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Posts posted by SchrodingersCat

  1. Last night's dinner was totally yum and compliant save for the sheep/goats feta. Here's a thing - within an hour of eating it, my lips dried out to the point of pain and I was using lip balm all night, which I haven't been since I've been on track, and today I have that sore mouth feel I have also noticed goes away on round. VERY interesting, especially because goat/sheep dairy is not supposed to be as bad for reactions as cows.

    Today I had leftover soup for lunch, dinner is going to be coconut yogurt tandoori chicken thighs with chilli garlic snake beans and leftover cauli tabbouleh. 

    I'll fit another meal in there, not sure what yet though! Maybe a snack plate of some boiled eggs, compliant salami, pickles, olives and pickled carrots

  2. Ever have those days where you don't feel like chewing? It's a hot day but I just wanted soup. So I threw the last of the (bit floppy) cauli, a broccoli stem, a carrot and the last of a sweet potato in a post, covered with water, added a TBS of yellow Thai curry paste and boiled til mushy, stick blender with 1/4 can coconut cream and YUM. I adore Thai curry, can you tell? And there's enough left for tomorrow! 

  3. FriYAY!!!!

    I'm so glad it's the end of the week. I don't know why this has been such a week, but it really has.

    Last night I was thinking about dinner tonight and started actually getting super stressed and anxious because over the last 2 weeks we have had all the different proteins, and the weather is hot and I don't want to run the oven etc etc etc - which is SO daft. Like... it doesn't matter? It doesn't have to be fancy, or exciting, it just needs to be food? I hate when I get that much inside my head. I love cooking, and I love planning food, but it should never be stressful. Not for just home dinner, anyway.

    So, as promised yesterday I'm actually having breakfast - 3 eggs scrambled with spinach, mushrooms and compliant salami, topped with fresh salsa.

    Lunch will be whatever I dig out of the fridge, and dinner... well, despite actual anxiety over it yesterday, I am still to decide. I shall report back.

    OH, I also woke up at 6:45am and actually got up at 7:30 after reading the news on my phone for a bit, not because I was anxious or anything, just because it felt like time to get up. If this becomes a thing, I might start morning walks.



  4. Lunch was a friend cauli rice with roast pork, carrot, Chinese broccoli and coconut aminos.

    Dinner was the crispy skinned chicken with roasted sweet potato rounds and a delicious broccoli and snap pea salad with prosciutto and almonds, in a mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar dressing.

    So the last couple of days I've been very tired at mid afternoon, and started getting really irritable around late afternoon, then a headache settles in. I know I should be eating 3 meals and I think that's my issue. Tomorrow, I'll make sure to have an earlier meal.

  5. I slept SO WELL last night. Bed at 11pm, woke up at 6:45am to go to the loo. That's the longest stretch I have slept in a very, very long time.

    Bit headachey today, but otherwise feeling good. I'm a bit proud of myself for still doing Ring Fit last night even though I felt crappy!

    Today's food, I am taking the leftovers of the ribeyes we had (bones with a bit of meat still on) and cooking them into a beef soup which I'll add frozen mixed veg too. It will satisfy my need to avoid waste and sounds yummy.

    Dinner is going to be crispy skinned chicken marylands with sweet potato mash with ghee and watever veggies I can rustle up from the crisper. 

  6. I loved last night's dinner, but Hubster wasn't really a fan, so I'll leave the Thai curries for me from here on out ;)

    Was awake early this morning because I have a deadline today, and of course as soon as I woke up and the sun was coming up I started thinking of it. But instead of lying there dozing and fretting, I just got up and started working on it. That's a welcome change!!

    I'm still having headaches, though think maybe I need my neck fixed. I've noticed that, as often happens on round, I'm not really needing lip balm, and I haven't had to take antacids since day 1. This is a favourite part of W30! I did get heartburn after dumplings, but sucked it up as punishment lol.

    I am getting a bit more energy, I think . though by the end of the day I'm still exhausted.

    I'm having a hypersensitive skin day. So annoying. Had to change t-shirt because I was wearing one of those jersey ribbed type fabric shirts and it was hurting the inside of my arms because they were touching it as I typed. This happens from time to time. 

    Still didn't finish the tuna patties, so they're going in the bin. Today will be:

    M1: leftover roast pork and veg with some sort of sauce - maybe coconut aminos and chilli oil

    M2: eggs and kraut with a dollop of mayo

    M3: Pork scotch fillet steak with eggplant caponata (eggplant, tomatoes, onion, capsicum, garlic and capers)

  7. I worked out yesterday, woohoo!!

    It was just a level of Ring Fit but it was a hell of a lot more than I have done of late. It's a mental thing, once I have done one (similar to once I've got through the first day of W30) it makes it easier to do again.

    Today I will finish those damn tuna patties, or throw them out. Otherwise, eating leftover roast post with mixed veggies.

    Tonight is fish Tuesday (little tradition that developed when I used to work near the markets, so it will be salmon. Thinking maybe a coconut curry salmon on some cauli and broc rice. 

  8. It's Monday and I made it through a full week sticking to plan. Note the plan included a PLANNED and well considered, and very worth it, deviation into dumpling land, and I'm not regretting or second guessing that one bit.

    Meals today will be:

    • The last of the bloody tuna patties, mayo and kraut
    • Leftover pork and roasted veg from last night with baby spinach and rocket
    • Simple dinner of BBQ scotch fillet steak, some BBQ sweet potato and either salad or some roasted veg.

    Did not sleep well last night, I was having weird dreams and kept waking up very anxious. I should have just gotten up early, but I didn't. It was the first real day back at work (I was in last week but no one else was) and I'm in Court this morning, so I was a bit anxious to get prepared and not go wandering beforehand. I might get up early tomorrow.

  9. Busy day, so two meals

    M1: Tuna patty (almost through them, I love these things but damn, I made too many) with cauli tabbouleh and mayo

    M2: Roast pork with cracking and a roasted veg salad with fennel, carrots, beetroot, broccolini in a mustard and apple cider vinaigrette

    Did a massive house clean today, it's good to start the week with everything so tidy! The plan for this week is to just keep trucking but try to get in some exercise. It's cooler in the start of the week, so at least some lunch walks can happen. 

    So a week in, I'm happy, I'm sleeping well, I'm not taking antacids, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the cooking and prepping. I'm still way more tired than I feel like I should be and having headaches, but I'm also obese, unfit, and have other health problems and don't expect this to fix everything. It's early days. But the fitness thing has to improve - I am the least fit I have ever been and feel terrible for it. I'm everything that I dread, one of those people who needs a sit down after walking around a shopping centre. I've been overweight for many many years, but I've always been a fit fat, able to go for a run, or walk 10km without flinching. Now a day out shopping does me in. It's what happens when you spend 2 years at home, no incidental exercise (I used to get my 10k steps a day just from getting to and from work) and letting Covid just... stain everything.

    No more. I might be working from home, but dammit, I'm going to take the steps I need to take to feel good again.  


  10. So far so good. I had dumplings and sparkling water, then a bottle of water during the movie (no popcorn!). I don't feel gulity, I don't feel like having something else noncompliant, and I don't feel like I blew anything. I had a lovely day with friends, saw a fun film, and have come home and am preparing a delicious compliant meal

    So dinner is Moroccan spiced lamb backstrap with potatoes cooked in a tomato, onion and capsicum sauce and sautéed silverbeet with balsamic, fresh out of my garden. 

  11. OK SO.

    Today is my first actual outside the comfort zone challenge. Per my original post, I'm not on a round, I'm learning Food Freedom within the restrictions of Whole30 where I feel best. As discussed with my dietician, one day, one meal is not going to do me harm. SO when I got an invite to go to dumplings then a movie today - I accepted. 

    I'm going to have dumplings, and I'm going to enjoy them. I might have popcorn. I won't have soft drink, I will have sparkling water. No alcohol at lunch, or this evening (Friday night without a wine, even with Hubster drinking, was very easy - I just feel better without it). 

    Dinner will be Whole30. But I am NOT going to feel bad about these dumplings, or feel like I failed, or stress over it, or let it snowball. This is real life, it's FF, and I have thought about it and I have decided that they are worth it. 

    (Do I sound like I've convinced myself yet, lol? I'm an all or nothing person and that's my biggest hurdle!)

  12. I traditionally do a round starting the first work week back in January after serious debauchery in the weeks beforehand. I don't think it actually makes it harder - usually it comes as a bit of a relief (including this time, where I'm not on a strict round but working towards a healthier food freedom!).

    I guess I just don't think that there's a bad time to start. 

  13. 17 hours ago, Aliem999 said:

    Make it in a slow cooker (or instant pot or equivalent)! Great results and way less heat in your kitchen!

    I'm going to have to do some in the pressure cooker, though I much prefer stove top because I let it really cook down, almost into a concentrate. But needs must, and I need my stock and must not heat up the already hot house!

    Friday! First hurdle will be not pouring a glass of wine when the hubster does this afternoon.

    The first working week being back on track has been really good. I feel better, sleep better and just have so many immediate improvements. I haven't started exercising yet, but I do plan to. It's been really hot and the hubster has been unwell and (insert further excuses here, yadda yadda) but baby steps, eh?

    Meal 1 and 2 will be a combo of the same this week, tuna patty, slaw, mayo, beef, salad.

    Dinner will be lamb koftas. Not sure what with yet, I'm thinking a coconut yogurt tzatziki and a salad of iceberg, cucumber, kalamatas, red pepper and marinated red onion and a side of duck fat potato.


  14. NSV - this morning I trotted down the stairs, no handrail. 5 days ago, it was a one step at a time, hold handrail job. Partly due to a bit of vertigo, partly due to generally feeling foggy and stiff and sore and unsteady. I have gotten through 3 days without antacids, always a huge plus. I'm sleeping REALLY well! It usually takes me a week or more to get to that stage. 

    My headache of yesterday seems to have passed, thinking vax side effect. 

    I need to start some exercise, I'm being super slack. It's too hot to walk the dog during the day at the moment, and I'm sleeping too damn well to get out of bed early LOL. Enjoying it while I can.

    Today's food plan:

    M1: Tuna patty, kraut, mayo

    M2: Thai-ish beef salad with leftover ribeye

    M3: Something with pork steaks. I'll do some recipe reviewing

  15. M1: Tuna patty with mayo and spicy kraut.

    M2: leftover snapper on a salad of rocket, baby spinach, artichokes, radishes and a lemon garlic dressing.

    M3: Rib eye on the grill with a dill pickle slaw

    I'm absolutely wiped today, I could just nap and have a headache BUT I also got my Covid booster yesterday and that's probably why. I'm sleeping well, which is actually surprising, it usually takes me up to a week of crappy sleep to start seeing the absolute crash outs that I so love!

    My anxiety is down, too and I don't really have vertigo (though didn't really have it much before starting, either, it seems to be on the wane at the moment). 

    I want to make chicken stock because I'm out but it is HOT and HUMID and the last thing I need in the house is a boiling pot of stock on the stove for hours on end, so I'm sucking it up and buying compliant if needed.

  16. As often happens, my food plan yesterday completely changed by dinner! Hubster wasn't feeling well, so rib-eye would have been a waste. He wanted something fresh and light so we had panfried snapper with lemon, garlic and dill ghee (one of the household favourites). I had mine with a salad of rocket, baby spinach, artichokes, sweet potato, radishes and toasted almonds and a lemon garlic dressing.

    SO today is rib-eye day.

    Daytime meals will be a combo of kraut, eggs, tuna patties and mayo. As I noted I'm not sticking to the 3 meals a day and am trying to learn to trust my hunger signals, while not grazing,


  17. Morning!

    Well I actually slept pretty well last night which was surprising (first night back after returning to work, and also first completely alcohol free day after Christmas).

    As a big part of why I'm back on track and reaching for a sustainable food freedom is weight loss, I was a bit concerned about how much I'm eating, considering yesterday I had mayo twice, a handful of nuts and a fair bit of coconut milk in my soup. Threw the day in a calorie calculator and I feel MUCH better, it really is very heard to overeat when you're sticking to whole foods! 

    Todays meals will be:

    M1: poached eggs and saurkraut

    M2: tuna patty with leftover sweet potato soup

    M3: rib-eye with chimmichirri slaw


  18. Ended up with a red Thai curry sweet potato and cauliflower soup with bamboo shoots and broccoli florets, types with seared prawns. Yum!! If the fella isn't eating, I get to make something he wouldn't eat.

    I had another tuna patty with Mayo late, I was just genuinely hungry. My first 2 meals were quite small. I'm so used to grazing now, after almost 2 years working from home and not taking set breaks.

  19. Day is ticking along OK, I have an upset stomach from some takeaway last night - Hubster is sick in bed from it, so I know that's the cause!

    M1: tuna patties with sauerkraut and mayo

    M2: Portobello mushroom stuffed with sautéed spinach, topped with egg, salsa and nutritional yeast

    M3: was going to be rib eye but given the fella can't even do water right now, that can wait for tomorrow. I'll have a hunt through the freezer, I'm pretty sure I have some single pieces of fish and some prawns. Or I might just cop out and make an omelette...