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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    Sweet orange peppers then! 
    I buy the orange/brown skinned sweet potatoes, but will be trying the pink fleshed ones soon...   I'm curious if they'll be orange inside and taste the same or not.  Carrots are so versatile, I hope you enjoy them, and cantaloupe... yum!  Try it with a sprinkle of salt for a change.  I'm with you on wanting orange on my plate. 
    Way to go getting the first week done.
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Should it not?  
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    stealthstitcher reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    Pain seems to have tapered down a bit today, fx for it to continue.
     
    M1 - Smoked Pork with Tomato Relish and Noodle beans/zucchini.
    M2 - I didn't eat, hubby had some smoked pork and Salad.
    M3 - Coconut and Almond Crusted Chicken with Steamed Veg and ghee, I also made some more mayo using the garlic confit and mixed through some basil pesto.
     
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    stealthstitcher reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings.
    Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday
    Lunch: coconut chicken curry with butternut squash and cauliflower rice
    Dinner: Ground beef with sauce, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
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    stealthstitcher reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D7 is done and Week One is in the bag!! I feel like making it these past 7 days is an NSV in itself. It's been a challenge for me not falling back in to automatic routines of eating.
    Because of the cravings, my husband did the grocery shopping for me today. He's so awesome! I slow roasted a pork shoulder all day, made some more ghee, prepared some homemade spice blends, and made the chicken shawarma marinade. The chicken will marinate overnight and I'll skewer it in the rotisserie tomorrow. Everything is ready for the week!  I also made some sugar cookie dough so I can practice decorating with royal icing this week. I've got those cookies spoken for so, because I'm gifting them, it'll be easy to not eat them.
    We're getting ready to start phase two off our home renovations, and we spent a good chunk of the day messing with that. Cravings were a little better today but I'm getting cranky and the headaches are annoying, so I welcome the distraction. Still fatigued but again still battling a little intermittent insomnia. Hoping it'll start to pass this week.
    Breakfast - scrambled eggs, sliced pear, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - W30 chicken tenders, mixed veggies
    Dinner - dinner salad with pulled pork and homemade barbeque ranch dressing
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021
    M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa
    M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins
    M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips
    M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out.  I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better.  I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty.  
    My stomach was feeling uneasy at lunch so I had a small lunch which happened to also not taste great.  Maybe I have a stomach bug but I hope its just my gut flora adapting to the elimination of short chain carbs and the huge increase in vegetables.  I'll have soup for supper if this continues through the day.
    My energy level is still not great but I did spend a few hours this morning cleaning around and under the fridge and stove and it feels much better to me now.  This continues my kitchen cleaning streak this week.
    NSV: I slept 8 hours without insomnia. Unfortunately I didn't wake up feeling very rested.  
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals today, I didn't even feel drawn to snacking.
    NSV: I haven't had any major food cravings since I began this Whole30.  
    Pasta sauce for dinner tomorrow night is prepared and I made a 4-portion shepherd's pie for myself to eat over the next four days (nobody else in my house eats it willingly).  I also have a serving of soup thawing in the fridge so I can rest easily knowing tomorrow's meals are already prepared.  Dinner is the only meal that I cook for my husband and grown daughter, they sort their own breakfast and lunch.  This is the time in my W30's that I usually struggle with food boredom, so having a plan will help get me through this.  
     
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in The Long Haul   
    Very low energy yesterday, so I just had eggs and vegetables for supper and didn't tackle the sweet potatoes yet. Am I putting them off? Maybe a little ... Sometimes I have what is almost a slight fear reaction to trying foods - scary foods! It's not at all a rational thing - after all, if I really don't like it I can just not eat it. And I've had sweet potatoes before and it's not like a hate them - more like, eh, I don't really like this that much. It's not like they're fish heads or something.
    Very sleepy last night and went to bed early, but then couldn't sleep and had a restless night. 
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Keeping fresh vegetables on hand is such a challenge when you can't get to the store frequently - and frozen just isn't quite the same. Even frozen vegetables are hard to stock up on unless you have a big freezer. 
    Congrats on the good sleep!
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in The Long Haul   
    Sweet potatoes acquired! 
    It was a struggle to not grab a "treat" at the store. Not because of the intense cravings but because I've been doing that automatically every time I get groceries. Need to pick up some groceries, grab something sugary on the way out. You know, body, it's not really a treat if you have it so often that you grab it on autopilot and eat it without thinking about it. 
    I have a weird schedule on my Tuesdays and Thursdays right now - no matter when I take a lunch break, it will always be 7 hours away from one meal. I can either eat lunch 7 hours after breakfast but shortly before supper, or shortly after breakfast but 7 hours before supper. Neither choice fills me with joy so I'm taking a third option - eat half of lunch during two short breaks. It's not perfectly ideal, but I don't think I have the willpower to not snack or grab fast food on the way home if I have that long between meals right now. It annoys me because I like to have a consistent schedule, but I suppose I should really try to be more mentally flexible. It's not a good idea for me to be too rigid about my routine. 
    Did not time my cooking well last night. Sauteed assorted vegetables and was apparently not paying attention to when I put them in, so I had soggy zucchini, crunchy cauliflower, and burnt onions. I usually try to stagger when I put them in the pan so they all get to the same level of doneness at once, but that did not happen last night. And then the chicken took forever to get done in the oven so I just ate my vegetables first so they woudln't get cold or soggier. Eh, the texture wasn't great, but put some ghee and salt and pepper on things and they're still pretty okay. 
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    Sweet potatoes acquired! 
    It was a struggle to not grab a "treat" at the store. Not because of the intense cravings but because I've been doing that automatically every time I get groceries. Need to pick up some groceries, grab something sugary on the way out. You know, body, it's not really a treat if you have it so often that you grab it on autopilot and eat it without thinking about it. 
    I have a weird schedule on my Tuesdays and Thursdays right now - no matter when I take a lunch break, it will always be 7 hours away from one meal. I can either eat lunch 7 hours after breakfast but shortly before supper, or shortly after breakfast but 7 hours before supper. Neither choice fills me with joy so I'm taking a third option - eat half of lunch during two short breaks. It's not perfectly ideal, but I don't think I have the willpower to not snack or grab fast food on the way home if I have that long between meals right now. It annoys me because I like to have a consistent schedule, but I suppose I should really try to be more mentally flexible. It's not a good idea for me to be too rigid about my routine. 
    Did not time my cooking well last night. Sauteed assorted vegetables and was apparently not paying attention to when I put them in, so I had soggy zucchini, crunchy cauliflower, and burnt onions. I usually try to stagger when I put them in the pan so they all get to the same level of doneness at once, but that did not happen last night. And then the chicken took forever to get done in the oven so I just ate my vegetables first so they woudln't get cold or soggier. Eh, the texture wasn't great, but put some ghee and salt and pepper on things and they're still pretty okay. 
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Agreed - it can become such a big THING if you tell people - they tend to get anxious. Oh no! It's the weird complicated diet thing!!! 
    Yay!
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    Many of my favorite foods are nightshades ... it sounds so sinister! Fun fact, when I moved into my house the back yard was overrun - and I mean overrun - with poisonous nightshade. Like, nightshade instead of grass. I actually did some research before planting a garden just to make sure it couldn't accidentally cross polinate my tomatoes and peppers. 
    Yesterday was a day. It was so cold and I wanted hot cocoa! Also I didn't pack quite enough lunch and was super hungry by mid-afternoon. The first time I did Whole30 I had no appetite for quite a while. It was all I could do to eat an egg and a half for breakfast and I definitely didn't finish my vegetables at most meals. Now three eggs feels like a modest serving and a head of broccoli might need another vegetable to supplement it. 
    I've also found, unlike my first time around, that both my second and this third whole30 (all three days of it so far) are easier in terms of my body adjusting. I expect things like grocery shopping and meal prep to become easier as I gain more experience, but the first time I did whole30 my body was like, What is happening?!? And now, it's like, Oh, we're doing this again? No problem, let me just flip the switch. I mean, I'll take it but it's a bit surprising. My mind still has challenges, but my digestive system has no issues. I haven't even had a headache, and I was all in on the sugary baked goods over the holidays. (I'm probably jinxing it and tomorrow will be a disaster ...)
    I still haven't picked up any sweet potatoes - it's cold and I don't want to stop at the store! 
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    stealthstitcher reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    stealthstitcher reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D2: Day 1 restarted well. I had appointments out all day and didn't get back home until dinner time, so I was just completely exhausted. The appointments didn't run as expected, so I wasn't able to get back home for lunch, but thanks to food prep, I was able to grab something quick and get back out in traffic. 
    Day 2 has been nice and quiet. I got a lot of work done both for home and office, and I liked not feeling rushed at meal time. My stomach finally feels like I've gotten past the soybean oil incident of last week. I am feeling tired and have a little headache, but overall not too bad. I am having cravings mid day, so I've got Chomp's sticks in case it gets bad. Can't wait to see what D3 has in store!
    R3D1:
    Breakfast - chorizo omelette, roasted sweet potatoes, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch: steak strips with yum yum sauce
    Dinner: crispy chicken thighs, ghee roasted potatoes, broccoli
    Snack: Chomp's stick
    R3D2:
    Breakfast - eggs with bacon, strawberries, black coffee, collagen peptides
    Lunch - buffalo chicken salad with red onion, tomatoes, hard boiled egg and homemade ranch
    Dinner - meatballs with marinara, mashed potatoes, broccoli
    Snack - Chomp's stick
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 7, Tuesday January 12, 2021
    M1: l/o shepherd's pie
    M2: green beans and carrots, fried egg with steak bites from the freezer
    3pm snack: banana, walnuts
    M3: oven roasted vegetables including white and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in olive oil and PK greek dressing; pork tenderloin medallions
    I woke with a mild headache this morning, a daily occurrence over the past few days.  The first day it happened I thought that I was dehydrated.  Then when it happened again I was worried that maybe I caught the virus, but when I woke today with the same mild headache I realized that it's probably just the carb flu.  It only affects me for about a half hour after I wake up, and I feel relieved knowing that if it's the carb flu it will soon pass.  
    Husband brought home a hot chocolate for me and box of donuts, because he knows I like them. I haven't broadcast that I'm on Whole30, it's just easier this way to prepare family meals without them thinking I've put the family on a diet.  I don't want to expend any more energy trying to explain W30 to anyone who doesn't care to learn.  I simply told him that I don't feel like having any today.  'Nuff said.
    I loved everything I ate today and all week, and I love eating this way, simple veggie-centric home cooked meals.
    Week 1, done.
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    @stealthstitcher sweet potatoes are in fact not a true potato, but from a different vegetable family.  You probably already know this, but I didn't until W30.  Once I learned this, I re-framed my attitude towards them.  I use regular potatoes as a carb substitute and therefor I try to limit them.  Regular potatoes also belong in the edible nightshades family of vegetables, another reason I try to limit them.  With Sweet potatoes however, it's no holds barred!  I eat as much as I want without having any reservations.
    I love the idea of the mini crockpot, never heard of that before.  Well done on finishing Day 1.
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in The Long Haul   
    Grrrrr ...
    Completed my second Whole30 last May and felt like, this is it. I have arrived. Peak health, here I come!
    Nooope. The minute I relaxed my standards, I tumbled down a rabbit hole of junk food. So this time, my plan is to just keep going. Not that I'm planning on a WholeEternity - that would be a little impractical - but let's just see how far I can go.
    The rationales:
    1. While foods like grains and dairy do contain nutrition, I am not at the point where I have the willpower for reasonable serving sizes, and overindulgence leads to pain and discomfort.
    2. Refined sugar does NOT contain nutrition. I have no brakes for sugary foods, and they give me nothing my body needs.
    3. My dad's diabetes has gotten to the point where diet and medication can no longer keep it fully in check. This is to be avoided! 
     
    The plan:
    1. See how long an unbroken streak of compliant days I can do.
    2. If, for whatever reason, I go off plan, go back on plan at the earliest opportunity. Also, make the healthiest choice while off plan, rather than using it as an excuse to go crazy.
    3. Expand the range of on-plan foods I eat. There are certain things, like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and assorted kinds of greens that I've just never really liked. But I want to like them - they're so colorful and fun to grow in the garden! 
     
    Things to do this week:
    1. Get rid of remaining non-compliant foods in the house. I have half a container of freezer burnt ice cream that will definitely start calling my name soon ...
    2. Choose a food ... I think I'll start with sweet potatoes ... buy one and cook it.
    3. I feel like I should have a third thing here since I have three in the other sections. I've already done a meal plan and prepped some food. So ... check?
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    stealthstitcher reacted to OurSmallFootprint in OurSmallFootprint's W30 Journey   
    11th Jan - Day 4
    M1 - Bacon, eggs and mixed salad (cherry tomatoes, carrots, spinach, kohlrabi and cucumber) with homemade aioli
    M2 - Hubby had potato salad and leftover meatloaf, I had green apple and made myself some roasted cashew and almond butter, 2nd meals are hard for me.
    M3 - Leftover Meatloaf with Smashed potatoes and Sautéed Broccolini with a drizzle of ghee.
     
    So, 3 meals are hard for me, we've done intermittent fasting/two meals for so long now, my chronic nerve condition in my face doesn't help either because sometimes its just too much effort to eat.
    The meatloaf though, is great for leftovers!
     
    So it looks like I might need to link to pics elsewhere if people are still interested in me sharing!  I know photo bucket used to be a thing lol
     
     
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    Hi @stealthstitcher welcome back!  
    I didn't eat sweet potatoes before W30, now I absolutely love them.  I eat them at breakfast, browned gently in ghee then roasted until tender in the oven, about 10 - 15 minutes depending on how small you've diced them.  I like them with my eggs, some prosciutto for a flavour hit and a bit of fried kale, which is another veg I didn't eat before but love it now.  I also love sweet potatoes mashed with ghee on top of my shepherd's pie.  I often mash them with other root vegetables too (white potatoes and/or carrots and/or turnips or rutabagas), just add ghee and salt for an easy side dish with steak, pork chops, etc.  I hope that you can find a way to enjoy them.  
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Long Haul   
    Grrrrr ...
    Completed my second Whole30 last May and felt like, this is it. I have arrived. Peak health, here I come!
    Nooope. The minute I relaxed my standards, I tumbled down a rabbit hole of junk food. So this time, my plan is to just keep going. Not that I'm planning on a WholeEternity - that would be a little impractical - but let's just see how far I can go.
    The rationales:
    1. While foods like grains and dairy do contain nutrition, I am not at the point where I have the willpower for reasonable serving sizes, and overindulgence leads to pain and discomfort.
    2. Refined sugar does NOT contain nutrition. I have no brakes for sugary foods, and they give me nothing my body needs.
    3. My dad's diabetes has gotten to the point where diet and medication can no longer keep it fully in check. This is to be avoided! 
     
    The plan:
    1. See how long an unbroken streak of compliant days I can do.
    2. If, for whatever reason, I go off plan, go back on plan at the earliest opportunity. Also, make the healthiest choice while off plan, rather than using it as an excuse to go crazy.
    3. Expand the range of on-plan foods I eat. There are certain things, like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and assorted kinds of greens that I've just never really liked. But I want to like them - they're so colorful and fun to grow in the garden! 
     
    Things to do this week:
    1. Get rid of remaining non-compliant foods in the house. I have half a container of freezer burnt ice cream that will definitely start calling my name soon ...
    2. Choose a food ... I think I'll start with sweet potatoes ... buy one and cook it.
    3. I feel like I should have a third thing here since I have three in the other sections. I've already done a meal plan and prepped some food. So ... check?
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 33, Tuesday June 2
    M1: leftover sausage, potatoes and roasted veg from sheet pan dinner, 2 fried eggs
    M2: homemade chicken veg soup with bone broth I made from the roasted chicken carcass, onion, celery, carrots, chicken
    Snack: apple
    Snack: 1 cup of soup
    M3: boiled skin-on smashed potatoes, root veg mix of rutabaga, carrots and sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, homemade meatballs au jus
    NSV: I ate well and stayed true to W30, despite having tons of cravings in the grocery store.  Everything was tempting. Then H brought home a dessert, and I was tempted again.  So I'm counting this as another big victory.  I feel like it's the first week again.  I also caught myself thinking that I wanted to quit to EATT, but did I?  NO WAY!!!
    The soup I made for lunch was delicious, and 2 cups seemed like lots for lunch, but I was snacking an hour and a half later, then 2 hours after that.  Note to Future Shadow: having only soup for lunch is not going to keep me from snacking until supper.
    NSV:  I spend a lot of time cooking what I eat from scratch, approximately 1/2 hour per meal unless I'm re-heating something.  Nothing I eat comes from a box or cello container except fresh fruit or veg.  Wow. That's a big NSV now that I stop to consider it, and the impact of it on my health.  I really, really, REALLY hope that this new way of eating is permanent for me.  
    Plan for tomorrow:
    1. Keep focused on Whole30.  It seems redundant because I'm on the program so why tell myself to focus on it, but I need to keep my focus.  I need to keep telling myself to continue, to not give up.  It would be so easy to do but soooo disappointing.  
    2. Get up at 7am (this morning I got up at 7:05, not good enough)
    3. 8am, noon and 6pm worked well today for meal times, except that M2 wasn't big enough to go snack free until M3, so tomorrow I'll try again, hopefully I won't need to snack.  I want to be able to go "snack free" when I get to Day 40...
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Ghee is the best! The flavor is so much richer than just butter.
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 17, Sunday May 17
    M1: potato egg salad topped with fresh chives, side of green beans 
    M2: romaine, spinach, avocado, green onions & celery chicken salad tossed w/ green goddess dressing, topped with red grapes
    Snack: a small piece of leftover steak
    M3: leftover burger on a lettuce bun, green side salad
    NSV: I was out of bed shortly after 7am. I’ve been having trouble getting up in the morning so am happy with this victory today
    NSV: I realize that I haven’t had a Sunday afternoon nap in a few weeks, not since I started W30
    NSV: family had take-out burgers tonight, but I had a homemade burger and felt happier about that than having to eat a salty burger on a white bun. I also watched them eat their fries and onion rings while I enjoyed my side salad, and again, I felt happier with my choice rather than theirs
    Plan for tomorrow: it’s a long weekend, I plan to just enjoy the nice weather and eat well
    I’m slightly concerned that I’m eating too much food but I don’t want to start monitoring the amount I’m eating, at least not yet. The last time I did that on a W30, I crashed and quit because I was too hungry to cook after a busy day.  I’m going to continue to focus on eating W30, nourishing my body, learning to cook new recipes and enjoying healthy meals. 
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    stealthstitcher reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 13, Wednesday May 13
    M1: potato-egg salad topped with fresh chives, 1 small English banger sausage, lots of green beans
    M2: romaine & spinach salad tossed with green goddess dressing and topped with diced tomatoes and chicken
    Snack: 1 devilled egg (2 halves), small handful of pecans & walnuts, one orange 
    M3: homemade meatballs au jus, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower, carrots, green beans and red cabbage, applesauce
    NSV: the hives on my face have cleared up
    NSV: I ate very well all day, everything was compliant
    NSV: I shopped at Costco and didn’t buy anything that wasn’t compliant, and I bought a 2-pack of veggie grill pans for the bbq that I’m looking forward to using
    NSV: I didn’t have any cravings today
    Hack to Habit: keep frozen green beans on hand (green beans are my favourite veg).  I didn’t realize until I plated my breakfast that I totally forgot about a non- starchy veg, but luckily I had some fresh green beans that I cooked up quickly and ate after finishing the rest of M1. I won’t always have fresh green beans though, so I’ll pick up some frozen
    Plan for tomorrow: plan. those. meals
    Reflection: although I started this W30 with a long list of changes I am hoping for, I decided today to re-focus. I am only going to focus on eating well, and trying new foods and recipes. My goal for the end of this W30 is to be on auto pilot when it comes to my food choices, to choose healthy food over junk, and that it’s always easy for me to put together a healthy meal. I like how I feel right now, I enjoy the taste of real food and I don’t crave junk. 
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    stealthstitcher got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I used left-over chicken with left-over chicken and onion gravy, carrots, and green peas (which I'm super excited are now allowed, but you could use any kind of vegetable you liked - celery, green beans, probably even spinach or kale ... I feel like broccoli might get soggy, though), and then left-over mashed potatoes whipped with ghee on top. Or you could use mashed root vegetables or cauliflower, if you wanted to go easy on the potatoes. 
    You probably have, but have you checked out some of the paleo cooking websites? Sometimes you have to modify a bit if the recipes have honey or something in them, but I love looking at recipes on nom nom paleo because of all the pretty pictures.