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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hi all! Yesterday I had a major temptation. I helped a friend make an IKEA run & after he was done shopping, he & his son got pizza & cinnamon rolls at the IKEA bistro. I managed to hang tight with them & make it back to my truck, where I had a compliant snack waiting. But it was kinda tough. 
    However, that evening my wife came through for me LIKE A BOSS. She made a Costco run & bought ALL THE VEGGIES, & she also bought a ton of good meat. She used our backyard smoker to smoke two whole chickens & four pork chops! And then she carved the chickens, stripped their carcasses, & saved the skin & bones so I can make bone broth! I have delicious meat for days, smoked chicken to make into chicken salad, & just tons of veggies to choose from. A supportive partner makes all the difference. 
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    angledge got a reaction from Xandra in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Sweet potato/bacon/spinach/egg casserole
    Ingredients:
    2 lb. sweet potatoes 4 slices of compliant bacon 3-5 green onions 12-14 eggs 1 cup frozen chopped greens (spinach, kale, whatever) 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1/2-1 tsp. salt (to taste) 1 tsp. nutmeg Preheat oven to 425 degF.
    Peel the sweet potatoes & dice them into little pieces (1/4" size). Melt some (~ 1 Tbsp.?) coconut oil in a bowl, add the sweet potato pieces, salt to taste & toss to coat the pieces with oil & salt. Place them in a single layer on a baking tray & roast for 20-22 minutes.
    While the sweet potatoes are roasting, fry up the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan & pat the oil off it with paper towels. Use the bacon grease-coated paper towels to grease a 9x13 glass baking dish. Leave a little bit of grease in the pan. Chop up the bacon into bacon bits. 
    Dice the green onions & give them a quick saute in the bacon grease.
    Break the eggs into a large bowl (I re-use the bowl I used to oil the sweet potato pieces without cleaning it in between). Whisk them until they are uniform. Whisk in 1 tsp. of nutmeg (or more if you like nutmeg).
    Once the sweet potatoes are done roasting, turn the oven down to 350 degF. Scrape the sweet potatoes cubes into the greased baking dish, layering in the sweet potatoes, green onions, & frozen chopped spinach. Don't get fancy here - by "layer" I mean "spread each ingredient around in the baking tray, avoiding large clumps". Pour the egg/nutmeg mixture over everything, making sure the egg mixture covers all the other ingredients. Sprinkle the bacon bits on top.
    Bake at 350 degF for approximately 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 
    Also, if you're sick of eggs for breakfast, you can try this breakfast casserole: Sausage & Spinach Breakfast Casserole. I've made this one many times & it's delicious. 
     
     
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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hi all! Yesterday I had a major temptation. I helped a friend make an IKEA run & after he was done shopping, he & his son got pizza & cinnamon rolls at the IKEA bistro. I managed to hang tight with them & make it back to my truck, where I had a compliant snack waiting. But it was kinda tough. 
    However, that evening my wife came through for me LIKE A BOSS. She made a Costco run & bought ALL THE VEGGIES, & she also bought a ton of good meat. She used our backyard smoker to smoke two whole chickens & four pork chops! And then she carved the chickens, stripped their carcasses, & saved the skin & bones so I can make bone broth! I have delicious meat for days, smoked chicken to make into chicken salad, & just tons of veggies to choose from. A supportive partner makes all the difference. 
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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Aaaaand for those who getting up several times a night to pee:
     
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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hi all! Yesterday I had a major temptation. I helped a friend make an IKEA run & after he was done shopping, he & his son got pizza & cinnamon rolls at the IKEA bistro. I managed to hang tight with them & make it back to my truck, where I had a compliant snack waiting. But it was kinda tough. 
    However, that evening my wife came through for me LIKE A BOSS. She made a Costco run & bought ALL THE VEGGIES, & she also bought a ton of good meat. She used our backyard smoker to smoke two whole chickens & four pork chops! And then she carved the chickens, stripped their carcasses, & saved the skin & bones so I can make bone broth! I have delicious meat for days, smoked chicken to make into chicken salad, & just tons of veggies to choose from. A supportive partner makes all the difference. 
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    angledge reacted to Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Day 11 has dawned for me! Breakfast is leftover turkey/ veggie patties, avocado and banana with Turkish coffee - black! Lunch will be a whole30 compliant moussaka. Dinner not sure yet! Today is also shopping day for the week - I have to plan out my meals and prepare my shopping list.
    Tomorrow is my daughter’s 12th birthday and she is having some friends over. This will require some cooking and baking for the munchkins. Not looking forward to those temptations, but I am confident I will make it.
    NSVs - sleeping better, an overall lighter feeling, clothes fitting better, my aches have decreased, cleared head! Nothing huge and tremendous but a few small victories. 
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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Also: @Vic22, @ShannonM68, @Chelsea Cooper & anyone else who is having food dreams? You're definitely not alone. They are specifically mentioned on the Whole30 timeline!
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    angledge got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hi all! Yesterday I had a major temptation. I helped a friend make an IKEA run & after he was done shopping, he & his son got pizza & cinnamon rolls at the IKEA bistro. I managed to hang tight with them & make it back to my truck, where I had a compliant snack waiting. But it was kinda tough. 
    However, that evening my wife came through for me LIKE A BOSS. She made a Costco run & bought ALL THE VEGGIES, & she also bought a ton of good meat. She used our backyard smoker to smoke two whole chickens & four pork chops! And then she carved the chickens, stripped their carcasses, & saved the skin & bones so I can make bone broth! I have delicious meat for days, smoked chicken to make into chicken salad, & just tons of veggies to choose from. A supportive partner makes all the difference. 
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    angledge got a reaction from Stackgrl in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    Yeah! We can have a mini-Whole30 meetup & cook for each other!
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    angledge reacted to Chelsea Cooper in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    What part of the country are you in? Field makes a sugar free bacon that is technically compliant, but not the healthiest choice, I think it has nitrates added.  Although, meijer should carry the Applegate brand, you can go on their website. 
    I haven’t been having a lot of cravings, at least not when awake BUT in my dreams! Last night I dreamt I ate gummy peaches which I haven’t had since I was little. I’ve been having a lot of dreams about eating non compliant food. It’s really stressful. You’re not alone. 
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    angledge reacted to OHMaryF in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I found Wellshire no sugar turkey bacon at Whole Foods and a couple of weeks later, they got the no sugar pork bacon. If your local store does not carry it and you ask, they can probably order it.
     
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    angledge reacted to ndelarosa in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I made this recipe on Friday.  I may just pass on the nutmeg next time but nonetheless, it was delicious! Thank you! @angledge
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    angledge reacted to ndelarosa in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Congrats on your victory so early in the process! By Day 5 I wanted to strangle everyone lol I started seeing results after Day 7 (today is Day 12) and cravings the past 2 days including today have been horrible. I work in a TV studio on weekends and the catered food, chips and cookies are everywhere!  I've packed my own breakfast and lunch but its still hard to walk by and smell the choco chip cookies  lol
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    angledge reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    First NSV! I have just finished Day 5 of my first Whole30. I have read The Whole30 book cover to cover and have been hyper focused on looking for NSV b/c I knew that’s what would keep me motivated. I was starting to feel discouraged yesterday (why I thought something positive  would happen so quickly, I really don’t know) b/c I hadn’t seen or felt anything amazing yet...
    Well today... 
    1. I woke up feeling refreshed. I haven’t had a refreshing night’s sleep since before I became a mom, 16+ years ago! Felt foggy but refreshed. Kinda like you’ve slept really well b/c of an illness but still had brain fog from meds you still required to function physically... you know what I’m saying? For example, I went to make coffee, as usual, and breakfast. After using the coconut oil for the eggs and some for in my coffee, without thinking I put it in the cup cabinet (thinking I put it away in the “right” place) and forgot about it til lunch. I went into the “regular” spot and caught myself honestly not knowing where it went!!! And got upset with my son, blaming him for not putting it where is belongs... lol... 
    2.  For the first time in probably a year I don’t feel bloated. I told my husband I felt “light”. He knew what I meant... lol. 
    3. My wedding ring! I can spin it on my finger! I know that sounds ridiculous, but I went from being able to slip my ring off with the same hand it was on to not being able to move the sucker. So for it to have some give, is huge to me! 
    And this is only Day 5! I can’t wait to see how my body feels on day30! Just the news I needed.
    Cravings were super BAD today. So my hubby decided we needed to leave the house to avoid temptation (even though everything “junky” is out of the house).
    Thank you Lord for always knowing exactly what I need and when I need it! 
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    angledge reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Day 10 for me and a major NSV... fasting blood sugar reading was 5.9 this morning ... that is an improvement of 2 (best in the past year was 7.9 and more often over 8.5).  To go along with that, my GERD seems to be gone.  While I’m still a wee bit low on energy, I’m pumped because it feels like I’m taking my health back!
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    angledge reacted to Stackgrl in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    Hey guys! Nice to "meet" you! I am officially one week in and feeling better (finally).  I was having pretty intense sugar cravings day 4 and 5 but it has subsided for now. Frank! You start your tomorrow! That's so exciting! Please check in and let me know how you are getting along. 
    @angledge- Thank you for being someone to lean on! How is your W30 going? I went Skiing yesterday at Copper and it's the first time I had to really plan ahead for food.  It actually was the best day I've had in a while. Usually I leave the Mtn very tired (prob from all the blood sugar spikes I give myself with bars and diet cokes). 
    I always LOVE how a W30 makes me feel both mentally and physically, its the habits that are so draining while Im retraining my brain. 
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    angledge got a reaction from Stackgrl in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    Hey there @Stackgrl! I started my Whole30 on February 14th & I live in in Harvey Park, just east of Lakewood. I'd be happy to be your accountability buddy!
    How did your first day go?
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    angledge got a reaction from OHMaryF in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    NSV to report: I slept long & deeply for the last two nights. I am a chronic insomniac, so this is a big deal for me. I slept nine hours last night & didn't wake up until the alarm went off! It feels really, really good. 
    @Allis, you've helped me pick my pork chop recipe - I'm going to make Mel Joulwan's walnut-crusted pork chops with baked apples. I think a side salad sounds perfect with chops & apples. 
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    angledge reacted to Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I made chocolate chip cookies and brownies for my daughter today, almost licked my fingers a couple of times, but caught myself before it was too late.  
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    angledge got a reaction from OHMaryF in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    NSV to report: I slept long & deeply for the last two nights. I am a chronic insomniac, so this is a big deal for me. I slept nine hours last night & didn't wake up until the alarm went off! It feels really, really good. 
    @Allis, you've helped me pick my pork chop recipe - I'm going to make Mel Joulwan's walnut-crusted pork chops with baked apples. I think a side salad sounds perfect with chops & apples. 
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    angledge got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting my 1st whole 30 today 2-23   
    You can try potatoes or sweet potatoes in the morning to start. Most Americans are familiar with breakfast potatoes at least. Sweet potatoes hit that sweet note that many people associate with breakfast as well. Both bell peppers & tomatoes are slightly sweet too. Also, you can hide a surprising amount of baby spinach in an omelette without having to taste greens at all.
    Don't be nervous, you've got this! 
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    angledge reacted to ladyshanny in Brand New- Starting 2/19/18   
    As mentioned to Holiday above, that nauseous feeling between meals can be because you're not fat adapted and your body wants/expects easy-burn fuel every couple hours.
    That said, you are not eating enough by the looks of it which can cause nausea and if further perpetuated, lack of appetite which causes nausea and the nasty circle continues.
    Each meal should have 1-2 palms worth of protein, 2-3+ cups of cooked veggie or equivalent and 1-2 servings of fat. Your breakfast appears to only have sausage (likely not 1-2 palms worth) and squash (mixed in?) which wouldn't be enough veggies. Also, fat?
    Make sure your lunch includes that template as well. 1-2 palms of the chicken, 2-3 cups of the green beans or the beans + another veggie. And make sure you add fat to your dinner as well as a non-starchy veggie if you have it available. 
    These recommendations are for the best possible results for hormones, blood sugar balance and energy. 
    Edited to add: @Jennifer K - I've just read your rundown also and you could also benefit by increasing your breakfast protein and adding veggies and then making sure you're getting enough protein, fat and veggies at the next meals. Not sure what a baked chicken thigh quarter is? I hope you don't mean a quarter of a chicken thigh?
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    angledge reacted to pbnJessie in Brand New- Starting 2/19/18   
    Sounds Perfect!
    I am still afraid of trying to go out to eat while doing the whole 30. This girl definitely rides the struggle bus when it comes to self-discipline and restaurants, hah!
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    angledge reacted to OHMaryF in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Outstanding! That is such good news. 
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    angledge got a reaction from OHMaryF in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    NSV to report: I slept long & deeply for the last two nights. I am a chronic insomniac, so this is a big deal for me. I slept nine hours last night & didn't wake up until the alarm went off! It feels really, really good. 
    @Allis, you've helped me pick my pork chop recipe - I'm going to make Mel Joulwan's walnut-crusted pork chops with baked apples. I think a side salad sounds perfect with chops & apples.