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So, I'm actually just completing day 5! I can't remember what I ate in the last 4 days, but I know I've been eating too much fruit, which I'm working on. I have so much of it, and it's easy to grab when you're feeling hungry.

 

So, on to today!

 

Breakfast: An apple and a cup of coffee with coconut milk. About 4 Turkish Figs as well.

Lunch: Roast apple, onion and Pork Tenderloin and a sweet potato.

Snack: A few more figs.

Dinner: Veggie and chicken curry (mostly veggies) an apple and some roast beets.

 

 

So, with all of that said....Hello! I'm excited to be doing this Whole30, and while foods don't normally upset my stomach, or anything like that, I'm interested in how this "diet" (lifestyle change?) will affect me. I've been sluggish and unmotivated as of late in regards to most everything, so this will be a fun experiment. 

 

Not to mention that I love to graze (bad) and I have a sweet tooth the size of Mars (double bad), which I'm hoping will be curbed upon completion of my Whole30! i'm not a picky eater what so ever, so it hasn't been terribly hard thus far but I'm waiting for those cravings to set in.

 

So far (and this is amazing to me), I haven't been hungry. Well...I've been *hungry* of course, but not that afternoon "I NEED CANDY" kind of ridiculous hungry. It's nice to not count calories, and it's nice to eat until you're satisfied. I'm pleasantly surprised!

 

Anyway, hi! I'm glad I'm here and I'll be posting my food and thoughts every day!

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I have a sweet tooth the size of Mars.

 

Hi BaconLegs, I highly recommend that you ditch the dried fruits during your Whole30, they are super close to candy and as far as your sweet tooth is concerned, they are an awesome stand in, keeping it alive and well.

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Hi BaconLegs, I highly recommend that you ditch the dried fruits during your Whole30, they are super close to candy and as far as your sweet tooth is concerned, they are an awesome stand in, keeping it alive and well.

Yeah, I ended up bringing the Turkish figs to work and have my coworkers polish them off. Fresh fruit it is for me!

 

Yesterdays food:

 

Breakfast: An orange, coffee with coconut milk and 2 eggs.

 

Lunch: Chicken and veggie curry and a sweet potato

 

Dinner: Steamed chicken and veggies and an apple

 

 

Todays food:

 

Breakfast: 4 eggs and an apple

 

Lunch: Sweet potato and chicken (a crock pot meal I prepared over night. Kind of bland. I probably won't make it again)

 

Snack: A handful of almonds

 

Dinner: TBD. Had an apple when I got home from work, but I'm feeling exhausted and not hungry at all.

 

 

I'll likely make lemon chicken and roast beets for dinner tonight and have a cup of tea though.

 

 

Thoughts: I haven't been hungry all day like I was pre-whole30. I'd constantly want to eat and snack, and now I don't have the urge to do so. My sweet tooth is still there, but I haven't been getting cravings and don't care that my coworkers brought in doughnuts or something equally as bad.

 

 

Fruit has been cut down to two servings a day, and I'll probably reduce it further to 1. I bought some Kerrygold butter to make some ghee and bought more coconut milk and oil to add more fat into my diet (broccoli with salt and olive oil!)

 

Day 7 is almost done, and this week has been a learning experience and I plan on adjusting everything a bit more to get closer to the recommended servings. Positive thing though is that while I need improvement, everything has been 100% whole foods with no added sugar  or preservatives which is definitely an improvement from my old diet!

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Day 8!

 

For breakfast I had 1.5 palm sized portions of lemon chicken (just chicken with salt and pepper and oregano baked with lemon slices on top), and apple and a cup of coffee with coconut milk in it.

 

I'll be heading to the grocery store again today to pick up some cucumbers, and bell peppers and some other veggies.

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So, I feel great. Not tigerblood great yet, but I feel much better than "normal". I haven't really experienced any adverse affects that I read about when doing the whole30, but that may be because before this I didn't eat *too* poorly. I had the occasional pizza, and definitely ate more candy than I should have, but my meals were pretty well rounded and almost always home made. I think the big difference here is that I'm not snacking, and my coconut milk, and foods in general don't have any additives in them. 

 

There's definitely a noticeable difference in my mood, and my energy levels though! I get tired around 11pm rather than 1am. I'm no longer browsing on my phone in bed until I get tired. I'm getting up at a more reasonable hour in the mornings and it's feeling like less of a slog, and this is only after 1 week! How exciting!

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Food log day 8:

 

Breakfast: 1.5 palm sized portions of lemon chicken, an orange and a cup of coffee with 2 tbsp of coconut milk.

 

Before Lunch: Another cup of coffee with coconut milk and a small handful of almonds

 

I wasn't hungry at all so I went for a long walk around the park

 

Boyfriend ordered pizza. instead, I had 5 eggs with shredded sweet potato, onion and compliant hot sauce fried in olive oil, some beets, an orange and a handful of nuts. 

 

I might cut out coffee and replace it with tea because I think that might be the cause of my lack of appetite. I'm not going to force my self to eat food if I'm not hungry though. One of the reasons I'm doing this is because I want to have a better relationship with food, and forcing my self to eat when i'm not hungry isn't the way to go about it.

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Coffee is most definitely an appetite suppressant, but apart from that you're not eating nearly enough - particularly for meal 1.

1-2 palm sized pieces for protein, 1-3 cups vegetables, 1-2 thumbs of fat (or avocado/olives) is the recommended food template and there are no veggies in your breakfast at all, and on some days no fat. Also eating fruit first thing in the morning may cause a spike in your blood sugar which will could send you off kilter. Try eating enoough at each meal so that you're feeling full until the next one & not needing to snack, which should help you up the volume of your meals.

 

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Coffee is most definitely an appetite suppressant, but apart from that you're not eating nearly enough - particularly for meal 1.

1-2 palm sized pieces for protein, 1-3 cups vegetables, 1-2 thumbs of fat (or avocado/olives) is the recommended food template and there are no veggies in your breakfast at all, and on some days no fat. Also eating fruit first thing in the morning may cause a spike in your blood sugar which will could send you off kilter. Try eating enoough at each meal so that you're feeling full until the next one & not needing to snack, which should help you up the volume of your meals.

 

Yeah, veggies this week has been a serious struggle. I like veggies a lot, and am not a picky eater at all, it's just that I think I buy enough for the week, and come to find out that's definitely not the case. If anything this week has been a huge learning experience, so I went food shopping today. My freezer is packed with protein so I focused on veggies. 

 

I got Bell peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Cilantro, onions, sweet potatoes, sundried tomatoes, Zucchini, and I got some unsalted kerrygold butter and cheese cloth so I'll be making my own ghee to top my veggies with. I also boiled up a lot of eggs, and roasted a big spaghetti squash. 

 

Breakfast this morning consisted of 5 eggs, and about a cup of spaghetti squash with salt and a tablespoon of olive oil. I also had tea with full fat coconut milk instead of my usual coffee.

 

 

There was about 2 cups of spaghetti squash on my plate, but I ended up getting quite full and putting the rest back for later. 

 

I'm still not hungry at all, but I'm going to make the ghee, steam up some broccoli and top it with ghee salt and lemon, and have a palm sized portion of whatever meat i have in my fridge. 

 

 

For dinner I'm making roast pork tenderloin with apple salsa with a side of either spaghetti squash, broccoli or a sweet potato (all topped with ghee or olive oil)

 

 

Even with out the coffee, I'm just eating way more food than I'm used to and it's proving to be difficult. I'm really trying though, and I appreciate everyone's feed back quite a lot, so thank you!

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If you've been used to calorie counting & food restriction the sheer amount of food in one sitting can be overwhelming, but just keep at it & you'll be surprised what you'll be capable of eating eventually.

It's often suggested in these circumstances that you make a template meal, eat of it what you can, then wrap up the rest of it to eat like a mini meal later when you may feel like you need a snack - that way you're less inclined to reach for fruit/nuts/nut butters.

 

I buy en masse on a Friday and do a big batch of cooking over the weekend, but I'm back at the farm shop almost every day for one thing or another!

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If you've been used to calorie counting & food restriction the sheer amount of food in one sitting can be overwhelming, but just keep at it & you'll be surprised what you'll be capable of eating eventually.

That's a huge part of it.

 

I used to be nearly 200 pounds on my 5'4" frame, and have been calorie counting for the last 3 years while trying to maintain my weight. I haven't been calorie counting at all this time around and it's been pretty freeing but I'm very overwhelmed by how quickly I get full. I don't think it's even the portions that are doing it, but the quality of food, because while I was calorie counting I could really pack it away and would regularly go over my calorie budget.

 

Whole30 is just, in general, a nicer way to enjoy food. I just need to be careful of how little good food I'm putting into my body.

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I don't think it's even the portions that are doing it, but the quality of food, because while I was calorie counting I could really pack it away and would regularly go over my calorie budget.

 

Whole30 is just, in general, a nicer way to enjoy food. I just need to be careful of how little good food I'm putting into my body.

^This.

Crap food is less satiating so you can eat a whole lot more of it. It'll take a wee while to adjust, but you'll get there. Don't even consider calories or crap food. They're in your past and you need to be looking ahead now.

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Just completed day 10!

 

Food for today:

 

Breakfast: 4 Eggs, 1 large sweet potato, and 2 TBSP of full fat coconut milk in my tea.

 

Lunch: a palm and a half of pork tenderloin with apple, bell pepper, onion and lemon salsa, and about a cup and a half of broccoli topped with tahini lemon dressing and ghee. Another cup of tea with coconut milk.

 

Dinner: Sun-dried tomato chicken skillet (A palm of chicken). This had lots of oil in it from the ghee and sun dried tomatoes and coconut milk in the recipe, so I figured that was enough fat there. I also had about a cup of broccoli, and am about to finish off my dinner with carrots with tahini dressing.

 

 

I think I got enough veggies today!

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Day 11 Complete!

 

Food for today:

 

Breakfast: 4 hard boiled eggs and half of a huge sweet potato. The sweet potato was so big that I got full and saved the rest for lunch. Tea with 2 TBSP coconut milk.

 

Lunch: 1.5 palm sized servings of pork loin with some apple, cilantro, onion and bell pepper salsa. A cup of spaghetti squash topped with some tahini dressing, and the rest of my sweet potato topped with about 2 TBSP of full fat coconut milk.

 

Had another cup of tea with coconut milk.

 

Dinner: about 1.5 palms of steamed chicken, and 2 cups of steamed veggies topped with 2 TBSP olive oil and some salt.

 

Feeling pretty good. I'm seriously craving chocolate, but it'll pass.

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Thanks for posting what you've been eating and the portion changes. I'm struggling with the amount of food at each meal too, particularly breakfast. I'm only on day 5, but seeing how you're composing your meals is very helpful. Keep up the great progress!

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Thanks for posting what you've been eating and the portion changes. I'm struggling with the amount of food at each meal too, particularly breakfast. I'm only on day 5, but seeing how you're composing your meals is very helpful. Keep up the great progress!

 

 

Thank you very much! Today was the biggest struggle so far regarding portions, and food (I basically ran out of veggies) but I got through it feeling okay, and it's still very much a learning experience. You'll rock this :) Congrats on day 5!

 

 

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So like I said above, today was a struggle for many reasons. I ran out of veggies. Completely ran out. I ate them all! So, in that regard my food kind of sucked, and I feel bad about it (why didn't I buy more broccoli!) but everything was compliant, and I have officially completed day 12. 

 

Why was today a struggle in addition to not eating greens? It was my interns birthday at work today. Her friend brought in 9 smores cupcakes to share with everyone. They were topped with a roasted marshmallow, a piece of chocolate and a graham cracker. I wanted to give in so badly. My Sugar Dragon was rearing it's ugly head for sure, but I declined (Actually, I put one in a tupperware container and put that in the freezer for when my whole 30 and reintroduction is complete). I'm glad I said no, and I feel good about it.

 

 

Food for today (don't kill me. I know I didn't have any veggies, I ran out!)

 

 

Breakfast: 5 eggs, and an apple.

 

Lunch: 2 cups of Chicken carrot, onion and coconut milk soup which contained a generous amount of carrots and onions at least.

 

Dinner: A palm of chicken topped with sun dried tomatoes in an olive oil, ghee and spice sauce. 

 

 

I just went grocery shopping though (I'm able to do it online and have it delivered) and I bought:

 

- 5 Avocados

- a 2lb bag of lemons (love that lemon tahini dressing!)

- a bag of onions

- 5 12oz bags of frozen broccoli

- 3 16oz bags of frozen zucchini

- 4 cans of sliced beets

- 2 cans of sliced carrots

- 4 cans of spinach

- 5 dozen eggs (who can say no at $1.75/doz, and I love eggs!)

- a 7 lb chicken

- 10 lbs chicken breast

- 4 cans of chicken broth

- 2 cans of coconut milk

 

That's 17 lbs of chicken and about 17 lbs of veg to feed my boyfriend and me. That should be enough. 

I'm also laying off the fruit and sweet potato. If I want fruit, I'll walk to the store to get it. I'm not going to have it stocked in my pantry.

 

 

Anyway, yeah. On to day 13.

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For breakfast I had:

 

1 Avocado with hot sauce (The Keyfood Brand hot sauce is only red chilis, vinegar, and salt. It's amazing!)

4 scrambled eggs, and 2 cups of broccoli.

 

For lunch:

1 Sweet Potato topped with Tahini

a cup of broccoli

2 cups of home made chicken soup (enough meat for a little more than one palm)

 

Today also marks 2 weeks on whole30 :)

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My boyfriend and I went to see The Avengers 2 this morning, and took a long walk through central park and around the Met. We found 5 bucks on the side walk (woo hoo!) so that paid for our museum tickets, which was lucky! Jim (boyfriend. I'll be mentioning him a lot I'm sure, so that's his name!) wanted pizza, so we went to a near by pizza place. It smelled amazing, but I was strong and didn't have anything despite being pretty hungry for lunch by then. I'm very proud of my self!

 

I have no idea what dinner will be. Probably some sort of chicken, an avocado and some broccoli. 

I'm going to make mayo today, or at least attempt to. I'd love to make an egg salad!

 

Anyway, day 14 done!

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Day 15!

 

For breakfast I'm having an avocado, a cup and a half of sliced beets and a balm of buffalo chicken strips I made last night. Delicious!

 

 

I had a dream that I mindlessly ate french fries and felt so guilty. But I didn't in real life, so A+!

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Today was a tough one.

 

Pizza and cookies surrounded me. Even on the train, a woman stood next to me with a pizza in her hand. The smell was wafting in my face.

 

Breakfast:

4 eggs and a sweet potato topped with tahini

 

Lunch: A palm of chicken, an egg, and 2 cups of broccoli topped with tahini, and a coffee with coconut milk

 

Dinner:

 

About a palm and a half of chicken and 2 cups of steamed veggies topped with salt, ghee and hot sauce. 

 

Day 16 complete!

 

Edit:

 

This whole30 isn't exactly what I was expecting. I never felt ill, or too tired. I felt pretty much the same the entire time. The only difference is that I've been getting up earlier on the weekends and I'm a little more tired at night. 

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Today was another good day!

 

Breakfast:

 

4 eggs

An Avocado

10 oz of mixed fruit (It said 10 oz on the carton. It was just cantaloupe, grapes, some kiwi, apple slices etc)

a sweet potato

 

Lunch:

Had lunch at "Dig Inn" with my uncle. Got the charred chicken over kale and spinach, roast sweet potatoes, and a green bean dish.

I knew the chicken and sweet potatoes were whole30 friendly but I didn't know about the green beans so I didn't eat those and looked up the ingredients when I got to work. It had soy in it, so I'm glad I didn't eat it and trusted my judgement. 

 

Dinner:

 

A palm of Steamed chicken and 2 cups of veggies topped with ghee.

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Today was not the best. It's the start of "lady times" so of course I'm absolutely RAVENOUS! Everything I ate was compliant, but I ate a LOT, and I'm STILL hungry!

 

Breakfast:

An Avocado

3 eggs

An apple

A Sweet Potato

 

Lunch:

About a palm of lemon chicken over a bed of spinach.

A small amount of roasted sweet potato (about 1/2 cup)

A small amount of broccoli with toasted almonds (about 1/2 cup)

Lots of water

 

Dinner: 

3 eggs

a pickle

About 4 cups of broccoli topped with ghee and salt

About 2 tbsp of coconut milk

 

That's just...that's so much food, and I'm still hungry. I might just make my self some tea.

 

Uhg. Day 18 complete.

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I'm on day 6, and have not been hungry as well! Except I ate like crap, so I think my body is just stoked to have real food.

 

Your day 18 written out doesn't look like so much food to me... listen to your body! And let the old programming of "I can't eat too much or I'll gain weight" go!

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