MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Exactly!!!  I had not thought of it that way before, but this is so true.  To add one to your list, when I sit down at the computer I need a snack to get started.  Transition points...a good place for a new behavior to replace eating.  I'm going to ponder that.  
     
    There's not.  That's how I make it, LOL!  I poach the chicken in salty water with fresh rosemary and thyme (dried works, too), and then cut it while warm so it shreds instead of chunks.  I make my own mayo and sometimes I add garlic or curry powder to it before mixing with the chicken.  Diced celery.  Sometimes chopped nuts and sliced grapes, sometimes dried cranberries (but I have not found any in-store without sugar).  Yesterday's was just chicken, mayo, and celery, salt and pepper.  Instead of putting it on a bed of lettuce, I mix chopped salad into my bowl of chicken salad so it's all a big creamy dish.  Chicken salad is probably my favorite summer food.  
     
    I did survive day 2.  I spent the afternoon on the back deck reading and even took a nap.  That helped with the mood.  Then I made a delicious dinner of hamburgers in the Instant pot (White Castle, anyone?), fried onions in ghee, grilled pineapple, and salad.  I thought I might want two burgers, but ate one and then I was really full.  I thought I'd be fine, but a few hours later hunger struck (or transition to tv watching?  hmmmm.....) and so I had a small bowl of chicken salad.  
    Up and ready to walk this morning!  The dog and I walked double our usual route.  I actually have errands to run outside the house today, so I'll be fraternizing with civilization all afternoon.  My forays into town have been very few since quarantine.  My region got as high as #14 on the CDC list of infected areas, so I'm still a little nervous.  It will be fine, though, and at least I'll be occupied this afternoon.  
    Day 3:
    Energy-8, pain-2, back & hip tightness, some limping; Mood-7   I'm just going to report on pain when I'm walking because during most daily activities, I'm fine.  And I'd really like to track improvement there.  
    M1-chicken salad 
    M2-leftover hamburger with sauerkraut and sliced cucumber and tomato
    M3-W30 bbq pulled chicken, a big salad with olive oil and vinegar and sliced avocado.
    Yoga this evening.  Maybe another walk today, if there's time.  And I'll be thinking about the relationship between "hunger" cues and transition times.  I've been working in my Day by Day book which is helpful, too.    
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    @MadyVanilla What did you put in your chicken salad recipe.  I've always made mine for sandwiches (pre W30) with chicken, celery and mayo, and for W30 on top of a bed of lettuce, but am feeling too bored with that right now.  There's got to be a better way...
    I hope you got out to enjoy the nice weather.  congrats on getting through another day!
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Oooh... chicken salad. I kinda forgot that chicken salad existed. I have historically loved this stuff.... and it's not hard to make a W30 compliant chicken salad.
    I'm being reminded again of how very frequently I have used food as a transition point in my day...
    Wrapping up a work meeting with a client > How about a peanut butter cup? Coming in from a stroll outside and turning my attention to the next task > Time for a bit of chocolate milk! (HOLY MOSES, I LOVE CHOCOLATE MILK. The rich, full fat kind.) Midday, feeling kind of grumbly, not sure what to do for lunch > Don't want to stop for a real meal, so I'll aimlessly graze my way through every bag, carton, and box in the house. Learning not to reach for the salt and vinegar chips at random intervals through the day will take some time. From my lofty perch here on Day 9 (ha!), it's worth the discomfort. Hope this new day goes smoothly for you.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I hope you continue here because I love reading about whaat you eat! 
    I totally get your dilemma, and am going through the same thing.  I feel the fat is falling away slowly but surely, and want to keep going.  I don't want to go back to eating the way I was.  I've been trying to read FFF, but reading before bed is going slow because I fall asleep so quickly now. I find its pretty repetitive so far.  I want to skip ahead but GASP! that totally goes against my OCD lol!
    I'm glad that you plan to continue journaling here, and I also hope that your belly feels better soon.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    So had a big chat with the hubster about what I'm going to do post-round 5 and he was kind of surprised, coz he thought that eating like this for the long term was the plan haha. He had no idea I was even agonising about this. He loves how we're eating, how much money we're saving and given that he has all the non-W30 food he wants, he's perfectly happy.
    So my 'Food Freedom' plan is staying as compliant as possible, save for when it is "worth it" - Food Freedom, huh? So we shall see how it goes. I'm going to keep journaling my  food and thoughts on here, because I find it very helpful and you guys are the best
    Meal 1: lamb, mushroom and spinach 2 egg omelette with Salsa God Fire Roasted Salsa
    Meal 2: Steak, roasted pumpkin, brussel sprouts, parnsip, and broccoli with dukkah.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Today is day 29, I got confused yesterday. Or did I? I don't know. 
    So now I'm having an existential crisis about what to do after Day 30. I find structure so comforting, and I don't know whether to keep going, transition to paleo, and I'm not sure on the little things either.
    Do I weigh myself on Day 31? Will 'not enough' weight loss make me throw in the towel? Will a huge loss make me want to restrict more?
    Do I start making SWYPO stuff? Will that be a slippery slope? If I go to paleo, do I start allowing the natural sugars it allows?
    Big one - Next weekend, do I have a drink with my husband? Do I stay on the wagon? I don't miss it except that it's just a thing to do (and if I'm really, really honest - and sorry, my love - it's frustrating hanging out with people who are drinking when you're the sober one LOL) 
    My vertigo is gone, I don't have GERD symptoms, apart from some stomach upset this week, IBS symptoms are gone, no oral allergy symptoms, the rash I had on my side has cleared up, and I feel REALLY good, and I do not want to go back to how I was. Do I just say 'this is who I am and how I eat now'? Save for occasions, of course. 
    I know I'm not in the mindset of just going 'back to normal' because despite there only being 2 days to go, I'm still shopping for, searching, and making compliant foods. If I wasn't going to continue in some way, I wouldn't have made 5 litres each of chicken and beef broth, right?
    I don't miss grains or baked goods. I'm not a real legume person, so don't miss those. I like cheese, but will be happy to eat it sparingly, and I don't eat other dairy, really. I know I can't go back to eating candy because that's a huge black hole for me, and I'm not really into other desserts. Going back to eating any of those things isn't 'worth it'.
    Maybe I'll download Food Freedom Forever and give it a read, while staying compliant and hope I have more of a plan at the end. Going back and looking at ALL my previous logs on here just shows me how badly I spin off course when I finish a round (and gain back a ton of weight, and all my horrible symptoms), and I need to break that cycle. 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    What Fantastic NSVs!  I love reading these - such wonderful indicators of both mental and physical health.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Thank you, I need the encouragement!  And @Blueautumn I stalked your journal, found the recipe and bookmarked it.  I don't have all the ingredients, but I will be eating that chicken pot pie in the near future.  
    Chicken breasts are in the instantpot and bbq sauce is simmering on the stove.  I am in such a foul mood.  It's gorgeous outside today.  I should go sit out there.  But I'm irritable and hungry.  I know it will pass, but some salt and vinegar chips would make me feel better right now!  Ugh.  I'm going to eat some chicken salad once it's done.  I'm glad I can come here and post.  I shall carry-on, and report back with a successful day 2 tomorrow.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Thank you, I need the encouragement!  And @Blueautumn I stalked your journal, found the recipe and bookmarked it.  I don't have all the ingredients, but I will be eating that chicken pot pie in the near future.  
    Chicken breasts are in the instantpot and bbq sauce is simmering on the stove.  I am in such a foul mood.  It's gorgeous outside today.  I should go sit out there.  But I'm irritable and hungry.  I know it will pass, but some salt and vinegar chips would make me feel better right now!  Ugh.  I'm going to eat some chicken salad once it's done.  I'm glad I can come here and post.  I shall carry-on, and report back with a successful day 2 tomorrow.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Oh, yes.  Sugar is not even like cocaine for me, it's more like LSD, or an out-of-body experience.  It takes me on a wonderful, glorious high with no awareness whatsoever of what I'm doing.  I wake up and realize, OMG I've eaten an entire package of Fig Newtons, 2 handfuls of Twizzlers, and all of the pudding.  And then I crash.  I like your phrase, "...not interacting with sugar right now."  Like it's a toxic co-worker.  That's a really good visual.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Thank you, I need the encouragement!  And @Blueautumn I stalked your journal, found the recipe and bookmarked it.  I don't have all the ingredients, but I will be eating that chicken pot pie in the near future.  
    Chicken breasts are in the instantpot and bbq sauce is simmering on the stove.  I am in such a foul mood.  It's gorgeous outside today.  I should go sit out there.  But I'm irritable and hungry.  I know it will pass, but some salt and vinegar chips would make me feel better right now!  Ugh.  I'm going to eat some chicken salad once it's done.  I'm glad I can come here and post.  I shall carry-on, and report back with a successful day 2 tomorrow.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Day 1 done - yay!  I really can't believe I did it.  There were some challenges, though.  I had a nice big breakfast - I almost only fixed 2 eggs instead of 3, but I had a calorie thought "those 80 extra calories are not going to hurt me."  Yes, I still have flashbacks to days of counting calories.  At least I don't think in WW points.  I was ravenous by lunch time!  I'm thinking that my typical cream-fulled coffee provided both extra fat and the appetite-suppressant effect of caffeine.  I don't recall this happening before, but I don't think I've started a W30 and ditched coffee on the same day.  Because I continued to be hungry (or maybe craving sugar???) I ended up eating celery and almond butter as a snack.  Then I ate dinner late, but my taco salad was amazing!!
    On-line grocery shopping was interesting.  All of the usual temptations that I would put in my "basket" kept popping up on my screen.  Because I usually buy them.  I'm just glad that I know what tomato sauces, broths, etc. are compliant.  Plus, I was able to check ingredient labels in the shopping app, which I didn't realize.  And, I learned that some kombucha has cane sugar added to it.   A disappointment-My Misfits Market box of vegetables did not get delivered.  I planned my meals and my grocery shopping around that box.  I know they've been having some issues because of covid-19, but I got an email that it shipped...I may have to make a run to the farmer's market later this week.  
    Not surprisingly, I had a headache last night.  But I did sleep well.  I woke up this morning around 5 am, pain-free, but went back to sleep until the dog pounced on me at 6:00 wanting to go for her morning walk.  We've only been doing this first-thing walk daily since Wednesday - how is it that dogs can form habits so much more quickly than humans???  It was a gorgeous morning, though, and we walked a little longer than we have been.  I guess I should consider her part of my support system if she's going to get me out of bed to walk every day. 
    Mood-7, pain 0, 3 while walking, Energy-6
    Plan for Day 2:
    M1-kombucha.  This was my planned meal a few days ago when I didn't think I would be so hungry in the morning.  I'm not hungry, sipping on it now.  If needed, I'll eat lunch earlier today.  
    M2-leftover taco salad
    M3-hamburgers with grilled onions and broccoli  
    celery and almond butter, if a snack is needed.  
    More meal-prepping planned for today.  I'm going to make a breakfast casserole that I can eat from all week, chicken salad (I made mayo yesterday), and my first attempt at W30 barbecue sauce, for shredded chicken later in the week.  
     
      
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    This is probably the thing that has stuck best through all my W30s and relapses - I used to eat all day long but now if I actually eat meals, I don't want to snack.  I suspect you'll soon get to the point where that desire to eat all the time is less and less frequent and maybe will only crop up during times of stress or boredom.  
     
    This is AWESOME!!!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Day 1 done - yay!  I really can't believe I did it.  There were some challenges, though.  I had a nice big breakfast - I almost only fixed 2 eggs instead of 3, but I had a calorie thought "those 80 extra calories are not going to hurt me."  Yes, I still have flashbacks to days of counting calories.  At least I don't think in WW points.  I was ravenous by lunch time!  I'm thinking that my typical cream-fulled coffee provided both extra fat and the appetite-suppressant effect of caffeine.  I don't recall this happening before, but I don't think I've started a W30 and ditched coffee on the same day.  Because I continued to be hungry (or maybe craving sugar???) I ended up eating celery and almond butter as a snack.  Then I ate dinner late, but my taco salad was amazing!!
    On-line grocery shopping was interesting.  All of the usual temptations that I would put in my "basket" kept popping up on my screen.  Because I usually buy them.  I'm just glad that I know what tomato sauces, broths, etc. are compliant.  Plus, I was able to check ingredient labels in the shopping app, which I didn't realize.  And, I learned that some kombucha has cane sugar added to it.   A disappointment-My Misfits Market box of vegetables did not get delivered.  I planned my meals and my grocery shopping around that box.  I know they've been having some issues because of covid-19, but I got an email that it shipped...I may have to make a run to the farmer's market later this week.  
    Not surprisingly, I had a headache last night.  But I did sleep well.  I woke up this morning around 5 am, pain-free, but went back to sleep until the dog pounced on me at 6:00 wanting to go for her morning walk.  We've only been doing this first-thing walk daily since Wednesday - how is it that dogs can form habits so much more quickly than humans???  It was a gorgeous morning, though, and we walked a little longer than we have been.  I guess I should consider her part of my support system if she's going to get me out of bed to walk every day. 
    Mood-7, pain 0, 3 while walking, Energy-6
    Plan for Day 2:
    M1-kombucha.  This was my planned meal a few days ago when I didn't think I would be so hungry in the morning.  I'm not hungry, sipping on it now.  If needed, I'll eat lunch earlier today.  
    M2-leftover taco salad
    M3-hamburgers with grilled onions and broccoli  
    celery and almond butter, if a snack is needed.  
    More meal-prepping planned for today.  I'm going to make a breakfast casserole that I can eat from all week, chicken salad (I made mayo yesterday), and my first attempt at W30 barbecue sauce, for shredded chicken later in the week.  
     
      
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    Day 1 done - yay!  I really can't believe I did it.  There were some challenges, though.  I had a nice big breakfast - I almost only fixed 2 eggs instead of 3, but I had a calorie thought "those 80 extra calories are not going to hurt me."  Yes, I still have flashbacks to days of counting calories.  At least I don't think in WW points.  I was ravenous by lunch time!  I'm thinking that my typical cream-fulled coffee provided both extra fat and the appetite-suppressant effect of caffeine.  I don't recall this happening before, but I don't think I've started a W30 and ditched coffee on the same day.  Because I continued to be hungry (or maybe craving sugar???) I ended up eating celery and almond butter as a snack.  Then I ate dinner late, but my taco salad was amazing!!
    On-line grocery shopping was interesting.  All of the usual temptations that I would put in my "basket" kept popping up on my screen.  Because I usually buy them.  I'm just glad that I know what tomato sauces, broths, etc. are compliant.  Plus, I was able to check ingredient labels in the shopping app, which I didn't realize.  And, I learned that some kombucha has cane sugar added to it.   A disappointment-My Misfits Market box of vegetables did not get delivered.  I planned my meals and my grocery shopping around that box.  I know they've been having some issues because of covid-19, but I got an email that it shipped...I may have to make a run to the farmer's market later this week.  
    Not surprisingly, I had a headache last night.  But I did sleep well.  I woke up this morning around 5 am, pain-free, but went back to sleep until the dog pounced on me at 6:00 wanting to go for her morning walk.  We've only been doing this first-thing walk daily since Wednesday - how is it that dogs can form habits so much more quickly than humans???  It was a gorgeous morning, though, and we walked a little longer than we have been.  I guess I should consider her part of my support system if she's going to get me out of bed to walk every day. 
    Mood-7, pain 0, 3 while walking, Energy-6
    Plan for Day 2:
    M1-kombucha.  This was my planned meal a few days ago when I didn't think I would be so hungry in the morning.  I'm not hungry, sipping on it now.  If needed, I'll eat lunch earlier today.  
    M2-leftover taco salad
    M3-hamburgers with grilled onions and broccoli  
    celery and almond butter, if a snack is needed.  
    More meal-prepping planned for today.  I'm going to make a breakfast casserole that I can eat from all week, chicken salad (I made mayo yesterday), and my first attempt at W30 barbecue sauce, for shredded chicken later in the week.  
     
      
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    HAHAHAHAHAH that sounds like a normal day for me last month!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 37, Saturday June 6
    M1: brat sausage, 2 fried eggs, green beans with ghee
    M2: 1/4 spaghetti squash topped with La Dee Dah butternut squash beet sauce and leftover meatballs
    M3: angel hair primavera (modified for W30 using spaghetti squash and omitting the parmesan), with chicken breast, broccoli, snow peas, red peppers, zucchini, https://www.food.com/recipe/angel-hair-primavera-206621 
    NSV: I was out of bed at 7:02 today, I ate well all day and didn't snack, and I kept up with my habits
    NSV: I had good energy today, but was a bit sleepy mid afternoon, probs because my sleep last night wasn't perfect - I think I was just dehydrated
    NSV: I didn't have any cravings today
    Plan for tomorrow:  make ghee
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Thanks for this Mady.  I will try to incorporate this habit.  Email and texting just doesn't cut it all the time, and I found in the past that I was the only one doing the phoning, so that got to my self esteem, wondering if they really wanted to talk to me at all.  About a month or two ago I did reach out to a few women in a group I belong to, and they both called me back about a week later.  Hmm, I think its time to call them again!  You're comment has led me to feel much better!   Thanks again.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Sundaaaaaaay Day 28!
    I went to buy compliant beef and chicken stock and got mad at myself, because 2 cups of the only compliant one I can find is $6 and that's a waste. So instead of $12 for 1L of stock, I bought all the ingredients for $21, and now have a huge pot of chicken stock simmering, and beef bones and veggies roasting for bone broth. I have the time, and the equipment, so there's no excuse!
    Meal 1: Leftover spanish tortilla with smoked red perrer sauce, shredded lamb and grilled dukkah crusted baby eggplant. 
    Meal 2: I got some huge, lovely chicken marylands so I think crispy skinned chicken. Not sure on sides yet!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    Or you know for fun drugs that make me not care the apocalypse is happening lol.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Oh, yes.  Sugar is not even like cocaine for me, it's more like LSD, or an out-of-body experience.  It takes me on a wonderful, glorious high with no awareness whatsoever of what I'm doing.  I wake up and realize, OMG I've eaten an entire package of Fig Newtons, 2 handfuls of Twizzlers, and all of the pudding.  And then I crash.  I like your phrase, "...not interacting with sugar right now."  Like it's a toxic co-worker.  That's a really good visual.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Well, I didn't go walk a trail yesterday afternoon due to a combination of the man-child needing my vehicle and the husband getting home at exactly the time storms started to roll through.  But Atomic Habits is waiting on my phone.  I will definitely update as I listen to it.  
    Today is my official Day 1!  
    I ordered from Thrive Market yesterday.  Lots of sauces and dressings.  There is something to say for the ease of things these days...once upon a time you either made your own Italian dressing marinade or ate the chicken dry.  I also went through my cupboard and put my stuff on one shelf.  I have paleo "breading" for chicken (as I wrote that I realized I need to check that it's compliant and not just assume), ghee, coconut milk, avocado oil, and a few other compliant things.  Plus, I have lots of Primal Kitchen spices, so it's a good start.  I did my meal planning for the week, but haven't shopped groceries yet-I'll do that when I'm done here.  I have a Misfits Market box coming today, too.  And Food Freedom came yesterday.  All the pieces fell into place, it's time to start.  
    Last night was end-of-the-world, I'll-never-get-to-eat-anything-I-like-ever-again.  Pork chops, sauerkraut and mac and cheese for dinner, finished the bottle of wine I opened the night before, finished the giant chocolate bar I had opened the night before ,  and ate two, flavorless ice cream sandwiches.....and while I'm eating them I'm asking myself why, they don't even taste good!  But that's done and over.  
    I am in a great mindset today.  I got up, changed from my pj shorts into pants, walked my morning mile, took my last weight measure for a month, and fixed a yummy breakfast.  The sun is shining, I'm going to have lots of colorful vegetables to chop this afternoon, I have herbs and lettuces to harvest, I'm making my favorite chicken salad to have on hand, and I have three books to work through.  
    Energy=7, Pain=0, Mood=8.  
    I took some ibuprofen last night due to hip pain, that I'm sure was exacerbated by the foods I ate.  But surprisingly, my stomach is fine this morning, despite all the dairy and chocolate.  I was more stiff and limpy while walking, though.   During my walk this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to list some of the NSVs I'm striving for:
    -Ability to stand and start walking, not wait for all the creakiness and stiffness to subside
    -Ability to walk without pain and limping
    -Ability to bend my left knee beyond 90 degrees (yoga is helping)
    -Stable blood pressure
    -Off my bp meds (though this will likely be longer term.  My doc let me come off in December after my Sept W30 and continued success.  But I had to go back on in April because my efforts didn't last)
    -Better skin, less flakiness.  
    -Stable mood and energy level
    -Address my passive-aggressiveness surrounding food and my husband
    I know there will be more that come by virtue of a healthier lifestyle, but these are what I'm striving for.  I'm trying to decide when I want to do the Day-By-Day book.  It might be best to do it mid-afternoon when I might be struggling a little bit.  It's doubtful that I'll journal in it at night, but maybe that could become a new habit?  Something I'll be thinking about.    Food Freedom appears to be set-up that I could start reading a little bit each day in order to be ready to move into reintroduction at the end.  And finally, today's meals:
    M1-3 eggs and a big handful of spinach sauteed in ghee and olive oil, with a spoonful of chipotle-lime mayo.  Delicious.  I had forgotten the yumminess that is ghee.  Also, no coffee.  I live for cream in my coffee.  Coconut milk is not the same.  I'll survive.  
    M2-leftover porkchop (grilled, seasoned with salt and pepper) and sauerkraut, maybe some more vegetables?  
    M3-taco salad with pineapple-, ground beef, onion, and poblano peppers cooked in ghee with Primal Palate taco seasoning.  With lettuces and cilantro from my very small garden.  I may grill the pineapple and add it to the salad.  
    I will have macadamia nuts, celery and almond butter, and apples available should I need a snack.  
    I'd like to go hike today, but I may not have time.  I'll at least get another mile walk in.  Plus yoga this afternoon.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
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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 RachelR in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    One of my best friends lives down the street and even during covid, we've still met on our front porches for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine about once a week.  We scooted our chairs a little further apart to socially distance ourselves and we've always brought our own beverage.   I really look forward to this!  
    Your post reminded me of my daily commute routine-I called a different person on my way home for work each day, Mom was always Mondays, etc.  Maybe a combination of phone calls and neighbor visits or just phone calls for now would help with that afternoon break.  The socializing is so important.  I have a list of healthy habits to accomplish each day and one item is to communicate with someone outside my house.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Oh, yes.  Sugar is not even like cocaine for me, it's more like LSD, or an out-of-body experience.  It takes me on a wonderful, glorious high with no awareness whatsoever of what I'm doing.  I wake up and realize, OMG I've eaten an entire package of Fig Newtons, 2 handfuls of Twizzlers, and all of the pudding.  And then I crash.  I like your phrase, "...not interacting with sugar right now."  Like it's a toxic co-worker.  That's a really good visual.