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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Sounds like some lovely NSVs. Also, I wish you joy in browsing those Well Fed cookbooks... I think Melissa Joulwan is my favorite paleo recipe author ever. Her recipes are so creative and satisfying!
    Hoping your morning is pain free.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    This is a great idea - make the sauce chunkier so there's less tomato.  I'm going to do this.  
     
    Thanks!  These are the third or fourth different routine I've attempted during the pandemic, but I am doing a little better sticking with them while on W30.  I need the structure and routine of going to the gym, but like you, I'm concerned that it may not be quite safe yet.  There have been lots of Facebook posts about how clean my gym is and how safe people (none of whom I know) feel going, but I suspect these are much like the fake Amazon ratings.  It's nice to think about returning on July 1, but that's tomorrow!!!  I may wait another week...
     
    I got the house clean yesterday and followed my healthy habits checklist.  It's nice to feel productive.  My longer afternoon walk was cut short by significant pain in my knee and hip-ugh!!  The yoga did wonders afterward, but I still needed to take pain meds in order to sleep.  This is two days in a row (after two days of heavy nightshade consumption) where I've had significant, level 6 or 7 pain.  It's the exact opposite of where I was a week ago.  The only nightshade I had yesterday was a little curry in my chicken salad.  And I learned that peppercorns are not nightshades, which is great because I eat a lot of black pepper.  I am feeling less stiff today - could be the reduction in nightshades yesterday, could be the yoga last night.  We'll see how the day plays out.     
    Day 25/60
    Mood-8, energy-6.  I'm still dragging a little in the mornings.  I miss waking up early and getting outside before it gets hot.  I suspect this is related to the pain and poor sleep of the last weeks, but I did sleep 7 hours last night.  Though I was awake from 3:30-5:00 a.m.  Pain-0 now and during the morning short walk.  I probably still have pain meds in my system.  
    M1-curry chicken salad with celery and garden greens.  I'll still eat this until it's gone, but will continue to monitor my pain levels.  I do suspect that's it's an issue of eating too much.  Once this salad is gone, I'll do a few days of no nightshades and see how I feel in comparison.  Unless I continue to have significant pain today, then I'll just throw it out.  I can deal with low level achiness, but not what I've had the last few days.  And I really don't want to trade eating the curry spice for meds.  
    M2-leftover hamburger with onions and mushrooms fried in ghee from last night's dinner (a change from the original plan).  Along with sliced cucumber.   
    M3-the chicken and zucchini that I was planning to make yesterday.  
    My goals for today are to peruse the WellFed cookbooks that I haven't looked at in a while.  I also need to get my yoga in earlier because my son is playing baseball this evening.  
    An NSV-I tried on a pair of capri pants that I haven't worn in ages.  I could button and zip them, though they are still a little tight, but  once they fit, I will be down at least two sizes!  So I guess I'm down one now .  At least from when I was last working outside the home and wearing actual clothes.  It could be two sizes, given the Covid-19 weight gain I had.  
     
     
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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 ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole 3o Day? Tuesday June 30
    M1: greens, eggs, and ham (broccoli, 2 eggs over easy fried in ghee, prosciutto pan fried til hot)
    Snack: cookie dough
    M2: my favourite green salad with avocado and chicken
    Snack: cookie dough
    M3: spaghetti squash with compliant Kirkland marinara sauce, 1 Greenfields non-compliant cheddar sausage (dairy & sugar)
    According to MyFitnessPal, if it wasn't for that cookie dough I would be down another 5 lbs if I eat like this every day over the next 5 weeks.  I know why I made the cookie dough, it was because I didn't have anything ready to eat in the fridge.  I can whip up cookie dough in 90 seconds flat, but why?  I didn't even like it very much anyore, and I feel blergh right now - no surprise there.  I would have eaten anything else if it was just ready to grab and go. 
    I am out of sorts in many ways.  My sleep hasn't been great.  I feel snitty.  My 17 yo daughter asked me today when did I start swearing?  Yup, I don't normally swear, but these past few days the *!#!*'s have been flying around here, and there is no good reason for it.  What the heck?  More importantly, what to do?
    I have decided that I am going to sign off for now.  I logged consistently almost every day for two months.  I feel I have the basics down to eat Whole30 most of the time.  I don't beat myself up if I go off plan, unless it is something supremely stupid like making cookie dough and then eating a sh!t load of it. That is an old habit, and it's time to bury it deeper this time.  I'm going to stop logging for a bit, and the time I save from logging and journaling will go towards meal planning and trying some new recipes.  Tomorrow is a new day, a new month.  I'm planning to start the day by going to Mass at my church (Canada Day here), something I have been missing terribly since the lockdowns.  Work has been extremely busy and I am feeling swamped, so want to fix that up too.  My house is not as clean and tidy as I like, which also affects my mood.  I will try to eat as close to Whole30 as possible, as often as I can, and try to keep away from sugar, or at least if I have sugar I want to plan it and look forward to it.  I am also unplugging from social media, hopefully for the month but not sure if that's realistic.  A week anyways.  
    I hope to get back to myself soon.  Even before I began W30 at the beginning of May I wasn't like this.  I'm going to concentrate on eating clean, keeping my house and fridge organized, and learning to cook some new recipes - a goal I had from early on in my journey.  I also had a goal to be able to prep W30/clean meals quickly without too much fuss, and today's foray into the baking cupboard for the butter, flour, sugar and chocolate chips just proves that I'm not where I want to be - yet.  
    I'd like to give a HUGE shout out to everyone who posted their struggles and their victories.  It's been helpful knowing that I'm not alone in this.  I will miss keeping up with you all, but know that I am wishing you success, every. single. day.  Fare well everyone.  I will be absent for a while, keeping on keeping on - I hope, as will you too. 
    Wishing you a happy summer, filled with more nsv's than you can imagine.  
    Sincerely,
    Shadow
     
     
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I bought cookies yesterday. They weren't very nice, but I still ate a bunch. This morning I threw the rest in the trash. 
     
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    Contessa reacted to meli22 in Round 2   
    I was so happy with the results from my first Whole30 that I've decided to commit to a second round. I'm going to start TOMORROW. 
    The stress of current affairs has me scrolling all day until my brain turns to porridge. I've all but given up on exercise at this point (pre-pandemic, I would go to the gym most days). It's also pushed me straight into my #1 childhood coping strategy: CANDY. I now have a face full of pimples to show for it  ~ it doesn't feel good afterward, and I want to nip this little habit in the bud.
    Swedish berries, you are CANCELLED.
    GOALS:
    Find other ways to relax that don't involve food Get into the habit of drinking more water Limit scrolling to 15 minutes a day Aim for 40 mins exercise every day (power yoga, weights or running)  Turn meals (I live alone) into a more pleasurable event by eating on the balcony, with nice plates and napkins, and so on  
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/29/20:
    Breakfast: crummy ol' hard-boiled egg, in a hurry
    Lunch: Sweet potato + steamed broccoli + roasted cauliflower + spicy chicken tinga + sauce
    Dinner: Stovetop marinated chicken + mashed potatoes + green beans almondine + a splash of kombucha
    Because I started this adventure a couple of days before the start of the month, I am considering today my last official day of this Whole 30. Now the real adventure begins... figuring out how to translate my observations from the past 30 days into sustainable ways of feeding myself. I've been at this adventure of sustainable eating for quite some time. In some ways, the Whole 30 is the easy part... the challenge comes after the external expectations are withdrawn and I am left to make my own judgment calls.
    My goal is to eat in a way that is flexible, pleasurable, and life-affirming.... and to lean on my own authority for determining what that looks like. Melissa Urban is never going to show up in my kitchen and tell me that that English muffin is not in my best interest. So I need to put a lot of energy into consciously thinking about my food freedom. I plan to start another thread in the Re-introduction area for cataloging these reflections.
    So grateful to have another few weeks at home to think about this and experiment. Thank you, W30 squad, for your companionship along the way!
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Thank you Mady <3  I feel the same about your posts.
    I've been working on this food stuff for a long time and I know I'm not alone. I find encouragement and help in all kinds of different places, and just want to go on sharing what works and what doesn't. Fortunately, I have a pretty good grasp of what doesn't work. I think all of us doing a Whole 30 probably have that part of the spectrum covered. Focusing now on what works.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Thank you Mady <3  I feel the same about your posts.
    I've been working on this food stuff for a long time and I know I'm not alone. I find encouragement and help in all kinds of different places, and just want to go on sharing what works and what doesn't. Fortunately, I have a pretty good grasp of what doesn't work. I think all of us doing a Whole 30 probably have that part of the spectrum covered. Focusing now on what works.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Yay!  Congratulations! Your posts are thoughtful, funny, and genuine.  I've found so much of what you say applicable to my own situation.  I'm going to continue to follow you in Reintroduction as you start the next phase.  To science and experimentation! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/29/20:
    Breakfast: crummy ol' hard-boiled egg, in a hurry
    Lunch: Sweet potato + steamed broccoli + roasted cauliflower + spicy chicken tinga + sauce
    Dinner: Stovetop marinated chicken + mashed potatoes + green beans almondine + a splash of kombucha
    Because I started this adventure a couple of days before the start of the month, I am considering today my last official day of this Whole 30. Now the real adventure begins... figuring out how to translate my observations from the past 30 days into sustainable ways of feeding myself. I've been at this adventure of sustainable eating for quite some time. In some ways, the Whole 30 is the easy part... the challenge comes after the external expectations are withdrawn and I am left to make my own judgment calls.
    My goal is to eat in a way that is flexible, pleasurable, and life-affirming.... and to lean on my own authority for determining what that looks like. Melissa Urban is never going to show up in my kitchen and tell me that that English muffin is not in my best interest. So I need to put a lot of energy into consciously thinking about my food freedom. I plan to start another thread in the Re-introduction area for cataloging these reflections.
    So grateful to have another few weeks at home to think about this and experiment. Thank you, W30 squad, for your companionship along the way!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    This is such a well-planned reintroduction-It's one thing to read it and say, "yeah, I can follow that" and another to actually write out what you want to do.  This is fantastic!
    Yes...thinking ahead to any social occasions or a new tart recipe I've come across and planning, looking forward to, those opportunities to enjoy something special.   The ability to savor those moments, that glass of red with a creamy Camembert and slice of raspberry tart while sitting on the front porch with a friend on Friday evening...that is so much more life- and soul-affirming than mindlessly shoveling a bag of Doritos.  Plus, I can afford better wine and cheese if I'm not wasting money on junk food.  
    Agent Cooper has the right idea-it's so hard to notice and enjoy the daily small gifts when we are wandering aimlessly, turning in Tasmanian devil circles, through the blizzard of junk.  Noticing the daily present will keep my mind clear and focused on my goal of health.  I don't want to live in the blizzard, the dense fog existence that I much too frequently find myself in because of poor food choices.    
    Cheers to you!   
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Finally home, yay!  Interestingly, there are no compliant places to stop for lunch along my route home.  I got the brilliant idea as I approached a metro area to find a Chipotle and order from my app.  It was a few minutes off-track, but worth it to get a good, compliant and filling lunch.  Once home, there was no easy real food as I suspected would be the case.  If I had been smart, I would have prepared and frozen a meal for myself.  I fried up an onion and potato in olive oil, and added 2 compliant hotdogs.  It was good.  And finally, enough yummy, compliant, and fat-filled food to feel satisfied.  
    Looking back over the week, it really wasn't terrible.  My one definite off-plan dance was with the carry-out hibatchi dinner with rice.  It was just so difficult not knowing exactly what I would be eating, and then how it was going to be prepared.  I need the control in my life even under normal circumstances!  Two things that I maintained that are new (and important!) for me this round were journaling and walking every morning upon waking.  
    I have already menu-planned and ordered my groceries this morning.  And I have a Thrive order coming later today.  
    Day 22
    Energy-8, Mood-8, Pain-0 during walk.  No one walked the dog while I was gone.  She woke me up this morning ready to go.  I wanted to do a C25K workout this morning, but I didn't sleep well and I wasn't quite ready to get up when she was.  So a short walk and probably just a longer one this afternoon as it's already hot and humid here.  And I really need to do yoga this afternoon.  
    M1-eggs again.  I have no leftovers and no vegetables right now.  
    M2-I'm not going to have time to make food, so I'm probably going to get Chipotle for lunch.  Busy day ahead
    M3-Sheet pan chicken fajita over garden salad.  
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I'm high-fiving you from Georgia! Way to navigate some difficult scenarios during your trip. I am pleased to report that we will not have a "keto cheesecake" waiting for you on your return. Wishing you a safe drive.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/26/20:
    Breakfast: sweet potato + broccoli + ground turkey + sauce
    Lunch: Roasted brussels sprouts + ground turkey + mashed potatoes + sauce
    Dinner: Turkey burger + steamed broccoli + mashed potatoes + sauce
    A very boring but satisfying day of food.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Ooh I want to do this.  Like a pig roast but easier.  Have bookmarked the recipe and am planning sides. It will be whatever but definitely something with pineapple. Now to find an occasion... oh, oh, I know! My brother's birthday is coming up.  Shadow's taking her kitchen outdoors! 
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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 reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    "Healthy psychological response"  Trying to Keeping this in mind today.  I'm so ready to be home and not have to think so hard about food all day long.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Yes! Glad to hear you remark on this progress. When we can look at the things that tripped us up before, and think, "I am going to try a different choice this time" — that's massive. You're unlocking two powerful channels here . The first is simply realizing that you have choices. The second is making a choice that serves you on a deeper level.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    Yes! Glad to hear you remark on this progress. When we can look at the things that tripped us up before, and think, "I am going to try a different choice this time" — that's massive. You're unlocking two powerful channels here . The first is simply realizing that you have choices. The second is making a choice that serves you on a deeper level.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    Boy oh boy, do I relate to this! For me, the self-flagellation tends to be worse than the adverse effects of whatever I just ate.
    I feel like mental peace is a really important takeaway here. I tend to get pulled into a mental game of "I deserve [xyz]" when I am in a mental dance with an indulgent food. I never think, "Do I also deserve the mental disruption that [xyz] will bring me after I eat it?"
    One of the first sections of the Whole 30 "manifesto" It Starts With Food outlines "good food standards" from Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The very first standard is: "The food that we eat should promote a healthy psychological response" (p. 24). I remember reading that sentence for the first time — it was like a light switch coming on.
    Wishing you safe travels today, and easy decisionmaking along the way.
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    I love this list.... and I love that you've written a list like this!
    One of my strategies during this W30 is to get up, walk around, and talk out loud to myself when I'm in a heightened state.
    Yesterday I got really grumpy over a project a coworker had failed to deliver on behalf of our client. I recognized the flinching wish to just go to the cupboard and eat something stupid. So I walked around my house and spoke affirmingly to myself. "Of course it makes sense that you would be upset about this. This sets you back in your relationship with your client. It's understandable. Let's think about ways to correct this and deliver a great report to the client."
    Displacing upset feelings with food is a strong "feedback loop" that I'm wearing down on this W30.
    Bravo on your progress, it's wonderful to witness.
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/19/20:
    Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir
    Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce
    Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/18/20:
    Breakfast: sweet potato + sauteed kale + roast chicken + 1 poached egg + sauce
    Lunch: purple smoothie with beets, spinach, blueberries, etc.
    Dinner: leftover salmon cakes + diced red potatoes
    Today I pulled my sleep data from my Apple Watch and compared my pre-W30 results to my mid-W30 results. It's really interesting to see this data. The graph on the left is my "deep sleep" from January. The graph on the right is my deep sleep from June.
    Red = not great results.
    Green = great results.
    Blue = so healthy that I am basically floating six inches above the surface of the earth.
    It's nice to see these colors!
     

     
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/15/20:
    Breakfast: A bit of hardboiled egg; green smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, kale, ginger, etc.
    Lunch: Broccoli + mashed potatoes + roasted chicken + sauce
    Dinner: Leftover turkey burger + sweet potato fries + 1/2 "Gutzy" food & veg snack pouch
    Today was my first day back in the office after being away for a while. The very first thing I saw when I walked in the door of the office was two boxes of donuts, brought in by our office manager! Ha. That's a fine welcome back. I sailed right past the donuts without flinching.  (I'm REALLY glad the office manager didn't bring in two boxes of tender, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies..... breakfast may have unfolded differently.)
    Seeing a couple of colleagues gave me a real lift. We "air-hugged" each other from a distance as we returned to our desks. Glad I had some compliant food ready to grab and go to fuel me through the day.