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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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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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Whole 30 Day 4

How I’m Feeling 

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Up to this point, I have followed the Whole 30 Timeline generally well. Today and tomorrow are the “kill all the things days” according to the timeline. We’ll see what tomorrow brings but today I have felt great! I have felt a bit lethargic but I haven’t felt angry at all. I feel like I’ve skipped the day 4-5 phase and skipped right to day 6. I haven’t felt very hungry today but have been eating all meals.

What I Ate

Breakfast: 2 eggs, fruit, and black coffee

Snack: I wasn’t too hungry for a snack today but I did have some sliced cucumber in the car.

Lunch: Leftover Whole 30 Chilli (Can’t stop, won’t stop!)

Dinner: My best friend’s mom made seasoned chicken breast with roasted veggies. Compliant and delicious! (Not pictured: cauliflower)

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Tonight’s menu: trading in the wine glass for a glass of sparkling water and the World Junior Championship cheering on our Canadian boys! Happy Friday!

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.!

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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