Whole30 Week 2: Sugar, my love

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.

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11 thoughts on “Whole30 Week 2: Sugar, my love

  1. I’m so glad to hear that your GI symptoms are getting better! As for the crazy roller coaster, I feel like I’m on that same roller coaster and I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary. I think sometimes we women just have crazy hormones. And I hate it. I just have to say- GOOD FOR YOU for continuing to run through all this! You are so motivated! Way to go.

    • Yes, definitely possible that I’m just emotional no matter what I eat. Actually… that’s a fact. Ha! I am curious if diet can in anyway subdue some of the extremes. We’ll see…

  2. You know, I just figured out the whole coconut cream thing out this week too? I would always shake the can really well and if it was still separated, blend it back. Now I know better! And I’m looking forward to being able to run 4 miles again so I can try your new post-run drink, that sounds amazing!

  3. Mmm coconut cream and water 😀 Yummy!!! I was so thinking of making coconut frosting for my roasted pumpkin cake today 😀 Maybe next time.
    I will definitely try the grapefruit with the coconut water. I love both so I can imagine what the combination is like 🙂
    Way to go running!!! I look at my registration for my first half marathon and I realize how far behind I am with my prep. I haven’t had a chance to train at all and being with the kids at home all day it’s hard to go out for more than 30 min to the park. Oh well… I’ll just have to find a way 🙂

    • Mmm cake! I’d like a slice of that! Ha!

      Yeah, I feel ya on training. I’m having such a hard time finding the time too and I’m still running such low mileage. I want to train for a marathon but I can’t figure out how I could get the training in… I just need like an extra couple hrs each day that no one else has and free childcare. That should be no problem, right?

      • Right! 😀 ahh childcare. I loved it when my parents were here. I could just go out any time without a worry. But now it’s just me and my hubby and he works for both of us. So often he leaves before the kids are up and comes back after the kids are in bed. Crazy! 🙂 I’m hoping my son will love going to preschool so I can only have one munchkin to tow around on my runs lol
        This cake is so good by the way. You should make it. It’s great with coffee in the morning or tea. Yum! 😉

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