Wednesday, 25 July 2012

#WIAW - The Whole 30

It is What I Ate Wednesday, brought to you by the lovely Peas and Crayons.

So I don't know if you could tell, but I was feeling slightly paniced in my last WIAW post. I was feeling lost last week, and I was floundering. I found myself wondering why I signed up for a Marathon? And why I agreed to allow a camera crew follow me while I do this? I was feeling the pressure of everything I signed up for. And all I could think was "What if I fail? I have no clue what I am doing?! Oh my goodness!" PANIC! PANIC! PANIC!

Nutrition has never been my strong suit. I know enough to consider my diet relatively healthy and balanced. But nutrition has always been an after thought for me. My focus has always been training and exercise. But the truth is nutrition is important, and it is one of the areas I can improve and control. As we all know, my body has certain physical limitations, so my training will only take me so far. Nutrition is is the other piece of the puzzle. And I think focusing on eating clean and fueling my body will help enhance my performance and training.

I know all that in theory, but I have no idea how to translate that to real life. Enter the fabulous Bill - of Collingwood Crossfit fame and founding member of Team Pain. Bill is a hardcore crossfit-er and a nutrition enthusiast. He is serious about food and training, so he came to my rescue last week, and mailed me a copy of "It Starts with Food".

I tore through my copy this past weekend, and a lot of the what was said made sense to me. I loved their focus on whole unprocessed foods.

But taking their Whole 30 challenge was going to be BIG change for me, because this meant taking food very seriously and making nutrition a priority. Part of me was hesitant. But the other part of me was excited. I felt like I had a plan. I had a direction. So first thing Monday morning I started the Whole 30 program.

I won't go through all the details, because I won't do it justice, and I can't condense all the material into one blog post. But if you are interested in the program and all the science behind it all you can check out their website

In a nutshell for 30 days you have to commit to eating whole unprocessed foods - with meals generally consisting primarily of protein and vegetables (note: its heavily paleo inspired). And you are asked to cut out a lot of the extras and things that could be potential causes for digestive issues. You eliminate for 30 days and then reintroduce those eliminated foods gradually to see how you body reacts and note any sensitivities. So for 30 days you cannot have...

Is this plan intense? Yes. Am I crazy? Perhaps, I know my husband sure thinks so. Am I grasping at straws because I am feeling paniced? Also possible, but this straw does have science and results to back it up. So I am gonna go for it. This is just for 30 days. And I perfer to think of myself as - dedicated, committed, motivated, pick a word, - rather than crazy. And I am mostly hoping that by shaking things up for 30 days that I will gain a new perspective on food and fuel. Time will tell if this plan will really work for me. And if this will really help my marathon training, but I am going to give a try and let you all know what happens.

It is time to take my nutrition a little more seriously - I am trying to run a Marathon after all?!?!
Wish me luck!

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