Low-key day today, yesterday was huge for the activity, and I want to work on my cross-stitch. I'll try and get out to the elliptical for 30 minutes. 
    Food will be leftovers for lunch, I have duck and fennel salad. Also ended up having some leftover lamb because that duck leg was small! Plus olives.
    I really want to make sweet potato waffles (just SP and egg, I finally have a waffle maker!) but that might wait until I make burgers with waffle 'buns'... hmm. Tempting. To do that tonight, I'd have to duck out for rolls for the hubster... hmm.
     
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Hubster keeps telling me I need a W30 blog or cookbook! I'm just lazy and would have to measure and track what I put in LOL. I'm such a "this smells like it would work" cook.
    FRIDAY! I like Friday, even with lockdown. It's going to be a lovely weekend. I plan to garden, cross-stitch, and cook something on the Weber - maybe a spatchcocked chicken, maybe a duck. Who knows. 
    Today though - also who knows, lol. I have leftover curry sauce which would be a shame to waste, I have some lamb steaks which are easy to defrost and in small packs, so maybe curried cauliflower with spiced lamb. 
    Dinner - eh, I'll work it out - I do need to duck out so I might see what's on sale at the butchers.
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I look forward to your forthcoming Whole 30 cookbook. This sounds tasty, colorful, and nourishing! Wow!
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I look forward to your forthcoming Whole 30 cookbook. This sounds tasty, colorful, and nourishing! Wow!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I just re-read this and feel like I need to be able to look back on it again as needed in the coming days.  
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Wednesday! If this was just a 30 day round, I'd be halfway! But I'm feeling good, no temptations, enjoying my food and even (gasp!!) enjoying my exercise. 
    I won't get a walk in today because I have to take the Hubster to the medic, but I'll get 45 minutes on the elliptical instead of 30.
    Food today will probs be more of the same - I'm loving this leftover brisket with broccoli. 
    Dinner - I'll drop Hubster at the medic, run to the fish shop and come back to get him, so fish of some description - depends what looks good! Might be salmon... who knows? 
    I didn't sleep well last night, woke up a few times and had weird dreams, though my Fitbit still gave me a sleep score of 80. 
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    It was amazing! I just posted the recipe in my Recipe Round-Up in the recipe section, if you're interested! It was a little bit of work to get it marinading, and then a day of slow cooking but it was SO worth it and the leftovers will give me lunches all week!
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    Contessa got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors.
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful"
    This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's reflections of life in the time of COVID. What is happening with COVID has upended so many dependable aspects of life for us. Particularly here in the States. It continues to be a huge adjustment!
    The article talks about building and maintaining friendships, and on building a "resilience bank account." I hear a lot of us here on the forum thinking in these terms as well. Gold stars for my W30 pals as we continue to navigate this challenging time.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Just here to say that a "6 hour slow roasted brisket in pomegranate and pecan marinade, with a pistachio mint gremolata" sounds phenomenal. You're on a cooking hot streak!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I feel like many of my close friendships slid into neutral when COVID hit. Heck, those friendships probably aren't in neutral anymore, but are kind of rolling backwards down the hill as weeks melt into months, and months merge into one amorphous blob. Yes.... those connections are so important. Every bit as good for us as leafy greens. 
    Relating completely to what you've said, and I wish more people were talking about this. Thank you for reflecting on your experience.
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Just here to say that a "6 hour slow roasted brisket in pomegranate and pecan marinade, with a pistachio mint gremolata" sounds phenomenal. You're on a cooking hot streak!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Everything is so time-consuming during the first Whole 30, but you'll get more efficient with your food prep, clean-up, etc.  I can whip up a mayonnaise now in two minutes.  Your meals look yummy! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors.
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful"
    This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's reflections of life in the time of COVID. What is happening with COVID has upended so many dependable aspects of life for us. Particularly here in the States. It continues to be a huge adjustment!
    The article talks about building and maintaining friendships, and on building a "resilience bank account." I hear a lot of us here on the forum thinking in these terms as well. Gold stars for my W30 pals as we continue to navigate this challenging time.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors.
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful"
    This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's reflections of life in the time of COVID. What is happening with COVID has upended so many dependable aspects of life for us. Particularly here in the States. It continues to be a huge adjustment!
    The article talks about building and maintaining friendships, and on building a "resilience bank account." I hear a lot of us here on the forum thinking in these terms as well. Gold stars for my W30 pals as we continue to navigate this challenging time.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I feel like many of my close friendships slid into neutral when COVID hit. Heck, those friendships probably aren't in neutral anymore, but are kind of rolling backwards down the hill as weeks melt into months, and months merge into one amorphous blob. Yes.... those connections are so important. Every bit as good for us as leafy greens. 
    Relating completely to what you've said, and I wish more people were talking about this. Thank you for reflecting on your experience.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I think the pandemic has made me realize that even though I'm an introvert, connections to others are so very important to my well-being.  You are doing good things for yourself, preparing nourishing foods, concentrating on wellness goals.  It's so challenging to actually feel emotions and not be overwhelmed by them or try to avoid them in some way.  I love that you noted that as an NSV.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    A lane lined with white daisies!  I love that you were so at peace with your grocery choices.  That thankfulness is truly an in-the-moment emotion and a marker of health and well-being.  And that you have found similar peace and gratitude through your connections with others.  This is BALANCE.  
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    You sound so zen about your food freedom! What a great space to be in. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Relating fully to this statement. I heard someone refer today to jeans as "hard pants" — I laughed in recognition. Please don't make us go back to the land of hard pants!
    Hope you get a great night of sleep.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    This was a good week. Day by day by day, staying checked in with myself. Sometimes wobblingly, sometimes steadily.
    I took myself on a hot date to the grocery store on Friday night and paused as I noticed my cart's contents loaded on the belt at the register. That's always a moment for me. This is the stuff that will be fueling me over the next week. I usually can see all my grocery purchases at one time because I'm only shopping for myself.
    Looking at the foods on that belt made me feel good. I saw variety. Some fresh green stuff, some snacky stuff. Half a loaf of bread. A lot of whole foods. A bouquet of white daisies, because they're so cheerful. Anytime I can experience this kind of spaciousness around food, I feel grateful. Participating in a regular OA group online has really helped, as has meeting a new OA pal and having a good phone chat with her last week. As has participating in threads on this forum. Companionship with fellow sojourners helps me feel less isolated.... and feeling less isolated fortifies my food freedom.
    Today for lunch, almost without thinking of it, I enjoyed a nearly-Whole 30 meal of veggies and chicken, then noticed I'm getting low on one of my favorite Whole 30 sauces. Getting low on this mayo means I've been eating a lot of veggies and chicken lately. Good. Remember this feeling, Contessa — this is your lane!
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    You're more than welcome, in my true form I still cooked like there were 7 people coming for dinner LOL!
    Plus when you slow cook something like a lamb shoulder, there's zero point doing a small one heh. Leftovers for days!!
    Monday again, hey? I can't believe that we've only been under hard lockdown 2 weeks now. it feels like forever. Only a week and a half since all but the essential stores closed, even. But at least the numbers are coming down. I'm starting to get really worried about Christmas though, because the border to my home state is still closed and has been since April and I'm worried I'm not going to be able to go home. The consensus seems to be that that is going to be the case, and that just breaks my heart.
    Anywhoo. I said to the hubster this morning that when I have to go back to the office (not this side of new year's by the looks) I won't know how to work in anything but PJ pants lol. Hopefully they'll be a smaller size at least.
    Today's goal is 30 minutes on the elliptical. Exercise is my massive failing at the moment, I'm waiting for a new strap for my Fitbit but I'd be surprised if I'm hitting 1000 steps a day, when before Covid I was hitting 10k a day without adding in additional exercise (just walking to and from the train for work, walking on lunch break etc). It's making a huge difference to my weight, and I need to get on top of that. Plus, all the sitting about is making me still and unflexible.
    So I still have vertigo but I think it's lessening. I'm not sleeping well yet, which is disappointing (hoping exercise will help that too). I also still have the gastric distress part of the first week or so. Don't get me wrong - I'm feeling good for having been back on top of it, but I'm in that between part where I'm not yet feeling amazing.
    Today's food:
    Meal 1: Thai soup with leftover shredded lamb
    Meal 2: we haven't had pork in a while so I'm thinking that, but not sure of context or sides yet.