Laura of The Great White North

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  1. Laura of The Great White North

    Legumes Making Me Congested

    Hey everyone!! I finished my Whole30 on January 26th. For the reintroduction of legumes I made a chili with beans. What I noticed is that shortly after eating, I felt like I got pretty congested for about 45 minutes to an hour. Is this something anyone else has experienced? I know that inflammation can cause that congested feeling, it's just not one I was expecting. Thanks!!
  2. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @littleyellowdiary I considered a Whole45 or Whole60 as well. But I decided to start reintroducing foods. First up, legumes! So tonight I made chili with beans. I may still have some peanut butter also. I'm trying to keep this as single-ingredient as possible. @kirbz, I think a whole foods February sounds like a great idea! I am like you, either Whole30 or pizza, pop, and chips. I am looking forward to finding balance. Thank you for joining me during these 30 days!!
  3. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    We closing in on the end! Saturday is my Day 30. I have my reintroduction planned and I am looking forward to some of those foods! I hope everyone has experienced what they were looking for!! Congratulations on your success! ❤❤
  4. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Hello from Day 19! I hope this finds you all well! I am doing well and I think I will cruise through the last 3rd of this round. I'm finding a little food boredom so I'm looking for new recipes to try to bring other flavors to my plate. One of my sons has an all day ski meet on Saturday that we're volunteering at so I will have to pack wisely for the day. Does anyone have good recipes for homemade Italian sausage? I cannot find any locally that does not include added sugar. I don't want to make it into sausage, but to use is tomato sauces and soups. We're on the home stretch!! BTW, @littleyellowdiary, I LOVE your profile pic!
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @kirbz, I totally understand what you mean about not doing much online because that isn't what life will look like in the "real world". Good for you for doing what you feel will make you the most successful! I will be doing the 10 day reintroduction and documenting it well. I listened to the newest podcast from Melissa Urban today about self-sabotage. It was very enlightening! I also forgot what day I was on and so I was pleasantly surprised to see my calendar tell me it's day 14! I'm also happy to note that I am experiencing less digestive discomfort this time than I did last time. It just dawned on me today that last time I was taking some antibiotics so that was probably a larger contribution to the digestion issues than the food. My NSV for today is that I went the entire day in heels at work! Normally I don't wear them because my feet and back ache so badly. But today it was not a problem and I ended up feeling rather powerful strolling down the halls at the office in heels! Take those victories wherever you find them!
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Hello! Day 12 here. Things are moving right along. I'm running low on breakfast provisions so that will be a priority soon. I have to work this weekend so my shopping and food prep time is drastically reduced. I have a spaghetti squash so I think I'm going to do a buffalo chicken skillet with that to make some leftovers. We're almost halfway there! Has anyone started thinking about reintroduction yet? One of Melissa Urban's podcasts talked about starting to think about reintroduction around day 13 so that you're prepared and can do it successfully. I'm torn between the slow roll introduction and the faster 10 day one. Does anyone have any thoughts about which one is better?
  7. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @littleyellowdiary thanks for the recipe and congrats on all the miles!! I'm sure you could do the Kalua Pig in the oven if you did a long roast at a low temp to make it fall apart tender. It is absolutely a wonderful meal!
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @kirbz, these sound fantastic! I'm cooking salmon tonight and if I have leftovers, it's going in this!
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @littleyellowdiary, I would love to have the recipe for the mayo. I'm on Day 9 here and I feel like some new things are clicking around in my brain in a very good way. The truth of how this way of living (for the most part) will become my new normal is sinking in. I am committed to reintroduction, even though it scares me. And then to living my food freedom. When you make your bubble and squeak, are you forming little patties with all of the ingredients? Or just frying it up like a hash? It sounds like a really great way to use leftovers! Also, what is swede? Your omelette sounds like it was very tasty! I just made a very simple chicken and vegetable soup for lunch today. I added just a touch of ground ginger to the broth and it really made a huge impact on the flavor! I'm going to try a teriyaki salmon either tonight or tomorrow. I ordered some beef sticks from the company Chomps and they arrived today. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. I wasn't entirely sure if they were going to be like jerky or more like a Slim Jim. They are definitely a much healthier version of a Slim Jim and they taste good too. I'm happy to add them to my stock of emergency food. I try to keep a couple of things in my lunch bag and my purse for times when I can't get home on time to cook or eat leftovers. I think your skin will clear up. I didn't have any breakouts during my last Whole30 or so far during this round. But my complexion had a ton of improvement. I have old acne scars under my chin and on my neck that have always stayed a really dark red color and they faded away to almost nothing during my last W30. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!
  10. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Hey everyone! We are closing in on the end of Day 7! I hope everyone is doing well! I feel really good. My mood has stabilized and my energy is up. It's amazing how other aspects of my life get better when I am feeling good and happy. My kitchen, for example, is being kept clean! I'm not a slob, but I'm not ridiculously tidy either and sometimes dishes will sit in my sink for a day or two. But I've been getting the dishwasher loaded and run every night so that it's ready for the next day. My stovetop and counters are wiped down and I walk in in the mornings to make my coffee and it just makes me smile. It really starts my day off on the right foot. I am still looking forward to better sleep quality. It was so hard for me to wake up this morning. I think if that area doesn't improve much in the next week, I'm going to look at my actual sleeping environment to see what improvements I may be able to make. Our family's schedule really ramps up next week with ski meets, play practice, and boy scouts so I am on the hunt for super quick meals or crockpot meals to help make dinner easy-peasy. If you have any favorites or suggestions I am all ears! @littleyellowdiary, how did the homemade mayo adventure go? I've been too chicken to make my own so I've bought either Tessamae's or Primal Kitchen mayo. Both were very good.
  11. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Thanks, @Ann! I never thought of that as an NSV, but it really is!
  12. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Hello from a rather wonderful Day 5! @littleyellowdiary I think what you packed sounds great! It's better to be prepared than not and as long as what you packed is within the guidelines, you're doing a great job. I have heard of bubble and squeak but I haven't ever eaten it. How do you make it? I tried a new recipe last night. It was a chicken bacon ranch skillet with brussel sprouts from Beauty and the Benchpress. It was very good and even one of my kids and my husband liked it. Tonight I made sweet potato chicken fajitas from a recipe on Buzzfeed. I just left out the cheese. I also prepped some breakfast food. I am the worst at eating breakfast so I want to make it as easy as possible. I seriously felt so good today! The sun was out for the first time in a couple of days which I'm sure helped! I'm noticing that when I start to feel good physically and mentally I want to take better care of myself in other areas too. For example, I get more excited about makeup and doing my hair when I feel good. I'm a pretty low maintenance girl so those items are usually on the bottom of my list of things to worry about. But I seem to have the extra energy to worry about it now. So I bought myself a new nail polish and I'm going to give myself a pedicure tomorrow! I hope things are good for all of you! I hope you have a great time tonight with whatever you do to ring in the new year/decade!
  13. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Good morning everyone! @littleyellowdiary I am so happy to have you join us! I too am noticing the food rituals. I think I was most surprised about wanting to stop for a coffee while I was doing my grocery shopping on Friday as well as how mindless I snack while prepping food. Fortunately I was snacking on veggies as I made the veggie tray for Christmas, but it made me think of all of the times I must do that on a regular basis. Christmas at the in-laws went very well. I brought my veggie tray and the on-plan buffalo chicken salad and ate that. I won't lie, I deliberately kind of sat away from everyone so that they wouldn't really notice that I wasn't eating the lasagna and garlic bread and cookies. I looked at the cookies and the pie and ice cream rather wistfully, but it was easier to stay away from than I thought it would be. I've been doing some journaling this time around and I feel like I am digging into the nitty gritty of how and why I misuse food in my life. I agree with you, @littleyellowdiary, it's a lot to unpack. And a lot of my baggage comes from my previous marriage which was a very unhealthy one. I lost my best friend 4 days after that wedding and then a few months later we moved to a town where I didn't know anyone. I was very lonely and still very sad about the loss of my friend and I definitely see that I used food as comfort. We didn't have a lot of money and so it was the one acceptable thing I could spend on where it didn't seem like I was being selfish with my wants. It's amazing how much emotion and meaning and history can make it's way into your dinner!!! Day 3 is off to a good start. I made an egg and veggie scramble with two slices of on-plan bacon along with my coffee. We're trying a szechuan stir fry tonight and I'm going to use the cauliflower rice made yesterday. I am also going to check out those two places for new recipes @kirbz. I like looking for new things to try. @Niya and @Jmb369 how is it going for you?
  14. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Happy Day 1!! I'm calling today a success! The biggest critique I have for myself today is that I probably won't have enough time between dinner and bedtime. I didn't realize what time it was and got the pork in the instant pot kind of late. But oh my goodness, dinner was soooooooo good! I made the Instant Pot version of Nom Nom Paleo's Kalua Pig recipe. I could eat the pork all by itself but the cabbage and broth really take it to another level. I have Christmas with my in-laws tomorrow. I'm a little nervous because I don't want anyone to be upset that I'm not eating everything. But i also made a complaint dish and I'll be bringing a veggie tray too. I'm probably nervous for nothing. I hope everyone else had a good Day 1 too!! See you tomorrow!
  15. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Tomorrow is the day!!! I'm planning a pretty simple breakfast and then grocery shopping! I already have ingredients for Nom Nom Paleo's Kalua Pig recipe so that is what's for dinner. I also saw a chicken bacon ranch recipe on Instagram today so that will be on my list too. Have you ever made cauliflower rice and then frozen it? I'm thinking about doing that but I don't want it to get all watery and mushy. I'm a little scared this time around but I think it's because I'm coming to the table this time with some deeper intentions. Yes last time I said I wanted to heal my relationship with food but I ended up focusing so much on healing my body from the nasty sinus/respiratory/eye infection I got that the deeper psychological issues got pushed aside. I will sit with my feelings. I will allow myself to be uncomfortable. I will ask myself Is It Worth It?