Dear God, why am I doing the whole30 again?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For my regular readers, you will remember that in August 2014 I completed my first #whole30 challenge.  This was a big change for me as I transformed from vegetarian to meat-eater. My primary objectives were to relieve pain from my plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, which were sometimes a hindrance when exercising.  I slept better, learned how to cook meat, and even had my first steak.  What was missing was the morning energy flows (wanting to kill someone and then tiger's blood).  My husband and I deducted that the meat eating through my body into a tizzy and it was focusing on that aspect of the journey, rather than detoxing.  On a personal note, I was quite proud of myself for actually finishing something I started.

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Fast forward a few months to today.  The autumn wasn't filled in many races and Christmas in NY meant lot of eating out, drinking, and cookies. (Oh so delicious cookies)  In December a few friends said they were going to start 2015 with the #whole30 and it sounded like a good idea.  Due to one more family holiday celebration, I started my 2nd round of #whole30 on Tuesday 6th January.


This time round, I wasn't as panicked about preparing.  We added meat and extra veg to our Ocado order. We also have a weekly organic vegetable box delivered from Riverford for inspiration (click here to see my yummy braised cabbage).  I started re-reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.  And then it was time to begin.  The first week, I stuck to my tried and true recipes from the last session.  Now that we have a dog, I am a little more pressed for time so I have to make sure I have my food prepped, dishes washed, and garbage emptied to avoid a mess when I get home.

I am still struggling with eating when out and when dining out.  My husband and I were running errands on Saturday and I soon realized the apple and nuts I brought wasn't going to cut it.  We found a M&S petrol station and I started digging through the pre-packed food.  I ended up with a salad but had to through the dressing away.  I was unable to find any protein to add to it because all the 'grilled' and 'roasted' chicken had sugar in it!  Sugar people!  Maybe it is more as a preservative but it made me frustrated.  One, because I was going to be hungry and two because people but this stuff thinking they are making a smart choice and they end up with sugar on their plate.

By Sunday night, all I could think of was why am I doing this? Why am I driving myself nuts with cooking, reading labels, and arguing with my husband about who's turn is it to do the dishes.


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But then I realized, I have been training for my marathon for over a month and am not in any pain (knock on wood, as we say in America).  No plantar pains, no Achilles.  Is this a Chrismtas miracle?  Is my slow mileage build up and regular stretching paying off?  Or is it less than a week of meat, fruit, and veg only?

Time will tell.  I am nearly 1/3 of the way done.  Cheating now only means having to restart and I don't want to do that!  I will say fueling for long runs is tough but I might have that sorted with Energy Bits (100% algae and therefore whole30-worthy).  I am trying new recipes now and managing just fine.  The first few nights, I dreamed about eating bagels and chocolate-covered pretzels.  We are delaying my birthday celebrations to 7th February as I am still on the regime for my actual birthday.  Surely, my birthday cake will taste much sweeter?  And my Diet Coke. And .... maybe I need to work more on the psychological side of this month?  The first week is always the toughest, right?

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