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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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Whole 30 Day 3

How I’m Feeling

Well if I thought yesterday’s Whole 30 Hangover was bad, today was much worse. I had a treacherous headache for the greater part of the day. I wore my glasses, I drank lots of water, but the withdrawal was real.

I didn’t have any significant cravings today. I just felt thirsty and had to self-restrain from grabbing all the sushi in the grocery store.

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: I had a fruit smoothie – for those of you familiar with Whole 30, you’re probably shaking your head as you are not technically supposed to drink your calories (see below)

From Whole 30 101: “Smoothies: We’d rather you didn’t
This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally made using lots of fruit) are technically compliant on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against it. Food that you drink sends different satiety signals to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that it’s had enough of what it needs. Plus, smoothies are generally really fruit-heavy, and starting your day off with a liquid sugar-bomb sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, we’d rather you just eat the food, and skip the smoothie.

But I woke up late and was in a hurry, so here we are.

Snack: Sliced apple and cucumber

Lunch: Leftover Whole 30 chilli

Dinner:  From the Whole 30 Fast and Easy Cookbook, I made a Red Curry Shrimp Skillet. I honestly cannot believe that this recipe is compliant. It tasted absolutely amazing and was sooo easy to make. Made with coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, shrimp, and baby spinach, this dish was quick to whip together and I used cooked shrimp to speed up the process. I served it over cauliflower rice and I have enough leftover to bring for lunch tomorrow. IMG_1364IMG_1365

Non-Whole 30 Notes

  • I have been writing in my Five Minute Journal every day this week so far! I have loved waking up and starting the day off with gratitude and ending it with recapping amazing things that happened today.
  • I am starting another 30 day yoga journey with Yoga with Adriene (my favourite youtube yogi) doing her “True” series. I have been a big fan of her other 30 day yoga journeys so as I embark on my Whole 30 journey, I think a spiritual enlightening (and muscle tightening) practice like yoga is just what I need.

Happy Friday Jr.!

Whole 30 Day 2

How I’m Feeling

Getting out of bed this morning was hard. I was absolutely exhausted and, quite honestly, I felt like I did on New Years Day. I thought it was because I was over-tired – waking up presumably from the middle of a deep sleep by my rude alarm.

But then I remembered the Whole 30 Timeline and it all made sense: it’s hangover day.

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All the sugar and crap I have been eating for the last two weeks are finally coming back to kick me in the butt. As it says right on the Whole 30’s official website (in bold letters), “And it is definitely true that the amount of suck you experience in this phase is directly proportional to the amount of crap you consumed before you began the program.”

Apparently this is normal. I do recall feeling like this a lot in round 1 but not so much in round 2. But I have been eating especially worse with it being the holiday season, so it makes sense.

I continue to be super thirsty so I have been keeping my water bottle close by at all times.

I haven’t had any cravings today. I have cookies all over my house that have been whispering, “eat me” but I can’t give in. I have 28 more days to go.

What I Ate Today:

Breakfast: quick and easy, I made two eggs with salt and pepper.

Snack: 1 apple, sliced

Lunch: Whole 30 Chilli from the Whole 30 Book (one of my all time favourite recipes!)

Dinner: A homemade burger with lettuce as the bun, with mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes as the toppings. (Holding it was rough so I ended up using a knife and fork to eat it. IMG_1360.JPG

I hope the next few meals look appetizing. I need to make egg muffins so I have quick and easy (but filling) breakfast in the morning.

Until tomorrow!

Whole 30 Day 1

As New Years comes to a close, I must also say goodbye to some of the things I love the most: wine and cheese.

Welcome to my exciting journey to refresh the soul during Whole 30. What is the Whole 30? See my last blog post to learn more about it.

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Why am I doing Whole 30? (In no particular order)

  1. With stress eating and the holidays, I have not only gained weight, but I have created and re-created some bad habits with food. I want to create new habits and break (and more importantly identify) old habits.
  2. To boost my confidence – the amount of self control it takes to cut out grains, dairy, soy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol is immense! To know after the 30 days that I have been able to control what I eat and eat clean will make me feel amazing.
  3. To break the emotional connection with food. I don’t want to grab a bag of chips because I’m overwhelmed by all of the things on my to-do list. Or drink that glass of wine.
  4. To learn to cook a variety of clean eating recipes
  5. To improve my body image.

What I Ate Today:

Breakfast: Diced potatoes with onions, garlic, and eggs.

Lunch: Cucumbers dipped in guacamole (I didn’t have time to meal prep yesterday – oops).

Dinner: Baked tilapia with red pepper relish (see below) with a side salad – loosely based on the Whole 30 Recipe in the Whole 30 Book (p. 242)

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How I’m Feeling:

  • I craved chocolate today. And chips. I resisted.
  • I have been so thirsty despite the large amount of water I’ve drank today
  • Proud of myself for preparing lunch for the week! (Whole 30 chilli)
  • I have a bit of a headache currently but I am diffusing some essential oils and ready to tackle the next thing on my to-do list.

My Whole 30 Journey

If you creep far enough back on my personal instagram page, you would have seen various pictures of food starting on September 6th, 2016.

That was the fateful day I started Whole 30 for the first time. After the 30 days, I lost about 15lbs and several inches.

But first, let’s back up – let’s review the basics: What is Whole 30?

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