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Whole30: Self-Care Edition 10/6/12
From October 2 through at least October 31, I’m documenting my Whole30 and autoimmune protocol, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Although I follow the Whole30 guidelines 90% of the time anyway, I’m going all-in for the next 30 (or maybe 60) days to give my body a chance to stabilize after enduring adrenal burnout and a thyroid medication experiment.
As Melissa and Dallas of Whole9Life are good at reminding us, context matters, so if you’re not familiar with my checkered past, you might want to read these previous posts:
- A Healing Experiment: to deal with adrenal and thyroid issues
- The Thyroid Experiment and Update on the Experiment
- Weight & Body Image Stuff: I Love My Body and Why is Thinner Better?
- N=1: or why self-experimentation is a pain in the butt but the only option
Not interested in the Whole30? Don’t sweat it! I’ll be posting other stuff like recipes, workouts, and other adventures, too.
Whole30: Day 4 (Friday, October 5)
Kundalini yoga. The focus was on the element of “air” so we did a lot of stuff with our arms to “lighten our auras,” which I’m pretty sure is code for “increase your heart rate with just your arms.” We did downward dog, lifted one leg behind us, then did pushups for 90 seconds ON EACH SIDE with our leg extended… and that came after holding our arms overhead at 60 degrees and doing breath of fire. There were two other kriyas that required rapid arm movements and deep breathing. I got sweaty and a little breathless, then we did a long meditation that caused “Left Shoulder of Fire,” and finally, blessedly, it was time for a nice long relaxation in which I didn’t fall asleep, but felt myself melting into the floor.
I’m giving myself bonus points for today because I really, really wanted to do a high-intensity workout, and I didn’t. I rested and got my groovy on so I can do a short, intense workout on Saturday morning. A gold star has been duly awarded.
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 12-hour window — usually between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m on a mission to lose weight/body fat, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now; all quantities are cooked unless otherwise specified. I’m also following the autoimmune protocol. I train in the morning, so breakfast is right after my workout.
Breakfast, 10:00 a.m.
1/2 cup roasted sweet potato
4 ounces roasted chicken breast
1 cup broccoli
3/4 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup cauliflower soup
(Yes, I ate the same thing for breakfast, like, 4 days in a row. Easier that way.)
Lunch, 3:00 p.m.
1 can sardines
salad made with:
1/2 large cucumber (raw)
1 cup chopped snap peas
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil + 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
10 black olives
Dinner, 8:00 p.m.
4 ounces roasted lamb (seasoned with salt and garlic)
1 cup spaghetti squash sautéed in 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil + a little cinnamon (AIP approved)
1 cup green beans tossed with 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and salt
Meh. My PMS dropsies kicked in big time, and I swear, I dropped everything I touched, including knocking my hair gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and contact lens case out of my bathroom cabinet. Plus, later, I spilled salt, which meant tossing a pinch over my left shoulder, just in case. At least I didn’t break a mirror, right?!
Song of the Day
Two Tribes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Ever since watching the debate on Wednesday night, I’ve had this song stuck in my head. (Is it wrong how much I love the ’80s hair on the crowd in the video? Also, I cannot get enough of just before the end, when he intones, “Are we living in a land where sex and horror are the new gods?” So ’80s. So awesome.)