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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 11
    Meal 1: Arugula and lamb lettuce, 2 hardboiled eggs, canned mackerel and a handful nuts. A cup of green tea. Meal 2: Green olives, seafood salad (potato, prawns, hardboiled egg, mayo), pork barbecue and 1 banana. Snack: Green tea. Meal 3: Zucchini, leftover seafood salad, canned mackerel and nuts. 1 banana. My out-of-home breakfast supplies proved to be a good choice. I would definetely buy the same again.
    I had to make the mayo (because my mother forgot her eyeglasses) and it separated. I could not help thinking about this forum, wondering if the "how-to-fix-a-mayo-that-does-not-emulsify" question has ever been explained. Because it eventually happens.
    (When my grandma was a child, they used to say that you could not make mayo during the days you menstruated because it always separated. Which is nonsense, of course, but I find it kind of amusing.)
    There were two cakes. My mother does not like baking so they were store-bought, which always makes them less appealing to me. Even so I always eat them, and it makes me feel guilty and stupid.
    Today I did not. And the feeling was certainly empowering. I think this is a NSV, that foods which are not so appealing do not tempt me just for the sake of being sweet.
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Self-care!
    It's so easy to neglect oneself - and to procrastinate self-care.
    I think eating good food is a great first step, but definetely some extra ones would be nice. Would feel nice.
    But, yeah, self-care is something to write down in both your and my to-do lists.
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    I'm quite used to meal planning in general.
    This was not harder, because I have an idea of what I can expect my mother to serve - and I'm sure there will always be compliant options for main mails, but also that an everyday breafast would be dairy, bread and fruit.
    So I had already planned my go-to emergency supplies, and went to the grocery story right after we arrived 
    Next week we are going to visit a friend, and we're gonna eat out. That's gonna be a bit trickier.
    It's likely we end up having lunch in a kid-friendly Italian restaurant (we've gone there before) and I've already checked their dishes online - there are some meat-based compliant options.
    So, yes, planning comes easy to me. It's a blessing, it makes the Whole30 a bit easier.
    Also I would never forget to eat  
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    Amura reacted to Jihanna in 1 gram of sugar in coconut milk?   
    Since you're listing an actual amount, it sounds like you're looking at the nutrition data (which would list g, mg, and give the % of daily value, etc.) rather than the ingredient list (which should just say what the ingredient is, possibly with a "less than 2% of" or similar disclaimer before some of them).
    Many foods (including coconut) have naturally occurring sugars. What Whole30 looks at to determine compliance is the ingredients list (so whether or not there's more sugar added in, on top of what occurs naturally)... regardless of what the nutrition data shows.
    Look just at the ingredients. As long as all of the ingredients are compliant, you're good to go.
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    Amura reacted to ArtFossil in 1 gram of sugar in coconut milk?   
    You need to look at the INGREDIENTS list, NOT the nutrition label. The sugar on the nutrition label reflects the nutritional composition. (Fruits and vegetables have sugars). As long as the ingredients list doesn't have ADDED sugar (or other off plan ingredients) you're fine. Here's the nutrition information vs the ingredients list for Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk, a brand I use. 

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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 10
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs, coconut mil), sauteed zucchini & sweet potato, one quarter avocado Meal 2: steak, little green peppers, salad (letuce, mango, avocado). 1 apple. Snack: Green tea. Meal 3: 2 small hamburger patties, endive and mango. 1 banana. Some arugula and lamb lettuce. Herbal tea. Indeed this was not easy day!
    First I started to notice some health issues. 
    My hips had been somewhat hurting for two weeks before I started the program, a few days ago it dissapeared but now it reappeared. Maybe the brisk walk brought it back? In any case, seems that dietary changes did not have a positive impact on this.
    Also my pimples are back. They appear at two different points of the menstrual cicle. Such as today. And because I had hoped the Whole30 to help me to balance my hormones, I kinda expected them to dissapear. They did not, at least not yet.
    But what worries me the most is that I keep having a very hard time remembering. Names, for example. 
    It's quite discouraging, but I'm convicing myself that this will pass and I'll be feeling my best in no time.
    Now we are at my parents place. We had dinner here (which felt quite unbalanced and I overdid fruits, but that's the best I could do while staying compliant).
    Cooking for breakfast is complicated (we sleep in a guest room which is not actually part of the house) but we have a mini fridge so I made some hardboiled eggs, bought some fish cans, a bag of arugula and also nuts. This should get me thru Meal 1.
    And tomorrow is my father's birthday. He is celebrating with a barbecue. I won't do the cooking for there will be compliant food. (I'll probably end up having more unbalanced meals though.) I'm just hoping the do not press me to eat the cake...
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Yes, it was a great day!
    But now I'm moving into dangerous territory! 
    According the timelime, day 10 and 11 are The Hardest Days.
    And I wonder, how did they know I would be visiting my parents exactly these days?  
    For a birthday party, no less!
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in Gaining Weight??   
    If you've been limiting calories that much, and now you are eating a normal amount of calories, you will probably gain some weight at first as your body adjusts. If you continue eating healthy food in healthy amounts, your body will adjust and settle at a healthy weight. I mean, there's a little more to health than just food -- sleep, activity, stress levels, etc. -- but in general, eat healthy foods in healthy amounts and you will ultimately be healthy. 
    If you have not, I would strongly encourage you to find a counselor to speak to. I suspect if you've spent 10 years doing that kind of extreme dieting off and on, someone trying to reassure you on the internet is probably not going to totally change your outlook, but a good counselor can help you with these kinds of things, and you deserve to be happy and healthy, so please consider finding someone to talk to if you haven't already.
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 9
    Today after running our usual errands I went out for a walk on my own - instead of going to the cafe and later to the park with the family. I brought all
    the shopping home (which is all the way up), changed my clothes and decided to go to the top of the small mountain which is back our home. There is very
    steep ramp and it seemed like a good challenge for brisk walk.
    While I was walking I realized that I had thought that I should go for a walk on a regular basis, but never actually did... because I was saboutaging
    myself. I used to think that I should, but also that it was not worth it, it would not change anything.
    Committing to the Whole30 changed my mindsent - and this is my first NSV. I've found the conviction to actually do something that I'm sure is good for my
    health and that I've meant to do for a long time.

    I took a picture. This is my town
    On the way back, I found some wild berries - very easy to grab too! Usually passers by pick them, but obviously there are not many passersby in this route
    (which is indeed very steep) so there were plenty of them.
    My water bottle was already empty (it's sooo hot these days) so I filled it with blackberries to share with all the family for lunch. I felt like a little kid!

    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs, coconut milk), zucchini, sweet potato and confitted onion.
    Meal 2: bonito in tomato sauce with potatoes. Wild berries and cashews.
    Meal 3: Green beans, carrot, potatoes and canned tuna. Green olives and cashews. 1 banana.
    Also drank half a bottle of lemonade, which is about half a lemon, but I doubt that counts.
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 9
    Today after running our usual errands I went out for a walk on my own - instead of going to the cafe and later to the park with the family. I brought all
    the shopping home (which is all the way up), changed my clothes and decided to go to the top of the small mountain which is back our home. There is very
    steep ramp and it seemed like a good challenge for brisk walk.
    While I was walking I realized that I had thought that I should go for a walk on a regular basis, but never actually did... because I was saboutaging
    myself. I used to think that I should, but also that it was not worth it, it would not change anything.
    Committing to the Whole30 changed my mindsent - and this is my first NSV. I've found the conviction to actually do something that I'm sure is good for my
    health and that I've meant to do for a long time.

    I took a picture. This is my town
    On the way back, I found some wild berries - very easy to grab too! Usually passers by pick them, but obviously there are not many passersby in this route
    (which is indeed very steep) so there were plenty of them.
    My water bottle was already empty (it's sooo hot these days) so I filled it with blackberries to share with all the family for lunch. I felt like a little kid!

    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs, coconut milk), zucchini, sweet potato and confitted onion.
    Meal 2: bonito in tomato sauce with potatoes. Wild berries and cashews.
    Meal 3: Green beans, carrot, potatoes and canned tuna. Green olives and cashews. 1 banana.
    Also drank half a bottle of lemonade, which is about half a lemon, but I doubt that counts.
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 9
    Today after running our usual errands I went out for a walk on my own - instead of going to the cafe and later to the park with the family. I brought all
    the shopping home (which is all the way up), changed my clothes and decided to go to the top of the small mountain which is back our home. There is very
    steep ramp and it seemed like a good challenge for brisk walk.
    While I was walking I realized that I had thought that I should go for a walk on a regular basis, but never actually did... because I was saboutaging
    myself. I used to think that I should, but also that it was not worth it, it would not change anything.
    Committing to the Whole30 changed my mindsent - and this is my first NSV. I've found the conviction to actually do something that I'm sure is good for my
    health and that I've meant to do for a long time.

    I took a picture. This is my town
    On the way back, I found some wild berries - very easy to grab too! Usually passers by pick them, but obviously there are not many passersby in this route
    (which is indeed very steep) so there were plenty of them.
    My water bottle was already empty (it's sooo hot these days) so I filled it with blackberries to share with all the family for lunch. I felt like a little kid!

    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs, coconut milk), zucchini, sweet potato and confitted onion.
    Meal 2: bonito in tomato sauce with potatoes. Wild berries and cashews.
    Meal 3: Green beans, carrot, potatoes and canned tuna. Green olives and cashews. 1 banana.
    Also drank half a bottle of lemonade, which is about half a lemon, but I doubt that counts.
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Enjoying wine, on occasion, in small amounts sounds like something everyboy ought to do, don't you think?
    And I'm sure you're gonna savour it more than you ever did!
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 8
    Meal 1: omelette (3 eggs + 3 tablespoons coconut milk + stock), one large carrot, radishes.
    Meal 2: A handful cashews (which I ate while cooking), rabbit & mushrooms stew, salad (lettuce, radishes, mango) and fried potatoes. An slice of cantaloupe.
    Snack: Green tea with ginger.
    Meal 3: Veggies barbecue (zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes) with leftover salmon and garlic mayo.
     
    Today I was sleepy again, and also my memory was not bright at all. I mean, I wanted to record my breakfast at midday and it took me veeeery long remembering what I had eaten. I also met a coworker early in the morning, and after spending the whole day trying to remember her name I finally gave up and looked it up - seriously, not remembering the name of a coworker in a place where only 24 people work really worries me! 
    I want to believe that my body is turning fat into sugar to feed my brain, and that it might be a bit inefficient because it's not what it used to do, or something in that line - so perhaps in a day or two it will be gone on its own?
    Physically I still have loose bowel movements, maybe slightly better. I think I may be overdoing the fats (because I cook everything in olive oil) and perhaps I should not be adding other sources of fat... 
    I don't want to cut down the fats, I think that might lead away from the program, so I'm gonna keep them as they are and see how it evolves.
    Other than that, well, I felt good.
    I want to add some walking into my routine, because I don't exercise at all tbh. When today morning we went to the beach, I spent most of the time walking (and talking with my nameless coworker). Later on the afternoon we were visiting my in-laws and I returned walking (it was 40 minutes walk and it was sooo hot that I regretted it!),
    I'll try to keep it up, because obviously it will help.
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 8
    Meal 1: omelette (3 eggs + 3 tablespoons coconut milk + stock), one large carrot, radishes.
    Meal 2: A handful cashews (which I ate while cooking), rabbit & mushrooms stew, salad (lettuce, radishes, mango) and fried potatoes. An slice of cantaloupe.
    Snack: Green tea with ginger.
    Meal 3: Veggies barbecue (zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes) with leftover salmon and garlic mayo.
     
    Today I was sleepy again, and also my memory was not bright at all. I mean, I wanted to record my breakfast at midday and it took me veeeery long remembering what I had eaten. I also met a coworker early in the morning, and after spending the whole day trying to remember her name I finally gave up and looked it up - seriously, not remembering the name of a coworker in a place where only 24 people work really worries me! 
    I want to believe that my body is turning fat into sugar to feed my brain, and that it might be a bit inefficient because it's not what it used to do, or something in that line - so perhaps in a day or two it will be gone on its own?
    Physically I still have loose bowel movements, maybe slightly better. I think I may be overdoing the fats (because I cook everything in olive oil) and perhaps I should not be adding other sources of fat... 
    I don't want to cut down the fats, I think that might lead away from the program, so I'm gonna keep them as they are and see how it evolves.
    Other than that, well, I felt good.
    I want to add some walking into my routine, because I don't exercise at all tbh. When today morning we went to the beach, I spent most of the time walking (and talking with my nameless coworker). Later on the afternoon we were visiting my in-laws and I returned walking (it was 40 minutes walk and it was sooo hot that I regretted it!),
    I'll try to keep it up, because obviously it will help.
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    @LadyWolf0926 Your son's approach makes sense - I did exactly the same. I learned about the Whole30 right before going for a 5-day trip - staying in a hotel, eating out every meal, etc. We would not return home directly, but we'd spend 4 days visiting family - and staying in their house. It did not seem the right moment. AT ALL.
    I even posted in this forum for the first time before I returned home.
    Also you already have a grown-up son, which is quite a different matter  
    I guess I can relate more to @Emma experience. Which I'm glad was so successful, but to be honest I would rather be on the safe side. In a few years he'll be able to make his own choices and if I keep doing the Whole30 he may choose to join, but at this point it feels too soon.
    But every person knows their own family better than anyone else - that's why we make different choices!
    Anyway it also helps that we have a quite healthy Mediterranean diet. No pre-cooked meals at all, affordable fresh ingredients, etc. Most of my meals were already compliant but for a few details (I have noticed I use peas sooo often ) so in some sense there is little gain for the little one in this program.
    I am another matter, because I'm affraid I might be suffering a hormonal imbalance, and a self-experiment may provide invaluable for me. Or so I hope.
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    Amura reacted to Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I give 2 thumbs up for the hubby making dinner. Sometime the best food you can eat is just made by someone other than yourself!!! I am glad you had some help on that front yesterday! And don't worry about not weighing yourself at the gym today. In my opinion, weighing can only go 2 ways. Really good or really bad. Not that bad  would be necessarily bad, but maybe not what I want to see. You know? I think you have the important part of this journey nailed! Cheers to day 31!
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    @LadyWolf0926 Your son's approach makes sense - I did exactly the same. I learned about the Whole30 right before going for a 5-day trip - staying in a hotel, eating out every meal, etc. We would not return home directly, but we'd spend 4 days visiting family - and staying in their house. It did not seem the right moment. AT ALL.
    I even posted in this forum for the first time before I returned home.
    Also you already have a grown-up son, which is quite a different matter  
    I guess I can relate more to @Emma experience. Which I'm glad was so successful, but to be honest I would rather be on the safe side. In a few years he'll be able to make his own choices and if I keep doing the Whole30 he may choose to join, but at this point it feels too soon.
    But every person knows their own family better than anyone else - that's why we make different choices!
    Anyway it also helps that we have a quite healthy Mediterranean diet. No pre-cooked meals at all, affordable fresh ingredients, etc. Most of my meals were already compliant but for a few details (I have noticed I use peas sooo often ) so in some sense there is little gain for the little one in this program.
    I am another matter, because I'm affraid I might be suffering a hormonal imbalance, and a self-experiment may provide invaluable for me. Or so I hope.
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    But that's A LOT of weight! 
    Wow, it's really really impressive. Really. R-E-A-L-L-Y.
    I had read some of the testimonials, but to be honest I thought that such weight loss was meant to be achieved after several rounds. 
    16 pounts in only one month is a HUGE change.
    Hey, you are gonna need new clothes! 
     
    I'm definetely following your blog!
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 6
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs), zucchini, two radishes and some confitted onions.
    Snack: One small portion of Spanish omelette.
    (We are enjoying our holidays at home, so we like to go to a cafe for a midmorning cafe. I usually order water though. They always bring some treat, either bread with jam or biscuit or omelette - if compliant I eat it.)
    Meal 2: Two shish kebabs, little green peppers and large salad (lettuce, avocado, manga, radishes and cashews).
    I bought some pork shish kebabs (I checked the ingredients) and also some chicken ones (which I assumed were also compliant). My bad, they were not, so I could only eat the pork ones.
    Snack: Black tea with coconut milk. 
    I did not like it. The coconut flavour is too strong and kills some of the subtle notes of my tea. I guess I'll be using the coconut milk for something else, maybe in the morning omelette?
    Meal 3: Sauteed green beans, carrots and leftover lam with confitted onion. Plus one hard boiled egg. And one tangerine.
    I cooked more green beans than I needed, so I have leftovers for tomorrow's breakfast.
     
    Today I felt kinda sleepy in the morning.
    Actually I already felt sleepy yesterday afternoon, but I thought it was because I ate too much meat (not so balanced) and because I travelled by car afterwards (2 hours) in the back sit. I usually don't feel so well in the back seat.
    Now I'm starting to wonder if this could be the I-just-want-a-nap phase in the timeline. Could be could be. I'm not dead tired, but I'm sleepy indeed.
     
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    Amura reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Today is D31, and it's a little bittersweet. I'm ecstatic about my results, butt it's also time for me to move on until my next round. I cannot thank all of you enough for the incredible support! Y'all rock!! 
    As of this morning, after a total of 41 days, I have lost 16.5 pounds and 19.75 inches overall. The biggest changes were 2" in my waist, 4" in my hips, 2" in my thighs and 2" in my calves. I also lost 2" in my chest (why oh why is it always the boobs? Sigh) I knew my clothes felt different but wow... just wow.
    I am going to start reintro today, so I'll continue blogging about my journey at Angel in Training at https://ladywolf926.blogspot.com. Feel free to come over, say hi! I'll still drop in from time to time. Bisous!! 
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Congratulations LadyWolfe!! You did it!
    Oh, my, it's so exciting seeing someone finishing their program, even if it was a bit hard sometimes.
    It really encourages me to follow your path!
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    I'm the cook of the house and I'm making most of the meals compliant. Not all though.
    My husband would eat whatever I put on the plate. Absolutely not picky at all.
    Also he's not judgemental at all. When I told him about the Whole30 he answered that he might join me in a few months, if I actually see some results. I replied it was only a month long, and he was honestly surprised about that!
    So it's not big deal cooking the same for him and me - although he adds some things I'm not eating, such as bread.
    But no way I'm not forcing it upon our four years-old.
    I'm doing this on my own, as a personal experiment, but before trying something like that with a little child I would definetely seek medical advice. Specially because he does not like veggies...
     
    How old is your son, LadyWolf, if I may ask?
    And why wait until September 3rd? Do you think you'll be done with the reintroduction by then? Do you mean to do another round with him? That would be cute.
     
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 6
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs), zucchini, two radishes and some confitted onions.
    Snack: One small portion of Spanish omelette.
    (We are enjoying our holidays at home, so we like to go to a cafe for a midmorning cafe. I usually order water though. They always bring some treat, either bread with jam or biscuit or omelette - if compliant I eat it.)
    Meal 2: Two shish kebabs, little green peppers and large salad (lettuce, avocado, manga, radishes and cashews).
    I bought some pork shish kebabs (I checked the ingredients) and also some chicken ones (which I assumed were also compliant). My bad, they were not, so I could only eat the pork ones.
    Snack: Black tea with coconut milk. 
    I did not like it. The coconut flavour is too strong and kills some of the subtle notes of my tea. I guess I'll be using the coconut milk for something else, maybe in the morning omelette?
    Meal 3: Sauteed green beans, carrots and leftover lam with confitted onion. Plus one hard boiled egg. And one tangerine.
    I cooked more green beans than I needed, so I have leftovers for tomorrow's breakfast.
     
    Today I felt kinda sleepy in the morning.
    Actually I already felt sleepy yesterday afternoon, but I thought it was because I ate too much meat (not so balanced) and because I travelled by car afterwards (2 hours) in the back sit. I usually don't feel so well in the back seat.
    Now I'm starting to wonder if this could be the I-just-want-a-nap phase in the timeline. Could be could be. I'm not dead tired, but I'm sleepy indeed.
     
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    Amura reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Today is Day 30! We made it! Now, my husband is going to have to remember where he hid that stupid scale......
    I'm really excited to start today, and I'm super proud of my accomplishment! I have definitely reframed my food mindset, but I'm also now keenly aware of when I struggle. It's kind of cool! Without question, after these 30+ days (incl restart), I have a much healthier relationship with food and love how I feel overall. I still have a ways to go, and reintroduction is going to take a while, but it's okay. I've committed to the lifestyle! Cheers! (PS.... It's still my last day, so that's apple juice )

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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Oh, and today's log!
    DAY 5
     
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs) topped with a bit of confitted onions, broccoli on the side. Also some cashews, and a banana.
    Snack: A cup of black tea and apple.
    I was not actually hungry, but I thought we might have lunch kinda late and I would not have many compliant choices so it would be wise not to get there too hungry.
    Meal 2: Mostly barbecued ribs. That was it. But also the following:
    A bit of the filling of a pie (onion, pepper, seafood) which had spilled from a pie.
    There were some (compliant) potato chips and I got a handful to add some variation, but really not many: they did not feel like the right food choice.
    There were 3 different desserts, all very tasty looking, so I got myself a pear and left the dining room and eat it in the kitchen.
    People would drink some coffee afterwards, someone also brought chocolate. I went outside to read a book to the kids.
    I feel like I navigated that meal pretty well, all things considered, but from a dietary point of view it was really poor.
    And when we returned home for dinner I meant to eat leftover lamb stew, but after two bites I felt like it was too much meat for me today. I like to hear my body in this kind of situation so I changed the menu.
    Meal 3: Two bites of lamb. Two cups of lamb soup (I simply pureed all the goodness from the lamb stew but the meat) and one large salad (lettuce, tangerine, avocado, nuts, confitted onion). An slice of cantaloupe.