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    StefMonster got a reaction from MadyVanilla in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: veggie frittata with avocado
    Post workout: 2 salmon patties with mayo
    2nd: 2 cans of tuna with tomato sauce (aka "Italian tuna salad" according to Gavin lol)
    3rd: pecan crusted salmon with zucchini and mushrooms
    I've broken my pushup record for 3 days in a row! This is huge for me, as I've always felt lacking in upper body strength.
    Tonight after dinner, Gavin said he might do my next round with me. Joke's on him, because I'm probably not ever stopping.
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    StefMonster reacted to MadyVanilla in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    Awesome!  You are seeing some great NSVs!
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    StefMonster got a reaction from MadyVanilla in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: boiled eggs, smoked salmon, blackberries and blueberries
    2nd: salmon patty in an egg wrap with avocado, carrots and ranch, plus an extra salmon patty
    3rd: leftover baked salmon, broccoli, and cauliflower with a big spinach salad topped with cherry tomatoes and ranch
    Snack: blackberries and blueberries
    So there is definitely a hunger component to my PMDD, not just cravings. My husband ate fried jalapeno poppers in front of me today and I didn't even want one. I did want chocolate though. I took a nap, and that really helped. It's day 24, and things usually start getting really ugly around this time. I'm thankful to be feeling fairly normal, if a little fatigued and hungry.
    My belly seems to be quiet again, so I'm wondering if carby/starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and winter squash contribute to it. I may try several days without them and see what happens. I'm relatively sure they're not making me depressed, anxious, or giving me cravings. It might just be a fluke.
    I stopped taking all my vitamins and supplements when I started Whole30. The only thing I take now is 200mg L-theanine once or twice a day for anxiety. I've been taking gummy vitamins for a long time and had noticed how even that little bit of sweetness made me crave MORE in a big way. I also had been taking magnesium, potassium, and B-complex for various PMDD symptoms. I might reassess their effectiveness after the 30 days are up, but right now I'm not missing them.
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    StefMonster reacted to Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Whew. It's Thursday and I am ready to reset! I don't know what the deal is, but I have slept poorly for the past couple of nights after enjoying some decadent homemade ice cream. Last night, I had legitimate acid reflux in the middle of the night! It was only the second time in my life that I've experienced that particular barrel of monkeys. (If you've never experienced acid reflux, don't rush out and experience it. It's really awful.) I don't feel like I had eaten a ton of ice cream, but whatever I ate was not loved by my body.
    This morning, after a fitful night of sleep, before I had even changed out of my pajamas, the decadent homemade ice cream went right into the garbage. Yep, there it is, melting all over yesterday's coffee grounds and eggshells.
    I have been feeling too good to sacrifice for that ice cream. That was decidedly #NotWorthIt. So thankful to have the framework of good W30 meals to fall back on. Onward, upward.
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    StefMonster got a reaction from MadyVanilla in October 2021 - Round 1 - FIGHT! *cue Mortal Kombat theme*   
    1st: 3 boiled eggs with leftover sweet potatoes, 1/2 avocado, and roasted red pepper sauce, with some strawberries & blueberries
    2nd: 2 salmon patties with roasted red pepper mayo, baked sweet potato, celery w/ranch
    3rd: shrimp, spaghetti squash, marinara sauce, zucchini, onions
    Work was slow yesterday, so I had time to eat lunch a little before noon. I wasn't "hungry-hungry," but felt like I could eat. One of the best things about eating like this is that I don't feel bloated and sluggish after I eat.
    My injured finger is doing even better. I drive with my left hand a lot, usually at the 7 or 8 o'clock position on my steering wheel, with my palm facing up. After just a short time I usually have to lift that finger up so it's not in contact with the wheel or sitting between my index and middle finger, because it feels like it's being forced into an unnatural position (even though it's definitely not). I didn't have to do that at ALL on my drive to work!
    These dreams are killing me, y'all. This one wasn't Whole30 related, it was about cybernetically enhanced, highly intelligent velociraptors from space taking over the planet. But it was so vivid. These dreams remind me of when I would go on a new mental health med, or increased the dosage. I kind of wonder if it has something to do with having a ton of serotonin receptors in our digestive tracts.  
    I got blindsided by a pretty wicked sugar craving after dinner, but I needed to run a quick errand and it was gone by the time I got back home. I had some bedtime tea and later, some bone broth. I'm still on the fence about that. It's a lot different from regular broth. Gonna be an acquired taste, I think.