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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Dogs have owners; cats have staff!  Thanks for asking about her. @Elizabeth33 I haven't totally transitioned to raw food so she's still eating canned plus a little dry food. I'm just trying to give her some more calories but if I keep it up I will definitely have to start supplementing. I hope you start feeling better soon; you've really been through the wringer. My mom had some GI issues after her last 'scope, too- one more thing making me drag my feet getting one. They attributed hers to irritation from the miralax prep so that makes me want to steer away from that method but I don't know if I can drink the required volume of the magnesium sulfate prep. Ugh. I like to use fermented food for my probiotics- kombucha, various veg ferments but if your stomach is being queasy, sauerkraut might not be the most comforting choice!
    @LadyLisbette I made micro meatballs for my soup but I'm a total glutton for punishment. The last time I did I had to ask myself why but I just turned something on the boob tube, grabbed a sheet pan and rolled away. When it was lunch time and I had all of those cute meatballs, the pain of rolling them vanished! I've only seen ground caraway in places like Penzey's or Spice House. Since it's something I don't use often, I just grind them up when I need them. I've been ordering some spices/herbs in bulk so when I can make my own blends using what I've already purchased, I do that even if it is more trouble. My main one is my own version of Creole seasoning- Tony Chachere's green can is the most well known and I like Tony's but I find it has a distinct flavor that I don't always want so I started making my own years ago. I started with Commander's Palace's recipe then tweaked it a bit here and there. I have an adobo seasoning that's pretty awesome, too and I can't live without an Italian herb blend. BTW, I didn't bother with Champagne vinegar for a recipe that only calls for 1tsp. I used white balsamic but regular would work too and I increased it a bit; 1 tsp didn't seem like enough to matter especially when you're using 3T of Dijon that is loaded with vinegar.
    Here! Here! or is it Hear! Hear!? Whichever it is, thanks.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @kirbz your solstice trip does sound wonderful! I had to look it up; my knowledge of anything west of the Mississippi is sorely lacking. Stay warm; it looks like it's going to be pretty chilly. I just saw that there is a meteor shower that should be visible this weekend and a comet is supposed to be visible the night of 12/16 and will be visible to the naked eye. It should be to the right of Orion. I think we're going to be too cloudy to see it but y'all might be in luck.
     
    @LadyLisbette we wobble but we don't fall down! Glad you were able to maintain without vegetables- oh no! I grabbed an emergency bag of broccoli florets at Costco yesterday and I'm still working on my giant bag of kale salad that I scored for $2 at Restaurant Depot last weekend. Your piccatta-ish chicken sounds yummy. I was traumatized by eggplant and okra as a child. My mom likes to stew them down in tomatoes and serve over rice- slimy, yucky, just gross. Still hate them that way. I worked up to liking both of them via frying, then grilling. There is an old blessing that I read somewhere ages ago along the lines of "May you always have enough olive oil for your eggplant" because it will endlessly soak it up. I cut it in 1 inch slabs, salted it and let it sit (I've never known if this is really necessary but I do it just to get rid of some of the moisture), rinse, pat dry, salt and garlic powder. I used tallow because I knew it was going in a beef dish but any fat works and melted a generous amount on my griddle. Every now and then I peeked underneath the slices to see if they looked dry and if they did, I put another dab of tallow under them. Flip and repeat with the fat until they were a little brown and nice and tender. My mom used to boil them when she had her restaurant and we were doing 3 ft X 3 ft pans of moussaka. Baking works, too but it takes some pretty generous brushing w oil. Baking them whole works if you just want the meat for baba ganoush (yum!) or something like that. When my husband's birthday present toaster oven/convection oven/air fryer gets here I'm going to try it out with eggplant. 
    Thanks for asking about my crazy cat. It's the little scaredy one; not the disappearing butthead one. She lost weight when butthead disappeared for a few months and has never put it back on. She always seems hungry but I think she's just rejecting dry food in favor of fresh meat. I can't trace kitty puke down to her food; I've tried eliminating stuff and using limited ingredient food but there's never any pattern to when she gets sick. She's only gotten sick once since Thanksgiving. She acts like she feels fine and her coat is nice so I don't know what's up with her. Being spoiled is high on the differential diagnosis list!
    Let us know how your blue-light glasses work! They are terribly attractive, yes? I had to get some that fit over my regular glasses so those were even more glamorous.
    Yesterday someone that I work with asked me if I was losing weight! Possibly? I definitely feel less...jiggly. I did two segments of Katy Bowman's movement technique videos yesterday. It's like having really good physical therapy at home. It felt SO good.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Love it!
    Solstice is, indeed, next Friday! I think we're going to go see some good music at "the center of the bluegrass universe" AKA The Station Inn. I love to celebrate the beginning of the days getting longer and, thanks to Rudolph Steiner, I enjoy the cold, gray days of winter much more because I think of the Earth inhaling and getting energized, ready to burst forth in the spring. Ahhhhh!
    @LadyLisbetteYour chili with yams will always make me laugh (at your husband)! I'm planning on making some soon. I'm running low on vegetables also so I think I'll take advantage of the warmer weather this afternoon and pick some up. Lasagna was a hit and he was surprised and amazed that I made him something I won't eat. I should have put a candle in it! My eggplant concoction was really good. I started getting tired Sunday so I didn't include the butternut squash. I griddled the eggplant slabs with salt & garlic until they were nice and tender. I was afraid it would be crazy greasy if I tried to shallow fry them since they turn into oil sponges. I added a bunch of Kalamata olives, capers and pepper flakes to the meat sauce I already had and layered it up with the cashew "ricotta". Next time I think I'll thin out the cashews a bit more and season it up a little more. It lent some nice texture to the dish but was almost invisible flavor-wise. Lots of leftovers from both dishes so that's a bonus! 
    I'm with you feeling less clunky; that's a good way to phrase it. Less achy also. I didn't do as much movement yesterday as I would have liked but I did manage to have several movement "snacks" throughout the day and slept pretty well again. It's very different this time for me because I haven't weighed myself in months so I won't have that metric at the end of the month. Trust the program: your "correct" weight is the one that happens when you fuel your body with nutrient- dense foods and that allows you to do the things you want to do. I'm working on it...
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @kirbz your solstice trip does sound wonderful! I had to look it up; my knowledge of anything west of the Mississippi is sorely lacking. Stay warm; it looks like it's going to be pretty chilly. I just saw that there is a meteor shower that should be visible this weekend and a comet is supposed to be visible the night of 12/16 and will be visible to the naked eye. It should be to the right of Orion. I think we're going to be too cloudy to see it but y'all might be in luck.
     
    @LadyLisbette we wobble but we don't fall down! Glad you were able to maintain without vegetables- oh no! I grabbed an emergency bag of broccoli florets at Costco yesterday and I'm still working on my giant bag of kale salad that I scored for $2 at Restaurant Depot last weekend. Your piccatta-ish chicken sounds yummy. I was traumatized by eggplant and okra as a child. My mom likes to stew them down in tomatoes and serve over rice- slimy, yucky, just gross. Still hate them that way. I worked up to liking both of them via frying, then grilling. There is an old blessing that I read somewhere ages ago along the lines of "May you always have enough olive oil for your eggplant" because it will endlessly soak it up. I cut it in 1 inch slabs, salted it and let it sit (I've never known if this is really necessary but I do it just to get rid of some of the moisture), rinse, pat dry, salt and garlic powder. I used tallow because I knew it was going in a beef dish but any fat works and melted a generous amount on my griddle. Every now and then I peeked underneath the slices to see if they looked dry and if they did, I put another dab of tallow under them. Flip and repeat with the fat until they were a little brown and nice and tender. My mom used to boil them when she had her restaurant and we were doing 3 ft X 3 ft pans of moussaka. Baking works, too but it takes some pretty generous brushing w oil. Baking them whole works if you just want the meat for baba ganoush (yum!) or something like that. When my husband's birthday present toaster oven/convection oven/air fryer gets here I'm going to try it out with eggplant. 
    Thanks for asking about my crazy cat. It's the little scaredy one; not the disappearing butthead one. She lost weight when butthead disappeared for a few months and has never put it back on. She always seems hungry but I think she's just rejecting dry food in favor of fresh meat. I can't trace kitty puke down to her food; I've tried eliminating stuff and using limited ingredient food but there's never any pattern to when she gets sick. She's only gotten sick once since Thanksgiving. She acts like she feels fine and her coat is nice so I don't know what's up with her. Being spoiled is high on the differential diagnosis list!
    Let us know how your blue-light glasses work! They are terribly attractive, yes? I had to get some that fit over my regular glasses so those were even more glamorous.
    Yesterday someone that I work with asked me if I was losing weight! Possibly? I definitely feel less...jiggly. I did two segments of Katy Bowman's movement technique videos yesterday. It's like having really good physical therapy at home. It felt SO good.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hey @kirbz! You should be about halfway now, right? Good for you!
    I eat a LOT of greens; never met one I didn't like.
    I tend to include them in other things like the breakfast casserole I mentioned earlier which can also be turned into breakfast muffins so you can freeze some and not have to eat them every day. That mustard chicken dish will be a good way to add them in also. I had a kale salad today with ginger lime mayo to go with my piece of pate for lunch. Another nice, quick one is just kale (any kind) or collards cut up fairly small (chiffonade's easiest) then massage with enough olive oil to coat, salt, garlic powder, a few red pepper flakes and a drop of sesame oil- apple is really good with that, too. You could make a pesto out of spinach to top fish or chicken. I also like to make tomato soup with itty bitty meat balls (just simmer them in the soup to cook) then I throw a bunch of chopped up kale in there. Have you every stuffed the leaves? I blanch them then make a meatball/meatloaf mixture and wrap it in the blanched leaves. Pour some Italian red gravy over and bake until cooked through. "hamburger helper" that winds up being unstuffed peppers or unstuffed cabbage is our quick not-feeling-inspired weeknight dinner. Sauté some onion, peppers if you feel like it, add the ground meat of choice and garlic and brown it. Add a can of tomato sauce plus cabbage, greens &/or whatever veg you have that is looking tired and needs to get cooked. Simmer until it's the consistency you want, dry-ish or juicy. Season w s&p and whatever herbs & spices you're in the mood for like taco seasoning or Italian blend. Sometime I'll surf through Mel Joulwan or Michelle Tam's websites for inspiration. Half the time it winds up being some kind of ball but there's nothing wrong with that! In fact, I made Michelle's wonton meatballs last week. I got into an Asian and Mexican groove last week so this week is leaning to Italy for variety. That's why I'm terrible at meal planning; I never know what I'm going to be in the mood for next Thursday.
    Good luck!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Day 10! We made it to double digits and 1/3 of the way there! How did the weekend go for everyone? NSV's? I didn't get anywhere close to the amount of movement done that I intended but I got a lot done, stayed on track and feel great this morning (NSV #1). NSV #2 this weekend involved portion control. We had some beautiful NY strip steaks for dinner Saturday night and, normally, I would have eaten the whole thing and been stuffed but I didn't! I ate half and the extra bonus was that I got to eat it again for lunch on Sunday! NSV #3 was better sleep last night. I hope that's a trend; I could really use it. 
    Thanks for the info about the air fryer @kirbz. I was all set to go to Costco to get one but ran across a Cuisinart toaster oven/ convection oven/air fryer on Serious Eats and decided to give it a try. It turns out that the air fryers are essentially convection ovens! We have a toaster oven that my husband says isn't a toaster; it's a burner. I rarely use it but he uses it pretty often so I figured if I got him the Cuisinart combo, I'd decrease the amount of cussing and burnt toast at our house and give him a new toy- win, win! @Elizabeth33 I looked at the Ninja (that's what my husband originally wanted) but it weighs over 20 pounds (!!!) and has two different lids that have to be changed out depending on if you're using it as a pressure cooker or not. I already have a pressure cooker that I should use more often so I didn't think it would fit the bill for me. Let us know if you get it and how you like it. Glad your 'scope went well and the best part is that it's over!
    Cook-up this weekend was a big pate (the only way I can tolerate liver), breakfast casserole with pork sausage and kale and the (modified) mustard chicken that @Laura P. mentioned a few days ago. Very delicious BUT I used breasts instead of thighs, coconut milk instead of almond milk (not buying expensive almond milk to use 1/4 cup in one recipe) and doubled the amount and next time I'll use kale instead of spinach. The spinach lost it's texture and I've gotten so used to eating kale that it felt slimy/squishy to me. I got my husband's birthday lasagna made for tonight and put together a crazy eggplant thing for me. I did the cashew "ricotta" and wanted to top off my casserole with it but wasn't sure how it behaves in the oven since I've never had it before so I just layered it in the inside. I also had a cook-up for my cat! I ground up some chicken hearts and mixed them with some ground chicken and a little chicken stock to moisten it. I'm trying to fatten her up and figure out why she's been off & on kinda pukey. She's decided she loves raw meat instead of cat food so I slip some to her when I can. 
    Happy Monday!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Happy Birthday @Shosh2015!
    @kirbz, I noticed on your log that you mentioned making sweet potato fries in your air fryer. How do you like the air fryer and do you use it for anything else besides fries? My husband is dying for one and I haven't wanted to invest in another appliance. His birthday is Monday, though, and our Costco has one on sale so I'm thinking I should get him one. 
    @LadyLisbette huge congratulations to you and your hubs! The biggest hurdle is over now it's just all the pain in the butt stuff. And packing. Stress+Hunger=Kill All The Things, for sure! So good that you were able to get in yoga sessions every day even with all you had going on. And, yes, I am feeling lighter and more flexible, aligned and stronger. Wins all around! I actually have two pet rocks but one is quickly becoming my favorite so I'm thinking that I should set the other one free. I do make my own pickles, usually fermented but occasionally some vinegar pickles, too. When I had cucumbers coming out of my you-know-what this summer I got to do lots of experimenting and have found that plain old Kosher dills are my favorite. I have a recipe for a refrigerator fermented pickle that is easy and delicious so I tried to adapt it for some different flavors but it was an epic fail. They got mushy plus I didn't like the flavor profile but the good thing is that all it cost me was some sea salt. It just hurt my soul to dump them! I need to go back and look at my notes to figure out what went wrong with the texture. I still have LOTS of Kosher dills, though. One of the variations I made on the Kosher dills was a spicy one. I added a couple of jalapeños but it wasn't spicy enough so I added a couple more and that really lit them up! They got scarfed down at Hoedown and I have a friend that keeps asking for more so I guess some of my experimenting was a success. Cukes are actually one of the more challenging ferments.
    Sleep, both quantity and quality, is on my radar for this W30 and I'm hoping movement helps. I always hope to sleep in a bit on the weekends but it rarely happens. Katy Bowman mentioned that going to bed early was just sleeping in on the front side. Yeah! Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective. I went to bed at 845 last night so I was Ok with waking up at my usual 530 this morning. The added benefit was that I got to watch the gray, drippy day emerge from the night and it's beautiful and misty-looking outside. I probably won't think it's so beautiful when it turns to sleet later today and I'm driving in it but it'll be fine. I got more meat on sale that I need to pick up and discovered a tea and herb shop on the other side of town that I can't wait to check out. 
    One week down! Happy Day 8!
     
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Happy Friday @LadyLisbette! I'm so excited for you about the new house. Is it going to have a space for yoga/workouts? And an extra freezer? Meal-wise, sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do. You remained complaint and were crazy productive! I've never heard of a Mexicola avocado and I'm intrigued. You get to eat the skin! Does it still have a big pit? Your wraps sound good, too; I'll have to check out the sliced turkey breast next time I go to Costco. I like to wrap up a pickle; cukes don't always agree with me. I have done roasted vegetables in my salads and I like them but haven't done it recently. A couple of months ago I had raw broccoli and cherry tomatoes for lunch and dinner a couple of days in a row and my system let me know that was NOT a wise choice. 
    HA! My husband wouldn't touch a raw lasagna with a 10-foot pole! I was thinking about making a conventional lasagna for him since he's been deprived for a few years now. I'll make a second one for me with eggplant, maybe some butternut squash? (I still have 2!) and the cashew "ricotta" with some spinach mixed in with it. I'm kind of excited about this creation; I'll let you know what it winds up being and how it comes out. You mentioned Kalamata olives and that made me think I might be able to turn my lasagna into a puttanesca kinda thing with some capers, olives and pepper flakes. That might be pretty tasty with the eggplant and I can try to slice the butternuts in thin planks with my mandolin (and a kevlar glove). Thanks for the inspiration; I think I have a plan now. His birthday is Monday so I guess I'll be putting these together as part of my cook up on Sunday. 
    I've noticed from other comments that what's available at Costco differs regionally. I was really disappointed that mine doesn't carry squatty potty's any more. I got on their website and found the one I wanted so it's still my week 1 W30 present to myself. I've been using the collagen peptides, too, so I guess I'm being good to my gut this go-'round. I'm feeling the nutritious movement love, too; it feels like a fresh start so I know what you mean. I got a newsletter from a local small business owner this morning and I thought I'd share some of his thoughts; they seem appropriate:
    My life quest is to narrow the chasm that exists between my intentions and my actions.  I have learned that overwhelming projects are actually a series of many small projects done in the correct order. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Elusive sleep. Me too. I've been doing a little better lately but last night I caved at 1130 (went to bed at 9 but woke up) and took a pill. It's the first time in weeks. I've been using a blend of bergamot and vetiver essential oil and that has helped me fall asleep but I don't stay asleep. Having a 15-lb cat announce his presence in bed a couple of times a night for a nap doesn't help but that's a different problem . I apply the blend to the back of my neck and my palms so I can inhale it as well as absorb it and it really does help me get to sleep even when I wake up in the middle of the night. I also take magnesium every night. It's actually the only supplement I have that's compliant.
    I had a late day at work yesterday but went home and did one of Katy Bowman's videos for abdominal mobility using a stability ball. It felt so good after sitting at a desk all day and had hips and shoulders included in it. Plus, I only fell off the ball once! Yep, poetry in motion! At least it was motion, though!
    @LadyLisbette I've though about IF but really only wanted to do it for the convenience factor- one less meal to have to bring with me to work. I'm actually not sure I'd do well with it, though. The best I've felt is adhering to the template. No snacking required and no obsessing over whether I've brought enough food with me to work because, OH NO! I might get...hungry and what ever would I do? I'm way more in control and can always tell when I haven't fed myself well enough because then I do get hungry but not in a donut, ice cream, candy bar-to-get-me-through-the-afternoon kind of way. Let us know how it goes when you switch to 3-a-day.
    @Shosh2015 how's Day 6 treating you? Are you doing anything fun on your birthday besides treating your body well? That's fun, too, you know! My husband's birthday is Monday. I'm thinking about making him a lasagna and trying to figure out how I can riff off of that for me but still make it delicious. I love cream sauce with Italian red gravy so I was thinking about making a cashew "cream" sauce and maybe adding some eggplant layers. He's an eggplant hater so I only eat it if I make something separate anyway. Here's my chance.
    @kirbz I'm trying to up my vegetables, too. I usually have a breakfast casserole full of kale and whatever else I have laying around but have been trying to switch things up a bit and my vegetable consumption has suffered. I'm doing better today, though. I have unstuffed peppers (ground beef, onions & lots of peppers and tomato sauce from tomatoes out of our garden) and a big side of brussels sprouts with MJ's better butter. Dinner tonight will be the stir fry I didn't make last night.
    @Elizabeth33 your pad thai does sound delicious. I should have gotten some shirataki noodles when I was at the Asian grocery the other day. Magic Mushroom powder is already on my radar; it's one of the reasons I went to the Asian market a couple of days ago. I had a hard time finding dried mushrooms that didn't have added sulfites, though. I almost gave up and finally found ONE pack that didn't. I'm planning on making it this weekend and have enough to send to various family members. I hope your day goes as well as possible today and you can reward yourself with something completely, compliantly delicious tonight. Let us know what you decided to use for your electrolyte drink.
    Absolutely! After an injury that left my left arm paralyzed for a couple of months a couple of years ago (still with some deficits but working on it) I became even more thankful. It's the "little" things like being able to go to the bathroom yourself (or being able to go at all) and being able to bathe and dress yourself. I can walk to the parking garage pain-free and am able to take myself wherever I want to go. I am able to get my own groceries, fix my own meals and clean up my own dishes. I can see the beautiful sunrise I saw this morning and the beautiful moon with Venus nearby that I saw yesterday. The list is endless and priceless. Love your body with all of its lumps, bumps and warts.
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Elizabeth33 You could omit the garlic and chives from the shrimp patties and add some ginger if that's something you can have; I think they'd still be delicious. I filed away an electrolyte drink from wllnessmama.com for the time when I get my (belated) colonoscopy. It sounds pretty do-able if you're so inclined but no grape juice allowed before a 'scope as it turns your insides purple:
    Natural Sports Electrolyte Drink
    1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc.)
    ⅛-¼ teaspoon high quality salt (or more if needed)
    1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder, like Natural Calm
    ¼ cup or more of juice (optional) - can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc.
    1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional) - can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.
    Brew tea if using, or slightly warm base liquid.
    Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
    Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
    Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
    Will last up to four days in fridge, but I (wellnessmama) prefer to make as needed.
    Thank you (and your mother) for that gift. A house! Your new home! How exciting! And a massage; how fabulous and well deserved. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Go @Shosh2015! I start off in the morning feeling great and strong but by the time I get home in the afternoon I feel whiney (and wine-y) because I'm tired. Yesterday I did my movement advent almost as soon as I got home. The theme this year is Movement "Rocks" so I took my rock (literally) out for a 20 minute walk and felt so much better afterwards. I don't know if it was the cold air (it was around 40 and dismally gray) or just getting moving or the fact that I have a rock buddy  but I felt so much better afterwards and it helped work out some of the soreness from my overly ambitious walk/hike on Sunday. I didn't snack and didn't even give a glass of wine another thought. I did forget about my second helping of collagen peptides, though, so I need to find a vehicle for them in the afternoon. Day 4- done!
    I made tostones for dinner last night and used them as a base for tiny tostadas so it felt like a delicious treat. Of course, I didn't have any cheese or sour cream and only missed it a tiny bit. Scotch eggs for breakfast this morning with mayo/Dijon spread, a few cherry tomatoes and a handful of berries so I'm off to a good start today. I need more vegetables. Since tonight will be leftover Asian smorgasbord, I'm think I'll do a nice big stir-fry of mixed vegetables to go with it.
    How's everybody doing template-wise? I know the recommendation is for a serving of carb-dense veg per day but I've found that I don't "need" it and the number of servings I was having had started to creep up. So far, I've had some butternut squash on Monday and the tostones last night so I'm heading in the right direction, I think, and my portion control is better as well.
    I guess I need to start thinking about meals for next week. It's supposed to be cold and rainy all weekend then hard freeze Sunday night just to make the drive to work Monday more interesting. Maybe a nice pot of chili...
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Elizabeth33 You could omit the garlic and chives from the shrimp patties and add some ginger if that's something you can have; I think they'd still be delicious. I filed away an electrolyte drink from wllnessmama.com for the time when I get my (belated) colonoscopy. It sounds pretty do-able if you're so inclined but no grape juice allowed before a 'scope as it turns your insides purple:
    Natural Sports Electrolyte Drink
    1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc.)
    ⅛-¼ teaspoon high quality salt (or more if needed)
    1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder, like Natural Calm
    ¼ cup or more of juice (optional) - can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc.
    1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional) - can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.
    Brew tea if using, or slightly warm base liquid.
    Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
    Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
    Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
    Will last up to four days in fridge, but I (wellnessmama) prefer to make as needed.
    Thank you (and your mother) for that gift. A house! Your new home! How exciting! And a massage; how fabulous and well deserved. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole 30 December Start   
    @Blue Zen for Jen Congratulations on your start! How's it going? I work in the "blood cancer" field providing researchers with cells to help find ways of stopping/curing them.  It's wonderful to hear that you're a 15 year survivor; my father was not so fortunate so now I'm even more thankful for being able to do what I do. You can do this! There's a group of us that also started on Dec 1 and several people have posted links to some really good recipes. If you're interested in the recipes or some of our stories, pop on over to Psyching up for a December W30!
    @paperboy welcome and, yeah, what @kirbz said. It takes a little while to get in the swing of things interpreting the ingredient lists but, once you get used to it, the rules make it nice and clear. Be careful out there; "they" try to sneak sugar and soy into all kinds of things you'd never imagine! Good luck!
    @tinman57 how are you? 
    Yes! That is much of my motivation as well. My father had T2D with the usual complications and my mother has issues related to our sedentary, movement deprived society: hammertoes, organ prolapse, osteopenia. 
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    hollysmokes reacted to tinman57 in Whole 30 December Start   
    @jim4884 that's great news. I just saw my husband die in Kaiser from complications of diabetes and kidney disease. (I don't blame Kaiser.). I'm starting my 2nd whole30 after four years. So let's call it my first. I won't be a statistic.
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    hollysmokes reacted to Blue Zen for Jen in Whole 30 December Start   
    I have had other aborted attempts at a Whole 30 start. So why not when I will be facing the Holidays as an extra challenge (at least if I stick to plan I can  not gain weight over  the month of December. I am really really finally ready to give an honest go at this Whole 30 beginning December 1st. Today was a test day with one or two items such as hot chocolate and milk in my coffee and herbal teas but I am ready to do whatever it takes to improve my health.
     I have various chronic issues with health -- Cancer Survivor (grateful to be 15 years post - Blood Cancer), hypothyroid, PCOS, and pre-dabetes also Anxiety / Depression. I am active somewhat regularly but just have not been able to get the food right. So the workouts running , mountain bicycling, walking/ hiking occasional swimming and spinning class and yoga class but mostly home yoga over past year also trying Fitocracy (calisthenics) and Barre workout ( a few classes) now home workout (very challenging) and core workouts including a really good workout with Yoga International online with a core yoga sequence about 45 minutes. I also tend towards chronic fatigue even though i push through 40 hour work week and commute and tend to stay on top of the exercise schedule sometimes falling off plan during the weekdays.
    So any help would be appreciated. so far I have about four or five how to do the Whole 30 books and a few Paleo cookbooks and just bought Practical Paleo book also. no questions yet. Hopefully tomorrow off to an ambitious start even with the Holidays to navigate through this month.
    I am so grateful for all the helpful online tools to get started and this community with experience and practical tips and guidelines. 
     
    - Jen
     
     
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Shosh2015 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Happy Day 4 (+/- a day or two for some of us). How's it going? I've never been organized enough to start a W30 on the first of the month so it's nice that I can just look at the date and know what day I'm on. 
    Welcome @Elizabeth33! It sounds like you have quite a few challenges in front of you but it also sounds like you have a good plan in the works. My munchie time is when I get home from work. Yesterday I was a little hungry and definitely munchie but I had the last of my beef bone broth that was in the fridge with some collagen peptides and a little glass of kombucha and was able to hold off until dinner without attacking the almonds. I'm with you on having ready-to-eat or easily cooked proteins on hand then fill in w veg. That's the closest I seem to be able to get with meal planning. I've never been very good at setting a menu for the week and sticking with it. I wish I could; I think it might simplify things but it just isn't the right fit. 
    @LadyLisbette thanks for the vote of confidence! That's the direction I'm leaning but haven't been confident enough to take off the tags and toss the return paperwork. I FINALLY made MJ's shrimp patties! Yumyumyum! I actually made them and Nomnom's wonton meatballs last night so we had a bit of as Asian-themed smorgasbord for dinner with some sauteed baby bok choy and shitake mushrooms. That was a much bigger cook-up than I like to do on a work night but it kept me moving instead of sitting my tired self on the sofa. Since I'm still recovering from my Sunday hike, my only "exercise" was my Nutritious Movement advent but I upped my movement just by NOT caving in to the urge to do nothing. If anybody's interested, here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/nutritiousmovement/. I'm really liking Katy Bowman's book, "Move Your DNA"; it makes so much sense! 
    I broke my gum-after-lunch habit after my first W30. It was one of the things that I had never considered being not such a good choice but when Melissa talked about it and mentioned that the ingredients were not the best, I saw the light. Good for you finding a substitute. Also, good for you and @Shosh2015 for being strong and passing up the sweets! My husband wanted to bake (frozen pre-made) chocolate chip cookies Sunday night and I told him nuh-uh! I wasn't sure I could resist the smell of warm (filled with crappy ingredients) cookies but then I felt bad about it and told him to go ahead. It's my choice to eat this way and he shouldn't be punished because I wasn't sure if I could stick to my guns in the face of warm cookies. Thankfully he decided to hold off anyway so I wasn't put to the test, especially when I was tired and sore. I made homemade biscuits for him Saturday morning so it's not like he was suffering too much! I bet I'm the only person that kicked off their W30 by making biscuits from scratch! Making...not eating
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Shosh2015 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Happy Day 4 (+/- a day or two for some of us). How's it going? I've never been organized enough to start a W30 on the first of the month so it's nice that I can just look at the date and know what day I'm on. 
    Welcome @Elizabeth33! It sounds like you have quite a few challenges in front of you but it also sounds like you have a good plan in the works. My munchie time is when I get home from work. Yesterday I was a little hungry and definitely munchie but I had the last of my beef bone broth that was in the fridge with some collagen peptides and a little glass of kombucha and was able to hold off until dinner without attacking the almonds. I'm with you on having ready-to-eat or easily cooked proteins on hand then fill in w veg. That's the closest I seem to be able to get with meal planning. I've never been very good at setting a menu for the week and sticking with it. I wish I could; I think it might simplify things but it just isn't the right fit. 
    @LadyLisbette thanks for the vote of confidence! That's the direction I'm leaning but haven't been confident enough to take off the tags and toss the return paperwork. I FINALLY made MJ's shrimp patties! Yumyumyum! I actually made them and Nomnom's wonton meatballs last night so we had a bit of as Asian-themed smorgasbord for dinner with some sauteed baby bok choy and shitake mushrooms. That was a much bigger cook-up than I like to do on a work night but it kept me moving instead of sitting my tired self on the sofa. Since I'm still recovering from my Sunday hike, my only "exercise" was my Nutritious Movement advent but I upped my movement just by NOT caving in to the urge to do nothing. If anybody's interested, here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/nutritiousmovement/. I'm really liking Katy Bowman's book, "Move Your DNA"; it makes so much sense! 
    I broke my gum-after-lunch habit after my first W30. It was one of the things that I had never considered being not such a good choice but when Melissa talked about it and mentioned that the ingredients were not the best, I saw the light. Good for you finding a substitute. Also, good for you and @Shosh2015 for being strong and passing up the sweets! My husband wanted to bake (frozen pre-made) chocolate chip cookies Sunday night and I told him nuh-uh! I wasn't sure I could resist the smell of warm (filled with crappy ingredients) cookies but then I felt bad about it and told him to go ahead. It's my choice to eat this way and he shouldn't be punished because I wasn't sure if I could stick to my guns in the face of warm cookies. Thankfully he decided to hold off anyway so I wasn't put to the test, especially when I was tired and sore. I made homemade biscuits for him Saturday morning so it's not like he was suffering too much! I bet I'm the only person that kicked off their W30 by making biscuits from scratch! Making...not eating
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Starting off Day 3 feeling great! I overdid it on my walk/hike yesterday and have a couple of hot spots on my feet and sore/tired ankles but it was a wonderful day to be outside. I totally screwed up my meals but came through it well. I ate M1 much later than usual and didn't think about needing to bring M2 with me on my walk/hike. About 2 I was trying to figure out why I was hungry and, doh!, it was because I hadn't eaten since around 930. By the time I got home it was a little after 3 so I had a cup of beef bone broth with collagen, some olives and a handful of blackberries to keep me satisfied until dinner. Not ideal but it worked and was compliant.
    @kirbz thanks for the links. I made the Salisbury meatballs a could of weeks ago and loved them. I took someone else's advice and made a double batch of the gravy so now I have some of that in the freezer to help out the steak that my husband grilled to DEATH last night! Have you tried Mel's Cuban meatballs? They are awesome! https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/28/mmm-cuban-meatballs/ .
    @Laura P. My mayo recipe only calls for one whole egg and one cup (about 225g) of oil (I use expeller-pressed sunflower oil). I think that using the white adds extra liquid to help jump-start the emulsion and then I don't have a million egg whites that I have to find a (compliant) use for. I also use ground mustard powder so I don't get the Dijon mustard flavor unless I want it. I, too, am working on being kinder to myself. It didn't help that I bought a couple of new scrub tops last week and then realized they were too tight- not good for my already ailing body image. Do I spend the $9 to ship them off to exchange for the big girl size or do I add them to the stack of clothes that I can't fit in right now but will? Hmmmmm. 
    @LadyLisbette when you make your ginger lime mayo do you use the lime juice as the acid (I usually use raw ACV) or do you add the juice just for flavor? Costco is my main grocery store! I don't find it any different from stopping at Publix or WalMart and I hate the WalMart near me so I try to avoid it whenever possible. I'll stop at Costco just to pick up 1 or 2 things and people in line will ask me if that's all I'm getting. I don't like to shop either so I blaze in and out as quickly and efficiently as possible and try to go when I think it will be least crowded- sometimes I'm right and other times I wish Scotty would beam me out of that crazy place. I wish I liked coconut butter and just don't but your breakfast sounds delicious! I use the refined coconut oil that has no flavor and then I have to wonder if the refining process has negated all of the benefits. 
    How's everybody else doing? Especially you, @tinman57?
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Over the Day 1 hump and I had a really busy and productive day so I'm feeling pretty good. I didn't eat enough at M2 and was hungry mid-afternoon so I had half of an avocado and a little kombucha as a post workout snack and that held me until dinner. I got some good movement in- both exercise and just keeping moving beyond the speed of sofa all day- so I was pretty tired last night and was hoping for good sleep. Not so much but it wasn't terrible and I feel great today.
    I have a batch of egg salad to go with some compliant (but not very good) smoked salmon and I put together some scotch eggs so my breakfast needs are met for the week with some left over for my husband if he is so inclined. I just finished baking up the gigantic Costco bag of chicken thighs so those are about to go in the freezer. Except for lunch & dinner, that completes my cook-up for this weekend so I can get outside to enjoy a beautiful day. It's supposed to get up to 70 today (wooohooo!!!) before it gets back to the business of being cold again so I'm going to go walk a Rails to Trails trail nearby since that's the only thing dry enough to walk on after all of the rain the last few days.
    @LadyLisbette those mushrooms sound amazing. I've only cooked oyster mushrooms once and didn't know what to do with them so I just sautéed them. They were delicious but I bet there are better things to do with them. Y'all dove right into the house hunting! Since we were trying to look at houses from several hundred miles away, I spent a lot of time on-line just weeding out the ones we didn't want to see. It turns out the house I loved on-line was even better in person and is the money-pit  we wound up buying. We still love it, though.
    @Shosh2015 what a great birthday present to give yourself; glad you decided to join us. Hopefully your cold goes away soon. I'm not very familiar with Target's frozen foods so you'd probably have to read labels. I think there are some brands of frozen dinners that boast limited ingredients but it seems like most of those types of dinners involve pasta. Good luck!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Oh! I forgot, @kirbz, how are you doing? Do you think you might be able to come up with a plan?
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @tinman57 Doing a W30 at any stage of our lives is a challenge but I'm with you on viewing it as a source of stability and positivity. I did a W60 last December & January after my father died. It made me feel like I was honoring his memory by taking care of myself. And, yes, gave me some control as well. Please stay active here and I hope we can help support you on your journey.
    @LadyLisbetteOh no! Two months sounds like a long time but it's really not much time house hunt, go through all of the legal machinations involved in buying a house and move! We had to do all of that from another state and in post-Katrina chaos but it all went amazingly well. Hopefully your house hunt will as well. Trust the program!
    Happy start day to everyone as well. I'm pretty excited about this round and have been looking forward to today all week. I keep seeing recipes that look delicious and I want to Cook All the Things which is better than Kill All the Things I think. I'm going to brave the weather (torrential down-pouring) to go to the farmer's market to pick up the meat I scored on Cyber Monday sale. Then I'm going to mess up my kitchen!
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi there @LauraP! My focus this time is all about self care and self worth as well. I'm only a couple of years behind you and, no, it's never too late! I've made a few small changes this week and I'm already feeling better so I have high hopes for what I can accomplish in the next 30 days. Because I'm worth it, I've treated myself to collagen peptides, some yummy foot lotion and my first pair of Softstar slippers that I won't get for a couple of weeks yet.
    I love cooking as well except for the times that I just want someone else to feed me. Since it's a PITA to eat out on a W30, I'll probably do that tonight as a small treat before we get started tomorrow. I have two cats and they have learned that if I'm at the chopping board, good things come their way. One of them is nice and patient but the other is very vocal about it so I'm trying to break her bad habit right now. Right now they're enjoying beef scraps from my bone broth making last weekend.
    Are you doing anything special as a kickoff?
    I love your avatar...never forget.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hey @kirbz don't give up! Today is Day 5 so you're already 1/6 of the way there! I totally understand not wanting to give up valuable outside + family time for a big cook-up but what about a little cook-up? Even if I don't get anything else cooked on Sunday, I make all of my breakfasts for the week and dish it out into 5 containers so then I know I have one meal covered every day. My go-to's are roasted veg add some browned sausage crumbles and scramble or fry up a bunch of eggs to top it off or a crustless quiche kind of thing with whatever veg is looking tired, sometimes some meat and a dozen (or so) eggs beaten with a can of coconut milk, spices and herbs. Scotch eggs would be another good one and I'm planning those in the near future- maybe with a schmear of mayo and some cherry tomatoes?
    Looking at the Costco list that you so kindly supplied, most of those items would fulfill your requirements on the days that you don't have access to a kitchen plus you can add some packs of tuna or sardines, olives and cherry tomatoes. Costco has big bags of broccoli florets, too so I'll grab a handful of those and dress up my mayo with some Italian  (or ranch-type) herbs and extra vinegar and just dip away! My Costco doesn't carry the kraut but I make my own and it's pretty tasty wrapped in a lettuce or collard leaf with one of the proteins on your list and some avocado (or those little containers of guac you mentioned).
    Ideally I like to make a big batch of something that we can eat a couple of times for dinner but that doesn't always happen so I fall back on a quick sauteed protein like pork chops, chicken breast, shrimp or fish when we want to splurge or burger patties. Add some steamed broccoli, asparagus, cauli, brussels or green beans and you're done. It takes almost no effort to throw a couple of sweet potatoes in the oven on the weekend and those travel and reheat well. It's just the two of us so I rarely cook just enough for one meal. That way I can either eat it one more time later in the week or stick it in the freezer for another day. Do you ever bake up a big batch of chicken? I got the organic chicken thighs from Costco and did that and they've lasted for months. In fact I'm eating the last of them for lunch today with a big glob of mayo so I can just chop them up, give it a stir and enjoy a quickie chicken salad. It took me about 2 seconds to throw them in a container last night and I just added the mayo to the frozen chicken knowing it will all be defrosted in time for lunch.
    Eating shouldn't suck for any of us and you're not a buzzkill, stress is a buzzkill. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Good [email protected]! It looks like you're an early bird, too. And possible on Eastern time? Volunteering at a cooking school sounds like a hoot and duck fat roasted potatoes sound decadent and delicious! I just got access to Restaurant Depot (it's like Costco for restaurants) and I bet they have duck fat. I'm going to go check it out and put those potatoes on our Christmas menu. Since I'll be W30-ing for Christmas (we all are) I'm trying to plan a more elaborate and indulgent menu than usual. Cinnamon and chili powder sounds like a great combo; I've been on a kick with Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend and this weekend I'm going to mix up some poultry seasoning. I love it but I always thought it had a bunch of highly questionable ingredients in it. I found out it's just rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme and a couple of other things. Mark Sisson sent out a recipe for "dressing" that's just riced cauli, carrots, onions, celery and poultry seasoning and I though it sounded pretty tasty but I wondered about the poultry seasoning. Now I know!
    It looks like everybody here (so far) has W30 experience. It'll be fun to hear about it. Welcome @tinman57 and thank you @LadyLisbette for 
    It reminds me of @MeadowLily 's "She thought she could so she did". 
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Thanks @kirbz; love me some Ray Wylie! I try to remember it and think about it every day.
     @LadyLisbette I'll check my balsamic when I get home; I don't think it has added sulfites. Naturally occurring sulfites are OK. Thanks for the Annie's suggestion. I think Publix brand is compliant but if it's not I'll look for Annie's. Ginger and lime mayo- yum! Yeah, that could be easy to overdo. I bet it would make a fabulous chicken or tuna salad. I'm getting some limes!
    I love hiking as well and I tried to get my husband out on a trail last weekend before it started raining but he wasn't so interested. I'm going by myself next time and I think that's going to be this Sunday (rain on Saturday). My neighbor walks her dogs several times a day no matter what the weather. She even has crampons for when it's icy! She's my inspiration! Unless it's storming, I'd like to do a hike every weekend.