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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Sunday: Woke up with no alarm at 6:02 AM. This is great, since I've been struggling to wake up before 6:30 AM this Whole30 round. I'm definitely a morning person, and when I have more time in the mornings I have such better days. I had a slow morning again, and watched some Netflix. I have had almost no desire to watch TV during this Whole30 - I'm more motivated to do chores around the house after dinner, and don't feel the normal after work slump that I had before. On weekends, we've been doing activities or chores. I have read 4 books so far this month, though. I only read 10 books total in 2019, so I'm very pleased with the trade of Netflix for reading. I enjoyed my time watching Netflix yesterday, though. Did chores around the house and got breakfast prepped for the week. I also realized on Sunday that I had successfully gone a full week of doing my nighttime skincare every night. I've been working on building healthy habits since my birthday in September, and have a pretty great morning routine established (reading, journaling, breakfast, short walk), but have been struggling with getting a nighttime routine going. Getting nighttime skincare to be a habit is going to be my foundation, and I'm going to start working on getting the dishes done and counters wipe down each night as my next step. This feels...gargantuan to me. My boyfriend and I have not been great at getting our dishes done historically, so this is going to be a really big change. But, I'm invested in it - as we continue to eat healthy, we'll keep cooking more, and having a clean kitchen makes cooking so much easier. I'm starting with just 5 minutes of cleaning after dinner, and will add on from there as it becomes a habit. Monday: Woke up with my alarm, easily, at 6:05 AM. Good morning - I've been quite effective at work so far today - just led a meeting that I feel really good about. No plans for this evening, but we're in the process of getting our apartment clean for our Superbowl party Sunday, so I have cleaning the bathroom on my to-do list. Meals for this weekend and today: Day 24 M1 - Banana, three scrambled eggs, 4 Amylu sausages, ketchup - no fat, but I was at a total block with getting myself breakfast, so Dave cooked and we had this around 10 AM. M2 - Ground beef with taco seasoning on baby romaine leaves with salsa, baked oven fries dipped in dijon mayo, and roasted broccoli - Dave cooked again - I had a meeting at three, and didn't bring a snack so we ate early, around 4:45 when I got home. Had a nitro cold brew at Starbucks Day 25 M1 - Leftover taco meat & broccoli mixed with 2 scrambled eggs, topped with leftover green goddess and salsa M2 - 2 pesto chicken sausages with olives/artichoke hearts, about 2 c leftover greek green beans M3 - Quick Thick Meat Sauce with Spicy Oven Fries from Chrissy Teigen's website, Defined Dish Caesar dressing on romaine with cherry tomatoes and No Crumbs Left marinated onions Had an almond milk cortado at a local coffee shop - I think there may have been something noncompliant, or that I didn't agree with, in this. Day 26 M1 - Real Simple Good Sweet Potato Quiche (This is SO delicious, highly recommend) with spring mix, cherry tomatoes, marinated onions, and Caesar dressing, banana (the bananas are about to get brown so I'm trying to eat them up) M2 - ~1 c cauli rice, leftover meat sauce, banana with cashew butter and coconut flakes M3 - Egg Roll in a Bowl with Sweet Potato Chowder Areas for improvement Sleep - Good, with the exception of Friday night. Lesson learned - don't drink cold brew at 9 PM. I was impressed with how well I was able to bounce back, though. Digestion - Not great. It was getting a bit better, but after the cortado yesterday things have been off. Skin - I used a sleep mask on Friday and I think gave me a couple zits, but my chin acne is looking better. It's not healed yet, but I think it might be finally on the mend. Energy - Great! I felt good everyday this weekend. My mood has been consistent, and my anxiety is way down. We also went to a local grocery chain, Giant Eagle, on Saturday to get a couple things that weren't at Costco. Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour - $5.29 - got this to use in the Defined Dish sausage balls for the Superbowl 2 cans coconut milk - $3.98 2 avocados - $3 Kale - $2.99 Garlic powder - $3.99 1 lb garlic bulbs - $3.99 Green onions - $1.50 Dried chives - $5.99 Cinnamon Rolls - $2.50 - Dave got this because he's craving them for when we're done with Whole30 (cue eye roll) Fresh dill - $2.99 Broth - $4.99 Cranberry Lime Polar Seltzer - $3.34 Total: $45 - $848 so far this month
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    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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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Here's our meal plan for the next few days: Saturday – Quick Thick Meat Sauce & Oven Fries (https://cravingsbychrissyteigen.com/cravings/quick-thick-meat-sauce-spicy-oven-fries/ without the Parm, obviously) w Caesar Salad (http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole-30-caesar-salad-dressing/) Sunday – Egg Roll in a Bowl (https://realsimplegood.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl/) w Sweet Potato Chowder (https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-vegan-sweet-potato-chowder-234109) Monday – Veggie, Slow Cooker Dijon Thyme Chicken Legs (https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-dijon-thyme-chicken-legs/) & Sweet Potatoes w Tahini Butter (https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sweet-potatoes-with-tahini-butter sub ghee for butter) Tuesday – Veggies dipped in Sweet Potato Cashew Dip (https://nomnompaleo.com/post/156278901808/sweet-potato-and-cashew-dip-from-tess-masters) w Burgers & Clean Thousand Island Sauce (https://littlebitsof.com/2016/08/clean-thousand-island-sauce/) We'll figure out what to have the rest of the week as we go and see what leftovers we have. Breakfast: Sweet Potato Quiche (https://realsimplegood.com/sweet-potato-quiche-dairy-free-gf/) - I had planned to make this last week, but didn't get around to it. Lunch: I'm going to make myself a smorgasbord of stuff, below. Dave will have leftovers, as he doesn't like tuna, hard boiled eggs, or cucumbers Gaby's Cucumber Salad (https://cookieandkate.com/best-cucumber-salad-recipe/) Saucy Chili Garlic Cucumber Noodles (https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-saucy-chili-garlic-cucumber-noodles-259061) Tuna Salad Stuffed Bell Peppers (https://whole30.com/best-whole30-recipes-no-forks/) Dill Sauerkraut Deviled Eggs (https://whole30.com/july-4-2017/) Then for a fun mocktail tomorrow I'm going to make myself these Coconut Mojitos (https://cookathomemom.com/coconut-mojito-mocktail/)
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Okay, here's our Costco food shopping: 4 dozen cage free eggs - $6.98 Doritos - $4.99 (Dave got these for the Superbowl since we'll be done with Whole30, they're food so I'm including them in our spending tracking) Potato Chips - $4.79 (For the Superbowl) Avocado Oil - $18.89 Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage - $13.99 Teton Waters Ranch Mini Hot Dogs - $13.79 (Dave requested pigs in blankets for the Superbowl, and I found a Paleo recipe to try out) Ground beef - $19.99 2 organic whole chickens - $17.45 Amylu Breakfast Sausage - $11.99 (We've bought the maple version of this brand at Costco before, but this kind is actually compliant!) Simple Mills Almond Crackers - $8.99 (For the Superbowl) Organic Dried Oregano - $3.99 Kerrygold Unsalted Butter - $12.99 Mixed Nut Butter - $7.99 (Excited to try this - it's compliant, with a mix of cashew and almond butter. I love cashew butter, but the little jar of 365 brand cashew butter we got at Whole Foods last week was $9!) Fresh broccoli florets - $5.49 Organic boneless skinless chicken breast - $20.71 Grape Tomatoes - $5.99 Sweet Kale Salad - $5.99 (I'm going to use some of the salad mix to make egg roll in a bowl tomorrow. Will probably saute up the rest for an extra veggie to have on hand next week. 1 lb prosciutto - $9.99 (Throughout the week I ate an entire package that we got at Aldi last week, and Dave was sad that he didn't get any, so we got this. I figure we can use some of it for our meat & cheese plate for the Superbowl) Baby romaine - $4.49 Spring Mix - $4.49 Brussels Sprouts - $4.49 5 lb lemons - $7.99 Total: $216.45 $803 so far for the month on groceries - I know that a lot of this will carry into next month but it still feels like a lot. I have to go to the Strip District to get some extra veggies and dried chives for the week, but that shouldn't add much.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 23 Having a really good morning today. For the first time in at least a week, I woke up with my 6:05 AM alarm. I definitely felt like I could sleep longer, but I was awake and ready to go for my day within about 10 minutes of waking. I had a very productive morning with my extra time, which felt great. We went to Costco last night, as we were running out of a lot of household goods. I'll put up a post with the grocery portion of our shopping a little later. We ended up getting home late - around 6:45, and still needed to have dinner. We ended up having the chicken with roasted broccoli and potatoes, which I seasoned with Primal Palate Adobo seasoning, and some dijon mayo. I was really proud of myself for coming home and cooking dinner, rather than eating out. Tonight, we're going to pop punk karaoke with a group of our friends. I'm really looking forward to it. I think we've been pretty good with going out and being social during our Whole30 - definitely better than previous rounds I've done. But, I'm feeling a little bad about how I kind of hermited myself away last weekend, and am glad that we'll be starting our weekend with something fun. Otherwise, things are going well. I wish that my digestion and skin would improve a bit more quickly - I'm sure I could see further improvements if I extended my Whole30, but I'm just not really in a position to do so right now. I might do another one soon after - We have the superbowl, some plans involving drinking the following weekend, then are going away for Valentine's weekend, but I could conceivably start again after that, and see what kind of improvements I can get. We'll see how things go. Day 23 Meals M1: 2 fried eggs with 2 slices bacon, and blistered cherry tomatoes over spring mix, with No Crumbs Left marinated onions and oil M2: Leftovers - Maybe leftover burger filling and green beans, or leftover chicken. M3: Buffalo Chicken Salad with Oven Baked Fries - https://whole30.com/a-whole30-fourth-of-july-2/ I'll update a bit later with our Costco review and our meal plan for next week.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Review of NSV areas: Sleep: Good, issues with dreams as reviewed in last post. Skin: Same as last update. Digestion: Still not great. Energy/Focus: Really good in the morning yesterday - need to be mindful of afternoon snacks - if I need one between lunch and dinner, that's fine, but should be focused on protein, fat, non-starchy/sugary veg. NO sweet replacements at that time. Meals for Day 22: M1: 1 sm russet potato cooked with 1/8 onion and Primal Palate Breakfast Blend Seasoning, 1 1/2 slices bacon, 2 fried eggs M2: Leftovers or tuna salad bell peppers M3: Damn Fine Chicken (https://nomnompaleo.com/post/4207543396/damn-fine-chicken) with Ginger Scallion Sauce (https://whole30.com/best-of-dips-sauces/) and roasted broccoli & delicata Should be an easy dinner, if I can get myself to make the marinade this morning. If not, we'll have the broccoli & delicata squash with some compliant chicken sausage that I found at Aldi.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 22 Yesterday, I was very focused and productive during the first half of the day, but later in the afternoon I hit a wall. I got ravenously hungry around 3:30 - okay, makes sense, I had lunch at around 11:30 - leftover greek meatballs and green beans. I snacked - I got cashew butter and bananas last weekend as a treat - one of my favorite Whole30 snacks is a banana with cashew butter and coconut flakes. I had this, was still hungry. Checked with myself - would I eat plain chicken breast and steamed broccoli? Yes, I thought. So I had another snack - 4 slices of prosciutto with more olives and artichoke hearts. After this, I was overly full and sluggish. I blame the banana sweet snack for this feeling - I won't have it as an afternoon snack again. Anyway, I was exhausted and miserable in the afternoon, and the idea of cooking dinner was extremely daunting. Dave cooked for us - he hasn't cooked much this Whole30, and I was grateful that he was willing to cook last night. He's not really a recipe follower, so the stuffed potatoes weren't the prettiest thing, but they were tasty. And he didn't make the roasted broccoli, he heated up some spinach artichoke dip I made over the weekend, and cut me up some celery to dip in it. Not the most vegetable heavy meal, but it was compliant and we had something, so that's all that matters. We were supposed to go to trivia with some friends last night, but cooking was taking longer than expected, and we weren't really feeling it, so we didn't go. We have a big weekend planned - we're going out Friday night, like after 9 PM going out, to a pop punk karaoke night at a local bar. I'm actually excited to go sober - I think it will be really fun. I just have to keep myself awake that late, LOL. So, we're planning to go to Costco tonight, to restock our freezer and get some household goods we're low on. Then, tomorrow, we'll be ready to let our hair down a little bit. I woke up feeling pretty good this morning. I've been having extremely vivid dreams lately, that I almost feel are interfering with my sleep. They're not nightmares, just very vivid, and I always want to see where they're going before I wake up, so I've been hitting snooze on my alarm more than I'd like. I'll update a little later with my meals for the day.
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    Still hanging in there....

    @50andstillhere it's made with water, dried hops, nutritional brewer's yeast, and natural flavors. I googled in the store to make sure that hops and brewer's yeast would be compliant, and the forum says that they are. I love kombucha too!
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 21 Good morning! Here's a rundown of NSV areas: Sleep: Still good - sleeping pretty much solidly through the night. Vivid dreams. Skin: I think my chin acne is...maybe...healing?! We'll see, but it feels less "angry" and there doesn't seem to be more developing. Otherwise good - after taking a break from benzoyl peroxide my skin doesn't feel as tight and dry, either. Digestion: A bit better, maybe. I got digestive enzymes last week and have been taking them daily, along with the fish oil I take normally. Energy: Good - I'm able to sustain focus throughout the day, and I the afternoon slump is long gone. It's hard to believe we're only 9 days from the end of our Whole30. Last night, I didn't end up having time to make the greek potatoes for dinner, so we just had the meatballs and green beans - yum! After dinner, I had a banana with cashew butter and coconut flakes with a limonello La Croix - the limoncello flavor is so good! Meals: M1: 3 scrambled eggs with marinated onions, 2 slices crisped prosciutto, & olives and artichoke hearts - we don't have much in the way of veggies ready to go for breakfast, so this'll have to do. M2: Either Tuna Salad stuffed bell peppers if I get it together to make them, or leftover meatballs w tzatziki and green beans. M3: Burger Deluxe Stuffed Baked Potatoes (http://meljoulwan.com/2019/01/15/burger-deluxe-potato/) with roasted broccoli
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    I can't find my grocery receipts so I can't post everything I got, but we spent $198 between Aldi and Whole Foods. $587 for the month so far on groceries. We also went out for meals we paid for ourselves for the first time last week as well - $45 at Smoke on Thursday, and $23 at Chipotle on Friday. Dave went out for dinner with his college roommate on Saturday - he probably spent around $15 there. So we're looking at $83 on going out to eat so far. That's way down from a normal month.
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    Still hanging in there....

    As a fellow beer-lover, I recently tried the Lagunitas Hop Refreshers (zero alcohol, sugar, calories) and really liked them. They're basically like a hoppy seltzer, if you find yourself wanting a more celebratory drink than water as you go on in your Whole30.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Sunday: Again, didn't do too much Sunday. One of my friends came over in the afternoon to hang out, but besides that I just hung around the house, doing chores. I was able to take a walk, and was in higher spirits. Day 18 Meals M1: 1 piece breakfast burrito casserole, slaw, olives M2: 6 Chili Lime Wings (I had planned to make them Friday for dinner), homemade ranch (I use the Basic Ranch recipe from this page: https://whole30.com/mayo-ghee-sauces/), leftover Red Pepper Soup M3: Carnitas with White BBQ and sweet potato salad Monday: We got a lot of cleaning done today, since we were having people over for dinner. I went to an author lecture, Carmen Maria Machado, with two of my friends, and had them over for dinner beforehand. I made the Stuffed Baked Potatoes I talked about last week, with this Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad recipe (https://www.wholesomelicious.com/roasted-brussels-sprouts-salad-with-mustard-basil-vinaigrette/) - The potatoes were as good as I remembered, but the salad was really great and easy to make. I'll definitely make it again. The lecture was good, and very interesting - it lasted until around 8:45 - after my bedtime! So I ended up going to bed later than normal, and was a bit tired this morning. I wasn't really groggy though - clearheaded, but tired. I'm drinking my second cup of coffee now, with a little coconut milk mixed in. Day 19 Meals M1: Made a hash out of leftover baked potato, brussels sprouts, & carnitas - topped it with White BBQ and a fried egg M2: Leftovers of the same hash with ranch and Frank's. M3: Stuffed Baked Potato & Brussels Salad Lots of potatoes yesterday - I really didn't feel that different eating that many carbs, but I usually like to have different vegetables during the day. I definitely feel my best eating a large variety of different veggies. Tuesday (today): Woke up a bit late, at around 6:40 AM. I don't feel bad about giving myself some extra sleep. It's my first day back at work, and it's going well. I've already completed some more complex tasks that I had put off last week. I'm feeling good today. Later this evening, I'm planning to go to an organizing meeting for Bernie Sanders, but I'm not totally sure if I'm going to make it. I'll see how I feel a bit later - I'm trying to get my boyfriend to go with me. I have a complex dinner planned, that I really should have made Sunday, which is kind of holding me back. Day 20 Meals M1: About 1 c leftover Brussels salad with some marinated onions, 2 fried eggs, and 2 crisped slices of prosciutto M2: Probably leftover carnitas with sweet potato salad M3: Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki (https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-greek-meatballs-with-tzatziki-sauce-whole30-keto/), Greek Potatoes (http://www.thedefineddish.com/greek-style-potatoes/), & Greek Green Beans (http://www.thedefineddish.com/greek-style-green-beans-fasolakia/) This is getting long, so I'm going to make a separate post with our grocery shopping review.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 17, 18, 19, 20 Another great Whole30 morning. Mornings are my favorite part of the day, and they're even better now that I'm not groggy, congested, and headache-y when I wake up. A quick recap of this weekend: Friday night: My boyfriend's college roommate was in town over the weekend, so we decided to get grocery shopping done Friday night. We went to Aldi & Whole Foods. I'll review what we got later today. We ended up getting Chipotle pick-up for dinner - I had the new carne asada, and it was really good! The restaurant didn't give us guac on either of our bowls, though, which was really disappointing. Luckily, we had a ripe avocado at home, so we just shared that. Saturday: I just stayed home all day, cleaning, cooking, and reading. I don't know why, but I was in a bad mood on Saturday, and just didn't feel up to going out. The weather was gross in Pittsburgh - just above freezing with a cold rain. I take a 45 minute walk everyday, and this was the first day in probably 3 months that I didn't take at least some walk. I went out side for about three minutes and just turned around and came back. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical we have in our basement, instead, which was good. Pre-Whole30, I would have just used the weather to sit on the couch all day. I was pretty productive on Saturday, though, and I made carnitas in our Instant Pot, using this recipe (https://www.thewholesmiths.com/easy-instant-pot-whole30-carnitas/) - It was so easy, and they were so good! We have a ton of leftovers from it that will be good for this week and to freeze. Day 17 Meals M1: 2 pieces breakfast burrito casserole & slaw M2: Red Pepper Soup (https://nocrumbsleft.net/2019/09/28/red-pepper-soup/) with 6 meal prep meatballs - This soup was really good. I think I'll make a double batch of it next time. M3: Carnitas (recipe above) with White BBQ Sauce (https://cookprimalgourmet.com/alabama-white-bbq-sauce-whole30) and Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (https://therealfoodrds.com/warm-chipotle-lime-sweet-potato-salad/) - All of this was delicious I'll update with the rest of my log for the weekend, today, and my review of my grocery shopping tomorrow.
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    Briannas Log!

    Here are a couple favorites we've made recently: White Chicken Chili - delicious with cauli rice and roasted sweet potato cubes with avocado on top. I've made it in the instant pot and slow cooker, and both ways are great. https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/ Hibachi Chicken - this magic mustard sauce is so good! It came together really quickly, too. http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/ Meal Prep Meatballs - these were really good and great for using whatever you have on hand. https://therealfoodrds.com/meal-prep-meatballs/
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 16! Everything's going well. I woke up easily again this morning. My boyfriend normally sets up the coffee pot to brew and be ready when I wake up in the morning (he sleeps later than me), and he forgot to do it last night. Normally, when this happens, I'm in a terrible mood since I can't have coffee first thing. This morning, I really didn't care at all. I just made the coffee and drank a glass of water while I did my morning routine (reading, journaling, breakfast, etc.) It feels good to have a more consistent good mood, and higher energy. The movie theater we went to last night is a revival house in our neighborhood, attached to a beer store, that has hundreds of varieties of beer available. They have a fairly large non-alcoholic selection, and we looked at the options to see whether there was anything we could treat ourselves to. We found the Lagunitas Hop Refreshers - a non-alcoholic, unsweetened drink made with hops. I checked the ingredients and did some googling to make sure it would be compliant (hops are considered a flower, not a grain, and brewer's yeast is okay because we can have nutritional yeast). We really liked it - it's almost like an IPA flavored seltzer. If you like beer, I would recommend it. I'm planning to get it after our Whole30 to have in situations where I don't really feel like drinking, but want something more special than water. For me, it feels a bit too much like a beer substitute to have regularly during Whole30, but it was a nice treat for the movie. Also, in the movie, I ate some of the snacks I brought - a Chicken/Sriracha Epic bar and a single serve pack of olives. I didn't end up getting around to marinating the chicken wings for dinner, so we decided to go to dinner after the movie, at a local BBQ restaurant, Smoke. We got pulled pork and brisket, with potato salad and a mixed greens salad to share. It was really good. Again, it was easy for me to stop eating when I was full, even though everything was really good. They have the best queso at this restaurant, so it was a little sad to see it going out to other tables, knowing we couldn't have it. But it was a good thought experiment - how would I handle this in my food freedom? I love the notion of deciding moment-to-moment, from Food Freedom Forever, like I'm not going to plan to go off the rails, but if I'm in a situation and decide in the moment that something is worth it, I'll savor it and move on without guilt. Now I just have to get myself to practice it - definitely easier said than done. Today's meal plan: M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Mexican slaw M2: 6 meatballs with dijon sauce & avocado salad M3: Chili Lime Wings with potato wedges and slaw We might go to a Mac Miller listening party this weekend - either tonight or tomorrow. He just released a posthumous album, and they're hosting big listening parties for it in LA, New York, and Pittsburgh. I think it'll be fun, but packed, and I'm sure we'll have to wait awhile, so we just have to decide if it's worth it, especially because it's pretty cold in Pittsburgh right now. We also planned to have one of my friends over for dinner at some point this weekend. Last year, when I was doing Whole30, I had her over for dinner and made Stuffed Baked Potatoes from No Crumbs Left (https://nocrumbsleft.net/2019/01/28/whole30-stuffed-baked-potatoes/). She requested I make it again, so that's what we're doing. We haven't decided which day yet - Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. So one of those days I'll be making that. Then Dave's college roommate will be in town, so I'm not sure what exactly we'll do with him. I thought this weekend would be relaxing, with lots of downtime, but it's looking like it will actually be pretty busy! I'm going to get my veggie and meal prep planned for next week, and post it on here a little later.