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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Welcome Shadow! Some of us old-timers are back again as well
    Hope all your Notes to Future (and Present) Shadow are helpful, and that your W30 continues to unfold well. Glad you're here.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 1, Wednesday January 6, 2021
    "I don't need to do another Whole30," she said.  "I can get back to good health on my own."
    NOPE!  
    My joints ache.  I'm not sleeping well.  I've gained belly fat over the holidays.  
    I re-read my entries from 2020 and I want to feel the same way I felt then.  
    The fridge, freezers and pantry have been some-what tidied in preparation.  Freshly made ghee is cooling on the counter.  Groceries have been bought today.  A menu plan will be finalized. 
    M1: kale, sweet potato and prosciutto pan fried in olive oil and finished in the oven, two eggs fried in ghee.
    M2: hearty vegetable soup with chicken
    Snack: clementine
    M3: stampot (sweet potato, white potato, turnip, carrot, ghee), green beans, gehak
    NSV: lunch was super easy. I found the soup in the freezer yesterday (dated June), set it in the fridge to thaw overnight.  Was easy-peasy to re-heat as I was putting away the groceries early this aft.  Note to Future Shadow: batch cook and freeze, then pull a meal out the night before to thaw when you've got a busy day coming up.  I tend to forget about things I put in the freezer, so I need to develop a better habit here.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 1, Wednesday January 6, 2021
    "I don't need to do another Whole30," she said.  "I can get back to good health on my own."
    NOPE!  
    My joints ache.  I'm not sleeping well.  I've gained belly fat over the holidays.  
    I re-read my entries from 2020 and I want to feel the same way I felt then.  
    The fridge, freezers and pantry have been some-what tidied in preparation.  Freshly made ghee is cooling on the counter.  Groceries have been bought today.  A menu plan will be finalized. 
    M1: kale, sweet potato and prosciutto pan fried in olive oil and finished in the oven, two eggs fried in ghee.
    M2: hearty vegetable soup with chicken
    Snack: clementine
    M3: stampot (sweet potato, white potato, turnip, carrot, ghee), green beans, gehak
    NSV: lunch was super easy. I found the soup in the freezer yesterday (dated June), set it in the fridge to thaw overnight.  Was easy-peasy to re-heat as I was putting away the groceries early this aft.  Note to Future Shadow: batch cook and freeze, then pull a meal out the night before to thaw when you've got a busy day coming up.  I tend to forget about things I put in the freezer, so I need to develop a better habit here.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I've got to come back.  The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop.  I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it.  With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets.  Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips.  It hurts to walk.  Every step hurts until I get "warmed up."  So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways.  I've lost control.  
    And so I am back.  I will begin now, this evening.  Freeze those decadent squares and hope my family eats through them fairly quickly.  Fingers crossed I can keep away from them.  See, the thing is, since I was last here I trained for and now I run 5K three times a week.  Sore feet and ankles do not make walking or running enjoyable.  I want to run more than I want to eat sugar. I remember how well I felt when I was eating compliant to the plan.  The only way that I can get back to feeling great is to go all in, so here I am.
    Hi to my old friends/followers here on this forum.  I took a few moments to catch up and read through your latest entries in your logs.  I missed you.  I look forward to journeying together with you to better health.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyM in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I've got to come back.  The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop.  I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it.  With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets.  Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips.  It hurts to walk.  Every step hurts until I get "warmed up."  So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways.  I've lost control.  
    And so I am back.  I will begin now, this evening.  Freeze those decadent squares and hope my family eats through them fairly quickly.  Fingers crossed I can keep away from them.  See, the thing is, since I was last here I trained for and now I run 5K three times a week.  Sore feet and ankles do not make walking or running enjoyable.  I want to run more than I want to eat sugar. I remember how well I felt when I was eating compliant to the plan.  The only way that I can get back to feeling great is to go all in, so here I am.
    Hi to my old friends/followers here on this forum.  I took a few moments to catch up and read through your latest entries in your logs.  I missed you.  I look forward to journeying together with you to better health.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from tinman57 in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I've got to come back.  The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop.  I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it.  With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets.  Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips.  It hurts to walk.  Every step hurts until I get "warmed up."  So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways.  I've lost control.  
    And so I am back.  I will begin now, this evening.  Freeze those decadent squares and hope my family eats through them fairly quickly.  Fingers crossed I can keep away from them.  See, the thing is, since I was last here I trained for and now I run 5K three times a week.  Sore feet and ankles do not make walking or running enjoyable.  I want to run more than I want to eat sugar. I remember how well I felt when I was eating compliant to the plan.  The only way that I can get back to feeling great is to go all in, so here I am.
    Hi to my old friends/followers here on this forum.  I took a few moments to catch up and read through your latest entries in your logs.  I missed you.  I look forward to journeying together with you to better health.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Why can I never finish anything?   I can't even remember what happened, actually I do, we sold our family home - and the predictable happened.  
    So ANOTHER NEW START!
    Today, here in Ireland, we start a six week lockdown - so what better time to begin again.  I have the time to cook and I am not going anywhere.
    Breakfast: eggs, spinach, tomatoes baked with olive oil
    Lunch: Salmon, brussels sprouts, apple
    Dinner: Chicken curry, steamed potatoes, pear.
    Exercise: 45 mins brisk walk.
    Hope everyone else is well 
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I've been eating Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast most days. Why? It's easy. I need to find some "easy" breakfast things that don't require pulling out the skillet and cutting boards. 
    Lunch today was solid - Aidell's sausage, spaghetti squash, Newman's Own pasta sauce and grapes. 
    Anxiety has been kinda overwhelming today. Not overwhelming, exactly, but ever present. Anxiety has a tendency to drive my snacking. 
    I did my first outdoor run in a really long time yesterday. I did 4 miles "wogging" (half walking, half jogging) and finished in just under an hour. That's not fast, but I did it and I finished it. My allergies flared up and did not respond to medication. I was miserable the rest of the day, all of last night and into this morning. I finally felt better after the 2nd dose of allergy meds I took this morning. Note to self: take allergy meds BEFORE going outside to run. 
    I don't have a plan for dinner. I'm sick of protein and veggies. 
    I feel like I'm just whining today. Gotta pull out of the funk. Maybe a fun, new dish for dinner will help. I still want to try the Paleo Pad Thai - maybe we'll give that a shot. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 69
    Big day of meal prep. I slept soundly through the night for the first time in eons last night, and I feel like I have a different kind of energy today--thankfully so, because I have a lot to get done! Including moving furniture so the last of the painting can be finished--yahoo! Then my aunt and uncle come next weekend to help me install a new floor in my office/yoga room. It's all getting to feel quite wonderful here. Like home, as they say.
    I'm also reintroducing increased fats after my doctor-supervised thyroid protocol has come to completion, and my oh my is it wonderful to have avocado and ghee and homemade mayo once again. Here's my plan for today:
    M1: kale and eggs with pork belly and coffee with vital proteins and nut pods (experimenting here with some increased protein)
    M2: roast chicken and brussels sprouts
    M3: tri tip with mashed cauliflower and horseradish mayo
    I included links to recipes above because they're especially good. Simple, but good. Just the way I like. Life is delicious, no?
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to MadyVanilla 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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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So I'm not the only one who does this?  
    Congratulations on those NSV's.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  9/25/20
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 21
    Even though FitBit only gave me a "Fair" score for my sleep last night, I feel especially good about it. Was mindful about screens late in the day, went for a walk after dinner and then no tv after, got into bed with a real book well before 9, and slept through the night until my alarm went off at 5. I have successfully returned to my preferred monastic life schedule. Which is only possible because I live alone and theaters are closed for the moment. Otherwise I'm out late reviewing shows and on my Dude's bartending schedule. It's healthier this way. But not nearly the same kind of fun. Le sigh.
    Today begins phase two of this W30 which lasts until Oct. 18 when phase three kicks in. I'm staying curious and open to the process, grateful to have guidance from my doc; I'm also doing my best to not get attached to the outcome and stay present to the process.
    My favorite NSV at the moment that I haven't mentioned is I'm back to a regular, daily meditation practice. Years ago I committed to a 30-day meditation challenge, and it transformed everything. It's impossible to describe and also impossible to understand why I ever fall off the wagon because meditation makes everything better. It's the mental and emotional balance and stability that comes from W30 in overdrive. And I need it like a plant needs water and sunlight.
    So, I'm giving it to myself. And this is a reminder that it's as crucial a component to this human experiment as food, sleep, and exercise. 
    M1: eggs, bacon, potatoes, sweet potato toast with avocado
    M2: pulled pork on patacones with guac and lime
    M3: bbq pork on sweet potato with kraut
    Planning for a walk in the woods and either barre or yoga plus some yoga nidra today. I have a long to-do list, but it all seems more manageable the more time and space I make to tend to myself. Grateful for an early morning to create the foundation that supports it all.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Ok, ok, so that whole "back to compliant for the week" lasted as long as it took us to walk to the servo because the hubster needed an ice cream and they have B&Js Pint Slices. But the important thing is I bought a slice, and not the tub. And it was delicious.
    Def back to compliant now.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    R1D7
    Today mark's the end of week one!! Already!!! I need to work on a plan for next week. I am loving looking at recipes. I need to get more fiber in to help my digestion. Ever since my gastric bypass I have had trouble being regular. I had been taking a fiber supplement powder prior to whole30, but it is wheat dextrin, so I need something else. I did find a tea that is all natural and compliant that seems to be helping and the healthy fruits and veggies are helping too. 
    Being that I work 80 to 100 hours a week I dont know if I will notice tiger blood. I work a lot and on my days off I am completely exhausted. I am no spring chicken either. 47. But I have a lot of drive and I know that giving my body good healthy foods will only be that much better for me.
    I ordered some mud water, cant wait to try that! Went from having 4 large dunkin donuts iced coffees full of sugar and dairy to now drinking black half caff, made at home but ready to cut my caffeine even more.
    My mood swings weren't as bad yesterday. One day at a time I can do hard things! 
    Almost off of nicotine as well. A month ago I gave up cigs and only vape now. Stepped down one nicotine level a few days ago. 
    I used to neglect my health so much. I was an alcoholic who didnt care if I died, now I am sober almost 6 years and I want to live!!!
    I love myself now and that is a beautiful beautiful thing!!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    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.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    This is the seasoning with the slight change I think makes it better.
    Copycat Popeye's Blackened Chicken Seasoning
    2tsp Fine Sea Salt
    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne Pepper
    2tsp Chili Powder
    2tsp Garlic Powder
    2tsp Black Pepper
    Super simple. I just mixed it together and put it in a jar. I think the recipe talked like the entire slug for 3 lbs chicken tenders. Toss them in it and then pan fry them in some oil. I didn't go that heavy. I generously sprinkled it on each side of the tenders, pan fried them for 1 minute on each side, then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. They were/are (still have leftovers) delicious. Next time I do this (which will be as soon as I'm out because I'm hooked) I'm going to use a meat tenderizer/hammer to smash them thin before seasoning and pan frying. For that I will likely cook them for less time in the oven and it would likely take more rounds in the oven because they'll take up more surface area on the sheetpan. As I perfect this recipe I intend to make up the seasoning in jars to give away at Christmas. That has been my new fave Christmas present, to share seasonings I have grown to love.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    It is absolutely amazing!!! I didnt think I would see such changes in my attitude in 4 days, but I definitely have! 
    I run a Pizza shop with my husband and I am usually major stressed and on edge there, and the past 3 days I have been much more chill
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    R1D3
    Feeling so good! My bloating is so much better but I feel like my digestion is still wacky, but it is only day 3 so I get it. 
    After I gave up sugar I ate a lot of corn tortilla chicken tacos with cheese. I love tacos, so easy and filling. I am suspicious of the corn and cheese being a sensitivity for me though. Tonight I am having tacos in lettuce cups, no cheese, instead I am using guacamole and salsa YUMMY!! I also roasted a huge tray of veggies and they are very tasty. Also made coconut lime rice from Real Plans. I am loving all this whole30 food.
    I'd like to share a little story with you about something that happened to me this morning. 
    Each night I set up my coffee so that it will automatically brew while I am in the shower in the morning. 
    After getting ready I came into the kitchen, which was dark and I step in a puddle. I turn on the light and the floor is wet, the counters are wet and then I realize....I never put the coffee pot in the machine! An entire pot of decaf....everywhere!
    I laughed, I thought to myself "No use in crying over spilled coffee" and I chuckled. As I was cleaning it up I thanked The Universe for this lesson in patience. Perhaps this happened to stall me so that I wouldn't get in a car accident, perhaps this or that. Who knows. The Universe works in mysterious ways and today I am happy to say that it gave me a laugh rather than a cry!! 
    Try to find some humor today in the lessons that life gives you. When you get upset, it only causes twice the suffering. 
    NSV??? More patience, less reactivity...I'll take it!!!
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    You know what gets me through? In the 90s/early 00s, I was a little party animal/clubber and I now have a playlist of all the songs I used to go off at the club to  Reliving my youth!!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    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 caused entirely by poor eating habits, but I do think that having wholesome eating habits is a part of the solution. I have been getting out of bed at a decent time, before 7am most mornings as long as insomnia doesn't strike for hours in the night, and that has been a goal that I set for myself while on Whole30 and attained entirely through healthy eating and ramping up my exercise habits.  You're over the halfway hump and coming soon into the home stretch.  Keep doing what you're doing, eating well and exercising lots.  Maybe switch to an old fashioned book rather than your phone before bed.  You've noticed an improvement in the acne, give your body time to work through these major changes and the sleep will improve.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from LadyM in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    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! 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    This *can* happen on the stovetop, but I've been making my ghee with a foolproof crockpot method I love. Just dump the butter into a crockpot set to low and leave it overnight with no lid. In the morning, voila! It's ready to strain through a cheesecloth into jars. I also recommend using unsalted grass fed butter. I've never bought ghee, always have jars of it on hand. It's not that big of a deal. I swear!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    No way!! I will have to try that. I was always reluctant because I thought it was like making brown butter and there was a 2 second window between done and burned. I'm totally trying this, that would make my life sooooo much easier! Thank you!