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    AmyB got a reaction from julesjasin in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    I love love love Bengal Spice tea from Celestial Seasonings...a.k.a. "Tiger Tea" because it has a tiger on the box. It is delicious.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in What to do with leftover coconut milk?   
    I don't understand the concept of "leftover" coconut milk . But seriously, transfer it from the can to a Mason jar, and then give it a good shake each time you go to use a little. I have never had one linger long enough to find out how long before it goes bad.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in What to do with leftover coconut milk?   
    I don't understand the concept of "leftover" coconut milk . But seriously, transfer it from the can to a Mason jar, and then give it a good shake each time you go to use a little. I have never had one linger long enough to find out how long before it goes bad.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in What to do with leftover coconut milk?   
    I don't understand the concept of "leftover" coconut milk . But seriously, transfer it from the can to a Mason jar, and then give it a good shake each time you go to use a little. I have never had one linger long enough to find out how long before it goes bad.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Suzy in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    After photos: I'm not going to post them because a) I'm terrible at photography and b ) I'm in my undies, but I saw ab definition, and that's nice. Healthy on purpose, hot by accident.
    Today I made a rookie mistake and did not bring enough to eat at work. Chicken never works for me for lunch - when will I learn?? Just let myself feel hungry, drink water, deep breathing...no reason to panic.
    There are two things at my office job that were problematic for me that I feel I've conquered: 1) free hot chocolate that is dispensed from a machine. Guaranteed it contains HFCS, soy lethicin, artificial color, etc. etc. Nothing good in there, just sweet poison. 2) These little tater tots with cheese in the middle that they serve at breakfast. I could always taste that they were freezer burned and cooked in rancid oil, but that never stopped me. So long, skeezy tater tots of doom! Glad to say goodbye to those things and enjoy my real food. Burgers with spinach and red peppers in them tomorrow for lunch, plus asparagus and sweet potato. So nice to look forward to healthy things. I'm also looking forward to kicking arse at strength workouts this week.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Nadia B in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Haha, Nadia, I love the story-telling style that you bring to your log. It make you unique. I am right there with ya on the extra bacon slice! Yummmm! In fact, my nickname at CrossFit is Bacon. I've been trying to get people to stop calling me that, but I think it's probably here to stay.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Derval in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Welp, guess it's time for me to move on over to the Post-Whole30 side. This is Day 36 for me, but I accidentally had 2 slips. Not terrible, but I could've done better.

    On Day 34 (Saturday), I went to Smashburger. I had been devoted about making all of my meals for the entire Whole30, and I just needed a break. You all know how that feels, I'm sure. Anyway, got a burger with no bun, plus lettuce, tomato, pickle, and avocado. The problem was the sweet potato smash fries (smasherfries? I don't know what they were called) - they were clearly cooked in LOTS of oil and frankly smelled kind of funky. I still ate them and probably shouldn't have. No ill physical effects; just guilt from making a less than stellar choice.
    Yesterday at the grocery store, there was LOTS of meat on sale at the butcher counter. It's a pretty decent store, and while I knew that the meat was maybe not the *best* ever, it was still pretty decent, and I decided to take advantage. Well, I forgot about how breakfast sausage usually contains all manner of unnecessary stuff, and had happily chowed down on 3 patties containing sugar before I thought to read the package.

    So...I'm going to let both of those go. I think I got a little cocky about my success. I am still going to eat the sausage because I'm trying to spend a bit more wisely. I guess I won't say that I'm on a WholeWhatever right now because of that, but I will continue trying to eat as cleanly and as well as I can and keep nourishing myself before and after my WOs. I still have the goal of not *overtly* eating grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, soy, or legumes until May 26, making it a "whole"55 for me.
    I still have some skin and scalp issues that need improvement, but I am using less body lotion, which I am pleased about. Also have some physical goals of increased strength and reduced inflammation in joints and muscles. Still feeling pretty positive with a stable mood. I haven't weighed myself because...I don't care, but I did take a few photos on Day 2, and will take some "after" photos as well.
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    AmyB got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM, or, my Whole30+   
    YES! I think this is a victory. One date with nut butter. And then you stopped. Give yourself a high five for that!
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    AmyB got a reaction from Nadia B in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Haha, Nadia, I love the story-telling style that you bring to your log. It make you unique. I am right there with ya on the extra bacon slice! Yummmm! In fact, my nickname at CrossFit is Bacon. I've been trying to get people to stop calling me that, but I think it's probably here to stay.
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    AmyB reacted to Nadia B in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Amy, please teach me to write concise post
    This is what I figured out too with the thirst/hunger. We are confusing those two feelings sometimes. I really like making flavored water or iced herbal tea for the after dinner times.
    Eating more in general? Extra bacon slice
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in What to do with leftover coconut milk?   
    I don't understand the concept of "leftover" coconut milk . But seriously, transfer it from the can to a Mason jar, and then give it a good shake each time you go to use a little. I have never had one linger long enough to find out how long before it goes bad.
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    AmyB reacted to Nadia B in Nadia's PW30. "Let's fix it" journey.   
    Colonoscopy mission compete. Susan, I know what you mean by twilight meds now. Best nap ever.
    It's not an ulcer and not a Crohn's, so HOORAY! More results of byopsy next week. They have no clue what is wrong with me they said. We've outruled pretty much everything. What an idiotism.
    Now I go and eat a giant lamb chop with pesto and pass out.
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    AmyB got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM, or, my Whole30+   
    Congrats on finishing the Whole30, and continuing! I was glad to read that you got a massage - I'm an MT, too. That always makes me happy to see. I think you did great, and it seems that you learned so much about yourself and your body's cycles, patterns, etc.
    And aren't Japanese yams delicious? I like to saute mine in coconut oil and sprinkle them with Penzey's Chipotle powder.
    Happy Sunday!
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Thanks, Ladies...I agree that my progress is in fact progress. LadyM, I did in fact just give myself permission to enjoy my cocomilk&fruit and was just trying to be nice to myself about it. I remembered last night that I still have my anatomy coloring book from massage school and some nice colored pencils. I always found that a soothing activity, so I set it out and will try reaching for that and a cup of tea instead.
    This morning someone brought in bagels and pastries - not even a little bit tempted. I'm enjoying my container of eggs, sausage, leeks, cabbage, and a small hunk of avo. Sometimes I just want to dramatically sweep the boxes of bagels to the ground with my arm and yell, "It's a trick! Run away - you're being poisoned!"
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Thanks, Ladies...I agree that my progress is in fact progress. LadyM, I did in fact just give myself permission to enjoy my cocomilk&fruit and was just trying to be nice to myself about it. I remembered last night that I still have my anatomy coloring book from massage school and some nice colored pencils. I always found that a soothing activity, so I set it out and will try reaching for that and a cup of tea instead.
    This morning someone brought in bagels and pastries - not even a little bit tempted. I'm enjoying my container of eggs, sausage, leeks, cabbage, and a small hunk of avo. Sometimes I just want to dramatically sweep the boxes of bagels to the ground with my arm and yell, "It's a trick! Run away - you're being poisoned!"
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    AmyB reacted to Tveen in The crazy things people say   
    I'm studying to be a registered dietician, so bowel movements are an every day normal conversation between me and my friends.
    My favorite question has been when they ask "But how do you get fiber?? You need whole grains, you must be so constipated!!!"
    To which I respond "I've never felt so regular and normal in all my life!" Hello, vegetables?? Oh goodness...
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    AmyB reacted to notacommittee in The crazy things people say   
    True story: I visited my parents last week and went to my mom's gym to work out.
    Me, to the trainer: Do you have rules about deadlifting here?
    Him? What?
    Me: Deadlifting. Is it allowed?
    Him: Deadlifting?
    Me: Deadlifting!
    Him: Deadlifting?
    Me: *mimes a deadlift* deadlifting!
    Him: Oh...uh...I guess not *wanders off to clean the cardio machines*
    ...sigh. At least if they don't know what it is they can't forbid it?
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    AmyB reacted to Jinkse21 in Outback Steakhouse   
    I went to eat at Outback on a regular basis when I did my W30! I usually order the Outback Special making sure to tell them no butter (most restaurants add butter at the end of the cooking process to make it look at shiny and pretty) and the mixed veggies with no butter. They have two different options for cooking their steaks...standard flat-iron grill and wood-fired. I have done both and also asked that they use little to no oil when cooking. I have also order the baked sweet potato with no toppings. Outback is one of the best places for modifying their foods and their steaks are really good.
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    AmyB reacted to Jtandi in Log of 1000 Truths   
    I think you can do this!!! I really really think you need more fat. you need to think about all those things you weren't "allowing" yourself to eat when you were eating low fat/high carb. you need to find the food that you LOVE, that makes you not WANT to go back to eating pasta. I know this sounds crazy, and if someone told me this 6 months ago I would've told them they were crazy. but it's true. eat fat! enjoy it! it will fill you up and it tastes SO yummy!
    I read your list of what you're eating and, quite frankly, it looks a little bland. I would not do this if I was eating salad with chicken breast on it. with a little olive oil and vinegar. I do this because I eat food that is fricking awesome tasting. when I rolled into work today with my huge plate of 4 eggs with sweet potato hash and bacon no one said "poor you, that diet food looks...dry".
    that being said, it's a lot of work. A LOT. but once you find your rhythm it's easy. Physibeth is right - 99.9% of this is planning.
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    AmyB got a reaction from Bridget in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Thanks, Ladies...I agree that my progress is in fact progress. LadyM, I did in fact just give myself permission to enjoy my cocomilk&fruit and was just trying to be nice to myself about it. I remembered last night that I still have my anatomy coloring book from massage school and some nice colored pencils. I always found that a soothing activity, so I set it out and will try reaching for that and a cup of tea instead.
    This morning someone brought in bagels and pastries - not even a little bit tempted. I'm enjoying my container of eggs, sausage, leeks, cabbage, and a small hunk of avo. Sometimes I just want to dramatically sweep the boxes of bagels to the ground with my arm and yell, "It's a trick! Run away - you're being poisoned!"
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    AmyB reacted to LadyM in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    The way I see it is we're never going to be perfect on all fronts all at once--for long, anyway--so, as Nadia said, it's worthwhile to see progress where we can. I got my spoon stuck in the coconut butter last night and I ate three apples after dinner. WTH? This sort of thing used to be a daily occurrence for me; now it seems to have dwindled to once a month.
    OK, so phoning a friend isn't really comfort to you. Is there anything else that would bring you comfort besides food in these times when you reach for the fruit and coconut milk? Or, can you just give yourself permission to enjoy it right now?
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    AmyB reacted to Nadia B in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Sorry to read about the rommie and DP.
    I think that you've made major step with analyzing "why" part before reaching for food. Moreover you tried to deal with it with the phone trick. So much work instead of just mindlessly grabbing a bowl of ice-cream. Fantastic! You should be proud indeed.
    Good luck with new business opportunity!
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    AmyB got a reaction from Nadia B in AmyB's Whole...Something   
    Let's see, it's day...42. Last week I learned that my (wonderful, amazing) roomie will be moving away to NJ in a couple of months. I was really sad to hear this, but happy for her. I also began discussing the strong possibility of going into business with another massage therapist friend of mine. Plus, I am having Dude Problems. So I've felt excited, scared, sad, vulnerable, etc. this week. Even though I've gotten SO much better at identifying my feelings and what I actually need, I still have eaten several bowls of frozen fruit (cherries or mango) with coconut milk in the evenings. Clearly, this is just for comfort. A couple of times I tried the "phone a friend" trick, but no one answered, and I hate talking on the phone anyway. I have not eaten anything that's technically non-compliant, I have just eaten things for reasons that are non-compliant. I am proud of myself for at least not turning to wine or ice cream.
    Another thing that went well: last Sunday's Weekly Cook-up. I cooked plenty of meat on the grill and had pre-made salads and veggies all ready to go. I had everything I needed, and that felt great. I know I was eating plenty of healthy foods. It's nice when you just figure it out and it gets easy. This is the longest I have ever gone without the "not allowed" foods, so even though I need to work on my fruit and coco milk issue, I think I am still doing ok. *deep breath*
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    AmyB reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM, or, my Whole30+   
    Not autocorrect or a typo or a freudian slip. That's what I call it.
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    AmyB reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM, or, my Whole30+   
    Day 29
    Big day. Feeling pretty fantastic and so grateful!
    Started the day after 9 hours of solid sleep. Skipped yoga in favor of pranayama and breakfast before my massage at 8 a.m. My massage therapist is one of my best friends and he's been really concerned about my being sick for so long. He gave me special treatment in lots of ways and it felt extra healing. I walked to the appointment and ran some errands afterward. Got some prep work and grading done for class tomorrow, and then at 4:30 decided I really needed to move. So, I finally went for my bike ride!! My first of the season. It felt so great to ride again and to be out in nature. It made me feel so alive.
    M1 7 ground beef/veg hash/spagsquash/spinach cook up with avocado and kraut
    M2 12:30 lamb liver, bacon, onions over romaine with caper parsley dressing/sauce
    M3 7 prosciutto and pesto wrapped cod en papillote with green beans and japanese yam
    I felt especially good about breakfast because I ate it mindfully and stopped when satisfied rather than finishing what was on my plate. I ended up eating just a little more than half of what I prepared. It really makes me stop and think how easily and frequently I've overeaten. And what a terrible practice all these years of weighing and measuring rather than tuning in to my hunger has been. Of course, I had to cut out the sugars and other crazy stuff before I could begin to trust my hunger cues again. Anyway, this is huge.
    As was my bike ride. Bike riding is one of those things that makes me relive the joys of being a kid. There was a lot that wasn't joyful about my childhood, but reclaiming something that fills my lungs and my spirit is wonderful. I'm also considering heading to the gym tomorrow morning. I'm getting the itch to move again and get back into my routine. HOORAY!!!
    Also, lamb liver is a revelation. Delicious. And I think eating liver gives me extra energy. I'll take it, yo.