Amy Rose

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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Vevster in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    I've truly embraced the habit of weekly meal prep, so much that if I would look in the refrigerator and NOT see an array of containers with colorful food choices -- I'd know I was having a nightmare.
    A daily breakfast of protein & veggies is a basic part of my life now. And I've turned my back on all things dairy -- it's not worth the suffering.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    About breakfast -- this week I planned to fry up some eggs each morning with bacon and veggies, but every morning I opened the refrigerator and thought, "Hey, beef and tomatoes! That looks great!".  So that's what I've been eating for breakfast and it keeps my tummy happy and full for six hours until a late lunch. Then my lunch keeps me well fed until later in the evening when I have just a bit of meat and veggies around 7:00.
    The beef & tomatoes recipe is one of my favorite Sunday-prep things: just a pound of ground beef, browned, plus a can of diced tomatoes, a can of quartered artichokes and pepper, garlic salt and onion salt. Simmer on the stove for half an hour or so and store in the 'fridge -- makes four nice meals. You can skip the artichokes or add more veggies to your own liking, too (mushrooms work great).
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Congrats on all your new food adventures, @Mama Pajama! You are rocking this new lifestyle!
    Check out InstaPots if you don't have one yet. On my last Whole30, I promised myself that I would buy an instapot when I reached my 21-day mark and I was thrilled when I got it (on sale even!).  It speeds up cooking, and provides even more food adventure for former non-cooks like me. Plus, there are some great Whole30 Instapot recipes on Pinterest.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    About breakfast -- this week I planned to fry up some eggs each morning with bacon and veggies, but every morning I opened the refrigerator and thought, "Hey, beef and tomatoes! That looks great!".  So that's what I've been eating for breakfast and it keeps my tummy happy and full for six hours until a late lunch. Then my lunch keeps me well fed until later in the evening when I have just a bit of meat and veggies around 7:00.
    The beef & tomatoes recipe is one of my favorite Sunday-prep things: just a pound of ground beef, browned, plus a can of diced tomatoes, a can of quartered artichokes and pepper, garlic salt and onion salt. Simmer on the stove for half an hour or so and store in the 'fridge -- makes four nice meals. You can skip the artichokes or add more veggies to your own liking, too (mushrooms work great).
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    Amy Rose reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I feel your pain, @LIEvans! I showed up at the office this morning and the water had been turned off (someone's working on it somewhere).  This means no coffee for me.  Perhaps I should explain a bit more -- THAT MEANS NO COFFEE!!!!!
    I am trying to be civil about it, but I would prefer Total World Destruction to this. Being nice to people just makes it worse.
    They have chosen a poor day to get on my last nerve, to be sure.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I feel your pain, @LIEvans! I showed up at the office this morning and the water had been turned off (someone's working on it somewhere).  This means no coffee for me.  Perhaps I should explain a bit more -- THAT MEANS NO COFFEE!!!!!
    I am trying to be civil about it, but I would prefer Total World Destruction to this. Being nice to people just makes it worse.
    They have chosen a poor day to get on my last nerve, to be sure.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I feel your pain, @LIEvans! I showed up at the office this morning and the water had been turned off (someone's working on it somewhere).  This means no coffee for me.  Perhaps I should explain a bit more -- THAT MEANS NO COFFEE!!!!!
    I am trying to be civil about it, but I would prefer Total World Destruction to this. Being nice to people just makes it worse.
    They have chosen a poor day to get on my last nerve, to be sure.
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    Amy Rose reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I really wanted a late night snack last night, and almost had one, justifying it by saying, "well, it's all healthy, on-plan food..." but I resisted, knowing that I wasn't really hungry, I was just bored, lonely, or wanting a treat.  yay me. 
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hello, all! I am starting my second Whole 30 today, and pretty pumped that there are so many of us to help each other along.
    I am 62, healthy, and generally very happy with my life. I'm living in beautiful Greenville, SC with my husband, two dogs and two guinea pigs. My four kids are grown and on with their own lives, so I get to concentrate on myself again.
    My first W30 was in March of this year. It made such a change in the way I felt physically, mentally, even emotionally -- I have to continue! The focus for that first Whole30 was, "I need this healthful change to my life so I can continue my life adventure."  I think I'll keep that theme again, and expand my changes into meditation and some added movement this time around.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Well, despite my good intentions – I made mistakes over the weekend. Not huge ones, just small poor choices because i wasn't paying attention. I considered just overlooking them and forging on as if nothing had happened. But NO – that is not the Whole30 Way! It’s everything or nothing. Period!

    I will own my mistakes, and I will restart today. I will remain 100% compliant and do this right.  I have a full refrigerator of good food (Sunday is my prep day) and I am ON IT!

    Also, I’m practicing mindful eating and it has already changed the way I feel about the foods I eat. It allows me to truly taste each bite and appreciate the differences in texture and temperature between veggies and meat and fruit. I’m surprised by the experience, and I’ve found I stop eating sooner when I am truly paying attention.

    Good luck to everyone. Get lots of sleep -- that's my secret to juggling everything in life and in the Whole30.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Well, despite my good intentions – I made mistakes over the weekend. Not huge ones, just small poor choices because i wasn't paying attention. I considered just overlooking them and forging on as if nothing had happened. But NO – that is not the Whole30 Way! It’s everything or nothing. Period!

    I will own my mistakes, and I will restart today. I will remain 100% compliant and do this right.  I have a full refrigerator of good food (Sunday is my prep day) and I am ON IT!

    Also, I’m practicing mindful eating and it has already changed the way I feel about the foods I eat. It allows me to truly taste each bite and appreciate the differences in texture and temperature between veggies and meat and fruit. I’m surprised by the experience, and I’ve found I stop eating sooner when I am truly paying attention.

    Good luck to everyone. Get lots of sleep -- that's my secret to juggling everything in life and in the Whole30.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Well, despite my good intentions – I made mistakes over the weekend. Not huge ones, just small poor choices because i wasn't paying attention. I considered just overlooking them and forging on as if nothing had happened. But NO – that is not the Whole30 Way! It’s everything or nothing. Period!

    I will own my mistakes, and I will restart today. I will remain 100% compliant and do this right.  I have a full refrigerator of good food (Sunday is my prep day) and I am ON IT!

    Also, I’m practicing mindful eating and it has already changed the way I feel about the foods I eat. It allows me to truly taste each bite and appreciate the differences in texture and temperature between veggies and meat and fruit. I’m surprised by the experience, and I’ve found I stop eating sooner when I am truly paying attention.

    Good luck to everyone. Get lots of sleep -- that's my secret to juggling everything in life and in the Whole30.
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hello, all! I am starting my second Whole 30 today, and pretty pumped that there are so many of us to help each other along.
    I am 62, healthy, and generally very happy with my life. I'm living in beautiful Greenville, SC with my husband, two dogs and two guinea pigs. My four kids are grown and on with their own lives, so I get to concentrate on myself again.
    My first W30 was in March of this year. It made such a change in the way I felt physically, mentally, even emotionally -- I have to continue! The focus for that first Whole30 was, "I need this healthful change to my life so I can continue my life adventure."  I think I'll keep that theme again, and expand my changes into meditation and some added movement this time around.
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    Amy Rose reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    One quick one...this is my absolute favorite W30 recipe.
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/17/chicken-pesto-meatballs-marina/
    I have always made these with turkey instead of chicken but Mel's magic meatball method (she should patent that) makes them incredibly moist so either chicken or turkey works without being dry.  As a short cut, I have sometimes used a bottled pasta sauce instead of making her sauce.  Her recipe is easy and tasty, but sometimes I need all the short cut's I can get.  My favorite is Paul Newman's For the Common Good which has been easy to find even in major grocery chains so it doesn't require a specialty health food stop.  Always double check because recipes change, but the last time I looked the Tomato Basil variety was compliant.  If you have never tried zoodles, this is an excellent way to try them the first time because they taste delicious with this recipe. On top of all that the leftover meatballs are killer cold so it's a total win.  
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    Amy Rose reacted to hotwheels in The weekends are the hardest   
    Yes-totally agree! It is actually fun for me now to plan and prep, knowing it will be saving time during the busy week. I put on some good music and get comfy in the kitchen! 
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    Amy Rose reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    When is he coming? And are you going to reintroduce? (Of course you are)
    Possibly...extend to the point that allows you to finish reintroduction right before the visit and festivities, eat however you feel is beneficial for you during the festivities and visit (yup... leaving that open...we all have to determine if a food/occasion is 'worth it' and move on, no regrets in decision) then pick whole up right after?
    None of us can say what's what...
    Only YOU can prevent forest fires... 
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    Amy Rose reacted to Dana Milligan in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I’ve been very quiet on here for a few days but I’m still going strong and on Day 17! I’m feeling great! My bloat is gone, I have more energy and strength during workouts and my family and friends can already tell a difference in me.
    i still don’t have the Tiger Blood but my diet wasn’t the best before starting this so I’ll have to be patient.
    im finding a new love for food and cooking. I’m discovering that food is fuel not a punishment or reward.
    you only get one life and one body to live it in, so I have to nourish it the best I can! I love that everyone is doing well! Keep it up
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from bigmamabird in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Quick check in (I should be working right now) -- just had to tell you all about my NSV this weekend.
    I've been disappointed with my jeans that I just bought a couple months ago because they're stretched out and don't fit well already -- what a waste of money. So went to buy a replacement yesterday and realized that I've dropped a size! No wonder those pants didn't fit 
    Also, can't get this smug look off my face, but I earned it!
    Good Luck to all -- Eat Well!
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from SusanSusan33 in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello, all – I hope you are having a good time with this journey.
    Still 100% on Whole 30, and very comfortable in my success. Feeling better during the day and sleeping well. I do need more sleep now to feel rested. My usual night is 7 hours, but I will increase it to 8 hours a night from now on – it’s a lovely gift.

    Speaking of gifts, I’ve added a twist to my Whole 30 – Four Day Wins (idea courtesy of life coach and author Martha Beck). For every four days I am 100% on this eating plan, I get a present. Since I've mastered the first 4 days I will buy myself a sweet little house plant. After the second 4 days (ending on Monday) the prize will probably be some stencils for my bullet journal. These presents aren’t expensive, they’re just a physical trophy for my good behavior. There’s a lot of psychological reasons for doing this – check out the book “The Four Day Win” – but . . . yay, presents! I haven’t decided what the next prize will be after that. Maybe something for the shade garden, or an inexpensive watch band, or a new embroidery kit, or more colored pencils. Something inexpensive to make me smile, and to mark my progress.

    @mirjam.have you tried Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea? It's the bomb! And it's an herbal tea, so no caffeine to worry about -- perfect for afternoons and evenings when you want a little something great.
    Good Luck to everyone. Make plans to power through your weekend. Eat Well!
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from bigmamabird in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Quick check in (I should be working right now) -- just had to tell you all about my NSV this weekend.
    I've been disappointed with my jeans that I just bought a couple months ago because they're stretched out and don't fit well already -- what a waste of money. So went to buy a replacement yesterday and realized that I've dropped a size! No wonder those pants didn't fit 
    Also, can't get this smug look off my face, but I earned it!
    Good Luck to all -- Eat Well!
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    Amy Rose reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    What a great day, fellow Whole30’ers! Day 15 whoop whoop!! The potluck went over without a hitch. People scarfed down the brownies so none left to toss. A neighbor brought me some tea I love, organic, nothing artificial in it. Delicious. Another neighbor cut up banana slices and orange slices so I munched on those. I ate a big late breakfast just before going so I was full. If anyone questioned me I just told them that to keep it simple. Had fun enjoying the people and fellowship. A win-win.
    Dinner was delicious tonight. Seasoned grilled chicken, grilled cauliflower, baby red potatoes. Small portions. A little organic peaches, papaya, pineapple, and strawberries for dessert. Lovely.
    A friend surprised me and sent me an Instant Pot with Whole30 recipees. I’m certainly looking forward to learning the tricks of the trade and trying it out.
    How was your day/evening! I’m MDT so I’m probably 2 hours behind some of you. Although I know we are blessed to have people from all over the country and world. Tell me about you!
    Just crazy about this group! Sleep well! 
    Be encouraged as you all so encourage me! xo Dianne
     
     
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    Amy Rose reacted to ale-maia in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi everyone, a quick check in. Although I am most silent on here, I have following the posts. Day 16 and going strong. Didn't see much difference in clothes but I was really really really happy that I don't have sugar craving anymore. I was able to say no to donuts, ice cream and chocolate this weekend. Having two kids at home make things more difficult but I have been pretty good of saying no to sugar. We can do this!!!
    great job @Amy Rose
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    Amy Rose reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hey!!! Perhaps someone will ask!
    "Hey @Amy Rose, why the SMUG there???" 
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    Amy Rose got a reaction from bigmamabird in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Quick check in (I should be working right now) -- just had to tell you all about my NSV this weekend.
    I've been disappointed with my jeans that I just bought a couple months ago because they're stretched out and don't fit well already -- what a waste of money. So went to buy a replacement yesterday and realized that I've dropped a size! No wonder those pants didn't fit 
    Also, can't get this smug look off my face, but I earned it!
    Good Luck to all -- Eat Well!