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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 Days 14 & 15

Hopefully I’ll start to get back on task with writing every day. Yesterday, however, was my 25th birthday so I took a little break from the blog but I am back!

How I’m Feeling

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I’m halfway done!! While not having cake or sweet things on my birthday was hard, the idea of turning 25 was much harder. To anyone reading this who is older than 25, you’re probably snickering thinking, “kid, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” but for me, I feel like life is picking up and adulthood is inevitable. I am living in it.

Physiologically, I continue to feel alert and full of energy throughout my day. My moods are generally better with a bit of typical fluctuations. I am noticing a bit of a difference in my face and my waist (yay!). Clothes are fitting better. And my digestion is amazing! No stomach problems at all – a huge improvement since before Whole 30.

What I Ate

Yesterday, I had a smoothie for breakfast (it was my birthday, that was my sweet treat). I had shepherd’s pie for lunch, and my sister made me a Whole 30 compliant dinner with a seasoned chicken breast, sweet potato fries, and a salad with compliant homemade dressing. I had a plate of apple slices topped with cinnamon as my “birthday cake.”

Today for breakfast I had a Lara bar since I had an 8am meeting this morning and had an apple after my meeting was done. I had shepherd’s pie for lunch and the gumbo I made on the weekend for dinner. It tastes amazing! I am so happy with that recipe.

I can feel the tiger blood coming!!

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Whole 30 Days 12 & 13

How I’m Feeling

Well, to be honest, I am feeling a mix of feelings for days 12 and 13. My birthday is tomorrow so I’ve been celebrating my “birthday weekend” over the past couple of days and I have been really bummed about what foods I can’t eat. My mom made me a birthday cake today and I didn’t eat it.

I don’t feel like I am craving sugar at all. I’ve been doing relatively well reading labels and thinking about what I am eating. But I have also come to realize that I am constantly surrounded by non-compliant food and I still somehow have incredible strength. I am also accepting that I will not be eating cake for my birthday this year, but that’s okay.

What I Ate 

This weekend, I have been eating leftovers and grilled meats and veggies, for the most part. My boyfriend was in town this weekend for my birthday so we went out for dinner and lunch but I stuck to grilled/roasted meat and vegetable options. The oils used may not have been compliant but I didn’t ask as much detail as maybe I could have.

Today was meal prep Sunday so I made paleo-friendly shepherd’s pie and slow cooker gumbo which was incredibly easy and smells amazing as it is currently cooking away right now.

I’m ready to take on this week and the rest of the month. The halfway point is nearly here!

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 9

Today’s post will be short and sweet as I tackle all of the leftovers in my fridge.

How I’m Feeling

I miss cheese. I miss pizza. But I’m not craving these things. Does that make sense?

I am still feeling quite bloated and I don’t have much of an appetite. My energy levels are better but the weather is making me want to curl under a blanket for a little while.

I am currently laying under a blanket catching up on This is Us. My anxiety levels are higher than what I would call “normal” but not by much. I have a growing to-do list, which I think I have done a good job tackling it, but I just needed a moment to relax and have some me time.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Egg muffins saved the day

Lunch: Leftover soup and chicken (same as yesterday)

Snack: An orange, some walnuts, and a banana

Dinner: Leftover shrimp and some butternut squash noodles

 

Days 10 and 11 are expected to be the worst. If that’s the case, let’s do this.

Whole 30 Day 8

How I Feel

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Well, Day 8, here we are and man, do I feel bloated. According to the Whole 30 Timeline:

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Maybe I don’t feel quite as dramatically bloated as the timeline states, but I definitely feel more bloated. I’m just gonna come out here and say it but I am not experiencing constipation or diarrhea (thank goodness) but my bowel movements have been quite regular and normal – better than before. I’m hoping this bloating phase ends soon, however.

On the bright side, I am starting to get a bit more energy. I did not hit my typical 2pm slump. Sure, I wanted a coffee around 1:30 but more for the taste than the tired sensation.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Well, I definitely didn’t leave myself as much time as I would have liked this morning to get ready so thank goodness for the egg muffins I made. I brought two with me on the way to work and they were perfect. Just what I needed!

Lunch: Leftover creamy broccoli-kale soup and a paleo chicken thigh

Snacks: Two tangerines – the citrus binge continues

Dinner: A (thankfully) compliant Filipino dish. I don’t remember the name of it but it’s some sort of leafy green made with coconut milk, shrimp, and pork. It’s one of my favourites despite me not being able to name what it is. I also had a leftover chicken thigh and shrimp as my protein.

Yoga & Well-being

I officially started my 30 days of yoga last night and my leg muscles are quite sore today! I also have been diffusing essential oils before bed which has helped me sleep through the night. I am continuing with the Five Minute Journal and trying my best to keep my moods elevated.

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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