MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    And it just seems like we should be at our goal weights when we get through 30 days because we've made so many positive changes and feel so much better.   I fully expect I'll have this same disappointment when I weigh in on day 31.   You did in fact lost 1/2 pound a day (the poundage sounds more impressive than the kgs, lol!)   
    Just stuff that swypo treat down that freaking devil's mouth and let him have the migraine with the foggy-brain and heartburn.  
    Congrats on getting to day 31! 
     
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    It also took me a while to get ok with fat, but it really is a lifesaver.  Plus, it makes my skin so much clearer/brighter/happier!  
    Having said that, the turkey broth saved me yesterday. There's no fat in it, but I think the protein, plus something warm and savory to sip on made me feel better.  It got me through my morning meetings until lunch.  Lunch ended up being a Chipotle Whole 30 chicken bowl.  My daughter came over to do her laundry and wanted to order something.  OMG, I forgot how good those are....I might make that a weekly treat.  I took a nap late afternoon, did my yoga, and socialized with a friend on the front porch all evening.  That's usually a wine event - she brought her glass, while this time, I fixed a club soda with lime.   My drink choice had absolutely no impact on how much I enjoyed her company!  It ended up being such a good day, after I thought it was going to be so rough.  
    Today, my mood is absolutely buoyant!  I have a good amount of energy, no pain, I feel fantastic.  I did however, have a headache during the night last night and had to take meds to get back to sleep.  It was lingering this morning, so I had black iced coffee.  Maybe the coffee is what's put me in such a great mood .  I'm a little skeptical of this feeling, though...I should still be really tired and achy and yucky feeling.  It's usually 3 days for the sugar cravings to get under control, 5 days for me to start feeling normal.  But, today is Day 5, so I'm on target.  It just feels too soon.  I don't feel like I paid penance long enough, didn't have the hit-by-a-truck sensation for more than a few hours yesterday morning.  Maybe the bone broth is that miraculous?  Or maybe it is the caffeine.  OR...maybe it's the fact that working from home I have fewer stressors in general so my body and brain can roll with the the physiological stressors a little more easily.  
    Day 5 
    Energy-8, pain 0 (a little knee stiffness while walking, but didn't last, no tightness in back or hips), Mood-10!
    M1-chicken salad, black iced coffee,  I was HUNGRY when I woke up.  I walked 2 miles, I was hungry, again.  More chicken salad...can I roll that all into M1 or does that second count as a snack? lol
    M2-Beef and broccoli.  Getting Chinese with a friend.  Last W30 I figured out what to say to my local Chinese carry-out to get compliant beef and broccoli.  No flour, no sauce, no MSG.  I'm packing my coconut aminos to sprinkle on.  We're picnicking in the park with our carry-out.  It will be lovely! 
    M3-leftovers.  There's burgers, taco meat, bbq chicken....my Thrive Market stuff came yesterday and with it some Caesar dressing.  That would be good on a salad with a chosen leftover meat.  
    Snacks-celery and almond butter has been a good go-to when needed this week.  
    I've already walked (and hit my step goal for the day!), but haven't ruled out that this will happen again later today.  Definitely yoga this afternoon.  
     
    I'm contemplating this whole idea of eating as a habit.  When is it ok to replace a poor choice with a good one instead of changing the habit?  Or is it ever ok...maybe eating shouldn't in any way be a habit, tied to a particular activity.  Maybe this has been my failing in the past.  "It's time to sit at the computer to do some work...hmmm...I left my almonds at home, let me go see what's in the snack machine (or in the chip cabinet, while on quarantine)...."  "It's time to sit down and watch xyz on Netflix, let me fix a bowl of strawberries and coconut milk....hmmm...these strawberries aren't looking so hot and I really don't feel like cutting them up.  I'll get some fresh tomorrow, but for tonight, I'll have just a few cookies..."  And then I've made a bad choice, so why not just gorge on All the Nonfood Things that Somehow Taste Yummier than Real Food (but they don't!!!) and then get back on track tomorrow...everyone knows how that story goes.  In theory, it absolutely makes sense to eat when hungry.  Listen to your body.  Follow the cues.  But the reality is the rest of the world doesn't run on the same schedule as my body.  I can't just stop what I'm doing and fix an omelette.   Or pull my pre-fixed lunch out and start eating in the middle of a meeting.  I can't even imagine trying to do this with shift work! So I have to rely on at least some environmental cues for when it's time to eat.  Maybe this is where I start-separate out the environmental cues that signal I have time to eat AND it's meal time AND I'm hungry from the cues that are habitual.  I'm still not sure about the distinction here, though.  At least I'm thinking about it.  I haven't ever really thought about it before.  
     
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, today is Day 45. Of my fifth round. This is officially the longest Whole30 I've ever done. Woo woo. 
    That being said... I'm not sure if I want to continue. I had thought that I would continue on until my trip to Utah next month. But, I'm starting to question that. I'm wondering if I should be experimenting more. I've never really tried just eating "healthy" but not according to a specific diet or program. Basically, I've eaten like garbage or I've done Whole30. It certainly makes me feel better than before, but is it really the best for me and my body? I can't answer that because I haven't really tried anything else. 
    I'm curious how I would fare on a general whole foods diet. Or even a vegan or vegetarian diet. I love me some meat and the thought of being vegan is difficult. But, it may be better aligned with my love of the earth. I should at least try it, right? It's one thing to ignore a calling to eat a certain way because you know it doesn't work well for your body. And another thing entirely to just ignore it because it isn't what you want to do. I was also deeply craving Middle Eastern food last night and ordered two Lebanese cookbooks and really want to try some hummus and some falafel and some baba ganouj! 
    I'll give it some more thought this week so that it isn't simply a whim, but I may transition to a general whole foods diet for a few weeks to see how that makes me feel. And then I may try a vegan diet to see how that makes me feel. Or maybe I'll be part-time vegan? Like, maybe I can incorporate that into my whole foods approach and be vegan three days per week?
    I'll report back what I decide and I'll obvious document my results either way. :-) One thing for sure, no sweets or desserts and absolutely minimal added sugar, if any! That part definitely needs to stay! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yummy!  The herbs added to the breast as it was cooking were a nice touch. I’m going to keep experimenting with chicken salad recipes.  It’s a summertime staple IMO.  
    Thanks for reading!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in RachelR- Start Date May 4, 2020   
    An Instant Pot is great for dealing with frozen meat, too! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in RachelR- Start Date May 4, 2020   
    This is me!!!  The forum is such a godsend for support and troubleshooting.  And a great place to go when I'm feeling non-creative.  Stay here with us.  Keep making alternate plans for when your original gets derailed.  You got this!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    You made chicken salad!  How was it?  That W30 recipe in yesterday's email looked delicious - I'm going to have to try it, too.  
    Like you, I really just want to have wine, bacon, rice, and dairy (risotto!  Caesar salad with Parm cheese!) back in my diet.  I'm so glad you are still here - I want to follow your reintroduction path.  And you have such awesome NSVs!  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    It took me most of my first round to get OK with fats, between having fat-triggered reflux for ages, and years of "fat makes you fat" indoctrination from WW, it was probably my biggest stumbling block. I'm really glad I pushed through it coz it just makes things delicious.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Fats are still weird iffy for me to get in but I'm trying. One of the reasons I kept eating that chicken casserole was because it kept me full. No cravings no headaches no nausea and that made me happy. I like easy lol
    You doing great! My stiffness is so much better and I'm glad you are already seeing an improvement. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/9/20:
    Aaaaaaaand the forbidden food dreams have begun. Last night I dreamed that I carelessly took a bite of a peanut butter cup. As the sweet chocolate began to melt in my mouth, I realized I was eating something I shouldn't. Then I faced a dream dilemma: keep eating it, or spit it out? I regretfully spat it out. Ha. I think some forbidden sourdough bread also showed up in some improbable circumstance in my dreams. Can't wait to see how else my wacky brain is going to tempt me.
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + tomato sauce + ground turkey and garlic
    Lunch: Sweet potato + broccoli + chicken sausage + spinach with Garlic Everything sauce
    Dinner: I needed a break tonight from cooking. I was really excited about stopping at Whole Foods to pick up food from the buffet, which has recently re-opened. I can usually do well at the Whole Foods buffet, and they do an admirable job of labeling all ingredients. Alas, the buffet isn't self-serve yet. A gloved, masked, robed employee has to prepare your container of food. I felt like I was timidly requesting a chicken breast from a surgeon. So, yeah. Chicken fingers, fries, compliant ketchup. Not a nutritional powerhouse of a night, but that's okay.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yes, what the heck?  This happens to me, too.  I am thinking my evening hunger may actually be habit....the experiment is in process.   
     
    What a  cool idea!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    I need to make sure I get calories today, especially from fat.  Raging carb cravings haven't hit yet, but I fully expect that given where I am in the program coupled with the lower intake yesterday.  Hopefully I can stay ahead of the cravings by getting in good fats.  I'm going to add avocado to my lunch, ghee on my broccoli at dinner.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday ended up being completely different than expected.  I fixed my lunch and thought I would have time to eat before a meeting, but I only got in two bites of my hamburger/sauerkraut.  A whirlwind of meeting/phone call/appointment/errands resulted in no lunch.   I got home in time to fix dinner.  I wasn't terribly hungry and was able to move through the afternoon pretty easily.  I made a snack of celery and almond butter and then fell asleep pretty early.  
    I woke up in the middle of the night with a raging headache.  Still lingering and I have almost no energy today.  I don't feel like I want to sleep, I just feel like it will take too much effort to move.  I woke a little after 5 a.m.  I could have gotten up and taken the dog walking then, but I stayed in bed.  When I finally did get up, we went for a very short walk, just because today is day 7 of morning walks and I feel like a streak is in the making.  
    Day 4
    Energy-1, pain-0, Mood-6
    I have two great NSVs already - I'm definitely much less stiff when I stand.  I was able to get out of the bed this morning and immediately start walking, rather than stand for a few seconds and wait for everything to be able to work.  This is so clearly due to my diet, as I've proved over and over to myself.  This alone SHOULD be enough to keep me going.  My joints are so much happier without grains/dairy/sugar.  
    The second is that my face feels thinner.  It doesn't look thinner, but it definitely feels that way.  Three days down and these 2 amazing NSVs.  These are going to get me through today - I think it might be a tough one, given my fatigue and the number of work meetings I have to get through.  I'm just going to eat when I'm hungry and drink lots of water.  Maybe I can take a nap late this afternoon.  
    M1-chicken salad
    M2-Epic Turkey, Cranberry, Sage bone broth; leftover taco salad - note to self:  the next time I have meetings that might interfere with lunch, fix a mug of broth.  I can sip this while on Zoom.  
    M3-leftover BBQ chicken and broccoli
    Snacks-almonds, celery with almond butter, the bone broth
    I probably will do yin yoga.  I might fall asleep while doing it.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    I need to make sure I get calories today, especially from fat.  Raging carb cravings haven't hit yet, but I fully expect that given where I am in the program coupled with the lower intake yesterday.  Hopefully I can stay ahead of the cravings by getting in good fats.  I'm going to add avocado to my lunch, ghee on my broccoli at dinner.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday ended up being completely different than expected.  I fixed my lunch and thought I would have time to eat before a meeting, but I only got in two bites of my hamburger/sauerkraut.  A whirlwind of meeting/phone call/appointment/errands resulted in no lunch.   I got home in time to fix dinner.  I wasn't terribly hungry and was able to move through the afternoon pretty easily.  I made a snack of celery and almond butter and then fell asleep pretty early.  
    I woke up in the middle of the night with a raging headache.  Still lingering and I have almost no energy today.  I don't feel like I want to sleep, I just feel like it will take too much effort to move.  I woke a little after 5 a.m.  I could have gotten up and taken the dog walking then, but I stayed in bed.  When I finally did get up, we went for a very short walk, just because today is day 7 of morning walks and I feel like a streak is in the making.  
    Day 4
    Energy-1, pain-0, Mood-6
    I have two great NSVs already - I'm definitely much less stiff when I stand.  I was able to get out of the bed this morning and immediately start walking, rather than stand for a few seconds and wait for everything to be able to work.  This is so clearly due to my diet, as I've proved over and over to myself.  This alone SHOULD be enough to keep me going.  My joints are so much happier without grains/dairy/sugar.  
    The second is that my face feels thinner.  It doesn't look thinner, but it definitely feels that way.  Three days down and these 2 amazing NSVs.  These are going to get me through today - I think it might be a tough one, given my fatigue and the number of work meetings I have to get through.  I'm just going to eat when I'm hungry and drink lots of water.  Maybe I can take a nap late this afternoon.  
    M1-chicken salad
    M2-Epic Turkey, Cranberry, Sage bone broth; leftover taco salad - note to self:  the next time I have meetings that might interfere with lunch, fix a mug of broth.  I can sip this while on Zoom.  
    M3-leftover BBQ chicken and broccoli
    Snacks-almonds, celery with almond butter, the bone broth
    I probably will do yin yoga.  I might fall asleep while doing it.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yes, what the heck?  This happens to me, too.  I am thinking my evening hunger may actually be habit....the experiment is in process.   
     
    What a  cool idea!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to patrickjohn in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    Sunday, June 7th (Day 7)
    Brunch: dinosaur egg (baked avocado with egg in the middle) with thick cut bacon Dinner: Antipasto salad (romaine, tomato, balsamic vinaigrette, ham, salami, prosciutto) Snacks: Chia pudding with dates, blackberries and a banana Apple sauce with cinnamon and raisins Pineapple with coconut cream Spiral "fries" with homemade Whole30 Ketchup Soft boiled eggs  
    Thoughts:
    I think my hunger is beginning to stabilize - I ate a lot this past Saturday and that satiety seems to have carried over. Yesterday was my brother's graduation dinner so there were plenty of things on the table I would have liked to eat but I was able to stick to my antipasto salad. I've also realized that I do snack a lot in the evenings, but I'm not too worried about it? I don't usually eat breakfast till 11 anyway because I'm living on the east coast working west coast hours. Does anyone have any insight on this? I know it's not necessarily part of the Whole30 diet, but I previously did intermittent fasting and was happy with how it made me feel and am thinking I should try and better limit my eating/snacking window.
     
    On another note, I've been doing Whole30 for a full week now and am feeling great!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Oh I am going out to pick some rosemary and thyme from my new herb garden for tomorrow's chicken salad!  I've never added herbs before, so thank you for this suggestion.  I also love the suggestion of stirring the lettuce into the bowl... 
    I'm so glad you are on this forum to help out with my oh-so-boring and mundane meals!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Well said Contessa 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LydiaJo in Still Living In Crazy Town   
    This is my redo post for day 1.
    I need to do this for my mental and physical health.
    Meal 1: 2 eggs, mushrooms, coffee with coconut cream
    Meal 2: (created by my daughter) salmon with toasted coconut and mango, green smoothy with coconut milk added a little olive oil to mine.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 30!!! This was by far the easiest round. I credit that to not even having the opportunity to eat out, having ALL the time in the world to prep and cook and shop, and having no outside pressures at all. Here's hoping that as that stuff begins to creep back in, it stays easy
    I downloaded FFF yesterday and have started it - @ShadowInTheKitchen I hear you with reading at night LOL, I'm 2 pages and out like a light!!
    I forgot to eat meal 1 today, only realised after 3:30 when I was out walking the dog. Had a mini-meal when I got home of a bit of cauli/brocc rice and a bit of chicken tikka masala. 
    Dinner is seared salmon steaks with sauteed asparagus and broccolini, and maybe some jicama sticks with chilli and lime...
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    Day 15 june 7
    I woke up ate some chicken pot pie casserole 
    Then was up for a bit
    Feeling a lil run down 
    Ate the last of the chicken pot pie casserole 
    This turned into the morning of june 8th
    Day 16 june 8th
    Feeling super cravy for all the things
     Hot outside. Quiet inside. Perfect weather for delivery ppl
    Went to bed to out sleep thinking about my food. Was going to do some stuff on my computer but the wifi card died - wooot - cheese pizza would make that less annoying
    Wait I lied there was some casserole left - haha! So that was eaten as M? 1 maybe? Or twi guess it depends how its counted from my sleeping
    M? Cod crusted in almond flour and nutritional yeast with a baked potato and clarified butter
    Made some beef stew - my hubby loves it 
    I do not....ugh not my cup of tea at all
    So I've been wasting time and sleeping which tends to happen when my schedule switches on sundays till I go back to work wednesday night 
    Need to find some more recipes to try
    Day 16 done !
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen totally slept through it.