I figure that now is the time. The time to focus more on nutrition and less on training. I’m healing a lingering hamstring/glute injury that I thought was just a niggle (it’s tough to tell sometimes in endurance sports! One thing could easily be a niggle, a soreness from all the training, or it could be turning into something bigger) and after racing with it flared up twice – 70.3 Worlds and Augusta 70.3 (don’t worry, NO regrets, those races turned out to be amazing! Top 5 American at Worlds and I Won Augusta!) it never got better. It only got worse. So it was 2 months of post-season light activity and rest, and it still isn’t better. So after consulting with my team – my coach Matt Smith with MHM, my chiro Dr. T at PCSM, my PT Amber, my hubby – we are heading into a few weeks of no training. No strength, no yoga, running, or biking. Just some swimming mainly with a pull buoy to give it the RnR it needs. And praying that helps!
I’m always amazed to see what God’s up to – in the good and the bad. And He’s never let me down, in fact His plan is always one that blows me away. I have to remind myself that it wasn’t 9 months ago that I was in a bike wreck out of the country, in Panama, the day prior to the Latin American Championship – Panama 70.3, and it totally derailed my season. After rearranging my season and working patiently (and sometimes impatiently!) on my comeback, 2 months later God gave me the courage to enter New Orleans 70.3 after 2 training runs and He gave me the strength to race my little heart out – and I pocketed a win in my 70.3 debut. So this scar I have now from the wreck is something that turned out to be such a gift. A memory, a reminder that God’s got this. His plan’s better. Every time. He gives us struggles so that we can come out stronger. So I know He is up to something and in the meantime I am enjoying the rest the best I can, and the things life is offering right now that’d otherwise go unnoticed.
So back to the Whole30. Now’s the time to work on a nutritional “reset”… I’m excited to take on the challenge of the Whole30 – the super basic run down is to cut out all forms of dairy, grains (including rice, quinoa), legumes (beans, peas, soy, peanuts), alcohol, and sugar. 6 days in right now and ready to declare that I’m actually doing this. Oh! …Coffee is ok, but I’m going caffeine free for the first 10 days. May as well! Just a total “reset” and “recharge” with the hopes of carrying on some lasting healthier habits. ‘Cause boy do I have a sweet tooth I’ve got to work on!
This Beef Pumpkin Stew was a hit, and leftovers for lunch the next two days were even better:
- 1 tbl coconut oil
- 1 lb grassfed ground beef
- 1 onion, sliced in crescents
- 3 poblano peppers, diced
- 3 zucchini, diced
- 32 oz beef stock (watch for sodium-and I went Organic)
- 26 oz strained tomatoes (only one ingredient in this one!)
- 15 oz (1 3/4 cup) pumpkin (also only one ingredient in this can!)
- 2 tsp garlic powder (I actually left this out)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Add half the coconut oil to a pan / dutch oven large enough to make your soup in. At medium heat, brown the ground beef. Once cooked through, remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
- Use the remaining coconut oil to saute the onions, poblano peppers and zucchini until softened slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Use a splash of the beef stock to scrape up any fond on the pan. Then add back the cooked ground beef from earlier. Also add the pumpkin and tomatoes. Stir through to combine before also adding the rest of the stock, garlic powder and oregano. Add salt to taste.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes so that it thickens before serving.
Breakfasts have been delicious consisting of a lot of protein, a lot of veggies, some good fats, and some fruit. I’ve also had hot tea with it. I have eaten out and managed it fine, I haven’t felt deprived at all. It’s not a “cleanse” as much as just a better way to look at fueling and feeding. Discovering new meals (for a super quick healthy snack I’ve mashed up avocado with hard boiled eggs – it’s GOOD. I’m serious!), lots of frequent grocery shopping, meal prepping and planning, and plenty of Biotta Beet Juice to support the veggie loading. And actually no additional supplements needed since good whole food – the kind that God gave us in the original form – is providing us with what we need…We’ll see how I feel in 24 days!