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  1. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 11 B = coffee w/ almond milk; cauliflower-dill soup; roast duck; sauerkraut L = plums w/ cashew "yogourt" & trail mix D = shredded cabbage w/ mayonnaise, tomato & pickled red onion; roast duck S = peach & handful of cashews exercise = 40 mins weights I think I'm just going to give up on non-dairy attempts at yogourt 'cause it's never the same
  2. meli22

    Round 2

    I was so happy with the results from my first Whole30 that I've decided to commit to a second round. I'm going to start TOMORROW. The stress of current affairs has me scrolling all day until my brain turns to porridge. I've all but given up on exercise at this point (pre-pandemic, I would go to the gym most days). It's also pushed me straight into my #1 childhood coping strategy: CANDY. I now have a face full of pimples to show for it ~ it doesn't feel good afterward, and I want to nip this little habit in the bud. Swedish berries, you are CANCELLED. GOALS: Find other ways to relax that don't involve food Get into the habit of drinking more water Limit scrolling to 15 minutes a day Aim for 40 mins exercise every day (power yoga, weights or running) Turn meals (I live alone) into a more pleasurable event by eating on the balcony, with nice plates and napkins, and so on
  3. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 10 B = coffee w/ almond milk; tandoori chicken; 1/2 green apple, cucumber slices, 1/4 avocado S = last of the tandoori chicken L = cauliflower-dill soup; tomato wedges; hardboiled egg S = 2 plums; trail mix D = roasted potatoes w/ mayonnaise; roasted duck exercise = 25 min run Another 'off' day. Low energy / no motivation to leave the house after my run but I think that's mostly due to my period and sleeping poorly. All I wanted was a scone... so I had potatoes instead. I'm finding that I do better with a bit of starchy carbohydrate for my mental health. The times I followed a very strict low-carb diet were the times that I had the most severe bouts of depression so I need to remember that my brain is part of my body.
  4. meli22

    Day 27 Round 3, Exhausted/Scared

    YES. I relate to this so much. I've been listening to FoodPsych and F*ck It Diet podcast for a long time and I think the message they're promoting is very important. I went on my first diet at 8 years old and have never had a "normal" relationship with food - I hope to, one day, but I'm just not there yet. It's complicated. I find that being on a diet gives me a sense of control otherwise lacking in my life, and the pandemic has only intensified this need. The sense of structure does give me a sense of security but it is bringing out my orthorexic tendencies. The usual restrict/binge cycle happened after my first W30 - it was inevitable. So here I am, again, on my second W30! Same cycle. It is definitely a diet in disguise! I'm trying to work on other ways I can feel more in control of my life without resorting to dieting but this stuff goes generations deep. Plus, the positive reinforcement you get when posting about any weight loss only makes it worse. There is a podcast called RealFoodWithDana you might like. In earlier episodes, she speaks specifically to W30 (she used to be a W30 coach) as it relates to dieting. Have you ever read the Intuitive Eating book?
  5. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 9 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mustard, pickled onion, sauerkraut); 1/4 avocado; peach S = bowl of cauliflower soup L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled onion; cucumber & tomato slices S = iced coffee; peach D = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce, hardboiled egg & 1/4 avocado; green apple; trail mix S = cup of almond milk Most challenging day so far. Unsatisfied with my meals, craving sugar, hungry but not hungry... Almost 9pm and I haven't left the apartment yet (no exercise today but will try for a walk around the block before bedtime). Drinking coffee at 4pm was a terrible idea - hope I sleep tonight! Heaviest day of period = lethargic, bloated, and miserable Tomorrow is a new day!
  6. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 8 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 sausages; cucumber slices, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ olive oil, vinegar & mustard; seafood mix; cauliflower-dill soup; 2 plums D = 2 hardboiled eggs; baked yam; zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; a peach for dessert exercise = 60 mins walk
  7. meli22

    Round 2

    @MadyVanilla fizzy drinks always add a little something to the end of the meal
  8. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 7 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, capers, sauerkraut & pickled red onion); 1/2 baked yam; tomato slices L = cabbage-carrot slaw (w/ mayo, caper berries & pickled onion); seafood mix; sugar snap peas; 1/4 avocado; 2 apricots P-WO = 1 hardboiled egg w/ hot sauce D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; 2 sausages; cauliflower florets & cucumber; la croix for dessert exercise = 20 mins run // 30 mins weights
  9. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 6 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, capers, pickled peppers & lettuce); 2 apricots, cucumber slices L = sardines w/ olive oil, capers, sauerkraut & pickled onion; sugar snap peas & cucumber slices; 1/2 avocado S = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; 2 apricots D = carrot-cabbage slaw w/ mayo, pickled peppers & caper berries; seafood mix (clams, mussels & shrimp); 1/2 baked yam exercise = 90 min walk + will probably do some yoga later this evening Feeling good! Energy is steady, skin has cleared up. I've been feeling more sleek and slim since the third day, probably because I'm not waking up bloated anymore. I actually wake up hungry and have been eating breakfast around 8:00am instead of the usual 10:00. I've also been able to drink 2L water / day the last couple of days, which has probably helped with that as well. Branched out and bought some giant caper berries and sausages today at the grocery store. I have a tendency to get hooked on eating the same thing day after day, so I want to push myself to get a bit more variety into my diet.
  10. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 5 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs; 1/2 grapefruit; 1/4 avocado L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ mayo & chicken; tomato & sugar snap peas; blueberry smoothie S = tomato slices & 1/4 avocado D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; baked yam exercise = 20 min run Note to self: if you eat more at breakfast, you will have a better run I'm still figuring out what feels like "enough" at each meal though I am currently pre-menstrual and am always extra hungry at that time. I have a feeling I could increase the amount of fat I'm eating with my meals (when I go grocery shopping I'll pick up some coconut and olives). Also feel I could benefit from the inclusion of a starchy carb at breakfast. I'm going to try to limit my fruit to 1 serving a day. Also, I think this is my favourite way to eat sardines by far (I love sardines) - nice and simple, get the water-packed ones and dress them in olive oil, capers and pickled onions. In another lifetime, I would eat this on rye bread with cream cheese
  11. meli22

    Round 2

    @Kirra Thank you! Yes, the dreaded mid-afternoon slump has always been a problem. Especially now, working from home - a few feet away from my bed lol
  12. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 4 B = coffee w/ almond milk; chicken-vegetable stew w/ 1/4 avocado; cucumber, sauerkraut, handful of cherries L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce & roast chicken; sugar snap peas, 1/2 grapefruit S = la croix; hardboiled egg, last of the cherries D = red cabbage-carrot slaw w/ homemade mayo & boiled shrimp; tomato slices exercise = 30 min run A miracle: Today was the first day in living memory that I didn't need a nap - I was able to work straight through the afternoon without needing a lie-down! Energy was steady all day. These 30-minute noonday runs are feeling great!
  13. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 3 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 poached eggs; cucumber slices, 1/2 baked yam, handful of cherries S = tomato slices, 1/4 avocado, bit of roast chicken L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; cucumber slices & sugar snap peas S = handful of cherries, closed handful of sunflower seeds; la croix D = smoothie (blueberries, zucchini, cauliflower, red cabbage, ground flaxseed, fish oil, compliant protein powder) exercise = 30 min run Slept better! I want to cut back on my fruit consumption as soon as cherry season peters out. Summer fruit only comes once a year and cherries are my favourite. I know smoothies are frowned upon in this program but I felt it was ok since this one was more vegetable than fruit - does that make it more soup than smoothie? Though it sounds pretty gross, it was really good (I couldn't taste the vegetables at all, just tasted like a creamy blueberry smoothie). I'm going to try to avoid smoothies for the rest of my program, however, as I notice they do leave me a bit... puffy.
  14. meli22

    Round 2

    @Kirra Good luck! I'm excited to see how your Whole30 progresses! Let's cross our fingers for glowing complexions
  15. meli22

    Round 2

    @MadyVanilla I know, right?! Is sun tea when you let it steep for a few hours in the sun? I usually do a mix of nettles and hibiscus
  16. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 2 B = coffee w/ almond milk; chicken-veg stew w/ zucchini noodles & drizzle of fish oil L = sardines w/ olive oil, pickled red onion, capers & sunflower seeds; tomato, cucumber, sauerkraut, pickled radishes & peppers; a tangerine S = bit of roast chicken; la croix (aka clown water) D = zucchini noodles w/ compliant marinara sauce; roast chicken; 1/2 baked oriental yam (it was huge); handful of cherries for dessert exercise = ran errands on foot (about 70 mins walking total) - plan to go for a brisk 20-30 min exercise walk this evening. I slept so poorly last night that today was a write-off. Deeply depressed but that's what sleep-deprivation does to me so hopefully tomorrow will be better. I made a point of not having an afternoon coffee today, so fingers crossed. Lunch today was definitely not enough food. After eating some starchy carb my mood lifted considerably, so there you go I find I drink more water if I make a point of making a large pitcher of herbal ice tea the night before - will start incorporating this into my pre-bedtime routine.
  17. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 1 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs, handful of cherries, tomato wedges, 1/4 avocado L = roast chicken w/ skin, tangerine, cucumber slices, pickled peppers, sauerkraut S = coffee w/ almond milk; last of the cherries, sunflower seeds D = chicken-vegetable stew w/ zucchini noodles & drizzle of fish oil exercise = cursed and scowled my way through 40 mins yoga
  18. meli22

    Round 2

    Thank you everyone for the encouragement!
  19. I finished my first round of W30 yesterday and have decided to continue journaling over here. Keeping a food diary has been really helpful for me. My plan is to continue doing this until the end of April. I'm interested in re-introducing beans and legumes, as well as fermented dairy (kefir specifically, which I like to make), miso and tempeh. When we're able to go out and socialize again I look forward to having the occasional glass of wine and beer. I wasn't eating nuts, seeds or fruit during my W30 and surprisingly don't miss them. Might have them occasionally in very small quantities later on, but the main thing I'm interested in bringing back are beans and lentils. Goals: continue eating 3 meals a day basically eat W30 but with the inclusion of beans, lentils, tempeh and miso; occasional fermented dairy and fruit; alcohol as a treat. Exceptions made for other people's cooking and special occasions such as birthdays and weddings continue eating sauerkraut every day as I'm finding it helpful with my digestion include a probiotic before bed commit to drinking more water
  20. meli22

    Meli's post-W30 log

    @BabyBear Thank you so much! What a great experience
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    Meli's post-W30 log

    Day 33 B - coffee w/ nut milk; sautéed greens w/ beans in their broth L - celery and baby carrots; roast chicken w/ skin D - zucchini noodles w/ tuna, olive oil, cilantro, celery leaves & green olives; lentil soup headache all day... didn't eat much but not much of an appetite (first day of period, so feeling a bit 'off'). I think I overdid it with the lentils and beans, oof - will continue eating more or less compliant and eat these a bit more sparingly from now on, haha
  22. meli22

    Meli's post-W30 log

    Day 32 B - coffee w/ nut milk; baked sweet potato; vegetable soup w/ seafood L - zucchini noodles w/ tuna, olive oil, cilantro, capers & green olives; lentil soup S - grapefruit D - miso-vegetable soup w/ seafood I think I solved the frozen vegetable problem by making a soup out of them.
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    Meli's post-W30 log

    Day 31 B - coffee w/ nut milk; vegetable soup; 1/4 large avocado; 2 scrambled eggs L - vegetable soup; sardines w/ mustard, cilantro, capers, green olives, cucumber, celery; sauerkraut post-lunch coffee w/ nut milk D - lentil soup w/ mint & poached egg; sautéed vegetables (frozen veg mix* of cauliflower, broccoli and carrot); 1/4 avocado *must find a tastier way of cooking this... it's been hard to get to the market for fresh produce these days and I see more frozen veg in my future. I think next time I'll try steaming them and having them with some olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs. Or in a broth?
  24. meli22

    Meli's log

    Yay! All done! So, making a comparison to how I felt when I started the program, here's what I've noticed: The psoriasis on my hands is completely gone. The psoriasis on my back and neck is still there, haven't noticed much of a difference. Digestive issues are gone. Energy is now consistent and HIGH - I no longer get those 3pm slumps. I definitely got the so-called "tiger blood". Incredibly (and this is the biggest NSV) I have not felt the desire to binge or do much emotional eating despite all of this insanity. Twice I think I ate a slightly larger dinner out of a need for comfort, but that was it. The fact that I was laid off from my job and was able to stick to the protocol was HUGE. Also, the cravings for sugar and starch that have plagued me have totally disappeared. Sticking to 3 meals a day has really helped me tune in to hunger cues. My panic response to feeling hungry has improved dramatically. I feel like I'm emotionally healing from years of dieting. I'm still figuring out how to stop when I'm full, but I've become a bit more conscientious around this. My relationship to coffee hasn't changed. Ah well! I think amidst so much change I needed to hang on to one comforting thing. I can tackle this at a later date I've lost a total of 4" and can now fit easily into pants that were too tight a month ago. I feel fantastic! I think my habit of eating fermented foods (sauerkraut) every day was key to aiding those digestive issues and I'm going to keep this up. I'm really surprised to find that I don't miss eating fruit at all. I just don't crave the sweetness. I don't miss nuts either, and that was something I used to eat almost every day (would always snack on almonds or walnuts). I also haven't been craving bread, noodles, or pretzels - which are things I would typically binge on. I'll be continuing with a post-whole30 log, as I find keeping a structured eating plan very helpful during this stressful time. My goal is to incorporate lentils and beans into my diet while still in self-isolation. Once this period lifts and we're able to socialize again, I plan on having a beer! A lot of my friends are amazing cooks and when we're able to hang out again, I plan on eating with them no matter what it is, but sticking more or less to whole30 on my own. Once I'm able to return to the gym and increase my activity levels I plan on re-introducing a bit of fruit into my diet. We'll play it by ear.
  25. meli22

    Meli's log

    Tomorrow I'm starting my first Whole30. I'm hoping that a public log will hold me accountable and help me stick to it. Where I'm at right now: My psoriasis is out of control Various mild but annoying digestive issues My energy peaks around 1pm and then I'm sluggish for the rest of the day - until I get a burst of energy right before bedtime Emotional eating (am weirdly drawn to bland starchy food: rice cakes, rice noodles, breadsticks, &c.) Difficulty identifying hunger / fullness cues My morning (and afternoon) coffee is such an ingrained habit that I wonder if I even like it For the last few years I've eaten more or less paleo but after moving to a new city last summer I began turning to food to deal with the stress. I've put on about 10 lbs since my move, which really isn't the end of the world but I can't fit into some of my favourite clothes any more and that's bumming me out. I hope to find other ways of self-soothing that don't involve food. As for the coffee, I'm not going to go cold turkey. I still have some left at home and I'll use that up, then see where I'm at. I'm also going to make a concerted effort to drink more water. Ok! Let's do this!