Jihanna

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    Jihanna got a reaction from mfustos in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 13 is up... and the food dreams have started. All last night my dreams were filled with me catching myself halfway through foods I shouldn't be eating, then feeling sick and running to purge. It sucked... but (thankfully!) I woke up and realized it didn't happen, I didn't actually lose control, and it's been a long time since I've been that happy to wake up out of a dream. My takeaway is that I need to have awareness of what's in front of me / what I'm reaching toward, and a mindfulness of whether I'm hungry or if I'm just reaching to grab something because I'm bored or it's simply there.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from megbeveridge in Jihanna's Journey - Whole30 in January 2019   
    I've done sweet potato chili before, but the family didn't like it as much as I did... so I guess that's off the table unless I make a small batch just for me. All the household adults like roasted starches (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, acorn squash, etc.) so I try to make sure I've got one included in every family meal I cook. I also tend to give myself a serving in nearly every meal, because I seem to function so much better when I do (and I could have potatoes at every meal and be happy, but I make sure to mix it up for the sake of the others in the house and have to say I'm enjoying the new flavors!).
    I also bought myself a spiralizer for Christmas, so had a lot of fun making my own veggie noodles
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    Jihanna reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I haven't had any food dreams lately but on Day 2 I accidentally used dijon mustard with white wine in it and started to lick the spoon I used when I realized it wasn't the compliant mustard I had bought.  I ended up spitting out the non-compliant mustard (I felt sort of silly doing it) and cleaned out the jar I was using to make salad dressing.  The first time around, I realized that I lick a lot of spoons & taste  food frequently when I am cooking.  As long as it is compliant it is fine but I have to be mindful when I am cooking non-compliant food for my kids and husband.  My husband actually decided to stop eating meat & poultry two months ago!!  We have similar veggie heavy diets but I am just buying him healthy frozen vegetarian main dishes so I don't feel like I am a short order cook.  
    Day 13 is done!  Congratulations to all of you for getting through the toughest days!!  Tiger Blood is here or right around the corner...
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    Jihanna reacted to zesty_ruffles in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @Jihanna wow! Same happened to me today, but not a dream, at lunch! 
    I reached for my boyfriends smoothie to try it and as soon as it hit my tongue I yelled: “Ah! It’s got yoghurt!” And ran around the corner to spit it out (sincere apologies to any passers by!) Oooops 
    other than that glad day 13 is over. I’m generally feeling ok aside from still being very bloated and * cough* gassy every time I eat :-(
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    Jihanna got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 12 is down!
    As I was getting dinner finished up this evening, a family member walked in from an afternoon meeting where food was served... and laid a huge catering tray on the counter. It was filled with a ton of stuff I can't eat... and since it wasn't eaten at all for dinner (that part was nice, since I'd cooked and we all enjoyed what I made!), all that non-compliant nonsense is now in my fridge, ugh. My solution was to tell them that's tomorrow's lunch for everyone except me (I get leftovers from today) -- IF they eat enough to make room for new food to fit in there, then I'll cook what I'd planned for tomorrow, we'll just have it for dinner instead.
    I've been busy today, doing a lot of stuff that needed to get done (and have yet more that'll bleed over into tomorrow), and feeling rather accomplished despite the lack of actual "finishing" today. Feeling very tired, too, but not exhausted... just ready to rest. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, because at this point each day has been getting a little bit better than the last for me.
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    Jihanna reacted to ssparker in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone. I resisted a plate of bakery goodies and unhealthy choices for meals served at an all day event today. I took my own lunch and snacks. Definitely a non-scale victory. I am past cravings and sugar has NO power over me. Feel relieved and proud. Thank you Whole 30!!!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from zesty_ruffles in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy day 10, everyone!
    Welcome, Elise  Glad to have you on board with us!

    re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight.
    re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself.
    I hope that helps, and good luck!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from zesty_ruffles in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy day 10, everyone!
    Welcome, Elise  Glad to have you on board with us!

    re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight.
    re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself.
    I hope that helps, and good luck!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from zesty_ruffles in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy day 10, everyone!
    Welcome, Elise  Glad to have you on board with us!

    re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight.
    re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself.
    I hope that helps, and good luck!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy to wrap up day 7 with everyone, and looking forward to day 8! This week's busy, with kids going back to school, various appointments that somehow all crammed into this one 5-day period, and also having to plan (and shop) for next week's meals. Today's been a very tired day for me, not exhaustion just sleepiness. I'm horrible about drinking enough water, so I've been trying to make sure that I've constantly got ice to suck on instead, that way I get my water and I convince myself it's okay to not be grabbing a peppermint every time my mouth gets dry. I didn't even want to eat any of the pizza my husband and 14yo brought home today, it honestly didn't even smell good (and pizza has been one of my trigger foods in the past), so I'm obviously making some headway on that front... maybe I'm finally starting to realize that the smell of melty cheese is not a good thing for me   I also made the decision to go buy some dairy-free treats for my 9yo (there's a class party tomorrow and I have to provide her treat so she doesn't get the one the parent brings in), rather than making something here at the house - I'm sure I wouldn't have been tempted to eat any of whatever I would've made, but it would feel really strange to bake something for her while I'm on this program for me. She's still got something killer to take in with her, at least, so I did my job. With that, goodnight a bit later than I should even still be awake, and I hope everyone rests well!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I JUST found this two days ago, and I'm already in love! I happened across it while searching a recipe for my meal plan, and wound up with one of their free accounts... and I've spent my free time these past 2 days trying to get my recipe collection transferred over (I had been printing as PDF, so this "transfer" process is that of going to the recipes online and then using the little Chrome-extension to copy them over to my recipe box). Now that I finally have them all in there, I'm in process of tweaking the titles, tags, etc. I'm seriously thinking of getting the lifetime premium membership in a few months, if I still find it as useful. (I love that it gives you meal planning functionality, too)
     
    Happy end of Day 6, everyone! (and day 7 for Sherry!)
    I haven't had to take anything for headache or nausea for the past 2 days, yay! I'm getting more into the flow of how much time I need for cooking if I haven't done the prep ahead of time, also... which honestly is about half of the meals I cook, but that's what I'm used to doing regardless so this is just a matter of different types of food. I'm trying to get into the habit of prepping more ahead of time, where able, though, so I can prevent any during-cooking meltdowns because something doesn't go quite right. One thing I've found helping me while cooking is, oddly, washing dishes as I go... something about it relaxes me and makes me feel like things are going smoothly if I've got the time to clean up along the way.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I JUST found this two days ago, and I'm already in love! I happened across it while searching a recipe for my meal plan, and wound up with one of their free accounts... and I've spent my free time these past 2 days trying to get my recipe collection transferred over (I had been printing as PDF, so this "transfer" process is that of going to the recipes online and then using the little Chrome-extension to copy them over to my recipe box). Now that I finally have them all in there, I'm in process of tweaking the titles, tags, etc. I'm seriously thinking of getting the lifetime premium membership in a few months, if I still find it as useful. (I love that it gives you meal planning functionality, too)
     
    Happy end of Day 6, everyone! (and day 7 for Sherry!)
    I haven't had to take anything for headache or nausea for the past 2 days, yay! I'm getting more into the flow of how much time I need for cooking if I haven't done the prep ahead of time, also... which honestly is about half of the meals I cook, but that's what I'm used to doing regardless so this is just a matter of different types of food. I'm trying to get into the habit of prepping more ahead of time, where able, though, so I can prevent any during-cooking meltdowns because something doesn't go quite right. One thing I've found helping me while cooking is, oddly, washing dishes as I go... something about it relaxes me and makes me feel like things are going smoothly if I've got the time to clean up along the way.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I JUST found this two days ago, and I'm already in love! I happened across it while searching a recipe for my meal plan, and wound up with one of their free accounts... and I've spent my free time these past 2 days trying to get my recipe collection transferred over (I had been printing as PDF, so this "transfer" process is that of going to the recipes online and then using the little Chrome-extension to copy them over to my recipe box). Now that I finally have them all in there, I'm in process of tweaking the titles, tags, etc. I'm seriously thinking of getting the lifetime premium membership in a few months, if I still find it as useful. (I love that it gives you meal planning functionality, too)
     
    Happy end of Day 6, everyone! (and day 7 for Sherry!)
    I haven't had to take anything for headache or nausea for the past 2 days, yay! I'm getting more into the flow of how much time I need for cooking if I haven't done the prep ahead of time, also... which honestly is about half of the meals I cook, but that's what I'm used to doing regardless so this is just a matter of different types of food. I'm trying to get into the habit of prepping more ahead of time, where able, though, so I can prevent any during-cooking meltdowns because something doesn't go quite right. One thing I've found helping me while cooking is, oddly, washing dishes as I go... something about it relaxes me and makes me feel like things are going smoothly if I've got the time to clean up along the way.
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    Jihanna reacted to NYCBlond in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    Jihanna got a reaction from kellyfoss in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 and good morning
    Last night, I was actually up later than I've managed in the past few days. It wasn't purposeful, it just sort of happened, and when I saw the time and realized it was after midnight, I quickly stopped what I was doing and went to bed. For the past few days, I've been tired enough by 9pm that I haven't had ANY chance of staying up like this, so it was pretty strange. I also slept rather late as result, so I'm thankful that's still an option right now (though I really do need to be setting my usual alarms again to prepare for kids going back to school).
    My head hurts, again (or maybe "still", since I don't think I ever actually got rid of the headache from yesterday... or the day before...), but I did manage to sleep all night without taking anything for it. This morning is another story - I grabbed a couple of Tylenol to help me face a dreary day, been raining all night long and still drizzling out there now.
    For now, I need to go deal with all the groceries I bought and didn't organize last night, starting with steaming a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker so I'll have "boiled" eggs on hand. If anyone has a pressure cooker and hasn't yet experienced the awesomeness of steamed eggs, you really should try it:

    - put eggs on a trivet without stacking (mine does 12, a very close fit but no stacking and no rubbing up against the pot
    - add a cup or so of water (I read once to fill to just beneath eggs, which is what I do, about 1.5 cups for mine and it works well)
    - use the manual setting to cook for 4 minutes (some say 5, I like the texture of 4 - not runny, and not rubbery)
    - natural pressure release 5 minutes, then quick release anything left
    - drain (or remove) and add (to) cool water to cool the eggs
    - peel as needed - shell comes off so much more easily (seriously, I haven't mangled a white yet since doing them this way!)

    I usually just keep mine in the fridge with the shells on until I'm going to eat them, but it's easy enough to peel them and save in a baggie when going on a trip (or if taking for a lunch, etc.)
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    Jihanna got a reaction from ssparker in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning, and happy 2019!
    For those of us who are just waking up (or yet to do so) to get started on this journey, I wish us good luck and great food. I'm about to grab my first mug of nothing-but-coffee, and I've given myself permission to drink more than 2 today just in case I feel I need extra caffeine due to cutting out all soda (so less caffeine and sugar than usual). In about an hour, I'll make a batch of  this breakfast bake using ground turkey (actually mixing up 2x the turkey sausage and using half of it to make patties to keep aside, then storing the patties and leftover casserole portions in the freezer to make sure I have no breakfast excuses over the next several days).
    For those who are finishing out your first day, congratulations and I hope all went well for you.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Tonight's definitely better than last night... no meds so far, and I don't think I'll need them in order to sleep, so that's a vast improvement. My shopping took longer than I wanted (2 stores) and cost more than I wanted (but some of it will carry over to next week, so hopefully I'll see a less than expected bill for next week's groceries!), but it's finally done and I can relax... at least until I wake up tomorrow and have to go organize it all in the fridge, since it's currently just kind of crammed in where I could fit it
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    Jihanna got a reaction from kellyfoss in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 and good morning
    Last night, I was actually up later than I've managed in the past few days. It wasn't purposeful, it just sort of happened, and when I saw the time and realized it was after midnight, I quickly stopped what I was doing and went to bed. For the past few days, I've been tired enough by 9pm that I haven't had ANY chance of staying up like this, so it was pretty strange. I also slept rather late as result, so I'm thankful that's still an option right now (though I really do need to be setting my usual alarms again to prepare for kids going back to school).
    My head hurts, again (or maybe "still", since I don't think I ever actually got rid of the headache from yesterday... or the day before...), but I did manage to sleep all night without taking anything for it. This morning is another story - I grabbed a couple of Tylenol to help me face a dreary day, been raining all night long and still drizzling out there now.
    For now, I need to go deal with all the groceries I bought and didn't organize last night, starting with steaming a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker so I'll have "boiled" eggs on hand. If anyone has a pressure cooker and hasn't yet experienced the awesomeness of steamed eggs, you really should try it:

    - put eggs on a trivet without stacking (mine does 12, a very close fit but no stacking and no rubbing up against the pot
    - add a cup or so of water (I read once to fill to just beneath eggs, which is what I do, about 1.5 cups for mine and it works well)
    - use the manual setting to cook for 4 minutes (some say 5, I like the texture of 4 - not runny, and not rubbery)
    - natural pressure release 5 minutes, then quick release anything left
    - drain (or remove) and add (to) cool water to cool the eggs
    - peel as needed - shell comes off so much more easily (seriously, I haven't mangled a white yet since doing them this way!)

    I usually just keep mine in the fridge with the shells on until I'm going to eat them, but it's easy enough to peel them and save in a baggie when going on a trip (or if taking for a lunch, etc.)
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    Jihanna got a reaction from kellyfoss in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 and good morning
    Last night, I was actually up later than I've managed in the past few days. It wasn't purposeful, it just sort of happened, and when I saw the time and realized it was after midnight, I quickly stopped what I was doing and went to bed. For the past few days, I've been tired enough by 9pm that I haven't had ANY chance of staying up like this, so it was pretty strange. I also slept rather late as result, so I'm thankful that's still an option right now (though I really do need to be setting my usual alarms again to prepare for kids going back to school).
    My head hurts, again (or maybe "still", since I don't think I ever actually got rid of the headache from yesterday... or the day before...), but I did manage to sleep all night without taking anything for it. This morning is another story - I grabbed a couple of Tylenol to help me face a dreary day, been raining all night long and still drizzling out there now.
    For now, I need to go deal with all the groceries I bought and didn't organize last night, starting with steaming a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker so I'll have "boiled" eggs on hand. If anyone has a pressure cooker and hasn't yet experienced the awesomeness of steamed eggs, you really should try it:

    - put eggs on a trivet without stacking (mine does 12, a very close fit but no stacking and no rubbing up against the pot
    - add a cup or so of water (I read once to fill to just beneath eggs, which is what I do, about 1.5 cups for mine and it works well)
    - use the manual setting to cook for 4 minutes (some say 5, I like the texture of 4 - not runny, and not rubbery)
    - natural pressure release 5 minutes, then quick release anything left
    - drain (or remove) and add (to) cool water to cool the eggs
    - peel as needed - shell comes off so much more easily (seriously, I haven't mangled a white yet since doing them this way!)

    I usually just keep mine in the fridge with the shells on until I'm going to eat them, but it's easy enough to peel them and save in a baggie when going on a trip (or if taking for a lunch, etc.)
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    Jihanna got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Tonight's definitely better than last night... no meds so far, and I don't think I'll need them in order to sleep, so that's a vast improvement. My shopping took longer than I wanted (2 stores) and cost more than I wanted (but some of it will carry over to next week, so hopefully I'll see a less than expected bill for next week's groceries!), but it's finally done and I can relax... at least until I wake up tomorrow and have to go organize it all in the fridge, since it's currently just kind of crammed in where I could fit it
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    Day 4 and good morning
    Last night, I was actually up later than I've managed in the past few days. It wasn't purposeful, it just sort of happened, and when I saw the time and realized it was after midnight, I quickly stopped what I was doing and went to bed. For the past few days, I've been tired enough by 9pm that I haven't had ANY chance of staying up like this, so it was pretty strange. I also slept rather late as result, so I'm thankful that's still an option right now (though I really do need to be setting my usual alarms again to prepare for kids going back to school).
    My head hurts, again (or maybe "still", since I don't think I ever actually got rid of the headache from yesterday... or the day before...), but I did manage to sleep all night without taking anything for it. This morning is another story - I grabbed a couple of Tylenol to help me face a dreary day, been raining all night long and still drizzling out there now.
    For now, I need to go deal with all the groceries I bought and didn't organize last night, starting with steaming a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker so I'll have "boiled" eggs on hand. If anyone has a pressure cooker and hasn't yet experienced the awesomeness of steamed eggs, you really should try it:

    - put eggs on a trivet without stacking (mine does 12, a very close fit but no stacking and no rubbing up against the pot
    - add a cup or so of water (I read once to fill to just beneath eggs, which is what I do, about 1.5 cups for mine and it works well)
    - use the manual setting to cook for 4 minutes (some say 5, I like the texture of 4 - not runny, and not rubbery)
    - natural pressure release 5 minutes, then quick release anything left
    - drain (or remove) and add (to) cool water to cool the eggs
    - peel as needed - shell comes off so much more easily (seriously, I haven't mangled a white yet since doing them this way!)

    I usually just keep mine in the fridge with the shells on until I'm going to eat them, but it's easy enough to peel them and save in a baggie when going on a trip (or if taking for a lunch, etc.)