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Semolina, thanks for the inspiration! The prawn curry and chicken leek and mushroom pie sound yummy! I'd love the recipes for those. I already got my menu planned for this week, but I could totally try them next week.

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Vian -- have PMed you the chicken and leek pie. Here's the other one:

 

serves 2

2 x red chillies

1 red onion

1 in piece of fresh ginger, peeled

Put them in a blender with 2 tbsp. water, blend to a paste.

Heat some oil. Toss in 1 tsp black mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds, 14 curry leaves, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp bashed black pepper corns and fry till they pop; add the chilli mix from the blender and lower the heat. Cook for about 5 minutes without colouring. Pour in a tin of coconut milk, bring to simmer, add cooked prawns. When they are warm, squeeze in juice of 1 lime. Serve over cauli rice. YUM.

 

The spices can be a bit of a pig to find but so worth it because this dish I challenge anyone not to love. (Curry leaves were the hardest for me, and I grumbed about them cos I didn't know what else I'd use it for ... as it turns out I make this curry so often that I use them all the time!)

 

I'm going to go dark for a short while ... my off piste-ing has gone a little too far and I need to take a break before tackling all this stuff again (not quite at whipping up a batch of brownies just for myself, but not far off!). I am finding cooking and planning too much to fit in with everything else just at the minute, and that's the only way I can make this stuff work. I shall lurk, though, and hope to be back soon.

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Hi everyone! I went to my best friend's house for the opening ceremonies & her birthday. We had chili and watched the opening ceremonies, then the next day we went to a Frozen Sing-A-Long showing, and then to karaoke.

I took my own breakfast food, and I ate one of her chocolate chip cookies, and she and I split a piece of pineapple upside-down cake. I am with all of y'all on the generic sheet cakes... not worth it. Pineapple upside down cake was good though. This is also the first time I've ever been able to eat just one of her cookies. Usually she brings them to Labor Day and I can't keep out of them. Her husband keeps M-n-Ms and things around too, and I didn't get into any of that.

Otherwise I ate his chili, my own food I'd brought, and ordered salads with no dressing when we went out. (I actually like them better without oil and vinegar, but there were hardboiled eggs on them so I was getting some fat). All in all, it was a successful offroad, I think.

Things I have learned from reintro:

Soy is a NOPE. Soy reintro day I ate some kale chips that had soy on them, a handful of edamame, and put some soy sauce on my spinach at dinner. THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. It was miserable. So I'll be cutting THAT out.

Legumes went fine, but I did not eat them at every meal, just best friend husband's chili. However, I don't really plan to eat them that frequently because they aren't really something I LOOOOOOOOVE, they were just a thing I ate because it existed. Part of being a grownup is eating things I refused to eat as a child, but another part is not eating things I did eat as a child, if I don't want to. That was kind of an epiphany for me. Also I learned from Well Fed that chili is delicious without them, so why bother.

Cow dairy actually went fine on reintro too, which surprised me. I guess the cocoa my friend made that tore me up last year had soy in it? It's also possible I have cumulative effects to cow dairy that would show up if I was eating it regularly, which I see no reason to do, see above.

Does anyone have any plans for Valentine's Day? Boyfriend is on a business trip, so we're just going to skype.

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Hello all!

 

Off-roading weekend over, and I'm glad. I feel blah. no specific issues, just blah. But being at mom's was good, and I introduced them to good bacon which is also good. :) 

 

And mom's first words were "you look really healthy!" which is way better than "have you lost weight?" :) So that was awesome. 

 

Grabbed some purple sweet potatoes this weekend and had one for breakfast. Delicious! 

 

No plans for Valentine's Day. We might go to the gym and swim? Hoping that it will be fairly quiet that time of day on a Friday. 

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Semolina: Please don't venture too far away! You are an inspiration. You will be MISSED!! Hope things get better very soon  :)

 

No plans for Valentine's Day....sweet Hubby bought what he thought were chocolate covered strawberries for me at church yesterday....turned out to be a variety of homemade candies & truffles made by the awesome ladies of our women's group!! He looked soooo disappointed I had to tell him it was okay & I ate the 2 smallest ones & told him he could have the rest!!! It was for sure an unplanned off roading decision.

 

Wedding was this weekend & I think I did pretty good.......probably because the food wasn't that spectacular.  Had 2 glasses of wine...because it was GOOD (had only planned for one), salad was already dressed in blue cheese dressing which I can't stand so I picked some lettuce out & moved the rest around on the plate, had asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, didn't eat any of the mashed potatoes or pasta, picked a couple bites of chicken out of the pasta, one bite of white cake, and 3 bites of chocolate cake(probably the best thing...except for the wine).  Didn't seem to have any side effects at all.  Was concerned that I might with the wine, especially since I have had zero alcohol since Jan1.  Was tired on Sunday but I think that was to be expected with all the babysitting I did over the weekend.

 

The wedding was beautiful, got to see friends I hadn't seen in a while, & got to dance with the 94 year old grandfather of the groom....so sweet :) Was a good weekend!!

 

Back on track today! Don't have any more off roading planned until at least March 1!!

 

I cooked a whole package of chicken breasts in the crock pot Friday nite. Used some for compliant chicken salad on Saturday and am going to make some chicken soup tonite....does anyone have a good chicken soup recipe? 

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Hey everyone, I haven't done a great job of keeping up with my post-30 updates at all and I can definitely say I have sucked at keeping my diet in control. I did the reintro, dairy went fine and was sorely missed. Then I reintro'd glutens and my train went immediately off the rails, crashed, burned, and still is dieing a slow miserable death stuffed silly with pasta and rice and 'everything nice'. Food with no breaks? Completely. I knew I wasn't really sure how I would manage after w30 and I didn't quite feel like I was ready to be "released back in into the wild", but it's been a struggle. Anyone starting completely over? I definitely confirmed bloating and uncomfortable digestive issues with pasta and wheat. I kind of get into denial- I'm feeling good so a little wont be a big deal- of course I dont stop at a little and lets just say no one wants to be near me the next day. How embarrassing. On top of that usually I dont even know if a sugar dragon even exists in my life but this week I think 800 different sugar dragons have all moved themselves in and climbed onto my back. Whoa. Back to square one.

(I should add that the stress factor was pretty high during the w30 and I think its all come to a head this week even worse and I am definitely feeling it with food. Uggghhhhhhhhh.)

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Katie = sorry to hear things went off the rails for you. You can always do a whole 7,9, 15 or whatever to get back on track.  I hope you get it figured out.

 

I'm following the perfect health diet a little more now. Really, the only difference is adding white rice.  I've been doing that for a week or so now and haven't had any ill effects. Other than that, butter was the only thing I added back in.  I seem to be doing very well, but its probably easier for me as I've been eating this way (mostly primal blueprint) for over a year.  I haven't tried any chocolate or treats, as I'm afraid the sugar dragon will come out of hibernation. ATM, its easier for me to say no to anything with sugar in it.

 

I hope everyone is doing well.

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I managed to buy a small bar of soy and dairy free dark chocolate and only eat 2 squares the first day, gave one square to my friend to try it the next without eating any myself, then I ate 2 squares lastnight. I have only one square left. This is much different than I used to be, I could eat a whole bag of hersheys kisses in one night.

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Hi everyone! I survived four days in a hotel away with work without straying too far off-road. Phew! I actually bought a small tub of almonds the other day and still have some left. That is so not like me - nuts are usually food without brakes for me.

Mainly I've been buying lunch from Marks and Spencer every day, combining some form of cooked fish with salad and avocado etc. and it worked well. Same for breakfast - the hotel's fried goods weren't great.

All in all, feeling good. But I don't take it for granted. I've been here before and I know the sugar dragon is never far away. My main treats at the moment are still red wine and hot chocolate and I'm happy with that for now.

We don't normally make a big deal for Valentine's Day but as I've been gone all week we are going for a casual dinner at a cute local place that specialises in pies. I may go for one of their gluten free pies or the all day breakfast...

Miminette - I love IowaGirlEats.com Grandma's chicken soup minus the noodles. Simple but so so tasty and you can do endless variations. I really like her blog recipes. They're not Paleo but they are very adaptable.

Semolina - don't be gone too long!

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I'm not staying the course as much as some of you but this is the best I've done eating healthy and making good choices post Whole30.  Most of my meals are W30 but I have indulged in some things (like chocolate and beer) and today I had a big bowl of french onion soup which had some cheese and some croutons in it.  

 

My goals are to continue trying to make good choices.  Yesterday I didn't have a vegetable for lunch so I nuked a sweet potato (my first time, I always bake them).  It turned out okay and I'm glad to have this option in the future (like if I'm late for work I can throw one in my bag uncooked).

 

I am contemplating my next Whole30.  I was considering March but when I try to do them too close together I seem to fail plus I'm going to Asheville for a dance thing with my collective for the last week so now I'm thinking April.  It will set me up for summer better I think if I go ahead and commit.  I plan to always do one in Jan and Sept but I'm thinking adding a third will only solidify things more and more.  

 

My biggest thing is that I'm being more mindful than I have been in the past and I'm not as stressed about food.  I have been trying to cook a lot to have healthy stuff in the frig and this really helps (reminds me I need to defrost some grass fed ground beef tonight).

 

And yes, semolina~~don't stay gone too long!

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I think the key for me is staying busy. I notice I'm a lot less hungry on work days. Yesterday my lunch time came around and I told my coworker that I wasn't hungry so I wasn't going to go to lunch until I was hungry (our breaks are very flexible on time, but we just have to make sure someone is in the lab at all times, so we can't take our breaks at the same time, otherwise it doesn't matter when we go to lunch or breaks) so I ended up going at 1:40 vs. 12:30 like usual. On weekends though, I could eat the exact same things, but because I'm watching TV (commercials for food) and hanging out on the internet (planning my menu and thinking about food) I get hungrier faster. I've been trying to get into the habit of writing down whatever food I'm thinking of when i think "Oooh! That sounds really good!" if it is something healthy of course, so that my menu planning can go faster on Saturday morning. That way if I have a list of meals that I thought of already, I just have to look for recipes/pull recipes out of the ones I have already.

 

I'm also going to try going low carb, like between 50-75g carbs a day to see if I start losing more weight. That means no more sweet potatoes or fruit other than berries on occasion. I've gone low carb before and didn't have any ill effects as far as energy levels went, in fact I felt better than I have lately eating sweet potato every day.

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Well, that's been ugly so far. I am emotionally ready to return to the fold, but not sure how realistic that is til the kids go back to school. However, assuming I can pull it together I shall be on the straight and narrow from tomorrow (provided I get a chance to do a cook-up tomorrow). We will be doing a valentine thing this evening and I have every intention of carrying on with my off roading this evening, but after that I would like to pull it back in: it's a question of how much time I get to roast veggies, make mayo etc etc. I need to get back into the swing of it.

 

On the plus side I bought compliant fish sauce today whilst in Tescos so I'm pleased about that.

 

The thing about non-W30 eating is I don't even like it much. (At all?) The only thing it has going for it is convenience: I have done barely any washing up or cooking for a week (which tells you about what I have been eating!) and I didn't enjoy the food, and it hasn't been good for me but I SO NEEDED THE BREAK from the cooking / cleaning up thing. I've had a bad case of "can't be bothered to do anything" and cooking and washing have just been beyond me. When you first come to this way of eating it looks like it's really difficult (what, no sugar? no alcohol? no grains? how can you LIVE???) but actually its not the eating -- at least not for me -- that's difficult, it's the organization that goes round it. Making sure you always have food in (well, I can do that part) and that there is always easy stuff to eat in the fridge and freezer so it is easy to eat in a way that really supports your health.

 

Hey ho. Not sure whether to do a full W30 on my return or just carry on and see how I go. Hope  you all have a lovely weekend and may the force be with you.

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Hi, Semolina, I agree - I needed a break from THINKING ABOUT IT ALL.  We off-roaded over the weekend and now I am suffering the consequences as my kids' behavior is out of control and they are no fun to be around.  I don't really like noncompliant food and don't really feel good when I eat it, so I end up coming back to whole30 because I feel better.  Last time I off-roaded my joints started aching right away so it was good incentive to get back on the straight and narrow.  This time, not so much, for some reason I don't ache yet.  That said, my skinny pants are getting tight and I AM NOT GOING BACKWARDS!  I really want to wear a bikini this summer, and can, if I get my muscles toned beforehand, as I've lost the fat that was on top of them.

 

Nice compliant breakfast today, my standard sweet potato hash with fried eggs, and a cup of bone broth.  I did reintroduce coffee and do like the taste of it.

 

I ate a whole box of girl scouts thin mints yesterday.  That's what happens to me when I let up on the restrictions.  Boo hoo.  But they sure were good.  Just not sure I needed 30 of them.

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Semolina-glad you are back..........sorry you had such a rough time!!

Tracy good to hear from you again!!

 

I am right there with you on the "being in the kitchen" thing. I am getting really tired of it BUT I like the way I feel and I want to lose more weight. I don't see an alternative.  I am going to my daughter's tomorrow so won't have anytime to do a cook up so that means I'll have to do somethings on Sunday. The weather is going to be beautiful here & I'm going to WANT to be outside Sunday!

 

So far I am staying really close to compliant. I think I'm probably eating too many nuts and I've started eating those between meals...need to back off that!! We went out last nite for our Valentine's dinner and the only off roading was a piece of bread (first wheat) and I think the salad dressing probably had some sugar in it.

 

Yesterday was probably my hardest day since starting.  I couldn't eat breakfast....sweet potato, spinach, red pepper & onion hash, with ground meat (cooked with onion, garlic, & spices) with a couple of eggs.  I took 2 bites & just didn't think I could take another bite.  Actually thought I might be sick. Was able to eat just half the hash & the eggs.  Couldn't face lunch except I had brought some asparagus & mayo for dipping. Then I was fine for dinner.  Has anyone felt like you just couldn't eat what you fixed?

 

Have a good weekend everybody!!

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Man, I am feeling EVERYONE on the "it isn't the eating part, it's the preparation." So many weeks of the kitchen looking like a bomb went off in there. This is why I like Semolina's chicken/mushroom/leek pie and the cottage pie from Well Fed... those keep well wrapped in foil in the freezer, because everyone... EVERYONE has those nights where none of the fresh leftovers look good, and you just do not want to prepare anything. HOORAY, a chicken leek pie in the freezer! I know this is supposed to be the purpose of the great weekly cookup as well, but y'all: sometimes you just don't want any of the stuff you have cooked up.

 

I try to keep cans of tuna around too, because I always like tuna salad, and that's pretty simple. Can of tuna, hardboiled egg, homemade mayo, diced pickle, grab some raw sugar snap peas and a packet of sea snax and YAY, DONE. I also make a big pot of rice every week (obviously this would not be on a whole 30) and freeze 1/2 c bricks of it in the freezer. I put a half-cup of the cooked rice on plastic wrap and wrap it into a brick. I have not done this with cauli rice, but I did freeze cauli rice in little containers in the freezer and that worked fine too. So maybe try to get a good stock of Semolina's pies and similar goodies in the freezer, to have for those times you just don't want to fix anything. I also try to have some of the Applegate farms roasted red pepper sausages on hand - they're one of the few that don't have sugar, and I can heat up a couple of them and throw them on top of some sauerkraut, grab half an avocado and BOOM: DINNER. I wish this could be more help for folks like Tracy who are cooking for a family on top of working ridiculous shifts. SUCH A ROCK STAR.

 

The crockpot is also a saving grace for me... I try to always have a pork shoulder or some chicken breasts or whatever in the thaw bowl, so that when I feel a big fat blast of I AIN'T FEELING IT coming on, I can throw it in there and forget about it until morning/when I get home from work.

 

Miminette, for me it isn't usually not wanting to eat what I've fixed, it's that I don't want to fix anything that I have. I've spent a couple of days lately standing in front of the fridge and freezer whining to myself about how what I really want is a sweet potato, but mrrrrrh I don't want to cut it up and toss it with fat and wait on it in the oven, whiiiiiiiiiine. Or I'll have all the ingredients for soup but MRRRRRHHH I don't want to maaaaaaaake it whine whine whine.

 

If only we were all rich and could hire our own personal chefs. Wouldn't that be awesome? I'd be like, "Hey, Gaston, tonight I want some Well Fed chili with half lamb and half beef, and some asparagus with ghee, oh, and garnish the chili with avocado slices shaped like flower petals. Tomorrow for lunch I'd like the rogan josh and some mashed cauliflower, and maybe some spanikopita but leave out the cheese, I don't want any dairy. Add ghee to that too instead! Thanks, must dash! Oh, and could you have a spinach, chicken, and mushroom omelette ready for me in a cute bento tomorrow morning, I have to be at work early. Byyyeeee!"

 

Tracy, my girl scout cookies haven't even come in yet. I'm seriously considering eating one and then giving them all away, THIS WILL BE THE TRUE TEST OF WHETHER I AM IN CONTROL OR THE SUGAR DRAGON IS.

 

I always picture my sugar dragon as this tiny adorable fire-lizard made out of gumdrops and with sparkly shiny candied scales, and great big anime eyes. I mean, if he were huge and nefarious and scary like Smaug the Destroyer, I'd know he was bad. I'd be like, "I MUST STAY AWAY, LOOK AT THAT DUDE, HE WILL TAKE ME APART." But no, it's always like, "Oh you're aDORable, you can't mean any harm, come here and let me pat you AIGH MY ARM HE TOOK OFF MY ARRRRRRM."

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The thing about non-W30 eating is I don't even like it much. (At all?) The only thing it has going for it is convenience: I have done barely any washing up or cooking for a week (which tells you about what I have been eating!) and I didn't enjoy the food, and it hasn't been good for me but I SO NEEDED THE BREAK from the cooking / cleaning up thing. I've had a bad case of "can't be bothered to do anything" and cooking and washing have just been beyond me. When you first come to this way of eating it looks like it's really difficult (what, no sugar? no alcohol? no grains? how can you LIVE???) but actually its not the eating -- at least not for me -- that's difficult, it's the organization that goes round it. Making sure you always have food in (well, I can do that part) and that there is always easy stuff to eat in the fridge and freezer so it is easy to eat in a way that really supports your health.

 

Yep.  I could not agree with this more.  This is exactly how I feel. 

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Alliath, I love the sound of your dragon! So cute!

Just had our Valentine meal. I had a small tandoori chicken and spinach and potato pie. It was really tasty. I also just had a teeny square of sweet potato brownie I made (from paleomg) and am sipping some Beaujolais. I feel in control but am not sure what the effects of the pie will be as I've not had a lot of wheat since my W30 ended...

I weighed myself today... Just wanted to check in. I'm the same as when I ended the W30 so pretty happy as I've had a few treats but I do want to lose a few more pounds ultimately so know I need to rein it in.

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Tracy, my girl scout cookies haven't even come in yet. I'm seriously considering eating one and then giving them all away, THIS WILL BE THE TRUE TEST OF WHETHER I AM IN CONTROL OR THE SUGAR DRAGON IS.

 

Ali - I tried!  I bought the box from someone at work.  I took one.  I left the box in the employee lounge.  And can you believe no one took any?  I finally couldn't stand it and ate them all myself.....

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I totally off-roaded tonight. I had thai food, complete with fried rice and rice noodles in the pad thai, probably soy sauce (and probably not gluten free either!) and who knows what else. It was really delicious, and I felt really odd after eating it. Not like I'd been glutened (I found out I don't have an obvious reaction to trace amounts of gluten like in soy sauce - only if I actually eat flour) but just very odd. I had a light-headedness like I was hungry/had low blood sugar, but my tummy was still full. And I had several heart palpitations (Haven't had hardly any since starting my whole30 in January) and had the weird feeling down my arm that I frequently get when my anxiety kicks up. It all went away in a couple hours and now I feel about back to normal. Very strange. I'll probably have some leftover thai food for lunch tomorrow just so it doesn't go to waste, but after that I'm back to eating my home made food that I know doesn't make me feel weird!

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I can't say I've felt any major ill effects from the pie lastnight which is good, but not something I'll make a habit of. I just like the feeling of eating clean now.

Got a lunch party at home tomorrow with slow roasted pork and I'm making a Paleo pineapple upside down cake. There will also be cheese and other non-a Paleo stuff. I don't plan to indulge but am not giving myself really strict rules either. I'll go with the flow. This time next week I fly to Greece to visit family for a week so I need the next week to be fairly balanced!

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Woke up today feeling full of energy and ABLE TO DO THINGS AGAIN which is clearly unrelated to food as I have not been eating tiger-blood creating food for a week! Still, it's nice to feel better (suspect it was all hormonal ... sigh) and have celebrated this morning by eating a prosciutto / spinach / egg concoction inspired by you guys. It was SO GOOD. Still haven't had a chance to do a cookup, but that's today's next task and I am already feeling so much better about being in control again. Have no idea what we're having for dinner so will need to look in the freezer to find ingredients for a meal. I know I have asparagus and chicken so will probably do something with that (though DH didn't like my coconut and almond chicken nuggets I made last time, so probably not that today!).

 

Tracy -- yes, I totally get the ate all 30 of them thing. Food with no brakes is SCAREY and the slippery slope is so steep. I don't entirely get how it works ... chug along doing a W30 / totally compliant eating and it's all fine ... then you have tiniest amount of sugar / wheat and BOOM! You're at the bottom in no time.

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I realised last night that I haven't binged since Christmas. I'd got into a real cycle of it since September last year, and I partly did the January W30 to try and break it. So far so good. It is so demoralising when you're in that binge mode and I'd take not having a few treats over that any day. That's what I need to remember if I start off roading a little too much.

I think my worst triggers are sweets/candy like Haribo, which I have still totally avoided. It's a nice little victory to celebrate, but I won't take it for granted.

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