I know. I know. It’s been 12 days since my last confession.
While I do consider myself to still be following the Whole30 (for the most part), I’ve learned some very important things.
#1: Alcohol makes me feel lethargic, fat and headachey. My training suffers from alcohol. That being said, I enjoy a glass of wine with a nice meal. Thus, I have incorporated 1 to 2 glasses of wine per week back into my plan. That is 1 or 2, not on the same night, not back to back days, and only if I feel like it. No beer. No Beam. Beam may return after the 30 days, or it may not, beer will not.
#2: Dairy makes me phlegmy and heavy feeling. Cheese and milk do not provide me with anything I need for my body to run efficiently. They will not be returning after the 30 days. Grass-fed butter will.
#3: I can easily tell when something is made with sugar. Chili at the ski race, dressing at the Detroit Brewery, if it is sweetened I can tell and it puts me off. Also, everything is sweeter. About the sweetest thing I can tolerate now is a prune — they rock, but I can only eat a few, too sweet.
#4: Legumes make me feel incredibly bloated. I won’t be adding those back in after the 30 days either. Peanuts are legumes too, FYI.
I don’t really have anything to say about grains, because (besides beer) I removed all grains nearly a year and a half ago.
It helped to stop keeping track of the days on the blog and to focus on my body’s
reactions, thus my hiatus. I was also training for the Frosty Freestyle, which took place last Saturday. In case you missed it on Facebook, I finished 3rd over all and was the winner in 20-29 for the 5k women’s skate and 14th overall for men and women. My goal is to do the 15k next year, and that is going to mean a lot of serious training in the coming year.
My current eating plan with my tweaks will be easy for me to maintain long-term. I feel better than ever, stronger than ever in training and I’ve finally accomplished something I always wanted — to be able to look at food as a fuel. I can finally consider a food for its value to my body. I was skeptical that the Whole30 would “change my life”, but it has.
I hope your efforts to improve yourself are going as well as mine!
PS: the job is going well too