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Old 09-06-2014, 07:33 PM
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UD, The base of our étouffée is a tomato base sauce that I make in huge batches in the crockpot . Whenever I see Romas on sale I buy in bulk and make my sauce and freeze in ziplocs .... My sauce varies slightly from batch to batch because I measure nothing ..... But basically I simmer it with romas, onions, maybe a little zucchini,tons of basil from my garden, mushroom pieces , tomato paste, Cayenne pepper, sea salt ... And 4-5 while garlic cloves .... I let that all simmer forever and then use my immersion blender right in the crockpot..... Anyway that's the base ..... We simmer some of that sauce down with diced onions and bell pepper...them we throw in the crawfish .... Season to taste .... We ate it over white potatoes and the kids ate it over rice. Tonight my H said the sauce was some of my best and asked if I could duplicate it and did I write down the recipe ....um, no.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:56 PM
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Yummy LDT!

I went to a family gathering today. So many good desserts. I wanted to so bad. Wanted to binge on them. Try them all. Mix and match them. Go nuts. It would have been so good.

I stuck to allowed foods, other than baked beans and some minor other things. I didn't even have some of the salads cuz they had dairy and other things in them. I left very unsatisfied but feeling good.

Then came home and topped off my day with an equally unsatisfying, sucky meal. It should have been good, but just missed. Grass fed steak (were good) veggies (sucked) and yam crisps (didn't turn out good).

Sometimes I think it would be better to just eat whatever I want, in whatever quantity I want. Most people do, and they seem fairly happy.

Tomorrow I am planning on having a meal with the family at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Well, my favorite overall restaurant really. So, then I'll do that. Overeat, feel like crap and regret it.

Funny, I can whine about not eating what I want, and eating what I want in the same post!
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:18 PM
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I recently got this book:



I'm not a big Paleo book buyer any more. Just seems a lot of times its the same info displayed differently. Plus, there's so much info out there for free. I got this book super cheap, and I like Pat Flynn.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:34 PM
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I had my first beautiful home made tomato sauce today too since before the Whole 30. Fried up some diced bacon and onion, until golden brown, added cooked diced carrots, herbs and tinned italian romas. Even without garlic, it was awesome. Simmered down and had with Konjac spaghetti.

Oh my goodness...it was like the best treat ever...and all compliant. Very satisfying.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:52 AM
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Sounds delicious Croissant!

Day 6 for us.....

Breakfast was a couple bites of bacon and sausage

Lunch on Sundays is usually dinner / lunch combined..... Today it's Paleo "fried" fish ( breaded in almond flour, pan sautéed in coconut oil.....sweet potato spirals with diced onions..... Salad with prosciutto wrapped peaches ( our favorite summer salad.)

Can't have Sunday night Paleo pizza for a while....oh well.....

What's everyone else cooking?
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:43 PM
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Hi Heaters,

I've been adhering to an 80/20 rule - eating a paleo diet of meats, veggies, fruit, and nuts 80 percent of the time, and eating foods that I desire 20 percent of the time. I've lost 4 pounds and I feel healthy but satisfied. In fact today at a fair, I didn't feel deprived for not eating my usual fair choices of greasy cheesy fries and candy apple because I had bacon pepperoni pizza the night before.

I find it helpful to cook ahead of time to maintain paleo for 80 percent of my meals. Today I roasted a big pan of carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. I also prepared roast beef and a couple of chicken breasts. I also have cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli, and I can just add protein to make salad. I picked up leeks at the farmers market over the weekend and plan to make cauliflower-leek soup, a paleo version of the classic cream based potato leek soup. It's simple. I steam a head of cauliflower, meanwhile, I sauté leeks in coconut oil until soft. I puree the cooked cauliflower and half of the leeks in the Ninja blender. Then I pour it into a sauce pan, add half a carton of chicken stock, half a can of coconut milk, the remaining leeks, 1/2 tsp of herbamare, and simmer.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:28 PM
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Congrats on the weight loss! A win! I think cooking ahead of time helps me too, Gleefan. It made me less vulnerable to urges in the beginning if I knew I could zap something in the microwave or have some salad items ready, pre-boiled eggs on hand etc.

I'm having reheated sauce tonight for dinner....and we all know it tastes sooooo good the next day!
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:21 PM
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Yeah, I think cooking and prep is almost necessary to keep eating clean. Glad you are seeing good results Glee. Nice job.

I had that magnificent meal at the Mexican restaurant today. So good and I'll be feeling it for a while.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:21 AM
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If I was starving, and the only food on the planet was Mexican food, I think I would starve a little longer....... That's how much I don't like it, Ghost.

Glee....sounds like you are making great progress. I've actually made that cauliflower soup and it IS delicious.

I spent all weekend studying for my yoga certification and cooking . My kitchen was a wreck the entire weekend. My son came home from college, bringing home mounds of boudin he had picked up at our favorite meat market. Unfortunately, the boudin had rice in it so it was off limits. .

Day 7 W30

H has stopped complaining about it. He's just doing it now. I got up in the middle of the night to find him eating ..... Grapes..... that's a huge improvement over his usual peanut butter crackers.,

Breakfast...soft boiled eggs and green smoothie
Lunch.....maybe stir fry ( depends on how I feel after yoga )
Dinner.....slow cooked lamb steaks,

Happy Monday Heaters!
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Hi, Heaters!


I somewhat overate yesterday - not a "big crime" but indulged in dates, cashews, dark chocolate.

So, now appetite today in the morning.

I decided to follow no-breakfast advice, and skipped it.

And had a great very productive workout - thought I went heavy today with lots of squats and 50 kg deadlift.

Later on - chicken breast, brown rice (I soaked it for almost 24 hours - can you believe that?) , baked pumpkin, green salad. Tea, couple of dried apricots and raisins.

Now having herbal tea for better sleep.

See you all later!
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Nice to see you around, MB...glad it's going well!
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:53 PM
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Hey Heaters......

Seriously...Long...Day........ Mondays are killer this semester.

W30 is going very well..... I really am just keeping it simple. I don't have time to be creative this time around. Too busy.

As far as breakfast is concerned..... My deal is I do Yoga 5 mornings a week. Eating anything before class is not recommended. I actually become nauseated with all the deep twists and bends if I go with a full stomach. Thus my a.m. green smoothie drinking.... I can "stomach" that before class ( pun intended ).

Love the way this thread is hopping.....Nite, Gang!
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I ate clean all day, and indulged in a minimal number (by my standards, which are admittedly low)) of tortilla chips and a coconut ice cream sandwich. I aspire for my indulgence to be grapes!!
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:36 PM
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Wow Glee, how do you stick to a minimal amount of chips?!?!!??! I don't grasp the concept. Was the ice cream sandwich good? Have you ever mixed grapes and almonds, or not really mixed them but ate them at the same time? Really good.

Glad the Whole 30 is going well LDT.

Sounds great MB!

Really good day for me. I absolutely kicked azz at a work out. I recovered great and had tons of energy. I even had fun at work. I ate great. Had fun with the dogs and daughters, and even got along with my wife! So...I'm the kind of person that gets nervous when I have good days, cuz I worry that just means things will come crashing down.
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Ghostly - Your post struck a chord about your discomfort when things are going well. Hugs from another person who understands the pain in that type of thinking pattern! I have a long history of negative, catastrophic thinking that I'm just beginning to unravel -and that's not even the reason I drank! I've historically sabotaged my peace by spending it worrying when something horrible is going to happen next. My toe in the water at calm is that I'm learning to tell myself when things are going easily and I feel peaceful is to enjoy it -- nothing is guaranteed except this moment, and just like misery won't last forever, neither will peace.

The ice cream sandwich was a So Coconut 100 sandwich filled with chocolate, strawberry, and banana coconut based ice cream. I might have coated it in dairy free mini chocolate chips. Divine!
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I love this group. Great support. I, too, am a paleo person, and like Glee, follow an 80/20 rule, or more like a 90/10 rule. Normally, I eat paleo bc I feel better when I eat that way, but, IF I'm out to dinner with friends, I will have whatever the chef recommends. I've done the Whole 30 challenge a few times and, being that we eat that way most of the time, it wasn't that difficult. However, I should add, it isn't that difficult IF you eat at home.

We have a Nutribullet Pro and make all kinds of smoothies daily. I made hubby an apple pie smoothie the other night and he LOVED it. Apple pie smoothie was a tart apple, cinnamon, cashews, kale, flax seed, vanilla and coconut water. He will drink whatever I make, but sometimes I like to make something fun like that.
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That sounds like a great smoothie Altoids!

Cinnamon and apple....yum.
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Mmmm, sounds delicious, Altoids. Good to see you here!
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Mmm, sounds delicious Altoids. Good to see you here.
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Welcome Altoids! Hope you stick around.....This is a great thread with awesome peeps. It's pretty much my home thread now.

I have not eaten enough today. I can tell. So I will really enjoy my mustard/coconut aminos baked chicken that is smelling so good in the oven right now.

Ghostly....quit waiting for the other shoe to drop. Enjoy every minute of goodness that is coming your way. ...... I do know what you mean, though. I was brought up with this notion that anything joyful had to be counter balanced with something unpleasant..... That was always the implicit message...."No pain, No gain"... It's only in sobriety that I've allowed myself to participate fully in the good things in my life. I have to remind myself that joy is good. In yoga we have a saying...."No pain, No pain."
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