As I said in my previous post about New Year’s goals, one of my goals is to SOLVE my digestive issues. I have some idea of what is wrong, but I’m still not quite sure. Cue Whole30. I’ve seen some posts about Whole30 on Pinterest and Instagram, but I didn’t really know what it was. So I looked into a bit, and thought it might be a good option for me to try, as it might be able to help me figure out what foods cause issues.
For those who might not know – Whole30 means 30 days of whole foods – all the meat, fish, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds I want. This also means, no dairy, no grains, no alcohol, no legumes and no added sugar. As someone who went without sugar (and most fruits) for a month and is gluten free, I thought it wouldn’t be so hard. If I’m being honest, it’s harder than I originally thought. Thankfully, it wasn’t that much of a lifestyle change for me – I already plan my meals, do meal prep on weekends, etc. But finding compliant meals has been a little bit of a challenge. I think I’m doing well so far, though it’s technically only been one full week.
I actually did a “trial run” week the first week in January – I wanted to give it a shot and see how my body reacted and how I would do with it. But I had plans to visit my grandma that first weekend, and it’s already enough of an imposition to be gluten free, so I decided I would start over again the following Monday and keep to it for 30 days.
So far, I’ve been feeling pretty good, most of the time. I’m finding that I’m a little more hungry than usual, but I have some reliable snacks to help deal with that.
There has been one problem, and unfortunately, it’s a pretty big one. I had gotten sick about two weeks ago, and took time off from the half marathon training. I knew that getting back into the swing of things with running would be a little hard, but nothing like what I actually experienced on Sunday. I was exhausted by mile 5 (of a planned 8). I was dragging pretty badly, and I know some of that is because I was totally sedentary for two weeks, but I think it also had something to do with food. Carbs are necessary when running long distances, and I’m a little worried about not eating grains and therefore, not getting enough carbs. As I get back into running regularly again, I’m going to work on fueling for a long run.
Anyone out there a long-distance runner who is doing/has done a round of Whole30? Any tips? I could really use some help!