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  1. Yesterday was another good day - lots to do and kept busy with it, moving from task to task on my to-do list. But when it was time to settle down, I devoured all the latest on the riots. Not a good idea before bed. And so I didn't sleep great, lots of tossing and turning, vivid dreams, which happens to me when I'm feeling stressed. Today, I'm going to parse my news with planned bits through the day. I had a good walk with a friend and our dogs yesterday afternoon, and we talked about where we were for all the big events in our life - Challenger explosion, 9/11, etc. And how we found ourse
  2. You saw the signs and knew what to look for - that in and of itself is a huge NSV, knowing what triggers you. And you move on, clean out the spices, restart. Good for you for being true to the program - this would be easy to let slide by.
  3. Wow - I'm so impressed and encouraged to hear how you dealt with all those emotional stressors. Certainly, Wednesday's events were enough to put all of us on edge, but then everything else, too. Good for you for having great go-tos and the strength to go-to them, rather than to food. It's not easy. I find that W30 takes the edge off, or at least keeps me from reaching the highest heights my emotions sometimes take me. W30 is a wonderful thing. And congrats on camel pose! It definitely is a trust exercise!
  4. @LadyWolf0926 I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way. I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg. I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle. I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine wit
  5. Not quite as energetic yesterday, and while my morning walk was nearly pain-free, the afternoon one was not. Baby steps in the right direction, though. It's pretty miraculous to have such an immediate impact from diet change, but I also know it's a process. I say this every time - I don't know why I allow myself to slip so easily back into a SAD...I KNOW it causes my joint pain. The pain sneaks up on me, a little stiffer this day, a little more difficulty sleeping that night, and before I know it I'm right back to baseline. I think I can manage a balance between the ease and yumminess (th
  6. The picadillo was delicious. I fried up some cubed potatoes in olive oil as the base. I will definitely be making that again. I am feeling better - a good energy level yesterday, though a slight headache in the background. Still a little stiff and pretty significant tightness and pain after yesterday afternoon's walk. But this morning was much better - the dog and I walked about 1.5 miles and for the first time in ages I did not have tightening in my low back or hamstrings, no pain in my knees or hips. I kept waiting for things to appear, and noticing every little twinge. I was ge
  7. Point well taken-food as an enjoyable respite, not the main source of joy. The pandemic does make this so much more challenging. I enjoy my daily walks and look forward to weekend hikes with the dog, but the solitariness of it all presents it's own challenges.
  8. I'm also a list-maker/planner, and like you, I love to plan meals but don't always feel like following through when the time comes. The idea of if-then backup meals is a good one. I'll often fall back on leftovers, but I've certainly run into situations where there is nothing quick to make. I do have a few Walmart W30 meals in the freezer, but those are absolute last resort as I really wasn't impressed with them. Your meals sound so delicious! And I'm excited to learn of Chipotle's cauliflower rice - this is the first I'm hearing of it.
  9. Oh the headache....yesterday I ended up doing nothing most of the day but vegging and peeing. I always go to the bathroom so much in the beginning - the massive cut in carbs equates to an increase in fluid release...and the headache. I have been eating sweet potato in an effort to ward off the impact, but substituting proteins and vegetables for what has been bagels and cereal is going to crash my carb intake. The headache seems to be gone today (a little on the fringes), so I'm hoping that part is over! One error that I make every Whole 30 - I'm gung-ho with the recipes the first week
  10. I slept a bit better last night...still had a hard time falling asleep and slept away some of this morning. Another dreary, rainy day. Maybe a good day to watch movies and read all day (but still need to get my 10,000 steps.) Yesterday was pretty easy, as the first day tends to be. The mental boost of doing something good for myself was strong. It's both physically and mentally nourishing to eat well. The steak and sweet potato was amazing and there is some leftover for lunch today. I added so much olive oil with each ingredient I was sautéing in the pan that I was quite full and s
  11. Thanks for the recipe! I need to get eggplant and tahini, but I will try this during this W30 round. And the cauliflower bites look delicious!
  12. Just in case I was having any thoughts of putting of my start until Monday, I slept terribly last night due to joint pain. So I'm ready. Because of the poor sleep, I slept in the recliner for a few hours this morning while it was foggy and dreary outside. I do feel somewhat rested at this point, but it's very late in the morning. I just finished my first meal and am about to put the laptop away and go for a 3 mile hike through the woods and cypress swamp with the dog. And then day 2 of 30-day yoga later this afternoon. Day 1 M1-3 eggs with diced tomatoes and fresh basil, t
  13. This!!! With so many things! If only I made even the standards I can whip up quickly I wouldn't find myself back in the Arby's drive-thru waiting on my beef and cheddar sandwich. On another note, baba ganoush does not sound like something I would want to try. However, your husband's endorsement of it as deserted island food makes me you have a recipe you can share? It's made from eggplant/aubergine, right? I'll be reading for other foods you make in your air fryer...I'm contemplating getting one.
  14. I think I was one of the subjects in those food scientists' studies....I was part of the experimental group that bought all the reduced rate Halloween candy on November 1. I vaguely remember waking up from a sugar coma once or twice () surrounded by mini M&Ms and Almond Joy wrappers.... Almond butter and cashew milk - that sounds like some kind of special smoothie or milkshake in the making. With a dash of black coffee....hmmm, that has potential....
  15. I finished the fondue for breakfast, and will finish my dairy-based coffee creamer this morning. And I *have* to eat black-eyed peas for dinner...good luck for the new year and all that. But I'm mentally ready to begin tomorrow. I was inspecting my skin in the mirror earlier, noticing how puffy and pasty I look. And such achiness from my hips down. I'm ready. Meal prep for today - I'll make mayonnaise, poach chicken breasts, roast sweet potatoes, and cut vegetables. Also, 30 days of yoga starts today.
  16. WFH-it's just way too easy to sit on the couch and respond to email, edit a report, regardless of the time of day. And for me, I don't have a designated office in my house. Some days I work from the kitchen table, some days from the dining room...I like the idea of a goal of creating more work/life balance. Art projects-love it! Best of luck to you and your husband on your start today!
  17. Oh my goodness, the soups! Inspirational, and so lovely to have that option. It is strange to think of 2020 as having a silver lining - the time for self-refection and contemplation. I often wonder how I'll go back to working outside my home, as the daily routine seems so sane now. How will I have time for the walks? And I can't imagine frequent travel as part of the daily grind... Savor your Whole 30, the time to prepare and enjoy wholesome meals. Your first day's foods sound delicious!
  18. Today's task is to order groceries. And I think also to clean out the refrigerator, cabinets, etc. For instance, there are snickerdoodles that I made for my daughter over a week ago sitting on the counter on a Christmas plate. They are going in the trash today. There is a bag of salt & vinegar chips, mostly crumbs, in the cabinet. Fudge in a tin on the counter. All of that can go right in the trash, with no reservations. I don't typically throw away junk food when I start a W30 because my husband continues with SAD and complains heavily if I get rid of his cookies and chips. Though
  19. Another recipe that I added to next week's meal plan: Today's plan involves creating my grocery list. I have lots of Primal Kitchen and Tessamae sauces and dressings in the cabinet, compliant broths, coconut oil, ghee, all the staples. Last round, I bough umami powder which has been a great seasoning to add to various dishes. And Hawaiian sea salt to make Kahlua Pig. That will be a meal later in the 30 days-one of my favorites. The good thing about the pandemic and the holiday season is that we didn't have any parties, and s
  20. Looking forward to doing January with you!
  21. Yay to the new year, new start! I have all the same effects of the SAD as you - ugh! I'm so looking forward to feeling better again. It's nice to have others to journey with. Enjoy the last of the Christmas wine
  22. Thank you, @Contessa. You have been such a wonderful support and mentor for me through this process of life change. Appropriately for some, W30 is a 30-day reset. For others, like me, it is a striving toward wellness. Your message of self-kindness and gentleness has stayed with me, even during my months away from here. @LydiaJo - thank you! I've found that I land closest to my ideals when I make - and write out! - a plan for myself. Here are two recipes I found yesterday that I want to try next week. I'll make mayonnaise as part of my preparation. And chicken salad
  23. Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2. My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods. Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage. I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself. Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win
  24. October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days. I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today. My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in. Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof? Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours? But it's not like that, it takes a few days. I know this. My desire to have pain controlled has to be stronger than m