Whole30 – Week 1

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!

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