Oldehiker

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    Oldehiker reacted to Hannlib in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    This morning I had a quick version of the paleomg buffalo chicken 'pasta'. Fried some already chopped onions, added zoodles, already cooked chicken and some carrot strips made with my peeler. Heated it all, dumped mayo and Frank's on top, heated it more. Utterly delicious.
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    Oldehiker reacted to jmcbn in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Brisket, slow cooked in a little lard (from when I sealed it in the pan), cloves, & garam masala, served with a full bag of spinach & a quarter onion (which reduced down to about 2 cups when sauteed), a beef tomato and a handful of olives.
     
    The brisket had cooked over night with some shin in my crock-pot and was so tender.
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    Oldehiker reacted to ShannonM816 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Salad for breakfast this morning. Grilled chicken thighs, spring mix greens, celery, cucumber, jicama, tomatoes, chopped bacon, fried ginger, roasted garlic mayo, and pineapple-raspberry kombucha.
     
     

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    Oldehiker reacted to SpinSpin in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Leftover pork chops. cut into bite size pieces along with scrambled eggs and zucchini and celery dipped into homemade vinaigrette. I had a whole zucchini and most of a bunch of celery for my veggies. 
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    Oldehiker reacted to Munkers in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Wow, Shannon! You got so much color on your bok choy that I thought they were roasted potatoes at first!
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    Oldehiker reacted to ShannonM816 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Today's breakfast, baked chicken thighs, bok choy, yellow squash, and some cherries, with a strawberry orange kombucha:
     

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    Oldehiker reacted to SpinSpin in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Garbage breakfast today! It's payday and we will be going shopping after hubby gets home-- so it was clean out the fridge day for breakfast! 1 LARGE yellow onion, sliced up, an orange bell pepper, sliced up and sauteed with the onion in avocado oil, a meat patty and 4 HUGE handfuls of spinach -- the last of a bin of spinach -- that cooked down to maybe 1/2 a cup or so and a pickle. I also topped my burger with a scoop of ghee. 
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    Oldehiker reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Trying to eat through the fridge before we leave on holidays creates some...er....odd meals.
     
    Breakfast this morning:
     
    Bed of spinach
    Leftover grilled peppers & pineapple (note, the pineapple was SO tart when I cut it earlier this week that it was inedible.  Grilling it made it so sweet it was like candy!)
    Chopped up chicken breast tossed in a 50/50 mix of mayo & Frank's Red Hot
     

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    Oldehiker reacted to SugarcubeOD in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    This is not really a valid argument... there are studies that also show that whole grains are good for you and dairy is a necessary component of a healthy adult's diet and yet, those are rules that the original poster 'chose' to follow. No one here is saying she should never weigh herself again (altho most people that complete a Whole30 end up breaking up with their scales for good). Tom was saying that it's frustrating that for 30 days, she chose to follow SOME rules and not others. Would you say the same if she said she did a whole30 but decided to allow herself International Delights coffee creamer? No, of course not. The Hartwigs understand that how we TREAT our bodies/minds is just as important as what we put IN them... hence the no scale rule. After a Whole 30, people are free to weigh themselves as much as they want... but knowingly and blatantly breaking a rule is not a successful completion of Whole30 and the people that come by here in the next days, weeks and months looking for an 'excuse' to break the scale rule should read this discussion and know that it's not acceptable.
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    Oldehiker reacted to Suncat in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Good for you, Murraygold!  Personally, I think it is more dangerous to get tied up with doing something perfectly than to do the best I can.  I would hate that someone in the future might miss out on the amazing benefits of this program because they can't weigh themselves.  That said, I am a hard-core rule follower and did NOT weigh.  I have years of food "issues" (to say the least) and I am happiest when I don't weigh AT ALL.  I figure if I do what's right for my body, my weight and shape are none of my business.  This is so freeing!  My husband, on the other hand, weighs daily and is completely normal.
     
    All the rules aside, you did an amazing job and should be very proud of yourself. Congratulations!
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    Oldehiker reacted to ElishaLoweRN in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    I really enjoyed reading the original as well and it sounds like you did a fabulous job. Congratulations!
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    Oldehiker reacted to bcwillson in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Congrats on your completion of Whole30! What a great success story! I have enjoyed reading about your great results that included crushing your cravings, lowering your weight and blood pressure, and feeling happier overall.
    I, like you, disagree with Tom's post. It also goes against studies that show that people who weigh themselves more often are less likely to gain weight back in the long run. I can understand Tom's point if you were doing this just for weight loss, but it was obvious from your post that you gained so much more from whole30 than just some weight loss. Congrats!
    I don't see how weighing is any different than looking in a mirror and seeing obvious results, or checking your blood pressure, or putting on a pair of pants that you hadn't been able to fit into for awhile because you realize your others have become to big. All of these are tangibles signs of the health benefits of whole30, and they should be celebrated IMO, not shunned.
    So again I say congrats! Continue to live healthy and reap the benefits of it. Don't let others bring you down.
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    Oldehiker reacted to ladyshanny in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Hi Murraygold, sorry that you feel that Tom's answer was shaming.  I don't agree that it was at all.  He stated some truths without flowery language that are, perhaps, not sitting well with you.
     
    The Whole30 is very clear.  Follow all the rules for 30 days and you have done a Whole30. Break a rule and you have not.  Weighing is a rule.  The mere fact that you do not believe it was "in you" to not weigh yourself for 30 days is a clear sign that you are allowing yourself to be ruled by a $20 piece of plastic.  Were you not, you would have had no problem putting it aside for 30 days.  This is not meant to be condescending or rude, just the truth that we have experienced with thousands of members.  You aren't the first person to have trouble with the scale, that's why it's a hard rule of the Whole30.  
     
    Whether you allowed the scale to dictate your behaviour is only yours to know....but you obviously have a deep seated need to know what that number is and the only way to really understand "WHY" for yourself is to give it up for 30 days.  That is why Tom says you short changed yourself.  As women in this crazy, social media, everything on display culture that we live in are taught that our value and our worth in the world is directly linked to our size, weight, body shape, physical appearance.  The smaller we are the more we believe and are told that we deserve love and happiness and I'm sorry, that is just bullshit.  You don't need to know your body's physical gravity response every day, you really don't.  The fit of your clothes, the deepness of your sleep, your skin, hair, eyes and heart know if you are on the right track.  
     
    It may seem a silly rule; don't weigh. Until you really look at why that is part of the Whole30 and then it makes perfect sense.  Breaking up with sugar and breaking up with scale are given the same importance in this program.
     
    Finally, as I said, you are not the first person to ever feel overwhelmed by the idea of not weighing yourself every day, you're not.  But for every single person who struggled through 30 days of wishing that they could stand on the scale but digging deep and breaking that addiction/pattern, allowing someone to claim victory when they blatantly disregarded the rules isn't right.  It's not fair to stand and say that whatever you do that's better than it was before is a successful Whole30 because it's simply not true and it's discourteous to those that actually did follow the rules.
     
    I'm sorry that you didn't like Tom's response, he is our resident "no bullshit" expert and tends not to sugar coat anything.
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    Oldehiker reacted to Tom Denham in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Not stepping on the scale is not a suggestion. It is a rule. Something that we have found to be important through experience with 1000s of people. You were not an exception. You short-changed yourself by weighing. You let the scale guide your behavior and you did not learn important lessons that you still need to learn. I am glad that you had a positive experience over all, but frustrated that you did not fully engage with the Whole30 process. 
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    Oldehiker reacted to murraygold in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Yes, I've almost completed the Whole30 program...two days left.   And yes, I'm feeling a little amazed at myself that I have done this.   Not one single slip-up on the food...not even sneaking in a bit of french vanilla creamer into my coffee 
     
    The first week saw an exhilarating drop in blood pressure which was so motivating to stick to the plan.   And here I will do my one confession...the one suggestion that I did not heed was to not step on the scale...that is just not in me to do.   Week 2 my weight stabilized and so did the blood pressure numbers, those even climbed back up a bit...but not to my beginning numbers.    Yet, my motivation stayed strong because three other things were happening...(1) my taste buds were alive and well, delighting in meals of fresh vegetables, crisp fruits, deviled eggs made with my homemade mayonnaise, chicken thighs with homemade marinara.  (2)  Evening snacking came to a halt!   No more listening to that voice in my head telling me it was time to open the refrigerator door and eat something, anything...actually it wasn't a matter of not listening to that voice...there was no voice!   Sugar and carb cravings were simply gone.  (3) And maybe most importantly was my mood shift.   Right now my husband is working out of town and gone for weeks at a time.  Before starting Whole30 I was experiencing some really low moods...who knew (I didn't) that sugar could cause/worsen depression.   I've been happy for the past 29 days...nothing beats that feeling.   
     
    I was a pretty healthy eater before Whole30 but this experience opened my eyes to the hidden sugars and chemicals in processed foods.   Making homemade mayonnaise and salad dressings will continue.   Even healthy whole grains and legumes and dairy will be incorporated with moderation and forethought...not mindlessly.   Bring on the brussel sprouts slaw, the roasted butternut squash, kale salads and spinach in my smoothies.   
     
    What a positive experience this has been!   
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    Oldehiker reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    I thought to post this shot of my breakfast prep this morning.  On the weekend I diced 5 bell peppers, 3# green beans, a bunch of steamed potatoes and some ham (note, the ham is not compliant but I am not on Whole30).  Now in the morning I just throw a handful of each into a frying pan with some fat, go blowdry my hair and pour a coffee and breakfast cooks itself.  Wash out one frying pan when the food has been plated and you're done!
     

     
    Note: the ham is non compliant but you could do the same with cooked chicken, cooked ground pork/beef, chopped roast, chopped pork chops etc.  Repeat, the ham is not compliant.
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    Oldehiker reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    2 pounds ground chicken (I use ground chicken thighs as it's moister...if you use ground breast, add some of the bacon fat for richness)
    1 pound bacon, diced and cooked until very crispy, then drained
    1 bunch cilantro chopped
    a handful of chives from the garden...or a couple scallions
    Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
    Form into patties...and then in that magical depression that you make in the middle of a burger to stop it turning into a baseball when you cook it? You jam a bunch of pickled jalapeños.  
     
    I would have preferred to mix the jalapeños into the burger meat but husband doesn't like spicy so I had to do it so that he could pick them out/off.
     
    I grilled the ones I have on hand right now but have also done them in the oven...on a rack placed on a cookie sheet and baked at 500F for 10-12 minutes.
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    Oldehiker reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    This morning's breakfast...served cold.
     
    Chicken bacon jalapeno burger, greek salad (minus the feta, of course) & half avocado.  And lots of rock salt.  And coffee.
     
     
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    Oldehiker got a reaction from MeadowLily in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Some of these photo's require drooling.. especially the salmon on the potatoes, broccoli, etc... YUM  
    Thanks for sharing the pics!  It really helps to see what you're eating!  
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    Oldehiker got a reaction from MeadowLily in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Some of these photo's require drooling.. especially the salmon on the potatoes, broccoli, etc... YUM  
    Thanks for sharing the pics!  It really helps to see what you're eating!  
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    Oldehiker got a reaction from MeadowLily in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Some of these photo's require drooling.. especially the salmon on the potatoes, broccoli, etc... YUM  
    Thanks for sharing the pics!  It really helps to see what you're eating!