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Whole 30 Day 20

How I’m Feeling

TEN. DAYS. LEFT. Not that I’m excited to be done or anything but I am starting to reach the point where I’m a bit over the whole thing. I’m so close to being done – but not quite there. My energy levels continue to be great. My digestion is better than ever. I’m learning day by day that more and more of my favourite things have non-compliant ingredients in them and I have had the inner strength to say “no thank you” even if I really want it. Thankfully, the people in my life have been nothing but supportive and when I have been over at other people’s houses, they have had compliant options for me for meals and have been open to me bringing my own oil and salad dressing options. I am so grateful ❤️

What I Ate

Breakfast: I had two eggs (surprise) with turkey breast.

Lunch: salad with roast chicken, a hard boiled egg (cut up on the salad), and some olives. I used my dump ranch as the dressing.

Dinner: Roast beef with roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and green beans. Dessert was a fruit salad.

I’m currently packing my lunch for tomorrow. I made some cauliflower rice for the week and have chicken (made with coconut milk) in the fridge to use up. I forgot I didn’t have any veggies prepped so I am making some Brussel sprouts in the oven using roughly this recipe. Whole 30 Changes: I used Whole 30 compliant bacon and dump ranch and did not add parmesan cheese. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it turns out!

Whole 30 Day 19

How I’m Feeling

Day 19 – We’re getting closer to the end … but not quite. All the tempting bad foods are all around but I feel pretty in control of what I’m eating and am very mindful of ingredients. It was also a day of eating out today so I have had to be on the ball more than usual. I have had a pasta craving all day but I am keeping it under control. No sugar cravings but I did eat quite a bit of fruit at breakfast.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Mini fruit salad – should’ve had more protein with it but I had a late breakfast and was hyper-involved with binge watching The Crown on Netflix.

Lunch: For lunch we had mediterranean food. I had a grilled chicken skewer with two salads since I didn’t get rice as a side. One salad was a beet salad which was absolutely delicious. The other was a mixed vegetable salad with an oil and vinegar dressing. Was a bit sad that I had to say no to the spicy garlic sauce (in case it had dairy in it) but my friends were very supportive in finding a place that had alternatives for me as well.

Dinner: I am currently writing this while on the way to get dinner. We’re going to a restaurant that I ate at on my last round of Whole 30. They have these almond crusted chicken tenders which are paleo friendly. Will likely get a side salad, dressing on the side and say no thank you to the dips for the chicken tenders (better to be safe than sorry).

Whole 30 Day 18

How I’m Feeling

I felt so much better today than yesterday. I was far less irritable and felt happy and focused all day. Tiger blood is in full force.

What I Ate

For breakfast, I had some eggs with an avocado.

Lunch: leftover gumbo and cucumber slices with dump ranch.

Dinner: I had dinner at my best friend’s house where the meal was mostly compliant (I didn’t have any of the quinoa or bread). Steak, baked potatoes, roasted veggies, and sautéed mushrooms with a side salad was more than enough.

My friend is also choosing not to drink alcohol in January so we had a splash of pomegranate juice in wine glasses.

NSV: my pants fit looser and the shirt I wore had not fit in a long time! Woohoo!

Whole 30 Day 17

Short and sweet post today!

How I’m Feeling

I felt like I was on fire yesterday (in a good way). Today, I’m very irritable – I am unsure why. I have a lot of energy and am feeling very alert but I am very on edge. Could have more to do with anxiety than my diet but nevertheless, here we are.

I’m somehow not bored of what I’m eating and get excited looking up new recipes to try.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Fruit with eggs

Lunch: The last of the shepherd’s pie

Dinner: A Filipino dish my mom made which was thankfully compliant. It wasn’t very pretty to look at so I didn’t take a picture but it had onions, okra, tomatoes, garlic, and beef.

Snack: apples with cinnamon and cashews (I ate less than was on the plate)

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Whole 30 Day 16

How I’m Feeling
Do you smell that? Tiger blood. Here we are! We made it, friends.

What is Tiger Blood?
According to the new Whole 30 timeline, tiger blood typically occurs between days 16 and 27 and is described below from the official Whole 30 website.

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My motivation for working out is lacking, especially with it being so cold outside but today, I am determined to at least make it onto the yoga mat!

What I Ate

Today’s breakfast was a little sad – I made avocado egg things (vague terms, I know) where you scoop out the inside and then crack an egg in the middle and bake but my avocado was too small so it was just yolk inside. I took a picture and it looks pretty (obviously just for instagram purposes) but I mainly ate apples with cinnamon and a hard boiled egg on my drive to work.

For lunch, I had leftover gumbo but I wasn’t too hungry.

For dinner tonight, I will be having lettuce wraps with the leftover chicken breast I have in my fridge as I attempt to cross a few more things off my to-do list.

Happy hump day!

Whole 30 Day 11

How I’m Feeling

Holy moly Day 11 already. I’m feeling great!

I feel energized and awake and full of life. My moods have regulated as well.

What I Ate

Breakfast: the last of the egg muffins that I didn’t freeze

Lunch: white chicken chilli that I made last night

Dinner: roast chicken and cauliflower and broccoli

Short and sweet for today!

Whole 30 Day 10

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How I’m Feeling

They say Days 10 and 11 are the hardest days. I don’t think today has been too hard and unbearable. However, walking into Tim Horton’s today to meet up with a friend made me realize I literally could not have anything except for the coffee and only some of the teas. I was surrounded by doughnuts, bagels, and non-compliant menu items.  I just wanted a doughnut.

Otherwise, I have had higher than normal energy levels all day. I felt and looked less bloated than I have been the last couple of days. And I’m really starting to take the time to think about what exactly is in my food and the psychological connections I have to food. In the past few days, when I’ve been feeling down, I haven’t turned to chocolate or a bag of chips. I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I’ve been eating more fruits and vegetables than before. I feel content and satisfied after each meal.

Do I miss pizza and chicken wings and chinese food? Absolutely. But I am hoping to be more cautious after Whole 30 about what I eat, how much I eat, and why I am eating.

What I Ate Today

I have been cleaning out the last bit of leftovers out of my fridge today but I did make something new tonight!

Breakfast: Egg muffins and fruit with some tea.

Lunch: The last of the broccoli-kale soup

Snacks: Fruit and nuts

Dinner: White chicken chilli made from this recipe. I made the stovetop version as I made the slow cooker version once (wrong, might I add) and I didn’t like it. However, this time I followed the recipe correctly and it tasted really good.

I also made Whole 30 dump ranch tonight and I am HOOKED. I think I like it better than normal ranch dressing. I was surprised at how good it tastes. I used fresh dill as my fresh herb of choice. The recipe for the ranch can be found here.IMG_1434.JPG

 

Whole 30 Day 7

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How I’m Feeling

I’m less tired than yesterday. My moods have dropped a bit but there are several possible factors for this:
1. Terrible snowy start to the day. The drive was slick and slow and did not set the tone for the day in a positive manner.
2. It was the first “full” day back to work. I love my job, but Mondays get even the best of us.
3. My anxiety has been a bit higher than usual. While I have managed to keep it under control, it has impacted my overall mood.

I have been craving weird things today: citrus fruits (so naturally I bought a pack of them) and seafood.

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: I did not have eggs for breakfast today! I had a “cereal” made up of fruit and slivered almonds with almond milk.

Snack: An apple, sliced.

Lunch: Leftover fajita chicken and shrimp! Deelish.

Dinner: To satisfy my seafood craving, I made a seafood medley (salmon and shrimp) in coconut oil with garlic. As a side, I made butternut squash noodles with spinach and mushrooms from Tasting Page.

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For breakfast for the week, I made some Breakfast Egg Muffins! I can’t wait to freeze them and eat them this week so I don’t have to stress about what I’m going to eat as I run out the door. Mine have prosciutto, baby spinach, onion, mushroom, and garlic in it.

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Whole 30 Day 6

How I’m Feeling

Almost a week into Whole 30 and I’m hanging in there. Fitting into the Whole 30 Timeline I have felt incredibly lethargic and tired today despite getting nearly 10 hours of sleep last night. IMG_1391

I haven’t had any crazy cravings today and have been excited to try new recipes for the week.

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: Classic breakfast of two eggs and fruit

Lunch: I had the last bowl of leftover Whole 30 Chilli

Dinner: I made the Creamy Broccoli-Kale Soup from the Whole 30 Fast and Easy cookbook as well as some Paleo pan fried chicken thighs for protein. The chicken thighs are currently cooking so I don’t have a picture of them but here’s the recipe I used from Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

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Tonight’s Snack: Apples with cinnamon and almond butter

Maybe an early bedtime tonight after a warm bath bomb bath. 🙂

Whole 30 Day 5

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How I’m Feeling

Day 5 is here. When I woke up, I was feeling great. I was on top of the world. I felt okay about the Whole 30 thing. And then it hit me. The feelings I didn’t feel yesterday. I would be fine and then rage uncontrollably about nothing. Or break down into tears about nothing. And the cravings are real today. I want chocolate so badly – it has been all I have been thinking about: I have a container of hot chocolate I want to try, a box of chocolates from Christmas stored away. The picture above is pretty accurate. A cookie would be really freakin’ great right now.

I have a lot of energy and none seemingly at the same time. It comes in waves. I am continuing to stay positive and hydrated as much as possible.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Very unoriginal of me I had two eggs and some fruit.

Lunch: I had the leftover shrimp curry I made with some cauliflower rice.

Dinner: My boyfriend is supporting me during this Whole 30 journey and thought it would be a good idea to try recipes from my Whole 30 Fast and Easy Cookbook.

We made Sheet Pan Shrimp with Sesame Broccoli (p.132 ) and the Fajita Chicken from p. 136.

Both were delicious and easy to make. For the fajita chicken recipe, we did not make it with peppers and shrimp since we were using the shrimp for the other recipe. We used mushrooms and zucchini instead for the stir fry. There’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow and helped satisfy my hunger so I’m not thinking of chocolate and cookies.

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