LydiaL

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    Knitting, cats, depressing music, depressing films, unicorns

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  1. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Yesterday I started wanting to Kill all the things. I still want to Kill all the things. Normally experience this earlier in the Whole30.
  2. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Did some cooking and meal planning today for my upcoming week which will be busy. Having a few days of easy assemble meals atbthe beginning of last week really helped. Anticipate I have enough veggies to get me to Wednesday. Feeling a lot better since I've cut out nightshades. i have a few Whole30 compliant meals in the freezer that contain hot peppers/hot sauce so I guess that is what I'll have for my re-introduction phase. Hoping I will be able to have nightshades every once in a while. I can live without eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes and even tomatoes but Universe, please don't deny me Tabasco.
  3. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    In exciting news, felt awful after eating a nightshade laden lunch (okra and potato curry with lots of pepper flakes). Just felt bloated and weird. I generally don't eat a lot of nightshades- I do like my tabasco but avoid raw tomatoes, red pepper, eggplant and potatoes. I think I have gone over my recommended nightshade limit for this month so I may cut out nightshades for the rest of the challenge and extend my whole 30 a few more days to get all these nightshades out of my system. @JennP I was the one who mentioned the cold brew tea. I'll have to try that with the water bottles. Sounds convenient. I used loose tea in my french coffee press and it worked well but it was a bit of a pain to clean this morning. I now have some cold brew coffee 'brewing' in the fridge so hopefully I will have a delicious coffee to drink on ice tomorrow.
  4. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Did a big cook up today so have meals for the next few days. I've also been experimenting with making Cold Brewed tea which I've never done before. I think I have created a monster with the extra spicy hot peppers I've been cooking with, but I've noticed that every time I have hot peppers and certain spices I am getting dizzy. I am sensitive to nightshades but have occasionally been eating potatoes and hot peppers during this Whole30 so am probably bringing this on myself. I generally don't eat white potatoes and think I will stick with that since they really cause my blood sugar to sky rocket.
  5. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Today was very trying. Due to a major subway disruption, commute to work and back took 5 1/2 hours. I had an elk steak left over from yesterday so dinner was easy to construct- arugula salad with cold sliced elk and a red/black current vinaigrette. I could really go for a glass of wine but instead i'll have a glass of sparkling water and some cuddles with the cat.
  6. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Is it day 5 now? I've gotten to the point of the challenge where I have "all the feels". Work stuff had me in a rage all day and on my commute home the idiot bus driver lurched the bus and I fell on a lady and my bag hit her face. She said she was fine but I felt so bad, I almost burst into tears. I'm normally not a crier but the combination of the Whole30 and a horrible commute almost drove me to jelly beans on the way home (my commute has recently increased from 1 hour a day to 2 1/2 hours a day on 3 modes of public transit- its horrible at the best of times) I resisted the urge for candy and instead picked up some fancy soap and organic cashews (and only ate 10 as I was cooking dinner) and my dinner was delicious- seared elk steak (marinated in olive oil, coconut aminos, grey salt and a small amt of hot sauce) and cauliflower rice- which I fried with garlic, baby kale, hot peppers, cashews and left-over duck. The hot peppers were those very spicy little red ones. I only used 2 for half a cauliflower but my head feels funny now. Like I'm on a spice high. It was tasty though. The first time I've been happy with cauliflower rice. I think perhaps duck skin makes everything tastier.
  7. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    JennP: Re: favourite kitchen gadget. I love my slow cooker. I try to make 1-2 slow cooked meals every weekend for the week and usually freeze at least 1 portion. So convenient
  8. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    After telling my mother what I had in my freezer, she said she was worried I had a game meat hoarding problem. Right now I have rabbit, elk, bison, duck, pheasant and venison in my freezer so I think she may have a point. I do live in a neighbourhood which is very multicultural so it's pretty easy to find most types of meat here. I hear you on the bunnies. I used to have pet quails so I do feel a twinge if I eat quail.
  9. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Last night's duck roasting plans were postponed until tonight because I didn't want to wait 3 1/2 hours for dinner. I had some sort of mystery meat curry from the fridge - either lamb or goat. i really need to start labelling things as I'm getting a little tired of meat roulette. Ate a freezer meal last week which could have been chicken, turkey or rabbit. No idea but it tasted ok. At least I know that everything in my freezer is Whole30 compliant.
  10. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Its definitely gamier and fattier and more delicious than chicken and everything tastes great when cooked in duck fat. I love to make Buffalo duck wings, they are 1000 times better than chicken wings. Like chicken wings extreme.
  11. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    Plans for this evening include roasting a duck and then roasting anything else I can find in my apartment: eg: parsnips, sweet potatoes, lemons, yarn, shoes, the cat..... in duck fat. Do I know how to live or what? ok maybe exaggerating slightly, but I did buy a roasting rack and a duck today so I'm pretty excited.
  12. LydiaL

    August 1st Group Thread

    I'm Lydia from Canada. I am starting my 4th Whole 30 today. Tried to start one 2 weeks ago but failed miserably as I was right at the end of a painful accounting course and fell off the wagon (tortilla chip binge) while studying for the final exam. I am a T1 diabetic & have a number of food intolerances and sensitivities. I starting eating Paleo a year and a half ago, felt a lot better and saw improvement in my blood sugar levels. Sadly, junk food has been finding its way back to my diet and I have been feeling the effects. I also struggle eating proper meals at work, and on nights where I have classes. My commute time to work has also increased so by the time I get home after sitting on public transit for an eternity, I am feeling to tired an lazy and sad and nothing helps that like Smart Food Popcorn. My plan is to clean up my diet, try to resist the evil lure of Smart Food popcorn and find a better way to deal with stress.I also want to expand my cooking knowledge and try to make delicious things with strange cuts of meat. As a side note: I am currently suffering the unhappy effects of being accidentally glutened yesterday. Although the food I have eaten today is Whole30 compliant, my meals weren't great due to not being able to eat very much. I may tack an extra day on the end
  13. LydiaL

    I did it, but a little disappointed

    I've found this as well. Cutting out alcohol never really makes a big difference for me in terms of weight-loss. I guess that means I can have an extra martini with dinner
  14. LydiaL

    I did it, but a little disappointed

    Think I lost somewhere between 3.5-4 lbs this time around which is probably the most I've lost on a W30 - and probably only because I didn't eat larabars or over indulge in nuts this time around. I think dramatic weight loss could be more likely for people who are coming from a SAD- as opposed to people who are coming from an already healthy diet. I know I lost about 10-15 pounds over the course of 3 months after switching from a gluten free diet to mostly paleo diet. Cutting out rice and GF white flours really made a difference. @fahrenam I have been dealing with an injury to the nerves in my neck for the past month and a half. I'm pretty restricted in what I'm able to do and I think this in combination with the pain from the injury is adding to my lack of energy. Maybe your injury and exercise limitation could be the culprit re: energy or lack thereof.
  15. LydiaL

    Starting Jan. 2

    I saw a difference when I switched to a paleo diet a year ago- less bloating, better blood sugar control, lost 10 pounds over the course of a few months...when I do a Whole30, its more like fine tuning. Never experienced the famous 'Tiger Blood' that people are talking about and I've been extra cranky this time around. My skin is looking better though and I'm feeling refreshed. I am already thinking about breakfast on saturday: bacon, duck eggs over easy and a side salad. I may also make some turnip and parsnip home fries. I'm excited to be reunited with my true love - bacon.