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Just started today...


I'm going to be attaching some photos of what I've made because it helps to remind me how delish everything looked and tasted. If anyone wants the recipes I used just ask :) 


Here's what I ate:


Breakfast: At 10:15-ish. I woke up at 9, laid in bed till 9:30 since I'm lazy and was tired. Sweet potato noodles (made with a zoodler), sauteed zucchini, two scoops of guac, and two fried eggs. Had a couple pieces of dried mango from TJ's. (That stuff is like candy for me, I'm definitely not getting it again haha)


Lunch: At around 2 (ate very slowly in class so as not to be super loud). Spicy sausage with salad greens, a handful of carrots, a handful of olives, a few cherry tomatoes and olive oil. 


Snack: An apple


Dinner: "Nachos": Slow-cooker carnitas (I made yesterday) baked into mini chili peppers with avocado. Side salad of romaine lettuce with some tomatoes and olive oil. 


Dessert: The rest of those damn dried mangos haha. 




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Day 2:


Today was a bit harder towards the end. Started off easy enough though.


I woke up very early for me (7 am) I'm not sure if it was because my roomies were being loud, or if it was because I was naturally waking. Either way, I was up and I decided to go with it and eat breakfast before an hour had passed since waking.


Breakfast: (8 am) I had a sautéed veggie mix with one (accidentally) scrambled egg and one fried egg. Served with two hefty scoops of guac and an orange. 


Snack: (1 pm) Some slices of prosciutto and a banana


Lunch: (2:30 pm) Leftover carnitas with half a roasted beet, also leftover. Served with two scoops of guac and a side salad of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and olive oil. 


Dinner: (8 pm) Attempted to make cinnamon chicken in the slow cooker all day, was very disappointed by the way it turned out! I suppose I should have put more seasoning in, either way I'm probably not doing it again. Chicken in the slow cooker has only let me down thus far. I served it with cauliflower mashed potato "rice" aka gross garlicky slimey mess. I failed with that part. Dinner was kind of unsatisfying, and I had cravings because of it. 


Dessert: (8:30 pm) Orange


I'm starting to feel some cravings coming on. Especially today, I realized I had stress cravings. I always knew I had stress cravings, but today I kind of bombed a midterm and left feeling like I needed a cookie to cheer me up. For the rest of the day I thought about all the things I couldn't have, but never long enough to feel intense craving. 


Also, I'm feeling rather bloated/gassy (TMI sorry...) after dinner every night. Not quite sure why, hopefully it will pass. Maybe it's because after dinner I'm more sedentary and I tend to notice things like that more. 


Day 3 is coming... bring it on! I'm almost out of guac. What will I do without it?! 




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Hi Shparkle! Welcome to w30!

I just wanted to offer a small bit of advice ie the cravings.... Although they could be stress cravings, it could also very much be sugar cravings from the fruit. If you have fruit, try to incorporate it into a meal rather than having it as a snack. If you are having a snack for hunger reasons, try a mini meal instead (protein, fat and some veg - small portion).

I had big struggles with cravings when I did my first w30 - it took a while (and some good friends) to realize the fruit just fed the sugar dragon!

Best to you!

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That's a good suggestion, Kmlynne. Today I ate my fruit along with my meals, but I'm still battling with some cravings. Nothing too debilitating though.


Well, here's Day 3:


Breakfast: (10:30 AM) Two fried eggs, veggie scramble, two scoops of guac and an orange.


Lunch: (1:30 PM) Leftover carnitas and sautéed zucchini. I attempted to eat some olives with this meal, but it was so disgusting to me. Don't think I'm going to try olives again for fat. This meal left me feeling unsatisfied and kind of nauseated quite honestly. I'm so tired of these carnitas haha. I've been eating them for days now.


Post-WO snack: (6:45 PM) A handful of prosciutto. 


Dinner: (7:45 PM) Sausage with mustard, asparagus, onion and mushroom stir-fry, a baked sweet potato (ugh YES so good), an apple, and half an avocado. I almost cried when I bit into that apple. It really goes to show how truly addicted to sugar I am. I still crave sugar even though I'm full.  How crazy is that?!


Also noticing that I'm pretty bloated lately. During my heated vinyasa workout today I felt like passing out, which never usually happens to me. Could be the unsatisfying lunch with a lack of fat. Still, it felt really good to work out and work up an appetite for dinner after such an unsatisfying and frankly nauseating attempt at lunch. 



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Day 4:


Today was an average day I suppose. I was feeling a little bit less bloated this morning, but then after lunch I did feel quite bloated. I think I've figured out that it's the red peppers that are doing it to me, I'll try to limit those in my diet after this and see how it does. I'm still having sugar cravings, especially after meals or when I'm starting to get hungry. I'm doing my very best not to give in to the cravings. I've been having fruit with meals instead. 


Breakfast: (9:00 AM) Two fried eggs, sautéed veggie mix, sautéed zucchini, half an avocado, and an orange.


Lunch: (2:30 PM) Carnitas in peppers (aka "nachos"), the rest of the asparagus stir-fry from last night, half an avocado and a banana.


Dinner: (8 PM) This was my first dinner out on W30. I had prime rib, steamed broccoli and roasted carrots and onions. I'm fairly certain that it was all compliant, and I tried to get a side of avocado but they were all out, so alas no fats for me for this meal.


Dining out on W30 was definitely stressful. I watched my family eat stuff that I would have ordered, and it was hard to not grab a slice of bread, or order creamed spinach... but I made it through. Plus, my dinner was really good and I could taste a whole range of flavors that I might not have tasted previously.


Bring it on, Day 5! It's the weekend for me now, so we'll see how I do with more free time on W30. 




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Day 5:


Today was alright, I did have some cravings but it was manageable with sparkling flavored water. When I woke up today my skin looked absolutely radiant! I am seeing results already :) 


Breakfast (well, more like lunch... I woke up late today. I needed rest.) (11:30 AM) Two fried eggs, an avocado, salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and cherry tomatoes, and a side of raspberries. 


Lunch/Meal two (3 PM) An Aidell's chorizo sausage (SO. GOOD.) with half an avocado, chunky salsa, mini pickles, and a salad with garlic olive oil and grapefruit balsamic vinegar and cherry tomatoes.


Around 5pm I ate a few pieces of apple that my sister didn't want to finish, so I don't really count it as a snack.


Dinner (7:30 PM) My mom prepared this meal, so for once I didn't have to cook dinner, which was super nice. I had salmon, mushrooms and spinach with onion and garlic, as well as half an avocado and half a sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon. 


Dessert (8:15 PM) Applesauce with cinnamon and coconut. It was my dad's birthday tonight, so that was my dessert while everyone else had donuts. 





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Day 6:


I think I ate dairy today, so mad. However, I'm not starting over... this program is driving me crazy and I'm feeling miserable today. I've been lethargic almost all day.


Here are my meals.


Breakfast: (11:00 AM) Two fried eggs, sautéed zucchini, 3/4 of a sweet potato, a little bit of salad with cherry tomatoes, grapefruit balsamic vinegar and garlic olive oil, guacamole and salsa. 


Lunch: (3:30 PM) An Aidells artichoke and garlic chicken sausage, the rest of the sweet potato from breakfast, the rest of the salad from breakfast, guacamole, salsa, mini pickles and a bowl of raspberries.


Dinner (7:00 PM) I ate dinner out. I had chicken with onions and peppers, guacamole and pico de gallo. There is a side salad there, but there was cheese on it so I didn't eat it. Also: I ATE SOME DAMN SOUR CREAM. I'm so mad. The server said the guacamole didn't have sour cream, but I looked closely (after I had ate some) and it definitely did. I really, really don't want to start over. I'm not going to. This was a little mistake, but I don't think I can stand doing 6 more days of this than I have to.


I don't know if this is going to be good for my mental health if I keep it up much longer. I feel like the joy is being sucked out of my life. Maybe it's just a bad day, I don't know. I don't care what people say on here, I'm not starting over because I ate maybe a tablespoon worth of dairy. I'm 21 and have no health problems other than (minor) acne. 




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Day 7:


I only ate two meals today. I had some tummy troubles a few hours after breakfast, and I was going to be on the road for a little bit, so I didn't eat to avoid any issues with my stomach while driving. I also went to the supermarket today, spent a small fortune on groceries and stocked up on food for this week. I can't believe the first week is over. It feels like it's been a month, seriously. I'm definitely considering quitting, especially after yesterday's accident, but I'm going to do this simply to prove to myself that I'm not giving up. 


Breakfast/Lunch: (12:00 PM) A whole bunch of stuff, my mom made this. Eggs, sausage, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spices... I ate guacamole and strawberries along with it. Pretty yummy! It kept me full for hours, thankfully. Either the strawberries or the guac upset my stomahc, because mom didn't have either and she was fine. I'm inclined to say it was the strawberries because I ate the guac yesterday and I was fine.


Snack: (?? PM) A banana, and a handful of carrots. I know, no protein or fats. I was in a hurry to get to the grocery store, as I had no protein that I could make in a few minutes. I figured this was better than nothing.


Dinner: (8:00 PM) Polish chicken sausage, zucchini noodles, pickles COMPLIANT! pasta sauce, salad with avocado and tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar as dressing.


Dessert: (8:30 PM) An orange. Yes, I know it's not good to eat fruit as a dessert. But I was stressed so I did it... whatever. It's fruit, not a cookie. Sometimes I feel guilty for eating fruit, which is ridiculous. 


Tomorrow's breakfast will mark my week of Whole30 eating. It's been a long week. Only 3 more to go... 



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Kirkor, I can't really articulate it sometimes. I think I did it just to see what happens... and maybe lose some weight in the meantime. I think I tend to eat pretty healthy most of the time, but occasionally I'll go through periods of time where I binge. I was also convinced by the ISWF book. I don't have any serious problems that require medication to be fixed, like diabetes, obesity or chronic pain. 

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Day 8:


Today I had to eat 2/3 meals on campus, which meant they weren't very satisfying. I wish I could just bring a kitchen with me everywhere I go. I'm really tired today, probably because I didn't eat enough, but what can you do when you're on the go. I should really order some compliant jerky or something to carry with me. I'm bloated today and craving sweets and wanting desperately to give up!! But I shall continue. 


Breakfast: (11:30 AM) 3 egg omelet with avocado, salsa, and green onions. Sweet potato noodles and an orange on the side.


Lunch: (4:00 PM) A salad with a hard boiled egg, slices of turkey breast, tomatoes, and olive oil and vinegar dressing. I had a banana on the side.


Dinner: (9:00 PM) Two polish chicken sausages with the rest of the sweet potato noodles from breakfast.


Snack: (10:30 PM) An apple, a few coconut flakes and tea.


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but what can you do when you're on the go. I should really order some compliant jerky or something to carry with me.

Hardboiled eggs, tins of sardines, avocado. Could get a lunch box with ice packs and containers with leftovers too.

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Remember what Miss Mary says about luncheon meats.   We have to eat the thickness and size of our palm to be one serving.  That's almost an entire package.  More protein for breakfast and lunch will cheer you up and help you for the long haul.  Your log is very pretty, keep going.  Great job resisting the sweets.  I could live on twigs, berries and pinecones - but protein makes you feel great.

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Day 9:


This was yesterday, but I'm only just now getting a chance to update this. Yesterday I was a bit bloated and still dealing with intense cravings and the desire to give up. I keep thinking about everything I'm going to eat when this is done!! Haha


Breakfast: (9:20 AM) Two fried eggs, broccoli slaw, 1/2 an avocado, salsa and an orange.


Lunch: (2:30 PM) Italian sausage and sweet potato hash with cinnamon and paprika (YUM), and a salad with tomatoes and avocado with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 


Snack: (5:00 PM) Banana, flaked coconut, a slice of turkey deli meat. 


Dinner: (9:00 PM) Chicken shwarma with a green salad, chopped veggies, tomatoes and basil dressing. 




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Day 10:


Feeling very bloated today. It could be a combination of this diet along with my normal PMS symptoms, but bleh do I feel bloated. I hope it passes soon. I did much better in yoga this week than I did last week. 


Breakfast: (11:00 AM) Two scrambled eggs, broccoli slaw, two scoops of guac, salsa and an orange.


Lunch: (2:00 PM) Three pickles wrapped in turkey with mustard, carrots, a banana, and the rest of the hash from yesterday's lunch. 


Snack: (7:00 PM) A handful of flaked coconut.


Dinner (7:30 PM) Slow cooker pot roast with carrots, onions and potatoes, with garlic lemon kale, two scoops of guac and some tomatoes. Followed by an apple for dessert. 


Late night snack: (11:00 PM) I was dealing with sugar cravings, ate an apple. Sugar cravings went away. 



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Day 11:


I feel a little less bloated today. I ate 4-ish servings of fruit instead of 2, whoops. It's easy to do when you're unsatisfied with your lunch, which I was.


Breakfast: (9:00 AM) The last of the broccoli slaw (definitely buying it again this Sunday), two hard-boiled eggs, guacamole, salsa, some cherry tomatoes and an orange.


Lunch: (3:00 PM) Coconut flour battered chicken nuggets (huge fail btw... never again), the rest of the kale from last night, guac and tomatoes. Followed by 2 apples (although all the apples I'm eating have been very small)


Snack: (5:00 PM) A little chicken with pico de gallo. Ordered guac on the side but I think it had sour cream in it... nevertheless I avoided it.


Dinner: (8:30 PM) White sweet potato noodles (such a great sub for pasta, plus it tastes better) with chicken sausage and pasta sauce, with guac on the side. Followed by some frozen strawberries and mangos. 

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Day 12:


Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, zucchini and red pepper stir fry, guac, salsa and carrots with an orange.


Lunch: Chicken soup with carrots, onions and celery.


Dinner: Spinach salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and olives. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing might have had sugar, not sure. 


I ate a bunch of dried fruit and grapes later in the night. It gave me a headache. 


Day 13:


Breakfast: Two fried eggs and an avocado with some grapes, followed by a bunch of fruit samplings from the Farmer's Market.


Lunch: Chicken soup from yesterday


Dinner: Lemon chicken with kale and beet stir-fry.


Late night snack: Banana with flaked coconut, a carrot and guac. 


I WANT TO GIVE UP SO BADLY!! Not even because of cravings, but because this is so inconvenient for a busy student.

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Well, don't give up.  You're almost half-way there.  You know how proud of yourself you are.... even if no one else notices a single thing you've done?   You're happy inside.  By week three, you'll be strong.  Day 21, you'll be thrilled and it will give you the momentum to finish strong.   Keeg going.


Your log was tasteful and pretty.  You've put alot of hard work in here.   Do some stretching and take a nice warm/hot shower.  Shake it off, shake it off.  


Get all of your homework done and then relax.

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Day 14:


Almost half-way!!!


Breakfast: I attempted to eat leftover roast with carrots, onions and potatoes, but it was too damn gross, so I froze it. Then I ate applesauce with flaked coconut, and a banana. Oh well.


Lunch: Yam hash with chorizo sausage, and salad with apple, tomatoes, avocados and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 


Dinner: "Shwarma chicken" salad

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Day 15!!! Half way there! I honestly had no appetite today, it was weird. It might be because I'm sick, or maybe because I ate so late, but I kind of had to force myself to eat today, and I didn't eat enough. I woke up at 11 am today because I'm sick and wanted to get lots of sleep. It helped so much to get all that sleep, I was feeling feverish and awful last night and today I feel 85% better.


Breakfast (12 PM) : 2 fried eggs, zucchini and pepper sautée, salsa and an avocado.


Lunch: (more like dinner... at like 6 pm): More chicken shwarma and an apple


Snack: Even more chicken shwarma and another apple


Dinner?Snack?: Half a roasted yam with ghee and cinnamon.


Today was weird, my appetite was off. Hopefully tomorrow will be more on track.

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Day 16:


My skin looks amazing today! I am also looking pretty skinny and not bloated at all, so I'm very happy with that. I do have quite a bit of energy, but I normally do. We'll see how I"m feeling tonight after my 8pm class.


Breakfast (9:30 AM): Two fried eggs, half a sweet potato, guac and salsa.


Lunch (3:00 PM): Brazilian curry chicken with a side salad with tomatoes and half a sweet potato. 


Snack: An apple


Dinner (9:00 PM): Pork chorizo sausage, zoodles with tomatoes and chicken, half an avocado, salsa and baby carrots. Orange for dessert.


I'm really starting to get used to eating like this. My sugar cravings are virtually gone, I only ate fruit today because I felt like having a treat. The only times I've struggled lately were due to eating out or being at a social occasion. I recently was the only sober person at a college house party, which was weird and uncomfortable for me but I made it through!


FINALLY, I'm seeing some results. 

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Day 17:


Skin still looks great, energy is pretty high. Is this "tiger blood?" I don't know. I only feel fatigued when I haven't eaten for 5+ hours. 


Breakfast (10:30 AM): Two egg omelet with zucchini, avocado and salsa.


Lunch? (5:00 PM): Yeah I totally ate this too late, but oh well. Pork chorizo sausage, sweet potato noodles, salad with tomato and olive oil vinagrette dressing, and salsa. I ran out of avocados/guac so I'll have to get more tomorrow.


Dinner (9:00 PM): Burger patty with roasted veggies and carrots and an orange. Only one serving of fruit today!


Also, I realized the mustard I've been using has sugar in it. :( So... still not starting over. The way I think of it, it's probably no more sugar than a couple grapes or something like that. Sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from, and it most likely wasn't very much sugar. It's not worth starting over just for that. I'd have to be crazy/desperate to do that. Avoiding that mustard for the rest of the W30! 

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Day 18:


I felt more bloated today, plus my skin does have a couple pimples under the surface - let's hope they don't actually become real pimples. Dealt with some random cravings today, and really just wished the W30 could end already.  


Breakfast (9:30 AM): 2 fried eggs, leftover veggies from last night with curry

Snack (2:00 PM): Some prunes. Honestly, prunes are so good, and the organic ones were a little cheaper at the grocery store than other dried fruit. 

Lunch (2:30 PM): Salad with chicken, sweet potato noodles, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A few strawberries.

Dinner (8:45 PM): Burger patty, sweet potato noodles, broccoli slaw, side salad with tomatoes and olive oil/balsamic vinegar, guacamole, salsa. Strawberries right after.


Today I was really counting down the days. 

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Day 19:


Breakfast: 2 eggs and broccoli slaw


Lunch: Salad with chicken...? I think? I can't remember haha


Dinner: Salad once again


Day 20:


Breakfast: 2 eggs (lacking I know)


Lunch: Salad with lots o' stuff


Dinner: Chicken drumsticks with sweet potato carrot soup and kale.


Yesterday was Valentine's day and I wanted to quit SO BADLY!!! I've been eating lots of sweets to deal with my intense craving for chocolate. It was really hard yesterday. I was suffering a lot. But, I made it through. 9 more days. 

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