ShadowInTheKitchen

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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from RachelR in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I purged.  This is what I threw out:
    wheat and graham flour, sugar, soybean canola and palm oil, honey, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soya lecithin, calcium phosphate, artificial flavour, sulphites;
    corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, modified corn starch, water, gelatin, natural and artificial flavour, tetrasodium phosphate;
    cacao, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili (may contain nuts, peanuts and milk).
    So, other than flour that I suspect doesn’t agree with me, some sustainably sourced cacao, a bit of salt, baking soda, water, gelatin and traces of nuts, I just threw out junk that doesn’t do my body any good.  
     
    I feel better.  I didn’t throw out food, I threw out some chemical experiments that are marketed and sold as food and just happen to taste good.  My breakfast salad tasted good too!
    @Blueautumn I document my NSV’s so that I can look back on my journal and see how far I’ve come.  Changes can be so subtle that after a few weeks I stop noticing that I really am making progress in a lot of different ways.  So, yes, they really do help to keep me motivated. Thanks for reading!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from BabyBear in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I purged.  This is what I threw out:
    wheat and graham flour, sugar, soybean canola and palm oil, honey, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soya lecithin, calcium phosphate, artificial flavour, sulphites;
    corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, modified corn starch, water, gelatin, natural and artificial flavour, tetrasodium phosphate;
    cacao, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili (may contain nuts, peanuts and milk).
    So, other than flour that I suspect doesn’t agree with me, some sustainably sourced cacao, a bit of salt, baking soda, water, gelatin and traces of nuts, I just threw out junk that doesn’t do my body any good.  
     
    I feel better.  I didn’t throw out food, I threw out some chemical experiments that are marketed and sold as food and just happen to taste good.  My breakfast salad tasted good too!
    @Blueautumn I document my NSV’s so that I can look back on my journal and see how far I’ve come.  Changes can be so subtle that after a few weeks I stop noticing that I really am making progress in a lot of different ways.  So, yes, they really do help to keep me motivated. Thanks for reading!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Time to just grab it and stuff it down a family members throat so they can eat it for you  LOL 
    I have huge cravings and know this will be a problem for me when I start so im doing everything I can to make sure that nothing too tempting makes its way into the house. Luckily I only have my hubby and then 8 animals (the furries dont grocery shop which is probably for the best)

    I have been following your posts and I love the NSV items that you add everyday. Do you find that they help to keep you motivated along the process?
    And thank you @kirbz for the recipes you suggested to shadow lol. Ive been looking at so many of the recipes nom nom nom nom
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from BabyBear in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    M1: German bratwurst sausage, two fried eggs, lots of spinach pan-fried in ghee with leftover carmelized onions, a few pecans to tide me over as breakfast was cooking
    M2: 2/3 cup potato egg salad with a side of green beans
    Snack: apple
    M3: bbq’d sausage, roasted potatoes and onions, lemon asparagus 
    NSV: my mayo broke as I was making it, but I googled a fix and it turned out better than ever before
    NSV: despite having cravings today, I remained compliant
    Plan for tomorrow: I’m going to make some more ghee
    My family had a bonfire last night, complete with s’mores.  Argh. I really wanted a roasted marshmallow, and the chocolate that didn’t get eaten has made its way back into the pantry.  I hate to throw out food, but I’m having trouble knowing that those sweets are in reach.  Remaining compliant is taking a lot of willpower.  I guess I haven’t overcome the cravings yet so I may need to throw that junk food out.
    I realize that I like to eat a lot of the same meals, and that I like to try something completely new about once a week.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    M1: German bratwurst sausage, two fried eggs, lots of spinach pan-fried in ghee with leftover carmelized onions, a few pecans to tide me over as breakfast was cooking
    M2: 2/3 cup potato egg salad with a side of green beans
    Snack: apple
    M3: bbq’d sausage, roasted potatoes and onions, lemon asparagus 
    NSV: my mayo broke as I was making it, but I googled a fix and it turned out better than ever before
    NSV: despite having cravings today, I remained compliant
    Plan for tomorrow: I’m going to make some more ghee
    My family had a bonfire last night, complete with s’mores.  Argh. I really wanted a roasted marshmallow, and the chocolate that didn’t get eaten has made its way back into the pantry.  I hate to throw out food, but I’m having trouble knowing that those sweets are in reach.  Remaining compliant is taking a lot of willpower.  I guess I haven’t overcome the cravings yet so I may need to throw that junk food out.
    I realize that I like to eat a lot of the same meals, and that I like to try something completely new about once a week.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh. My. Goodness. How were those In N Out burgers!? I looked up her recipe after seeing your reference here and they look amazing! Please, please tell me they are! LOL. 
    I also saw that she has a recreation of P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps! I am so making those this week too! 
    It sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the good work. I love seeing your list of NSVs each day! 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Tevenie in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 17, Sunday May 17
    M1: potato egg salad topped with fresh chives, side of green beans 
    M2: romaine, spinach, avocado, green onions & celery chicken salad tossed w/ green goddess dressing, topped with red grapes
    Snack: a small piece of leftover steak
    M3: leftover burger on a lettuce bun, green side salad
    NSV: I was out of bed shortly after 7am. I’ve been having trouble getting up in the morning so am happy with this victory today
    NSV: I realize that I haven’t had a Sunday afternoon nap in a few weeks, not since I started W30
    NSV: family had take-out burgers tonight, but I had a homemade burger and felt happier about that than having to eat a salty burger on a white bun. I also watched them eat their fries and onion rings while I enjoyed my side salad, and again, I felt happier with my choice rather than theirs
    Plan for tomorrow: it’s a long weekend, I plan to just enjoy the nice weather and eat well
    I’m slightly concerned that I’m eating too much food but I don’t want to start monitoring the amount I’m eating, at least not yet. The last time I did that on a W30, I crashed and quit because I was too hungry to cook after a busy day.  I’m going to continue to focus on eating W30, nourishing my body, learning to cook new recipes and enjoying healthy meals. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 8!
    I made it through the first week, and the first weekend! I actually don't find weekends too problematic when there aren't social engagements causing angst.
    I probably ate more fat than I needed yesterday, particularly with dinner, but there was crackling and we all know that if you don't eat it while it's fresh... lol
    Today's plan:
    Meal 1: A small red pepper stuffed with leftover carnitas and cauli/brocc rice, topped with nutritional yeast and a handful of raw cashews
    Meal 2: Hmmmm. Maybe lamb koftas. Side of sauteed cabbage and broccoli, and some seared carrots and beans with lemon tahini.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 R2.2   
    @Blueautumn thank you for the kind words and encouragement.  Yes purging is hard, and the emotional junk it brings to the surface is even harder.  I’m grateful for all that I learned about me during my first whole 30 round in January.  I was able to identify and release so much that round.  I know I still have a ways to go, but this is a process that grows as we grow and for that I am also grateful.  
    Have a beautiful day!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 13, Wednesday May 13
    M1: potato-egg salad topped with fresh chives, 1 small English banger sausage, lots of green beans
    M2: romaine & spinach salad tossed with green goddess dressing and topped with diced tomatoes and chicken
    Snack: 1 devilled egg (2 halves), small handful of pecans & walnuts, one orange 
    M3: homemade meatballs au jus, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower, carrots, green beans and red cabbage, applesauce
    NSV: the hives on my face have cleared up
    NSV: I ate very well all day, everything was compliant
    NSV: I shopped at Costco and didn’t buy anything that wasn’t compliant, and I bought a 2-pack of veggie grill pans for the bbq that I’m looking forward to using
    NSV: I didn’t have any cravings today
    Hack to Habit: keep frozen green beans on hand (green beans are my favourite veg).  I didn’t realize until I plated my breakfast that I totally forgot about a non- starchy veg, but luckily I had some fresh green beans that I cooked up quickly and ate after finishing the rest of M1. I won’t always have fresh green beans though, so I’ll pick up some frozen
    Plan for tomorrow: plan. those. meals
    Reflection: although I started this W30 with a long list of changes I am hoping for, I decided today to re-focus. I am only going to focus on eating well, and trying new foods and recipes. My goal for the end of this W30 is to be on auto pilot when it comes to my food choices, to choose healthy food over junk, and that it’s always easy for me to put together a healthy meal. I like how I feel right now, I enjoy the taste of real food and I don’t crave junk. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 R2.2   
    Congratulations @BabyBear!  You must be thrilled. Good luck with your new R2, and take good care of you and your mini.  
     
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Congratulations Brewer5, that is a great result!   What do you feel is your greatest NSV?
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    It's also super useful to make homemade plantain chips... :-) 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 31:  5/14/20
    Weighed in today ~ same conditions:  126.4 lbs
    That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh it is sooo good! I couldn't even tell that it wasn't ricotta cheese! And the whole things really tasted like lasagna, though you knew that it wasn't pasta... I definitely recommend using a mandolin though. I just don't think you'd be able to cut the zucchini thin enough without one! 
    Let me know how you like it!
    P.S. I love your new focus. I used to focus on having the "perfect Whole30" and now I focus on sustainability. How can I make this simple and enjoyable? 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 13, Wednesday May 13
    M1: potato-egg salad topped with fresh chives, 1 small English banger sausage, lots of green beans
    M2: romaine & spinach salad tossed with green goddess dressing and topped with diced tomatoes and chicken
    Snack: 1 devilled egg (2 halves), small handful of pecans & walnuts, one orange 
    M3: homemade meatballs au jus, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower, carrots, green beans and red cabbage, applesauce
    NSV: the hives on my face have cleared up
    NSV: I ate very well all day, everything was compliant
    NSV: I shopped at Costco and didn’t buy anything that wasn’t compliant, and I bought a 2-pack of veggie grill pans for the bbq that I’m looking forward to using
    NSV: I didn’t have any cravings today
    Hack to Habit: keep frozen green beans on hand (green beans are my favourite veg).  I didn’t realize until I plated my breakfast that I totally forgot about a non- starchy veg, but luckily I had some fresh green beans that I cooked up quickly and ate after finishing the rest of M1. I won’t always have fresh green beans though, so I’ll pick up some frozen
    Plan for tomorrow: plan. those. meals
    Reflection: although I started this W30 with a long list of changes I am hoping for, I decided today to re-focus. I am only going to focus on eating well, and trying new foods and recipes. My goal for the end of this W30 is to be on auto pilot when it comes to my food choices, to choose healthy food over junk, and that it’s always easy for me to put together a healthy meal. I like how I feel right now, I enjoy the taste of real food and I don’t crave junk. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Here are some of my favorites:
    Whole30 Chicken Nuggets: https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/  Lemon Butter Scallops: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/scallops-with-lemon-butter-sauce-and-herbed-cauliflower-rice/ Sesame Chicken: https://40aprons.com/whole30-sesame-chicken/  Salmon Cakes: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/  Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (I love this as veggies for breakfast): https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ And these two are definitely complicated and take a little bit of time but they are totally worth it!
    Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ Paleo Lasagna: http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I used left-over chicken with left-over chicken and onion gravy, carrots, and green peas (which I'm super excited are now allowed, but you could use any kind of vegetable you liked - celery, green beans, probably even spinach or kale ... I feel like broccoli might get soggy, though), and then left-over mashed potatoes whipped with ghee on top. Or you could use mashed root vegetables or cauliflower, if you wanted to go easy on the potatoes. 
    You probably have, but have you checked out some of the paleo cooking websites? Sometimes you have to modify a bit if the recipes have honey or something in them, but I love looking at recipes on nom nom paleo because of all the pretty pictures.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Whole30 Through May   
    The pressure that others put on us to eat “normal foods” again is tiresome.  Good for you for journaling about it (and bringing it to mind for all of us who are feeling the same way). When you look back on your notes and realize that you overcame what others expected from you, for your own good, you will have gained real strength, the kind of strength that others notice about you but can’t really figure out what it is that makes you so sure of yourself. You’ve got this, keep on going... 
     
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Tuesday May 12
    M1: green cabbage, spinach and green onion fried in ghee, topped with pine nuts and 2 fried eggs
    M2: romaine, spinach, green onion & avocado salad tossed with green goddess dressing and topped with chicken breast 
    Snack: carrot while preparing dinner
    M3: cauli-rice with onions and sweet peppers, 1/2 chicken breast, coconut aminos
    NSV: I tried a new seasoning - coconut aminos - yum!
    NSV: I didn’t have any cravings today, even when my family was having dessert after dinner! Big win :-)
    Hacks to Habit: keep some small-diced or spiralized sweet potatoes in the fridge, ready to cook up quickly when I want some starch and sweetness
    Plan for tomorrow: I need to plan out the menus for this week.  For the family’s menus I can just cut and paste from six or seven weeks ago, but for my meals I really want to try some new recipes. I’m afraid I will get bored or tired of the foods I’ve been eating, which will lead to a huge temptation to give up. Stealthstitcher if you read this, what did you put in your shepherds pie with chicken?
    I also want to make ghee, boil some eggs, prep some more devilled eggs, chop up a sweet potato or spiralize some with my new spiralizer, and make a potato- egg salad with that delicious mayo I finally made yesterday. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from rachelmaria33 in Help! What to do with frozen avocado?   
    Oh I’ll try it mixed in with taco toppings, I think I’d like that.  I’m reading the whole 30 protein salad recipe rn, it says you can use mashed avocado for a creamy base, so I’m going to try that too.
    I don’t like coconut milk so I can’t do the white chilli.  
    Thanks a bunch for the suggestions!
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to stealthstitcher in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Sounds like you're well-planned!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from relampago in May 1, 2020 - and We're Off!   
    I’m in!   Let’s hold each other accountable, yes?  
    I’ve tried this before, in September 2019, but gave up after 16 days due to all the extra work in the kitchen, I just became tired of it all.  But some of the things I learned have stuck with me and have become habit:
    1. Clean the kitchen, right down to the bare counter, after every meal.  
    2. Use the dishwasher for almost everything, even if it means running two loads in a day. 
    3. Plan all of my meals one week in advance. 
    4. Always have washed romaine in the fridge, wrapped in a dish towel to keep it fresh. 
    5. Keep store bought cooked chicken breast in the fridge at all times (I like the packaged chicken breast from Costco - it’s compliant). 
     
    I started my Day 1 with a large romaine salad topped with homemade chicken salad (shredded chicken leg, celery, home made mayo),  walnuts, strawberries and Primal Kitchen ranch dressing.  I love salad for breakfast, another habit I formed since my September W30.
    Let me know how your day is going...
    Shadow