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Home Stretch

By Marcus | In Nutrition | on February 26, 2014

For those in the 2014 Nutrition Challenge, we are approaching the home stretch. The second dunk will be on Monday, March 10th and the final benchmark workouts will be held during that week. (Just in case you needed any extra motivation to avoid a post-challenge binge…)

You may be wondering what to do with yourself post-challenge. The Whole30 site has a thorough section called “Life After your Whole30”. I would encourage you to check it out. They tackle the ever popular concept of the “cheat day” and why it’s not a good idea.

So what should you do instead?

  1. Continue eating Whole30-ish every meal, every day, as long as that feels good to you. (We say “Whole30-ish” because added sugar may creep back in, like ketchup with your burger. That seems reasonable to us. If ketchup is the worst thing in your diet, you’re doing okay.)
  2. When something comes around that is too good to pass up—too special, too sentimental, to important culturally, or simply too darn delicious—make a conscious, deliberate choice as to whether or not you are going to indulge. (Use our Guide to Off-Roading if you need a little help developing your own “worth it” thought process.)
  3. If you choose to indulge, take your time. Savor it. Eat consciously. And eat only as little as you need to satisfy the situation, your experience, or your taste buds. Maybe that’s a bite, maybe it’s the whole cookie, maybe it’s 6 cookies—just make sure you don’t fall into automatic consumption.
  4. When you’re done, move the heck on. No guilt, no shame, no remorse. You made a conscious decision to eat something you deemed worth it. Good for you. Now let’s move on back to our normally scheduled healthy meals.

– See more at: http://whole30.com/step-four-finished#sthash.nWZn9anD.dpuf

Questions always come up about when someone should consider another Whole30 or why. There is another great article from Whole9 that covers just that. An excerpt:

When Should I Consider Another Whole30?

You might want to do another Whole30 if:

  • You didn’t complete the full Reintroduction Period as described in It Starts With Food
  • You are still battling the Sugar Dragon WWE-style
  • You’ve gotten off track with your new healthy way of eating (think: more than a glass of wine here or there…more like a bottle)
  • Lots of off-plan foods are sneaking their way back into your pantry and fridge
  • You have a serious medical condition (rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease.) that requires you to stay on track to maintain your quality of life
  • You have some sort of symptom (allergies, that “shoulder thing,” a skin condition) that went away during the Whole30, but has come back recently
  • You just don’t feel as good as you used to… and that really bothers you
  • You want to be a support system for someone else doing their first Whole30

– See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/02/multiple-whole30s/#sthash.fdj6lsr0.dpuf

If you’ve learned anything during this Nutrition Challenge, it should be that careful forethought and planning will help you achieve success. Make sure to apply that same plan to your life post-challenge to keep the momentum in your favor!

A quick note from Alia…


This Saturday, at 11am, Alia will be hosting the first in a series of cooking clinics at the Intrepid Athletics kitchen. This if the first of a series of clinics with a focus on the optimal process from brewing to consuming Bulletproof coffee, how to prepare it in under 5 minutes; followed by a step by step explanation and demonstration of how to make ghee. Sign up for your spot now!

WOD 02.26.14

Bent Over Row 3×5

Then, for time:

  • Row 750m
  • 30 Handstand Pushups (on 45# plates)
  • 240m Weighted Carry (62/44)

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