100 Days of Healthy: Day 65

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

Last week, I tackled two items in one: running/light exercise (item #10) and oil pulling (item #7). I explain why I decided to do two in one week here. It went pretty well. I’d gone back and forth with cutting out sugar, but also got that back down as well last week. So, with all of those starting in one week, it’s an understatement to say I was exhausted most of the week. Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon I had a migraine from, I believe, cutting out sugar completely again. I’ve also read that oil pulling gets toxins out of the body and can cause headaches at first too. So, my running was minimal but there.

Now that the new week has started, I’m feeling 10x better. I’ve dropped seven pounds. My run today went better than any of my runs this week. I think I’ve found a good balance. I’ve also decided to add in low fructose fruits such as raspberries, grapefruit and kiwi because having no starches, breads, pastas and fruits as part of my no sugar intake (along with no added-sugar or processed foods) seemed to be making me overly exhausted. Your body needs sugar for energy in some form.

My oil pulling experience:

  • I swished around coconut oil for 20 minutes each morning on an empty stomach, spit it into a trash can (so it doesn’t harden in the sink drains) and rinsed with salt water
  • The first couple days it was rough and I wanted to spit out the coconut oil the whole time–the texture was not enjoyable
  • By the fourth or fifth day, it was fine. I could continue on with my morning for those 20 min without it bothering me
  • It also seems like my teeth are slightly whiter just in the week I’ve been doing it

This week is the beginning of no caffeine. It shouldn’t be too rough considering I haven’t really been drinking caffeine lately anyway. I find with this 100 days of healthy that the further I get into it the more I just naturally start to do these things for myself, and with ease. It doesn’t seem like as much of a struggle as it would’ve been 8 weeks ago. It’s nice to finally feel like my body and mind want to work towards being healthy instead of feeling like I have to force myself to do the healthy thing.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

 

100 Days of Healthy: Day 57

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

The supplements and running have been going well.run

I’ve taken one day a week (out of almost 2 now) off and have gone from 1 mile to 1.5 miles. I hope to be running 2 miles by Monday. My time and pace is a roller coaster so far. I’m not attempting to push myself hard or run fast just yet, but even so, somedays I run over a mile in 12 minutes and others it seems I feel the need to walk half of it and barely finish 1 mile in 15 min. It’s frustrating, but only being a few weeks out of being okayed to workout from having a baby, I think it’s normal to feel sluggish and out of my element at first.

 

Changes I’ve noticed from taking my supplements:

  • Clearer thinking and memory in general.
  • I also think (from past experience) I’d be more energetic had I not added running into the mix too.

Changes I’ve noticed solely from running:

  • Slight soreness but surprisingly not too bad. I’m not pushing myself too hard yet though so that may be why.
  • Somedays I feel like I have more energy from running and others I feel more drained–(the more drained days may also be contributed to back-and-forth healthy diet which I’ll cover next)

I’ve also noticed I’ve been sleeping better at night. Within just a few minutes of getting into bed, I pass out, which is a major positive considering as long as I can remember back into high school or before, it’s taken me 30 min–1 hour+ to fall asleep. However, I’m not really sure which element of the list to contribute this to or if it’s because of having two little ones or a combination of both.

Like I’ve mentioned before, my biggest downfall has been cutting ALL added-sugar foods out. It’s in so many things most people, including myself, are used to mindlessly eating day in and day out. I’ve noticed on days I do poorly I feel drained and unmotivated to do anything. I also think going back and forth is really messing with my ability to get the full effect and positive results from this experience, so I thought having each meal planned may help with veering away from the correct foods.

Below is next week’s meals and most of the meals are linked to their recipes online. A couple aren’t anything that really needs a recipe or has a link, and one (the salmon patties) will be modified by replacing bread crumbs with coconut flour/shredded coconut and replacing mayo with plain yogurt.

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Monday Avocado, black olive omelet Grilled lime chicken salad Quinoa and rutabaga patties
Tuesday Coconut granola Zucchini noodle salad with grilled steak Grilled chicken with bok choy
Wednesday Vegetable omelet Asparagus and anchovies with soba noodles Steak with ginger sauce and quinoa tabbouleh
Thursday Gluten-free waffles Chicken zucchini burgers Salmon patties
Friday Buckwheat porridge Cabbage rolls Beef roast
Saturday Scrambled eggs and avocado slices Grilled asparagus beef rolls Roasted chicken with vegetables
Sunday Buckwheat and eggs Salmon and soba noodles Quinoa fritters with garlic aioli

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

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100 Days of Healthy: Day 52

Alright, I had a nice break to travel last month and now I can begin again, starting with day 52.

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

Today, I’ll continue on taking supplements. To learn more about their benefits and which kind I think is best, click here and read my original post on item #6 on my list.

I’m also going to skip ahead to item #10 on my list and include it starting this week as well, because I started training for a 5K a few days ago and intend to carry it through the rest of the 100 days and on. Mostly I just feel sore from running right now. I’ve been doing one mile each day and today will be the fourth day. On Thursday, I’ll switch to two miles.

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#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices