From October 2 through at least October 31, I’m documenting my Whole30 and autoimmune protocol, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Although I follow the Whole30 guidelines 90% of the time anyway, I’m going all-in for the next 30 (or maybe 60) days to give my body a chance to stabilize after enduring adrenal burnout and a thyroid medication experiment.
As Melissa and Dallas of Whole9Life are good at reminding us, context matters, so if you’re not familiar with my checkered past, you might want to read these previous posts:
- A Healing Experiment: to deal with adrenal and thyroid issues
- The Thyroid Experiment and Update on the Experiment
- Weight & Body Image Stuff: I Love My Body and Why is Thinner Better?
- N=1: or why self-experimentation is a pain in the butt but the only option
Not interested in the Whole30? Don’t sweat it! I’ll be posting other stuff like recipes, workouts, and other adventures, too.
Whole30: Day 21 (Monday, October 22)
Run/Walk. Oh, man! Today was my first day with the new Zombies, Run! 5k training app, and it was awesome sauce. You can read more about it on my Tuesday 10 post. The workout itself was 10 minutes of walking + 10 intervals of 15-second sprint / 1-minute walk + 10 minutes of “free form running” which, despite the name, doesn’t mean running with your arms overhead or with dance steps mixed in (although, how awesome would that be?!). No, “free form running” meant I had to run and walk according to what felt right to my body. It was a great cardio workout and my first step toward reclaiming my ability to run a 5k whenever needed (or when zombies attack).
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 12-hour window — usually between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m on a mission to lose weight/body fat, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now; all quantities are cooked unless otherwise specified. I’m also following the autoimmune protocol. I train in the morning, so breakfast is right after my workout.
Breakfast, 10:30 a.m.
4 ounces Italian Pork Roast
1/2 cup sweet potatoes
1 cup broccoli
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Lunch, 4:00 p.m.
1 can sardines
1/2 pink grapefruit (I could not be happier that it’s grapefruit season!)
1 large carrot
1 cup cauliflower soup (recipe posted tomorrow!)
salad: 1 cup snap peas + 1/2 lg cucumber + scallions + parsley + 1/2 tablespoon EVOO + 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Dinner, 8:00 p.m.
4 ounces grass-fed short ribs (recipe next week)
1 cup zucchini + 1 cup broccoli w/ 1/2 tablespoon EVOO + Penzeys Fox Point Seasoning
1/2 pink grapefruit
Great! I got a ton done today, my jeans fit like a dream, and I felt pretty peaceful.
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