meli22

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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's post-W30 log   
    @BabyBear Thank you so much! What a great experience
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    meli22 reacted to BabyBear in Meli's post-W30 log   
    Congrats on completing your Whole 30 i look forward to following your reintro
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in 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 
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    meli22 got a reaction from Brewer5 in 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. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from Brewer5 in 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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    meli22 got a reaction from Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Love these ideas, especially the after dinner cordial!
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    meli22 reacted to Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    FAVORITE THINGS SO FAR
    ORANGE SLICES IN WATER glass // + KEEPING CHILLED FRESH ORANGE QUARTERS to snack on
    Half Sweet Potato mashed with caramel pod cream for breakfast // (Not an egg person)
    KEEPING ON HAND
    Chiled CUCUMBER SLICES IN VINEGAR (peeled) as a side for veggies like green beans & tomatoes / squash / spring onions
    PUBLIX GREENWISE BACON / FRESH MARKET 0 SUGAR UNCURED BACON
    Avocado - lime juice - cilantro  // tomatoes 
    Oranges / tomatoes / squash / canned green beans / potatoes 
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    Small indiscetions - Makes me happy & keeps me going!
    Small Spoonful of 0 Sugar fig spread w/ breakfast bacon & cup of coffee w/ caramel pod cream - Morning Happiness! 
    After dinner small cordial of half coconut water & half grape juice - 
     
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in 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. 
     
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 12
    B - 2 cups of coffee w/ nut milk; green soup w/ drizzle of fish oil; 1 fennel sausage; cucumber and baby carrots L - sauteed cabbage, mushrooms, celery and snow peas; 2 pollock fillets w/ pesto; sauerkraut D - tomato soup; roast chicken w/ skin; celery and baby carrots; sauerkraut  
    I actually lay in bed this morning worried because of the "no fruit" declaration I made on Day 10! The thought of not being able to eat something sweet scared me - this is interesting. After I ate breakfast the desire for something sweet passed. I also drank more water today and, consequently, didn't feel any desire to eat more honeydew melon. 
    I've been waking up feeling hungry the last few days, which is a change. I typically finish eating dinner by 7pm at the latest; before the program I would wake up around 6:30am, have a coffee, and not feel like eating breakfast until 9:30. Now I wake up ravenous, and eat breakfast before 8am.
    Today I was able to go 4-5 hours without feeling hungry. Blood sugar feels balanced and I'm finally starting to recover my hunger cues.
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    @BabyBear Thank you! I'm a fan of keeping it simple
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    meli22 reacted to BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Good job sticking to your guns!  Your meals sound scrumptious 
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 11
    B - coffee w/ nut milk; green soup; pollock fillet w/ pesto; celery and baby carrots; honeydew melon mid-morning coffee w/ nut milk L - sauteed cabbage, mushrooms, snow peas & celery w/ a poached egg; 1 fennel-pork sausage; handful of green olives, sauerkraut; tomato soup mid-afternoon coffee w/ macadamia nut milk (fancy!)  D - 3 hardboiled eggs; small baked yam; salad of parsley, capers, snow peas, celery & cucumber w/ vinaigrette (olive oil, acv, mustard); closed handful of pumpkin seeds S - cup of almond milk w/ turmeric and cinnamon  
    Overtired on account of brutal late night/early morning combo. Someone brought in a plate of giant, gorgeous homemade brownies to work and I had to look at them for 3 hours. My cup of golden milk, in comparison, was only okay...
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    meli22 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Meli's log   
    Day 9
    B - coffee w/ nut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup; cucumber slices + baby carrots; 2 poached eggs w/ compliant hot sauce S - cup of homemade chicken broth L - tomato-coconut soup; roast chicken; sauteed cabbage w/ sauerkraut + pumpkin seeds S - coffee w/ nut milk; honeydew melon  D - salad of radicchio, celery, carrots, 1/2 avocado +  vinaigrette (olive oil, acv, mustard); roast chicken; green soup  
    Tuesdays are my Saturdays, which means low-key meal prep. I let a couple chicken carcasses I had in the freezer simmer on low overnight for a soup. I included leftover zucchini, celery, parsley stems, greens that were going a bit grunge-y. Added onion, garlic, cauliflower, rosemary and dried fennel. Pureed the lot. Turned out nicely.
    Cans of crushed tomatoes on sale so I bought a few. Cooked some onion, celery and bell pepper, added some spices and pureed it all with a can of coconut milk. Not bad! Could use this tomato soup as a base for meat sauce - I might add some ground beef and mushrooms to it at some point. 
     
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    I admit that writing down tonight's dinner felt mildly embarrassing because it just seemed like a lot of food and for a split second I was ashamed of how much I ate! Eating larger meals is changing the way I think about my body, eating, hunger, and how I was raised. When I was a kid every single adult woman around me was on Weight Watchers and I was occasionally shamed for eating "too much". I haven't thought about this in a very long time. I think this is the first time in decades that I've given myself permission to eat as much as I want/need in one sitting and this feels like a massive paradigm shift for me.
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    meli22 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Meli's log   
    Day 9
    B - coffee w/ nut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup; cucumber slices + baby carrots; 2 poached eggs w/ compliant hot sauce S - cup of homemade chicken broth L - tomato-coconut soup; roast chicken; sauteed cabbage w/ sauerkraut + pumpkin seeds S - coffee w/ nut milk; honeydew melon  D - salad of radicchio, celery, carrots, 1/2 avocado +  vinaigrette (olive oil, acv, mustard); roast chicken; green soup  
    Tuesdays are my Saturdays, which means low-key meal prep. I let a couple chicken carcasses I had in the freezer simmer on low overnight for a soup. I included leftover zucchini, celery, parsley stems, greens that were going a bit grunge-y. Added onion, garlic, cauliflower, rosemary and dried fennel. Pureed the lot. Turned out nicely.
    Cans of crushed tomatoes on sale so I bought a few. Cooked some onion, celery and bell pepper, added some spices and pureed it all with a can of coconut milk. Not bad! Could use this tomato soup as a base for meat sauce - I might add some ground beef and mushrooms to it at some point. 
     
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    @BabyBear thank you! Yes, I'm finding the journaling process very helpful
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 7
    (B) coffee w/ nut milk; vegetable stew w/ drizzle of sesame oil, cod fillet + clams; sauerkraut (S) coffee w/ nut milk; cut-up honeydew and cantaloupe  (L) salad of shredded cabbage, radicchio, celery + pickles w/ vinaigrette (walnut oil, acv, mustard) + sardines; handful of green olives; cucumber slices; small baked yam (S) closed handful of pumpkin seeds (D) zucchini noodles w/ walnut oil, mustard, olives + pickles; roast chicken  
    Hangry and tired all day. I think it was a combination of poor sleep (up from 2-4am), my period, and daylight savings.  The first thing I saw when I got to work was the half-eaten chocolate bar my colleague had left on the desk  I wasn't so much hungry for the morning fruit but was desperate for a little sugar high so I could make it to lunch without falling asleep - otherwise I'm sure I would've caved in and eaten some of that chocolate. Today was the first day I wanted bread. And a pint. I could have sold my soul for a Guinness this afternoon - instead I made do with a spicy ginger tea (sigh).
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 6
    (B) coffee w/ nut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup, cod fillet, grapefruit, small handful of walnuts (L) zucchini noodles w/ walnut oil, "mushroom" seasoning, olives, ground pork; vegetable stew (S) coffee w/ nut milk; grapefruit, walnuts (D) zucchini noodles w/ walnut oil + mustard, olives, ground pork, celery, sauerkraut + cucumber; sweet potato-coconut soup  
    Worst day of my period coincided with weirdest day of eating. I felt extra hungry today.
    Note to self: if there are nuts around, I will eat wayyyy too many in one sitting. I'm going to try to avoid them for the rest of my program. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 5
    (B) black tea w/ hazelnut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup, cod fillet, grapefruit  (Post-WO) hardboiled egg, celery sticks, small handful of walnuts, coffee w/ almond milk (L) vegetable stew w/ cod and clams, 1/2 avocado, sauerkraut afternoon coffee w/ hazelnut milk  (D) zucchini noodles w/ walnut oil, compliant "mushroom" umami seasoning, olives, ground pork; bowl of vegetable stew  
    Slept poorly so was overtired today (hence 3 rounds of caffeine, agh). Woke up pretty bloated, which is unusual for me (if I'm going to be bloated it's always a late afternoon/evening thing). I took some digestive enzymes with breakfast and that settled things down, so no problem. I've been drinking my usual herbal infusions throughout the day (nettles and hibiscus steeped in water) with some lemon juice, and matching my caffeinated drinks with 1-2 glasses of water. 
    Pimples are already fading somewhat
    My psoriasis hasn't gotten any worse. I was curious to see what would happen but it seems to be about the same all over (I have it on my neck, ears, lower back and hands).
    I think if I were to do this again I'd schedule my start date to NOT align perfectly with my period! Day 1 of my whole30 was also day 1 of my period so I can't differentiate between my typical period issues and w30 side effects. In any case, I've been in fairly high spirits. 
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    meli22 reacted to BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Eeeek breakouts are no fun, but they are a sign of detoxing.  The body eliminates toxins through the digestive track the skin and the respiratory system.  Drink lots of water way more than you think you need.  Keep up the good work!
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Day 1
    2 (!!!) cups of coffee w/ tahini "milk" (tahini + water) (B) sauteed greens w/ garlic and scallions, 2 poached eggs, some leftover roast chicken, sauerkraut & handful of kalamata olives (Post-WO) cucumber and apple slices, 1/2 small avocado (brought an egg but wasn't hungry enough so had it for lunch instead) (L) salad (kale, radicchio, pickles) w/ vinaigrette (walnut oil, acv, mustard), sardines, 1 hardboiled egg & pumpkin seeds (S) cup of black tea + 12 hazelnuts (D) chicken-vegetable stew w/ drizzle of walnut oil; some cut-up cantaloupe and honeydew melon   
    I was irritable and sluggish all day today, worse than usual though this may have been due in part to my period.
    I need to get out of the habit of drinking coffee BEFORE I eat breakfast - realized how much I love the "speedy" feeling I get from drinking coffee on an empty stomach (despite drinking lots of lemon water too). I'm assuming this is probably related to the dramatic drop in energy I felt around 11am, hmm... 
    For years I've been eating 3 meals + 2 snacks a day so easing out of that will be challenging, particularly on work days. We shall see.
     
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    meli22 reacted to BabyBear in Meli's log   
    Welcome!  The boards are full of some great info, people, recipes and meal ideas.  Best of luck as you embark on your food journey.  
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in 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!