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  1. 7 hours ago, Rebecca001 said:

    Thanks @SchrodingersCat that sounds like a horrible lockdown. Are people still fairly compliant? We are finding a lot of cases and they will skyrocket now the schools are returning, and lots of double vaxxed people testing positive. But hopefully no more lockdowns! People are getting very fed up with them now and I don’t think public support will continue. 

    It's getting dicey. There are protests, and people just ignoring restrictions, but for the most part people are still complying. We're in Melbourne, so longer lockdown but less cases per day, and we're all watching Sydney who have really lost control of their outbreak, and so people are freaking out a bit and that leads to compliance. I think now spring is coming, people are going to get more restless though. It's just so different - in the UK you had really high numbers of infections and deaths, so now that there's such widespread vax, even with lots of cases, the lower hospitalisation and deaths means opening up and freedom and that's success. Australia is a victim of it's own "success" in that we closed borders, had very very low infection and deaths and now that people are learning that opening up and freedom means accepting case numbers, they're freaking out. It feels like failure, after 18 months of sacrifice. We're actually looking at moving to my home state, where there have been very few cases and no more than a week of lockdown, because we're just not coping anymore. 

  2. I'm currently sober while my hubster is drinking wine and it ain't easy. Not just because of habit, but because tipsy people are hard. 

    I look at the UK coming out of Covid and sit here in my 6th lockdown and just... jealous. I'm fully vaxxed, have been for months but because our government completely screwed up the vaccine order and roll out, not enough other people are and so we can't open up. We're still in one of the hardest lockdowns in the world, and now it's the longest!!

    Sorry for the whinge! Glad your hip is on the mend, it's so frustrating when the mind is willing and the body says "nope!!". Hope your run goes well!

  3. OK. Friday not drinking is hard. Not because I want a drink so much, but because my husband is drinking and being around someone tipsy when you're not is hard. I also don't feel great still, vertigo and headache and there's always a hint of "if I don't feel better yet, why am I being so hard on myself?" Hello self defeatist attitude. It can STFU!

    But yeah, It's been a long week and I look forward to waking up at the same damn time I do every morning but without the impending doom feeling of yet another day in front of my computer in my living room. Crappy weather all weekend, so not sure what I'm going to get up to. I do need to shop, but that's the extent of plans. 

    M2: I got cold so I chopped some pumpkin and celeriac, threw it in a pot with 2c of my homemade chicken stock and a tsp of grated ginger, cooked the veg through and blitzed it with the stick blender, then had my super easy fast pumpkin soup with a leftover pork chop and dukkah from last night.

    M3: Roast pork with crackling and a roasted veggie medley (Pumpkin, parsnip, fennel and brussel sprouts)


  4. Day 5 and FRIYAY!!

    Not that it is much different, but weekends mean no alarm and no sitting in front of the work computer. Sadly, it's going to be crappy weather - it's been gorgeous all week (of course) and now we're back to wintery for the weekend. I want to plant my summer veggie garden but this weekend won't be it! Desperately trying to think of something fun to do this weekend that doesn't feel like work or effort. It's hard. I really would just love to go for a drive and a walk. Or a drive and an explore. Or go more than 5km from my house. Or actually leave my house with my husband. Sigh.

    So I keep changing up my menu after saying what it is, so instead of pre-planning, I'm just going to post the bits I know, and update later when I know what I'm doing. So: 

    M1: Field mushroom with garlic, baked egg, and nutritional yeast with a side of hot smoked salmon and sauteed spinach and cherry tomatoes



  5. Today went slightly differently than planned:

    M1: Spicy kraut with poached eggs and dukkah

    M2: Hot smoked salmon on slaw with mayo and chimmichurri

    M3: Pork chops with a warm fennel, carrot and green bean salad with a lemon, caper, olive oil and parsley dressing

    So I went to bed early again last night, vertigo has been awful. I note that I feel good in the morning, then it just gets worse throughout the day. I'm less exhausted today than yesterday so maybe it's starting to improve. I do have a hell of a headache though, but I also need a new pillow - can't do that in lockdown, I need to be able to feel them!!


  6. Day 4.

    I have to say, one advantage of never ending lockdown is that the days just slip by. It's already Thursday!

    So yesterday our state government announced that tough restrictions are staying in place until we get a much higher vaccination rate. For those playing along, currently I can leave my house for 2 hours a day for exercise within a 5km radius (must be exercising, can't just be hanging at the park), leave my house once a day to buy essentials in a 5km radius (only one person per day), curfew is from 9pm to 5am, ALL retail is closed other for than click and collect save for supermarkets and pharmacies, you cannot have anyone to your house, or meet anyone not of your household in public.

    It's been like this, off and on, for almost a year and a half and I am LOSING MY MIND.

    We're actually looking to move back to my home state, which has no restrictions because it has no 'rona. But of course, that takes time. 

    Anywho. This morning I had to throw out my first coffee because I accidentally put cows milk in it. Lucky I realised before a sip, but it was so weird - I don't drink cows milk in coffee even off round - not since my first round and I discovered how much I prefer nut milks. It was just a total brain fart.

    M1: Spicy kraut and smoked salmon with a dollop of mayo

    M2: Green Thai curry tuna patties with spicy mayo and chimmichurri slaw

    M3: Will report back, need to go scope out the deep freeze! I forget what we even have...


  7. 11 hours ago, Rebecca001 said:

    @JulieinINi find after a few weeks of not drinking alcohol my dreams return. Not usually scary/nightmares but just really deep sleep with lots of dreams. It’s as if my brain starts to tap into that zone where it gets that real restorative sleep. 

    Absolutely agree. It makes me realise how superficial my wine sleeps are.

    @Rebecca001 good luck with today's return to civilization!!!

  8. I love Whole30 sleep - I actually end up sore from not moving for so long!!

    Love the fitness goals - I'm going to give myself a week then start setting some mild exercise goals.

    Giving up the wine is a biggie for me, too - it really hates me, no matter how much I love it!!


  9. Day 3.

    I was not at all well yesterday, despite getting a lot done, I slept til 11, then napped from 2:30 to 4, then was in bed at 8:30. But I feel a lot better today, I can actually think and stand up without wanting to collapse. The joys of chronic migraines. THAT'S why I do Whole 30, can't wait to get to the point the vertigo is gone! I did sleep better last night though. 


    M1: Hot smoked salmon on spicy kraut

    M2: Tuna salad (tuna, mayo, eggs, pickles, seeded mustard - I'll make enough for tomorrow too) with cucumber and lettuce boats

    M3: Seared flank steak and chimmichurri with BBQ sweet potato rounds, and sautéed brussels, carrots and asparagus with olive oil and dukkah.

  10. Change of plans on the sides for dinner - Rocket, sweet potato and asparagus salad with pecans and a raspberry and olive oil vinaigrette,

    I feel like utter crap. I'm exhausted, my vertigo is unbearable, my head hurts... ugh. I want to go to bed but I need to eat first. I hope I feel better tomorrow, I can't take another day off (or, at least I need to work the morning). 

  11. Thank you!! I admit, I don't do the pantry clean out, I just shove the non-compliant stuff to the back ;)

    Today I took a day off. I prepped mayo, chimmichurri and basil pesto, and am smoking a slab of salmon. (also a very non-compliant cheesecake for the hubster).

    M1: Poached eggs with spicy kraut and dukkah, coffee with mac milk

    M2: Left over spicy chicken and cashew satay stir fry.

    M3: Snapper with lemon garlic and dill ghee, roast potato oven fries, sauteed snake beans, carrots, and brussels.

  12. Hey Liz!

    I'm on the other side of the world, in Melbourne, Australia, but I'm kicking off round 8 today and I am also one who can say it changed my life - Whole30 is the other thing that gets my chronic migraines and vertigo under control. And more fool me, I'm not disciplined enough to stay on it, and so I'm back, feeling like hell again for another round!

    Haven't got the Day by Day book, but this rounds I'm determined to finish reading Food Freedom Forever. 

  13. Lunch ended up being spicy chicken breast with a snake bean, capsicum and rainbow slaw stir fry in a cashew satay sauce. I'm so full - I'm not used to eating 3 meals a day (a habit I have tried to tell myself I'm ok with but really used as an excuse to be unhealthy).

    I'm really starting from rock bottom this round. Vertigo is awful, I drink WAY too much, sleep is terrible, I'm wracked with anxiety, completely sedentary, and have been utterly useless at self care, including cooking and eating anything vaguely approaching decent food.

    Bu I know this works and if I stay the course I can look forward to feeling relatively human within a couple of weeks. 

  14.  Boy it's quiet in here! Where are all the usual suspects?

    DAY ONE!!!!

    Just put a chunk of salmon on to brine, I'll dry it off in a couple of hours and pepper crust it, then smoke it this afternoon. That will be breakfasts for the next few days.

    Today though - 

    M1: Poached eggs with spicy kraut, coffee with macadamia milk

    M2: Tuna patties with roasted veggie medley and homemade spicy mayo

    M3: BBQ lamb chops, BBQ veg including brussel sprouts and sweet potato rounds, lemon and tahini dressing

    Weighed myself this morning, because I'll be honest that this round does have a weight loss focus as I'm bigger than I have ever been. Lockdown (number 6 here with the end pretty far from sight) got me really down, and UI just stopped taking care of myself. I'm fat, the dog's fat, it's not good for either of us.

    But I'm doing a round and not just improving my eating because of the usual vertigo etc, which contributes to me abusing my body. 

    So here we go! Motivation and determination are on track. for now...


  15. Ok, bone broth and chicken stock made, I have salmon for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch (haven't made mayo yet, I'll make it fresh tomorrow), stocked up with meats and veggies, got plenty of citrus for drinks... I'm also taking a day off during the week this week when I will make chimichurri, pesto, get some compliant bacon on to cure, and will make a big Ratatouille batch for easy sides.

  16. I'M BACK!!!

    Like no one saw that coming... 

    The pandemic, the lockdowns, the stress, the anxiety - it's just destroyed me. Everything I achieved in the last 2 years is completely out the window. And so I'm back, doing that thing I know works, works on my migraines, my sleep, my anxiety, my weight, my sense of control.

    I'm prepping this weekend and starting on Monday. Maybe even tomorrow. 

    I'm going to prep beef bone broth, chicken stock, soup for lunches, get some bacon on curing, make some ghee...

    Even now, I'm coming up with reasons not to. I have a batch of non-complaint soup in the fridge (freeze it), I have half consumed mac milk, snacks, food (freeze, store or ditch it), I don't need the stress (I know damn well this will help with stress)... but I have to do this. 

  17. 5 hour deep house clean today, I am bushed!! BUT I just realised my vertigo has actually been really under control - there, but faint and not interfering. WOOT!

    I am an idiot though because aside from a coffee with Mac Milk, I haven't eaten all day. I'm not even really hungry...

    BUT, dinner is roast chicken on a pumpkin, roasted pepper, beetroot, baby spinach and toasted pecan salad with a lime white balsamic vinaigrette. 

  18. Well, I thought the weekend would be harder than it is, wine wise, but I honestly don't want it - I'm feeling so much better and the idea of it actually makes me slightly queasy. 

    Went out today and didn't end up eating til 4, oops.

    M1: leftover tandoori chicken tenders and curried pumpkin and cauliflower with asparagus

    M2: seared kangaroo fillets topped with chimmichurri, with sweet potato fries, asparagus, broccolini and garlic mushrooms. 

  19. So here's a thing.

    I have had a rash all over my back, and around my sides and spreading down my legs for MONTHS. Diagnosed with pityriasis rosea, which it certainly looks like. Pityriasis rosea is a harmless, non-contagious rash which may be triggered by a virus but they don't really know, and it takes months to go away. I had it years ago, also.

    4 days Whole30? It's going. So much of it has faded, the marks are still there but they look... inactive? Like they're just remnants of a rash I had and not an active rash anymore.

    This can't be denied. A week ago it was active, angry and spreading. Now it looks to be going away.

    I think I'm going to be eating this way, by and large, for the rest of my life. At least all my symptoms are cumulative and not instant, so I can stray occasionally.  

  20. Yesterday's snacks were raw cashews and half a Salisbury steak patty.


    M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut (yesterday it ended up being M2 when I was hungry late afternoon)

    M2: Thai curry tuna patties with asian slaw and nuoc cham

    M3: not sure yet, but something comfort foody - it's a miserable day!!! Maybe a shepherds pie with a celeriac and pumpkin top. 

    Slept better, though it's taking me a while to get to sleep. Weird dreams. I still have vertigo, and have been having some gastric distress - all par for the course according to previous "rounds". I had a terrible headache yesterday but I suspect that was from not having my reading glasses at home. Picking them up today. Anxiety is present but better, still brain foggy and easily distracted, also tired. I'm very achey, largely due to the vertigo - it makes me tense up all the time or I feel like I'm going to fall. Once I get the vertigo under control, I'll get a remedial massage. I started stretching exercises the other day, but it ended up giving me spasms, so I'm wary. It's no good stretching them out just to tense them all up again. 


  21. M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut (if I'm hungry, I wasn't yesterday or the day before).

    M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

    M3: Depends on the weather. If it stays dry, I'm going to BBQ steaks, and have with BBQ veggies but if it starts getting wet I'll need to rethink.

    Quick note on non-compliant stuff yesterday - there was sugar in the water I cooked the peas in (it's my husband's preferred way and I didn't plan to have any but cooked too many), and I added worscestershire sauce to the gravy for dinner, so barley and sugar, I guess.

    But per the top post, this is a post whole 30, not a round, and I plan to stick to 90% compliant.

    Took aaaaages to get to sleep last night, but once I was out, I was out, which is good. Vertigo still here this morning, I know it usually takes 2-3 weeks to go. I told my husband that I'm breaking up with booze last night and I think I mean it, save for occasions. A couple wines or beers out with friends is fun, but all drinking a couple wines of a night does is make me sleepy and lazy, then sleep badly, then feel crappy the next day. 

  22. Just to note, I have bad anxiety. It's fairly constant, because it is caused largely by the vertigo - my "fight or flight" is constantly engaged. It often results in me being completely unable to face certain specific tasks. This time, it was have a proper look at the prosicutto I hung in February. It's wrapped in cheesecloth and  was positive that under there it had spoiled and was mouldy and I'd wasted a lot of money and time, but I just.... couldn't check. Either it was off, or it was fine an either way - nope.

    3 days no wine, 2 days W30, still have vertigo but I pulled it out, unwrapped, ready to bin it. 

    It's perfect. It's absolutely lovely. I have literally sweated over this in the middle of the night because I like to panic about completely unimportant things at 3am. 

    THIS is why I need W30.