ShieldMaiden

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    ShieldMaiden reacted to Jihanna in Bacon Fat as Cooking Fat?   
    I often will let my bacon play double-duty by using the fat to help saute vegetables being included in the dish, so I wouldn't see anything wrong with saving it to use later. Obviously it's not something I'd use for every meal (just as I wouldn't use regular bacon grease all the time), but if it's compliant bacon then I'd assume the fat would be fine to use for cooking during Whole30.
    A mod may jump in and counter that, of course... but I'm from the south, so I'm as interested as you on this one  
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    ShieldMaiden got a reaction from Jihanna in I'm STARVING!!!   
    Omg... those Snackwells...I thought they tasted like poison! Like: if I eat this, I will 100% get really, really sick. 
    I feel the same way about diet sodas! My body is like: this is not food!!!
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to Lorna from Canada in I'm STARVING!!!   
    I have 50 years of dieting experience behind me. I've lived throught the Great Snackwells Fat Free Cookie rush of 1991. My whole adulthood nutrition belief system was indoctrinated with "FAT is BAD". It's been really hard to cook with fat and plate fat since I started W30 but, I wanted a whole hearted effort so I did it. Ghee, olive oil, coconut milk, avocados, olives, crispy salmon skin, nuts... eating them.
    I haven't been hungry since week 2 of my first W30. 
    Eat the fat.
     
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to SchrodingersCat in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    I bought one of those lettuce keepers, with the basket in the bottom. I was skeptical but OMG - lettuce lasts soooo long in them! I bought another one for making salad for the week for my husband and even cut salad lasts so much longer.
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to ElainaR in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    @ShieldMaiden I recommend moving the greens to an airtight container as soon as you buy them.  Also, anytime you open the container and see bad leaves, immediately remove them.  If you buy head lettuce it will last longer as mentioned above.  I find that a large bag of kale can usually stay fresh for two weeks! Also, store your lettuce in your refrigerator somewhere where it won’t get smashed so that you can limit the bruising and keep it fresh longer. 
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    ShieldMaiden got a reaction from Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Good points! Today, I looked at the individual bags and realized if I bought two they would be the same price as the giant box, so I just bought the box, but I sneakily picked one from the back of the shelf and it looks better honestly! I think I'll be ok this time. I also had the realization that I had planted some lettuce in the garden too that I sort of forgot about but I need to get out there and do some intensive weeding. This will be another good source for easy fresh greens I totally forgot about! Duh! 
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to ShannonM816 in Day 16 - Cannot. Stop. Crying.   
    One thing to pay attention to is the amount of starchy vegetables you're eating. People who experience depression or anxiety often find they need several servings a day. 
     
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to doubledee in ShieldMaiden's Log - Start Date 6/2/19   
    Your strawberry chicken salad looks delish!
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to laura_juggles in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Mixed greens, spring mix, and baby lettuces will all go gross a lot faster than the heartier salad greens like iceberg and romaine. They're more delicate and tender so it takes less to make them icky. I bought a 3 pack of romaine 2 weeks ago and finished it yesterday. Not a leaf went bad. 

    If you really prefer the more tender greens, you'll need to buy them in smaller packages more often. I decided that I didn't like them *that* much more and switched to the romaine. It's saved a bunch of money and wasted food. 
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    I've also found that a bag of baby spinach won't go bad as quickly as spring mix... there's something in the spring mix that starts to wilt early compared to everything else, and it starts getting everything else in the mix nasty. If you find that even a small bag of spring mix (if you want to keep buying and using it) goes bad before you can get through it all, it's worth seeing if any local places have a good salad bar you could pull a serving or two from -- since the greens are so light, the cost is negligible (we usually grab things like sprouts and spring mix from Earth Fare's salad bar, since we use those less often than romaine and spinach).
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    I usually go for a bag of 3 romaine hearts for use in my salads, occasionally grabbing a smaller bag of spring mix or something to go with it. I'll get bags of baby spinach if I have recipes that call for it, then use whatever isn't needed for the recipe in a breakfast fritatta or casserole if I'm not feeling the idea of having it in a salad. Big boxes of greens don't happen in my household unless it's an unbeatable deal and I have at least some reasonable idea of how I'm going to use them before half the box dies on me  
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    I second that it looks a little light on veggies, but I'd also say that if you're struggling to get this much in, it might be worth eating this and then tossing more veggies in at the tail end if you feel like you can (or need to) eat more at that point. Getting your body used to having a midday meal, even starting small, is a huge step toward getting yourself situated. Work is important, but you can't do your best work if you don't keep yourself well-nourished, and acknowledging and breaking those kinds of habits is part of what Whole30 is all about.
    Admittedly, I'm having a hard time getting back to the 3 daily meals concept this time, too... I'm sleeping 3 hours later than I did last round (now that my kids are out of school) and I'm just a few days home from a trip where we only ate two meals each day, so I'll be breaking those meal-skipping habits right alongside you!
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    ShieldMaiden reacted to laura_juggles in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Skipping lunch and lowballing all your meals like you have been has caught up to you, basically. 
    Set yourself an alarm on your phone to go eat lunch. You're sacrificing how you feel for not wanting to stop working to go eat. The break for lunch is not only good for your overall nutrition, but also for your brain. Trust me; go eat some lunch. 
    Get yourself a couple bags of pre-chopped salad greens and throw them in a mixing bowl with the chicken, olives, and cukes you have in the picture. If you've pre-cooked some protein and have some bagged salad handy, lunches become really easy. 
    You *will* start to feel better when you're getting enough fuel.