For some of you OGs our nutrition challenge will not be your first (or even second?) Whole 30. You may have done it on your own before (kudos!) or you participated in our Jan ’12 or April ’11 challenges. In any case, you may find your subsequent W30 will be much easier to get through, since all the planning and cooking from last time has built a nice foundation already. However, you may also find that it may not be as effective as the first one you experienced. In today’s post I’ll talk about why someone would repeat a W30 and how to go about it.
Been there done that…
So you’ve already successfully completed a W30 challenge, but what did you do after? Did you reintroduce dairy, legumes, and rice separately to see if there are ill effects? Do you mainly eat foods that will make you healthier? When you do kick up your heels, do you have a glass of wine or some chocolate, or does a scoop of ice cream trigger an avalanche of poor choices? If you wandered off the reservation, this is a great way to hit the reset button, slay the sugar devil, and get yourself back on track.
A while back I posted about paleo and “those last pesky pounds.” Sometimes you go through an entire W30 and you don’t end up with the results you want. Take some time to evaluate what you eat. Are you prioritizing your macronutrients right? Are you eating a TON of bacon every day? Or are you gnoshing on a bunch of dried fruit to get your sugar fix. If your road block is food, try avoiding problem foods that may fall into the “paleo” category. Don’t have sex with your pants on.
What if your nutrition is dialed in to such a degree your food log would bring a tear to Marcus’ eyes and you’re STILL not getting results? This may be because your road block is not your nutrition, but your lifestyle. For you guys, you may want to focus your energy on sleep, stress reduction, supplementation (think fish oil, vitamin D, etc), recovery from overtraining, or intermittent fasting.
Since you second timers will have less to worry about prep and recipe wise, take some time to fine tune your lifestyle as well. Cut out the extraneous electronics; DVR your favorite shows; light some candles at night to prime your body for sleep; prioritize recovery and rest.
The bloodwork proposed will be similar to what Robb Wolf suggests in his Paleo Solution book (cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, Vitamin D, etc. We may be able to get someone out to Intrepid to perform the blood tests, but it’ll be based on how much interest we can drum up.
Post to comments if you are interested and Matt will get more information regarding tests and pricing for us.
Front Squat 3×3
Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler
Weighted Pull Ups 3-2-1-1-1