meli22

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    meli22 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Insomniac’s Log   
    DAY 3
    Sleep - pill - 10:30 - 7:30 (up at 3:30 but fell back asleep within minutes)
    B - coconut-cauliflower soup; coffee (half-caf)
    L - zucchini noodles + salsa, sautéed mushrooms, sausage
    S - grapes
    D - salad (kale, radicchio, lobok, olive oil + acv, herring, olives, 1/4 avocado)

    Feeling well-rested, not as foggy or hungry as usual. 
    Might have apple slices and almond butter later if I’m feeling hungry 
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    meli22 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Insomniac’s Log   
    DAY 1
    Sleep - no pill, up at 1:45 & 5:30
    B - coffee; chicken-veg soup 
    S - 1 T sunflower seeds
    L - sardines w/ 1/2 T olive oil, capers, olives, celery, cucumber + sauerkraut
    D - zucchini noodles w/ salsa, sautéed mushrooms, shrimp + olives; grapes
    (It’s still early in the evening so if I get hungry later, I’ll have a hardboiled egg)
     
    Feeling good today - energy level consistent. Had a decent sleep (for me) and got an early start feeling relatively well-rested. 
    One of the side effects of my sleeping pills are a dramatically increased appetite/weight gain. But the anti-depressants I’m taking have the opposite effect. Predictably, my appetite feels totally out of whack. I’m trying to use the sleeping pills very sparingly and am hoping to taper off the anti-depressants within the next 12 months. Right now, though, I need them. I’m also taking vitamin D and cod liver oil every day. 
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    meli22 reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Insomniac’s Log   
    @meli22 I use a FitBit to track my sleep, helpful to know how many hours I slept or didn't, but also helps to see that I did in fact sleep when I feel that I didn't. 
    I also used to drink a lot of coffee.  I gave it up one year for Lent and haven't drank it since.  Discovered that it doesn't agree with me.  It is possible.... 
     
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    meli22 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Insomniac’s Log   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen Oh wow, this is SO encouraging - thank you so much for sharing. This gives me hope! 
    I’m hoping to make the switch to decaf gradually as I get really strong withdrawal symptoms even on such a small amount. Fingers crossed!
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in 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. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from RachelR in 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. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    @MadyVanilla fizzy drinks always add a little something to the end of the meal  
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Congrats on getting through a successful first week!  How awesome to be seeing the positive impacts-it's pretty amazing how quickly they come.
    This is also my dessert - or a spindrift.  And it's satisfying!
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Interestingly, I haven't had a headache since Day 9.  And most of my flare-ups in pain appear to be related to extra consumption of nightshades (a few meals in a row with tomatoes and/or peppers) as well as poor sleep.  I wonder if the poor sleep is related to nightshade consumption.  So now I have a solid hypothesis to test out.  
    It was good to read back over my journal.  I'm amazed by how much better I feel now than I did just a month ago.  And how much my anxiety/confidence/motivation has improved.  
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in 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  
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Those of you who are following this tale will be relieved to hear that we are still going strong! Today is Day 5. I won't bore you with a 5-day long list of all the meals (not that that information is boring! but for anyone who is interested, you can turn to page 196 in The Whole30 book  because these total newbies are sticking to the seven-day plan that someone else put together for the first week, because anything else was too daunting!). Also, I have the Whole30 Journal and am documenting all meals, snacks and drinks in there. I'll definitely log the highlights in the weeks to come, though!
    Miracle of Miracles: I. Have. Not. Had. A. Headache.  I was bracing myself when we started and fully expecting an immediate future FULL of headaches, days and days of headaches and all the accompanying crankiness and I-can't-be-bothered-to-do-anything-right-nowness that goes along with it. Due to quitting Dr. Pepper cold-turkey, of course. (I have had caffeine headaches before from just skipping 2-3 days of soda pop.)
    I'm sure the 1-2 cups of pre-noon coffee with coconut milk is the reason for my headpain-free bliss. But I also think that my pillow has something to do with it.  Yes, my pillow. I read in some medical article that 80-90% of headaches start in the neck (don't quote me on the percentages; it's been awhile - I do know it was the vast majority)! This is my third pillow I've tried in the past couple months. It is a "cool-touch" pillow (kinda like memory foam, but I don't think it is memory foam...), and it is working wonders! I'm sleeping much better.
    I felt compelled to share this due to the title of my story and just in case anyone else is dealing with headaches.
    Surprisingly, it isn't Dr. Pepper that I'm craving, it's the SWEETS! I went to bed on Day 3 thinking about brownies and cookies and woke up on Day 4 thinking of cinnamon rolls. But I have resisted their siren call, and these Whole30 meals taste amazing!
     
    @MadyVanilla and @Contessa thank you for the kind words of encouragement! 
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in Round 2   
    Wow! That is no small feat! What a great NSV. Every workday, without fail, I hit the "2-4 Slump," in which I really really want a nap, but can't have one and am therefore half as productive as I could be. This gives me hope that this miracle might happen to me, too! LoL. Good job yesterday!
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Yes!  I put some regular black tea bags and a peach herbal tea bag in a clear pitcher of water and sat it on the back deck all day yesterday - I'll be sipping on this deliciousness all day today - thanks for the reminder, it's like a treat.  
    I'm glad you slept better.  And smoothie=vegetable soup....seems a good way to reframe, I mean, gazpacho is delicious.  But if your'e having side effects...That's what i have loved about my current W30, I have discovered so much about how different foods effect me.  
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    meli22 got a reaction from Kirra in Round 2   
    @Kirra Good luck! I'm excited to see how your Whole30 progresses! Let's cross our fingers for glowing complexions  
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Once upon a time, at LEAST two years ago, my mother-in-love told me about this interesting food thing that her sister had done. Where you cut out sugar, bread, dairy, and alcohol for a whole month just to reset your body. Then, by slowly reintroducing them to your diet, you could see how certain things you are putting into your body are affecting you.
    I was instantly intrigued. I've never gone on a diet or even thought about going on one, as I've never really struggled with weight (lucky genes, I think- my father was a beanpole at my age). BUT I've never been able to fully get rid of my acne, no matter what topically solutions I tried. So the idea of what I'm putting INTO my body potentially being the cause of acne coming OUT made all the sense in the world. You don't know what you don't know.
    Then there was a lot of normal Life that happened: crazy-busy jobs, travel, buying a home for the first time, switching jobs, family stuff... and Whole30 never happened. I shamefully told my coworkers each week, "No, we haven't started yet."  ...until they stopped asking all together.
    Fast forward to now. IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! We started on July 1.  I had expressed my skin frustrations to boyfriend at the beginning of June, and he said "Let's do this!" We spent the month reading, learning, and prepping... and then we actually started!!! We are now on Day 3! My work schedule has been insane, so boyfriend has been doing pretty much ALL the cooking so far (he's a school teacher and has the summers off). Thank goodness for that, or else this might have Never happened. Healthiest month of my life, here I come!
    NSVs:
    1. Clearer skin/less breakouts
    2. Kick my daily Dr. Pepper habit (it is the sweet, sweet Nectar of Life)
    3. More energy/less tired (examples: after-lunch slump, exhausted on a weekday evening after a long day of work, more energy to ride bikes and workout)
    4. Be more active! (see above)
    5. Get up in the mornings (It is a struggle, man. If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. I'm a proud Night Owl, always have been, but it'd be nice to be better at mornings when I have to be, to NOT hit snooze 10 times, and to have a stomach that is awake enough to eat breakfast at 7AM.)
    Wish me luck!!!
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in Round 2   
    Meli, we have the same start date!!!  (except for this is my FIRST time doing the Whole30, so total newbie here!) One of my biggest NSVs I'm hoping for is clearer skin, so I feel your pain there. So excited for you. Good luck! You can do it! (I'm gonna go start my own log now - this online community is very cool)
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    It's amazing how much a poor night of sleep impacts mood.  I also tend to crave more carbs and sweets after a night of poor sleep.  I love the idea of a pitcher of herbal ice tea - I'm inspired to make sun tea today.  Congratulations on completing day 2! 
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    meli22 got a reaction from RachelR in 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  
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Thank you everyone for the encouragement! 
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    I love your goals, especially the last one!  As someone who frequently eats in front of the television, this would be a nice change. 
    Here's to the second round!!! 
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    meli22 reacted to Contessa in Round 2   
    Hey there, excited to hear about your second round! Boy do I relate to "porridge brain." And I relate to the childhood coping strategy, too!
    Your goals sound wonderful. Cheering you on as you explore alternative means of relaxing, living well, and enjoying life!
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    meli22 got a reaction from Contessa in 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  
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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