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  1. I’m with you on this whole “when I’m on, I’m on, and when I’m off I’m off.” It’s so frustrating.
  2. Oh, I hope your dad is going to be ok, and your mom with the additional worries, as if covid isn't enough. You're in such a tough spot on the globe rn. Up north, our turn is coming. I'm betting that the chicken was delish!
  3. You don't need to refrigerate it if you eat it fairly quickly (within two weeks) if you use salted butter. If you use unsalted butter I suggest keeping it in the fridge.
  4. I agree with you, why is sugar is so many foods? My grump is with pasta sauce. Really? Soup broth is another one that irks me. I have yet to find a compliant soup broth in grocery stores near me. I make my own but it ticks me off that I can't buy one without sugar in it. Welcome to the forum, you're going to feel GRReat!
  5. Have you tried making it yourself? It's super easy, just dump a pound of salted butter into a saucepan and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Cover the pot with a wire screen if you have one. I don't bother skimming much off the top anymore, just let the milk solids drop to the bottom of the pot to brown. Do not stir during the process. When it's done, leave it until it's warm to touch not hot, then strain it through a few layers of cheesecloth into a glass jar. It's so good, and I love the flavour of the home made burnt-ish butter better than the store-bought super mild flavour.
  6. Ooooh, this sounds good, could you post the link? Sleep is a big problem for me too, or more specifically staying asleep. I have a vivid memory from my first Whole 30, I woke in the morning after a full night's sleep, my eyes opened in the morning and I was awake! Not groggy, just fully awake and ready to get out of bed right away. What a wonderful feeling that was. I haven't been able to recreate it since, and that was a year ago. But it is a goal for me, as it is for you. I know it's doable, I just need to figure out the right combination again. I don't think the insomnia is cause
  7. Yes, this. It's part of the Whole30 training, and can be discerned through journaling for me. I do think that 3 meals a day will be best for me going forward indefinitely, but keeping them appropriately sized. I've also learned to have post work-out snacks that are smaller when I need them, not a 4th meal. LOL. You are one of us. Superwomen. I'm happy to report that I threw away the rest of the junk food. Note to Future Shadow - it was easy to do and I feel empowered now. I've got this.
  8. I agree with you on this, and have accepted that I need to figure our how to build this puzzle for myself. I now look at sugar and wheat as gateway drugs for me. Mostly harmless on their own, although I have 2 cavities that need to be dealt with and I can only eat a small amount of wheat without knocking my gi balance off. The real problem lies in how those two "ingredients" can lead me to abandon all caution and go where I don't want to go. Ice cream can be blended into that category too, and I tend to overeat cheese but it doesn't lead me to search for chocolate, or sweets. Funn
  9. Thanks @decker_bear. I ate it. First the ice cream. Then today I used up most of the leftover cream cheese to make squares, which I haven't had in ages. Then I ate a row of squares. BUT... I weighed in at the gym on Friday and my numbers are better than they were a week ago, last night I began training for a 5k, and my meals lately have been sooo good with special thanks to Whole30 training/practice. I am walking lots and working out regularly. Last week's spiral is over, I'm done eating the squares and am making a healthy supper for myself tonight. Good old shepherd's pie with sw
  10. Thursday September 10 I finished off the ice cream, I just couldn't throw it out. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, or in my case on my belly. Today was a crappy day food-wise, the only veg I had was in a small bit of butternut squash soup at lunch. There was a 1/2 bagel with cream cheese and jam at breakfast, I ate too many candied nuts throughout the day, had 2 glasses of wine while trying to decide what to eat for dinner, then had cheese and salami 'cause it went well with the wine. I didn't have anyone in tonight as I hoped to, we're a covid hotspot right now so I'm ob
  11. Yes, what’s with this? I see the same pattern, journaling here has helped me to see it.
  12. Thanks @decker_bear. Thanks also for the book recommendation. I’m not giving up. Tomorrow I will try again, but I doubt there is a compliant meal at the restaurant we’re going to, so I’ll eat as best I can to stay close to compliant. I guess that along with my own inner struggles, I’m also tired of having to sort through what’s available to eat when I do go out. I agree with the thing about the created “food” and a big NSV for me is that now I recognize Frankenfood for what it is, just a bunch of chemical concoctions designed to taste good in order to separate me from my money! The ice cr
  13. Tuesday September 8 M1: kale & prosciutto, 2 eggs, green beans, sweet potato, ghee M2: butternut squash soup (compliant from Costco) and chicken, a few pieces of leftover salami Snack: ice cream and nuts M3: white potatoes & onions, cob of corn, beet greens, butter & canola oil, non compliant ribs, and another cup of ice cream, and then another I said I wouldn't touch it, but I did. I don't have good self control around ice cream. If its in the house... and now I'm angry with myself. I want to feel better, I want to lose my belly flab, I want to be su