pearlgirl2017

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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    how did everyone's weekend go?  Mine was pretty solid....except that after a long day of interior painting yesterday, I walked with my partner to the liquor store across the street because he wanted a nice cold tasty beverage.  It was easy for me not to be tempted, but I felt like I deserved a "treat" too.  They only thing I could get was a small bottle of 100% pure orange juice and I only drank a little bit...I know you're not supposed to have fruit juice unless you add it to a recipe for sweetener...but I don't feel like this threw me off in any way and I am saving the rest of it for carnitas this week.  I don't have to start all over do I???? 
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Sounds tasty.  Let us know how it turns out.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    @pearlgirl2017 -That soup looks amazing. I'll have to try it next - I'm still working on my leek-potato-spinach-mushroom-chicken soup. I love it but I made a bunch.
     
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Carrie 2558 in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Day 5 -  I feel much better today.  My head is clearer & I woke up feeling more alert in a long time.  Supper was left overs.  Didn't take my meat out and it was frozen so leftovers it was.  I found I could only eat 1/2 of what I put on my luncheon plate.  When I get hungry my stomach feels hollow. I keep forgetting to drink lots of water.
    Tonight I am going to make the brisket.  I've never cooked one before but I can add vegetables & potatoes to it.  Next time I will use the Instant Pot and compare it to the oven cooked one.
    Spices - red pepper flakes, curry, hot sauce, jalapeño, chili pepper.  Alot of recipes ask for them.  Thanks for the help.  I hope you are having a good day.  Thanks for the recipe, I'll be sure to try it.  The first night I did the tomato sauce with Italian ground beef with spaghetti squash.  It was very good.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Welcome to Day2.  Day1 went pretty well considering I didn't get any of the prep work done during the weekend that I had planned.  Still managed to eat compliantly, just nothing ready-to-use.  Yesterday's meals were  
    Meal 1:  Eggs scrambled in bacon drippings, Dole mandarin orange cup, coffee with almond milk.
    Meal 2:  Can of tuna warmed up with a can of green beans (didn't have a fat).
    Meal 3:  Seared pork chops https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54981/pan-fried-pork-chop-recipe/ with steamed yellow squash and a lemon/oil sauce.
    I used a thick-cut boneless chop and it came out fine.  It had to cook about 10-12 minutes in the oven to reach 145 degrees.   How were your meals?
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Carrie 2558 in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I've almost made it through Day 4.  Yesterday was rough.  Major headache and really tired.  Today my head is clearer.  I am amazed I do not have any cravings.  Are you the same?  I'm having a hard time in the afternoons.  My stomach is saying, "Feed Me".  I have noticed alot of the meals are spicy.  I can't do spice.  Does anyone have any ideas on substitutions to replace those ingredients ?  I can just eliminate them but worried they will be too bland.   
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I'm doing great so far, but the smoke has cleared in Santa Cruz so we can sit outside and I am meeting a friend for what would normally be "happy hour" more recently "social distance glass of wine". Wine is so tempting but I guess I'll bring some La Croix or Kombucha. It's all about good company after all!!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I'm doing great!  Thankfully, I cooked so much this weekend I am good for a few more days.  Guess I should start planning what to make next so I am ready to cook again on Saturday!    I am really digging the slow cooker BBQ shredded chicken with sweet potato "buns" recipe....I used New Primal hot sauce and BBQ sauce and it is literally the BEST chicken I have ever made!  
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Thanks for the tip C-J . I did not have time to prep mayo after all so I will definitely look for the Primal Kitchen. But I did make soup tonight. I put a ton of spinach in (well like a pound and a half) - so satistfying.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I use Primal Kitchen mayo as my go to if you don't have time to make your own (plus its messy clean up IMO).  They have several flavors that are compliant and SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tasty!  
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    LOL the pork shoulder - I over cooked it and the sugars in the puree burned a little. I would definitely try it again and it was edible, it just could have been better. I wasn't paying attention. 
    I need to shop - I am going to make some chia pudding jars for breakfasts for the rest of the week with berries and nuts.
    I think I'm going to keep it pretty simple tonight and do roasted chicken and veggies to go with it and then prep some mayo and maybe one of the dressing recipes
    I had a bit of a family emergency this weekend which threw off my planning and prepping - my mother fell and broke her jaw. I went to visit and made a bunch of soups for her to freeze in single portions. They just happened to be Whole30 friendly and pretty tasty so maybe I'll do a soup for myself tomorrow. Leek and potato with spinach mushroom and chicken. 
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from farmermama in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Hello all!  I am gearing up for this year's September Whole30 which starts on Monday, Sept. 14.  I have most of the week's meals planned and will do my shopping and prepping over the weekend.  I am committed to this next 30 days.  Everything hurts, and I have needed to start taking anti-depressant meds again.  I have minimal energy and my creative side seems to have left me.  
    Welcome to all who are also starting on the 14th.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to farmermama in September Whole30--started 9/14 So excited to be back!   
    Hi, all! I'm so glad to be back at a Whole 30! This is my third, and the beginning of a big shift in my life as a whole! I have signed up for classes to become an elite personal trainer and life coach, and hope to become a Whole30 coach as well! 

    My first Whole30 was back before It Starts with Food, and it was so transformative for me that Dallas and Melissa included my testimony in chapter 7 of that book! Since then I have had so very many life changes, including adoption, divorce, and all that entails. For several years I have wallowed in the stuck-ness of  what is hard in my life, and my health has seriously declined. A recent event has wakened me, and I am finally able to realize that I do not have control over what other people do, but I do have control over how my physical body handles it. Specifically, my stress level is a constant that I cannot lower, but I can greatly increase my body's ability to handle that stress. That's where I am today: handling stress by engaging full-on in this Whole30 and shifting my thought-life and actively applying gratitude, praise, and surrender to my Creator while setting appropriate boundaries with folks who add to the chaos and crazy that has been my life for too long. 

    This September Whole30 is much more than a gut-reset for me. It is a Total Reset in every area of my life. And I am SO looking forward to the process--all of it--along the way! I'm here not just for the results at the end of this, but also for the release of toxicity in my life (and my gut) on the journey! Ya gotta climb the mountain to get that amazing view of the valley! I am here to enjoy the hike to the top as much as the view once I'm there!  

    All the best to all of you along the way! 

     
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Welcome to Day2.  Day1 went pretty well considering I didn't get any of the prep work done during the weekend that I had planned.  Still managed to eat compliantly, just nothing ready-to-use.  Yesterday's meals were  
    Meal 1:  Eggs scrambled in bacon drippings, Dole mandarin orange cup, coffee with almond milk.
    Meal 2:  Can of tuna warmed up with a can of green beans (didn't have a fat).
    Meal 3:  Seared pork chops https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54981/pan-fried-pork-chop-recipe/ with steamed yellow squash and a lemon/oil sauce.
    I used a thick-cut boneless chop and it came out fine.  It had to cook about 10-12 minutes in the oven to reach 145 degrees.   How were your meals?
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Hi folks,
    I'm starting today too. I've completed a couple of Whole30s, felt really good and had great success, but more recently I had a couple of false starts and then got really relaxed and complacent about my eating habits during shelter-in-place. It's been al about comfort food and comfort wine haha. It took me this long to realize what I've been eating and drinking hasn't been helping my body or my spirits. I'm excited to start Whole30 and looking forward to the good night's sleep I know I'll be getting. 
    I'm going to experiment with a pork shoulder, mango puree and lime in the pressure cooker tonight. Then spend some time planning a menu for the rest of the week.
    Here's to us! We can do this!
     
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to J-tothe-ess in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I’m starting the 14th as well. This is my fourth round. I just moved from Colorado to Arizona with my family. There’s been a lot of eating out and quick eats during the transition and I need a reset and refocus big time! My skin hates me and my clothes are nice and snug! 
    I am so ready for some routine and consistency in my life. And good-healthy food! 
     
     
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    hello!  First-timer here...although, I have done many paleo "resets" as I call them, and a handful of 21 DSD's in the past several years.  I'm super excited for this though!  ...In the beginning of COVID I was adamant about keeping my immune system as good as it could be, but after all the months have gone by....I've not been so kind to my body.  I've had inflammatory back issues, decreased energy and lability in mood.  AND my jeans are getting really uncomfortable.  I feel so bloated all the time!  I'm confident it won't be too difficult for me since I feel like a veteran for these sorts of programs and I already don't eat gluten or dairy other than a bite here and there because I'm intolerant to both.  Starting out strong today....We got this!!! 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Lori671 in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Today is my first day too. First time ever doing Whole30. I'm sticking to the basics. I have my proteins pre cooked, frozen veggies on hand & olive oil for the first week. I'm in the process of moving so I need simplicity. I can't put it off any later because if I do it will be just another excuse.  
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Melinaka in Monday 9/9/19 State Date- anyone else?   
    Hi Pearlgirl2017, why do you think you're having trouble resisting cravings? It's been hard for me too, but I've battled it this long and I'm having fewer. Yay! I think for me, it was letting all the sugar leave my system. My tastebuds followed eventually lol.
    Quick meal prep... have to love that. One thing about W30 is it takes my focus off food being enjoyable and makes it more about meals for sustenance. I do like that lesson. 
    I'm just going to oven bake some boneless skinless chicken breasts for dinner (extra for the week) and have a nice fresh salad. Found some blackberries too AND a great find at Fresh Market: I had my hand on the Tessemae's Italian and noticed a FM brand above it. ON SALE and labeled W30. Rosemary and French Provincial herbs. Yum. 
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Leighla27 in Personal Trainer starting September 15   
    Don't over think it.  Read your labels and keep your meals simple.  There's plenty of time to explore new recipes after you get the hang of it.  A lot of the meals you already make could probably be tweeked a little to be in compliance with the rules.  Remember to drink plenty of water.  I started on the 9th.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Melinaka in Monday 9/9/19 State Date- anyone else?   
    I'm still not doing a perfect Whole30.  I caved to a few bites of peanut butter last night, and I'm sure that dressing was bound to have sugar in it. 
    But I am determined to keep going, and hopefully improve each day.  I will keep going past the end of the 30 days so I will eventually have 30 days in a row of no sugar.  My planned meals are going well.  Made a simple meal of pan fried thin cut pork chops last night.  Served with a can of DelMonte canned sliced carrots and a side salad.  Took all of 20 minutes to bring it together.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from heb2014 in pearlgirlfoodforthought   
    Sept. 16 - Day 8 - Monday
    Spent most of Sunday cooking and washing clothes.  Made a soup for my lunches for this week.  Mondays are always tough to get out of bed.  I stayed up too late reading.
    Meal 1 - 1 slice bacon, leftover boiled brussels sprouts scrambled into 3 eggs
    Meal 2 - Slow cooker chicken and sweet potato stew from one of the Whole30 cookbooks
    Meal 3 - big salad consisting of butterhead lettuce, about 12 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cucumber, green onion and 2 hard-boiled eggs. Basalmic vinigrette. 
    Drank all my water for the day.
    I didn't have any cravings for anything today.  Still waiting for my jeans to fit a little looser and my tummy to look a little flatter.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Melinaka in Monday 9/9/19 State Date- anyone else?   
    LOL, yummy breakfast Pearlgirl2017! (I'm totally not above eating some cold leftover brussel sprouts when I'm hunting down a quick eat. Guilty of it as a matter of fact
    I got to meal prep. Did some pieces of salmon and a good salad for the week. Added some fresh mint to the greens. Avocado, heirloom tomato, mushroom, celery, cucumber, mixed baby greens. 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Melinaka in Monday 9/9/19 State Date- anyone else?   
    That sounds like a yummy recipe! I love riced cauliflower. 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Melinaka in Monday 9/9/19 State Date- anyone else?   
    Peargirl2017, how was your energy at the gym?
    :(... I am anxiously waiting for my first run... once my twisted ankle heals.