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    MadyVanilla reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Reflection on Day 1:  I do have to work on getting more protein into my diet.  Veggies too but I'm more concerned with protein because I'm switching over from eating lots of cheese, regular milk, greek yogurt, peanut butter, beans/legumes, and soy milk for protein.  Pretty much everything you can't eat on a Whole30.  I added eggs into my diet on my first day of my Whole30, so I'm super proud of that.  Haven't prepared and eaten an egg of my own free will in months.  Tomorrow, will add in a little bit of chicken.  I remembered to take it out of the freezer - yay me!
    My first Whole30 back in 2014 was a complete goody-two-shoes Whole30, by the rules 100%.  I have never done anything close to that perfect since then.  I don't think I've made it passed day 5 after 2014 when I try to be perfect.  It just works better for me if I don't hold myself to those first-time standards.  When I allow some convenience, I get pretty close to 30 days (like regular ketchup once in a while, restaurant balsamic vinaigrette because that's the best option sometimes, larabars with chocolate occasionally).  I'm not letting myself down at all when I do this because I know it helps me to reach goals for healthier eating habits in the long run.  Plus I know my body pretty well, so I am not going to attempt a structured re-introduction after the Whole30.  I'm just going to do my best not to shock my system (I've done that before- stomach cramps in my intestines are not fun so you can bet I've learned from experience what to do after my whole30 experiences to add some food groups back first in that I know won't affect me horribly)
    So I'm really happy to be here, and I'm going to be posting A LOT my first few days because you know- obsession is almost necessary in the beginning so I don't forget what I'm doing and start eating a peanut butter sandwich or cream cheese bagel.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to btvs1981 in Btvs Whole 30 log 2.0   
    So I'm back for another round to start out 2021. Last round started out 2020 and we all know how that year turned out so let's cross our fingers for something better!
    I have zero intention of making any new years plans  (i live in one of the few Aussie places that has active covid clusters right now so socialising is a no-go) so I started a little early on 28/12. I'm also unsure how long this will run for, maybe 30 days, maybe 45 or 60. We'll see. The thing that always ends up getting me is that I can't have everyone in my household eating what I eat and so I end up making 3-4 different meals each night plus my whole 30 breakfast and dinner. I guess the goal out of this one is assessing pain levels (I have idiopathic nerve pain from left lower back down left leg) and assessing what is sustainable out of this way of eating long term. What that means is largely keeping this food log along with my daily personal journal for symptoms, cravings etc. and also experimenting with whole30 meals that I can get into my household rotation. 
    So here goes - I welcome any/all input feedback so fire away if you have any thoughts and/or just want to say hi!
    Extra note - I try and do 16:8 fasting as closely as I can, sometimes it's 15:9, sometimes it's 20:4, guided by my hunger signals. That does mean that with the extremely satisfying whole 30 meals I'm really only fitting in 2 meals and a mini-meal or snack meal each day. Any advice or thoughts on this? Do others combine whole30 and intermitten fasting?
    Day 1 28/12
    40 Aprons zuppa toscana with broccoli and cauliflower rice thrown in
    Beef taco salad with homemade guac
    Day 2 29/12
    3 scrambled eggs with peppers, onions, mushrooms cooked in ghee plus skillet potatoes (delicious and super satisfying)
    nectarine, banana and 2 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
    40 Aprons zuppa toscana with broccoli and cauliflower rice thrown in
    Day 3 30/12
    Beef taco salad with homemade guac
    Small bowl of zuppa toscana
    Moroccan chicken with skillet sweet potato, broccoli, cauli and pine nuts on top
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day -7   
    Yay to the new year, new start!  
    I have all the same effects of the SAD as you - ugh!  I'm so looking forward to feeling better again.  It's nice to have others to journey with.  
    Enjoy the last of the Christmas wine  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Thank you, @Contessa.  You have been such a wonderful support and mentor for me through this process of life change.  Appropriately for some, W30 is a 30-day reset.  For others, like me, it is a striving toward wellness.  Your message of self-kindness and gentleness has stayed with me, even during my months away from here.  
    @LydiaJo - thank you!  I've found that I land closest to my ideals when I make - and write out! - a plan for myself.  
     
    Here are two recipes I found yesterday that I want to try next week.   I'll make mayonnaise as part of my preparation.  And chicken salad - an easy go-to middle-of-the-night snack that I sometimes find I need during the first week:
    https://themodernproper.com/steak-bites-with-sweet-potatoes  
    https://themodernproper.com/sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas  serve as salad with crema made with mayo
    I'll spend time meal-planning today.  
    I'm working on being indifferent to these last few days before W30.  This is often a time when I gorge on all the non-foods I sometimes like to feed myself.  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LydiaJo in Here's To Success   
    @MadyVanilla
    Looks like you've created a great plan for yourself.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Here's To Success   
    It sounds like you've maintained some nice positive habits for these past few months. Excited for your return to W30 — you know how to do this, and how to do it well.
    Excited in anticipation of all these NSVs waiting for you.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Here's To Success   
    Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2.  My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods.  Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage.  I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself.  Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win for me.  
    My health habits have whittled down to maintaining my ButcherBox meat order, doing yoga a few times a week and walking daily.  Since October 7, I've made it a priority to walk 10,000 steps/day.  I've missed only one day - Christmas Eve.  I report in daily to my Mom and her best friend, who are also committed to a daily step count.  I have osteoarthritis and a few other bone/joint/chronic pain issues and I know that eating well helps my pain levels.  I'm looking forward to being able to get up from a chair easily and walk without shuffling.  I'd also like to be able to walk longer distances without having to rest or stretch.  These things will be NSVs for me pretty quickly once I start W30.  
    My plan:
    12/28:  Start journal, search for recipes
    12/29: Journal, meal plan
    12/30: journal, create grocery list
    12/31: journal, order groceries
    1/1: journal, meal prep
    1/2: Start W30
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 62
    I got my kitchen unpacked this morning!!! Very excited to cook the first of many delicious meals in my new house today.
    That is all.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to tamar in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    So I didn't think I would post here because I'm not into sharing things online, but then I thought I might need a place to talk about this a little because in my world nobody is really interested in this Whole30 business.
    I'm Tamar, 31, mom of two adorable boys from Israel and I have been waiting for three years to be able to make this journey.
    I first came across the whole30 about 3 years ago and I don't remember where. Maybe there was an article about it on the kitchn or something. Anyway, I decided I wanted to give it a chance and I did. I bought the book and I even posted a bit in here.
    I lasted 5 days.
    I should say, 5 whole days because I made the decision to quit on day 5 but I didn't eat anything off-plan until the following morning. So five days.
    I was incredibly overwhelmed by all the cooking. Not that I don't cook for my family every day, but the planning and prep wore me out. In retrospect I realized I was trying too hard with all the recipes from the book instead of using my own recipes which I know and love, many of which are compliant or can be easily adapted.
    Anyway, I decided the time wasn't right so I quit. And ever since then the whole30 was like this old boyfriend I wanted to give another chance but was waiting for the right moment. I was TTC and I didn't want to do my first whole30 while pregnant or even potentially pregnant. Long story short, two years later I was pregnant and promised myself that after I had the baby and after the holidays I would give it another shot.
    So here I am.
    The timing seems good. Here in Israel we have a big batch of holidays in the fall and then Chanukah in the winter, so this seems like the perfect time of year. My little guy is 6 months old so I'm not dealing with a newborn and we're already on solids. I'm not particularly worried about my milk supply dropping but we'll see how that goes.
    I am doing this alone. I nag my husband about enough things without dragging him along with me on a diet he's not interested in, but I think he will benefit from eating what I eat (when he wants), and besides, this is really the kind of food he likes. He (unlike me) is a simple food non-foodie kind of guy. As for my kids, the little one doesn't eat much, and the 4.5 year old is super picky. He rarely eats meat or vegetables and I had no thought of taking him along for the ride. This is about me and that is not a battle I want to fight right now.
    But, unlike my first attempt, now I successfully explained the program to my husband and earned his support. This is huge because up until now every time I mentioned that I wanted to try again he responded with "oh please don't!", that's how bad it went the first time around.
    I have lots more to share about my expectations and challenges, but day 1 is drawing to a close and I am almost ready for bed. So far so good! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in Take Advantage   
    So very true. Love that you have your eye on this prize, for it truly is a prize, isn't it? I swear the longer I'm off sugar the less appetizing it is--and I can hardly remember the struggle, which is so. very. real. Not feeling addicted to sugar is probably my favorite thing about W30 and the thing that makes me most cautious about reintroductions. I was walking through a store yesterday and felt repulsed by all the bags of Halloween candy. Such a nsv to see that stuff as waxy nonfood poison this time of year. Really holding the intention to be mindful about sugar throughout the holidays this year. Maybe stay away all together. I'm just not sure any of it is worth it.
    Though I'm with you on the coconut/chocolate combo, especially if you throw in some almonds. But I imagine if I bit into an almond joy right now or a mounds, it wouldn't taste good at all. Whatever is keeping your cravings at bay at the moment, bravo!!
    Can't wait to read about your slain sugar dragon very soon! You got this, grurl!!
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday.  I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet.  And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule.  Thank you so much for the encouragement!!  You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute.  That's good food for thought.  Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    My main issue yesterday was being terribly bloated and gassy...the significant increase in vegetables, I imagine.  And tired and achy.  I could barely ride my bike 3 miles around the neighborhood.  I didn't dare try for more than that.  I know this is all part of the process, and it tells me I'm on the right track.  If I need to take a nap today, I have time in my schedule to do so.  
    Day 6. Feeling a little blah.  Slight headache.  Not as tired as I expected to be.  No pain/achiness this morning.  
    M1-scrambled eggs and compliant bacon in olive oil, over a big pile of arugula and topped with compliant Dijon
    M2-leftover beef Bolognese over zucchini and spinach
    M3-Chicken Caesar salad with cucumber and compliant Caesar dressing.  I may "bread" the chicken with Paleo Powder, though I tend to really love this and sometimes overeat the chicken as a result.  I'll see how I'm feeling when it's time to cook.  
    Short walk with the dog this morning because I slept later than normal.  I will take her to a local trail this afternoon.  With the time change this coming weekend, we won't be able to get out in the woods after work for much longer.  
    No obvious NSVs yet...I'm in better control of cravings, but I think I'm still operating on willpower as opposed to biochemical change. 
    Halloween is traditionally difficult for me.  Many years, I start a successful campaign for healthy eating (W30 or otherwise) at the start of September and sustain well through Halloween, when I often fall off.  Fun size Mounds bars are my absolute weakness.  Sometimes I get myself back on track and continue through the holidays, sometimes I'm off the deep end all of November and December.  No trick-or-treating this year, so no need to buy candy.    
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    I didn't post yesterday just because I sometimes don't make time to get on the computer on Sundays.  
    Day 3 went well, as did yesterday.  I went on a lovely 4 mile walk through a local arboretum, experiencing all the lovely colors of fall.  Not only was it good exercise, but good mentally, too.  
    Day 5 - already.  I said yesterday went well, but I was mildly tempted by the thought of Dunkin Donuts pumpkin muffins.  I drove past several billboards advertising them....in another week, they will have no impact on me whatsoever.  The beauty of W30-taming the sugar dragon.  
    M1-3 eggs scrambled in olive oil, compliant bacon, served over arugula and topped with compliant Dijon mustard
    M2-I have a little autumn salad left from Saturday night, but not enough for a meal.  Last night I finished all the leftovers.  I think I'll order a W30 bowl from Chipotle.  
    M3-the beef bolognese over zoodles that I have yet to make because I've had enough leftovers.  
    I'm very achy in my knee and hip this morning.  I didn't walk any longer collectively than usual yesterday, but there were more hills than I'm used to.  Maybe that's why?  But it's one-sided achiness.  Plus, it's a damp and foggy morning here.  The dog and I had a short walk in the dark this morning but then she got a thorn or burr in her foot, so we cut it short.  I think I'll ride my bike to round out today's exercise.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 56
    It's official: I'm a homeowner!!
    I closed this morning and popped over this afternoon to check on the painter. And this is hilarious to me: the first thing I  moved into the new space was all my booze. I emptied out my bar and grabbed the boxes of wine from the basement and I had FOUR BOXES of the stuff, all of which I haven't touched in the more than one year since I moved the last time.
    The thing is, I'm a party girl. Come summer and come the holidays I'm kind of famous for being a good time and loving to have a cocktail or two. My people are from Wisconsin and Texas and it's how we do. My entourage of gay friends are all about it. The Dude manages a bar. 
    But the thing is when I stop drinking I don't miss it. I mean AT ALL. Really makes me wonder why I even ever do it anymore. I guess to be social. And I do love a nice wine with a good meal. Or a fun cocktail poolside. But the pandemic has interrupted all that, and frankly, as I continue to recover from COVID, I don't think I need a powerful immunosuppressant like alcohol in my life for the foreseeable future. I think I'd rather ring in 2021 sober and perhaps even still on W30. Who knows.
    This morning I was awake super early and opted to roll out my yoga mat and do a decent practice. I'm teaching a yoga class for the first time in months (online) Wednesday, and it seemed only right to get back to the mat myself. It felt good. And challenging. Slowly getting back to it. And I may have more opportunities once again to teach yoga and barre since the studio closed. So, I'm excited about that possibility.
    And I've been contemplating my daily and weekly practices and how very much I look forward to establishing new patterns in the new house. I have an enormous finished basement for which I have no plans except yoga and other fitness activities. It will be wonderful to have designated space for that. Feeling so out of shape lately despite the weight loss and better nutrition--and it's simply because I haven't been moving my body much. But I think the rest has been needed. And in good time, a return to physical practices will come. I'm not going to push it, but I am looking forward to getting stronger on purpose. Little by little.
    Food today is fine. I stopped at Costco before closing and picked up more orange roughy and shrimp to see me through this week and next until my Butcherbox arrives. So thrilled to get to break in the new kitchen! But first, I must finish packing the current kitchen!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    The best way to keep me on track is a walk or hike. Obviously you had a great time.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Yes, I had to force myself to save the rest for tomorrow morning. My husband doesn't usually like fresh cranberries but he loved it as well. The hardest part is cutting it open. I I've thought about microwaving it but I love the flavor roasting adds. I really am enjoying autumn foods more this year because of W30.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    Day 2 went well.  I ended up having day 1 leftovers for dinner, which were just as good the second time.  I slept terribly last night-I woke up almost instantly each time I drifted off to sleep.  Finally, I got up, got a handful of almonds and 2 dates and read for a while.  Sleep was still rough.  I slept later than normal as a result, and so didn’t do a morning dog walk.  
    Even so, I feel fine.  I’ve planned meals and ordered groceries.  I’m taking the dog for a long hike in a little while.  Planning a campfire dinner this evening with a friend who is doing Whole 30ish eating.  She assured me the chicken she is barbecuing is compliant, and I’m going to bring a fall salad made with apples, pomegranate, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing that I’ll make.  
    Day 3
    m1-2 eggs, asparagus, sliced leftover steak topped with compliant dijon
    m2-rest of yesterday’s shrimp salad with cucumber slices
    m3-chicken and fall salad
    Nothing else to report, no expected barriers today.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Your meals are so wonderfully autumn!  The carnival squash with apples and cranberries sounds delicious! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I do this, too.  I love coffee-especially with cream, but I can drink it black.  Every so often, though, it starts to taste strange and I think it's time to take a break.  So, I'll break for a few months and then start back up again when I feel like having a cup.  I've never seen any real difference in myself on or off coffee.  
    Congratulations on the packing!  What an achievement, especially given you're recovering from Covid.  And an even bigger achievement to maintain the healthy habits.  I think it is one of those irrational beliefs that people (me!) have that when time gets short, life gets thrown off schedule, the best way to cope is to save time and energy with fast food.  On my better days, I've done the math (20 minutes to throw together a salad and make dressing in the morning vs. a quick-20 min in line?-trip through the drive-thru at lunch...).  What a wonderful testament to your dedication to your health!  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    You and my husband both. I have to constantly remind him that he is pushing himself too hard. The harder he pushes the more they expect of him and the more stressed he becomes, deciding he must do more. I think it also is because home is work and work is home and it is hard to get away. Separating himself from the stresses at work is so very hard. I have to go in there and re-focus him every once in awhile. Our cat used to spend time curled up in there beside him but his stress levels are such that she hardly ever heads to the office anymore. 

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    MadyVanilla reacted to CGinDC in Fifth W30   
    It's been a hectic couple of days. I have three major deliverables due for work next week, and we're behind. I have a feeling the next 7 days will really test my resolve to stick with this one - I know tonight has been difficult, there i nothing more I'd like to do than kick back with a beer or glass of bourbon since I just finished work at 11:00 PM.
    M2 yesterday was leftovers - kabobs and veggies from the night before, and zucchini soup with a dollop of mayo
    M3 yesterday: my darling husband cooked what he thought was a W30 compliant pot roast with carrots and potatoes, except when he checked the seasoning ingredients he somehow didn't see that it had sugar in it, plain as day. Luckily I checked it before I ate anything, so I ate the rest of the kabob leftovers with roasted carrots and onions
     
    M1 today: same thing as yesterday
    M2: Since I couldn't eat the leftovers from last night I made one of the primal kitchen stir-fry meals. It was chicken fried "rice" and holy shit, it tore my stomach up. Not sure if it was because of the cauliflower or what but my stomach has been LOUD all day since.
    M3: Made some chicken salad with homemade mayo, carrots, celery, and radishes. Had it over lettuce with lemon dijon dressing.
     
    This week has taught me that even though I've done this many times before, I still need to do a fair amount of prep this weekend since I know I'm going to be exhausted from work and willpower will not be the best.