Mariina

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  1. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 29: So, I have moved forward with my Whole30 as originally planned. I definitely like it get a bit to me for a second there, starting to eat the technically-compliant but not-as-healthy version of foods. That's the habit I want to break though, which is why I will do another Whole30 in the near future. I have gone back to my normal Whole30 food, did a HUGE meal prep Monday, and I'm feeling better mentally because of that. I've also worked out a few times, improvement. I had to get the Meningococcal B vaccine on Monday though, which has made my left arm so sore and hurts to raise it so I'm taking a few days of break from working out. I have felt EXTREMELY fatigued these last few days and it makes me think WHAT IS HAPPENING, did I fail that hard?! But no, I doubt it, because the informative paper for the vaccine says that fatigue and exhaustion are side effects. So let's hope this tiredness goes away with the arm soreness, because I literally had to force myself to move this morning while cooking breakfast, even doing anything, which is not normal for me. It actually makes me feel a bit low mentally when I wake up with so little energy, but I understand that it is normal and I should be moving on from this soon. Energy-wise, I'm feeling better than this morning and yesterday morning, but I'm also not exerting much energy while sitting here.
  2. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    I appreciate your positivity and insight so much. Sorry for the late reply, it took me a few days to get back into rhythm after feeling bummed out after the tea incident and then reflecting on my Whole30, realizing that there are multiple things that could have gone better. Not only that, but after that downfall, for a few days I started eating the "less healthy version of technically-compliant foods" but I have gotten back into where I feel happier, eating how I was before the tea downfall! However, I have come to the acceptance in my process and I'm proud of what I DID do and won't focus negativity on what "could have been better." I decided I am going to do another Whole30 again for sure! Not right away, because, like I said, another Whole30 would be more of a burden for me right at this moment since I am transferring to a university and want to socialize with new friends (it starts in a month, so with this 13 day reintroduction -since I'm reintroducing alcohol as swell- along with another whole 30 and 13 day re... just doesn't fit). I am on Day 29 now and going to go along with the reintroduction as planned. I also bought the Food Freedom Forever book and I am very excited to learn more about the last paragraph you wrote. Thank you
  3. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Hey Mandie! I was hoping you could read my post for Day 23 and help with some feedback... I'm struggling a little inside and would appreciate someone else's opinion.
  4. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 23: A Teabag made me Fail A teabag made me fail. Yes, you heard me. A TEA BAG... On Day 23 I decided to make some tea with my breakfast instead of the coffee I've been having. Harmless, I thought. I went along with my day and then at nighttime I was like "oooh I want more of that tea" and then chose one by the same brand, opened it up, THEN was like woah wait, let's check the ingredients just in case. Vanilla extract. I put it in a zip lock bag and then went upstairs to learn that the tea I had this morning had vanilla extract as the last ingredient. I had to give myself a day to reflect and even think of words as to how I feel, which is bummed out. I decided that I am just going to finish off my Whole30 as planned because, although I have never been so proud of myself with any programs before, I cannot do a Whole53 right now... Failing on Day 6 sounds so much easier/better than failing Day 23?! I still believe I will be able to see if some foods mess with me during the reintroduction, I'm just sad I technically didn't do the full 30 days correctly. This was a big learning lesson for me. Actually, reflecting has helped me realized that there a multiple aspects of my Whole30 that I could have/should have done better, which is a good realization through some tough love. I will continue to live a more Whole lifestyle once I am done, because I am truly shocked at how much I have learned that such unhealthy ingredients are snuck into even the foods advertised to be healthy! Sugar in the meat I'm trying to buy, really?! I decided that I will do another Whole30 eventually and I will do it even BETTER and correct the poor habits I had in this one, like eating fruit to fulfill my sugar dragon's needs, and more. I ordered the Food Freedom Forever book and it is arriving today. I truly am a big fan of these books, and this journey has been such an amazing, life changing one so far. Although looking back, definitely could have done a few things differently. I decided I need to stop buying coconut cream for now because I'm using it as a replacement for whipped cream/something creamy. It's great in coffee but I definitely had a coconut-cream-covered-strawberries moment lol. My reasoning for not doing a Whole53 is that I am transferring to a 4 year university and will be meeting so many people that I want to be able to involve myself with them fully and not have this holding me back. Although, like I said, I want to stick to a Whole-based diet, I would like to go have a drink with new friends etc. Not go overboard though. My favorite part about the Whole30 has been not drinking and not feeling hungover, so I don't want to go back to the same habits I had before. I feel confused because I also still don't feel ready for this to be over. I think it is because I'm afraid of "relapsing" into old habits. I started reading Whole30 again though so I'm sure this fear will pass once I have the better understanding of the reintroduction and Food Freedom. Day 24: I had a very productive day, all day, and then at night I went to my friend's-friend's bbq. It was funny because I was social all day and then immediately once I arrived to the bbq with a bunch of people I don't really know, SO MUCH junk food everywhere and bottles and bottles of alcohol with people every 2 minutes saying "shot? let's take a shot!" I was just not at all in the mood to be in that environment and have to think "can't have that, that, that..." Literally the only thing I could eat was the raw carrots, not with dip. They had chicken veggie skewers, but the seasonings first ingredient: sugar. CONTAMINATED ha! So I left after about an hour and a half and was more than happy to lay in bed and watch tv. Day 25: I decided to cut my breakfast down to 2 eggs instead of 3 the last few days because I was feeling very stuffed. Now I put in just a little more egg whites to get more protein in but this is feeling easier on me. Now that I will be finishing the program soon, my next goal is to start working out more consistently. Today and tomorrow I already have 2 Orangetheory Fitness classes scheduled. I hope I have a great day today and don't let Day 23 get to me too much, cause I feel a bit bleh because of it. Must move onward!
  5. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 22: Today has been a weird one... So Aunt Flo left 2 days ago (lol) and today I have had a lot of emotions inside of me. First off, I had very low energy this morning and had to force myself to get ready and not lay down. It was actually to the point where I set my alarm for 2 minutes and just laid there in an attempt to regain mental/physical energy to get ready. My dad got to visit me for a few hours (he lives about 3-4 hours away) so that was cool, and I was happy and fine while he was here, but he left around 1:30. Then, I had to get just a few things done which shouldn't have been a problem.... but I'm feeling impatient and angry inside and feel like crying. Hormones, why so annoying?? I ate really well yesterday and today so I am curious if it's just cause of my period ending. For some more info, because of my birth control I haven't had my period in like 4-5 years except once 3 months ago and now this previous week. Maybe I'm just not used to the fluctuation in hormones. Bleh. Also, my sugar dragon says hello (must... stray... from temptations... XD) Breakfast: 3 eggs, bell peppers, onion, coconut oil, hot sauce, seasoning, a banana, coffee with coconut cream Lunch (restaurant): 6 oysters in lemon juice, shrimp, scallops, salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt/pepper, herbal tea Snack: a few strawberries, cherry Larabar **Haven't had dinner yet, but probably will be (all previously cooked in evoo) ground chicken, broccoli, brussels sprouts, ghee, seasoning, maybe something sweet... we'll see **FYI evoo = extra virgin olive oil
  6. Mariina

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I applause you for being straightforward with yourself and starting over! YOU CAN DO THIS!! I hope you have amazing camping trip and an easier time staying dedicated after this little bump. I honestly think you'll feel even better once you get to the new Day 30 now, since it'll pretty much be 44 days of clean! I really liked Jihanna's view of a Whole45.
  7. Mariina

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Hmm, it was a review on Amazon about a book that came out in 2009 by Melissa..? Maybe their comment was outdated haha! Good to know, I'm definitely gonna look into getting it!
  8. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 20: This previous weekend was Pride in my city, so I didn't have the time to come on here and update. Look who didn't cheat! It wasn't difficult to not cheat actually, I have been having an easy time saying no thanks and my friends have all been so nice to me and keep giving me props for sticking with it! They keep offering food and apologizing or feeling bad for eating around me and I'm always like "trust me you're fine, don't feel bad!" I don't want people to feel bad for MY choice to stay away from whatever they are having. Actually, I know I under-ate at points which wasn't the best but I brought snacks and bought a banana and apple chips at different points when I was hungry and couldn't find other compliant food... Better than nothing and better than cheating by eating the pizza and chimichangas my friends had! On Saturday I was telling people I was on Day 17, and on Sunday realized I was actually on Day 19 at that point which was awesome! It felt like I skipped a day and became one day closer to the reintroduction, which part of me doesn't want to come yet... who would have thought I'd ever say that?! So, now that it is Monday I've come back to reality and woke up, went grocery shopping and ran some errands, then meal prepped a bunch of food for a few hours! Breakfast: 3 eggs on top of lettuce, cooked in coconut oil, crushed tomatoes, Valentina's hot sauce, seasoning Lunch (late): Zucchini, cauliflower mixed with other veggies (pre-chopped, like cauliflower rice), ground turkey cooked in evoo, ghee, some strawberries with a little coconut cream Dinner (about to eat): Shrimp cooked in coconut oil on top of lettuce, seasoning, coconut milk as dressing
  9. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Thank you so much for this response!! I feel like I connect with it a lot. Yes I just told myself that I would go as much as I can without the allergy pills, because I also realized I don't want my body to be fully reliant on them anyways. And so far it's actually shown me I don't need them daily like how I had been taking them before!! But I agree, once it becomes miserable I definitely think it's worth it for me to take one, cause I'm not trying to sneeze 15x straight with watery itchy eyes! It's cool to hear that you did see changes in your allergies. It makes me believe that if I stick with a similar lifestyle after my program that maybe I too will eventually see those results. Not everything can be fixed in 30 days haha especially after years of consuming whatever is making it worse. I will remember that: the long run pays off!!
  10. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Very true, thanks for the reminder that this can't always be the answer to ALL of our issues. I had gotten an allergy test where they give you a bunch of tiny scratches on your back and wait a while to see if any flare up, which they didn't.
  11. Mariina

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    This was so helpful, thanks! Something online said that some of the information is outdated because the Food Freedom Forever book came out years ago. But it did say that the rest is still very great for helping people gain food freedom and a better relationship with food. They weren't dogging the book at all, just saying some of the info we know now isn't the most accurate. So, I wasn't sure if it was worth it to get the book or not... it sounds like it actually might be.
  12. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 17 Morning: I scheduled an OrangeTheory workout class with my friend I cooked dinner with last night for this morning. I took the time to french braid my hair, so I wanted to use the excuse of time to just eat a banana before my workout. But, I know that Melissa says that your pre-workout mini meals should be protein and fat, so I knew I'd be going against what I knew I should actually do, because I want my body to run off of fat NOT the sugar from the banana. I looked at the clock and realized that I had 10 minutes, so I quickly whipped up 2 eggs in coconut oil, put hot sauce and seasoning on it and guacamole on the side, ate it and went to my workout! I had a really great one, too! It was my second time working out during this program which sucks to say, but I've been struggling to get back into it once I got back from traveling for like 2 months. It's much nicer to have a friend to go with and keep you accountable. Then, once I got home I ate my banana and now I'm eating the small amount of ground chicken I had left, Ailene's sausage (the only one at my Ralph's that has no sugar but I forget the name), zucchini, snow peas, seasoning and some spicy sesame oil on top. The veggies/chicken originally cooked in evoo. It's so good!! I'm going to a happy hour with some friends later and I'm gonna enjoy that water haha! I will be back soon with an update for the rest of my day.
  13. Mariina

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Day 16 (written on Day 17): So the night of Day 15, I sat there and thought "how do I feel at this moment?" And i realized my nose was stuffed and when I breathe in through it, it still doesn't sound clear. This is a bit of a bummer because one of my goals with whole30 is to see if my foods are causing my constantly having a stuffy nose (for years). The book made me realize that so many of us eventually consider allergies our "new normal" and we forget that they are NOT! Hopefully this will improve as I move forward with the program. Now today for dinner, I went to my friend's house and we cooked the grilled coconut-curry chicken from page 230 of the Whole30 book. She's not even doing whole30 and she loves it, even said she'll be making it again!! It was delish. I also realized coconut cream is heavenly.. I'll have to limit myself haha! I do think it's a perfect alternative to normal whipped cream! And I love coconut. So, throughout this process I have been trying to not use my allergy pills or ibuprofen, which has been going well. I've only had to use my allergy pills twice (about 2 weeks apart which is great) and ibuprofen 3 times. I know they are technically not whole30 compliant, but like everyone says, our health is the main goal and if I can't stop sneezing and my nose and eyes are leaking, I'm gonna take the pill. Also, only having taken ibuprofen 3 times in 17 days is a lot better for me, because I normally depend on it way more often. And I'm on my period so my hips have been hurting and I was going to a workout class this morning so didn't want the aching to get in my way. Breakfast: eggs mixed with ground chicken, bell peppers, onion, jalape├▒os, cooked in coconut oil, with valentina's hot sauce and seasonings. Veggies/ground chicken originally cooked in olive oil/coconut oil Lunch: shrimp cooked in olive oil over lettuce, seasoning, coconut milk as dressing Dinner: grilled coconut-curry chicken (pg. 230 of Whole30), brussels sprouts with evoo and seasonings, totally had some coconut cream on a spoon, too.
  14. Mariina

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Wow, you brought up a great topic. I had to ask for clarification on the whole not-looking-at-foods-as-good-or-bad topic. I stopped reading the Whole30 book once I got to the reintroduction chapter because I didn't feel like it had to do with me in that moment, being a whole month away from the reintroduction phase. I'd rather wait until I get closer to the end (I'm on Day 16). I think I'll have a more confident view of this topic once I read it. I have a strong feeling it'll be a game changer for me, since one of my issues before starting whole30 was feeling guilty over the food choices I would make. Okay, maybe I should start reading it a bit sooner. My sister is one of those "ew, McDonald's is fake food I haven't eaten it in TEN YEARS" (acting all high and mighty ha) types of people. And I sit there like ....well I like Mcdonald's.. as if I should be ashamed. The stigma and judgement around it bothers me as well. I think that's a smart way to look at it-- dairy doesn't sit well, say it causes bloating or whatever. But a McDonalds burger and fries doesn't leave you feeling gross, in fact you feel fine! So I think this is a great example of giving yourself that food freedom and enjoying that burger, guilt-free, every once in a while! I'll be curious as to whether or not I'll want it once I'm done with the program. At the moment, I don't crave it.
  15. Mariina

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Whole30-Day-Daily-Guide-Success/dp/1328839230/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562870520&sr=8-3 The flexibound is just like a normal paperback book and 13ish dollars, which I think is worth it. I don't know why the "paperback" version is like 10$ more. And I agree on how it can get dull, I think it might because I'm not really a journal person to begin with so forcing myself to write in a journal feels a bit tedious to me. BUT it's a good way for me to self reflect and it has you rate your energy for the day, sleep quality, what could have gone better/what went well, non-scale victories for the day, and more. Worth it.