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    BabyBear got a reaction from heb2014 in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Day 27... wait did I read that right, how did this go by so fast!
    6:00 up and at em.  It felt good to go through my morning routine not rushed.  My skin is really beginning to shine.  A few NSV my pants are very loose.  The pregnancy mask is almost completely gone.  I notice faint markings still but I doubt any one else will.  I have very little redness left in my T-Zone, just some pink near my nose and on the end my cheek bone.  Pores are tighter and 80% of the black heads on chin and nose area are cleared up.  I only had one raised pimple on my jaw line with the onset of  that TOM.  Also no breakouts on my chest or shoulders.  I’m on my last belt hole, that’s 5 belt hole difference!  I noticed after putting my belt on, there is a noticeable fold/buckle in the back of my pants.  I have to journal these because I keep thinking I am imagining these things.  I have functional energy in the midst of the most difficult time of my month.  I’m not hitting snooze a thousand times in the morning.  I get up looking forward to my day rather than dreading it.  I’m getting creativity in the kitchen back! I am really enjoying food and it’s many taste that get masked by all the sugar and junk in prepared foods.  
    7:40 S1: Rx bar blueberry and archer beef stick
    Oops my 11 yr DS woke up and asked if I could help him proof read and check his spelling for his 4-H minutes.  So I missed my chance at breakfast, I was so hungry so to keep myself from being tempted I grabbed the Rx bar and beef stick for the road. It helped.
    12:40 M2: teriyaki venison roast with fresh pineapple a top teriyaki sautéed vegetables on a bed of mixed greens with evoo drizzle
    I was going to make cauliflower rice to go with lunch but alas I had none.  Then I remembered I had some raw broccoli cauliflower and carrots that needed to be eaten.  I sautéed them in olive oil and then steamed with a little pineapple juice, sprinkled with ginger and some coconut amino to finish off.  Totally impromptu and completely delicious!  Even my kids liked the veggies.  For the roast I adapted the teriyaki pork recipe from whole 30 slow cooker book and I made it in my pressure cooker. Next time with venison I will probably sear the meat and cook maybe 1/3 of the time as I like my meat to still be very pink. It was still amazing!  I got the dishes done just in time to get baby and I ready and out the door to go get my 13 yr DS from his class.  During lunch my 11 yr old with all the food allergies thanked me for doing the whole 30 “because even though you can’t have a lot of things like rice and stuff, you have still made some absolutely amazing new food this month and I really hope you keep making the new recipes.”  … that there is my biggest NSV! I have happy tears.
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @BabyBear ~ no, I have not read Food Freedom.  I didn't even know about it.  I've been out of the Whole 30 loop for some time.
    This really, really is like an onion for me with so many layers ... and, as I'm trying to get back to "A Whole 30" (which, to be honest, I'm not sure is ever actually going to happen) -- I am remembering a lot of reasons why Whole 30 food can get so complicated/frustrating for me.
    I have solidly nailed down that I feel much better sticking with low-FODMAP foods.  Then, you can get into the specifics of that -- perhaps I have a problem with polyols, but not some of the others, for example -- but that picking apart, observing and documenting, I have not done.
    I finally learned about histamine intolerance in the past couple of years, and man ... that was a lightbulb moment.  So may dots were suddenly connected for me.  I now have zero doubt that this is an issue for me, as well.  It's a tricky one ... and I've done a lot of research on it.
    So there are many things that are allowed on a Whole 30, that are just not okay for me.  They just aren't.  
    An example:
    I'm not 100% sure if V-8 juice is okay or not, but I bought some cute little cans at Aldi yesterday, and thought it would be fun.  I grew up on V-8 and I hadn't had it for a very  long time.  I grabbed one today and took it to work with me (I know, great lunch ... but that's not the point) and I had a histamine reaction like I have not had since I don't know when.  Months, at least.  My chin was itchy after drinking it, and I had a few hives on my jawline.  This lasted for hours.  I won't be drinking V-8 again.
    Anyway ~ I appreciate the book suggestion.  I'm falling asleep typing this, so I'll check back in some other time.  
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    BabyBear got a reaction from heb2014 in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    It’s so nice when friends take interest in our endeavors towards health.  I find it so encouraging and helpful when they check in with me on how it’s going.
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    BabyBear got a reaction from lizziehall in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Yes on the tastebuds it’s like they woke up from a long slumber.  Food is finally interesting again. 
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    BabyBear got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    have you read Food Freedom?  I’ve been reading it and if you haven’t you may very well benefit from the part where it talks about designing your own reset if the whole 30 doesn’t seem to suit you.  It’s very in depth on how to go about it.  I thought about you this morning while I was reading and came to post on here in hopes that just maybe you would check it.  And look you are already back.   
    I had to challenge myself at the beginning not to focus on what I couldn’t have but rather on all the new delicious recipes that were waiting for me to discover them.  This mindset has helped me immensely.  I could not rid my house of my kryptonite because of the kids and the hubby.  I couldn’t “punish” them just because of my own struggles.  I also decided if this was going to be a lifelong change toward my health and betterment then realistically I had to learn how to make these changes  with the kryptonite in easy reach.  Ha all that to say I truly believe this is way more mental than a physical struggle.  So I challenge you to spend 5-10 minutes first thing in the morning reframing your mindset and deciding what you really want for that day, and then using that as an anchor for the rest of your day.  It seems silly.  It did to me, but it really does help.  
    Im so glad you are back! Truly I am!
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    BabyBear reacted to w30virgo in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 24, 25, 26
    Good morning! Can't believe how close we are to 30 days. I've decided that I'm actually going to do a Whole31, since I'm planning to reintro cheese on Superbowl Sunday.
    I've been feeling really good this weekend into this week. I'll do a little recap below:
    Friday night: We had the Buffalo Chicken Salad for dinner - I tried to make Whole Sisters Dump Ranch, and really struggled to get it to emulsify. I normally use the Basic Ranch recipe that can be found on this site, so I think I'm going to keep using it. Otherwise, it was good. We went to pop punk karaoke with our friends at a local bar and had so much fun! I couldn't get to sleep until around 3:30 AM though, even though we left the bar around 1. I made the mistake of having a cold brew at like 9:30 PM (I just wanted something that wasn't water, and thought it was funny that the bar had it) so I'm not surprised that I had trouble sleeping. Otherwise, we had a really great time. I honestly didn't mind being sober for the most part - it was one of the first times that I went out so late, to a real bar, sober. I couldn't believe how many people I saw who were really, really drunk - it was concerning. When I asked my boyfriend if that was normal (he regularly will have alcohol free months, and continue to go out with all of our friends, where I tend to isolate myself during Whole30s or other times that I don't drink), he said it was, that there were always plenty of people who were too drunk out at bars that late. Really eye-opening for me. Anyway, we drove to the bar (another benefit of sobriety - saving on Ubers, and I spent $0 at the bar after my cover), and drove one of our friends home. That was a much better experience than being drunk and carsick in a stranger's car.
    Saturday: I was only able to sleep in until 7:30. Felt a bit rough when I woke up - tired, obviously, with a sore throat from yelling and an ear ringing from the loud music. But, blessedly, no hangover. I had a slow, gentle morning, and when Dave woke up around 9:30 (he always sleeps late on weekends), he made us a quick breakfast, and we decided to go out to run some errands. If we had been drinking the night before, this never would have happened. We would have laid around the house all day, and probably ordered delivery food, spending more money and making ourselves feel worse. I'm chalking this up as a major NSV - something that really didn't happen in other rounds, either.  It's great to see how much I can learn and grow with each round. So, anyway, we went out to the suburbs to go to the mall and do some Christmas returns and exchanges. I treated myself to some new makeup at Sephora - I really didn't feel like I should be spending money, but we saved so much Friday night that I didn't beat myself up over getting a treat. We got Starbucks - nitro cold brew, while we were out. After we got home for our errands I got ready to go out again, to an organizing meeting for Bernie Sanders. That was...interesting...and when I came home Dave had made dinner. I had a really early night for the weekend, turning in around 8:30 PM.
    I'll write about Sunday and this morning a bit later.
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    BabyBear reacted to heb2014 in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Day 13 (1/24/2020)
    M1: Breakfast casserole + coffee w/ almond milk
    M2: Adielle's sausage w/ stone ground mustard + carrots w/ avocado ranch (went to Walmart at lunch - ate late)
    M3: leftover chili
    Day 14 (1/25/2020)
    M1: eggs + bacon + coffee w/ almond milk (made the kids and husband steel cut oats)
    M2: leftover teriyaki pork
    M3: out for a friend's birthday - ate a salad (brought my own dressing!)
    Made chicken broth to use in  meals this week
    Day 15 (1/26/2020)
    M1: eggs + bacon + coffee w/ nutpods (made the kids and husband homemade biscuits to go along with they looked good)
    M2: chicken salad
    M3: Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie - took a version of chicken pot pie I make, except using arrowroot to thicken instead of a roux, and topped it w/ mashed potatoes instead of pie crust. It was delicious, but didn't turn out like I expected because the potatoes sank into the filling instead of staying on the top. I'm guessing shepherd's pie should have less thickened broth than pot pie to help support the potatoes. But this made about twice as much as expected so I'm thinking we'll get 5 meals out of it - less cooking this week!
    Also made Zuppa Toscana w/ sweet potatoes for lunches.
    At the birthday dinner on Saturday, a friend asked how the Whole30 was going (because I may have been grumbling about not eating pizza); I told  her that I do feel better and that's when it hit me....I really do feel better when I eat this way. Eggs/breakfast casserole with eggs is a little monotonous and there are some things I miss, but I'm back to the point of remembering how bad I felt before my first round in September, and this does make a difference. 
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    BabyBear reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Ooh, just found a recipe for Chicken Marsala, I might prep some of that today to have over cauli rice, instead of the laksa chicken, coz I haven't got any fresh galangal and can't get any today. 
    Brain is starting to do the whole "This is too hard, do you really want to start this week?" thing, and it needs to shut up!
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    BabyBear reacted to lizziehall in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Isn’t it funny how your taste changes so quickly? You aren’t depending on that added sugar in everything (seriously everything!!) and appreciating the flavors of real food more. I’ve noticed the same thing recently. Also, a very good reminder to be kind to yourself and your body, I had uterine fibroids and they made my TOM so awful. Rest as much as you can and try to eat if you can stomach it (especially bananas!). Good luck to you, finish strong!!
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    BabyBear got a reaction from lizziehall in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Day 26 the home stretch!
    7:00 up with alarm and baby was up shortly thereafter.  Got up and get my morning going.  I really just want to lay in bed with my heating pad all day.  However I’m at least able to function.  When normally with this TOM I’m in so much pain that I literally can’t function and I’m often borderline going into shock.  I have a very high tolerance for pain.  I’ve had three natural births and all of those are nothing in comparison to the pain my body is in from my cycle.  Ugh! So even though I’m uncomfortable and very bloated I’m glad the pain is manageable and not debilitating today.  
    8:15 M1 - 3 eggs with oregano and basil cooked in bacon fat. 1tbs of my homemade whole 30 ketchup. Raspberries and blackberries.  Hot lemon water.
    Oh I had ketchup on my eggs… how I so missed this. Granted I can now enjoy my eggs with out a condiment if I so choose, but the ketchup was a nice addition.  I honestly wouldn’t have appreciated it at the beginning of the month, but now as my taste buds shift I found the homemade ketchup quite tasty. 
    I just have to make it through to this afternoon and then perhaps I can rest a little.  I’m learning to be kind to myself and recognize that my body is doing a hard thing right now it’s requiring so much energy that I just don’t have much to spare.  Instead of feeling frustrated at my inability to function I’m having some compassion for me and trying to give myself room to  do less while my body is working through an internal molting.  
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    BabyBear got a reaction from lizziehall in January Whole30 Log   
    Just when we think it’s going to be smooth sailing life pulls out all the stops and let’s us have it.  Way to exercise those muscles you have been building over this past month to remain resolved in your plan!  Congratulations the top of this mountain is in sight. 
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    BabyBear reacted to lizziehall in January Whole30 Log   
    Day 26 now, it’s so close! I’m moving back to school today so I’m struggling to find foods to eat around the house. I haven’t been grocery shopping because it makes more sense to me to just do it at school, but that makes these two days pretty tough. Yesterday I worked a double at work (10am until 10pm!!!) and forgot all the food I had packed.... it was rough. My boss also brought out all the new desserts to taste test along with a few salads that definitely weren’t compliant so it was so hard. I ended up ordering a salad with sushi grade tuna, olives, asparagus and hard boiled egg and added olive oil and apple cider vinegar but it was not at all what I wanted in that moment lol. By 10 I was starving again when my coworker offered me the cheeseburger she ordered and another friend offered me a slice of pizza, I was about to lose my mind. But I went home and ate the last of my meatballs and an RX bar because I thought I could use the extra calories. This morning was full of temptation too at hospitality Sunday at church because I hadn’t had time to eat before mass. I feel so full of complaints right now but these past few days have been tough! Earlier on I think I would have cracked but with the finish line in sight I pushed through. Now it’s time to go to school & grocery shop. Here’s to a great last few days!
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    BabyBear got a reaction from Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    We are so close yet so far from the end. I had to go recipe surfing to get inspired for next week.  I cruised through some of the logs on here and then hopped over to Instagram and Pinterest... then I bought the Whole 30 slow cooker book on my kindle. I probably have enough new recipes to last another two months.  I will say this though, the next few days will include chicken nuggets, burgers, and bang bang shrimp. My son had pizza last night and it nearly did me in, but that’s when I decided to buy the cook book.  Which I made a roast from it today and it did not disappoint.  Dig deep!  You can see this through to the end.
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    @BabyBear ... I will stay.  Sometimes it's hard to convey real human emotion through the interwebs ~ but you did it.  Thank you.
    As I woke up this morning to all of the telltale hangover sensations, which I have not experienced in over a year ... I had already thought to myself, "Well, THIS clearly isn't the right path."
    And that's the thing.  My imperfect (pistachios, Larabars) or half-assed (Whole 8, Whole 4) Whole 30 eating has still brought me so much progress.  I could make a list of my personal successes here, but I'll save that for another day.
    So when I said I needed to re-group:  
    1) I was drinking wine, and wanted to continue drinking wine.  Lol.  I'll own it.
    2) I know that I really need to get back to my low-FODMAP Whole 30 eating.  
    So the first reason already took care of itself.  The second one requires some work.  I will now go make a grocery list, and I will make myself go to the store today.
    And life will go on.  And it will be good.   
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    BabyBear got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    You will be missed
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I'm going to re-group for a bit.  I want to thank those who've joined in and offered me support along the way.  There are some problems with the way I've been "doing" Whole 30 ... that is to say:  Whole 30 foods can be problematic for me.  Many of them.
    I know this, and yet -- when I put myself into these quite limiting parameters, I tend to gravitate toward things that I know I don't really benefit me.  Pistachios and Larabars are glaring examples.  It's bad and I know it, yet I keep on doing it.  {Deep sigh}.
    Tonight I wanted wine, and that's a whole new layer.  Wine and I have been around the block a time or two.
    I'm pretty sure I'll be back.   ...Did I mention winter sucks?  It really does.
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    BabyBear got a reaction from W30CoachAmyLouton in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Congrats on your journey too.  Thanks for the encouragement.  I have found journaling on the boards super helpful to me.  It gives me a sense of accountability as I’m very much an Obliger.  
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    BabyBear reacted to jennyrony in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    This is awesome! Great work!
    24 days and counting. I pretty much registered to say good job. Following.
    Keep up the good work.
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 4 yesterday was as far as I made it this time.    
    I think a big layer of this onion is simply not planning ahead.  I'm not going to make a bunch of excuses ... "I'm busy, blah, blah, blah"...  
    Yeah.  We're all busy.  It's called life.
    My boss texted me today and said she was getting Taco Bell for lunch, did I want anything?  And I said sure, I'll take a chicken power bowl.  Because all I had with me to last until dinnertime was black coffee, sparkling water, and freaking Larabars.  Today's layer of this onion was not social plans/pressure.  She did not care whether I ate Taco Bell or not, she was just being nice and offering.
    It really bothers me to say this about myself ... but have I just gotten lazy?  In the food department - yes, I think so.  
    I've always been happiest keeping it simple.  I really don't have any need or desire for elaborate recipes.  I can eat the same things over and over for days or weeks, and it's fine.  But this is different.  I'm not even managing to consistently get a decent amount of meat 2-3x day, and for me this is a red flag.
    I don't believe that anyone is just "lazy".  It's a symptom of not feeling good.  There are several things working against me right now:  #1 by far is WINTER.  I don't have words to describe how much I hate how I feel in the wintertime ... like a different person.  Lack of sunlight, circadian rhythm all thrown off, and lack of sleep -- these are all stressors.  Then add in the general stress of daily life.  Stress at work, stress at home ... financial stress, kid stress, husband stress, dog stress, nutrition stress.  Lol.  Did I mention stress?  
    But tomorrow is a new day.  And I'm a big girl ~ not a whine-ass.  So I will keep on keeping on.
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    BabyBear reacted to Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    With only a week to go, it feels like my resolve is waning.  I'm feeling uninspired in the kitchen and my boring meals are reflecting that. Be glad that I'm not posting photos anymore.   A gooey pizza with lots of cheese and a cold beer sounds so good (which is exactly what so abruptly ended my second round). 
    And making things worse, my daughter, who is generally my biggest support, quit her Dryuary tonight.  I guess she and her work team had an especially stressful day and they all went to happy hour.  She texted this to me while I was in the grocery store trying to find some ready-to-eat compliant dinner.  It was so tempting (especially after her text, and an unusually long commute home) to just grab a tray of sushi and a bottle of wine.  But I didn't.  New Seasons has a very nice deli counter, and I got some marinated tri-tip steak, some sort of cauliflower/olive dish that looked good, and sesame green beans.  All of it compliant, except some canola oil in the steak and cauliflower dishes (which both also had olive oil, so hopefully the canola oil is a small amount).  And I walked right on past the wine aisle.  
    I'm sticking with it, but feeling pretty weak.  It even occurred to me after I got home that I could run up to the corner store and buy just a little can of wine (they do have a very nice selection of canned wine ... LOL!).   It just somehow sounds comforting to sit on the sofa with a glass of wine and the fire going, something mellow on TV while zoning out on my phone.  But I'm SOOOOO close (we're all so close, right?) - I just need to manage one more week, or for now, just one more evening. 
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    BabyBear got a reaction from Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Oh the chicken sounds delicious. I’m going to try this soon!
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 3 yesterday ... and I stepped back into the world of nursing for the first time in two months.  
    I only took a 4-hour shift, and that was good ~ because of course it turned into five, which would have easily been nine if I hadn't put my foot down.  My relief didn't show up at all ... and I don't really care where the confusion and blame lies in their staffing process ... it does NOT lie with me ~ and I needed to get out of there.
    There was a fleeting thought on my way home:  "...screw it, Asian Kitchen is RIGHT THERE, and they have that hot food ready to go, just waiting on me..."
    Then I texted my husband and asked if there was any steak left.  MAN, we figured out you really can make a killer steak in the air fryer -- in no time at all!  It's amazing.  One of the little joys in life.  
    Steak, lots of steak, with lots of ghee and salt.  Pistachios.  Compliant.  Good enough.  Done.
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    BabyBear reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Yesterday was Day 2 and I'm counting it.  
    We stopped at Burger King last night on our way home from puppy class, and I got 2 Whopper patties just with tomato, onion, lettuce.  Came home and put Tessamae's ranch on it, and ate the whole thing in a bowl with a fork.  Ate an "ok" amount of pistachios, and promptly passed out on the couch.
    I woke up this morning googling to see what BK might use on/in their burger patties that is not approved.  But you know what?  I'm over it.  If anyone knows, and wants to call me out -- great!  (Said seriously, not sarcastically).  Otherwise, I'm moving on with my life.  I have too many other things to do, and it just isn't that important to me.
    This is probably another huge, glaring reason I have said in the past I wouldn't do another Whole 30.  I don't need that careful, reintroduction stage to convince me that all of the things eliminated are not good for me.  I already know it.  Agree with it.  And I believe that some combination of Whole 30 foods is the best way for me to eat for life.  
    BUT.  I do not want to go from one extreme to the other:  "anything goes" ----> "Good Lord, I can't eat anything from a drive-through, ever".
    Yep.  Sometimes we're a drive-through family.  That's my reality, and I don't see it changing anytime soon.
    But we have come SO far in the past month or so.  Someday, I will share the ridiculous amount of money we were spending on restaurants and crappy food in general.  So I'm not throwing the baby out with the bath water here.  Yesterday was Day 2.  And life went on.  And it was good.  
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    BabyBear got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Yes!!! That’s one of the greatest NSV and a huge step forward to the mindset of Freedom
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    BabyBear reacted to lizziehall in January Whole30 Log   
    Day 21 done! I am feeling better about everything because I took time to think about my NSV’s today. I’ve stopped wearing concealer/foundation because my skin rocks, learned to cook so many new great recipes, cracked my snacking and sugar habits, had more energy at night and done something great for myself and my health. I feel like now that I’ve gotten this far I will definitely make it through this Whole30 and a slow and steady reintroduction.
    Note of another GREAT recipe: thai coconut curry meatballs from Mary’s Whole Life (sub chicken)