Jennifer Jensen

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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    ME TOO!!!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Amazing! I just finished a hike and feel at least 10 years older in spite of loving the outdoors so much. My grandmother lived to be 93 and the last thing she did was plant flowers before she had a stroke. She had a list of things to do in her car and a change of clothes. I deliver meals for Meals on Wheels and I pray I never end up unable to get out of bed. My goal is to get healthy and remain healthy the rest of my life.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Oh yes--very much worth a party!! For me the size doesn't matter quite as much as just getting back into clothes I once loved and have long aspired to wear again. And it's taken a looooooong time I now realize because my body had a lot of healing to do before it could release the weight. It's been really important to not be on anyone's timetable but my body's. And to finally only wear clothes I really love.
    So sorry your mom is not doing well. Watching some of the people in my life age and become ill has certainly been a cautionary tale and inspiration for me to get my health in order. My mother slowly killed herself with diabetes she didn't control that led to heart disease and major depression; my father struggled his entire life with morbid obesity and ultimately committed a violent suicide. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived until nearly 102 hardly taking any meds at all except a baby aspirin and a stool softener now and again. I aim to make my own way as joyfully and authentically as possible--and keeping my eyes wide open about who I am and the choices I'm making.
     
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 53
    I'm rereading It Starts With Food and SO GLAD that I am. Reacquainting myself with the how's and why's of this radical transformation is so good and helpful for continuing on the path. Interestingly enough, the thing I'm most interested in reintroducing is legumes. I do love my lentils and black eyed peas and hummus. Gas is generally the only issue I have, and less so the smaller the bean. Anyway, I'm nowhere near reintroductions yet, but it's on my mind.
    I also read Dallas Hartwig's new book about living with the seasons, and I really enjoyed it. I've often thought much of his thinking and research is in alignment with what I know about ayurveda even though he never mentions it. I love finding and making those connections.
    Still giving myself rest as you can see with my reading frenzy, but today I'm going to set a timer a couple of times to do some packing bursts. I'm such a social person it's hard for me to get motivated on my own. But I'm too afraid to let friends come help since I'm really only two weeks out from COVID.
    BTW, the Dude's COVID test came back negative, and that's a HUGE relief. No symptoms from him or his mom, so it's looking good that we're in the clear. Praise be. Truly.
    Another cold and rainy day here and after an early morning wake up, I went back to bed and got up just in time for student conferences. Now I'm off to get my glasses repaired. I'll report back about packing later!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's amazing how much diet affects our lives! Glad you're getting to move into your house. My advice do all you need to do to your house now. I have been waiting for new floors for 25 years. Our house will be paid off next year and the money is going to re-sodding the yard first. 
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I think I will have a party when I can get rid of all my plus size clothing for good!

    Smallest I ever wore was a 12 but 10 or 12 is all I really ever hope for. My mom who keeps shrinking (really she is not doing well) keeps handing me her size 8 and 10 clothing as well as everything else up to a 14. Only a few of them are "me" but I take a few and hang onto them because they are classic styles and good quality. Who knows? 
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's amazing how much diet affects our lives! Glad you're getting to move into your house. My advice do all you need to do to your house now. I have been waiting for new floors for 25 years. Our house will be paid off next year and the money is going to re-sodding the yard first. 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 51
    And I can leave my house for the first time in two weeks today!!! Which means I get to do a final walk through of the new house with a painter who thinks he'll be able to get the interiors done before I move in. This is starting to feel more and more real. No doubt when I hand over the biggest check I've ever written upon closing Monday it will feel really real!
    Today I woke up feeling the best I have since COVID, so that's promising, indeed. I actually think I'm going to be able to get myself packed in time for the move a week from Friday. And as ALL my clothes now fit again, I can be even more ruthless about weeding out needless clothes in my drawers and closet. If I don't love it and it doesn't fit magnificently, OUT it goes! Such perfect timing. I just don't want to bring anything into my new house that I don't love and need and want. It's been quite a process over the past years . . . losing my mom, then my dad, then my gram . . . somehow it's easier to let go of things after having had to let go of all the primary relationships in my life. I can feel them watching over me as I take this enormous step into home ownership. It's a pretty beautiful thing, really.
    I received an Imperfect Foods shipment yesterday, so I'm pretty good with groceries. Haven't had chicken in a while, so I'm thinking I'll throw some in the air fryer to have on a fresh salad. I may pop over to the grocery store for some fennel and fresh fruit, though. That will be an amazing treat after these weeks of little else but apples. So grateful for options and the ability to move freely!!
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 52
    I have a bit more of an appetite today than I can remember for some time. That must be a sign of my continued recovery from COVID--hooray for that!
    Feeling tired, though, after a foray out into the rainy cold for groceries followed by a cooking frenzy followed by online student conferences. I'm going to FaceTime with a dear friend shortly and aim to pack a couple boxes but then call it a day. Was considering a little walk outside now that the weather has cleared--and it felt so blissful yesterday, but we'll see. Must be mindful not to push. And packing really does need to be priority right now. I know I'll feel better if I just get going.
    On an unrelated note, I opened up my new Vitamix and gave it a whirl with some super simple soup I whipped up from bone broth+onion+garlic+celery+spinach+salt and pepper. Totally amazing. I don't know how or why I lived so long without this magnificent kitchen gadget. I can't wait to use it every day in my new house!!
    Speaking of which, I did a final walk through last night with my realtor and a painter who's going to be able to get much of the main floor interiors done next week before I move in. It's not cheap, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Starting to get anxious about how much owning a home is going to cost, but doing my best to trust that the universe will provide. It's time to make the leap!
    So glad I decided to get back to W30 and clean up my diet before moving into the new house. It just feels as if I've prepared myself for a new life there, and that's a wonderful thing.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to Miss T the Tarot Reader in Whole30 -- pain and inflammation   
    Hi, KKitty. I have chronic pain and chronic illness too. I've done a couple Whole30s and a lot of "Whole-30-ish" long-term eating. Though I do some coaching, it is not health coaching, so please don't take my post as professional nutrition advice!
    That said: if the Whole30 helped you notice nightshades, that's a great thing. If I were in your position, I'd turn this into a Whole60 or at least a Whole45, and eliminate the nightshades, too. Shannon suggests something similar. Then do the reintroductions—slowly, and not starting with nightshades. Reintroduce lentils, wait three days, etc. Do that for a whole month, then try a potato.

    Note that some people react to some nightshades but not others, or that our reactivity goes up and down. One of my children is currently in high reactivity due to allergies and mold exposure—and is suddenly allergic to potatoes. Tomatoes seem to be fine. When I had nightshade reactivity, it was eggplant that knocked me out. So anyway, if you do your reintroductions slowly, you may find that after 30-60 days of being off nightshades AND other problem foods, you're able to have one or two nightshades no problem.

    Honestly I think most of us with serious chronic inflammation have to get to about 3-4 months of "Whole30-ish" or hardcore paleo/W30 before we can really get good elimination diet results. So it may just take a while.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to ShannonM816 in Whole30 -- pain and inflammation   
    It's ultimately up to you, but I think you'll probably get better results if you can eliminate nightshades first, and when you're feeling better, then start reintroductions. It will probably take cutting out nightshades for at least a few days before you feel better, if they're what is causing the problem. If you reintroduce something while you're still in pain, and it turns out that one of the side effects that reintroduced item causes for you is joint pain, you won't necessarily notice that pain because of the pain you're already in. 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to KKitty in Whole30 -- pain and inflammation   
    Hello! I am on day 30. I have noticed quite a few NSV's, and my pain and inflammation/muscle soreness was getting better, but all of a sudden it is terrible. My lower back is incredibly stiff and hurts a LOT. Clearly it's not any of the things I've cut out (dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten) and I'm beginning to think nightshades are the problem. I love tomatoes and I eat them a LOT. My question is -- should I continue on, and just eliminate nightshades along with everything else? Or should I do the reintroduction while also cutting out nightshades?
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Hoping and praying you get your house this time! Wow, a plan for a W105! At the moment I can't even imagine but I also think it IS doable. Really, I like my food. 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    The distance makes it hard on both.  The years prior to marrying my hubby he was the sole care giver for his mom as her health failed for three years.  Within that year his last member of his family his older brother started getting really sick and my man insisted on getting him in front of a doctor.  Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and 8 brain tumors.  He basically became the sole care provider for his brother as well.  We lost his brother exactly one year after his mom passing.  We lived 1.5 hours from each other (not the 4 hour drive you had) but even that distance made it so hard.  Communication on your part and understanding is key.  When I got my head out of my own feelings to realize some days he didn’t have the fortitude or energy to even text back “ok” or “hi”  I remember having a hard heart to heart with him while his mom was sick and afterwards seeing that my good morning messages and my sporadic I love you and thinking about you messages throughout the day we’re keeping him going (even though I felt like they were being ignored) help me put my role of support from a distance into perspective.  I had offered many times to help relieve him to sit with his mom or brother but he never wanted me there.  I felt like I was being stuffed armed until he explained for his own sanity sake he wanted to keep me separate from all the pain.  His association with me was his happy place his place of escape as little as it was at the time and he didn’t want to taint that or expose me to the deep deep painful moments he was walking through.  I never understood his thought process there but i learned to be okay with it if it was what he needed.  After all was said and done and he had a year to really grieve and process he asked me to marry him.  He is the most wonderful man and I’m so glad I weathered that very very long storm.  I also saw how well he cared for his family and I knew that he would provide the same care for me and my kids.  Be patient with each other, stay out of your head on things. Communicate every day your support and thoughts and on goings of life even if he can’t. I’m sorry for carrying on and crying all over your log.  I just want you to know you have at least one person who understands and you can feel free to message me anytime for support.  *hugs*
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 42
    Feeling pretty run down with what feels like a cold but makes me worried it could be something else. I scheduled a COVID test in the morning to be sure, especially because I may have exposed the Dude and his Mom.
    Nothing much to report here on the food front, except I had a phone consult with my doc's office and will be continuing phase 2 of this Whole 30 for at least 10 days longer. I'm good with that. It seems drawing things out is what it's about in my life these days.
    Which brings me to the house and the good news that it appraised at exactly our agreed-to price. Which means, fingers and toes crossed, the house will be mine and I'll get to move in at the end of the month. Ahhhhhhhhh! So much packing to finish up. It'll get done, though. Everything will work out just fine. 
    Now to get some rest and stop stressing. I think it's time to make meditation a daily priority again. My trip to Wisconsin to eulogize my Grandmother threw me off that practice. Time to return to the mat. It's as simple as that. . . . 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    A W105 seems so daunting, but you're doing great. 20 days in is no joke! I've loved cheering you on through your journey. Support is huge. I get addicted to this forum sometimes. 
    I love your idea for prepping the zoodles. It's a lot easier to just add them to a dish than to zoodle them, salt them, wait for them to drain, dry them and THEN eat them. 
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 20
    Very nearly 3 weeks down. Amazing.
    Sleep last night was fitful, largely because I ended up only eating one meal yesterday and I got some very exciting news shortly before bed: my offer on the house was accepted! Mind you, this is the same house for which the sale went through last month, the house I've been visualizing myself in and purging furniture and appliances for and even buying a Mid Century Modern piece of furniture or two for. The appraisal last time was way off my new realtor confirmed after walking through the house with me, and so we're going to give it another shot with a new lender and a much more experienced realtor and I'm praying this time around will mend my broken heart and get me HOME.
    As for eating yesterday, I made Kalua Pig in the instant pot as promised, finishing it with a pile of kale, collards, and cabbage, and ate it with a baked sweet potato and the Whole30 recipe for bbq sauce which is pretty darn good. It all was so unbelievably delish, I ate my fill at 2 p.m. (slow start yesterday), and didn't get hungry again until about 2 am when I woke up with a rumbling tummy four and a half hours after going to bed. I'm still glad I listened to my body and didn't eat dinner when I wasn't hungry. That's a big ol' NSV for this gal.
    Projected meals for today are all about finishing leftovers:
    M1: salmon cakes with awesome sauce
    M2: Moo shu pork
    M3: pad thai with the last of the bahn mi meatballs and whatever veggies need to be used up
    [By the by, I discovered the joy of making a pile of zoodles to have on hand (after cranking the zucchini into strings, salt them, let them sit, rinse, dry, then keep in a big ziplock with paper towel). So helpful, and infinitely better texture than store bought frozen or skipping the salting and draining and drying steps.]
    We're looking at a closing date the end of October, and I have every intention of continuing W30 through then and beyond. This week I begin phase two of this W105 (or whatever it ultimately turns out to be) wherein I deliberately play with macros under doctor's supervision. And that means a run to the store for a green plantain to make patacones and maybe some potatoes to have hash browns with breakfast.
    I'm feeling hopeful, y'all! And still ever-grateful for the support of W30 right now.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 37
    I was so hungry yesterday I ate an extra meal. TOM is due in less than a week, so I'm just calling it normal and celebrating that I listened to my body.
    Today I'm playing with Intermittent Fasting. It's part of my experiment going forward. I'm also reading up on keto, and though I've played with both in the past with lackluster results, I'm convinced again that it might be something worthwhile if I'm to stave off diabetes, the thing that killed my Mama seven years ago. I know I have a predisposition, and I'm willing to do what it takes to live healthier and happier longer. 
    Anyway, this morning has been a big cook up for me after yesterday's focus on teaching. I slept in, journaled, meditated, then got to work. Baked orange roughy with fennel and tomatoes, crock pot chicken with salsa, shrimp with garlic green beans. So happy to have plenty of meals on hand. Friday is my day to replenish what needs replenishing after pilates and a long walk in the woods, but I have plenty until then. That makes me feel good.
    Going to soak in a hot tub with BFF, hit the library, and refill my water jugs. Yoga on tap tonight via zoom with one of my favorite instructors. I signed up for a month-long of Wednesday nights with her. It'll be a very nice treat!
    Look at that: a treat that has nothing to do with food. That's what I'm aiming to fill my life with.
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @LadyM I need some recipes/tips for making kabocha squash. Mine was dry. I have loved the acorn squash, though.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 34
    Just back from a country drive with BFF that started in the morning. I packed a thermos and snacks and ate what I brought. BFF hit the fast food and bakeries. He's supportive of what I'm doing but not yet interested in making changes for himself. It's all good.
    So, still on track and feeling good. Enjoying a lazy weekend. Loving fall.
    Watched a couple of interesting documentaries yesterday about paleo and lchf diets for healing. Feeling more and more recommitted to this lifestyle long term. Convinced it really is how human bodies achieve optimal health. Really contemplating how to create my own food freedom forever and realizing that a much longer, slower reintroduction phase is going to be important for me. Rereading my first log from 2013 reminded me that I ended it by eating and drinking all the things on a Memorial Weekend celebration. Eager to do a careful reintro this time and really pay attention to how each food, not just food group, affects me. But I don't plan to do that until December.
    Had a food nightmare last night. My first one this round!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Schrod's recipe roundup   
    I purchased two full sockeye salmon fillets before I found out that my husband's oral surgery was going to keep him from eating whole food for awhile. I think this recipe looks great!
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    Jennifer Jensen got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @LadyM Glad to know how well this works for you that you have done it so many times that you can't count them.  

    I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and no thyroid and had thyroid cancer. Much of my life has revolved around trying to live with inflammation. I am hoping this will work! I, too, love the food. I am a foodie anyway and love trying new things. Whole30 has gotten me out of a food rut. I am eating to the season as well and trying all kinds of squash. 

    Are you still trying to sell your house and move? What a life situation! I guess we all have them at times. Wishing you the best this go 'round.
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Schrod's recipe roundup   
    So I keep finding and trying new recipes and then forgetting them (I work on 3 diff computers so bookmarking is patchy at best), so I thought I'd start a recipe thread to post my findings, so here it is.
    Last night I made this Orange Ginger Salmon Skillet - YUM. 
    https://thecastawaykitchen.com/2020/01/orange-ginger-salmon-skillet/
    Very tasty, and very easy - I even threw it together with a migraine setting in (just wanted to eat, take drugs and go to bed before it got out of hand).
    I subbed snow peas for mushrooms as the hubster isn't a huge fan of mushrooms and the snow peas needed using up.
    Including a picture of my (not as pretty as the link, of course) plating
     

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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Schrod's recipe roundup   
    Recipes from my lovely North African fest below:
    https://www.easypeasyfoodie.com/slow-roast-ras-el-hanout-lamb-with-pomegranate-and-quinoa-tabbouleh/
    (switch the quinoa for cauliflower rice (FRESH! not frozen, microwaved for 2 mins so it's slightly cooked but has a bit of crunch)
    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1020458-tahini-glazed-carrots
    (I used 2 pureed dates soaked in boiling water)
    https://www.thespruceeats.com/moroccan-potato-cakes-maakouda-batata-2394879
    (Ghee instead of butter)
    I have to say - the cauliflower tabbouleh was a show stopper, I'll be making it by itself!
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    Jennifer Jensen reacted to BabyBear in Schrod's recipe roundup   
    I nearly squealed like teenage girl when I found this thread.  Your food always sound so amazing, and I’m encouraged to know that you also use a recipe from time to time!