Whole 30…. what?

So for the past few months I’ve been learning and researching and reading and planning a Whole 30. What is Whole 30 you ask?

Well… I will first tell you that you should read It All Starts With Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. This book, available in e-reader format as well as printed copy, will explain the science behind, the results found, many many testimonies, and every detail surrounding what Whole 30 is.

But, in my own words, I will try to explain it and not send you running for the hills…

It is 30 days of clean eating, essentially an elimination diet where you refrain from certain foods for 30 days. This is to give your body a reset, and clean slate, so to speak. By not eating certain foods that are known to disrupt our health, you give your body time to heal and recover. Then you can slowly try those food groups again to see if they are issues for you. It is also a time to deal with sugar addiction or food addictions in general. The entire plan is about eating good clean foods, eliminating certain food groups, and creating healthy habits that will no doubt carry you beyond the 30 days.

What Whole 30 is not – It’s not a lose weight in 30 day plan. In fact, it’s not about losing weight at all. Most people do lose weight, but it’s not the goal of the plan. The plan is to break away from junk food, detox and recover, and then learn how to cook and prepare good healthy foods.

Doesn’t sound too bad does it?

Well, in theory it’s not. However, let me tell you what foods you cannot have…

Grains (of any kind), sugar (of any kind -not counting natural sugar in fruit and vegetables) legumes, or dairy.

What, hold up. Are you serious?

Yep.

This is where I point you back to the book for all the details and sciency stuff. But there is reasonable cause to believe that those food groups do not add a whole lot nutritionally to our bodies, and in fact, are the main cause for a lot of the ailments, diseases and sickness that we find. A big one is inflammation.

We all know inflammation is “swelling”.. and yea, in general it is. But it is more than I think most people realize.

Medically speaking, any term that ends in “-itis” is essentially a form of inflammation.

Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, bronchitis, pancreatitis, appendicitis, conjunctivitis, plantar fasciitis, cystitis, etc. I could go on all night.

My point is that there is reason to believe that many of our ailments are due to the foods we eat. If you want hard core proof, go read the book….watch many of the free documentaries online about our food industry, etc. It’s hard information to swallow at first but it sure does motivate you to do better. When you know better, do better. I’m sure someone important said that.

Anyways, so I am writing to you from my 2nd day of Whole 30. I’ve not had sugar, grains, legumes, or dairy for 2 whole days. LOL It takes a lot of planning and forethought. Yesterday I had quite a bit of anxiety which was not expected, especially since it was day 1. I ate breakfast around 6:30 a.m. and for some reason from 10:30-11:30 all I could think about was eating something or not eating something and lunch. I wasn’t physically hungry. I think my mind was just racing too much about the next meal…even though I had it all packed and prepared at work with me.

I did learn yesterday that I didn’t plan enough food. I didn’t have nearly the amount of vegetables I should have had. I had good food all day just not enough, so I think that contributed to my feeling uneasy or unsatisfied… I’m not sure. I just sort of stressed out about it all. I guess that first day seemed daunting.

Today I added a lot more veggies and I made sure to get healthy fats in and I’ve felt good all day. Days 3-4 worry me a bit as I fear I will be in full on detox mode…but hoping I can manage all that well… I feel like I’m doing a great job considering. I have been very proactive about meals and clean up and pre planning. And I’ve got accountability. My buddy Tracy is doing it with me and I’m in two separate groups on Facebook that are great for bouncing meal ideas and questions off of. Also been talking a lot with Christin who’s doing it too..she read the book in a matter of 24 hours so we’ve been texting a lot about it too. It’s harder for her as she is a vegetarian.

Anyways, I’ll be back with more details as this journey progresses. 28 more days to goooo………….

OWWWWWWWW!!!!!

KAPOW!

KAPOW!

I am rounding on 2 weeks with 9 Rounds and drinking nearly a gallon of water per day and following their nutrition plan. I really enjoy it. I am down roughly 5 lbs or so, although I’m not really friends with my scale this week. It’s shark week and I feel all out of sorts. It has been a few months since shark week last happened and it has come with a vengeance this month. I am always happy and yet sad for it’s arrival. It means things are functioning properly (a sign of healthy diet and exercise) but then also means I’m not pregnant. So it’s iffy. I just forget how crappy I tend to feel the first few days….that’s the part I hate the most…

Okay, on to my other dilemma, hence the title of this post….

I have been doing the C25K program, about 3 days a week. For those of you who might not know, C25K stands for Couch to 5K, and is a training program to help you increase your running speed/distance at a rate that is comfortable for you. The way it works is for the first week of the program (you choose your days, there are 3) the program is a 5 minute warm up walk, and then a 60 second run followed by a 90 second walk, and you alternate run, walk, run, walk, for 20 mins, and then there is a 5 minute cool down and then you are done. Work out lasts 30 minutes. Then as you go from week to week those times change…building up your run time slowly. (you can repeat days if you want, you really can go at your own speed/pace)

I first started this program back in the summer but never really progressed the weeks. I just kept re-doing week 1 over and over again to get used to it and build endurance. This past fall I managed to develop plantar fasciitis in my left foot (added to a damaged right ankle that I keep braced now). I’ve seen the podiatrist, I’ve taken anti-inflammatories, done stretches, ice bottles, etc. I don’t seem to find much relief either way. I ran in a bad pair of shoes for a few months but have since then gone back to the running shoes I was originally fitted for at a specialty running store. I am just frustrated because it is really starting to interfere with the running. The past two weeks I have been doing the C25K programs on treadmill because it’s frigid outside. This week, I decided to push my self and attempt the week 2 program, which is 5 min warm up, 90 second run,120 second walk (for 20mins) and then 5 min cool down. I did it well on Tuesday and Thursday was okay- I had some distractions (text messages) on my phone so I didn’t get all of the segments ran, but today, I barely made it through half of the work out and I had to get off. My feet were hurting so bad. I have been toughing it out to this point because I tell myself “I can push through this for 90 seconds” but today, it was unbearable. I finished up on the recumbent bike but feel lousy for not being able to finish what I started. And what is most frustrating of it all, besides the pain, is the fact that I know I could up my speed and distance but the foot pain is holding me back. In the past, any time I did cardio, I would be limited by my breathing and getting really out of breath. Now I am running and have great breath control and more endurance and I’m having to quit because of foot pain. 😐 I am sure I am not the only person to encounter this problem, but I am struggling with how to get past it.

I am currently working out 6 days a week, but they are 30-45 minute work outs. I don’t feel like they are “killing” me work outs. They are great “HIIT” sessions, my heart rate goes up and down, etc On Mon, Weds, and Saturdays I do the 30 min 9Round sessions, which are a lot of body weight exercises (burpees, planks, push ups, squats, lunges) and then a lot of kickboxing moves, punching bags, kicks, etc. And then on Tues, Thurs, and Fri I am attempting the 30-45 minute cardio (usually 30 min run, 15 elliptical) but I think I’m going to have to change the routine. There are plenty of things that can be done besides running, I just have to get the routine figured out. Probably something at home and free weight based. I have kettle bells, stability ball, ankle weights, and some dumb bells, I am sure I can come up with something. I really want to focus on my core so maybe I can create something around that…

Anyone have any suggestions/ideas?

Also, if you have plantar fasciitis experience, I’d love to hear any ideas to relieve the pain…. 🙂

It’s been a crocky-kind of week! Pt 1

Ever have one of those weeks where you have a love affair with the crock pot and all of your other pots and pans feel forsaken and betrayed?

Yea, it’s been that kind of week in our house hold! The hubby was home late 2 nights and I have a dreadful standing date with the gym every night and thus dinner is done ala-crock pot.

Surprisingly however, is that this was the hubs idea completely. We had the coldest temps we’ve seen this season came in this week and he wanted soup. Which I was all for because I’ve been finding it pretty fun to cook up new dishes and try new things and he was feeling adventurous too!

So we debated back and forth upon what was in the house to make and what could be gotten quickly from the store.

And we settled on what I was going to call our take on a vegetable soup… but… he decided to toss in some roasted chicken at the end thus making it more than veggie soup. So I don’t really have a name for this dish, but none the less, here it is!veggiesoup

So I’m going to try to tell you how this soup came to be… Don’t judge me on my culinary skills or lack of… I am learning..

Crock Pot: 2 containers vegetable stock / 1 can tomato sauce, 1 bay leaf

Skillet: a little veggie stock bring up to simmer and simmered a handful of shredded carrots, chopped celery, and 1 garlic clove, minced

Once veggies were tender I moved them to the crock pot. (this was his idea)

Then I diced up some fresh zucchini, added 2 cans diced potatoes, 1 small can peas, salt, pepper, onion powder, and I really think  that was all I did to it. I put it on high temp in crock pot and went off to the gym for an hour.

Upon my return, the husband had come and was adding his additions to the soup. He added corn, green beans, chopped fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, chopped (I think Portobello) roasted chicken and roasted garlic. As far as seasonings I’m not quite sure what else he added outside of cayenne pepper. I suspect oregano or parsley as there was some dried green herbs in it that I didn’t put in.

Soup cooked for probably a total of 2 or more hours and then I was hungry so I ate. It was really good. For some reason he didn’t like it as much but this soup is a huge jump for him as he is typically a picky eater. He ate about half a bowl of it…which is more than I thought he’d do.

However, I had this soup for lunch today and OMG, it was even better than last night!!! So flavorful and there’s so much stuff in it, each bite is a little different. I really liked it. Maybe it’s just me… I did give it to a friend to take home and try so we’ll see if she or her family like it at all.

Part 2 of this post is coming up with the second crock pot dish of this week: Ground Turkey Chili! I can’t wait… (it’s for dinner tonight so I haven’t eaten it yet!

Bon appetite!