Writing this blog has changed my life in so many ways. It means so much to me that you are all here and reading my words. I consider myself a genuine young lady. I write these words sincerely to all of you every single week. It is a gift to be myself and still have everyone here reading my comments. It makes me feel loved and not judged. Thank you so much.
I want to continue my writing journey. So I will be adding a new segment on Fridays. It might not be as consistent as my Wednesday or Monday blogs. I will do my best. I watch movies almost every week. I love sitting in the cinema and enjoying the big screen. As an artist, I like to experience different types of films and sometimes I go out of my way to watch something that I usually wouldn’t. So on Fridays, I plan to write reviews about these movies. Sometimes, I will include a novel that I read or maybe something else that I want to review, but most of the time, it will be movies and some television shows. Please tune in. This is an excellent way to reflect on what I’m watching and share it with you guys. I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read some of these books or seen some of the shows and movies. So that’s my little news of the week. I’m trying to figure out a good name for these reviews. Let me know if you have any ideas.
For today’s blog, I want to talk about the Whole 30. Today is the 30th day of the whole 30 for me. My diet includes proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and oils. I can add certain things to my diet by being creative with these ingredients. For example, I can have guacamole or smoothies even though it’s not recommended. I can have almond milk with my coffee, but I’ve been enjoying nut pods which are compliant. I’ve been indulging in potatoes since it is allowed on the whole 30, and let me tell you, potatoes are such a versatile vegetable. It’s been a real challenge, but I am incredibly proud because I have stuck with it. The first day of the diet was November 1, the most challenging day. I remember going to work, and there were so many pastries to indulge in, and I kept thinking I wanted to eat this, but I stopped myself, even though it made me sad and lonely not to indulge in the many different types of pastries. I grew stronger after that day, and I committed wholeheartedly. I think that first day I set the expectation for myself for the rest of the month. If I had caved that day, I think it would’ve been more challenging, but I kept thinking you’ve had this type of food 1 million times; don’t make it 1,000,001. As the days went by, I grew more and more confident. Some of my meals were delicious, and I tried to cook everything at home. Going out was not an option because most of the food from restaurants had ingredients that were not compliant. It made it hard to hang out with friends or attend gatherings. Of course, it was November, meaning that Thanksgiving was going to be celebrated. I was aware of this, but I decided to take this journey because I thought it would be an excellent way to control myself and not indulge in the Thanksgiving carbs. I celebrate Ramadan every year, which is not being able to eat from sunrise to sunset, so willpower kicked in at some point, and it became easy. Throughout the month, I went out like three times for lunch or coffee with friends or a party. The healthy foods I had for lunch were expensive and small..
I started to realize how food is so relevant in social gatherings, but that also opened my eyes to how unhealthy our foods are in the United States. The fact that everything has added sugar is crazy. The only juice I found at the supermarkets that were compliant since I could have 100% juice was apple juice. Trader Joe’s had carrot juice and grape juice, which was nice, but that’s about it. It’s a little strange.
We need to have healthier options at the right price!! I want to see my friends but I want to be healthy too. I don’t miss being unhealthy at all. I want to keep going.
Whole 30 is hard, but it is a complete reset, and I have loved it.