Saiee

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    Saiee got a reaction from 50andstillhere in February 1st?   
    I found these and thought of spreading almond butter on them and having them in the morning with poached eggs. Are they compliant? It is just sliced sweet potatoes that are roasted. Or is that considered bread?

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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in February 1st?   
    My big challenge is #1 in your list there @Lorna from Canada . I actually find W30 brings the psychological relationship with food into really sharp focus for me; the actual food I’m ok with but the behaviours still really catch me out and I have some days where I feel like I’ve not managed that one at all. 
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    Saiee reacted to Lorna from Canada in February 1st?   
    @Saiee @Rebecca001
    I think that's the problem isn't it? That packaged ones are so accessible that they make it easy to over indulge. I, personally, would never eat so many of those that they would ever become a problem for me so don't see the difference between those and a Thrive market W30 salad dressing. They're more of a SWYPO for me though so I'd probably avoid them in lieu of something else.

    I think, at this stage of the game, we need to be thinking about these things in relation to the W30 Good Food Standards: 

    The food that we eat should:
    Promote a healthy psychological response Promote a healthy hormonal response Support a healthy gut Support immune function and minimize inflammation. While doing a W30, we should add in number 5:
    Compliant to W30 rules. This is the focus I am taking now to figure out what these rules look like for me - #1 is the most difficult. Those FWNBs are a big problem for me. Hubs and I were just talking about this - how do we move forward and what will our rules be when I am done W60 at the end of February (he's doing W30 principles with a weekend beer ) 
    Anyway, I'd say if you could eat them without going mad for them then you'd be okay but that's not an official statement, is it now
     
     
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    Saiee reacted to Lorna from Canada in February 1st?   
    I was wondering how you are doing @Saiee! I'm day 33 of W60 @bellhopboy - technically W30 #5 for me. Had a great January - wanted to keep going. Happy to support.
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    Saiee got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in February 1st?   
    I had to do a couple restarts in Jan and struggled at the end, but am going to do a 2nd whole 30 with Feb 1st start
     
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    Saiee reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the last year they've accounted for a larger percentage of my diet than I care to admit. I can't seem to open a package without binging mindlessly through the whole thing. The great thing is that I don't actually miss that stuff - I just need to remember that post-W30!
    I imagine my FF life will include rice and wine on the reg, and the other stuff only when "worth it" out in the wild (restaurants, gatherings w/friends and family, etc). Pre-COVID, my hubby and I went out to eat once a month if we were lucky, so in-the-wild situations are not that common. (We're food snobs, and feel like we can cook better food at home than most of the restaurants we go to, though that may be due to the lack of choices in our area!)
    Hooray to ending week 4 today! Two more days, then it's on to the next step. Thank you all for this awesome thread/conversation! I hope we can keep it going in maintenance. And I hope you ladies who are extending will join us there.
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    Saiee reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me - I'm doing another full round starting Feb 1 - Mar 2. I've still got some things to work on around the meal template, no snacking and 2 pieces of fruit rules. ALSO, my plantar fasciitis is MUCH better in my foot but not resolved. Another month will help with both of those.  January 31 I am likely going to have some wine to see what happens but, if I don't, I guess I'll be starting round 2 faster.
    I call it the Moderation Myth too - I have a whole laundry list of foods that I can't eat in moderation and, not surprisingly, salad and boiled eggs aren't on it. I am best to abstain every single time. I like the rules of W30 and part of what I need to do during W30 #5 (starting Feb 1) is figure out my FFF rules. I thought I had them sorted after my last W30 but that fell apart the minute huge emotional stress showed up. 
    Off to bed for me - Day 27 is in the bag. 90% done W30 #4. I'm really proud of all of us for the work we've done! Let's finish this round super strong!
     
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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    Saiee reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Self compassion is so critical! After years of living with a nasty inner critic (I call them my Itty Bitty Shitty Committee), I've had to work hard to develop self kindness. Dr. Kristin Neff's work is a great resource for anyone needed a boost in this area.
    I usually end the day by reading the notes for the next day in my W30 Day by Day but had missed reading Day 21 so I caught up last night. Boy - Melissa hit it on the head! While day 20 tends to be a big high, W30ers often report day 21 being a big downer thanks to boredom and repetition and all the things I was feeling and reported on by @Rebecca001. It was good to realize I am not alone and I think my plan to limit fruit today is going to be the gentle challenge I need to keep engaged.
    It's hard to restart so KUDOS to you for making it happen. I had to do a restart one time when a dairy filled babaganoush (sacrilege) made an appearance in my kitchen for 10 days without me noticing. I was really  curious about my dairy sensitivity on that round so, nothing to do but restart but I was on day 11 and it was not easy! I'm 90% convinced I am going to tag on a 2nd W30 starting January 31 so I'll be here for you!
    Busy day today - I FINALLY got access codes for a bunch of files I need to complete a project for a major client. I was half way through, their IT person decided to change the access codes and then buggered off on vacation for 6 weeks! Now I am behind schedule and need to catch up so this could be a busy, busy weekend. All good though - I am truly grateful for my work during this awful time when so many people are suffering financial hardship.
    Hope everyone has a beautiful Day 22.
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    Saiee got a reaction from Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    So I am only 5 days into my 2nd restart, I started on the 5th I think then screwed up with a can of tuna (soy) and then a supposedly whole 30 safe jerky (brown sugar). But other than that I have been compliant, though it is still a start over.  So I have had urges, especially after the jerky screw up... I still feel drawn to things.  Funny story is I had stale Chex cereal and had run out of dog treats so I would give each one piece (They are small dogs).  They like them so instead of buying dog biscuits that are expensive vs how many you get I just bought a Family size box of Rice Chex (my least favorite) and put it in an old Cheeze ball barrel. So when I give them treats I "feed my chickens" as I toss a few down to them.   But last night I wanted to take that Rice Chex and have a bowl of cereal real bad.... I did not but wow the sudden urge caught me off guard and I laughed about it later about going back to old habits.
     
    Because when I was just a wee child my sister said my mother had to hide the dog biscuits from me. 
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    Saiee got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    So I am only 5 days into my 2nd restart, I started on the 5th I think then screwed up with a can of tuna (soy) and then a supposedly whole 30 safe jerky (brown sugar). But other than that I have been compliant, though it is still a start over.  So I have had urges, especially after the jerky screw up... I still feel drawn to things.  Funny story is I had stale Chex cereal and had run out of dog treats so I would give each one piece (They are small dogs).  They like them so instead of buying dog biscuits that are expensive vs how many you get I just bought a Family size box of Rice Chex (my least favorite) and put it in an old Cheeze ball barrel. So when I give them treats I "feed my chickens" as I toss a few down to them.   But last night I wanted to take that Rice Chex and have a bowl of cereal real bad.... I did not but wow the sudden urge caught me off guard and I laughed about it later about going back to old habits.
     
    Because when I was just a wee child my sister said my mother had to hide the dog biscuits from me. 
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    Saiee reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me tooo - I'm really, really wanting candy which is the LAST thing I need. It doesn't help that there is a big delivery box filled with candy sitting on my kitchen counter. We didn't open it - it's a Christmas gift from one of Hubs's vendors and it's taken its sweet time (oh, forgive that terrible pun!) getting here from the exquisite candy store from which it was ordered. Both of us know that opening the box would be very, very dangerous. So, there it sits. sigh* 
    Initially doing this 4th W30 felt like a great structure to get though a crappy, covid impacted winter and, it really has been. But, one of the things that I find very difficult about covid and our seemingly perpetual lockdown state is the repetitious, boring sameness of every single day. Now, after 20 days, this also feels like boring repetition. So it has been tough, 
    I'm coping by focussing on the amazing NSVs - the quality sleep is brilliant. The overall reduction in anxiety is brilliant. THe feeling like I'm in better control is also brilliant. And the more comfortable clothes are brilliant. That box of candy can't derail me
    2/3 - we're doing great!
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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from Canadayes I think you’re right. The relentless lockdown boredom certainly can’t be helping. It’s strange, in many ways I feel amazing but I have this little nagging voice this time that’s throwing out all the ‘eating too much’ ‘think you’ve actually gained weight’ type comments and that’s very challenging too. I think that’s just the fabric of my makeup though, my “issues” always manifest as food/weight/body image things, and is probably a symptom of life at the moment. 
    Also I think because I didn’t actually cut out many things this time as I had already done that in July and never reintroduced them, it doesn’t feel new, this is just the way I eat! 
     
    however yes, the nsv list is growing steadily and that’s great, and top of the list for me is I’ve shaken off that brain fog that’s been lingering since I had COVID, I’m sleeping deeply, and I’m certainly coping better with all the stresses currently. I think I’m just really glad and proud of myself that I haven’t ended up eating toast, biscuits and chocolate to get me through working from home and lockdown; it would have been so easy to and I’m really really glad I haven’t as I’d be feeling terrible now. 
     
    it’s forecast to be a crisp sunny day here after a week of almost constant  rain so that will brighten my mood too! 
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    Saiee reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    NSV over here on Day 11 - I'm down a belt loop in my regular belt I wear! (As @ladyshannysaid, 'who wears a belt anymore... apparently I do!). 
    It's funny you mention the candy @Lorna from Canada- I was at the office on Tuesday and my office mate asked for the Jelly Belly container that I keep in my desk drawer - she eats the majority of them so not sure why in my desk... anyway, the smell of them was so intense (this weird sugary fruit scent)... that was hard to resist... but I did it! 
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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve found the last few days pretty tough. A combination of ‘willpower fatigue’, COVID fatigue and a sudden huge increase in stress at work. As I said yesterday, I have kept out of the kitchen, but I must admit today I have thought more about food and have craved something really sugary, doughy, baked, fried, and sprinkled with sugar. Not to eat, but to stuff down my feelings I guess and to cope with the additional stress. I didn’t though! 
    I wasn’t  well prepped either, my fridge stock I prepared on Sunday has all run out, and as a result I picked at a few bits in the morning but didn’t really do lunch. so this evening while I cooked I baked a butternut squash, made lamb, chilli and tomato meatballs, and cut up a whole load of carrots and peppers into crudités so that there is actually something there when I open the fridge tomorrow! 
     
    tonight we had crispy coated chicken, with almond and seasoned crust, and I had with a big salad. There is chicken left over too. And I peeled and cored a cooking apple, and microwaved it and had with a few frozen cherries and a spoonful of coconut cream, sprinkled with flaked almonds. 

    day20! 2/3 through! My husband is almost definitely going to drink wine this weekend and after my terrible week I think this will be a big test for me, but despite my terrible week I am feeling bouncy and energised, sleeping well and coping... so I am confident I can do it! 
     
     
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    Saiee reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    HUGE NSV! It's one thing to resist cravings, but it's a whole other level of awesome not to have them in the first place, especially in times of stress. Love it!
    @Saiee The thing about zucchini noodles is that you barely even taste them once you add your sauce. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Same thing with spaghetti squash. You kinda get the texture of pasta without the belly bloat. I don't know what recipe you're looking at, and you probably already know this, but I would suggest tossing the raw zucchini noodles with salt and letting them sit in a colander for 30 minutes or so, then thoroughly rinsing to get rid of the salt. That method coaxes out a lot of the water, leaving them with a more pasta-like texture. Dry sauté them in a pan for a few minutes and you're good to go. I salt/rinse a big batch for my meal, then save half for leftovers before I sauté them. They keep well in the fridge, at least overnight.
    @Lorna from CanadaTotally agreed - I feel so good eating this way, so why do I slip back into old habits? I think for me it's the stress eating that gets me. That and the WTH effect from drinking alcohol. I need to pay close attention to my stress/anxiety and how to manage it without crunchy, salty things. It's easy right now with all of these awesome black & white rules to follow. Yet another reason to create personalized B&W rules once my reintro is complete!
    Tomorrow will be three weeks of W30 - how awesome is that! Keep on keeping on, everyone.
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    Saiee got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    It does make sense. And I will stay away from them as both hot dogs and breakfast sausage were things I ate a lot, but compliant sausage in a meat sauce with never before eaten squash or zucchini noodles I think I can do especially as I kinda loathe zucchini 
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    Saiee got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    It does make sense. And I will stay away from them as both hot dogs and breakfast sausage were things I ate a lot, but compliant sausage in a meat sauce with never before eaten squash or zucchini noodles I think I can do especially as I kinda loathe zucchini 
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    Saiee reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is a good thought process to apply to all foods - to ensure that you're not trying to cram non-compatible food into compatible packaging. the good thing is, that unless you're coming off a massive hot dog or breakfast sausage addiction, these are fine.  Baked goods of any kind are definitely not fine as per the rules but other things, such as say... almond coated chicken tenders would be fine... again, unless you were coming from a place where all you ate was fast food chicken tenders.  Does that make sense?
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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Saieethats a shame.
    we don’t really ‘do’ squash here in the uk. We can get butternut squash in every supermarket, but they can be quite watery and flavourless. Around Halloween we can sometimes get different types that are nicer flavoured and textured than BNS but it’s not a traditional veg here. We’re all about the root veg! 
     
    i’m up early this morning considering it’s a Saturday but I was so tired last night I fell asleep watching tv! Still feeling that sleepiness in the evenings. I might have a mid afternoon nap today to see me through. Saturday is normally weigh day for me, and muscle:fat tracking, so this morning I very nearly stood on the scales on autopilot! I actually feel quite bloated today, my period is due and (weird but apparently common) side effect of coronavirus - my cycle is really disrupted and affects me terribly, with real pmt and other side effects which is one reason I wanted to do this W30 reset this time round. So will be interesting to see if there’s an improvement this month. 
     
    my day consists of: building a wardrobe for my boy’s bedroom (so he stops using the floor!), plus finishing off a wooden floor I’ve been repairing, I sanded it back last last weekend and this weekend it’s time for wax, which will be good physical work! I might do a kettlebell workout this afternoon, but no run as tomorrow it’s forecast to be crisp and sunny and I’m hoping to head out for a long one! Need to go Food shopping as well, written my menu out for the whole week. 
     
    have a great day! 
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    Saiee reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I made it again for dinner tonight! Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (they look like pumpkin) and put it flat side down on parchment paper with a few sprinkles of water. This is what it looks like after it’s roasted at 375 degrees for 40-45 min. Just take a fork and scrape the “spaghetti” strands out! It’s very neutral so it goes with anything, just top it with your sauce, protein and veg! 

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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’m confident that whole30 versions of eg. Sausages, burgers, meatballs etc are fine @Saiee. It’s usually ‘sweet’ or ‘treat’ type things which aren’t allowed , so eg bread, pizza crust or cakes made with almond flour, or (as Melissa goes on about a lot!) pancakes. Probably as a response to the fact that paleo cookbooks often have a huge section of baked goods, I find. 
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    Saiee reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Saiee i am yet to find a compliant sausage (I am in uk) - all of ours have wheat added, or if gluten free they have rice flour added, even really expensive brands. Plus usually sugar. It’s one of the things I have missed most because my husband and boys have hotdogs on Saturdays after football and I can’t join them! 
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    Saiee reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Hi @Saieeit’s spaghetti SQUASH not actual spaghetti... but sure does act and look like spaghetti! I make it roasted from the recipe in the Well Fed Cookbook by Mel Joulwan. 
     
    Pork sausage is allowed...it’s on the list of protein, you just need to make sure that there is no sugar in it. Be careful with chicken sausage or breakfast sausage, those can have added sugar. hope that helps! 
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    Saiee got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    I have been doing ok.  Poaching eggs or making scrambled eggs using olive oil, black pepper, and paprika. And ground beef patties with spicy brown mustard.   In the evening usually grilled chicken breast and green beans. 
    Also am doing crockpot soup, diced cabbage, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, diced yams (instead of russets), sliced mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets and ground beef then spices. 
    I do have one question, I thought we couldn't have spaghetti or sausage?