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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    This list of NSVs is excellent! Your focus and resolve are inspiring.... Not to mention your relationship with black coffee. I have always aspired to be someone who relished black coffee, but I have never managed to make it work. It is wonderful how sensitive the Whole 30 makes your palate. We can find layers of flavor — no need to pave over the coffee flavor with gallons of cream! I love this NSV for you.
    Also so excited about your energy and motivation, your physical ease, your joyful bike riding — that NSV feels so freeing and wonderful! So glad you captured this list. Keep up the good work!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I rode for a little over seven miles yesterday with a friend, then we sat on her deck and cooled down.  A great reward for doing the exercise, and it was a fairly easy ride going with a friend.  It feels so nice to have the energy and motivation to get out and do something active with someone and not be terribly worried that I won't be able to keep up or will have pain issues and have to slow or stop.  I  got a little tightness in my hip and knee during the last few minutes of our ride, so this is good.  
    Day 39/60, 4th day without nightshades - will try some tomato and jalapeno today. 
    Mood-7, Energy-8, Pain 0, none during short walk this morning.  Didn't sleep well last night, so didn't want to get up as early this morning for a longer walk.  Plus, it's supposed to be a beautiful day, so I can walk again later.  Sleep...I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I don't need as much sleep as I think I do.  I'm not tired during the day most of the time, I have good steady energy throughout the day, and I almost always wake up on my own (though the dog occasionally contributes to an early morning).  Typically, I fall asleep purposefully while watching tv.  Then I wake up sometime in the early morning hours and stay awake for an hour or so and just think about stuff while trying to go back to sleep, then I sleep a few more hours.  I try to stay awake later in order to wait for my son to get home, but I often fall asleep while waiting.  Mornings after I've been awake for hours during the night, I think that I should stay in bed and try to sleep even though I don't usually go back to sleep and end up getting up in the next 30 minutes.  Maybe I should try just getting up and going with the day.  I can certainly take a nap if I need to.  
    Progress on July goals: 1) 20 min yoga last night 2) push-ups and squats this morning.
    M1-3 eggs, homemade sausage, spinach.  Too filling, didn't finish it. 
    M2-Epic beef and jalapeno broth, sliced tomato and mayonnaise 
    M3-leftover orange chicken with broccoli.  This was a fairly easy and delicious instant pot recipe.   Labor intensive, with mincing garlic and ginger, zesting and juicing a bunch of oranges.  but once the prep work was done, it came together well.  My son, who loves Chinese take-out, thought it was delicious. 
    Some NSVs:
    -I can stand and walk at any time of day, without having to wait for my creaky joints to catch up and be ready to move.  I can walk up and down the stairs correctly, most of the time (as opposed to side ways or two feet on each step).  And I'm getting more and more range of motion in my left knee.   
    -Less swelling and bloating, thinner ankles, thinner face, thinner legs.  If I keep this up, I might actually be able to wear tall boots this fall. 
    -Energy and motivation.  My mind doesn't make up excuses and delays for doing things, I just do it, so much less procrastination.  For example, I'll think, "I need to do laundry" and then I'll go up and get a load of laundry and start it.  And then fold my clothes as they come out of the dryer without much thought.  It's hard to verbalize this change, but it's pretty remarkable.  Part of this has to do with I can move more without pain, especially up and down the stairs, but it's also a shift in my mental state.  
    -Great skin.  My face glows and looks younger, I don't have the patches of dry skin on my elbows and scalp that I used to have.  And I don't burn as easily as I used to.  
    -Detached approach to cravings.  I still have cravings related to environmental cues, such as wanting to raid the pantry when I wake in the middle of the night.  But instead of the uncontrollable face dive into the crackers/cookies/loaf of bread with butter that I used to feel compelled to engage in, I can now observe the craving from afar, recognize it for what it is, then dismiss it.  
    -Clearer thinking.  Less, "What did I want to do?" or "What was I going to say?"  This still happens sometimes, but nowhere near as often as it used to.  
    -Enjoyment of black coffee.  Seriously.  I was a heavy, sweetened cream (Sweet Italian cream...), do-you-want-a-splash-of-coffee person.  Now, I love the savory, bitterness of a good cup of iced coffee.  This switch alone has probably resulted in me losing 5 pounds.  And I don't miss the cream at all.  
    -Stable mood.  I have experienced great mood swings around a person in my life, which is primarily due to my own thought processes as opposed to anything that person has done or said.  But I've observed an ability to look at things with calmness and rationality that I couldn't previously access around this person.  Stuff I'm working through, but it is definitely much easier to be thoughtful rather than reactive.  
    -Better self-esteem.  I feel better about myself and how I look.  While I still have quite a bit of weight to lose, I'm not too concerned about that.  I generally feel attractive and sexy, especially when I brush my hair and put on some make-up .   I know that may sound conceited, but I feel the opposite of how I felt about myself two months ago.  I was a lump, a slug, a lazy and fat, bloated whale.  My weight has gone down, but not significantly so and I still am not fitting into the clothes I want to fit into.  Yet, I feel SO much better about myself.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Yes, I know exactly this experience that you speak of.  
    Hooray!  Here's to rejecting your old oppressive tendency and being actively intent in your choices, being in the moment and recognizing that you are in control! 
    You are rewarding yourself with decadent coffees and chocolate-based treasures...not punishing yourself with sugar-laden, emotion-blunting, quick-fix bombs.  Perspective, vigilance, staying in-tune and checked in...We should be born with these things, not take decades to learn them! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    Ooh. I'm just sitting here at my kitchen table nodding over your response. That bit about flexible thought processes really preaches. Yes!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday was my 28th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner.  I forgot about this when planning yesterday's meals! Dinner was restaurant-compliant:  I actually ended up eating a burger with no bun, topped with avocado and fried egg, a plain arugula tomato salad, and potato wedges.  I opted to not eat the tomato and go for the white potato. I also imagine the spices on the burger were red pepper-based.   My stomach was very unsettled a few hours later, uncomfortable, bloated, and it made me restless.  So, I'll take a few more days off of nightshades and try tomato.  Between reading back over my journal and noticing patterns and this experiment, it's pretty clear that at least white potatoes (spices TBD) are problematic for me.  Also, my blood pressure was up this morning - I'm not sure if that's related, but my bp has been very stable for weeks.  Another marker to attend to.  
    Day 36/60, Day 1 of no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-8, Pain-0/2 while walking.  I was able to walk 29 minutes this morning before experiencing pain in the knee/hip/low back.  
    Progress on July goals-1: 10 minutes yoga last night 2: met strength-based goals earlier this week.  
    M1-3 eggs, homemade sausage, banana fried in olive oil all cooked and mixed together.  I didn't finish it - so much food, but delicious! 
    M2-chicken salad over garden greens
    M3-ground beef stuffed sweet potato.  It's pretty challenging to find a hot-summer-day appropriate ground beef recipe that is not a hamburger or full of nightshades.  I'm going to make a Mexican-styled ground beef (with cumin, onion, garlic, oregano, sea salt, black pepper and coriander and no chili powder) stuff it in a sweet potato and top with mashed avocado.  
    Cleaning the house and going for a bike ride later.  Today seems like a good day for a long yoga session, too.  
    I'm thinking Saturday mornings will be a good day for meal planning and starting my grocery list.  I'm moving back toward Walmart pick-up, so this will give me a chance to get an order started and pick a later day in the week for pick-up.  The only problem with this plan is that I will be working about a week ahead.  We'll see how it goes.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Glad that you are ruminating on these questions. It seems like changing our habits or maintaining good habits does require this level of cogitation — what's working right now? where am I going to run into resistance? Where am I swimming with the current, and where is the current carrying me farther away? I'm excited to hear these layers of exploration. Bravo!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    A year ago, I was averaging less than 20,000 steps per week (yes, per week).  I've been able to increase to the point where I've at least doubled that most weeks.  I have a 7,000 step/day goal (there were many days in the the last year where I was only getting about 2,000, even pre-Covid) that I've increased gradually from 5,000 steps.  A lot of these low-step days were due to significant knee and/or hip pain, but instead of trying to move some, I would stay as still as possible.  I've been working on increasing my movement, and through the W30 my swelling, inflammation, and pain has decreased significantly.  I think I'm ready to increase my daily step goal again, this time to 8,000.  I've reset my Fitbit, so here we go!  
    It will be tough to attain this today, given the monsoon going on outside.  I did get out with the dog first thing this morning, between the bands of rain, but it was just a quick walk.  Starting everyday with at least 1,000 steps (and usually more) has made it easier to attain my daily goal.  It's been a pretty easy habit to develop, especially since my dog was quick to expect the morning walk.  In the book Atomic Habits, the author talks about building a new habit into ones that already exist and using time cues - so I've built this morning walk into the time/habit of waking in the morning.  Some mornings, I go out in my pajamas, some mornings I get fully dressed.  I'm glad and hopeful to continue this new habit.  The other thing the author says is that the mental grooves of bad habits remain intact, which is why it can be so easy to slip back into those old habits and so it's really important to maintain those hooks to the new habits.  Knowing this is powerful.  
    Day 35/60, Day 4 no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-6, Pain 0 
    Progress on July goals: 1) 20 minute yoga session yesterday 2) I've met the goal of 2 strength days this week.  It's such a dreary, rainy day, I'm not really feeling like doing my pushups and leg exercises.  
    M1:  egg salad, black coffee
    M2: Chicken salad over romaine
    M3: Fish and sweet potato chips, steamed broccoli
    I  didn't sleep great last night (big glass of iced tea before bed) and the dog had me up at 5:00 am.  These types of days (tired, rainy) were often the kinds of days where I would lay on the couch and read all day and snack on chips, cookies, etc while napping off and on.  Luckily, I have an appointment at 12:30, so I can't do that, but I can imagine laying around reading the rest of the morning.  I'm not feeling an urge to snack, so that's positive.  I think that this type of environment is just what Atomic Habits talks about when discussing habits occurring with environmental cues.  But this is more about the physiological cues - I'm not feeling the desire to eat because my body is satisfied.  So that's part of it, too - when my needs are met, I'm nourished, bad habits don't have a place to flourish.  Just like the increasing movement - my body feels better, less achy and more energetic, and so I feel the need to move more.  The trick is going to be maintaining what got me to feel better physiologically, those habits are the key.  They are:
    meal planning - this is number 1, and one of the hardest for me to maintain away from W30.  Even if I have a loose structure in my mind of what my meals will be, I'm good.  But in the past, I often failed to make a plan.  I need to set aside a specific time each week to review recipes, plan meals, and make my grocery list.  During the pandemic, I've had so much more free time, that I'm able to do this when the mood strikes.  I'll think over the next few days about what will make the most sense for me as far as best time for meal planning.  
    meal preparation-this is a very close number 2, because I do very well when I can eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch.  Meal prep usually doesn't take me long and I'm pretty good with multi-tasking (i.e. this week, I started the eggs to hard boil, then mixed up the sausage and started cooking on the stove, then made mayonnaise while those things cooked.  I had everything cooked and cleaned up within 40 minutes.)  Meal prep most often occurs when I'm already cooking a meal, so I probably don't need to develop a specific habit routine for this.  
    walking-the  wake-up and walk is good.  My worry is managing inclement weather days.  We've had two so far, but not so bad that we couldn't go out for at least a short walk.  I can have a "walk anyway" mentality which I think will work better for me.  Better to get up and head out the door, only to turn around at the end of the driveway.  
    yoga-I'm in process of making a daily yoga practice.  My time cue revolves around the time my husband gets home from work, but before dinner.  This is working for now.  Pre-covid, I often went to a yoga class right after work, so the time is right.  
    Moving back out into the work world is going to be my biggest challenge with maintaining my healthy habits.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Ooh. I'm just sitting here at my kitchen table nodding over your response. That bit about flexible thought processes really preaches. Yes!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I love this.  This round of W30 I've been much more introspective and courageous in exploring my emotional issues with food.  I always knew they were there, but I thought I could avoid them.  The fact that I keep returning to the same old habits says I can't.  I am also prone to the black/white, must-do-this-to-succeed ideal...but as you said, we keep getting chances to do it right.  With each chance I can examine and go a little deeper, or I can toss out that chance and start again with the next one.  And instead of each point in time being "right or wrong" I can get it right in the grand scheme of attaining a higher level of health and well-being.  
    This is what attaining food freedom is about, isn't it?  It's not about being flexible with food choices, but about being flexible with thought processes.  I have such a long way to go, but I think this time, I'm in the right frame of mind to do this right  to learn and examine as I go along.  Still a long way to go .  
    I'm so glad you are still here - I appreciate your insightful comments.  Thank you!!!
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Bravo! As a veteran of throwing things in the trash....  I enthusiastically support this gesture.
    Melissa Urban talks in Food Freedom Forever about her one-bite rule. If she takes a first bite and absolutely loves the treat, great. She lets herself continue with the second bite, and so on. If she doesn't love it, she either gives the food away or gets rid of it.
    Throwing food away is a nice way to signal that you have changed your mind, and that you get to call the shots... not the food.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I'm not even sure what happened yesterday.  It wasn't a completely off-plan day, but I seemed to have lost my focus a little bit.  My friend called and asked about lunch instead of coffee, and had a craving for Chinese food.  I agreed, ordered a beef and broccoli without sauce, which came with fried rice and an egg roll.  I ate some of the rice and all of the egg roll, plus the fortune cookie.  I did go for a 5-mile bike ride afterward, with the intent to food prep when I got back home.  My husband was home from work, though, and asked if I wanted to go for dinner at the restaurant where our son is working.  I ordered a crab avocado appetizer that contained corn, tomato salsa and a ranch dressing drizzle (and it was delicious!).  For some reason, I was only concerned with not getting dairy or gluten - this is what I mean by losing my focus.  I also ordered a highly seasoned ahi tuna and ate a few of the homemade potato chips that came on the side.  And ate three honey-siracha wings.  They were so sweet, and so good.  I did avoid ordering an adult beverage, though I was tempted.  
    Interestingly, I had some major sugar cravings last night (the honey on the wings!!!!) and almost caved.  There are Milanos in the pantry and I had the old thoughts about eating just a few and getting back on track tomorrow.  Which we well know is the beginning of the end - the unplanned, devil-calling dive into a sweet is in no way conducive to "getting back on track tomorrow." But I did short-circuit those thoughts, though they kept cropping up.  Clearly, this is related to my lunch and dinner, as I've not had any cravings in a long time.  I'm also a little achy through my knee and hip today, even though I haven't done anything other than my short morning walk.  Plus, I'm  bloated.  I slept horribly.  My self esteem took a bit of a shot, too, though getting back to morning routine helps with this.  Lots of side effects from a few, not too off-plan foods.  That's actually a little frightening, but enlightening.  The planned reintroduction in a few weeks will help me figure out which of those foods does what to me.  
    Things I could have done differently:  Asked for just beef and broccoli, no rice or egg roll, especially since I already asked for no sauce.  Checked the restaurant menu before arriving-I was too confident in my ability to make a decision on the fly.  I'm not ready for that yet.  With the cravings-I was able to power my way through, but I know I won't always do that.  I think if I promise myself a time in the future to indulge in the treat that is calling me, that will help.  So I could tell myself, "I'll make the Milanos my dessert tomorrow night, when I can really enjoy them after dinner." I really want to focus on planning treats as opposed to indulging in the moment (except in the most rare of circumstances).  If I need to eat something in that moment of craving, a handful of almonds would be a choice.  
    In the meantime, I reset - I got up and did a short walk with the dog.  Read a few pages of Food Freedom Forever.  I'm journaling.  I ate kulua pig for breakfast.  I need to do my push-ups/lunges. I need to make a list of things to accomplish today.  
    Day 32/60 (can I even say this?? - I'm learning and working toward Food Freedom.  This wasn't my first, but definitely my worst derailment of this W60.  But I'm moving forward.  The key is that I'm learning)
    Mood-6, Energy-7, Pain-1 No additional pain while walking, but definitely some low-level achiness today.  This is different than the pain I sometimes get during walks.  
    Progress on July goals:  1) 15 minute yoga session when we got home from dinner late last evening.  2) I haven't done my strength training yet, but it's in the plan for today.  
    M1-Kalua pig with a little pesto mayo to moisten it.  
    M2-caesar salad with ground beef
    M3-The Greek chicken tenders and salad originally planned for last night.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Yeah! Last week didn't match my plan, but I stayed in the saddle. That felt good. And yesterday I cooked up a huge amount of W30 proteins and veggies. Grateful to be staying close to home (metaphorically and physically) as this new week begins.
    I dunno, perhaps after 1,382 episodes of eating way too much junk food, I'm ready for a different approach.
    Yes, please borrow the Sunday questions if you want to! Heck, no need to wait until your W60 is done... you can start using them now. Usually most of my reflections around food have been past-focused (beating myself up, regretting whatever it was I ate too much of) but I want to spend energy imagining what it looks like when things are working well.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    I love this - you are being so thoughtful about your approach, and the off-track meals have been learning experiences for you rather than complete derailments.  
    The Sunday questions - I may steal this when I'm ready to reintroduce.  The journaling and thoughtful consideration of how foods and habits impact how I feel about myself and how I feel physically have been instrumental in my success so far.  I worry about the dark abyss post-W60 (for me).  
    Congratulations on finding a strategy that is working toward a successful transition.  
    Even though you had some changes in your strategy over the last week, I get the feeling this is where you still are.  
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    Contessa reacted to RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    I can relate to this so much!  I wish you the best as you continue with your reintroduction and food freedom!
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    Contessa reacted to Kirra in Contessa's June Realignment   
    @Contessa I just copy-pasted your reintroduction plan onto my computer. LoL. Will definitely be pulling that up again for ideas in a few weeks. Thanks! And congrats!!! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Reintroduction thoughts for 6/28/20:
    Spent a good portion of yesterday thinking through my reintroduction and trying to think through what I will need on a physical and spiritual levels in order to be successful. Here is my game plan for the next two weeks:
    Day 31: Legumes: I'll try some peanut butter, soy sauce, and black beans. Days 32–33: Back to the Whole30 Day 34: Reintroduce non-gluten grains: I'll try some oatmeal, some white rice, and perhaps some corn tortilla chips. I did notice on on my spontaneous sushi date night with my bf last weekend that the soy sauce caused noticeable belly bloat the next day. That was an unintended but useful mini-introduction. Days 35–36: Back to the Whole30 Day 37: Reintroduce dairy: Ahhh, this is probably the one I've missed the most — and I also think it will be the one that affects me the most. I will try some cream in my coffee, and I will melt some cheese into my "bowl of stuff" meal for lunch or dinner. I still have about six different kinds of cheese in my fridge, which I never threw out before the Whole 30. They are probably getting moldy.... hmmm.... I need to do a fridge audit before my next grocery shop. Day 38-39: Back to the Whole30 Day 40: Reintroduce gluten grains all by themselves. I've been feeding my sourdough starter through the last 29 days, so perhaps I will bake up a loaf of sourdough and see how that goes. I think I have some wheat crackers I can bust out of the cupboard as well. Day 41-42: Back to the Whole30 Day 43: Re-evaluate notes from the past couple weeks and post a reflection about what I learned. I will commit to doing that in this space. (And if f I say out loud that I'll do it.... I know I'll do it!) Now a big list of hacks and discoveries from the past year or so that I would like to start or re-start:
    Meal planning and treat planning. In addition to my standard meal-planning, I love the thought of pausing on Sunday to think about the coming week, and to plan a treat or two. This approach will make more sense outside the context of Covid, where the world expands and I am enjoying meals with friends. Still, I like the thought of thinking ahead around treats. I want to avoid returning to the point where I just half-heartedly toss a pack of Oreos into my shopping cart because they're there. That does not feel like a treat. (Actually having a pound of Oreos in my house is a panic-inducing thought.) I want to preserve the specialness of treats. On this note... Use my findings from my re-intro to influence my grocery shopping list. I may discover in the next couple weeks that ice cream doesn't agree with me. I need to pay attention to these discoveries and shop with them in mind. Consider short mini-resets along the way — after a vacation, when my energy dips, when I'm feeling sludgy. Consider micro-resets. I have sometimes made pledges to myself to avoid just sugar for even a single day, and that has been a helpful discipline. Eat "301" —  "301" is my term for three meals a day, zero foods between meals, one day at a time. The structure of eating just three meals a day is hugely helpful for me. There are times in life when I do get extra hungry and need a snack, and that's fine. But I generally have no reason to snack every day between meals. When I start snacking, my meal times start to dissolve, and the day becomes one unboundaried graze-a-thon. Feeling crappy is the inevitable result. I know there are people who can eat this way, but I am not one of them. Experiment with the alluring single square of really fine chocolate. I've heard food people talk about that one daily square of perfect dark chocolate. I've never tried it. This idea is influenced by Special Agent Dale Cooper, who spoke about it in an episode of Twin Peaks. I love you, Dale Cooper. And I love this idea because it involves slowing down and paying attention, which is what this is all about. It's impossible for me to "hoover" dark chocolate. Last and most importantly, pay attention to how I'm doing emotionally and spiritually from day to day. The significance of attending closely to my inner experience can't be overstated. I need to be reflecting on my experience, learning from my experience, becoming a loving detective of my experience. More to come.

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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    "The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper" hooked me completely. Great title   I'm looking forward to cheering you along your journey. I hope you will report frequently here on your difficulties and joys — we are here to support you!
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    Contessa reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Those of you who are following this tale will be relieved to hear that we are still going strong! Today is Day 5. I won't bore you with a 5-day long list of all the meals (not that that information is boring! but for anyone who is interested, you can turn to page 196 in The Whole30 book  because these total newbies are sticking to the seven-day plan that someone else put together for the first week, because anything else was too daunting!). Also, I have the Whole30 Journal and am documenting all meals, snacks and drinks in there. I'll definitely log the highlights in the weeks to come, though!
    Miracle of Miracles: I. Have. Not. Had. A. Headache.  I was bracing myself when we started and fully expecting an immediate future FULL of headaches, days and days of headaches and all the accompanying crankiness and I-can't-be-bothered-to-do-anything-right-nowness that goes along with it. Due to quitting Dr. Pepper cold-turkey, of course. (I have had caffeine headaches before from just skipping 2-3 days of soda pop.)
    I'm sure the 1-2 cups of pre-noon coffee with coconut milk is the reason for my headpain-free bliss. But I also think that my pillow has something to do with it.  Yes, my pillow. I read in some medical article that 80-90% of headaches start in the neck (don't quote me on the percentages; it's been awhile - I do know it was the vast majority)! This is my third pillow I've tried in the past couple months. It is a "cool-touch" pillow (kinda like memory foam, but I don't think it is memory foam...), and it is working wonders! I'm sleeping much better.
    I felt compelled to share this due to the title of my story and just in case anyone else is dealing with headaches.
    Surprisingly, it isn't Dr. Pepper that I'm craving, it's the SWEETS! I went to bed on Day 3 thinking about brownies and cookies and woke up on Day 4 thinking of cinnamon rolls. But I have resisted their siren call, and these Whole30 meals taste amazing!
    @MadyVanilla and @Contessa thank you for the kind words of encouragement! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    The bits and pieces I've heard from this book sound so interesting! This sounds like a great companion for this time as you are thinking of your post W30/W60 life. This way of eating is too restrictive for most of us to maintain over many months or many years. But I love what you're saying about small choices that add up. This is a pleasant antidote to my former way of "all or nothing" thinking ("well, I already had some gluten, and it's only 9:45 am, so I might as well spend the rest of the day face-planting into this package of Mint Milanos").
    Excited about your bike, too. Cheers for pleasure that comes from being active!
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    This is a brilliant and undersung idea. I remember making an absurdly delicious recipe of Kalua Pig a couple of years ago, leaving my slow cooker to run on my patio one night. Somehow no raccoons got wise to the plan, but the fragrance was a blessing to the entire neighborhood. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    Oooh.... I love your concept of setting monthly goals and then giving yourself little rewards. Gonna have to borrow this idea!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Oooh.... I love your concept of setting monthly goals and then giving yourself little rewards. Gonna have to borrow this idea!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Thank you!  I just love her books, too!  I use so many of her tricks to whip together a quick meal, and for inspiration even if I don't follow a specific recipe.  I need to set a short-term goal and then reward myself with Well Fed Weeknights.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Note to self - use the garlic aioli mayonnaise as a base for anything I  "bread".  It was delicious!  I think I'll do this later in the week with fish.  
    I'm feeling MUCH better today.  I slept better, woke up (but didn't get up) earlier, and I had no pain yesterday or so far today.  I'll give this a few days, then add some nightshades back into my diet and see what happens.  I missed my opportunity for a long walk this morning because I didn't get up early enough, but it's a rainy and stormy day so it's fine.  And I'm not quite mentally ready to go to the gym yet, maybe next week.  
    Day 26/30
    Energy-8, Mood-9, Pain-0.  I think I could have done a C25K this morning, I felt so good!  But I wasn't thinking along those lines, so wasn't prepared.  I'm really trying to take this slow, I know what happens when I ignore the pain.  
    M1-chicken salad with celery and lettuce
    M2-Leftover hamburger with sliced cucumber, lettuce, pickles, mustard, a handful of almonds to add some fat.  Or maybe some Caesar dressing, turn this into a salad.  
    M3-Leftover baked chicken and zucchini.  I think I'll fry the zucchini in a little ghee - I was hungry a few hours afterward last night, as there wasn't enough fat in this meal.  Usually, I'm really good about eating fat, it definitely satiates me and keeps cravings at bay.  But when I think I can get away with just a little bit in a meal, I'm wrong.  I ended up snacking on almonds and dates last night.  
    My vegetable choices are pretty boring and often the same things.  I'll add spinach, broccoli, or kale once in a while, but I need to expand for more variety regularly.  I was doing better when I was getting a box of veggies delivered.  This will quickly lead to food boredom for me - I need to be sure to plan whole meals and not just the proteins for next week.  I tend to throw on vegetables as an afterward, but being more mindful is a good idea.  
    I'm toying with the idea of weighing myself on Day 31...I'm not a slave to the scale, and I feel like I've lost quite a bit of weight.  But then what if it's not as much as I expected?  I'm not sure how that would effect me.  If it's not at least 15 pounds, I think I'll be disappointed.  Maybe I should wait.  Still a few days to decide.  On Day 25 in the journal book, it talked about reasons that you may want to extend the W30.  I'm extending due to a noncompliance with rice issue last week, but I do fit in two of the three categories for reasons to extend - I have chronic pain that isn't fully resolved and I consider myself a carb/sugar addict.  In the spirit of the program, I really should wait to weigh-in until I finish my 60 days, and be content with people noticing and clothes fitting better.  I'll ponder this.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from meli22 in Round 2   
    Hey there, excited to hear about your second round! Boy do I relate to "porridge brain." And I relate to the childhood coping strategy, too!
    Your goals sound wonderful. Cheering you on as you explore alternative means of relaxing, living well, and enjoying life!