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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Week 1 is done!  Well done!  Woot Woot
    That bbq chicken with sweet potato sounds delicious, and I want to try it, will add it to my growing list...
    I hope the pool party was fun, and you found enough compliant food to fill up on.   Parties. Sigh. Still not allowed here :-(
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Congratulations on finishing a good strong week!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Welp, I ended my Whole46 today. By eating an entire jar of peanut butter. Which was, believe it or not, a conscious decision and totally worth it. I was craving peanut butter, this has been a stressful and emotional week, and it's the first day of my period, so it felt like a worthwhile indulgence. And it was most delicious. I don't feel bad about it. 
    Now, the challenge will be to return to healthy eating habits and not letting that be an excuse for not-so-conscious food choices! I'll check back in a few days, where I will hopefully be reporting that I easily transitioned right back into healthy eating! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole30 Day 2, Friday June 12
    M1: sweet potato hash with onions & bratwurst, fried in ghee with 2 eggs, green beans
    M2: romaine, green grapes, chicken, PK green goddess dressing
    M3: cantaloupe, green beans, egg salad
    NSV's:
    1. Excellent energy all day, even better than any day previous since starting W30.  Today was the first day on meds reduction, and this increased energy is what I was hoping for 
    2. Excellent sleep quality
    3. Absolutely no cravings, saw lots of junky stuff a super cheap prices in a store today and I wasn't a bit fizzled
    4. I was awake at 6:30, out of bed at 6:50, 10 minutes before my target time
    5. I remained W30 compliant, didn't snack, didn't even feel the need. Family had pizza and I didn't want any of it, and not just because I wanted to remain compliant
    6. My meal times were per my scheduled goal - 8am, noon and 6pm
    7. All of my meals were super simple today, and didn't take much time out of my day to prepare them.  I don't mind eating the same simple things over and over again
    8. I started planning my birthday party with my family next weekend, and ordered the extremely expensive and I've never seen anything so pretty and edible in all my life cupcakes.  Also found new dinner dishes online that I want to pick up to pretty up the dining table just because, well, I think I'm worth it!
    I sooo want this to be my new normal.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Tevenie in Take Advantage   
    Last night, I combined the BBQ chicken with a sweet potato and ghee.  OMG-heaven!  I have some leftover for lunch today.  I didn't do much of anything yesterday afternoon-no nap, no yoga.  I scrolled through social media, looked for some recipes, started my grocery list, ate dinner, and went to bed to watch a movie.  It was good to do low-key without guilt.  I feel better today, and I think that's why.  
    Day 7 - One week in!  Yay!
    Energy-5, pain-0 when  walking, Mood-6.  The dog woke me up this morning.  When I got downstairs, the only shoes I had were flip-flops, so that sealed the deal for me to take just a short walk.  I'm glad that I'm sticking with the morning walks, but I have really cut back the last few days.  I'm hoping once my energy improves I'll be ready to increase my time again.  
    M1-eggs, peppers, spinach, ghee.  Kombucha
    M2-BBQ chicken mixed with sweet potato and ghee, caesar salad with PK dressing.  This dressing is actually pretty good.  I have had the Green Goddess before and wasn't impressed.  I'm not sure if it's that the Caesar is made with avocado oil or that if I just like this flavor better.  
    M3-W30 Beef barbacoa (in the crockpot now) and some sort of veggies.  Tonight will be the first real challenge I've been presented with - a pool party.  It has a Mexican food theme, and I'm hoping there will be salad or at least lettuce and tomato.  I can pile my plate with my beef, onions, cilantro, and hopefully some other vegetables.  There will be margaritas and sangria-I'll pack my cooler with my sparkling waters.  
    Snacks-celery and peanut butter before the party, if I think I might need it.  I'll go back for more barbacoa at the pool party if I need it.  It shouldn't be too hard to avoid dessert-at any given time one of my friends isn't eating dessert, so it won't be a big deal. 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Last night, I combined the BBQ chicken with a sweet potato and ghee.  OMG-heaven!  I have some leftover for lunch today.  I didn't do much of anything yesterday afternoon-no nap, no yoga.  I scrolled through social media, looked for some recipes, started my grocery list, ate dinner, and went to bed to watch a movie.  It was good to do low-key without guilt.  I feel better today, and I think that's why.  
    Day 7 - One week in!  Yay!
    Energy-5, pain-0 when  walking, Mood-6.  The dog woke me up this morning.  When I got downstairs, the only shoes I had were flip-flops, so that sealed the deal for me to take just a short walk.  I'm glad that I'm sticking with the morning walks, but I have really cut back the last few days.  I'm hoping once my energy improves I'll be ready to increase my time again.  
    M1-eggs, peppers, spinach, ghee.  Kombucha
    M2-BBQ chicken mixed with sweet potato and ghee, caesar salad with PK dressing.  This dressing is actually pretty good.  I have had the Green Goddess before and wasn't impressed.  I'm not sure if it's that the Caesar is made with avocado oil or that if I just like this flavor better.  
    M3-W30 Beef barbacoa (in the crockpot now) and some sort of veggies.  Tonight will be the first real challenge I've been presented with - a pool party.  It has a Mexican food theme, and I'm hoping there will be salad or at least lettuce and tomato.  I can pile my plate with my beef, onions, cilantro, and hopefully some other vegetables.  There will be margaritas and sangria-I'll pack my cooler with my sparkling waters.  
    Snacks-celery and peanut butter before the party, if I think I might need it.  I'll go back for more barbacoa at the pool party if I need it.  It shouldn't be too hard to avoid dessert-at any given time one of my friends isn't eating dessert, so it won't be a big deal. 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Last night, I combined the BBQ chicken with a sweet potato and ghee.  OMG-heaven!  I have some leftover for lunch today.  I didn't do much of anything yesterday afternoon-no nap, no yoga.  I scrolled through social media, looked for some recipes, started my grocery list, ate dinner, and went to bed to watch a movie.  It was good to do low-key without guilt.  I feel better today, and I think that's why.  
    Day 7 - One week in!  Yay!
    Energy-5, pain-0 when  walking, Mood-6.  The dog woke me up this morning.  When I got downstairs, the only shoes I had were flip-flops, so that sealed the deal for me to take just a short walk.  I'm glad that I'm sticking with the morning walks, but I have really cut back the last few days.  I'm hoping once my energy improves I'll be ready to increase my time again.  
    M1-eggs, peppers, spinach, ghee.  Kombucha
    M2-BBQ chicken mixed with sweet potato and ghee, caesar salad with PK dressing.  This dressing is actually pretty good.  I have had the Green Goddess before and wasn't impressed.  I'm not sure if it's that the Caesar is made with avocado oil or that if I just like this flavor better.  
    M3-W30 Beef barbacoa (in the crockpot now) and some sort of veggies.  Tonight will be the first real challenge I've been presented with - a pool party.  It has a Mexican food theme, and I'm hoping there will be salad or at least lettuce and tomato.  I can pile my plate with my beef, onions, cilantro, and hopefully some other vegetables.  There will be margaritas and sangria-I'll pack my cooler with my sparkling waters.  
    Snacks-celery and peanut butter before the party, if I think I might need it.  I'll go back for more barbacoa at the pool party if I need it.  It shouldn't be too hard to avoid dessert-at any given time one of my friends isn't eating dessert, so it won't be a big deal. 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to bunh6773 in Need the Reset Button   
    I'm on Day 4 and I can say that sometimes meal prepping can blow up in your face.   I tried a "breakfast bake"  with some ingredients I had on hand and it was just the worst thing ever , so there goes my pre-planned breakfast for the next few days.  I actually had to stop my husband from trying it, it would ruin my credibility as the chef in the house!
    Day 3 -
    Meal 1 - Gross breakfast bake, couldn't finish it
    Meal 2 - Salad with chicken and balsamic vinaigrette 
    Meal 3 - Salmon with Roasted vegetables
     
    Day 4 - 
    Meal 1 - cauliflower soup with shredded chicken
    Meal 2 - spring mix salad with veggies, chicken and avocado dressing
    Meal 3 - Thai meatballs in coconut curry sauce with cauli rice - looking forward to this one!
     
    Still looking forward to the magical "sleeping better"  So far it's been weird dreams and waking up in the middle of the night wide awake.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    My Lebanese cookbooks arrived and I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of dishes that are Whole30 compliant. I'm going to try a few recipes in the next few days, which will be a wonderful way to incorporate a wider variety of vegetables! 
    First up will be Bemyeh b Lahem (baby okra, lamb, and tomato stew), which was a dish I LOVED when I studied abroad in Egypt! And now I can try making it myself! And, of course, Baba Ganoujh and Fattoush! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/11/20:
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc.
    Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt
    Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset.
    Doing a W30 is easy for me when everything is jazzy, and when I am able to prepare all my food myself, but it gets a lot harder when my mood is in the basement, or I'm traveling (I haven't yet found a way to stay compliant when I'm on the road for work). Today is a good test. I think I will try journaling away my irritation and see if that helps.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole30 Day 1, Thursday June 11
    M1: 1/2 sweet potato, kale, Greenfields crumbled bacon with sugar but no nitrates, pineapple, cilantro and cinnamon, two eggs sunny side up
    M2: green salad with lettuces, celery, broccoli, green grapes, chicken breast, bacon crumbles, 1/2 avocado, PK dressing
    Snack: salted cantaloupe (thanks @Blueautumn for the tip! I've never had it salted before but I like it)
    Snack: raisins, pecans, walnuts, almonds
    M3: sweet potato topped with beef taco meat, guac, and cantaloupe to finish
    NSV: I had excellent energy all day
    NSV: I didn't have any cravings for junky stuff
    NSV: I had an excellent sleep last night
    NSV: My healthy habits are rubbing off.  DD17 chose to take a Larabar on her lunch in place of a granola bar :-)
    I snacked today.  Twice.  I'm disappointed in myself.  I had the fruit early in the afternoon, then was feeling shaky (sugar crash? at 5pm) so had some trail mix.  Having fruit on its own is not a good idea.  I know this. Now to remember going forward
    I used to like to add bacon crumbles to my salads, but now?  Not so much.  The bacon flavour overpowered the other flavours in the salad, and I could still taste it in my mouth a half hour after I finished eating my lunch. I now know that I prefer my green salad without bacon.
    I am still having trouble getting out of bed some mornings, not because I'm tired.  I think it may be my meds, which are supposed to help me to sleep, though my sleep has been waaay better these last few weeks of W30 than the previous years on the meds.  I also think my medications may be causing my stomach to hurt a bit (pain level 1/10).  This gut pain is so minimal that I probably wasn't bothered by it pre W30 due to other g-i issues.  I had a phone appointment with my doctor today and have been cleared to discontinue taking them, hoping it helps with my mornings and with the stomach pain.  I also have an appointment for bloodwork on Monday to make sure everything else is ok.  I'm thrilled to stop the meds, and feeling hopeful.
    Plan for tomorrow:
    1. All meals will be Whole30 compliant
    2. No snacking!
    3. Out of bed at 7am  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    June 10 day 18
    So i freakin ate tilapia and roasted red potatoes for like every meal. No joke. Im so sick of red potoates now LOL
    But i had pulled out fish to thaw and didnt realize there were four fillets so we made it all at once and it was just easier to pull them out and heat them up all day and take it to work and now im just sick of tilapia and roasted potatoes
    This was different than the casserole because i enjoyed eating that and just actively planned to eat it for every meal (which i think is actually an unhealthy tendency so i told myself i wouldnt eat the same thing twice in a day) . I whole heartedly just dont think it counts for the fish because it was def just a this is much more convenient than cooking so its either this or i just order out and finally get that freaking burger ive been dreaming about. But still id much rather try to stick with the at least not eating the same meal twice in a row if i can help it because i get food fatigue with some things sooooooo fast and it makes me cranky.
    plus im sure the body really enjoys some variation - gotta spice up those different macros and micronutrients!
    I also had a very intense dream about someone stealing my frito pie out of the break room fridge and me trying to track down the culprit. I havent had a good frito pie in ages. I did find the culprit but she had already eaten it all - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo, couldnt even get it in my dreams.
    Grocery shopped this morning and got the ingredients for *drum roll* another chicken pot pie casserole! muahahaha. but im gonna spread it out this time - i swear. Also found the ingredients for a salmon chowder that sounds yummy and a whole chicken and gravy recipe. Ill link those as i make them and let you know how it goes.
    Found some compliant sausage so probably going to do that with eggs for the next few mornings - so that takes care of that meal *high fives myself* and well my pot pie casserole which can be a meal for the next few days as well so just gotta get one more meal! Also bought some fresh ground almond butter. I dont think ive ever had it but since im having such a hard time with dressings that i like i wanted something different to have with my celery sticks for work. Got them in the break room fridge right now.
    June 11 day 19 (just so i dont forget)
    M1 eggs bacon and like three pieces of roasted red potato left over from all the potatoes from the day before and then i was very very sure i need to avoid them for a bit lol
    M2 tuna, peas, celery and almond butter (is what i brought for work tonight)
    M3 - this will probably be a piece of the casserole i plan on makin gas soon as i get home from work and then its Friday so i have to be up in a few hours to go right back to work for my long shift so ill be packing some extra.
    Hmm need to plan now if im okay with Friday just being casserole day all day due to being at work for 17 hrs and ensuring that im not tempted by other stuff. Ill check the fridge and see what kind of variety i can bring. Tuna is an easy go to. Maybe ill hard boil some eggs as well.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    @ShadowInTheKitchenThat is an excellent idea about ordering expensive cupcakes, not only are there no leftovers but also no half packages of ingredients just begging to be made into more cake.  And anyway, you deserve super fancy cupcakes! 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Words from the wise, I love it.  I just finished W40, today was my first day of reintroduction.  The thing is - my birthday is in 10 days and I've been thinking about what kind of cake I'd like.  Homemade gluten free vanilla with loads of vanilla icing on top keeps popping into my head.  I had this at a friend's wedding a few years ago, salivate every time I think about it, and have wanted more ever since.  But after reading your post, I need to rethink this.  Instead of cake, I think I'll order some ridiculously expensive super fancy cupcakes, just one for everyone in my family.  That way we can all indulge and there will be no leftovers.  Because seriously, I am always the one who eats the lion's share of the leftover cake.  Thank you for posting about your experience, and welcome back!  I'll be cheering you on as we all make our way to being a little bit healthier with every passing day. 
    @Tevenie @SchrodingersCat @MadyVanilla @kirbz @Contessa Y'all have me a bit worried because I am feeling super righteous right now - like I GOT this, I nailed it and I'm never going back to eating the way I used to.  I'd love to say I've never failed at anything in my life before but sarcasm doesn't read like sarcasm in a forum LOL 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I would love to cook for you!! I'd love to start a home meals service, actually.
    Omg, dinner. So my bargain prime rib was divine. Crusted it with ghee, garlic, rosemary and seeded mustard, on very high for 20 mins then an hour on low and slow. It was the perfect pink and just fell apart. Served with roasted carrots, parsnip and potato, and ghee sauteedd beans and broccolini. It was far too much food, but it was so darn tasty.
    I have had a hungry day today, so the big dinner was good. I did snack, but on pickles and a few olives.
    I was very tempted to have some wine tonight, but not for the right reasons. I'm very tired and have a headache and felt blah, and that's not a good reason! So no wine, still compliant!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Meal 1: Thai Green Curry tuna patties with steamed broccolini and spicy mayo
    Meal 2: OMG, I went to the supermarket and they had this amazing standing rib roast on clearance, so cheap! So I snapped it up, with rub it, sear it, then oven it til it's medium and serve it with roasted veggie medley and brown onion and peppercorn gravy! 
     
    Edit: I just went to put the last tuna patty away (ok, in my mouth. I went to put it in my mouth) and one of the cats has had a go at it. Joke's on them, there was a LOT of curry paste in those patties! Suckers!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Tevenie in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    OMG chicken pot pie casserole.  That sounds amazing.  
    The middle weeks are boring,  I forgot about that.  But you have the right mindset.  
    This is it right here.   Bottom line.   Plus, if you're raiding pharmacies during the zombie apocalypse, it should be so that you have some good drugs to trade for meat, vegetables, and tools, right???
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Your meals sound so comforting, nourishing.  I hope you are getting warm! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from patrickjohn in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    Your meals and snacks sound so divine! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    This is Expert-level right here.  
     
    The Philosophy of Treats...deliberate treats...special...there is wisdom here.  This is a good focus.  I look forward to getting to this part of Food Freedom Forever.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    I was famished last night.  An hour after dinner, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to sleep.  Celery and almond butter.  An hour or so later, again, hunger that was difficult to ignore.  So I ate chicken salad.  This seemed to settle me.  I did not sleep well, though.  The caffeine backlash?  Probably, since I gleefully sipped on black iced coffee ALL DAY.  I read back over yesterday's journal entry and laughed at how energetic and fantastic i felt.  That in no way resembles my experience today.  I didn't want to get up, didn't want to walk the dog (we did a short one), and I'm already ready to go back to bed.  I would be disheartened, except that I read today's W30 Day-by-Day:  "Day 6 might be another roller coaster of a ride."  Ok, this is normal, I can handle it.  Yesterday was a glimpse of what is to come.   It really doesn't matter whether it's the first or the 50th W30, it's easy to forget that it is a bit up and down at first.   
    Day 6:
    Energy-3, Mood-6, Pain-0 on this morning's very short stroll.  It's supposed to be stormy all afternoon.  I think I"m just going to take the pressure off myself to get the steps in today and not worry about taking another walk unless I really feel like it later.  On a good note, my wake-up-and-walk streak is at Day 9! 
    M1-3 eggs, bell pepper, and spinach scrambled in ghee and topped with PK chipotle lime mayo.  I decided last night that I needed a more substantial breakfast today.  
    M2-The last of the leftover taco salad topped with avocado. 
    M3-Hopefully, the last of the BBQ chicken with a Caesar salad.  
    I have a lot of work to do today, but I'll just take it easy as much as possible.  Try to take a nap.  Do a yin yoga session.  And I need to start thinking about meals for next week, so I'll do a recipe hunt in between meetings today.  
    Oh, and I'm still sipping on the black iced coffee.  This stuff is really good, says the person who hasn't eaten sugar in almost a week.  I WILL NOT drink anymore after noon today.  
     
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    This is Expert-level right here.  
     
    The Philosophy of Treats...deliberate treats...special...there is wisdom here.  This is a good focus.  I look forward to getting to this part of Food Freedom Forever.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    This sounds like something that's been rattling around in my head for a few days now.  Is replacing an eating habit with healthier food really making a positive change?  Is it easier to slip back into old habits if we don't change the habits themselves?  I don't know.  I do as you, overindulge on something I like until I'm tired of it.  I also eat at certain cues-sitting down to my computer, transitioning from the day/evening into night by watching tv and having a snack.  There is something to be said for convenience of a healthy, enjoyed food, but where is that line?  Something for me to continue to ponder upon...
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    @Tevenie and @SchrodingersCat  I'm 6 days into my 6th W30-you are my tribe!  Self-righteous, I can't even stand it.  
    Welcome back, Tevenie - at least we can all say we keep trying!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Thanks guys!! I have given myself a stern talking to (and 1/2 lb a day sounds really great, doesn't it!!) and I'm going to stay off the scales and on the right track. I did have to stern talk myself last night, because I've been having a small handful of raw cashews of a night with my tea, and last night I went to grab them and thought "these are probably hurting your weight loss" and had to quash that, because I'm not going to get in the mindset of restricting further.
    It's SO COLD here today. I mean, it's Australia cold, so not freezing or anything, but because our houses aren't centrally heated when it gets to near 0 overnight, it's hard to warm them up again! 
    I have been craving tuna and boiled eggs. Depending how my morning goes, I might make myself a Nicoise for lunch, either with tinned tuna of some fresh seared if I can stop off and get some.
    Meal 2 is on the fence - I'm so flippin' cold right now I just want a hearty stew.