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    naomilemoyne reacted to ScoutFinch in Anyone have a good whole chicken recipe?   
    The simplest is the best. Here's Martha Rose Shulman's method, one I even wrote an essay about, it is so charming:
    Wash chicken in cold water inside and out, pat dry. Salt and pepper the inside. Rub a goodly amount of olive oil into the skin, then salt and pepper the breast, place the chicken that side down in an oiled shallow roasting pan. Rub oil on the back side, salt and pepper again.
    Roast fifteen minutes at 450, then reduce the heat to 350. Turn the bird over about halfway through the total time (you want about 20 minutes total roasting time per pound; I get very fresh chickens so I usually go an extra 10 minutes or so). Be sure to shut the oven door when you take the chicken out to turn it so as to not lose heat.
    I turn the bird with a couple of wooden spoons, one inside and one out. It's not elegant, but it keeps the skin from being torn on metal tongs.
    For variety, add lemon juice, lemon zest, rosemary, oregano, tarragon, or any chicken-friendly herb, dried or fresh. This is truly my favorite way to eat chicken. The breast is moist and the dark meat is to die.
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    naomilemoyne reacted to newwhole30er in Huge NSV!   
    So, over the past week I've baked 30 pans of cinnamon rolls for an event and I haven't eaten even one of them.
    But wait, that's not even the thing I'm most proud of! I used to enjoy baking a lot, but since I started Whole30ing almost 2 years ago, I haven't done much baking. I felt like it would be too hard to have baked goods around and not eat them.
    This time, I kept waiting for it to be hard. And it wasn't. I mean, they looked good, they smelled good, but there was no mental battle over should I or shouldn't I. I know how gluten makes me feel. It's not worth it. I've taught myself that lesson enough times that my brain really believes it now. 
    And most of all, the cool thing was that I enjoyed the PROCESS of baking without needing to eat the food. I used to bake so I would have yummy things around to eat. This time, even though I knew I wasn't going to eat any of them, I really enjoyed baking those cinnamon rolls. It was fun. I can't even believe I'm saying this.
    Those of you who are new to the Whole30 - keep it up! You can get to amazing places that you would never have dreamed you could get to!
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    naomilemoyne reacted to jenlar3 in Non-Food Rewards?   
    Allocating  Time for Guilt free activities, such as....
    •pleasure reading or tv watching
    •sewing or working on a hobby
    •visiting/phoning a friend 
    •FB or other social media time
    •going to pool to work on tan
    (guilt-free means instead of household chores or other 'have-to's you are expected to do)
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    naomilemoyne got a reaction from jmcbn in Help: Burping/acid reflux/headaches on Whole30   
    The last few days have been a little out of whack for me, so some of the days are atypical--like when I tried eating meat AND eggs and mayo pre-WO haha. Part of it is that b/c of my work schedule, I eat at noon, then work out either at 5 or 6:30, then don't get M3 until 7 or 8, so it's a long time in between and it's always tempting to eat more because by 5 I'm pretty hungry. Usually my pre-WO is just a hard-boiled egg though. And the post-WO is small, like 1/2 or 1/4 serving of chicken and squash/swt. pot. Good to get confirmation that skipping pre-WO is fine if I've eaten recently--that's kind of what I was thinking. I def. think you're right about the cruciferous veg.
    I think part of the problem is that I'm just not very good at reading the signals my body is sending me. I guess I usually just interpret them as "eat more! you're hungry!" which is obviously not always right. For the record, I lost 4 pounds and 1.5 inches from my waist in a month--which seems pretty decent for someone who doesn't really need to lose weight (5'7" female, 146 lbs. now, and I have a fair amount of muscle). And I used to have to snack INCESSANTLY, and that is so much better now. Plus better skin + better awareness of what I'm actually eating.
    Thank you for replying so quickly! I appreciate it. I'm cutting out nuts and coffee and I'll try to stick with the template better & watch my veg combinations the next few days and see what that does. & use the digestive enzymes.