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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    In the midst of a W30/making healthy choices, it's hard to imagine why we would ever go backward...but each step back is a learning experience.  You're ready to rid yourself of the problematic side effects.  Yay!  You got this! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from emcate97 in My Whole 30 Log - June 2020   
    The fact that you made good, though imperfect, choices and didn't beat yourself up about it is awesome.  And you are right back to W30.  Nice!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday was my 28th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner.  I forgot about this when planning yesterday's meals! Dinner was restaurant-compliant:  I actually ended up eating a burger with no bun, topped with avocado and fried egg, a plain arugula tomato salad, and potato wedges.  I opted to not eat the tomato and go for the white potato. I also imagine the spices on the burger were red pepper-based.   My stomach was very unsettled a few hours later, uncomfortable, bloated, and it made me restless.  So, I'll take a few more days off of nightshades and try tomato.  Between reading back over my journal and noticing patterns and this experiment, it's pretty clear that at least white potatoes (spices TBD) are problematic for me.  Also, my blood pressure was up this morning - I'm not sure if that's related, but my bp has been very stable for weeks.  Another marker to attend to.  
    Day 36/60, Day 1 of no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-8, Pain-0/2 while walking.  I was able to walk 29 minutes this morning before experiencing pain in the knee/hip/low back.  
    Progress on July goals-1: 10 minutes yoga last night 2: met strength-based goals earlier this week.  
    M1-3 eggs, homemade sausage, banana fried in olive oil all cooked and mixed together.  I didn't finish it - so much food, but delicious! 
    M2-chicken salad over garden greens
    M3-ground beef stuffed sweet potato.  It's pretty challenging to find a hot-summer-day appropriate ground beef recipe that is not a hamburger or full of nightshades.  I'm going to make a Mexican-styled ground beef (with cumin, onion, garlic, oregano, sea salt, black pepper and coriander and no chili powder) stuff it in a sweet potato and top with mashed avocado.  
    Cleaning the house and going for a bike ride later.  Today seems like a good day for a long yoga session, too.  
    I'm thinking Saturday mornings will be a good day for meal planning and starting my grocery list.  I'm moving back toward Walmart pick-up, so this will give me a chance to get an order started and pick a later day in the week for pick-up.  The only problem with this plan is that I will be working about a week ahead.  We'll see how it goes.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    A year ago, I was averaging less than 20,000 steps per week (yes, per week).  I've been able to increase to the point where I've at least doubled that most weeks.  I have a 7,000 step/day goal (there were many days in the the last year where I was only getting about 2,000, even pre-Covid) that I've increased gradually from 5,000 steps.  A lot of these low-step days were due to significant knee and/or hip pain, but instead of trying to move some, I would stay as still as possible.  I've been working on increasing my movement, and through the W30 my swelling, inflammation, and pain has decreased significantly.  I think I'm ready to increase my daily step goal again, this time to 8,000.  I've reset my Fitbit, so here we go!  
    It will be tough to attain this today, given the monsoon going on outside.  I did get out with the dog first thing this morning, between the bands of rain, but it was just a quick walk.  Starting everyday with at least 1,000 steps (and usually more) has made it easier to attain my daily goal.  It's been a pretty easy habit to develop, especially since my dog was quick to expect the morning walk.  In the book Atomic Habits, the author talks about building a new habit into ones that already exist and using time cues - so I've built this morning walk into the time/habit of waking in the morning.  Some mornings, I go out in my pajamas, some mornings I get fully dressed.  I'm glad and hopeful to continue this new habit.  The other thing the author says is that the mental grooves of bad habits remain intact, which is why it can be so easy to slip back into those old habits and so it's really important to maintain those hooks to the new habits.  Knowing this is powerful.  
    Day 35/60, Day 4 no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-6, Pain 0 
    Progress on July goals: 1) 20 minute yoga session yesterday 2) I've met the goal of 2 strength days this week.  It's such a dreary, rainy day, I'm not really feeling like doing my pushups and leg exercises.  
    M1:  egg salad, black coffee
    M2: Chicken salad over romaine
    M3: Fish and sweet potato chips, steamed broccoli
     
    I  didn't sleep great last night (big glass of iced tea before bed) and the dog had me up at 5:00 am.  These types of days (tired, rainy) were often the kinds of days where I would lay on the couch and read all day and snack on chips, cookies, etc while napping off and on.  Luckily, I have an appointment at 12:30, so I can't do that, but I can imagine laying around reading the rest of the morning.  I'm not feeling an urge to snack, so that's positive.  I think that this type of environment is just what Atomic Habits talks about when discussing habits occurring with environmental cues.  But this is more about the physiological cues - I'm not feeling the desire to eat because my body is satisfied.  So that's part of it, too - when my needs are met, I'm nourished, bad habits don't have a place to flourish.  Just like the increasing movement - my body feels better, less achy and more energetic, and so I feel the need to move more.  The trick is going to be maintaining what got me to feel better physiologically, those habits are the key.  They are:
    meal planning - this is number 1, and one of the hardest for me to maintain away from W30.  Even if I have a loose structure in my mind of what my meals will be, I'm good.  But in the past, I often failed to make a plan.  I need to set aside a specific time each week to review recipes, plan meals, and make my grocery list.  During the pandemic, I've had so much more free time, that I'm able to do this when the mood strikes.  I'll think over the next few days about what will make the most sense for me as far as best time for meal planning.  
    meal preparation-this is a very close number 2, because I do very well when I can eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch.  Meal prep usually doesn't take me long and I'm pretty good with multi-tasking (i.e. this week, I started the eggs to hard boil, then mixed up the sausage and started cooking on the stove, then made mayonnaise while those things cooked.  I had everything cooked and cleaned up within 40 minutes.)  Meal prep most often occurs when I'm already cooking a meal, so I probably don't need to develop a specific habit routine for this.  
    walking-the  wake-up and walk is good.  My worry is managing inclement weather days.  We've had two so far, but not so bad that we couldn't go out for at least a short walk.  I can have a "walk anyway" mentality which I think will work better for me.  Better to get up and head out the door, only to turn around at the end of the driveway.  
    yoga-I'm in process of making a daily yoga practice.  My time cue revolves around the time my husband gets home from work, but before dinner.  This is working for now.  Pre-covid, I often went to a yoga class right after work, so the time is right.  
    Moving back out into the work world is going to be my biggest challenge with maintaining my healthy habits.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I'm not even sure what happened yesterday.  It wasn't a completely off-plan day, but I seemed to have lost my focus a little bit.  My friend called and asked about lunch instead of coffee, and had a craving for Chinese food.  I agreed, ordered a beef and broccoli without sauce, which came with fried rice and an egg roll.  I ate some of the rice and all of the egg roll, plus the fortune cookie.  I did go for a 5-mile bike ride afterward, with the intent to food prep when I got back home.  My husband was home from work, though, and asked if I wanted to go for dinner at the restaurant where our son is working.  I ordered a crab avocado appetizer that contained corn, tomato salsa and a ranch dressing drizzle (and it was delicious!).  For some reason, I was only concerned with not getting dairy or gluten - this is what I mean by losing my focus.  I also ordered a highly seasoned ahi tuna and ate a few of the homemade potato chips that came on the side.  And ate three honey-siracha wings.  They were so sweet, and so good.  I did avoid ordering an adult beverage, though I was tempted.  
    Interestingly, I had some major sugar cravings last night (the honey on the wings!!!!) and almost caved.  There are Milanos in the pantry and I had the old thoughts about eating just a few and getting back on track tomorrow.  Which we well know is the beginning of the end - the unplanned, devil-calling dive into a sweet is in no way conducive to "getting back on track tomorrow." But I did short-circuit those thoughts, though they kept cropping up.  Clearly, this is related to my lunch and dinner, as I've not had any cravings in a long time.  I'm also a little achy through my knee and hip today, even though I haven't done anything other than my short morning walk.  Plus, I'm  bloated.  I slept horribly.  My self esteem took a bit of a shot, too, though getting back to morning routine helps with this.  Lots of side effects from a few, not too off-plan foods.  That's actually a little frightening, but enlightening.  The planned reintroduction in a few weeks will help me figure out which of those foods does what to me.  
    Things I could have done differently:  Asked for just beef and broccoli, no rice or egg roll, especially since I already asked for no sauce.  Checked the restaurant menu before arriving-I was too confident in my ability to make a decision on the fly.  I'm not ready for that yet.  With the cravings-I was able to power my way through, but I know I won't always do that.  I think if I promise myself a time in the future to indulge in the treat that is calling me, that will help.  So I could tell myself, "I'll make the Milanos my dessert tomorrow night, when I can really enjoy them after dinner." I really want to focus on planning treats as opposed to indulging in the moment (except in the most rare of circumstances).  If I need to eat something in that moment of craving, a handful of almonds would be a choice.  
    In the meantime, I reset - I got up and did a short walk with the dog.  Read a few pages of Food Freedom Forever.  I'm journaling.  I ate kulua pig for breakfast.  I need to do my push-ups/lunges. I need to make a list of things to accomplish today.  
    Day 32/60 (can I even say this?? - I'm learning and working toward Food Freedom.  This wasn't my first, but definitely my worst derailment of this W60.  But I'm moving forward.  The key is that I'm learning)
    Mood-6, Energy-7, Pain-1 No additional pain while walking, but definitely some low-level achiness today.  This is different than the pain I sometimes get during walks.  
    Progress on July goals:  1) 15 minute yoga session when we got home from dinner late last evening.  2) I haven't done my strength training yet, but it's in the plan for today.  
    M1-Kalua pig with a little pesto mayo to moisten it.  
    M2-caesar salad with ground beef
    M3-The Greek chicken tenders and salad originally planned for last night.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday was my 28th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner.  I forgot about this when planning yesterday's meals! Dinner was restaurant-compliant:  I actually ended up eating a burger with no bun, topped with avocado and fried egg, a plain arugula tomato salad, and potato wedges.  I opted to not eat the tomato and go for the white potato. I also imagine the spices on the burger were red pepper-based.   My stomach was very unsettled a few hours later, uncomfortable, bloated, and it made me restless.  So, I'll take a few more days off of nightshades and try tomato.  Between reading back over my journal and noticing patterns and this experiment, it's pretty clear that at least white potatoes (spices TBD) are problematic for me.  Also, my blood pressure was up this morning - I'm not sure if that's related, but my bp has been very stable for weeks.  Another marker to attend to.  
    Day 36/60, Day 1 of no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-8, Pain-0/2 while walking.  I was able to walk 29 minutes this morning before experiencing pain in the knee/hip/low back.  
    Progress on July goals-1: 10 minutes yoga last night 2: met strength-based goals earlier this week.  
    M1-3 eggs, homemade sausage, banana fried in olive oil all cooked and mixed together.  I didn't finish it - so much food, but delicious! 
    M2-chicken salad over garden greens
    M3-ground beef stuffed sweet potato.  It's pretty challenging to find a hot-summer-day appropriate ground beef recipe that is not a hamburger or full of nightshades.  I'm going to make a Mexican-styled ground beef (with cumin, onion, garlic, oregano, sea salt, black pepper and coriander and no chili powder) stuff it in a sweet potato and top with mashed avocado.  
    Cleaning the house and going for a bike ride later.  Today seems like a good day for a long yoga session, too.  
    I'm thinking Saturday mornings will be a good day for meal planning and starting my grocery list.  I'm moving back toward Walmart pick-up, so this will give me a chance to get an order started and pick a later day in the week for pick-up.  The only problem with this plan is that I will be working about a week ahead.  We'll see how it goes.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Glad that you are ruminating on these questions. It seems like changing our habits or maintaining good habits does require this level of cogitation — what's working right now? where am I going to run into resistance? Where am I swimming with the current, and where is the current carrying me farther away? I'm excited to hear these layers of exploration. Bravo!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    A year ago, I was averaging less than 20,000 steps per week (yes, per week).  I've been able to increase to the point where I've at least doubled that most weeks.  I have a 7,000 step/day goal (there were many days in the the last year where I was only getting about 2,000, even pre-Covid) that I've increased gradually from 5,000 steps.  A lot of these low-step days were due to significant knee and/or hip pain, but instead of trying to move some, I would stay as still as possible.  I've been working on increasing my movement, and through the W30 my swelling, inflammation, and pain has decreased significantly.  I think I'm ready to increase my daily step goal again, this time to 8,000.  I've reset my Fitbit, so here we go!  
    It will be tough to attain this today, given the monsoon going on outside.  I did get out with the dog first thing this morning, between the bands of rain, but it was just a quick walk.  Starting everyday with at least 1,000 steps (and usually more) has made it easier to attain my daily goal.  It's been a pretty easy habit to develop, especially since my dog was quick to expect the morning walk.  In the book Atomic Habits, the author talks about building a new habit into ones that already exist and using time cues - so I've built this morning walk into the time/habit of waking in the morning.  Some mornings, I go out in my pajamas, some mornings I get fully dressed.  I'm glad and hopeful to continue this new habit.  The other thing the author says is that the mental grooves of bad habits remain intact, which is why it can be so easy to slip back into those old habits and so it's really important to maintain those hooks to the new habits.  Knowing this is powerful.  
    Day 35/60, Day 4 no nightshades
    Mood-7, Energy-6, Pain 0 
    Progress on July goals: 1) 20 minute yoga session yesterday 2) I've met the goal of 2 strength days this week.  It's such a dreary, rainy day, I'm not really feeling like doing my pushups and leg exercises.  
    M1:  egg salad, black coffee
    M2: Chicken salad over romaine
    M3: Fish and sweet potato chips, steamed broccoli
     
    I  didn't sleep great last night (big glass of iced tea before bed) and the dog had me up at 5:00 am.  These types of days (tired, rainy) were often the kinds of days where I would lay on the couch and read all day and snack on chips, cookies, etc while napping off and on.  Luckily, I have an appointment at 12:30, so I can't do that, but I can imagine laying around reading the rest of the morning.  I'm not feeling an urge to snack, so that's positive.  I think that this type of environment is just what Atomic Habits talks about when discussing habits occurring with environmental cues.  But this is more about the physiological cues - I'm not feeling the desire to eat because my body is satisfied.  So that's part of it, too - when my needs are met, I'm nourished, bad habits don't have a place to flourish.  Just like the increasing movement - my body feels better, less achy and more energetic, and so I feel the need to move more.  The trick is going to be maintaining what got me to feel better physiologically, those habits are the key.  They are:
    meal planning - this is number 1, and one of the hardest for me to maintain away from W30.  Even if I have a loose structure in my mind of what my meals will be, I'm good.  But in the past, I often failed to make a plan.  I need to set aside a specific time each week to review recipes, plan meals, and make my grocery list.  During the pandemic, I've had so much more free time, that I'm able to do this when the mood strikes.  I'll think over the next few days about what will make the most sense for me as far as best time for meal planning.  
    meal preparation-this is a very close number 2, because I do very well when I can eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch.  Meal prep usually doesn't take me long and I'm pretty good with multi-tasking (i.e. this week, I started the eggs to hard boil, then mixed up the sausage and started cooking on the stove, then made mayonnaise while those things cooked.  I had everything cooked and cleaned up within 40 minutes.)  Meal prep most often occurs when I'm already cooking a meal, so I probably don't need to develop a specific habit routine for this.  
    walking-the  wake-up and walk is good.  My worry is managing inclement weather days.  We've had two so far, but not so bad that we couldn't go out for at least a short walk.  I can have a "walk anyway" mentality which I think will work better for me.  Better to get up and head out the door, only to turn around at the end of the driveway.  
    yoga-I'm in process of making a daily yoga practice.  My time cue revolves around the time my husband gets home from work, but before dinner.  This is working for now.  Pre-covid, I often went to a yoga class right after work, so the time is right.  
    Moving back out into the work world is going to be my biggest challenge with maintaining my healthy habits.  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ChristyR in July Whole30   
    I like the nutpods a lot! I've just been using the original flavor.  I use them for cooking sometimes too. They are very nicely creamy.
    Day 3:
    Banana, coffee with nutpods
    RxBar
    Hamburger patty, 2 pickles, salad, no dressing
    Small apple
    Chopped veg & chicken in lettuce wraps, chicken broth on the side
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to meli22 in Round 2   
    @MadyVanilla fizzy drinks always add a little something to the end of the meal  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from meli22 in Round 2   
    Congrats on getting through a successful first week!  How awesome to be seeing the positive impacts-it's pretty amazing how quickly they come.
    This is also my dessert - or a spindrift.  And it's satisfying!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Ooh. I'm just sitting here at my kitchen table nodding over your response. That bit about flexible thought processes really preaches. Yes!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I love this.  This round of W30 I've been much more introspective and courageous in exploring my emotional issues with food.  I always knew they were there, but I thought I could avoid them.  The fact that I keep returning to the same old habits says I can't.  I am also prone to the black/white, must-do-this-to-succeed ideal...but as you said, we keep getting chances to do it right.  With each chance I can examine and go a little deeper, or I can toss out that chance and start again with the next one.  And instead of each point in time being "right or wrong" I can get it right in the grand scheme of attaining a higher level of health and well-being.  
    This is what attaining food freedom is about, isn't it?  It's not about being flexible with food choices, but about being flexible with thought processes.  I have such a long way to go, but I think this time, I'm in the right frame of mind to do this right  to learn and examine as I go along.  Still a long way to go .  
    I'm so glad you are still here - I appreciate your insightful comments.  Thank you!!!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I'm not even sure what happened yesterday.  It wasn't a completely off-plan day, but I seemed to have lost my focus a little bit.  My friend called and asked about lunch instead of coffee, and had a craving for Chinese food.  I agreed, ordered a beef and broccoli without sauce, which came with fried rice and an egg roll.  I ate some of the rice and all of the egg roll, plus the fortune cookie.  I did go for a 5-mile bike ride afterward, with the intent to food prep when I got back home.  My husband was home from work, though, and asked if I wanted to go for dinner at the restaurant where our son is working.  I ordered a crab avocado appetizer that contained corn, tomato salsa and a ranch dressing drizzle (and it was delicious!).  For some reason, I was only concerned with not getting dairy or gluten - this is what I mean by losing my focus.  I also ordered a highly seasoned ahi tuna and ate a few of the homemade potato chips that came on the side.  And ate three honey-siracha wings.  They were so sweet, and so good.  I did avoid ordering an adult beverage, though I was tempted.  
    Interestingly, I had some major sugar cravings last night (the honey on the wings!!!!) and almost caved.  There are Milanos in the pantry and I had the old thoughts about eating just a few and getting back on track tomorrow.  Which we well know is the beginning of the end - the unplanned, devil-calling dive into a sweet is in no way conducive to "getting back on track tomorrow." But I did short-circuit those thoughts, though they kept cropping up.  Clearly, this is related to my lunch and dinner, as I've not had any cravings in a long time.  I'm also a little achy through my knee and hip today, even though I haven't done anything other than my short morning walk.  Plus, I'm  bloated.  I slept horribly.  My self esteem took a bit of a shot, too, though getting back to morning routine helps with this.  Lots of side effects from a few, not too off-plan foods.  That's actually a little frightening, but enlightening.  The planned reintroduction in a few weeks will help me figure out which of those foods does what to me.  
    Things I could have done differently:  Asked for just beef and broccoli, no rice or egg roll, especially since I already asked for no sauce.  Checked the restaurant menu before arriving-I was too confident in my ability to make a decision on the fly.  I'm not ready for that yet.  With the cravings-I was able to power my way through, but I know I won't always do that.  I think if I promise myself a time in the future to indulge in the treat that is calling me, that will help.  So I could tell myself, "I'll make the Milanos my dessert tomorrow night, when I can really enjoy them after dinner." I really want to focus on planning treats as opposed to indulging in the moment (except in the most rare of circumstances).  If I need to eat something in that moment of craving, a handful of almonds would be a choice.  
    In the meantime, I reset - I got up and did a short walk with the dog.  Read a few pages of Food Freedom Forever.  I'm journaling.  I ate kulua pig for breakfast.  I need to do my push-ups/lunges. I need to make a list of things to accomplish today.  
    Day 32/60 (can I even say this?? - I'm learning and working toward Food Freedom.  This wasn't my first, but definitely my worst derailment of this W60.  But I'm moving forward.  The key is that I'm learning)
    Mood-6, Energy-7, Pain-1 No additional pain while walking, but definitely some low-level achiness today.  This is different than the pain I sometimes get during walks.  
    Progress on July goals:  1) 15 minute yoga session when we got home from dinner late last evening.  2) I haven't done my strength training yet, but it's in the plan for today.  
    M1-Kalua pig with a little pesto mayo to moisten it.  
    M2-caesar salad with ground beef
    M3-The Greek chicken tenders and salad originally planned for last night.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Yeah! Last week didn't match my plan, but I stayed in the saddle. That felt good. And yesterday I cooked up a huge amount of W30 proteins and veggies. Grateful to be staying close to home (metaphorically and physically) as this new week begins.
    I dunno, perhaps after 1,382 episodes of eating way too much junk food, I'm ready for a different approach.
    Yes, please borrow the Sunday questions if you want to! Heck, no need to wait until your W60 is done... you can start using them now. Usually most of my reflections around food have been past-focused (beating myself up, regretting whatever it was I ate too much of) but I want to spend energy imagining what it looks like when things are working well.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from meli22 in Take Advantage   
    Interestingly, I haven't had a headache since Day 9.  And most of my flare-ups in pain appear to be related to extra consumption of nightshades (a few meals in a row with tomatoes and/or peppers) as well as poor sleep.  I wonder if the poor sleep is related to nightshade consumption.  So now I have a solid hypothesis to test out.  
    It was good to read back over my journal.  I'm amazed by how much better I feel now than I did just a month ago.  And how much my anxiety/confidence/motivation has improved.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    I love this - you are being so thoughtful about your approach, and the off-track meals have been learning experiences for you rather than complete derailments.  
    The Sunday questions - I may steal this when I'm ready to reintroduce.  The journaling and thoughtful consideration of how foods and habits impact how I feel about myself and how I feel physically have been instrumental in my success so far.  I worry about the dark abyss post-W60 (for me).  
    Congratulations on finding a strategy that is working toward a successful transition.  
    Even though you had some changes in your strategy over the last week, I get the feeling this is where you still are.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from emcate97 in My Whole 30 Log - June 2020   
    The fact that you made good, though imperfect, choices and didn't beat yourself up about it is awesome.  And you are right back to W30.  Nice!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to RachelR in RachelR- Start Date May 4, 2020   
    Used my Instant Pot for the first time today.  I've had it almost a year and a half and I've just been too intimidated to use it.  But, today- I went for it and made hard boiled eggs and they turned out PERFECT!  Put a couple into potato salad and will save the rest to either put on a salad or maybe deviled eggs or egg salad.  hmmm....
    I also made green beans tonight for the first time.  Willingly.  On purpose.  Lol.  I've always hated cooked green beans since I was very young but giving them a try at the restaurant last weekend made me feel a bit more adventurous.  I sautéed them in coconut oil and added salt, pepper, some red pepper flakes, and a couple dashes of coconut aminos.  They were still crunchy and I liked the flavor with the salt, etc.  Green beans are still not my favorite vegetable but I enjoyed this tonight.  I had extras so we'll see how it tastes as leftovers tomorrow.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to meli22 in Round 2   
    Day 5
     
    B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs; 1/2 grapefruit; 1/4 avocado
    L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ mayo & chicken; tomato & sugar snap peas; blueberry smoothie
    S = tomato slices & 1/4 avocado
    D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; baked yam
     
    exercise = 20 min run
     
    Note to self: if you eat more at breakfast, you will have a better run 
    I'm still figuring out what feels like "enough" at each meal though I am currently pre-menstrual and am always extra hungry at that time. I have a feeling I could increase the amount of fat I'm eating with my meals (when I go grocery shopping I'll pick up some coconut and olives). Also feel I could benefit from the inclusion of a starchy carb at breakfast. I'm going to try to limit my fruit to 1 serving a day.  Also, I think this is my favourite way to eat sardines by far (I love sardines) - nice and simple, get the water-packed ones and dress them in olive oil, capers and pickled onions. In another lifetime, I would eat this on rye bread with cream cheese  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Those of you who are following this tale will be relieved to hear that we are still going strong! Today is Day 5. I won't bore you with a 5-day long list of all the meals (not that that information is boring! but for anyone who is interested, you can turn to page 196 in The Whole30 book  because these total newbies are sticking to the seven-day plan that someone else put together for the first week, because anything else was too daunting!). Also, I have the Whole30 Journal and am documenting all meals, snacks and drinks in there. I'll definitely log the highlights in the weeks to come, though!
    Miracle of Miracles: I. Have. Not. Had. A. Headache.  I was bracing myself when we started and fully expecting an immediate future FULL of headaches, days and days of headaches and all the accompanying crankiness and I-can't-be-bothered-to-do-anything-right-nowness that goes along with it. Due to quitting Dr. Pepper cold-turkey, of course. (I have had caffeine headaches before from just skipping 2-3 days of soda pop.)
    I'm sure the 1-2 cups of pre-noon coffee with coconut milk is the reason for my headpain-free bliss. But I also think that my pillow has something to do with it.  Yes, my pillow. I read in some medical article that 80-90% of headaches start in the neck (don't quote me on the percentages; it's been awhile - I do know it was the vast majority)! This is my third pillow I've tried in the past couple months. It is a "cool-touch" pillow (kinda like memory foam, but I don't think it is memory foam...), and it is working wonders! I'm sleeping much better.
    I felt compelled to share this due to the title of my story and just in case anyone else is dealing with headaches.
    Surprisingly, it isn't Dr. Pepper that I'm craving, it's the SWEETS! I went to bed on Day 3 thinking about brownies and cookies and woke up on Day 4 thinking of cinnamon rolls. But I have resisted their siren call, and these Whole30 meals taste amazing!
     
    @MadyVanilla and @Contessa thank you for the kind words of encouragement! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    This is such a well-planned reintroduction-It's one thing to read it and say, "yeah, I can follow that" and another to actually write out what you want to do.  This is fantastic!
    Yes...thinking ahead to any social occasions or a new tart recipe I've come across and planning, looking forward to, those opportunities to enjoy something special.   The ability to savor those moments, that glass of red with a creamy Camembert and slice of raspberry tart while sitting on the front porch with a friend on Friday evening...that is so much more life- and soul-affirming than mindlessly shoveling a bag of Doritos.  Plus, I can afford better wine and cheese if I'm not wasting money on junk food.  
    Agent Cooper has the right idea-it's so hard to notice and enjoy the daily small gifts when we are wandering aimlessly, turning in Tasmanian devil circles, through the blizzard of junk.  Noticing the daily present will keep my mind clear and focused on my goal of health.  I don't want to live in the blizzard, the dense fog existence that I much too frequently find myself in because of poor food choices.    
    Cheers to you!   
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from meli22 in Round 2   
    Yes!  I put some regular black tea bags and a peach herbal tea bag in a clear pitcher of water and sat it on the back deck all day yesterday - I'll be sipping on this deliciousness all day today - thanks for the reminder, it's like a treat.  
    I'm glad you slept better.  And smoothie=vegetable soup....seems a good way to reframe, I mean, gazpacho is delicious.  But if your'e having side effects...That's what i have loved about my current W30, I have discovered so much about how different foods effect me.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in RachelR- Start Date May 4, 2020   
    What impressive measurements and you look like you've lost 40 pounds!  I love how you were able to enjoy meals with your friend, and to not eat what didn't taste good.  And the gelato...so much more worthy than the chemical-concoction that makes up the Sonic mixes. This is what I want to be able to do - so inspirational.  Good luck with the arm workout - I can't wait to see your progress! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from meli22 in Round 2   
    Yes!  I put some regular black tea bags and a peach herbal tea bag in a clear pitcher of water and sat it on the back deck all day yesterday - I'll be sipping on this deliciousness all day today - thanks for the reminder, it's like a treat.  
    I'm glad you slept better.  And smoothie=vegetable soup....seems a good way to reframe, I mean, gazpacho is delicious.  But if your'e having side effects...That's what i have loved about my current W30, I have discovered so much about how different foods effect me.