Crimsann

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    Crimsann reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    urgh...so I'm out of food again, and my lack of ability/competence with menu planning will be my personal challenge this week.  I did some paid work recently, so I am thankfully able to get Some food, not sure how much, but Some.  which is better than none.  school ended yesterday, though, and my teen, who is eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school (crap that it is, it's a Huge help) is now eating at home all day, and I'm needing to adjust for that.  I can do this - we're almost halfway there - I HAVE to do this!!!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    That one recipe I didn’t get done ahead yesterday but was making fresh tonight?  Daaaaaang guys, it rocked.  I haven’t done anything with dates in a sauce before, but there are some sauces that do need a tad of sweet.  Even so, I think I would mix this one in more rarely than the DAILY I was thinking at first bite.  I might also do half the dates and see if it really needed them for my tastes.  What I do love is that it’s a great way to get some broccoli in.  I like broccoli, but let’s all admit there was a reason Melissa used it in her famous “if you are hungry enough for boiled fish and broccoli” example. 
    Anyway this recipe was on the W30 Instagram feed last week and it just shot up to my top 10 list.
     
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    That one recipe I didn’t get done ahead yesterday but was making fresh tonight?  Daaaaaang guys, it rocked.  I haven’t done anything with dates in a sauce before, but there are some sauces that do need a tad of sweet.  Even so, I think I would mix this one in more rarely than the DAILY I was thinking at first bite.  I might also do half the dates and see if it really needed them for my tastes.  What I do love is that it’s a great way to get some broccoli in.  I like broccoli, but let’s all admit there was a reason Melissa used it in her famous “if you are hungry enough for boiled fish and broccoli” example. 
    Anyway this recipe was on the W30 Instagram feed last week and it just shot up to my top 10 list.
     
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    That one recipe I didn’t get done ahead yesterday but was making fresh tonight?  Daaaaaang guys, it rocked.  I haven’t done anything with dates in a sauce before, but there are some sauces that do need a tad of sweet.  Even so, I think I would mix this one in more rarely than the DAILY I was thinking at first bite.  I might also do half the dates and see if it really needed them for my tastes.  What I do love is that it’s a great way to get some broccoli in.  I like broccoli, but let’s all admit there was a reason Melissa used it in her famous “if you are hungry enough for boiled fish and broccoli” example. 
    Anyway this recipe was on the W30 Instagram feed last week and it just shot up to my top 10 list.
     
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    That one recipe I didn’t get done ahead yesterday but was making fresh tonight?  Daaaaaang guys, it rocked.  I haven’t done anything with dates in a sauce before, but there are some sauces that do need a tad of sweet.  Even so, I think I would mix this one in more rarely than the DAILY I was thinking at first bite.  I might also do half the dates and see if it really needed them for my tastes.  What I do love is that it’s a great way to get some broccoli in.  I like broccoli, but let’s all admit there was a reason Melissa used it in her famous “if you are hungry enough for boiled fish and broccoli” example. 
    Anyway this recipe was on the W30 Instagram feed last week and it just shot up to my top 10 list.
     
     
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    Crimsann reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    here's this week's blog post from me, journaling my week in food and feelings:  https://theunusedportion.blogspot.com/2018/06/moving-forward.html
    while I agree it feels like we've had a month of Mondays already, I'm also feeling like we're almost halfway there, and that's a pretty big win!  I want to see to more changes, personally...I don't really know what I'm looking for, so maybe I should take a look at those non-scale victories again, and see if any of them apply. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Is this really only the second Monday of this round?  Feels like we have had 30 straight already.  I'm just saying.
    Meal prep was worth it though because those Turkey Pesto Meatballs turned out just as good as ever and made for a super filling lunch over a pile of zoodles.  I looked over my meal plan for next week and made a few changes to get the prep work down some, not sure I'm set on that yet, but it's started.  I like to be about a week ahead with those because last minute planning doesn't always pan out for me!  
    Two things I'm noticing as we get close to that magic halfway point.  First, and I've suspected this before but noticed it even more so this time, I'm getting some heartburn that I think is related to sparkling water.  Sad face, I'm not a huge fan of drinking still water...but at least during the summer I can pull some herbs from my garden and flavor it up a bit.  I'm going to eliminate sparkling water here for a week and see if it helps.  Or maybe, since two people have now popped up with tea posts just as I'm writing this...some tea!  
    The other thing I've noticed is almost immediately after starting this round my internal clock has tried to reset itself to something a little less night owlish.  Overall, this would be a benefit for me, but I'm not used to being that tried before midnight and being up so early on a weekend without an alarm clock.  I'm not sure what about this round specifically has moved that needle for me but it's a mixed blessing just at the moment.  
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hoot!  I think your lunch alone out meal prepped my entire week!  
    At least I remembered my wallet this weekend so the grocery run was “only” two trips due to running out of walnuts.
    If it’s not a wallet it’s a walnut?!
    I think I’m getting a touch slap happy.
    But meal prep is basically done, one more dish that I plan to make hot/fresh tomorrow but otherwise I’m set for the week.  Off to get in my yoga and then maybe stare at the ceiling in savasana for an hour just to be off my feet.  It was actually nice to be in the kitchen on a rainy day here but I’m shooting for ultra minimal on prep next week. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hoot!  I think your lunch alone out meal prepped my entire week!  
    At least I remembered my wallet this weekend so the grocery run was “only” two trips due to running out of walnuts.
    If it’s not a wallet it’s a walnut?!
    I think I’m getting a touch slap happy.
    But meal prep is basically done, one more dish that I plan to make hot/fresh tomorrow but otherwise I’m set for the week.  Off to get in my yoga and then maybe stare at the ceiling in savasana for an hour just to be off my feet.  It was actually nice to be in the kitchen on a rainy day here but I’m shooting for ultra minimal on prep next week. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Yes.  Harsh.  But, this is the same woman who made some kind of Heath Bar Brownies to take and has now spent half the ride there explaining...in detail...how she made them.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Headed to a cookout tonight, not a particular challenge because the other guests include my Mom and sister who have been around me through any number of my W30’s and my two little nieces.  Usually the biggest challenge is dodging the two-year old if she gets it in her mind that it would be funny to feed Tt.  
    But I thought since I’m bringing my own food I might try something different and whisked together a sort of lemongrass/mint/oil/vinegar dressing to put over some slaw mix and maybe top with toasted almonds.  Mom stopped in and I gave her a tiny taste...her comment?
    ”tastes like furniture polish”
    And here I thought it was coming together real well.  Guess I won’t have to worry about sharing.  
    Other than the Day 2 headache I’m coasting along so far.  I have experienced nearly nightly food dreams though @Mama Pajama and I agree it seems early for that.  I’ve had a chocolate one and one involving Thanksgiving dinner of all things.  
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    Crimsann reacted to LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Today was my most challenging day to date. We had people over and I really wanted to be able to eat what they were having. But I persevered.
    They say the second Whole 30 is harder than the first, and so far I’m finding that to be true. I don’t remember the last one being this hard.
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    Crimsann reacted to AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I'm excited we are one week in! I've been thinking so much about sweets... it's been hard. Still sticking to the plan though! Also starting to think about how to come out of this thing... I'm thinking I'll add dairy back since I never really had a problem with dairy that I know of so it'll be interesting to see how I feel with it.
    Going to make the Chicken Pad Thai that was posted on the whole 30 facebook today for lunch tomorrow. I'll let you all know how it is!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I love the percentage update!  Gives me hope!
    I don't know much about intermittent fasting, some one of the moderators could speak to this better, but I do remember it being specifically called out in one of the W30 books I read before my first one and I'm pretty sure at that time it was discouraged.  I only remember it because I hadn't heard of it before and the next line said something like "if you don't know what this is, don't look it up" so I kind of laughed and moved on.  That may have been in the section for people with no gall-bladder because I sort of remember it being linked to the same area of eating more fat with limited bile resources so I don't know if it applied to everyone.  I will say from my personal experience, I used to do that just as a matter of lifestyle.  Not with any intention, but because I don't like eating in the morning and I don't wake up hungry.  In fact, eating that first meal is one of my biggest struggles with doing a W30, but I have also seen the difference in my energy levels and I know NOT eating is a big part of why I don't feel my best.  3 meals does seem to be a core component though.
    Again, I don't know enough about it to make recommendations for or against, but I have a feeling W30 would say not to skip meals.  You might want to post this one in their troubleshooting thread to see what they say about working with fasting or whether that should be out for the 30 days.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    Crimsann reacted to Amy Rose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I feel your pain, @LIEvans! I showed up at the office this morning and the water had been turned off (someone's working on it somewhere).  This means no coffee for me.  Perhaps I should explain a bit more -- THAT MEANS NO COFFEE!!!!!
    I am trying to be civil about it, but I would prefer Total World Destruction to this. Being nice to people just makes it worse.
    They have chosen a poor day to get on my last nerve, to be sure.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Late for my check-in today, but I added that spinach in for breakfast and felt more well rounded for it.  The training deal is ongoing so I'm having to move my midday meal time around quite a bit to accommodate meetings.  I'm still focused on just not skipping it, but the past two days I feel like I've been forced into eating a bit earlier than I would have preferred and I suspect it's going to make the longer gap before my evening meal a bit of a challenge.  I used to have to do a mini-meal when I was working two jobs because the gap between lunch and dinner stretched to nearly 8 hours some days.  Then I made my evening meal another pretty light meal because it would be so late at night then and that helped it be less of a snack and more of a half meal each time.  I don't want to set up the expectation of eating twice at night though now that I am at home because I have more access to food than I did when I was packing.  Then I was limited to what I brought with me!  
    So far this hasn't really been a problem, but it is something I want to think through and figure out an ideal strategy before I'm really tempted to stray.  
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    Crimsann reacted to Amy Rose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Well, despite my good intentions – I made mistakes over the weekend. Not huge ones, just small poor choices because i wasn't paying attention. I considered just overlooking them and forging on as if nothing had happened. But NO – that is not the Whole30 Way! It’s everything or nothing. Period!

    I will own my mistakes, and I will restart today. I will remain 100% compliant and do this right.  I have a full refrigerator of good food (Sunday is my prep day) and I am ON IT!

    Also, I’m practicing mindful eating and it has already changed the way I feel about the foods I eat. It allows me to truly taste each bite and appreciate the differences in texture and temperature between veggies and meat and fruit. I’m surprised by the experience, and I’ve found I stop eating sooner when I am truly paying attention.

    Good luck to everyone. Get lots of sleep -- that's my secret to juggling everything in life and in the Whole30.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Happy Day 4 (as ironic as that is based on the timeline)...I noticed my skin looking clearer and brighter this morning which is usually an early sign for me.  I'm going to be juggling a lot of new employee training this afternoon which was an unexpected addition to my work load and couldn't be coming on a worse day, but so far this morning I'm doing well mood wise.  We will see how that lasts.  This is the type of training when you need to be all about the first impressions and flexible enough to flip topics as the session goes and questions come up.  In other words, all the game face.
    I backslid a tiny bit on breakfast, I got up late enough to not have time to saute the veggies I had prepped but I made a couple of eggs and had a small glass of orange juice.  I realized on the way to work I totally had some baby spinach that would have wilted in the few seconds the eggs were cooking so that would have been the perfect rushed morning option for some green with my eggs.  Lesson learned for next time, (ahem...probably tomorrow.)  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    One quick one...this is my absolute favorite W30 recipe.
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/17/chicken-pesto-meatballs-marina/
    I have always made these with turkey instead of chicken but Mel's magic meatball method (she should patent that) makes them incredibly moist so either chicken or turkey works without being dry.  As a short cut, I have sometimes used a bottled pasta sauce instead of making her sauce.  Her recipe is easy and tasty, but sometimes I need all the short cut's I can get.  My favorite is Paul Newman's For the Common Good which has been easy to find even in major grocery chains so it doesn't require a specialty health food stop.  Always double check because recipes change, but the last time I looked the Tomato Basil variety was compliant.  If you have never tried zoodles, this is an excellent way to try them the first time because they taste delicious with this recipe. On top of all that the leftover meatballs are killer cold so it's a total win.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from ErikaA in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Today’s success story?  I remembered to take my reusable bags to the grocery.(mentally doing a happy dance.)
    Today’s fail story?  I was three steps from getting in line with my full cart when I realized I had left my wallet at home.  (mentally falling flat on my face.)

    sooooo meal prep day is getting a bit of a late start, but luckily my plan calls for a huge chunk of meat in the crockpot and I can let that on over night if I need to.  I prepped a trial recipe of a black cherry bbq sauce yesterday, so all I really need to do today is prep salad stuff.  I’ve got this, but very glad I didn’t have a more ambitious plan in place!