For those of you participating in the Nutrition Challenge, the first 30 days are almost over as of tomorrow. First of all, congratulations! Many of you probably thought it would be a lot more difficult than it was, while other s maybe met their [sugar] demons more than once.
Take some time to reflect on the month. Which approach did you take:
You explored and sought out new recipes. Your menu changed throughout the week and you found yourself enjoying the food shopping process, even venturing out to farmer’s markets and ordering meat from local CSA’s like J&J Beef, etc. You actually enjoy your meals, though perhaps miss a few ingredients from time to time. Your whole family is even eating W30 with you. You even manage to go out with friends, but plan your meals accordingly.
You lived from RxBar to Primal Pack. Breakfast was the same every morning and you don’t even bother to re-heat leftovers anymore. Your taste buds are sad and uninspired. You know exactly how many days/hours/minutes are left in the challenge. You avoid social events like the plague and can’t wait for the next happy hour. You look daggers at your spouse/family for eating pasta in front of you.
Chances are, if you fall closer to the “A” end of the spectrum, I’m willing to bet you’re more likely to succeed in making clean eating a lifestyle. Yes, there will be the occasional birthday/anniversary/holiday/happy hour, but more often it will be the exception and not the norm.
Because, yes we do this Nutrition Challenge every year at Intrepid. But the goal of this contest is to find an optimum nutritional lifestyle for you. I don’t expect anyone to eat strictly paleo/W30 every day of the year, but these next 30 days are your chance to discover what foods your body can tolerate and what causes inflammation and poor performance. I would expect the diet you eat the remaining 10 months of the year to be very very similar to the second 30 days.
While for some of you, this wasn’t your first rodeo, but to you, I pose the question, why are you doing it again? Are you seeing less improvement in performance? Was it to hit a reset button after a holiday unravelling? Or was it a year that snowballed out of control immediately following the second dunk? If you participated in the challenge before, did you improve your body composition over the last year (since May 2013) or did you take one step forward and two steps back?
Take some time to map out your plan for these next 30 days. What will you reintroduce first? What foods, if they prove to have little ill effect on you, would make a clean eating lifestyle easier to maintain (ie butter, white rice, beans)? Don’t look at it as “staying on the wagon” so much as a way of life you can embrace. Post plan to comments!
Time Cap 10 Minutes
Buy In: 50 Kettlebell Snatches (62/44)
10 Handstand Push Ups (25# plates)
10 Toes To Bar
10 Box Jumps