I wasnt able to post about my day here yesterday cause it was a pretty busy day so I’m going to do two days in one post. As I said before, every day has been getting easier and easier. Day 6 was mostly spent at work which was a bit of a struggle considering it was good Friday and there were treats all over the place. I stayed strong but it was hard, really hard.
Day 6 Breakfast:
-2 eggs scrambled
-tea no sugar
-left over bbq chicken
-steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Day 7 was a little trickier because I went on a day trip to London to visit my best friend who is also participating in the whole 30 challenge. We spent the day shopping and tried to avoid the temptation of all the easter chocolate literally all over the place. My eating schedule was a little off whack on day 7. I didn’t really have much of a breakfast, I snacked on fruits and cashews on the car ride over, in London we grabbed a smoothie and made lunch with consisted of a fertata and a garden salad and dinner was also mostly just snacks (healthy snacks). I’d say Day 7 has been my worst eating day so far. I can’t believe a week has passed already, time is flying and I’m feeling better and more energized every single day. I honestly would recommend this challenge to everyone.
So its pretty clear that this challenge is getting easier and easier by the day. My bestfriend Jess (who is also doing the challenge) and I were talking about all the changes we have gone through in such a short amount of time, just by cutting some junk out of our diet, its pretty amazing. We were also talking about how all we wanted was some ice cream or a starbucks frap more than anything in the world, but I’ll leave that part out. I think the hardest part right now is the fact that easter is coming up and there is chocolate absolutely everywhere, it’s almost like I’m being tested. I actually had a dream about chocolate, that I had to dip green beans in chocolate fondue in order to have some. My mind is clearly confused, anyways yesterday’s meals were pretty protein packed which kept me full mostly all day, preventing me from snacking too much.
- 2 egg’s scrambled
- Tea (no sugar)
-Salmon Fillet cooked with olive oil, onion and garlic with some dijon (not sure if dijon is allowed.. oops)
-small portion of brown rice
-left over fatoush salad from the night before
Since cutting sugar from my diet and drinking nothing but water all day, I’ve noticed that my skin has cleared up so much, one of the many, many perks of the whole 30 challenge. Only 25 days to go! until then, happy eating! :)
Day 4 has probably been the best so far, I’ve gotten more creative with my meal ideas which has allowed me to eat healthy, tasty meals without missing all the junk in my diet. The hardest part of my day was when cookies and doughnuts were brought into work by some extremely considerate employees (I use the word considerate very loosely here). It was hard watching everyone devour the baked treats but I was proud of myself when I was able to resist them. Yesterdays meals consisted of
-2 eggs, scrambled
-Cup of tea
- Left over chicken from the night before
- Spinach salad
-a serving of brown rice
- Mediterranean mixed grill (chicken, beef, lamb)
- Fatoush salad
-Mixed berry smoothie
Although it’s still pretty early in the challenge, I have noticed some improvement. I feel as though I am able to sleep better, I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized rather than groggy and cranky, and I also feel a lot less bloated these days. It’s crazy how some minor changes in your eating habits can effect you so much. That’s all for day 4, until next time, happy eating! :)
Day 3 was A LOT easier, I think it’s because I allowed myself to indulge in some brown rice. I felt energized and all around good, and thats saying a lot considering yesterday was a long day. For breakfast I made myself a banana, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry smoothie with two poached eggs. For lunch I had some grilled tilapia fish with grilled veggies (asparagus, green beans and sweet potatoes) with a side of brown rice. The high protein midday meal kept me full till dinner when i had a skinless chicken breast, a bit of leftover brown rice and a spinach salad. As a treat, i made some homemade fruit roll ups which turned out delicious.
I chose to make my fruit roll ups with strawberries and raspberries. First I pureed the fruit in a blender then strained it into a small pot where I let the mixture simmer on the stove under medium-low heat for about 45 minutes. While simmering i added a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice ( to accentuate the taste of the fruit) and one tablespoon of honey to sweeten it. Once the mixture was nice and thick, I transferred it onto a baking dish lined with waxed paper and popped it into the oven for 2 and a half hours on the lowest heat setting (170 degrees). When I removed the fruit from the oven, it was easy to peel off and had the texture of a fruit roll up. Cut the little guys into strips and roll them up, they should keep for up to a month when stored in room temperature. These treats are super delicious and a nice substitute for when your sweet tooth starts callin’ out to you.
So day two wasn’t very much fun, I think as a candy addict I should have weened myself off of the sugar instead of stopping cold turkey. The sugar withdraw symptoms (yes that’s a real thing) caused headaches and fatigue for most of the day. I can’t believe its only day two and i’m complaining this much, I guess that teaches me to try to cut back on the skittles once my 30 days are up. For breakfast I had a strawberry, banana smoothie and two poached eggs. For lunch I had s spinach salad with fresh cranberries and strawberries with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and for dinner i had a salmon fillet with a side of steamed broccoli and brown rice. Yes brown rice, I know that rice is a grain and technically we’re supposed to stay away from grains, but after much research I’ve decided to incorporate this healthy carb into my diet. I might be cheating a bit, but the rice actually helped with the sugar withdraw and made it much, much easier. So that’s day two (a day late, but better late than never) also I’d like to thank those of you that have been tweeting me words of encouragement and advice to get through the 30 days. You’re all amazing, share your experiences with me @itsmelayan I love hearing from all you lovely people.
Until next time, happy eating :)
Well day one is officially over and there were some ups and downs. I found it extremely easy throughout the day, I had a breakfast that consisted of 3 eggs, scrambled with some strawberries and blackberries on the side, for lunch I had a garden salad with turkey breast and avocado for protein and balsamic vinaigrette for dressing. In between both meals I decided to get a workout in which was a huge mistake. Although I felt great after, I started to feel groggy and tired way earlier in the evening than I usually do. I think this was a mix of not having any carbs and/or sugar and mixing in an intense workout. In the book “It Starts with Food” the authors recommend that you limit the intense workouts in the first week of your challenge as your body is going through sugar withdraws-lesson learned. For dinner I had baked fish with a stir fry
- Tillapia fillet
- Vegan butter
So day one hasn’t been too bad so far and i’m hoping this grogginess passes sooner than later. The book also recommends that you limit your intake of fruits and snacks. Although I am trying to go “by the book” on this challenge (no pun intended) I feel that that rule is a bit much, so I made a smoothie out of a handful of strawberries and a handful of raspberries as a snack earlier, and some grapes for dessert.
Let me know how you guys dealt with the grogginess and cravings on twitter @itsmelayan
until tomorrow, happy eating :)
I know I haven’t posted on here in what seems like ages, but things have been crazy busy. Like working and going to school full time busy, so unfortunately my blog has fallen through the cracks. If you follow my twitter account you’ll know that I’ve been blogging for a new site called The Stubble (think The Chive, but Canadian). Anyways, I started blogging today because as of tomorrow (Sunday April 13th 2014) I will be starting the Whole 30 challenge. For those of you who don’t know what the Whole 30 challenge is, its basically 30 days on the paleo diet. For those of you who don’t know what the Paleo diet is, think of it as a caveman diet. You can eat all the meat (beef, chicken, fish, lamb etc) eggs, fruits and vegetables you want, but no carbs, sugar or dairy. Seems easy enough right? but for a person with a sweet tooth like mine, it’s going to be a little difficult (hence the challenge). What I liked about this challenge was that the goal wasn’t to lose weight or drop a dress size, but to be the healthiest version of yourself. The diet has been known to cure many illnesses, to help you sleep better at night and feel more energized during the day. As a plus you will also lose a few pounds just in time for the summer, but the idea of the challenge is not to focus on your weight, so much so that you’re not supposed to step foot on a scale for the whole month. Many people weigh themselves in order to get a sense of the before and after, but I decided to skip that step, because my goal for the next 30 days is to focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, not to lose weight.
my grocery cart
I decided to document all 30 days of my challenge on here; you’ll see the highs, the lows and everything in between. For those of you that might want to join the challenge, visit whole30.com or buy the book “It Starts with Food”.
Let me know about your progress on the challenge by commenting on here or messaging me on twitter (@itsmelayan), we can share recipes and ideas to make the best of this 30 day celebration of food.