MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    Oh my goodness, what deliciousness!
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in Here's To Success   
    Busy day yesterday, and I didn't get a chance to journal.  It was a good day, though, wholesome meals and 10,000+ steps.  I am starting to have a bit of the GI issues/sluggish digestive system.  Still this morning....I'm hoping today will be the end of this.  
    Day 8
    M1 - eggs and compliant sausage
    M2- grilled chicken and avocado salad
    M3-Grilled chicken with berries over salad greens
     
    I slept well last night, and I have a good energy level despite the digestive stuff.  Heading to a farmer's market shortly to pick up some winter vegetables!  
    Day 9
    M1- eggs with Applegate farms ham and a mineola orange
    M2- grilled chicken salad
    M3-steak, sweet potato, broccoli
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Magnesium has worked for me, too.  I actually have a spray of magnesium oil that I will rub into my legs when I have cramps.  I hope you soon figure out what works best for you and are able to get some good sleep again.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to foxymama3 in Contessa's January reset   
    I was having muscle cramps in my legs too. My sister deals with these on a regular basis and she takes magnesium. It is one of the supplements they say is ok to take during Whole30. I started taking it 4 nights ago and it has definitely helped. They are so painful so I hope this helps you!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to w30virgo in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @MadyVanilla and @Lorna from Canada thanks so much for your kind words! W30 is such a blessing - taking 30 days to focus on myself is really helping me to find the healthiest ways to be myself, even beyond food.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    I'm 60 years old and still struggle with this. I, too, made an error at work last week that is so minor as to be not an error at all but could not let it go. KUDOS to you for doing this work! It's not easy to face our own fears of not being good enough
     
    This boyfriend of yours is a keeper
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    Thank you! I didn't take in to account the NSV aspect of yesterday; I was just so ticked off, lol. I really appreciate you bringing that in to focus for me!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in My daily food log - we'll see how this goes...   
    Friday - where did Thursday go? Where are my meals from yesterday? Did I not list them? I am SO not good at record keeping. And I made a great dinner last night too - onion, garlic, mushroom, chard and shrimp on oven fries. Look how good it looks!

    Enough about yesterday! Today is...
    DAY 8! Week 2. It's Friday night! Which pretty much feels like Tuesday afternoon or Thursday coffee break time in this covid lockdown situation. It all just runs together after awhile don't you find? Friday night used to be such a big deal - now it's just one more night on the roster. BUT - It IS W30 Day 8 - and how is everyone going wherever you are in the program? 
    I'm doing well although twice after challenging client calls - one last night and one this afternoon - I felt the desire for a glass of wine SO strongly I had to get up and wander around and think things through. What is it about holding a glass of wine that soothes the angsty coach after difficult sessions? And I am not even the one experiencing the difficulty - my clients are, I'm just supporting them through it. Very interesting craving though. Wine is like some kind of added bonus reward for doing my job well? Hmmmm
    Hubs and I are doing a good job on the food but only marginally as well on the template/program. We're not eating 3 solid meals per day - a big, late breakfast and a delicious dinner with a snack for lunch. Today it was dates and pecan with an apple chaser. We always struggle with this part of the program. 100% adherene to the food list - a bit of a free for all with the recommendations. I think after 3 previous W30s we're just going to run with it for now.
    2021 so far - amirite? Stay sane everyone!
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 4, Saturday January 9, 2021
    M1: sweet potato, kale, prosciutto, 2 eggs, ghee
    M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, mandarins, chicken, PK Green Goddess dressing
    Snack: banana, pecans
    M3: 1/2 serving of shepherd's pie
    M4: 1/2 serving of dinner: green beans, carrots, white potatoes, roast beef, ghee
    This morning I cleaned out the basement fridge, it feels healthier now.  I'm planning to use the freezer section to store foods that I plan to eat very soon, within the coming week.  Just part of my plan to use up the food that has been languishing in the basement upright freezer.
    Yesterday I assembled a new shelving unit for storage beside the basement fridge and freezer. It's beautiful btw! The intent was to get the empty beer and wine bottles up off the floor so that I no longer need to navigate over and around them to access the fridge or freezer.  The bottom two shelves of the unit are dedicated to storage for booze, pop and empties. The top three shelves are for kitchen things that rarely get used, and temporarily for my kitchen pantry overflow.  There is simply too much food in this house, yet I keep buying more because I forget what I have.
    I know from past experience that I eat better when my food storage units are clean, tidy and organized, and when I have meals planned ahead.  I also know that I often binge-shop and buy too much food, which leaves me feeling overwhelmed.  On this Whole30 I want to try to make meal planning a habit.  I want to reign in my over-indulging whether that be in the grocery aisle or at my dinner table.  
    Day 4, done.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    Hey everyone, I've found inspiration and accountability by reading others journals, so I hope to add that in too!
    Hubby and I have decided to do a whole30, he has chronic reflux and congestion and has gained a lot of weight in his 40+ spread, it is impacting his knees and back and joints, I have a bunch of chronic health issues including Trigeminal Neuralgia and psoriasis, with some other things thrown in, so we both want to see if anything food wise is the culprit for flares if we can.

    We live off grid in Australia with 6 kiddos, I only shop monthly (I travel 3.5 hours each way once a month to do a big shop) but we do have a small town 30mins away that we visit once or twice a week for animal feed/post office etc.  My kiddos are CMPI so they don't have dairy already so I'm feeding them very similarly to us, but I do make them sourdough, milk kefir smoothies/overnight oats and homemade pasta for their bolognese etc.  They also consume a fair amount of peanut butter lol, and I do make them treats like sourdough pancakes with blueberries etc, I am very good at abstaining, hubby not so much, but I just don't serve him those foods.
    I shopped on Thursday the 7th, so that evening was our first compliant meal, something we eat regularly anyway, nom nom paleo's cracklin chicken thighs with mashed potato and Brocollini sautéed in the chicken fat/ghee.
    I spend the next few days meal prepping all the meat that I bought.  I got a great deal on a 15kg box of chicken breasts so, I smoked 18 large chicken breasts in a compliant dry rub and then sliced them all up and vacuum sealed them and froze them for later, I also diced up half of the rest and filleted the other half and froze that in portions for meals later on.
    I made burger patties (mince, diced mushroom, bacon) for dinner and we had the leftovers the next day as well, I will make 4kg of compliant meatballs to snap freeze and then portion out and freeze vacuum sealed and I am making 2 of the bacon wrapped meatloaves with mushroom gravy tonight for today and tomorrow as well.  I also have a boston but and a huge rolled leg roast of pork that I will use throughout this month, and some prawns in the freezer   I also bought massive amounts of garlic and made garlic confit to make my sauces/mayo's out of
     
    So 8th of Jan
    M1 Sauteed Veg Bowl, we have a large vegetable garden which is going to help enormously with our veg intake.  
    M2 Grilled Chicken with avocado and salad
    M3 Burger Plate with a fried egg, and roasted potato straws, salad including kohlrabi from the garden, and Aioli made from the garlic confit.
     
    9th Jan
    M1 Zucchini and Bacon Fritters with leftover meat patties and aioli
    M2 Sausage, Basil and Tomato Frittata (Paleo Running Momma)
    M3 Cracklin Chicken thighs with Mashed potato and Sautéed Brocollini.






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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    You saw the signs and knew what to look for - that in and of itself is a huge NSV, knowing what triggers you.  And you move on, clean out the spices, restart.  Good for you for being true to the program - this would be easy to let slide by.       
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    Yesterday was another good day - lots to do and kept busy with it, moving from task to task on my to-do list.  But when it was time to settle down, I devoured all the latest on the riots. Not a good idea before bed.  And so I didn't sleep great, lots of tossing and turning, vivid dreams, which happens to me when I'm feeling stressed.  Today, I'm going to parse my news with planned bits through the day.  I had a good walk with a friend and our dogs yesterday afternoon, and we talked about where we were for all the big events in our life - Challenger explosion, 9/11, etc.  And how we found ourselves glued to the tv for days...part of my 3 a.m. musings were about how unhealthy and unhelpful that is for me, and so I came up with the plan to schedule twitter and tv news check-ins today,  
    I can't believe I've been doing this for a week.  As hard as it is to gear up and mentally prep myself for a W30, it is so easy to get through stages of it with proper preparation.  I know boredom and cravings are in my very near future, but I'm going to enjoy the ease of now and the pleasure and pride I derive from nourishing myself.  
    Day 7
    M1-pumpkin souffle
    M2-the rest of the chicken fajita over greens
    M3-steak ceasar salad 
      
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. This week. A colleague asked today, "There are literally so many things that are flying around, and everything seems urgent! Do you feel like your hair's on fire like I do?" Yes, beloved colleague, I do. Today is a day that would have absolutely knocked me off my W30 if I didn't have a ton of meal building blocks ready to go in the fridge. Thank the goddess for meal prep.
    I had some pretty gnarly junk food urges today. It doesn't help that I discovered (just before starting this Whole 30) that the new grocery store down the street has a bakery that makes very good chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I do consider myself a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. I ate half a bag before the W30 started, but then had to throw the rest in the garbage, because I was ready to start my W30. Thinking of you, chocolate chip cookies, and knowing I'm better off tonight without you!
    Food journal for 1/7/21 - Day 9:
    Breakfast: Steamed broccoli, last of the butternut squash, mashed potatoes, 1 perfect poached egg.
    Lunch: Paleo chicken soup
    Dinner: Thanks to @Amy_Michigan  – I scored one of these nifty Birds Eye bags of shredded potatoes & sweet potatoes with broccoli & cauliflower florets. Find 'em in your frozen food section, folks. This item is completely compatible with W30 and makes the work of meal prep very easy. Dinner involved about half a bag of these with some pre-made pulled chicken. A satisfying and lightning-quick dinner! No, I am not being paid for this endorsement
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Already noticing some NSVs over here. My nighttime breathing has gotten clearer, which is nice. And my sleep has been steady and deep. 
    Today has involved a *tiny* bit of stress for those of us in the U.S., watching a ragged band of boneheads try to storm our capitol building. Sigh. Hoping to have a gentle evening with an early bedtime.
    Food journal for 1/6/21 - Day 8:
    Breakfast: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and mashed potatoes with sauce
    Lunch: Egg drop meatball soup from the soup goddess; 1/2 apple with almond butter. I am singlehandedly keeping those soup people in business this month.
    Dinner: spinach avo chicken burger with butternut squash and steamed broccoli with sauce; 8 oz cashewmilk
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    @LadyWolf0926  I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way.  I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle.  I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine without the extra work.  
    Yesterday was a good day.  I had a lot to do, including taking Christmas decorations to the attic.  I usually avoid this because it's so much effort, but I didn't mind and did it quickly.  Everything got done, I wasn't in too much pain, and I felt very accomplished.  I was so busy I missed the riots (probably a good thing because I would have been glued to the tv).  I didn't hear of it until my husband mentioned it over our late dinner - then I immediately began searching out news.  As would be expected, I was quite heightened and edgy, and so had difficulty settling down and falling asleep later.  But I did end up sleeping well once I went to sleep.  
    Day 6
    M1-pumpkin souffle
    M2-leftovers of chicken salad, bone broth, ceasar salad with PK dressing
    M3-leftover chicken fajita over kale
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    @LadyWolf0926  I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way.  I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle.  I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine without the extra work.  
    Yesterday was a good day.  I had a lot to do, including taking Christmas decorations to the attic.  I usually avoid this because it's so much effort, but I didn't mind and did it quickly.  Everything got done, I wasn't in too much pain, and I felt very accomplished.  I was so busy I missed the riots (probably a good thing because I would have been glued to the tv).  I didn't hear of it until my husband mentioned it over our late dinner - then I immediately began searching out news.  As would be expected, I was quite heightened and edgy, and so had difficulty settling down and falling asleep later.  But I did end up sleeping well once I went to sleep.  
    Day 6
    M1-pumpkin souffle
    M2-leftovers of chicken salad, bone broth, ceasar salad with PK dressing
    M3-leftover chicken fajita over kale
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Here's To Success   
    @LadyWolf0926  I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way.  I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle.  I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine without the extra work.  
    Yesterday was a good day.  I had a lot to do, including taking Christmas decorations to the attic.  I usually avoid this because it's so much effort, but I didn't mind and did it quickly.  Everything got done, I wasn't in too much pain, and I felt very accomplished.  I was so busy I missed the riots (probably a good thing because I would have been glued to the tv).  I didn't hear of it until my husband mentioned it over our late dinner - then I immediately began searching out news.  As would be expected, I was quite heightened and edgy, and so had difficulty settling down and falling asleep later.  But I did end up sleeping well once I went to sleep.  
    Day 6
    M1-pumpkin souffle
    M2-leftovers of chicken salad, bone broth, ceasar salad with PK dressing
    M3-leftover chicken fajita over kale
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in My daily food log - we'll see how this goes...   
    Lunch was on the road - apple slices with almond butter.  After a big breakfast that was all we could face and it was easy to eat while driving.
    Dinner was delicious - a huge salad with avocado/mayo/cilantro dressing, air fryer cauliflower bites with spicy dipping sauce, onions rings and leftover chicken. We're feeling so full with our delicious meals - everyday we ask ourselves why do we leave this way of eating???
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 1, Wednesday January 6, 2021
    "I don't need to do another Whole30," she said.  "I can get back to good health on my own."
    NOPE!  
    My joints ache.  I'm not sleeping well.  I've gained belly fat over the holidays.  
    I re-read my entries from 2020 and I want to feel the same way I felt then.  
    The fridge, freezers and pantry have been some-what tidied in preparation.  Freshly made ghee is cooling on the counter.  Groceries have been bought today.  A menu plan will be finalized. 
    M1: kale, sweet potato and prosciutto pan fried in olive oil and finished in the oven, two eggs fried in ghee.
    M2: hearty vegetable soup with chicken
    Snack: clementine
    M3: stampot (sweet potato, white potato, turnip, carrot, ghee), green beans, gehak
    NSV: lunch was super easy. I found the soup in the freezer yesterday (dated June), set it in the fridge to thaw overnight.  Was easy-peasy to re-heat as I was putting away the groceries early this aft.  Note to Future Shadow: batch cook and freeze, then pull a meal out the night before to thaw when you've got a busy day coming up.  I tend to forget about things I put in the freezer, so I need to develop a better habit here.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Here's To Success   
    Not quite as energetic yesterday, and while my morning walk was nearly pain-free, the afternoon one was not.  Baby steps in the right direction, though.  It's pretty miraculous to have such an immediate impact from diet change, but I also know it's a process.  I say this every time - I don't know why I allow myself to slip so easily back into a SAD...I KNOW it causes my joint pain.  The pain sneaks up on me, a little stiffer this day, a little more difficulty sleeping that night, and before I know it I'm right back to baseline.  I think I can manage a balance between the ease and yumminess (though I know this is a brain chemistry trick) of processed foods and wholesome foods, but I cannot.  I learn this a little more clearly each time, and while I keep circling back to what doesn't work, I also keep circling to what does.  And maybe each time that SAD circle is getting smaller.  Each time I find something else that works for me and is sustainable.  
    I did not sleep well last night, and so ended up sleeping a little later than usual, so no long morning walk.  I'll have to work steps in to my day, and take a longer afternoon walk.  And today will be Day 6 in a row of yoga.  
    Day 5
    M1 - pumpkin soufflé:  pumpkin, eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg whisked together and baked.  Yummy.  
    M2 - chicken salad over salad and bone broth
    M3 - steak and broccoli 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D1 - Monday was Day 1, and (of course) motivation is high.  This is my third round; my second round was a complete bust.  Round 1 was a raging success, and I am anxious to get back to that place I was when I finished R1.  I remember not wanting to go through reintroduction after R1 b/c I felt so good all the time, but I read an article by Melissa Urban that explained why reintroduction was so important.  So I did go through "slow roll" reintroduction and finding those trigger foods was surprising.  I didn't like reintroduction; all that "tiger blood" I had earned during R1 was gone.  My joints ached, I had headaches and my stomach was always in knots, but we now know exactly what I should and shouldn't eat.  I now know when I eat certain foods (especially sugary desserts) that I don't sleep well.  I now know that when I eat dairy (and pretty much any form of dairy) that I develop eczema on my hands and get a very upset stomach.  Alcohol and sugar make my bones ache, and I am highly sensitive to grains, such as rice and quinoa.  You'd think that with knowing what I know that it would be easy to go through another W30 reset and incorporate the needed lifestyle changes, but I'm not wired that way.  Not yet, at least, but I'm working on that.
    I am going to use R3 as a way to get back to that "tiger blood" feeling but also as a reset for my brain.  I don't have to go through reintroduction again b/c I know what affects me and how, and once I get through the 30-day reset my body needs, I know I will be back to that healthy mental relationship with food.  Saying "no" will be easier and not because I "have" to but because I will want to.  I want to sleep well.  I want to feel good and not hurt all the time.  I want to be able to move and exercise without pain or extreme fatigue.  I want to eat yummy food without having it upset my stomach.
    So here we go and R3D1 is in the bag!
    Breakfast - Cajun Scrambled Eggs, Black Coffee, Collagen Peptides
    Lunch - Kofta Kebabs, Cauliflower Saffron Rice w/Sumac, Lemon Parsley Sauce
    Dinner - Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, Vegetable Medley, Chinese 5-Spice Sweet Potatoes
    Snack - Chomps Sticks; Dry Roasted Cashews
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to w30virgo in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @MadyVanilla Thanks! I'm glad to hear you weren't super impressed with the Walmart W30 meals. We don't have a Walmart in the city of Pittsburgh, but I was thinking about driving out to the suburbs to pick up some for emergencies. Knowing that they aren't so great, I might try to buy some of the Primal Kitchen frozen meals to keep on hand.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Just a quick entry tonight as I still have much to do before my head hits the pillow....
    Food journal for 1/5/21 - Day 7:
    Breakfast: Applegate farms chicken sausage, spinach, eggs (love seeing that Whole 30 badge on the sausage)
    Lunch: "Paleo chicken soup" from the soup goddess
    Dinner: Shockingly tasty spinach avocado chicken burgers (I will totally make these again); oven fries with Sisson's ketchup
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in My daily food log - we'll see how this goes...   
    We might be the same person! I have struggled with the wine knowledge for 3 W30s and will continue with it after this one too. sigh*
    @MadyVanilla Let me know how the baba ganoush goes
    Okay - so plans to keep a food log are not going well. But, I have been 100% compliant so, all good!! The advantage of having done 3 previous W30s is we know what to eat and can make meals without a lot of thought but we're already in a bit of a rut! Lots of roasted meats and plain veg.  We need to get more creativity in here. We cook all our food from scratch and are generally very creative but, these past few days have been boooorinnngggg.
    Bkft today: hard boiled eggs and oranges
    Lunch: kippered herrings, apple slices and almond butter, almond milk latte
    Dinner: roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy with sliced fresh veggies and baba ganoush
    Alrighty - Day 5 in the bag!
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to btvs1981 in Btvs Whole 30 log 2.0   
    6/1/21
    bolognaise sauce zoodles and sweet potato
    banana nut porridge from against all grain, coco yoghurt and raspberries
    egg salad with avocado
    5/1/21
    egg salad with avocado
    pork san choy bau
    banana but porridge as above
    4/1/21
    pork san choy baau
    bolognaise with zoodles and sweet potato
    I think the biggest thing that i need to do is add more veg. I have it cooked into everything but I could add more on the side I think. I've put the nut porridge in as a way to relieve boredom but I'm very aware that while I'm find digestively I'm not as full for as long. I enjoy it and will finish it but will keep it for outside the whole30 template otherwise.