pearlgirl2017

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I have learned something about myself during this Whole30.  One thing is that tomato based sauces, or soups with tomatoes, make me want something sweet afterwards.  And two - it only takes a few negative comments from my companion for me to self soothe with non-compliant food.  So with this new-found knowledge I will continue on, counting today as Day1.  Meal 1 this morning was a vegetable/ground beef soup (with an added tbls of coconut oil).  And just an FYI - those pre-shredded carrots NEVER get soft.  Meal 2 will be the Zuppa Toscana soup, and Meal 3 will be pork chops and Butter Braised Cabbage (made with ghee instead of butter) https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/256279/buttered-braised-cabbage/.
    Try having a mini-meal, or a filling kind of snack before you go.  It's easier to make better choices if you aren't starving when you get there. Stay strong.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Yummy!  I had a friend over for dinner last night and thank my stars he eats very well (better than me! ) already.  We made yummy chicken wings in the air fryer with New Primal buffalo sauce, roasted sweet potatoes in the oven and sauteed zucchini.  With a side of Wildbrine sauerkraut and flavored sparkling water!  It was soooooooooooooooo good.  I have not once regretted my decision to purchase an air fryer.  So worth it!
     
    Only less than 9 days left.....I can't believe how fast it has gone....I"m pretty nervous about day 31 and beyond....my parents will be visiting from out of town on day 33 and I didn't really warn them about anything.  They are pretty used to me going on an off of restrictive food resets, so they're used to my shennanigans but I know they will want to go out to eat (because I gifted them giftcards to places where I live for when they were coming to visit) and just that makes me nervous.  I guess we do the best we can!  
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Day 13.  Have I really only completed 12 days?  Almost half-way there.
    I've made my meal plan for the week, checked my grocery list and I'm ready to hit the grocery store.  The meal plan looks a little ambitious to me, but hopefully there will be some leftovers.  Some nights ya jus doe wanna cook.....
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Jennifer Jensen in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Apparently, making it past week 3 is extremely difficult. I have noticed other people saying they made it to day 23 or so. I am sure you will make it this time. I have planned out one week of meals but it is changing a little because my  husband is doing a liquid/mush/soft diet after oral surgery and he didn't realize it until I asked the day before his surgery. As a result my week 1 will probably stretch two weeks or almost. I officially started today but I have been playing around with it for 10 days before committing. I also had to make sure I have all my ingredients and was trying to finish the books first.

    I am committed to seeing some changes. For me I will probably have to go back and do an addition Whole60 or 90 after the new year. I have an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) and maybe another one - my rheumatologist is monitoring me. All I know is every time I get ready for an exercise plan a couple of weeks or months into it I have some kind of big health setback. I need to be healthy and lose weight. I need to get rid of inflammation. I am even hoping this improves my neuropathy. We'll see. Additionally, I have low stomach acid which must be the reason I have digestive issues. I too need to take better care of myself.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to C_J in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I'm with you!  This week I have been extremely exhausted and I have been eating plenty of starchy carbs....that said, the smoke here in Colorado is bad, has been bad for months with the wildfires and we got new carpet installed at work...so lots of fumes and chemicals and poor air quality going on.  I went to bed at 8pm last night and slept until 5:30 this morning!  Today i feel fantastic and still going strong.  My co-worker wanted to pick me up a fancy coffee drink on her way in and I had the will to politely decline, because I had just brewed an herbal tea.  I'm a bit frustrated because I'm not really feeling any different than when is started but I am hopeful by the end I will.  I know for some it can take a very long time to undo what has been done.  Keep on keeping on! 
     
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Thank you for joining me here.  I have previously attempted Whole30's before.  I have made it as far as day 23.  This time I WILL make it to day 30 and a proper reintroduction.  
    I seriously need to take better care of myself.  With all that's going on in the world right now I need to at least feel in control of what I am eating.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen 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 dnewc in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    I had a bit of an unintentional fail - I had cooked some compliant chicken with green chilies and my daughter heated some up in the microwave to make tacos. I was just going to have the same thing but on top of a salad. She heated a bunch extra so I piled it on my salad not realizing until I had eaten a fair bit that she had added  grated jack cheese in with it.
    I have already made a bunch of compliant food and I was doing fine. I am going to stick with it but I can't consider this a WHOLE 30 unless I just keep going longer.  I may try again after Oct 21st when I get back from a camping trip.
    Happily I am still enjoying the benefits like amazing sleep!
     
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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 Elizabeth33 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!