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This Ain’t Your First Rodeo!

By admin | In Competition, Nutrition | on February 12, 2013

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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.

Road Blocks

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.

Read more about multiple W30s and road blocks here:
The When, Why, and How of Multiple Whole 30s
Six Reasons Why the Whole 30 Didn’t Work For You


Also, Matt (Date Nite) wants to contribute his resources at Accesa Heath to our Nutrition Challenge to those who may be interested in getting bloodwork done before and after the challenge. This is not only an excellent way to see internal change along with external (body fat), but also to prove to your doctors and any naysayers how effective a clean diet can be. Nothing is as black and white as scientific numbers along with your food log to show the Standard American Diet (SAD) is not the best choice for health and wellness.

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.


WOD 02.12.13

Front Squat 3×3
Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler
Weighted Pull Ups 3-2-1-1-1

11 Comments to "This Ain’t Your First Rodeo!"

  • Jon says:

    February 12, 2013 at 6:13 AM -

    I’d be interested in bloodwork. Especially if they come to the gym; I wouldn’t want to burn any extra calories before the challenge starts.

  • Sean says:

    February 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM -

    I’ve been procrastinating for too long on getting bloodwork. I’m definitely interested.

  • Erik says:

    February 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM -

    I would definitely like to get my blood work done sometime before the challenge.

  • Scott says:

    February 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM -

    Michelle and I would be interested in having bloodwork done. Thanks!

  • Alia says:

    February 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM -

    In for a vampire session! Bloodwork. *insert Dracula laugh*

  • Tina says:

    February 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM -

    Yes I would be interested in getting the blood work done.

  • Mike S. says:

    February 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM -

    I’m interested in the blood analysis as well.

  • kathy says:

    February 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM -

    I am interested as well.

  • Ray says:

    February 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM -

    Me too!

  • Datenite says:

    February 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM -

    Hi guys,
    Good to see all of the interest. I want to be as flexible as possible, but I am mindful of keeping it simple & focused.

    As a starting place, we could offer the following 3 panels: Panel 1) Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Lipid Profile, C-Reactive Protein (cardiac), Vitamin D Panel 2) All the above ex-Vitamin D Panel 3) Comprehensive Metabolic Profile + Lipid Profile

    Cost estimates:
    Panel 1 would be $85 (or $170 for before & after)
    Panel 2 would be $70 (or $140 for before & after)
    Panel 3 would be $50 (or $100 for before & after)

    Feel free to research and/or suggest other tests etc.

    You can find more info here: http://www.accesalabs.com

    Some sample results info is here:
    https://www.accesalabs.com/downloads/lc/sampleresults/lipids/Accesa_Lipid_Panel.pdf
    https://www.accesalabs.com/downloads/lc/sampleresults/general/Comp_Metabolic_Panel.pdf
    https://www.accesalabs.com/downloads/lc/sampleresults/lipids/Accesa_Cardiac_CRP.pdf
    https://www.accesalabs.com/downloads/lc/sampleresults/vitamin/Vitamin_D_Test.pdf

    Ruth had also mentioned people’s hesitancy b/c of the possibility of insurance companies finding out etc. A few things: 1) We do not interface with insurance companies; 2) The new HIPAA law allows a patient to request that his/her insurance company not be contacted when the patient is paying for a healthcare service out-of-pocket (we do not contact insurance cos, but still good to know); and 3) If you want to put “Daisy Duke” as your name, that is fine with us, we just need to be able to match it to an email and birthdate!

    I will post something at CFI as well. I look forward to hearing your feedback.

  • Jason says:

    February 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM -

    Great pic of Jon. Was it especially cold in the gym that day?

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