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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from elinve38 in Eczema be gone! Depression be gone!   
    It looks like you are off to a good start!  I love your goal list and the pesto - yum! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to StefMonster in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: veggie frittata with avocado
    Post workout: 2 salmon patties with mayo
    2nd: 2 cans of tuna with tomato sauce (aka "Italian tuna salad" according to Gavin lol)
    3rd: pecan crusted salmon with zucchini and mushrooms
    I've broken my pushup record for 3 days in a row! This is huge for me, as I've always felt lacking in upper body strength.
    Tonight after dinner, Gavin said he might do my next round with me. Joke's on him, because I'm probably not ever stopping.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from StefMonster in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    Awesome!  You are seeing some great NSVs!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    Another good day today, that’s 3 in a row which is probably the most successful I’ve been in quite a few weeks! 
    Food was salad with leftover chicken thigh and mayo, a nectarine and some nuts. Dinner was chicken wrapped in bacon with asparagus and an apple. This evening I had a few more nuts. I had a rest day from workouts but also didn’t manage yoga. 
    I’ve roasted a chicken for some cold meat for lunches and dinner tomorrow really will be those pork steaks and chimichurri (supposed to be tonight!) 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to StefMonster in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: boiled eggs, smoked salmon, blackberries and blueberries
    2nd: salmon patty in an egg wrap with avocado, carrots and ranch, plus an extra salmon patty
    3rd: leftover baked salmon, broccoli, and cauliflower with a big spinach salad topped with cherry tomatoes and ranch
    Snack: blackberries and blueberries
    So there is definitely a hunger component to my PMDD, not just cravings. My husband ate fried jalapeno poppers in front of me today and I didn't even want one. I did want chocolate though. I took a nap, and that really helped. It's day 24, and things usually start getting really ugly around this time. I'm thankful to be feeling fairly normal, if a little fatigued and hungry.
    My belly seems to be quiet again, so I'm wondering if carby/starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and winter squash contribute to it. I may try several days without them and see what happens. I'm relatively sure they're not making me depressed, anxious, or giving me cravings. It might just be a fluke.
    I stopped taking all my vitamins and supplements when I started Whole30. The only thing I take now is 200mg L-theanine once or twice a day for anxiety. I've been taking gummy vitamins for a long time and had noticed how even that little bit of sweetness made me crave MORE in a big way. I also had been taking magnesium, potassium, and B-complex for various PMDD symptoms. I might reassess their effectiveness after the 30 days are up, but right now I'm not missing them.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    @MadyVanillaThank you for your encouragement. It is great to hear from other people going through this. It is way way too expensive to be cooking separate meals especially with prices increasing globally on groceries. We did sit down. He did agree to eat the same dinners. So dinners will be whole30 which is the most important because then I have leftovers for lunch. We have agreed on a set $ amount per week that will be his lunch money and what he does is up to him. It is so frustrating to me that he won't eat this way considering that a doctor just told him to avoid ALL sugar, flour and dairy so a tumor doesn't grow back. Plus with his gout flare up he needs to eat an anti inflammatory diet. It doesn't have to be whole30 per se but pretty close to it. Anyways we have reached some sort of agreement for now. Tonight we sit down to meal plan for the week so he can see the 2+ hours it takes me weekly to do that at the end of a day when I am exhausted and then the 3-4 different grocery stores we need to go to to get everything we need and stay in budget. 
    DAY 14-15
    I crashed the last 2 days. These have been tough. I felt like my energy was lower but when I went for a run last night, I felt so much lighter and it was easier to run and I could go faster.  I tried to make Monday an upper body workout, Tuesday and abs day and Wednesday the day that I get a good run in during the week. Tonight I will try to do lower body. I am finding this works well as long as I keep it to quick 15-20 minute workouts that I do around 9pm after my toddler has gone to sleep. So I very much want to keep this going if I can and if it doesn't get to be too much. I just look something quick up on youtube. Fitness Blender has always been one of my go-to Youtube fitness channels. 
    Now I am not sure what is going on today. I am tired and low energy. I think I need to drink more water maybe? Last night I used the ground beef base from the Whole30 cookbook sloppy joes to make the chili recipe topped with cabbage. This morning the kuckles on my fingers feel puffy and I am super tired. Maybe it is just the halfway point? Maybe I need to eat more now that I am more actively working out. My mood is still okish. I am very drained from work and my husband's surgery so it could just be my body telling me to rest. But I still think this must mean there was something that is causing this, either the peppers or from the canned tomatoes. I am not sure but I will stay away from that recipe for a while and see if it makes a difference.
    For meal planning tonight I am looking for very easy recipes to throw together cause next week is a busy week. I am thinking baked chicken with root vegetables, loaded baked potato, maybe making egg cups/fritatta over the weekend to have during the week. We will try maybe salmon burgers or salmon cakes over a salad. If anyone has any other easy ideas, throw them my way. I am sure one night will either be some sort of stir fry or egg scramble with whatever is in the fridge. But the coming week is by far our busiest and therefore most challenging yet. Made even more challenging by the determination to stay in budget NO MATTER WHAT. Hopefully with 2 weeks worth of meals and the much anticipated tiger blood we can stick to it. Or at least I can.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    This is spot-on with the timeline...just sayin' 
    The struggle with the husband is so real for me.  We've long ago agreed to disagree and often cook our own, separate dinners.  Which is sad.  And expensive.  You have a great plan with sitting down together to look at the budget - hopefully, that will do the trick!  
    You're a wonderful role model for him, sticking to it when it gets tough (I hear the chocolate and cheese...) and with your new energy and improved mood you don't even have to say anything for him to see the positives in really a very short time.  
    Good luck!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    That is such a good motivator, I desperately need new cooking equipment, I am going to do that too! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to StefMonster in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: 3 boiled eggs with leftover sweet potatoes, 1/2 avocado, and roasted red pepper sauce, with some strawberries & blueberries
    2nd: 2 salmon patties with roasted red pepper mayo, baked sweet potato, celery w/ranch
    3rd: shrimp, spaghetti squash, marinara sauce, zucchini, onions
    Work was slow yesterday, so I had time to eat lunch a little before noon. I wasn't "hungry-hungry," but felt like I could eat. One of the best things about eating like this is that I don't feel bloated and sluggish after I eat.
    My injured finger is doing even better. I drive with my left hand a lot, usually at the 7 or 8 o'clock position on my steering wheel, with my palm facing up. After just a short time I usually have to lift that finger up so it's not in contact with the wheel or sitting between my index and middle finger, because it feels like it's being forced into an unnatural position (even though it's definitely not). I didn't have to do that at ALL on my drive to work!
    These dreams are killing me, y'all. This one wasn't Whole30 related, it was about cybernetically enhanced, highly intelligent velociraptors from space taking over the planet. But it was so vivid. These dreams remind me of when I would go on a new mental health med, or increased the dosage. I kind of wonder if it has something to do with having a ton of serotonin receptors in our digestive tracts.  
    I got blindsided by a pretty wicked sugar craving after dinner, but I needed to run a quick errand and it was gone by the time I got back home. I had some bedtime tea and later, some bone broth. I'm still on the fence about that. It's a lot different from regular broth. Gonna be an acquired taste, I think. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Meira in Starting Whole 30 Sept 26!   
    I am trying to start my whole 30 on Sept 26! I got the day by day book in the meal and it seems so helpful! I am a bit nervous about breakfasts but going to try a hearty vegetable soup with salmon on the side! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Fall 2021   
    @MadyVanillaHi there! You're not alone.  I re-started on Oct 1 too, didn't even get through Day 1. Sugar is everywhere, as is bread and fast & easy dining options.  
    I second @Rebecca001.  It's tough though, to get into the mindset.  
    Good luck, here's to your success.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    I could have written your post @MadyVanilla September on the whole had been the worst month I’ve had in over a year. I feel so utterly exhausted by the Covid situation (it’s pretty much gone here, except in schools - I work in a school office and trust me, it’s not gone) and my injury and then the worst cold I’ve had since I actually had Covid last year! I feel like I’ve wasted a month and I feel rotten! 
    but enough of that! We know what we need to do, we know it works, and we know that we feel amazing so quickly when we do it! What are we waiting for?! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    I have spent the weekend ILL, I had lost my sense of smell and taste and was coughing so did a Covid test yesterday which has come back negative. But felt/feel pretty rough. 
    Starting to feel a bit brighter now. It explains my exhaustion last week a lot. I have been doing my very gentle hip stretches from the physio and now the way I feel there is no rush to get out for a run, so I plan to not run or do a workout til October! Just another 3 days rest. 
    we have 2 birthdays this week, son and husband, so given my shocking September I may accept that I will eat birthday cake on Wednesday and restart, again, properly, on October 1st. Although I will endeavour to remain as compliant as possible until then, just because it’s actually my preferred way to eat really. I actually find I don’t want the junk food now. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Semi in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    5 PM.
    I'm so tired.
    Kids were little helllions and I really wanted something sweet.
    While the elder one was in her Music Lesson I went to a Cafe and ordered a double Espresso.
    Came home and ate the rest of a burger patty.
     Now I will shower and then cook my eggs and go to bed, because I feel like killing something.
    Sidenote: I struggled more on my last W30 tbh. Probably because I actually eat somewhat clean now on a normal day?
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    MadyVanilla reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Day 7 Morning
    Last night was tough and good at the same time. I barely had any time to unwind. I am almost always in the kitchen now so I need to work on easier meals so I can actually spend time with my family. That being said, my sleep has drastically improved. I was up with my alarm in a good mood this morning. Last night however, the cravings were serious. I managed to get by with just some raisins and some almond butter on some chicken deli slices. It was pretty tasty as a snack!
    This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado on the side. And a few slices of bacon that I brought to work with me. 
    I do feel I have a tremendous amount of focus at work and I even have energy when I get home. 
    Lunch today will be the remix pot roast ragout (which came out really well last night) and I also have a small salad, a hard boiled egg and some homemade trail mix at work with me. 
    Tonight I will sit down to meal plan for next week so I have time to start getting everything we need. The goal is to stay under our grocery budget and make only 2 max 3 trips to the food store. Hopefully I can squeeze in a walk/run even if it is just 15 minutes or chasing my son around, just anything to get moving. 
    I still go between being resentful of this program at times for how restrictive it is to realizing there are actual changes occuring. I do so more of a waistline when I look in the mirror. However my pants this morning seem tighter. I am so tempted to step on the scale but I know it will be demoralizing and the real change will come in the last 2 weeks of the program so I am trying very hard to stick this out. 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Semi in Fall 2021   
    The party was cancelled last night as one of the organizers tested positive for COVID.  Dinner ended up being a chicken Caesar salad, with compliant Caesar dressing. 
    I woke up a little after 5 this morning.  I could have got up, but didn’t and fell back asleep for 2 more hours.  I think I’m ready to start getting up and going to gym next week.  I’ve been busy so far today, cleaning, taking dog to class, walking…just now sitting down to read for a bit.  
    Day 11
    M1-sausage and spinach
    M2-leftover chicken chimichurri and spinach
    M3-hamburger with the fixings, salad
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Semi in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    I tried the Whole30 last year and failed at day 15.
    This time I'm a bit better prepared and better informed.
    I already have a meat stash in my freezer, tons of potatoes (around 33 lbs, but they cost only 6€/7US $), eggs and other veg and fruits.
    I realized that I have to use a bit of a different strategy here in germany, simply because I don't have some shortcuts (like compliant sausages, sauces, nutpods etc), so I will adapt the rules a bit instead of sweating the small stuff.
    I will try to follow every rule as best as I can, but I won't restart if I can't find a compliant sausage, instead I will use the one which follows the rules the closest.
    Otherwise I wouldn't even start, because I don't have time to cook this often and meal prep doesn't work for more then 2 days for us.
    I also have some other restrictions: I have to follow a low FODMAP Diet for my histamine intolerance, so no tomatoes and other fun stuff for me, I'm also allergic to fish. So: Meat and eggs for me.
    Day 1:
    sweet potatoe "toast" with 1/4 avocado Ants on a log (with almond butter) Potatoes, Broccoli, celery, bellpepper, sausage in a pan (with coconut oil) chicken breast, potatoes, veggies (with coconut oil) Oven baked potatoes Today I'm on day 2.
    2 eggs, 3 egg whites, 1 banana ants on a log, cucumber  
    I will update it later, today.
    How I feel:
    Day 1: Normal. It's not that different from my normal diet. Main difference is: I don't eat my evening joghurt/quark with whey protein (I do bodybuilding) and I eat no toast, instead of my 2 slices/day. Instead of butter I use oil. So...not that different.
    I think I will have to eat more meat to eat enough protein for my muscle building, but that's it.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla. You are so sweet. I do like to cook but I have gotten away from it so one of the fun things for me is getting excited about cooking with whole ingredients again and trying new recipes. One of the problems I had was that I was stuck in a rut with meals so I think I was actually getting bored with the same thing or I would focus on what my son will actually eat (because toddler food tantrums are no fun) which is pasta, nuggets etc and then I sneak veggies in there. So by cooking to his preferences I would often skip out because I know that those foods aren't the best for me (nothing wrong with pasta but 3-5x per week is too much for me) and then that leads to late night snacking. (and by the way I feel bad saying all of this because with the amount of food insecurity people are going through, it is ridiculous to be bored with food if you are blessed enough to have any food in the first place)
    Speaking of food waste and insecurity, I am finding that because I am being more conscious about my meal planning then I do not have that much food waste and one of my goals is not to waste any food. I cannot stand throwing out uneaten leftovers!!!!!!! It makes me so mad. 
    My husband is on board for now and is doing it with me. Actually, because a doctor recently told him he needed to eat an anti inflammatory diet. When I compared the list of foods he could and couldn't have with Whole30 we realized that it was similar and we might as well do it together. We will see how this goes. I have gotten some resistance already but hopefully once he realizes how yummy all of these recipes are he will stick with it. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    I’ve had a few answers today. 
    1) I have a really sore throat, which could go part way to explaining some of my trouble this week, maybe this has been brewing away. 
    2) physio answered a lot of questions, prescribed some stretches, didn’t say I couldn’t run on it, and really explained and showed me the places on my leg where I am weak and why my hip is bearing the brunt of it. Very useful and informative. 
    and I feel a lot better today, although quite frankly I could eat and eat and eat right now, as my binge yesterday has left my cravings fully switched on. Luckily there is absolutely nothing left in the house, our cupboards are bare. So nothing to graze on. I’m not feeling brilliant with my throat and I am in need of an early night and hopefully will feel better tomorrow. My food has been brilliant though, 100% on plan 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from eramsey in Starting 1st Whole 30 on Sept 22nd   
    You sound well-prepared.  You've got this! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Semi in Fall 2021   
    Finally, I made the chimichurri chicken - and it was AMAZING!  The recipe was easy and definitely a keeper to add to the rotation.  I'm feeling settled into the days, not really having any cravings.  I'm waking up earlier (but not getting up yet), my energy level is improving, my sleep is better, I feel as if I may have lost a little weight.  Always starting over, whether it's after Day 2 or after months of eating well has a bit more of a motivating factor to it for me than does sustaining.  With sustaining, I'm not seeing the regular changes in my health that I do when I crash and start over.  I need to ponder this...
    Day 10
    M1-black coffee.  Not hungry and knew I could eat lunch earlier
    M2-Finished the sausage hash with extra spinach added
    M3-PRobably a burger and some sort of vegetables - going to a surprise party bbq this evening.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    That sounds like you have things well under control @MadyVanilla
    sensible choice with your meal, this is real life after all. 
    Your posts always remind me to do more yoga. I love it, but I never make time for it, then will do a burst of daily practices and feel so good, then it dwindles off again. But you have motivated me to find a YouTube when my boys are out at football practice tonight 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to JovicG3 in Random Thursday Start Date...but starting my next Whole30 Thursday September 9th, anyone else?   
    i thought its just me starting my 1st day in the middle of the week! i started mine on the 15th! and yay for us! this forum is really helpful. i was iffy to buy the new trader joes bbq coconut aminos and i think the only ingredients that wasnt sure is the natural flavor good thing someone posted and answered that for me! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    Weds morning, yesterday was ok. Especially considering I had a bad night and then worked from home, I did not graze or end up in the kitchen, just ate my 3 meals as planned. I did go out for a run and it was fine, but in the evening was very painful. So will have another week resting it, then will assess and then will consider a physio or other specialist to really get it sorted. However I feel that perhaps a longer, 6 weeks or more, rest would be prescribed and I genuinely don’t know how I would cope with that. 
    anyway, today. I’m not sure about breakfast, lunch will be salad with tuna or mackerel, and dinner will be lamb meatballs with some sort of sauce. Not brilliant planning, but I’ve got the skeleton structure there! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    Yesterday was tough cravings-wise, but I muddled through.  I ate dinner a little earlier than normal and added a handful of almonds later in the evening, as I was feeling hungry.  Still difficult sometimes to tell hunger from boredom cravings.  
    Day 6
    M1-3 of the breakfast muffins I made on Saturday
    M2-leftover ribs and broccoli
    M3-Portobello mushroom caps stuffed with Italian ground beef (kale, tomato paste, oregano)
    hot tea before bed
    Walking and yoga planned for this afternoon
    I was awake earlier this morning - 5:15 and let the dogs out.  I could have stayed up, taken them for a walk or gone to spin class, but I went back to bed.  I am encouraged, though, to not be so exhausted in the early morning.  A little bit bloated today - maybe all the ham and turkey I ate over the weekend.  While the meats are compliant, I think they do have a lot of salt.  Overall, though, I'm feeling pretty good.  
     Checking in regarding the above NSVs-I'm definitely less puffy and less achy in all joints, including shoulder.  Skin is a little dry, the fatigue/laziness/low energy seems a little improved.  Sleep is okay-Last week's average sleep score ended up at 80.  So far this week I'm at 80.  No headache, no gas or constipation right now.  My resting heart rate is currently 74, but it was 71 at the start of the weekend.