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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 Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Poor Lorelai. :-) 
    I love Gilmour Girls!  Grats on sticking with the plan.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings.
    Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday
    Lunch: coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Ground beef with sauce, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    Well done on holding strong!  I tried a new recipe for the kids today, sourdough savoury fritters, with shredded zucchini, carrot, kohlrabi and leftover smoked pork in the sourdough batter... took control not to 'sample it'!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D5 and R3D6 have been a challenge. I'm in to the EATT "eat all the things" phase. Cravings are wicked out of whack, and I'm having to be ultra careful right now. Headaches are intermittent, and I'm getting fatigued during the day with bouts of insomnia at night. I know this will pass, but it sucks right now. 
    Friday kept me busy during the work day, so that was good and kept my cravings distracted. After work, my DIL and I went for mani/pedi, and that was some good girl time. We ended up being the only two folks there, which was extra nice, and that distraction also kept my cravings at bay. Leftovers for dinner was nice and easy, but afterwards, the cravings were brutal. I drank some hot herbal tea, and that helped a little, but the cravings made me cranky, so I just went to bed.
    Today started okay, and then my son brought home doughnuts. And not just any doughnuts, but these amazing doughnuts from this little artisan bakery near the house. He brought me a black coffee and when he realized I wasn't going to eat any b/c Whole 30, he felt bad. I wasn't upset with him, but I thanked him for the coffee and left the room. The cravings were just horrible after that. The hubs played golf, so I spent the day menu planning and binge watching one of my shows. After breakfast, I wasn't physically hungry, but my brain wanted to eat everything in sight. Ice water helped a little, and it was still a tough day, but I did it! I hung in there and didn't cave. And I got my water in! Here's to hoping the cravings and EATT are almost over.
    R3D5
    Breakfast - buffalo chicken omelette, mixed veggies, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - W30 chicken tenders on greens with onion, tomato, boiled egg and homemade ranch
    Dinner - crispy chicken thighs, cauliflower rice, roasted potatoes/carrots/onions
    R3D6
    Breakfast - chicken omelette, ghee sauteed potatoes, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Snack - Chomp's sticks, That's It strawberry bar
    Dinner - air fryer lemon pepper wings, salad with roasted red pepper, tomatoes, kalamata olives and homemade ranch
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 11, Saturday January 16, 2021
    M1: roasted sweet pepper, roast beef strips, fried egg, olive oil
    M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK gg dressing
    5pm snack: cashews and dates 
    M3: mashed skin-on potatoes, carrots, green beans, gehaktballen
    My energy was low today, same as yesterday and I had insomnia last night.  Hoping for better sleep and increased energy soon.  
    I made it through most of the afternoon without having to snack.  I did grab a snack at 5pm as I was wondering what I was going to cook for dinner.  I think that if I'd had a plan, it would have been easier for me to power through to 6pm dinner without snacking.
    NSV: M1 and M3 were a bit smaller than what I was eating up to this point.  I hope I'm settling in to a better pattern.
    Day 11, done.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    I hope that your pain subsides soon.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Today may have been the first time I've ever prepared a dish that made the taster physically step back and say, "Oh my GOD" in awe. Such was the feedback from ye olde boyfriend on the NYTimes' coconut chicken curry. With compatible oil and compatible rice/noodles, it's totally Whole 30! Cool!
    (Truly, I'm not sure if it was "Oh my GOD" worthy. It was good.... but for some reason, he really liked it.)
    Also, I just realized that yesterday's Day 17 passed without incident. For some reason, Day 17 is the point at which my enthusiasm wanes and my motivation goes missing. Day 18 feels so much farther along than Day 17, go figure.
    Food journal for 1/16/21, day 18:
    Breakfast: I slept in and missed it!
    Lunch: The aforementioned coconut chicken curry with spiral butternut squash and cauliflower rice (can we all agree that having access to mainstream, unsauced, free-of-a-million-processed- ingredients frozen cauli rice is really nice? Thanks, Green Giant.)
    Dinner: the everpresent chicken, veggies, and sauce
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 9, Thursday January 14, 2021
    M1: pineapple & strawberries cup; sweet potato roasted in olive oil; kale; Mexican spiced pork bites; 1 xlg egg pan fried in ghee
    M2: salad w/ 2 c. chopped romaine; 2 c. green grapes, avocado, chicken and walnuts, lemon juice & PK GG dressing
    Snack: cashews and dates
    Snack: walnuts and raisins
    M3: l/o stamppot refried in ghee; green beans, roast beef
    NSV: I woke up this morning feeling totally refreshed.  Slept 11:30 - 7:30 straight through, 8 hours of solid sleep.  This is just the beginning of improved sleep quality - yay! ...YAAAAY!
    I took stock of my kitchen freezer again this morning and am feeling pleased with the change-over of foods this week, even if it was just a few things out (some f & v) and a few things in (hamburger soup).  The assorted shredded cheeses have been taken to the basement freezer because there is no sense in having them handy for at least the next three weeks while I finish this W30.
    Today is the first day of a four week Provincially mandated "Stay At Home" order in what is the latest attempt to curb the rising cases of coVid.  Only essential outings are allowed, and visitors are not allowed into our homes.  I'm feeling hopeful that I can stick to this W30 especially now without the distractions that this order removes.
    I continue to feel drawn to snack between meals.  I believe it's due to boredom, although sometimes I genuinely feel a bit hungry.  However, I will not allow myself to feel shame about this.  My snacks are healthy and that's a big win for me.  Losing the desire to snack will happen soon enough.  For now I'm keeping my focus on eating well.  
    A snow storm is expected overnight Saturday to Sunday.  I need more fresh vegetables.  I know we can survive for a long time with all the food that is in this house, but too much of it is just not compliant.  I continue to struggle with meal planning and with buying too much food.  My anxiety ramps up when I think we'll run out of stuff.  When I go to the grocery store(s) tomorrow or Saturday morning, I will try my best to keep to the list.  This really is a challenge for me and I'm noting it here to try to get an understanding of this problem I have.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Keeping fresh vegetables on hand is such a challenge when you can't get to the store frequently - and frozen just isn't quite the same. Even frozen vegetables are hard to stock up on unless you have a big freezer. 
    Congrats on the good sleep!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D4 was a very busy day. Conference call after conference call, and calls from home office co-workers freaking out about our new partners. I don't mind being a sounding board but it was a lot today, and this is the type of day that would totally throw me in to destructive eating habits. Food prep saved me today, and I was very grateful to myself for having done it this past weekend. Otherwise, today could've seriously derailed me.
    I had scheduled a facial late in the day, which I desperately needed and that actually got me to relax. I let the family deal with leftovers so I could have my "me" time, and by the time I got home, I was a much better version than what was stressed out mid-afternoon. My husband and I are talking about more home renovations, and we were able to have those conversations last night with me having a much clearer, unstressed head. We made some big decisions, and I'm happy he's getting excited and antsy to begin the next phase on our home. The day ended up on a really good note, and I slept well.
    Breakfast - buffalo chicken omelette with veggies, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - leftover mashed potatoes and meatballs with marinara
    Dinner - leftover pot roast with gravy (compliant), roasted vegetables, cherry pie larabar
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Your meals do not sound boring at all!  Wishing you continued W30 success.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Yep, food boredom is real. And yet I'm glad to be selecting from a limited menu. Today was an seriously bonkers day, with a doctor visit, work deadlines, conference calls, and unexpected errands. Oh, and the people in the apartment above mine are re-doing their floors. Apparently a lot of hammers are involved. I was harried all day but still felt great. It was a blessing to have reliable Whole 30 food to hang on to.
    Food journal for 1/14/21, day 16:
    Breakfast: 1 perfect scrambled egg, pulled chicken, diced spinach, shredded veggies, mashed potatoes, sauce
    Lunch: Chocolate avocado smoothie
    Dinner: Spinach-avocado chicken burger, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, sauce
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    14th Jan. - Day 7
     
    Bad pain day, I couldn't eat for a lot of it.
     
    M1 Hubby had more of the roasted pumpkin combined with leftovers
    M2 - Hubby did the same as above, I had some apple and almond cashew butter.
    M3 - Steak with Garlic Confit cloves, avocado, smashed potatoes and grilled cauliflower.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    I've been slack!
     
    12th Jan
     
    M1 Last of the meatloaf sautéed up with spinach and beetroot etc from the garden, Kajari Melon and some kohlrabi and tomato salad.
    M2 I think I had a snack again and Hubby had leftover bits and pieces.
    M3 Thai Chicken Red Curry with veg from the garden over cauliflower rice 
     
    13th Jan
    I picked a massive bunch of Basil from my garden and made whole30 pesto!
    M1 Smoked Chicken over smashed potatoes with half an avo and a good dollop of basil pesto with some ghee.
    M2 Hubby had half a roast butternut with some smoked chicken, I had a snack again.
    M3 Hubby had half a roast butternut pumpkin with Pesto crusted prawns and a warm tomato, bacon and roasted garlic relish with some extra pesto, I had mine with some greens as I don't like pumpkin!
     
    I have plenty of pics, I'll upload to my website tonight so I can share them here
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D3: Man, am I tired, and it's making me feel discombobulated. I was completely distracted during my conference calls today, I had to ask my co-worker to repeat herself and my momentum (what I had of it) was gone after lunch. The headaches have stopped and the cravings are getting a little better, but because I'm sort of feeling "out of it", I'm catching myself as I start going through the motions of my non-Whole 30 habits. Like stopping myself from grabbing the french onion dip and chips for a snack. I'm not being hard on myself because I understand I'm just at the beginning of my 30 days, but I am anxious to get past this phase.
    My doc wants me to start eating a high fiber diet. Previously that would have included grains and beans, but I am excited to find the best vegetables and fruits to get me the fiber grams I need in a day. What better way to do that than on W30?  He was thrilled I'm on the program, so he gave me a small list to get me started and says he wants to see what else I come up with over the next two weeks. 
    Breakfast - grilled chicken breast, broccoli, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - kefte kebab with homemade tzatziki, strawberries
    Dinner - cross rib roast, squash/cauliflower/broccoli/carrot veg medley, cauliflower rice
    Snack - That's It strawberry bar
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    Sweet potatoes acquired! 
    It was a struggle to not grab a "treat" at the store. Not because of the intense cravings but because I've been doing that automatically every time I get groceries. Need to pick up some groceries, grab something sugary on the way out. You know, body, it's not really a treat if you have it so often that you grab it on autopilot and eat it without thinking about it. 
    I have a weird schedule on my Tuesdays and Thursdays right now - no matter when I take a lunch break, it will always be 7 hours away from one meal. I can either eat lunch 7 hours after breakfast but shortly before supper, or shortly after breakfast but 7 hours before supper. Neither choice fills me with joy so I'm taking a third option - eat half of lunch during two short breaks. It's not perfectly ideal, but I don't think I have the willpower to not snack or grab fast food on the way home if I have that long between meals right now. It annoys me because I like to have a consistent schedule, but I suppose I should really try to be more mentally flexible. It's not a good idea for me to be too rigid about my routine. 
    Did not time my cooking well last night. Sauteed assorted vegetables and was apparently not paying attention to when I put them in, so I had soggy zucchini, crunchy cauliflower, and burnt onions. I usually try to stagger when I put them in the pan so they all get to the same level of doneness at once, but that did not happen last night. And then the chicken took forever to get done in the oven so I just ate my vegetables first so they woudln't get cold or soggier. Eh, the texture wasn't great, but put some ghee and salt and pepper on things and they're still pretty okay. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too.  Just trying to keep my journal habit this week.  Next week will be back to normal.  All is going well.  My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great.  Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Muscle cramps were back last night, but thankfully, they're decreasing in intensity/duration. Thanks @ShadowInTheKitchenfor the helpful tips on salt! I'm sure cutting out all packaged foods has curbed my sodium intake...  I'll try adding more salt to today's dishes. 
    Today I am missing crunchy foods... something besides carrots, I mean. Grilled toast... tortilla chips... come at me, crunchy foods.
    Food journal for 1/13/21, day 15:
    Breakfast:  1 perfect scrambled egg, pulled chicken, shredded veggies, mashed potatoes, sauce
    Lunch: Kettle & Fire coconut curry soup, supplemented with some additional chicken.... take that, sodium level! ....plus a glass of kombucha
    Dinner: Oven fries with compatible ketchup; pulled chicken, shredded veggies, steamed broccoli
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Agreed - it can become such a big THING if you tell people - they tend to get anxious. Oh no! It's the weird complicated diet thing!!! 
    Yay!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    Many of my favorite foods are nightshades ... it sounds so sinister! Fun fact, when I moved into my house the back yard was overrun - and I mean overrun - with poisonous nightshade. Like, nightshade instead of grass. I actually did some research before planting a garden just to make sure it couldn't accidentally cross polinate my tomatoes and peppers. 
    Yesterday was a day. It was so cold and I wanted hot cocoa! Also I didn't pack quite enough lunch and was super hungry by mid-afternoon. The first time I did Whole30 I had no appetite for quite a while. It was all I could do to eat an egg and a half for breakfast and I definitely didn't finish my vegetables at most meals. Now three eggs feels like a modest serving and a head of broccoli might need another vegetable to supplement it. 
    I've also found, unlike my first time around, that both my second and this third whole30 (all three days of it so far) are easier in terms of my body adjusting. I expect things like grocery shopping and meal prep to become easier as I gain more experience, but the first time I did whole30 my body was like, What is happening?!? And now, it's like, Oh, we're doing this again? No problem, let me just flip the switch. I mean, I'll take it but it's a bit surprising. My mind still has challenges, but my digestive system has no issues. I haven't even had a headache, and I was all in on the sugary baked goods over the holidays. (I'm probably jinxing it and tomorrow will be a disaster ...)
    I still haven't picked up any sweet potatoes - it's cold and I don't want to stop at the store! 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 7, Tuesday January 12, 2021
    M1: l/o shepherd's pie
    M2: green beans and carrots, fried egg with steak bites from the freezer
    3pm snack: banana, walnuts
    M3: oven roasted vegetables including white and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in olive oil and PK greek dressing; pork tenderloin medallions
    I woke with a mild headache this morning, a daily occurrence over the past few days.  The first day it happened I thought that I was dehydrated.  Then when it happened again I was worried that maybe I caught the virus, but when I woke today with the same mild headache I realized that it's probably just the carb flu.  It only affects me for about a half hour after I wake up, and I feel relieved knowing that if it's the carb flu it will soon pass.  
    Husband brought home a hot chocolate for me and box of donuts, because he knows I like them. I haven't broadcast that I'm on Whole30, it's just easier this way to prepare family meals without them thinking I've put the family on a diet.  I don't want to expend any more energy trying to explain W30 to anyone who doesn't care to learn.  I simply told him that I don't feel like having any today.  'Nuff said.
    I loved everything I ate today and all week, and I love eating this way, simple veggie-centric home cooked meals.
    Week 1, done.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    @stealthstitcher sweet potatoes are in fact not a true potato, but from a different vegetable family.  You probably already know this, but I didn't until W30.  Once I learned this, I re-framed my attitude towards them.  I use regular potatoes as a carb substitute and therefor I try to limit them.  Regular potatoes also belong in the edible nightshades family of vegetables, another reason I try to limit them.  With Sweet potatoes however, it's no holds barred!  I eat as much as I want without having any reservations.
    I love the idea of the mini crockpot, never heard of that before.  Well done on finishing Day 1.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Could it be not enough salt or an electrolyte imbalance?  See page 67 of The Whole30. 
    I add more salt when on Whole30 due to cooking almost everything from scratch and avoiding heavily salted prepared food.  It may be worth trying.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 7, Tuesday January 12, 2021
    M1: l/o shepherd's pie
    M2: green beans and carrots, fried egg with steak bites from the freezer
    3pm snack: banana, walnuts
    M3: oven roasted vegetables including white and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in olive oil and PK greek dressing; pork tenderloin medallions
    I woke with a mild headache this morning, a daily occurrence over the past few days.  The first day it happened I thought that I was dehydrated.  Then when it happened again I was worried that maybe I caught the virus, but when I woke today with the same mild headache I realized that it's probably just the carb flu.  It only affects me for about a half hour after I wake up, and I feel relieved knowing that if it's the carb flu it will soon pass.  
    Husband brought home a hot chocolate for me and box of donuts, because he knows I like them. I haven't broadcast that I'm on Whole30, it's just easier this way to prepare family meals without them thinking I've put the family on a diet.  I don't want to expend any more energy trying to explain W30 to anyone who doesn't care to learn.  I simply told him that I don't feel like having any today.  'Nuff said.
    I loved everything I ate today and all week, and I love eating this way, simple veggie-centric home cooked meals.
    Week 1, done.