Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day 24

I spent the morning catching up with my son, and relaxed as we chatted about his next endeavor, interning for the Toronto Star newspaper. He might even be shooting the Toronto Raptors game tomorrow, and I may be going as a spectator with Glenn, my friend who wins free tickets all the time!

 I spent some time making 2 bereavement cards, for friends who have both lost their partners. One on the first day of their March Break vacation, the other a week ago on March 25th.

I left home at 6pm to do something that scares me to death, eat out at a restaurant. I swore I wouldn't do that during the 30 days, but my friend chose the perfect restaurant, 'Fresh'. Theresa, Glenn, (the friend who wins free tickets), and myself met up with Linda, a friend who lost her boyfriend on the first day of their vacation. We just wanted to make sure she knew we were there to support her, to listen to her, to laugh with her, and to comfort her.

I check the menu online and found a meal that would be whole30 friendly. It was the Italian Raw Bowl: zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto garnished with kale chips, grape tomatoes, Fresh Protein Boost and sun-dried tomatoes. The protein boost was brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, sesame, chia, flax, hemp, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I don't recall having any kale chips, but that was okay, because this meal was amazing! May even have to try to make it myself. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of it, perhaps because it looked wonderful and I couldn't wait to get it into my mouth!

Day 24

  • Breakfast: Veggie omlette

  • Lunch: Mixed greens salad, egg salad, veggies, apple, cashews

  • Dinner: Italian Raw Bowl, decaf coffee

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 23

Discovered this morning that I can't handle Macadamia nuts! Terrible stomach ache, and more!

I spent the day cleaning preparing for my son to come home. I had started yesterday, but got overwhelmed, so I have learned that to overcome that to break tasks up into smaller parts. By the time he arrived at 9pm, everything was done.

I got a little carried away with the cleaning, so breakfast was late at 10am, and lunch ended up at 5:30pm! I had dinner really late at 10:45pm, and not really being hungry it was really just a snack.

Day 23
  • Breakfast: Veggie frittata
  • Lunch: Spaghetti squash, with tomato sauce, yogourt with fruit sauce, (banana and strawberry pureed)
  • Dinner: Yogourt and blueberries

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 22

My son is returning form school tomorrow, so I went out and bought a few goodies for his Easter treats. I got a few extra in case someone should drop by. Can you believe that i am not even tempted? I know! I can't believe it either!!
I almost forgot to take a picture of breakfast, as you can see I have already eaten one egg and most of the broccoli!

Day 22

  • Breakfast: Eggs, fried sweet potato, broccoli, black tea with lemon
  • Lunch: Butternut squash soup, mixed greens salad, egg salad
  • Dinner: Avocado and salsa with cucumber and cherry tomatoes, broccoli slaw, tuna salad
  • Snacks: Macadamia nuts

Day 21

I forgot to take a photo of my breakfast. I also forgot it was my co worker's birthday and I forgot to take the 2 yoga balls I bought yesterday to work! So not sure what that's about!

Day 21

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, onion
  • Snack: Greek yogourt, blueberries
  • Lunch: Spring mix, veggies, tuna salad with homemade mayonnaise
  • Dinner: Fish, fried plantain, carrots, broccoli
  • Snack: handful of hazelnuts.

Day 20

Whoops! I'm a bit behind!
I went to a basketball game to see the Raptors lose again! But I didn't have the usual nachos and salsa, I snuck in an apple, (not food from outside allowed) and took my empty water bottle, (I fill it at the water fountain).  I was there at 6:30, so I had to eat dinner early.  When I got back from the game, I had a few cashews, to fill the gap!

Day 20

  • Breakfast: Green smoothie (1/4 apple, cucumber, celery, few blueberries, spinach and protein powder)
  • Snack: Greek yogourt, strawberries, blueberries
  • Lunch: Spring mix, veggies, egg salad
  • Dinner: Fish, roasted veggies, (peppers, onion, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, turnip)
  • Snack: cashews

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 19

Today I think I have it all together. No hunger pangs, no cravings, even with all that chocolate in the staff room at school! Only problem is, I'm not sleeping well and I have very little energy in the afternoons.  however, I am sure this will this will come in the next little while.

Day 19

  • Breakfast: Egg, broccoli, carrots
  • Snack: greek yogourt, blueberries, strawberries
  • Lunch: Vegetarian shepherd's pie
  • Snack: fried plantain
  • Dinner: fish, broccoli, rutabaga, carrots

Day 18

Another day late on posting! I'm just going to get to the food that I had.

Day 18

  • Breakfast: egg, broccoli, sweet potato
  • Snack: boiled egg
  • Lunch: Spring mix, tuna salad, veggies
  • Snack: cashews, dates
  • Dinner: Fish, roasted veggies
  • Snack: pistachio nuts

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 17

I have much cooking to do today. I will roast some veggies, and steam some too. I like to have that ready for everyday, so that I just have to make the protein part of the meal. I have a rutabaga, (that we call a swede in England), so that will be a different vegetable this week. I usually like to mix it with mashed potato, but since that is off the table, I might see how it goes with sweet potato.

I have been playing it safe with a limited selection of foods, just easy, and convenient I guess. I made some mayonnaise yesterday, and it is wonderful. I have been making egg and tuna salad with EVOO and white balsamic vinegar, but mayonnaise has such a different taste. I can add it to avocado, top sweet potatoes with it, top eggs with it, so that makes a small difference this week.

I went to the gym this morning and was only going to do 35 minutes on the bike as I have been doing, but challenged myself, and added the fit fix equipment that is at GoodLife. There are lots of machines, and I did 2 x 12 reps of each of the machines. I think I was there for at least 90 minutes. So I am happy about that. Since it is Sunday, there weren't many people about, so I took my time and made sure I did the exercises properly. It made me realise that my left shoulder continues to be weak from the surgery I had in 2010.

Day 17

  • Breakfast: Spring mix salad with egg salad
  • Snack: Raw cashews, dates
  • Lunch: Tuna salad, veggies
  • Dinner: Vegetarian shepherds pie, (veggies, aduki beans, sweet potato)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 16

I slept in this morning, which is a first in a long time. I lazed around for an hour before getting up. Then after breakfast I watched a webcast that I had signed up for and it gave me some great ideas for using templates/masks/stencils. I may try it this weekend if I can get my paper covered table cleared up!

I shopped for a few groceries today, I also need to get some more protein powder for smoothies.

I will likely do the majority of my meal preparations tomorrow.

I was supposed to go to a live comedy show pilot as an audience member, but I cancelled as it ran from 5 to 10 pm and I know that would interfere with my meals and hunger. It's a shame as I could have used a laugh!

It's Earth Hour Day, so lights out for an hour tonight.

And it is my niece's daughters 4th birthday today, Happy Birthday Talia.

Day 16

  • Breakfast: Eggs, sweet potato and onion hash, friend tomatoes
  • Snack: Greek yogourt, banana
  • Lunch: Spring mix, veggies, egg salad, (made with homemade mayo, YUM!)
  • Dinner: Veggie soup with a handful of cashews
  • Snack: Pistachios 

Day 15

I was tired again yesterday so didn't get round to posting here. So this is what I ate yesterday.

Day 15

  • Breakfast: Eggs, Spinach, onions
  • Snack: Greek yogourt, banana
  • Lunch: Butternut squash soup, field greens, veggies, tuna salad
  • Dinner: Fish, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, butternut squash
  • Snack: cashews, banana.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 14

Really tired tonight, and I left writing this till too late, so just a record of my food for now.

Day 14

  • Breakfast: Protein shake, (spinach, cucumber, celery, grapes, apple)
  • Snack: Greek yogourt, strawberries
  • Lunch: Butternut soup, egg salad, field greens and veggies
  • Dinner: Fish, sweet potato, asparagus, banana
  • Snack: Cashews, almonds
Okay goodnight.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 13

I had a good day, well at least where food was concerned. I did still have some hunger pangs, and dealt with them best I could. In the lunch photo there is yogourt and strawberries, but I didn't eat them, I had egg salad instead.

Still very tired, but I know now that it is normal. I wish I could sleep at night. I went to bed at midnight last night and awoke at about 5:15 am and never did get to fall asleep again. I did manage to stay awake all afternoon, so hopefully I will sleep through the night. I don't think I have any chamomile tea, I know that would help. I always have 1/2 glass of warm milk when I can't sleep, but that is a no-no!

Day 13

  • Breakfast: onion omelette, broccoli
  • Snack: Egg salad
  • Lunch: Field greens, veggies, tuna salad
  • Dinner: fish, sweet potato, asparagus
  • Snack: cashews, banana
How about you? What was your favourite meal today?

Please read and leave a comment, thanks.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 12

So it seems that I am coping well with having just a little bit of dizziness. I will still be going to the ENT appointment next month, just to see if there is anything going on.

My day was quiet, with little going on, so by 1:30 I felt very sleepy.  I wish I had more energy for the afternoons. I was going to workout this afternoon, but I was just too tired, and came home and flopped in front of the t.v. (until I dozed off, and awoke sometime later!)

Day 12

  • Breakfast: Egg, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, onions
  • Lunch: Vegetable soup, Greek yogourt, avocado, apple
  • Snack: Butternut squash soup, boiled egg
  • Dinner: Fish, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 11

First day back at work, and it went well. I managed to stay awake, although I am very tired this evening.

After work I went to meet my friend Vanessa at Dark Horse coffee shop. I had a licorice chamomile tea. I snacked on a few dried apples I made in my food dehydrator.

Day 11

  • Breakfast: Eggs, green beans, carrots
  • Lunch: Field greens, veggies, tuna salad, EVOO and white balsamic dressing, Greek yogourt, strawberries
  • Dinner: Butternut soup, fish, sweet potato, asparagus, apple
  • Snack: few dried apple slices
I'm thinking I may need a snack tonight, as I have cravings for something bad. I will hold off, and hopefully I can overcome it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 10

Made it this far, hopefully it just gets even easier as the days go by.

I went for a 30 minute ride again at the gym, hopefully I can make it more often, and start to add some other stuff in. It's been so long since I did a real workout.

It's March 17, St. Patrick's Day, and as I sit here, just after 10pm, I can still here the patrons at Fionn McCools across the street. It will likely go on until well into the night.

Day 10
  • Breakfast: Egg, (before workout)
  • Post workout: Applesauce, hazel nuts
  • Lunch: Field green, tuna salad, veggies
  • Dinner: Fish, sweet potato, asparagus 
  • Snack: coconut water
Wish me luck going back to work tomorrow!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 9

Wow, time is moving quickly, tomorrow is day 10 and that is 1/3 of the way through. The program talks about finding more energy, but I haven't really found that yet. In the afternoons I have been getting really tired at about 2pm. I hope when I get back to work on Monday, I'll be able to make it through the day.

I had a busy day with grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning before lunch. Then I made soups, and cooked up some veggies. Perhaps that's why I ran out of energy!I spent the rest of the day reading, well listening to an audio book.

I have to figure out how I am going to organize my lunches next week for work, and perhaps get up a little earlier, to make sure I get in a hot breakfast.

Day 9

  • Breakfast: Egg, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, green beans
  • Lunch: Brussel sprouts, carrots, green beans, Greek yogourt, avocado
  • Dinner: Vegetable soup, Greek yogourt, avocado
  • Snack: Apple, hazelnuts