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    heb2014 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    I forget about broccoli slaw!  I've used it in place of noodles before in Asian inspired dishes.
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    heb2014 reacted to Emma in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Egg Roll in a Bowl Whole 30!!!!
    It's SO good. Pork, broccoli slaw, coconut aminos, some other things - doesn't sound great, but tastes good and the entire family eats it without fussing. (At least most of the time)
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    heb2014 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Right!  I'm trying to look for other places to "sneak" in a vegetable; right now the only other one I do is add shredded carrot to my marinara sauce - just saute it with the onions and celery and no one knows it's in there. 
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    heb2014 reacted to BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    I bet I cook sneak riced cauliflower into our taco meat and no one would be the wiser
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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Right!  I'm trying to look for other places to "sneak" in a vegetable; right now the only other one I do is add shredded carrot to my marinara sauce - just saute it with the onions and celery and no one knows it's in there. 
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    heb2014 got a reaction from Emma in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    I'm not going to recap all my meals from Days 19 - 22 (Jan 30 - Feb 2), but I'll quickly say it was more eggs and soups and leftovers. My grocery total for the month of January was $509.21 ($109 more than I would have liked).
    A lesson to be learned about meal planning - plan for flexibility!  I liked the simplicity of planning once a month, but the reality of it was that only 7 days went according to plan. I made another 4 of the planned meals on different days due to various requests or events that popped up, so maybe my planning was 11/31.  We ended up with more leftovers at some meals than I planned - which was a bonus so I didn't have to cook as much. I panicked about the budget and reworked the last two weeks, incorporating more things I had in the house and simplifying our meals. I should take what's a home in to consideration better when planning.
    As I planned for February this weekend (luckily having enough leftovers to get us to Sunday), I started thinking post-Whole30. I'm undecided about reintroduction and tempted to not do it again - because I didn't have any issues last time in October, at least not with the 4 main reintroduction groups.  I'm sure this isn't the recommended route....and there's nothing I'm especially missing (except hummus); we just have some upcoming events during the time that would be reintroduction where I'd like to not be as strict.
    Oh - and it's Girl Scout Cookie season. Could they not move this away from Lent? September would really be a great time for this.
    Oh,.Lent - something else I haven't thought about until just now.
    Anyway, I'm still undecided on reintroduction, but in the mean time, I'm thinking a lot about "food freedom". I know added sugar does affect me so I would still like to limit desserts and avoid coffee creamer with sugar. Particularly with desserts and sweets, my rule is to only eat it if it's homemade AND one of my favorites. I am going to continue to avoid cooking with soy, but not necessarily seek it out in restaurants. I am also going to limit non-alcohol gluten to "homemade" - only homemade pastas, homemade bread, etc. This is mostly because I want to lose some weight, so it's not a family rule - I'll likely keep cooking store-bought pasta for the kids and squash or whatever for me - when I do want a special pasta dish on occasion, I'll have to take the time to make it. And I am going to limit alcohol to special occasions/events, and then, only if I really feel like it. I'm going to keep trying to add more vegetables in to our meals - not only as a side, but in other ways, like mix riced cauliflower with rice. I still have some work to do on defining these things because I work better with strict rules than general guidelines.
     

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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    I'm not going to recap all my meals from Days 19 - 22 (Jan 30 - Feb 2), but I'll quickly say it was more eggs and soups and leftovers. My grocery total for the month of January was $509.21 ($109 more than I would have liked).
    A lesson to be learned about meal planning - plan for flexibility!  I liked the simplicity of planning once a month, but the reality of it was that only 7 days went according to plan. I made another 4 of the planned meals on different days due to various requests or events that popped up, so maybe my planning was 11/31.  We ended up with more leftovers at some meals than I planned - which was a bonus so I didn't have to cook as much. I panicked about the budget and reworked the last two weeks, incorporating more things I had in the house and simplifying our meals. I should take what's a home in to consideration better when planning.
    As I planned for February this weekend (luckily having enough leftovers to get us to Sunday), I started thinking post-Whole30. I'm undecided about reintroduction and tempted to not do it again - because I didn't have any issues last time in October, at least not with the 4 main reintroduction groups.  I'm sure this isn't the recommended route....and there's nothing I'm especially missing (except hummus); we just have some upcoming events during the time that would be reintroduction where I'd like to not be as strict.
    Oh - and it's Girl Scout Cookie season. Could they not move this away from Lent? September would really be a great time for this.
    Oh,.Lent - something else I haven't thought about until just now.
    Anyway, I'm still undecided on reintroduction, but in the mean time, I'm thinking a lot about "food freedom". I know added sugar does affect me so I would still like to limit desserts and avoid coffee creamer with sugar. Particularly with desserts and sweets, my rule is to only eat it if it's homemade AND one of my favorites. I am going to continue to avoid cooking with soy, but not necessarily seek it out in restaurants. I am also going to limit non-alcohol gluten to "homemade" - only homemade pastas, homemade bread, etc. This is mostly because I want to lose some weight, so it's not a family rule - I'll likely keep cooking store-bought pasta for the kids and squash or whatever for me - when I do want a special pasta dish on occasion, I'll have to take the time to make it. And I am going to limit alcohol to special occasions/events, and then, only if I really feel like it. I'm going to keep trying to add more vegetables in to our meals - not only as a side, but in other ways, like mix riced cauliflower with rice. I still have some work to do on defining these things because I work better with strict rules than general guidelines.
     

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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Day 17 (1/28/2020)
    M1: breakfast casserole + coffee w/ almond milk
    M2: Zuppa Toscana and a palm-full of almonds
    M3: leftover shepherd's pie
    I put the last two servings of the shepherd's pie in to Glasslock Containers for lunches and pulled some marinara sauce out from the freezer for tonight. It was good, and  I liked the convenience of not have to cook again last night, but I'm ready for a change. Luckily, spaghetti won't require much cooking either (heating up the sauce, cooking the squash for myself, and noodles for the kids and husband; pretty hands off). We should get dinner two nights out of the sauce, so it looks like stew on Friday and I'll have stopped the hemorrhaging grocery budget at $509.21.
    Aaaaaaannnnndddd.... I just realized it will be February in three days and I haven't planned at all past Friday. I was on it for January....not so much for February.
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    heb2014 reacted to LindaC in Day 1 of second round-Fail   
    And now for the real day one.  Meal 1 off to a good start!  Two poached eggs over 1/2 baked potato and some of nomnom paleo's best braised cabbage.  This cabbage recipe was a big part of the reason I loved doing my first round of wh30!
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    heb2014 reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Day 28 and I’m feeling great.
    5:55 got up changed baby, went back to bed
     
    9:30 baby alarm went off again.  It was nice to sleep in a little.  Now to get the day going.
    I made the boys oatmeal for breakfast, and had to be mindful not to taste it to test hotness while I was feeding the baby. 
    10:00 M1: Pederson sausage links and a mixed green salad with the “chick-fil-a” dipping sauce as a dressing.  
    I intended to make an egg, but ended up being satisfied with the sausage.  Getting work done = baby destroying most of the house
    4:00 M2: venison sheet pan fajitas.  With avocado, tomatoes in lettuce leaf wraps.  
    These were delicious and the boys helped me make them this time which was a nice surprise.  I enjoy cooking with them and watching them develop their kitchen skills.
    After we cleaned up I decided to make another mess.  My hubby has been having a frustrating day and nothing has seem to go his way.  So I decided to make his favorite (mine too) no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie.  Talk about being mindful!  I had to really pay attention to not lick the fingertips or clean off the peanut butter spoon with my tongue.  I tossed a towel over my shoulder like I used to do in my commercial kitchen days so that my hand went up to the towel to wipe off rather than my mouth.  They turned out beautifully.  I hope they make him smile when he comes home, he could use a smile today!  I think I’ll go make him a “would you be my valentine card” to put with them.  It’s never to early to ask right?
    My 11 yr DS saw the cookies and asked in an overly excited tone, “does this mean you are done with your diet?”  To which I answered no.  He then proceeded to drill me, did you eat any? Did you taste it? Did you lick the spoon? All were answered with No.  He then gave me a huge hug and said “Mom, I’m so proud of you!”  
    My hubby did indeed smile when he saw the cookies and also asked if this means the diet thing is over.  I told him no it means I love you.  He even liked my card I made.  After sending the kids to bed we spent our evening snuggling on the couch catching up on some of our shows we enjoy watching together. My brain immediately wanted a snack when I brought my hubby his milk and cookies, but I asked my questions and determined I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t need it to enjoy our time together. It’s been a long day but a good one.  
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    heb2014 reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Most people ask for oil and vinegar but I’m not a huge fan of vinegar to put it on my salad strait.  But citrus fruits hit the spot for me. So I’ll ask for lemons, limes, and even oranges if they have them.  Even if they don’t have olive oil the citrus fruit helps with the enjoyment of the salad.
    yes on when the kids love the food.  My 11 yr old with the allergies LOVES food, so he’s always up for trying new recipes. When my extremely picky 13 yr old eats the food we know it’s an amazing recipe 
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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Good grief - I am not creative enough. I can't remember how many times during my round 1 I ate salad with no dressing because none of the options were complaint. Olive oil and lemons - this is so smart!
    And what you said a couple of posts back about your 11yr old with food allergies - I love this! I remember how shocked and happy I was when my 5 yr old ate 2 helpings of my Whole30 meatloaf (150% more than I expected her to eat). It's so nice when you find a new complaint recipe the whole family will/can eat.
     
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    heb2014 got a reaction from lizziehall in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Good grief - I am not creative enough. I can't remember how many times during my round 1 I ate salad with no dressing because none of the options were complaint. Olive oil and lemons - this is so smart!
    And what you said a couple of posts back about your 11yr old with food allergies - I love this! I remember how shocked and happy I was when my 5 yr old ate 2 helpings of my Whole30 meatloaf (150% more than I expected her to eat). It's so nice when you find a new complaint recipe the whole family will/can eat.
     
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    heb2014 reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Day 27... wait did I read that right, how did this go by so fast!
    6:00 up and at em.  It felt good to go through my morning routine not rushed.  My skin is really beginning to shine.  A few NSV my pants are very loose.  The pregnancy mask is almost completely gone.  I notice faint markings still but I doubt any one else will.  I have very little redness left in my T-Zone, just some pink near my nose and on the end my cheek bone.  Pores are tighter and 80% of the black heads on chin and nose area are cleared up.  I only had one raised pimple on my jaw line with the onset of  that TOM.  Also no breakouts on my chest or shoulders.  I’m on my last belt hole, that’s 5 belt hole difference!  I noticed after putting my belt on, there is a noticeable fold/buckle in the back of my pants.  I have to journal these because I keep thinking I am imagining these things.  I have functional energy in the midst of the most difficult time of my month.  I’m not hitting snooze a thousand times in the morning.  I get up looking forward to my day rather than dreading it.  I’m getting creativity in the kitchen back! I am really enjoying food and it’s many taste that get masked by all the sugar and junk in prepared foods.  
    7:40 S1: Rx bar blueberry and archer beef stick
    Oops my 11 yr DS woke up and asked if I could help him proof read and check his spelling for his 4-H minutes.  So I missed my chance at breakfast, I was so hungry so to keep myself from being tempted I grabbed the Rx bar and beef stick for the road. It helped.
    12:40 M2: teriyaki venison roast with fresh pineapple a top teriyaki sautéed vegetables on a bed of mixed greens with evoo drizzle
    I was going to make cauliflower rice to go with lunch but alas I had none.  Then I remembered I had some raw broccoli cauliflower and carrots that needed to be eaten.  I sautéed them in olive oil and then steamed with a little pineapple juice, sprinkled with ginger and some coconut amino to finish off.  Totally impromptu and completely delicious!  Even my kids liked the veggies.  For the roast I adapted the teriyaki pork recipe from whole 30 slow cooker book and I made it in my pressure cooker. Next time with venison I will probably sear the meat and cook maybe 1/3 of the time as I like my meat to still be very pink. It was still amazing!  I got the dishes done just in time to get baby and I ready and out the door to go get my 13 yr DS from his class.  During lunch my 11 yr old with all the food allergies thanked me for doing the whole 30 “because even though you can’t have a lot of things like rice and stuff, you have still made some absolutely amazing new food this month and I really hope you keep making the new recipes.”  … that there is my biggest NSV! I have happy tears.
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    heb2014 reacted to BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    It’s so nice when friends take interest in our endeavors towards health.  I find it so encouraging and helpful when they check in with me on how it’s going.
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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Day 13 (1/24/2020)
    M1: Breakfast casserole + coffee w/ almond milk
    M2: Adielle's sausage w/ stone ground mustard + carrots w/ avocado ranch (went to Walmart at lunch - ate late)
    M3: leftover chili
     
    Day 14 (1/25/2020)
    M1: eggs + bacon + coffee w/ almond milk (made the kids and husband steel cut oats)
    M2: leftover teriyaki pork
    M3: out for a friend's birthday - ate a salad (brought my own dressing!)
    Made chicken broth to use in  meals this week
     
    Day 15 (1/26/2020)
    M1: eggs + bacon + coffee w/ nutpods (made the kids and husband homemade biscuits to go along with it...man they looked good)
    M2: chicken salad
    M3: Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie - took a version of chicken pot pie I make, except using arrowroot to thicken instead of a roux, and topped it w/ mashed potatoes instead of pie crust. It was delicious, but didn't turn out like I expected because the potatoes sank into the filling instead of staying on the top. I'm guessing shepherd's pie should have less thickened broth than pot pie to help support the potatoes. But this made about twice as much as expected so I'm thinking we'll get 5 meals out of it - less cooking this week!
    Also made Zuppa Toscana w/ sweet potatoes for lunches.
     
    At the birthday dinner on Saturday, a friend asked how the Whole30 was going (because I may have been grumbling about not eating pizza); I told  her that I do feel better and that's when it hit me....I really do feel better when I eat this way. Eggs/breakfast casserole with eggs is a little monotonous and there are some things I miss, but I'm back to the point of remembering how bad I felt before my first round in September, and this does make a difference. 
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    heb2014 reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    I have a freezer full of frozen soup which is non-compliant, but my migraines are back causing vertigo with a vicious vengeance and I can't live like this .
    Round 3 Day 1 will be kicking off Tuesday 28 January. I'll go through to 9 March, because the hubster will be away 29 Feb -9 March so it will be very easy to stay compliant that extra week. 
    Food prep will happen Monday with mayo, chimmichurri, pesto, and at least 2 weeks worth of lunches. Maybe more, it would be great to just have grab and go ready for most if not all of my round. 
    Now to go find my old threads to see what I was eating...
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    heb2014 reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 3 yesterday ... and I stepped back into the world of nursing for the first time in two months.  
    I only took a 4-hour shift, and that was good ~ because of course it turned into five, which would have easily been nine if I hadn't put my foot down.  My relief didn't show up at all ... and I don't really care where the confusion and blame lies in their staffing process ... it does NOT lie with me ~ and I needed to get out of there.
    There was a fleeting thought on my way home:  "...screw it, Asian Kitchen is RIGHT THERE, and they have that hot food ready to go, just waiting on me..."
    Then I texted my husband and asked if there was any steak left.  MAN, we figured out you really can make a killer steak in the air fryer -- in no time at all!  It's amazing.  One of the little joys in life.  
    Steak, lots of steak, with lots of ghee and salt.  Pistachios.  Compliant.  Good enough.  Done.
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    heb2014 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    I love that you are talking about this with your daughter. It hit me pretty hard last year after listening to Melissa Urban's Do the Thing Podcast where she interviewed Holly Whitaker. They talked about creating a life you don't want to escape from, and I was like "no way, that's not what I do". But then I started to realize it was exactly what I was doing - like when my patience ran thin with the kids or when I felt mom-guilt for something I did or didn't do: I just wanted a glass of wine so I didn't have to deal with the issues. And then I started noticing how often that sentiment shows up, this huge cliche of moms needing wine.  I heard that podcast before I did my first Whole30 and that's one of the things that really stuck afterwards - not that I don't drink anymore, but now it's only when I really want to, not because I feel like I deserve it because the kids were on my nerves.
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    heb2014 got a reaction from lizziehall in Struggling   
    KEEP GOING!
    Tessemae's dressings are my favorites!  For salads or for dipping.
    Snack if you have to; following the recommended 3 meals isn't worth being hangry on days that your meals didn't meet the template and you find yourself out of energy or angry.  Just make sure you're eating because you are truly hungry, not for comfort.
    Find some quick fix items you really like and keep them on hand for when you don't really feel like cooking (something along the lines of Applegate Hotdogs and some vegetables you can toss together with dressing or roast with oil).  Or find a quick recipe you can keep ingredients on hand and whip together (this is mine: https://www.wellplated.com/whole30-chicken-salad/)
    Stock up Whole30 complaint single serve freezer meal - Great Value brand at Walmart.
    AND evaluate your Non-scale victories and focus on what's already happening rather than the end results. https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-nsv.pdf 
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    heb2014 got a reaction from Brezymurph in Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!   
    I'm just catching up on your posts.  Way to go, sticking with it, not giving in to emotions or teasing. I'm so sorry about your childhood friend. 
    Hope today has continued to be a great one for you!
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    heb2014 got a reaction from BabyBear in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    Day 4 (January 15)
    M1: Coffee w/ almond milk + breakfast casserole w/ salsa
    Drank a second cup of coffee at work; didn't have any almond milk so I tried a scope of the Lavender Lemon collagen in it. I don't know what possessed me to do that - it doesn't even sound good and it wasn't. But it might be good with hot tea.
    M2: Cauliflower soup + butternut squash salad
    M3: grilled shrimp and grilled catfish w/ plain baked potato. We went out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants that just changed ownership, which meant some changes to the menu as well. I knew the previous menu and planned what I was going to get, but they didn't have the item on the menu anymore, so that meant lots of questions to the server (and then kitchen staff) about oils and marinades and seasonings. Usually, I'm not one to customize my order very much, so when the server offered to bring out one of the people who does the prep, I was totally embarrassed. But they were both super nice, and the grilled catfish was amazing.
    I've been feeling really good lately and sleeping so hard (really, we all have, with the kids getting to stay up a little later visiting with our company). I was thinking maybe since it would have been day 10 if I hadn't eaten non-compliant food that I was still seeing some of the day 10 benefits....but then my patience tanked after we got home from the restaurant, and I found myself with the KATT mood. I went to bed early. It seems to have passed and I had a great morning.
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    heb2014 reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Just 3 more days until I start my whole30!  I am going to actually take my pictures, do measurements, weigh myself- the whole shabang.
    I found an idea for breakfast my first week.  It is called "Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake".  It contains these ingredients: pumpkin puree, eggs, full fat coconut milk, ripe banana mashed, apple, pecans on the top, and spices.  You bake it in the oven.  If I make it Sunday, I could eat this for a full week (so it would be just as quick as cereal all week long).  I'm a little scared of what the texture will be like, but I'm willing to try it.
    For lunch I'm going to do salad because it is all I can handle.  Probably taco salad most of the time (same as I've already been making except hold the beans and add more beef).
    Another 2 ideas I found for dinners my first week: "Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers" containing ground chicken, grated sweet potato, coconut oil, coconut flour, green onion, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  And "Whole30 Easy Chicken Scalloped Potatoes" with chicken breast, russet potatoes, homemade mayo, dried basil, garlic powder, oregano, tomatoes, yellow onion, salt/pepper,and parsley for garnish.
    For veggies, some favorites I may try to make include roasted broccoli, skillet brussel sprouts in olive oil, roasted carrot fries, and skillet zucchini in olive oil.
     
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    heb2014 reacted to w30virgo in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @BabyBear the recipe is from The Defined Dish - here's a link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Her recipes are great! I also recommend the epic meatballs. We had them last week and they were delicious.
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    heb2014 got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I agree with you about the timelines. Prepping for my first round, I was  worried that if I read "Today you should be feeling XYZ" and I didn't, particularly if it were a good feeling like more energy, that I would be disappointed and that would lead me off track. But I read the Day by Day book anyway and made notes (and luckily never felt jealous of how I "should" be feeling according the the timeline).
    I will say what's been most helpful about that this time around is that I have my notes. I haven't even been reading the book, but I have been referring to my notes.