Saturday, 21 January 2017

Day 20-21/365: Good day

Sorry for the late post, but posting nonetheless! Yesterday I gt to meet a friend that I met on Instagram! So cool to have found someone with the same ambitions and dreams as you and they're local! We had Moroccan chicken (she had chickpeas instead because she's vegan) and we saw the movie Passengers! Such a good time :)

Had to take my son to the doctor yesterday and it turns out he has an ear infection, poor guys. He was up every hour the night before and I felt so bad for him. It was nice though that last night he actually slept the whole night for the first time in a long time! Hallelujah!  I feel pretty refreshed today, and actually am working my last shift at my second job today. Looking forward to only having the one job again and being able to spend more time with my family and more time on me, my fitness and on nutrition.

I made cauliflower hummus again yesterday, but I used mammoth garlic, and it was WAY too spicy! But still delicious. I think next time though, I'll either use less garlic or a different kind of garlic. I also used less salt that it calls for and despite the spiciness, the salt content was perfect for my tastes.

Hoping that my last day goes well today. Have to get a chicken stew going overnight in the crock pot to bring to my in-laws tomorrow for a family gathering, it'll be my first chicken stew, but it's paleo! So yay!

C xo

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Day 19/365: Cravings

Lately I've been getting a lot of cravings. Today, I can't seem to get the thought of sugar out of my head. I think thinking about gummy worms and it's actually driving me mad. Even though I know that the craving won't last long (about 3-5 minutes) those few minutes are kind of torturous. I try to distract myself by drinking water or taking a short walk when this happens. But the amount of times it's happening today is making it impossible for me to concentrate on anything else. I've been trying to figure out why this is, and I think it's probably because I had an apple and two bananas yesterday. More fruit than I would normally have, which means higher sugar intake than usual, hence the cravings.

So far today I haven't had any fruit, and I don't plan to, because I can't go through another day like this. It's actually awful. Reminds me of my first Whole30 back in October when I first cut out the sugar. Not good! Sometimes I get the odd salty craving for Bits and Bites or Cheetos or something along those lines, but they're not as urgent as the Sugar Dragon (whom I've decided is female and she is named Brunhilde, by the way) makes them out to be.

Another craving I've had lately is nachos. Now, I know there are lots of ways I could make that work on the W30 (minus the cheese, of course) but that would be like having sex with your pants on. I'm sure you could get the job done, but it wouldn't be very effective. The spirit of the program is to form happy eating habits and to change your relationship with food. If you're just finding ways of having your old favorites in a different form, that's not changing your habits or your relationship, hence, sex with your pants on.

Hopefully tomorrow is better! Hopefully I can will keep Brunhilde at bay.

C xo

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Days 13-18/365: I've been sick

Sorry for not posting daily as of late. I have been under the weather and not able to put two words together enough to make some posts. So here I am, trying to make up for it.

I went to the doctor last night and they diagnosed me with strep throat. So now I'm on medication for that, and hopefully will start feeling like myself again soon. Being sick doesn't mean that I've abandoned my healthy eating habits. On the contrary. It has made me want to pursue them even more. You know that old saying "Feed a fever, starve a cold?" I read that that doesn't matter and that you should never starve yourself, that eating a healthy diet is the best thing to help you get better, and I believe that it's been helping me as well. I've been eating a lot of homemade soup, chicken, eggs, the usuals.

In terms of treatment, I wasn't able to take lozenges while on the Whole30 because of the sugar content and the other additives, so I gargled with salt water a lot, drank lots of herbal tea and hot water with lemon, as well as my soup (which was admittedly the most helpful in soothing my throat pain), and Tylenol for the body aches I experienced. I did my research before using any of these methods because I automatically just reach for the cough drops whenever my throat is bothering me and these were the solutions I found. I'm now on penicillin antibiotics for the infection.

 I had a non-scale victory last night! I remember back before I discovered the W30 in September 2016, I was eating like crap. Candy, chips, cheese, crackers were my go-to snacks, and I would eat them in abundance. By the end of the day, I couldn't even suck in my gut because I was so bloated, breathing in made absolutely no difference in the way I looked in the mirror and it was so depressing. Last night, I decided to lift up my sweater and have a look at what I looked like. Without even having to suck in, my belly was still relatively flat! Even after a full day of eating and drinking! It makes me so happy that I've found a way of eating that also makes my body so happy.

This is all I can muster up for now. Stay tuned because I'll be back on track tomorrow for day 19!

C xo

Friday, 13 January 2017

Day 12/365: Migraine Day 2

So, this post is late, apologies. I had another migraine yesterday and it was difficult to do anything. Just been having a hard time lately. It could be stress, or the winter or something else, I'm not sure. I found that peppermint tea was helping yesterday, so I think I'll try and incorporate that into my daily life to avoid future migraines.

I made a delicious vegetable soup yesterday, I'll post the recipe at the bottom, however, it is very simple! My hunger gave me energy and clarity to get up out of bed and make the soup for my lunch/dinner for the kids and hubby. I wish I had had chicken to put in it, it would have made it that much more delicious! I sent a picture to my Mom and she said "Grandma soup!" My Grandma always had a fresh pot of vegetable soup (usually with chicken in it) on the stove whenever we went to visit, as well as fresh salad. She always made hot dogs and fries for my brother as he was not a fan of soup and salad as a kid!

My head feels a lot better today, though, I feel like I could take on the world!

Anyway, here's my soup recipe! Rest easy, Whole30ers!

C xo

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Vegetable Soup

1 lbs beef bones (or use a vegetable broth)
2 carrots, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
4 potatoes, cubed
1 cup broccoli florets
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, juice and all (read your labels!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Water

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add in beef bones and boil at least 1 hour. Remove bones and add all remaining ingredients. Feel free to substitute any vegetables you might have in the fridge. This soup is not picky! Let simmer at least 30-45 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Day 11/365: Migraine Day

I had a migraine today, so this post will be short. I had a little break from the pain so I jumped on here to write my post before it came back.

I keep getting asked on Instagram to try these It Works products. I don't know why people who look at my profile, being all fit and natural and taking absolutely no supplements whatsoever, think that I would be interested in these wraps/products? How is wrapping myself up in these chemical (supposedly all natural, snort) wraps supposed to make me healthier than I am now? No thanks, keep your shitty wraps to yourself, I'll stick to my delicious food and exercise thank you very much. It's gotten so bad that I had to put a disclaimer on my profile asking people to not offer me their crap. Ugh. Anyway, that's it for today. A mini rant.

C xo

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Day 10/365: Patience is Everything

Everyone is always looking for a quick fix, a magic pill, instant results. We live in a world of instant gratification. Information, games, tv, movies, everything is at our fingertips, except getting healthy and/or losing weight. We expect that it's going to happen overnight, because that's what we're used to. Unfortunately for us, that's not going to happen. It's going to take dedication, hard-work, and TIME. I've been back on my health journey for 2 years postpartum. I'm just now, in the last few months, seeing some major results and it's because I feel like I've achieved food freedom. I finally got my eating under control. I am in complete control of my food (I have to keep repeating this over and over.)

All that to say, be patient with yourself and your body. It's doing the best that it can while trying to keep up with your dreams and aspirations for what you believe the ideal body is. It's going to get there, you just have to be patient and dedicated, and not just at the gym, in the kitchen especially. I own 95% to the Whole30. Because I changed the way I eat, I started shrinking instantly and I believe that it's going to keep going until I'm my ideal size and I'll just coast. I'm eating TONS of food, and weight is still just melting off. It's actually amazing and shocking and thrilling. I've never felt this way before about food, life, exercise, anything! It's very wonderful, and it's all thanks to the Whole30.

C xo

Monday, 9 January 2017

Day 9/365: Kids and the Whole30

I've been feeling guilty lately whenever I feed my kids cheese, pasta, bread etc. I probably shouldn't, because at least they're eating, but at the same time I know they could be eating much healthier. I'd like to slowly start getting my kids to eat a Whole 30 diet, but before that can happen, I would explain to them why it's a good idea to try it, let them know about the benefits and let them make the choice. Even now whenever I'm looking at a package my eldest son (7) comes up to me and asks "Are you seeing if you can eat it?" So he knows! He notices that my food has been different, and at first he used to ask why but I think he's starting to understand better now. My youngest is still just 2, so that'll take some time, eventually!

What do you guys think? How do you feel about kids on the Whole30?

C xo