Whole Food Detox

standard November 4, 2013 Leave a response

“The goals we choose determine how we live.”

I read this recently, and it really stood out at me. I am on the road a lot. And its easy to skip training, sleep an extra hour, eat out everyday. instead of complaining about losing my routine, I’ve been trying to create a new travel routine, using guidelines and goals I know I can stick to.

Back when we moved and my schedule got really out of hand with traveling and boxes and buying furniture, we took on a mini detox. Two days, because I didn’t get to the store early enough. And I didn’t think we’d make it that long. I’d been hesitant of the whole juice cleanse thing, but when I saw a whole food juice detox, I decided to give it a shot. I put the plan into MyFitnessPal to make sure it was enough calories, protein, fat, and carbs for us. And then we jumped right in.

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While we barely made it the two days, I decided a couple of weeks ago to try it again. The travel and eating out was just getting to me too much. I scheduled it to start AFTER my long run for the week, so I wouldn’t be dying of starvation. And I added a Thrive shake, running fuel (larabars, coconut water, Nuun), and the freedom to eat anything else I needed as long as it was a food in the detox. A little backwards, but I still had to run, and I still had to fuel my body. It was mainly a way for me to follow a super easy meal plan for a few days in between work trips. No extra food to eat up, no in-depth prep and cooking. Just blending.

It was seriously easier the second time. I actually enjoyed the food, and the ease of it. I got really hungry for real food at dinner the first night, but was fine the next two days. I might even incorporate the shakes into my everyday routine, they were that good. I think the whole Thrive experiment changed my perspective. And my taste buds. Neither of us could handle one of the shakes during the first round, and this time I realized it was my favorite. Who knew.

If you’re interested, you can find the plan here: 3 Day Detox

Change of Pace

standard October 7, 2013 Leave a response

It’s crazy to me that I am already at the end of the 12 Week Thrive meal plan. Technically, this is week 11, but since I am traveling a lot the rest of this month, I have decided it will be easier to clean out the fridge and pantry this last week and start over with a new game plan when I get back.

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In the beginning, I was thinking I would start over and continue with Thrive until race weekend in January. However, I am so tired of the same recipes for 12 weeks! It is definitely time for something new. I’ve been working on meal plans for the remainder of race training, using recipes that stick to the foods focused on in Thrive, but come from a variety of sources, including the Thrive Kitchen recipe center, my Feedly reader, Pinterest, and Thrive Foods. I think it will be interesting to see how my body responds to the change of pace as my mileage and training ramps up. It is also going to be nice to start creating recipes again instead of sticking so closely to a set menu!

Whole Energy

standard September 15, 2013 Leave a response

At the end of week 7, I am a little more than halfway through the Thrive 12 week meal plan. I’ve definitely noticed significant benefits in more areas of my life than I expected. In addition to the running benefits, I have more energy, sleep better, and am better focused during the workday. I have less muscle fatigue and recovery time. I’ve also noticed a huge benefit from adding yoga into my routine, namely how I breathe when running, but that’s a discussion for another day.

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Thrive advocates a plant-based diet specifically for all these benefits I’ve noticed. By creating an alkaline body, my body is better able to recover from the stress of training. The hormones that trigger biological responses for sleep, focus, and immune function are released. Proper nourishment from foods provide optimal energy and recovery. It is amazing how perfectly our body functions for our benefit, especially when we treat it right and feed it properly.

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In addition to the Thrive book, Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Forward program has been a great resource in understanding how a plant-based diet benefits athletic performance.  It is really cool to see the connection between what someone says will happen and the results I actually see in my training. I am really excited that they launched Thrive Kitchen this week as another component of the program. The site has a ton of delicious new recipes and nutrition information to those seeking out the how and why of switching to a plant-based diet. After 7 weeks of the same recipes, I splurged and made Thrive Chili instead of a couple of planned weekend meals. With a suddenly cool weekend, it was a perfect fall comfort food meal. I highly recommend you check out the site if you are looking for athletic nutrition or even just recipes for an everyday healthy lifestyle.

Disclaimer: I am not sharing these resources out of any affiliation or obligation. I just really love them and enjoy sharing things that I find helpful, easy, and delicious!