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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Food journal for 1/22/21, day 24:
    Breakfast: Ground beef, 1 scrambled eggs, veggies, sauce
    Lunch: Veggies and chicken and sauce
    Dinner: Veggies and chicken and sauce (with the sophisticated dipping sauce, naturally)
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    21st Jan - R1D14
     
    M1 - Coffee
    M2 - Pulled pork with fried eggs and sautéed beetroot, kohlrabi, snake beans and zucchini from the garden.
    M3 - Zuppa Toscana, this will definitely be in the rotation regularly, and will be great in winter.  I may even can it, pre coconut cream/greens!
    Pain levels are much more tolerable now, but I'm kind of in the lull before my next cycle, so I don't know if it's coincidence in that sense or not.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in The Long Haul   
    You have perfectly highlighted a mental tug-of-war I'm starting to get into. "After this Whole 30 is over, I'll have a boba tea." "After this Whole 30 is over, I'll put ice cream back in my freezer." It's depressingly easy for human beings to forget their past (even their very recent past — feeling low-energy and wobbly after carelessly consuming just such foods only a few weeks ago). I have thought for some time about simply cutting out some foods from my diet, period. I know people who don't eat "recreational sugar," for example, or friends who just don't go near white flour. It's a liberating thought. If we know we're going to feel terrible when we eat these foods, maybe let's just... not eat them?
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    I know it's just that she's worried, but some days hearing about the importance of fat free milk and raisin bran for the calcium, iron, and fiber (can't get those from meats and vegetables, you know!), or the dangers of red meat, egg yolks, and all fats, drives me crazy! The 90s have a lot to answer for ...
    Yesterday was almost too calm! But I got a lot of cleaning done. The house needed it - I don't think I'd done a really thorough cleaning since before Christmas. After my cleaning binge I didn't feel like cooking much so I just made eggs and vegetables. Eggs and vegetables are my "I'll just have a sandwich" of whole30.
    My breakfasts and lunches are incredibly repetitve, but for some reason that doesn't bother me at all. I have eggs and broccoli almost every morning, and I make a big pot of some meat and vegetable soup for the week for lunch. I do mix up the soup, typically using either beef or chicken and whatever vegetables and seasonings I have on hand that appeal to me. This week I have a chicken and tomato taco soup with some brussels sprouts and carrots that needed used up. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out - brussels sprouts and chicken taco seasonings? But it actually worked quite well. 
    Another NSV I'm particularly noticing this time is how I don't feel desperate for meals. I get hungry, but I don't have that "how am I going to survive another two hours until lunch?" feeling. When I'm not eating in a whole30 way, I get to the point where I want a snack about once an hour. I think part of it is just habit, but part is that it really is so important to get enough protein and fat to keep from feeling hungry all the time. 
    I'm also noticing how much pressure is off since I've decided to do this longer term. There's no, "in three weeks, I can eat ___" and trying to figure out how I'll manage to limit those foods to reasonable amounts and not end up back where I was. I know people say this isn't sustainable for ever, and I definitely see that perfect compliance isn't, but I feel that for me saying, "no, that's just something I don't eat" works better than trying to be moderate. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Hmmmm.... I wonder where my entry for yesterday's food went. It was all good Whole 30 stuff. I have so many tabs open on my browser this week that I've started to confuse myself and write over drafts. Alas! Will democracy be safe if it never knows that I spent yesterday eating protein, vegetables, and sauce?!
    Food journal for 1/20/21, day 22:
    Breakfast: Chicken plus veggies plus sauce; coffee with almond milk
    Lunch: Ground beef + shredded veggies
    Dinner: Paleo chicken soup from the soup goddess
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Congrats on halfway!
    Trying to sleep can be so frustrating - you can do everything right but if your body just won't sleep or sleep well, you can't make it. Hope you have a better night's rest!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 15, Wednesday January 20, 2021
    M1: 1/2 cup onion beef soup while breakfast was cooking; sweet potato, kale, prosciutto, eggs, 4 oz OJ
    M2: carrot, onion-beef soup
    Snack: cashews and dates
    M3: stamppot with potatoes, carrots and ghee; tenderloin steak
    My sleep was solid from midnight until 6am.  The problem is that I went to bed at 11 and got up at 9.  From 6 - 9am I slept lightly, about 1/2 of the time.  I just wasn't rested enough to get up at 6, and I was falling asleep on the couch last night at 10:15.  I'm beginning to realize that my sleep patterns reflect other stuff going on around here that I'm working on to overcome.  Being isolated throughout our Stay-At-Home order isn't helping.  I will continue to eat well to give my body the best fighting chance to work through this while my mind is occupied with its own struggles.  My goal last W30 was to learn to cook easy and healthy every day meals, and to be on auto pilot with respect to healthy meal planning.  I continue to work on those goals.  Meal planning is still a struggle but yesterday I searched for some new recipes to move this goal forward.  I've come a long way.  
    NSV: I believe I look a little less muffin-toppy
    I'm half way :-)
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    I'm sorry @stealthstitcher you had such a crappy day. I smiled when I read how you cooked that lovely dinner and your healthy NSV's sound perfect.  Wishing you a much better day today, and another delicious dinner this evening.
    @Contessa I love your reply to the calcium snip.  Let's all keep that in our back pockets for when such a comment surfaces again.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Contessa in The Long Haul   
    I'm sorry @stealthstitcher you had such a crappy day. I smiled when I read how you cooked that lovely dinner and your healthy NSV's sound perfect.  Wishing you a much better day today, and another delicious dinner this evening.
    @Contessa I love your reply to the calcium snip.  Let's all keep that in our back pockets for when such a comment surfaces again.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    Yesterday did NOT calm down. I ended up working late in order to repair a giant rip someone had torn in the stage curtains and it was an extremely tedious and time consuming repair job. So I decided to let the faucet drip for another day and used my truncated evening to cook a good supper and relax a bit. Definitely a wise choice. I was tempted to go off plan following such a frustrating day but I knew nothing short of half a large pizza and a bag of chocolate would be satisfying, so instead I had the salmon, red potatoes, and broccoli/cauliflower I had planned. And it was pretty gosh darned good. I also had some fresh raspberries I'd been saving for just such an occasion. 
    I continue to have no real cravings (I wanted junk food out of grumpy laziness yesterday), no headaches, and better-fitting pants. 
    Talked to my mom and mentioned something about not eating junk food ... she said, "Are you on that low calcium diet again?! Women need dairy!" Sigh ... 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    20th Jan - R1D13
    M1 - Coffee
    M2 - Pesto Chicken salad, roasted tomato relish and baked potato.
    M3 - Nom Nom Paleo's Kalua Pork with a coleslaw dressed with homemade mayo and topped with tomato relish.
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 14, Tuesday January 19, 2021
    M1: shepherd's pie
    Snack: walnuts and raisins
    M2: Big Ass Salad following MU's template in the email this week: Romaine & massaged kale, cucumber and grated carrot; blistered orange pepper; warm chicken pieces; pineapple; walnuts; lemon zest, avo oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs
    M3: shepherd's pie
    Both fridges need repair, a technician is coming tomorrow.  That's the thing with doing a thorough cleaning, you find problems that you didn't know about.  I'm so thankful that I didn't get too much fresh produce last week, everything is stuffed into the basement fridge and cold storage right now because the kitchen fridge isn't cooling properly.  
    NSV: all of the inflammation in my hips, knees and ankles is gone, but I continue to have a bit of pain in the top of my left foot and a tiny bit of plantar fasciitis in my right foot.  I think I need wider hiking boots and plan to replace them once the stores re-open in three weeks or maybe longer.  I really think that proper walking boots and shoes need to be fitted correctly, especially with these problems I have.  I also continue to stretch many times daily for the plantar problem.  My revised goal of walking seven km daily has been difficult to reach so far this week, but I will continue to try.  I'm grateful to Whole30 for getting rid of the inflammation so that I can get out to walk lots.
    I had trouble falling asleep last night and had a bit of insomnia at 6am, too early to get up.  I've considered adjusting my sleep goal down, to 7.5 hours each night but won't do that until I finish this round and see if 8 hours is truly what I need.  I want to see if the insomnia ends or even just improves with eating Whole30 first.  I use my FitBit Charge 3 to track my sleep.  
    NSV: I'm not experiencing any bad cravings.  The odd time I'll feel a tiny twinge, like this morning I felt a bit of a desire to have cereal with milk, just for the combination of crunch, cold and liquid.  It passed.  It's super important for me to have ready-to-eat meals handy though, for when these cravings hit when I'm hungry.  I continue to snack on nuts and dried fruit throughout the day.  There are worse things.... 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    19th Jan - R1D12
    M1 - Coffee
    M2 - Pesto Chicken salad, Roasted Tomato, bacon, onion relish, cauliflower rice.
    M3 - Bacon, eggs, relish, pesto chicken, cauliflower.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    I'm back to my regular schedule.  I ended up having to travel last week.  Rxbars for breakfast and lots of Chipotle  I had an Rx bar for breakfast this morning, and another Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle for lunch.  Meal planning and grocery shopping are on today's to-do list.  I've been compliant, getting my steps in, and sleeping really well.  My pain is ok, and my energy is great!  I haven't had time to contemplate all the What-ifs and Why-is-thises that I usually do.  Maybe that's been a good thing - just going through the motions without all the ruminations.  Anyway, I'm back on schedule, so I guess I'll be back to thinking about everything, lol.  
    Today is Day 18!
    M1-blueberry Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Chicken Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle
    M3-Grilled steak with sweet potato and broccoli
     
    I wish I had thought to meal plan during the car ride home yesterday.  It's a lot to do on a work day.  I'm going to use the rest of my lunch hour to get started.  
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Food journal for 1/18/21, day 20:
    Breakfast: spinach-avocado turkey burger, potatoes, broccoli, sauce
    Lunch: Coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Oven fries & ketchup, pulled chicken, broccoli, and sauce
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D8 was a fairly decent day despite the nasty headache.  I was hoping this part of the W30 would be past by now, but it's not and it's frustrating.  They are hitting me about the same time everyday and, to be honest, I'm not sure what's causing them.  I check my water intake to make sure I am getting that, and that doesn't seem to be the issue.  Hopefully they will pass soon.  I have noticed my joint pain is improving and I am starting to sleep better.
    The chicken shawarma did not go as expected.  I had planned to do it in the rotisserie, but I changed my mind last minute and decided to cook it on the skewers described in the recipe.  What should've been a reasonably easy process ended up taking 1 1/2 hours to cook and a complete mess on my countertop.  I should have stuck to my original plan.  Once I got to enjoy the chicken, it was very tasty.  Next time, I'll definitely use the rotisserie.
    Breakfast - Eggs over-easy, W30 bacon, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - ghee roasted potato, chicken shawarma on greens with red onion, tomato and homemade garlic tahini dressing
    Dinner - 1/2 roasted cornish hen, brussel sprouts with ghee and lemon, pan roasted carrots
    Snack - Chomp's stick, cherry pie larabar
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    What a morning ... nothing terrible, just one little thing after another. Woke up late, faucet handle broke in my hand, didn't have time for breakfast, hair decided today was a good day to be frizzy, no staff parking spots left ...
    But, rather than stop for a double-chocolate muffin I brought a little extra food in my lunch - today is my weird double mini lunch day so I'll have lunch one a little early and make lunch two a little more substantial. But it would be nice if today would just calm down a little. 
    I was going to do a chicken stir fry last night but wasn't in the mood, so instead I breaded the cut up chicken pieces with almond flour and fried them. I wasn't sure it would be crunchy, but it was. (Last time I attempted such a thing the almond flour turned out to have expired two years ago and the result was a sort of soggy almond mush. Not recommended.) 
    This evening I'll fix the now-leaking faucet. Ordinarily before attempting anything plumbing-related I would get fast food so I wouldn't have to bother with cooking or cleaning the kitchen. Today I'll first have the supper I planned, clean up the kitchen, and then see what I can get done. If I end up not having energy the faucet can just leak for a few more days. (A faucet should be simple but I've found with plumbing, it's never simple.) 
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    17th Jan - Day 10
    I don't remember tbh, veg and smoked pork still I'd imagine, as we only just finished the last of the pork today.
     
    18th Jan - Day 11
    M1 - Fresh veg from the garden sautéed in ghee, with a fried egg and some cherry tomatoes
    M2 - Probably nothing - It rained all day, I drank a lot of coffee
    M3 - Rissoles (Paleo Running Momma's salisbury meatballs) with a sautéed veg mix same as the morning (Noodle Beans, Kohlrabi, new potatoes, beetroot, carrot, zucchini)
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 13, Monday January 18, 2021
    M1: shepherd's pie
    11:00am snack: pecans and dates
    M2: tomato veg hamburger soup from the freezer
    3pm snack: pineapple, dates, pecans
    5:30pm snack: Larabar
    M3: marinara sauced ground beef on top of spaghetti squash
    I had insomnia again last night.  Sigh.
    NSV: My belly is less fat than it was two weeks ago and I feel like I've lost a bit of weight.
    I was hungry at 11:00am, so I had a snack.  I was super hungry at 5:30 so snacked again.  The 3pm snack was just habit.
    I spent time today moving much of the excess and non-compliant food from the kitchen pantry to the new shelving unit in the basement.  Now I can see what I have.  I also cleaned the pantry shelves and one wall of cabinet doors.  
    I cleaned and took stock of the fridges, the second time since I began W30.  Knowing exactly how much food I have will help curb any unnecessary trips to the grocery store, or buying food that I already have but forgot about.  
    I'm hoping Tiger Blood kicks in soon.
    Not really loving spaghetti squash this round.  I have another half in the fridge (3 servings), hoping that I will enjoy it when I cook it up later this week.  
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    Sweet orange peppers then! 
    I buy the orange/brown skinned sweet potatoes, but will be trying the pink fleshed ones soon...   I'm curious if they'll be orange inside and taste the same or not.  Carrots are so versatile, I hope you enjoy them, and cantaloupe... yum!  Try it with a sprinkle of salt for a change.  I'm with you on wanting orange on my plate. 
    Way to go getting the first week done.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Sounds like you are going strong! Believe me, if I was in your household, I would happily partake of that shepherd's pie Wishing you ongoing NSVs and good eating.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Should it not?  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021
    M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa
    M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins
    M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips
    M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out.  I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better.  I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty.  
    My stomach was feeling uneasy at lunch so I had a small lunch which happened to also not taste great.  Maybe I have a stomach bug but I hope its just my gut flora adapting to the elimination of short chain carbs and the huge increase in vegetables.  I'll have soup for supper if this continues through the day.
    My energy level is still not great but I did spend a few hours this morning cleaning around and under the fridge and stove and it feels much better to me now.  This continues my kitchen cleaning streak this week.
    NSV: I slept 8 hours without insomnia. Unfortunately I didn't wake up feeling very rested.  
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals today, I didn't even feel drawn to snacking.
    NSV: I haven't had any major food cravings since I began this Whole30.  
    Pasta sauce for dinner tomorrow night is prepared and I made a 4-portion shepherd's pie for myself to eat over the next four days (nobody else in my house eats it willingly).  I also have a serving of soup thawing in the fridge so I can rest easily knowing tomorrow's meals are already prepared.  Dinner is the only meal that I cook for my husband and grown daughter, they sort their own breakfast and lunch.  This is the time in my W30's that I usually struggle with food boredom, so having a plan will help get me through this.  
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021
    M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa
    M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins
    M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips
    M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out.  I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better.  I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty.  
    My stomach was feeling uneasy at lunch so I had a small lunch which happened to also not taste great.  Maybe I have a stomach bug but I hope its just my gut flora adapting to the elimination of short chain carbs and the huge increase in vegetables.  I'll have soup for supper if this continues through the day.
    My energy level is still not great but I did spend a few hours this morning cleaning around and under the fridge and stove and it feels much better to me now.  This continues my kitchen cleaning streak this week.
    NSV: I slept 8 hours without insomnia. Unfortunately I didn't wake up feeling very rested.  
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals today, I didn't even feel drawn to snacking.
    NSV: I haven't had any major food cravings since I began this Whole30.  
    Pasta sauce for dinner tomorrow night is prepared and I made a 4-portion shepherd's pie for myself to eat over the next four days (nobody else in my house eats it willingly).  I also have a serving of soup thawing in the fridge so I can rest easily knowing tomorrow's meals are already prepared.  Dinner is the only meal that I cook for my husband and grown daughter, they sort their own breakfast and lunch.  This is the time in my W30's that I usually struggle with food boredom, so having a plan will help get me through this.  
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D7 is done and Week One is in the bag!! I feel like making it these past 7 days is an NSV in itself. It's been a challenge for me not falling back in to automatic routines of eating.
    Because of the cravings, my husband did the grocery shopping for me today. He's so awesome! I slow roasted a pork shoulder all day, made some more ghee, prepared some homemade spice blends, and made the chicken shawarma marinade. The chicken will marinate overnight and I'll skewer it in the rotisserie tomorrow. Everything is ready for the week!  I also made some sugar cookie dough so I can practice decorating with royal icing this week. I've got those cookies spoken for so, because I'm gifting them, it'll be easy to not eat them.
    We're getting ready to start phase two off our home renovations, and we spent a good chunk of the day messing with that. Cravings were a little better today but I'm getting cranky and the headaches are annoying, so I welcome the distraction. Still fatigued but again still battling a little intermittent insomnia. Hoping it'll start to pass this week.
    Breakfast - scrambled eggs, sliced pear, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - W30 chicken tenders, mixed veggies
    Dinner - dinner salad with pulled pork and homemade barbeque ranch dressing