meli22

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    Meli's log

    Day 26 B - coffee w/ nut milk; carrot-coconut soup; cold roast chicken; sauerkraut L - zucchini noodles w/ cold roast chicken, compliant tomato sauce, Moroccan olives & 1 hardboiled egg; sauerkraut; squash soup afternoon coffee w/ nut milk D - vegetable soup w/ chicken; zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce, roasted eggplant, parsley, scallions & Moroccan olives; cucumber Time is flying! Can't believe it's been almost 30 days. The last week has been very stressful, with everything that's been going on in the world as well as major life changes, but I'm proud of sticking to the plan regardless. Despite not sleeping well, my energy has been good. I've had no desire to do any emotional eating, which is amazing given it's such a deeply-ingrained stress response for me. I also find that when I stick to 3 meals a day I get to anticipate my next meal, and it becomes more of a pleasurable event. I prefer this to grazing. For a long time the thought of limiting myself to 3 meals a day triggered a fear/scarcity response in me which would lead me to binge. Now I've learned that if I reassure myself that I can always eat more, I relax, and this has been so helpful in regaining my hunger / fullness cues. Having gone on my first diet at age 8 I'd been dieting, or in a binge/restrict cycle, for 30 years. This is the first time I feel like I'm eating in a more balanced, healthy way. I'm still restricting foods but I'm not restricting portion sizes and this is at least a step forward for me. Another change I'm noticing is that my desire to lose weight has sort of fallen away. I will not be stepping on a scale at the end of my whole30. The number on the scale is irrelevant because I feel so much better. Not to mention that it's a number that tends to fluctuate a lot anyways and that's normal and healthy. That leads me to ask myself what is more important: being as thin as I can possibly be or feeling healthy? About 8 years ago I was able to reach my desired weight through intense food restriction and exercise and, looking back on it, not only was I unhappy at that time but I was also depleting my body of nourishment, which set me up for some health issues down the road. I'm finally starting to feel better now, almost a decade later. A definite NSV. Should also note: the only things I'm really excited to re-introduce are BEANS and LENTILS! I can't wait to eat beans again
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    Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20

    Love these ideas, especially the after dinner cordial!
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    Meli's log

    Day 25 B - coffee w/ nut milk; chicken soup w/ drizzle of sesame oil L - carrot soup; 3 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, parsley, scallions, cucumber, kalamata olives; sauerkraut D - chicken thigh w/ skin; zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce & Moroccan olives; cucumber
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    Meli's log

    Day 24 B - 2 x coffee w/ nut milk; chicken soup w/ 1/2 avocado; cucumber; sauerkraut L - coconut-squash soup; sautéed savoy cabbage & green beans w/ ground beef; sauerkraut S - carrot soup D - sardines w/ mayo, scallions, parsley, celery, cucumber, kalamata olives; molokhia; sauerkraut cup of almond milk w/ turmeric & cinnamon
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    Meli's log

    Day 23 B - 2 x coffee w/ nut milk; chicken soup w/ 1/2 avocado; cucumber; sauerkraut S - vegetable soup w/ drizzle of sesame eating L - carrot soup; sardines w/ mayo, parsley, celery, capers, kalamata olives, scallions D - 2 x bowls of vegetable stew w/ ground beef; molokhia
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    Meli's log

    Day 22 B - coffee w/ nut milk; chicken soup w/ 1/2 avocado; cucumber; sauerkraut late-morning coffee w/ nut milk L - carrot soup; 2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, parsley, celery, capers, kalamata olives D - steak; molokhia; vegetable soup w/ drizzle of sesame oil; kalamata olives; sauerkraut
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    Meli's log

    Day 21 B - coffee w/ nut milk; spicy squash soup; 2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, parsley, capers, celery + kalamata olives; sauerkraut L - chicken soup; 1/2 avocado D - sautéed savoy cabbage, mushrooms + celery; steak; green soup drizzled w/ fish oil; sauerkraut
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    Meli's log

    Day 20 B - coffee w/ nut milk; green soup w/ drizzle of fish oil; tuna w/ mayo, parsley, celery, scallions, cucumber; kalamata olives; sauerkraut L - roast chicken w/ skin; 1/2 (smaller?) portion of acorn squash soup; celery sticks & baby carrots; sauerkraut D - cabbage-onion "hashbrowns" w/ 2 eggs & hot sauce; last of the tomato-veg stew w/ chicken Feeling great, loads of energy today
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    Meli's log

    Day 19 B - coffee w/ nut milk; 2 pollock fillets w/ mayo; green soup; sugar snap peas + cucumber; sauerkraut L - tomato-veg stew w/ chicken; last of the sugar snap peas; Moroccan olives; sauerkraut S - 2 scrambled eggs D - 2 bowls of tomato-veg stew w/ chicken; sautéed cabbage with mayo Ok: I'm definitely getting bored with my food at this point and will be going on a grocery run tonight. I'm craving crunchy raw vegetables. I think the second bowl of stew at dinner was a comfort thing and not a hunger thing. I feel overly full but kind of wanted to feel that way so I could just lie down and be warm. At least it's an improvement over eating a giant bag of pretzels for dinner (which I was doing... somewhat regularly... in the fall). Surprisingly, aside from a couple blips I've had no salt or sugar cravings. Physical changes I'm noticing: looking in the mirror I can see that I've lost a few pounds (maybe 3 or 4?) and the psoriasis on my hands has cleared up completely!
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    Meli's log

    Day 18 B - coffee w/ nut milk; tomato-veg stew w/ ground pork; 1/2 avocado; sauerkraut L - green soup; 2 pollock fillets w/ homemade mayo; sautéed cabbage, bok choy & celery w/ a poached egg D - tomato-veg stew w/ chicken; baby carrots, cucumber & sugar snap peas; green olives aaaaand a second bowl of tomato-veg stew, for "dessert"
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    Meli's log

    Day 17 B - coffee w/ nut milk; tomato-veg stew w/ ground pork; green olives; cucumber & baby carrots L - cabbage "hashbrowns" w/ 3 eggs + hot sauce; 1/2 avocado; sugar snap peas & celery post-lunch coffee w/ nut milk S - green soup; Moroccan olives; tuna D - tomato-veg stew w/ ground pork; baby carrots, celery & snap peas; Moroccan olives
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    Meli's log

    Day 16 B - coffee w/ nut milk; tomato-veg stew w/ chicken; 1/2 avocado; sauerkraut L - cabbage "hashbrowns" w/ 2 eggs + hot sauce; green soup drizzled w/ fish oil; cucumber and baby carrots; Moroccan olives post-lunch coffee w/ nut milk D - sauteed bok choy, snow peas, mushrooms & celery; sardines w/ mustard, capers, celery, sauerkraut & snowpeas; green olives Ok, the cabbage hashbrowns were really good (shredded cabbage mixed with 2 eggs - flattened in the pan and browned). They'd be good with roasted tomatoes or compliant ketchup. My appetite seems to be adjusting to 3 meals a day. It's a relief to not be thinking about food all the time - I'm finding a structured eating plan to be very liberating for me. I'm sleeping beautifully - not even dreaming, just sleeping a full 9 hours night after night. For someone who's wrestled with insomnia for a decade... there are no words.
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    Meli's log

    Day 15 B - coffee w/ nut milk; tomato-veg stew w/ chicken livers; 1/2 avocado; sauerkraut late morning coffee L - sauteed purple kale, mushrooms, snow peas & celery; 2 scrambled eggs; tuna w/ mustard; green olives; baby carrots & cucumber S - small bowl of green soup w/ drizzle of fish oil D - tomato-veg stew w/ chicken livers; sauteed cabbage w/ green dressing
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    Meli's log

    Day 14 B - coffee w/ nut milk; 3 scrambled eggs; sauteed purple kale, snow peas & mushrooms; Moroccan olives; sauerkraut mid-morning coffee w/ nut milk L - tomato-vegetable stew w/ chicken livers; 1/2 avocado; celery, sugar snap peas & baby carrots; green dressing; cut-up cantaloupe and honeydew melon D - tomato-vegetable stew w/ chicken livers; sauteed cabbage & bok choy w/ green dressing cup of almond milk w/ turmeric, cinnamon & coconut oil Work was stressful today (I work in retail and don't have the strongest immune system), I "needed" a treat for lunch so did the fruit thing. Whatever. I definitely ate my resentment (the store was full of coughing, sneezing people. PSA: IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME!!!! Stay home even if you aren't sick!) On the plus side, my blood sugar was stable and my energy was pretty good. The hour-long walk to and from work was a breeze (am avoiding public transit). I also never thought I'd enjoy eating an entire plate of sauteed cabbage, but there you go.
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    Meli's log

    Day 13 B - coffee w/ nut milk; zucchini noodles w/ vegetable stew (as a sauce); 1 fennel sausage; 1/2 avocado L - zucchini noodles w/ tomato soup + ground pork "sauce"; cucumbers, celery + baby carrots; pesto; sauerkraut D - zucchini noodles w/ tomato soup + fennel sausage; baby carrots; last little bit of pesto; 5 or 6 moroccan olives; green soup Funny day of eating - just wanted to eat the same thing, over and over again. I made 3 big batches of soup to put in the freezer (a pureed broccoli soup with all the parsley/cilantro stems and leftover zucchini, and 2 x my usual vegetable stew) and picked up a giant head of cabbage (lasts forever), a big container of dried black olives and some frozen meats, fish and vegetables. Cooked lots of chicken livers to put in the veg stew. Stocked up so I can hang around at home as much as possible over the next couple weeks. My gym is closed until April so I think I'm just going to go for lots of walks and do internet yoga.