The second week of Whole30 proved much better than the first. But it got worse first.
Specifically, my GI “symptoms”. They got worse on Day 6 and 7, after posting this. Reminder: I went off the antibiotics on Day 5. So, of course, I was FREAKING out. Jason not so subtlety encouraged me to call my therapist and make an appointment. And I wanted to. But I knew I would turn into a water faucet as soon as I heard her voice, and I just didn’t want to do that. (Note to self: the inability to make it through appointment setting is probably a good sign that one SHOULD set that appointment.)
But then Monday rolled around and things got a lot better. My symptoms have been much better this week. Not completely normal, but still much better. Really, this is because I went off the antibiotics and not because of the Whole30 diet.
That said, I am questioning how my diet affects my anxiety levels and overall mood. I’ve been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster over the last two weeks. The very extreme and intense anxiety of last weekend was followed by a few days of GREATNESS, and then a day of ANGER and then a couple days of just good (except for “just” doesn’t belong in front of “good” here). Hmm… Do we think diet has any kind of impact on hormones?
During the Days of Greatness I thought to myself, “Well shit. It will be very sad if my diet was responsible for this good mood.” Because of course it would have to do with sugar. My love. Oh my GOD, how I love sugar! In my ice cream and chocolate cake and donuts and cookies and and and… It would be so sad if I had to give that up. I mean, there’s no way it would be, say, legumes! Wouldn’t that be nice? Just order my Chipotle burrito bowl, hold the beans, and life is peachy. So when the anger came I also sort of thought, “Phew! At least I can still eat dessert!” You know, like a month from now.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I am discovering new food during this Whole30. Like the secret to curry perfection: coconut cream! This sounds fancy but all it really means is scrape the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk you stuck in the fridge.
AND THEN… Get ready for this folks! Mix the remaining coconut water with the juice of one grapefruit and drink that after your long run. It tastes AMAZING and WAY better than any commercial coconut water. (I’m sure because the cream doesn’t separate perfectly so there’s still a little fat in the water.) I believe this will be my new go to.
My long run is up to 4 miles folks. Wildly impressive, I know. Supposedly I am going to run at 12K at ALTITUDE in 3 weeks. Or so says my registration sheet. And my Race Pit page. Hahahaha! Yeah, we’ll see about that.