ErikaA

Members
  • Content count

    105
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    3

ErikaA last won the day on June 2

ErikaA had the most liked content!

About ErikaA

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Recent Profile Visitors

328 profile views
  1. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I haven’t posted in a few days, but have been following along and enjoy hearing how everyone is doing! It has been a bit of a struggle on my end, keeping the motivation to keep on the W30, but I keep trying to remind myself that it will be worth it...I just need that tiger blood to kick in!! Onward to day 13!
  2. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    All of the posts about the W30 frittatas has me convinced to try and whip one up this weekend!! This week has been really busy with work and kids activities etc., but I have powered through and am thankful it is almost the weekend. Yesterday, I struggled a bit with cravings (I think it's largely due to not getting as much sleep as I'd like and maybe from not eating after my workout Wedensday evening), but stuck to the plan. My meals weren't perfectly in line with the template, but for me, it was more important to make sure I stuck with it rather than worry about the fact that I might not be getting enough veggies with dinner...today will be better! One small NSV for me has been watching my heart rate go down. I use a fitbit, which tracks my resting heart rate, and it has gone down 10 beats per minute from day 1! I wasn't really concerned with this going into the W30, but I find it very interesting. I hope everyone has a good day!
  3. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Mmmm...I love cilantro!! Thank you for posting this, it looks delicious and I will definitely be trying it!!!
  4. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Welcome, glad you joined us! I couldn't agree with you more about "the amount of suck". My last round I went into eating pretty clean and didn't have too many difficulties with hangover symptoms. This time, however, I hadn't been eating as clean up to the start date and I could definitely feel it in the first few days!!!
  5. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I try to avoid nuts also, as I find they make a bit bloated/gassy. Rather than nuts, I like to eat avocado, coconut flakes (my favorite), and olives for my fats - these are all good when I want something more substantial to eat, rather than throwing an olive oil based dressing on my salad or ghee on my sweet potato. As for breakfast on the go - I would suggest a breakfast salad with hardboiled eggs and avocado; an egg-bake with veggies and mayo or avocado (I don't like making this in muffin tins like others have suggested because it is SUCH a pain to clean the muffin tin); or compliant sausage with veggies and some fat. You could even just package up leftovers from dinner the night before and take that with you on the go, heating it up at work. The options are endless!!
  6. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Mama Pajama I love the day by day book...I had hesitated buying it because I wasn't sure if I would like the "diary" format, but I really think it helped make my last W30 as successful as it was. I am following along in the book again this time, and it's been interesting to read my thoughts and how my body was reacting the last time compared to this time. I highly recommend it!
  7. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Thanks for posting this - I definitely need to do a better job at slowing down and focusing on what I’m eating. I tend to get distracted ane will wind up answering emails or reading especially at lunch. Thanks for the reminder. I totally get what you mean by the lack of trust! I know the program explains how you should be able to eat out but I’ve always thought you just never know how honest/upfront the restaurant will be!!
  8. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Although my family is not doing the W30 with me, they will still eat the same dinners I make. They tend to be a bit picky and don’t like pork, most red meats, and seafood so I usually stick to poultry and eggs as well, throwing in ground beef every now and again. It works for us
  9. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Day 4! I feel like my mood is starting to turn around - I was very snappy yesterday and my energy levels were a bit low, but by the afternoon today I was feeling better. Not seeing changes in my skin yet like some of you (I’m envious by the way ) but I’m sure it will all come in time. I’ve been keeping breakfast pretty consistent for the time being - eggs with mixed greens, served with coffee blended with coconut oil. Lunch for the rest of the week will be leftovers. Dinner tonight was chicken, roasted asparagus, and raw mixed veggies with a mayo based dip that I made. I made a huge batch of chicken, so I’ll use that for pre workout snacks and also mix into some other suppers the rest of this week. Hope everyone had a good day!!
  10. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    You are not over-posting and, I could be wrong, but I think your belly feeling gross could be normal. I believe I’ve read/heard that as your body adjusts to the new balance of foods it can disrupt digestion at first causing bloating. It also could just be something you’re eating? Maybe keeping a food log/journal could help pinpoint what it is? As for your grocery and time budget - I think following the seven day plan is great for giving ideas on how to tackle the whole 30, but for me it doesn’t make sense. I do some prep work - I.e have extra cooked chicken (just a matter of throwing extra on a pan when I cook dinner on Sunday) and hard boiled eggs on hand for protein, I wash and cut up my veggies on the weekend and have cans of olives in the cupboard (<$1/can) for when I need extra fats. As I mentioned earlier, I think this can be done while staying on budget (both saving money and time) you may not get the fanciest meals, but it has worked for me. Some of my favourite quick meals have been ground meat (whatever is on sale) with compliant tomato sauce (like $3/bottle) served with greens and olives, I also enjoy eggs with veggies, and leftover chicken cut up into a salad. I hope it gets better/easier for you.
  11. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Relieved to know I’m not the only one feeling tired and sluggish today! I did some housework today which pushed lunch a bit later than I would have liked. Afterwards I was having such a craving for sweets!! I have resisted and am enjoying a coffee to pick me up (a habit I am also hoping to kick before the end of the 30 days). @Crimsann thanks for posting the meatball recipe - it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! @KCore1 sorry to hear you’re not feeling great - it won’t last forever and the Tiger Blood is just on the other side (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Hope you are feeling better soon. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!!
  12. ErikaA

    Starting June 6th, 2018 -Canada

    Hi @StephMarie, I too live in Canada and am starting the W30 today - this is my third round. Prep is definitely the key! I know I've been a bit disappointed with the fact that we don't always have access to the same convenience foods that are often available in the US, but when I make sure I am planning ahead, I know I can have the right foods on hand to be successful. Good luck to you and your family!
  13. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Day 1!!! For breakfast this morning I scrambled up three eggs and served alongside some mixed greens topped with a handful of blueberries, some coconut flakes and balsamic vinegar. On the side, I had a coffee blended with coconut oil. For lunch today, I will be having some W30 compliant chili topped with olives. I didn't do as much prep work/planning as I would have liked, so I'm not 100% sure what we will be having for dinner, but will probably do some chicken with some veggie and served with avocado. I will be using this weekend to really get set up for the rest of the W30 - normally I like to do more planning/prep work, but I knew if I put off starting this round any longer, I probably wouldn't get started. I hope everyone has a great first day!
  14. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    My first round, I was a bit concerned with the cost too, but what I've found is that simple is best - buying whatever greens/veggies are in season, pairing with chicken or eggs is a quick and simple meal that can be affordable. Also, when I'm on W30, I eat out a lot less - not stopping for coffee each morning, not grabbing a cookie or snack at 3pm, and not ordering pizza or other foods on the weekend - this ends up being a bigger cost savings for us that outweighs any additional cost from the additional grocery bills. Good luck!
  15. ErikaA

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Hi Everyone, I will be starting my third W30 tomorrow, June 1, as well. I started my first round in May of last year, but only made it about 17 days - I used non-compliant lime juice in a recipe and didn't have the heart to start over. I completed my second round in January/February/March when I ended up extending it for about 75 days. From there, I had been doing pretty good at eating healthy and enjoying my "food freedom" until my husband and I took a vacation at the beginning of May. Since then I've felt a bit out of control and know that it's time to do another round to get me back on track. Good luck everyone!