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    w30virgo got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    @Lorna from Canada Thank you! Yes, it's definitely been interesting. Taking things slow has really helped me make a plan for how my eating will look in the future.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from megbeveridge in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    @megbeveridge I've been sleeping better, generally speaking. I normally don't have a problem staying asleep, but I've felt much more rested, and waking up is easier. It's been really cold the past few days, as I'm sure you've been experiencing in Baltimore, lol. We live in an old house with our bedroom on a busy street, and I think the cold has been coming through our windows more, so I think that's the reason for my poor sleep the past couple of nights. I also recently got a light therapy lamp for my seasonal affective disorder, and I think it's been helping a lot with my energy levels throughout the day, so the poor sleep hasn't affected me as badly as it normally would. I hope you find something that helps you sleep better, if you're trying to improve your sleep! I'm not much help, since I've never really had an issue with it.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from megbeveridge in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    Day 19
    In good spirits again today. I slept terribly last night, waking up multiple times throughout the night, but still woke up at 6:30 with my alarm. It's too cold to go into the office today, so I'll focus on cleaning our house, doing yoga, and working out on the elliptical. I have my meal plan set up for the week coming up, and I'm working on my plan for meal prep. We have some kind of weird leftovers in our fridge, so I'm not totally sure what we'll do for dinner tonight.
    Saturday - Meatloaf Muffins (https://nomnompaleo.com/post/62028051471/quick-easy-paleo-comfort-foods-the-recipe-for), Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Mashed Potatoes (http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole30-mashed-potatoes/)
    Sunday - Superbowl Snacks listed above.
    Monday - Slow Cooker Thai "Peanut" Chicken (subbing cashew butter for the peanut butter) (https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-thai-peanut-chicken/), Coconutty Butternut Squash (https://whole30.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-2011/), and sauteed Collard Greens (https://nomnompaleo.com/post/2955900356/serious-eats-recipe-for-quick-cooked-collards)
    Tuesday - Salade Morocaine (https://whole30.com/2017/06/july-4-2017/) w Basic Meatballs (https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/24/mmm-basic-meatballs/)
    Wednesday - Salad with Go-To Vinaigrette (https://meljoulwan.com/2018/01/29/go-to-vinaigrette-paleo-whole30/) and Beefy Foil Packet Dinner (love these, they were a staple of our last Whole30) (https://whole30.com/2018/06/in-the-wild-2/) - this recipe is for cooking outside, but we bake them at 400 degrees for about 30-35 min, until the beef is browned.
    Lunch - Bacon Deviled Egg Salad - (https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/06/20170606bacon-deviled-egg-salad)
    Breakfast - Egg Bake with Chicken Sausage and Whatever leftover veggies we have 
    I'll post my meal prep plan once I finish it, as it helps keep me on track. Last night, I went to a happy hour with my boyfriend and his brother at a local brewery. I just had two seltzers with lime. I had Red Ribbon seltzer, which is bottled locally, and is really good! I think I'm going to buy some to bring with me to the Superbowl on Sunday. I was thinking about my Food Freedom, and I was definitely happy that I didn't drink last night. I think if anything, I would have some small tasters of some of the new beers the brewery had available, but I don't think I would have had a full beer. I'm definitely going to focus on my relationship with alcohol this year. I've done a great job in the past few years of dramatically reducing my casual workweek drinking. Now I almost never drink during the week. I also want to work on reining in drinking on the weekends too. I need to figure out when it's really worth it - only have drinks that really mean something to me, and in limited amounts. My boyfriend also wanted to go to dinner at a great local pizza place, which was on Bon Appetit's 50 best new restaurants list last year. I love this place - they ferment their own dough and sourdough bread, and it's featured in all of the food they have on their menu. When I reintroduce gluten, I'm going to get a loaf of their bread, as I'd like to focus on only having really high-quality breads, in sparing amounts, in my Food Freedom.
    Anyway, here are my meals for today:
    M1: 1 strip bacon, 1/2 chicken apple sausage, 1 1/2 c braised cabbage, 1 fried egg
    M2: small amount of leftover fish taco fish with cauliflower rice, spinach salad w chicken, hardboiled egg and lemon garlic dressing.
    M3: Leftovers of some kind - maybe hot dogs with roasted beets and spinach salad.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from megbeveridge in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    @megbeveridge The cauliflower soup is good! It's a nice way to get in some extra veggies. It turned out to be more of an "orange" cauliflower soup though, lol, from the carrots in the recipe. Chicken zoodle soup sounds amazing! Soup is such a nice, comforting meal when it's so cold like it has been.
    It definitely feels like the last few years have had some really unpredictable winters for us in the mid-Atlantic/northeast. I can never just bring out my heavy winter coat for good in the winter, because we'll have random warm days thrown in all the time. I'm really not a fan of winter though, so I can't say I'm upset about those warm days!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from megbeveridge in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    @megbeveridge Thanks! I'm definitely finding this round easier so far, but it's only Day 3 so we'll see how things go. I think decaf is a good idea, but I'm thinking I'll probably just go with non-caffeinated tea when I want something hot in the afternoon. I love herbal teas, so this will be a good chance to drink more. I'm glad that switching to decaf has helped you so much! I'm not at that point yet, but I definitely want to experiment a little with giving up caffeine in the future.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Staggolee41 in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    Yesterday, the only Whole 30 meal I had was dinner. 
    Roasted split chicken breasts on a bed of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes were tossed in olive oil, and everything was seasoned with salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute (love this stuff). I love roasting chicken this way, on top of chopped vegetables - you have an easy side dish and the vegetables soak in all of the chicken juices while they cook - delicious! This was served with charred broccoli. I used some garlic oil that I had saved in the fridge from another recipe to cook it in a cast iron skillet, seasoned with garlic, pepper, and salt. I wanted to use crushed red pepper flakes, but we were all out. Added them to the grocery list for the weekend. I'll have to make a stop at Penzey's in the Strip District to stock up on spices. I also need white pepper for the curry I'm planning to make Sunday. 
    Honestly, just gearing up for my Whole 30 has me in higher spirits. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder in the winter, and I've been operating in kind of a fog since before the holidays. Yesterday, I felt more clear and energized. I was productive at work, I did some long overdue house cleaning, and I had no problem declining to eat the pizza my boyfriend's brother ordered to our apartment while they watched the college football championship last night. I was satisfied, but not overstuffed, from our dinner, and was happy to enjoy a mug of peppermint tea before bed. I know that these kinds of days can be fleeting in winter, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to have more of them during my Whole30 and beyond!