Whole30 Day 3&4 (Round 2)

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Whole30 has been such a good experience for me on many different levels. It’s brought together a lot of nutrition experiences I have had over the past several years. For me it’s put together … like puzzle pieces that you aren’t sure how to put together…. now I know how I¬† put these nutrition pieces together.

I grew up Bulimic and slowly through my adulthood I have embraced more fruits and vegetables. I am almost 40 and still learning. I have had great performances and terrible performances throughout my triathlon career. I have spent Ironmans vomiting and Ironmans completely nailing it. Nutrition on the field was often an enigma for me.

In 2009 I began working with Jesse Kropelnicki and The Core Diet and that made a big impact on my nutrition. Both on and off the field. To this day my race fueling plan that was developed with The Core Diet is the roadmap for what I use now. I use a variety of different products but knowing what I need to match in terms of macros on the field has always remained the same. It’s a brilliant plan.

I got sick a few years later and had to learn how to navigate my training and nutrition on my own. I worked with Rachel G from The Core Diet and she was the one who really laid the foundation for me. She got me. She got what I was going through. I had been an athlete who was given up on. She didn’t allow me to settle with that. She brought a new frontier of nutrition to me…. more holistic.

Last year my goal was to regain my health and for me training for an Ironman was the way to do it. In retrospect it would have been smarter to reverse the work I am doing now with last season… and have a better Ironman result. But you know how we get. Sign up for an Ironman to save ourselves! At the same time I wouldn’t change a thing. It was something I needed to do for myself and for my friend Heather whom we lost in 2012. Ironman Mont Tremblant was ultimately¬† about healing my heart and my body from a few things. The time on the clock never mattered.

As I closed the door on Ironman I opened the door on possibility for 2014. I have some big athletic goals. I knew my nutrition and body composition had much improved since I had been a bit sick, but they had further to go. I took the plunge into Whole30 because I liked the program. I liked the prospect of cleaning out. I liked the prospect of eliminating grains, sugar and dairy. For the record I have never had an issue with any of those. I just wanted to continue to rebuild my health and get rid of the stuff I had been through. Including the sport drinks, gels and bars that had taken me through Ironman. Necessary… yes they were. But I wanted to give my body something better.

I also left QT2, began a coaching company with Jennie, and hired a new coach, Ryan Bolton of Training Bible. I just came to a point where I needed an overhaul. I missed working with athletes in the way that I need to work with them. I needed a wingman. The past 60 days have been full of change and it’s been refreshing, invigorating and exciting. I am awake again.

Whole30 really changed things for me. Prior to October 1st when I did my first round I did not know how to cook. My healthy diet consisted of the same foods. I knew that there was one way for me to learn how to cook and improve my body composition and nutrition. For me… Whole30 was the answer. I don’t buy supplements, I don’t take pills (aside from Vitamin D and Multi-V).

You Tube taught me how to cook. I used it to learn how to cut avocado, mango, chicken (no lie!) and cheery tomatoes. I can cook. I can saute, sear, tenderize. I can cook… which in itself is a giant miracle.

While You Tube taught me how to cook….. Google helped me expand my horizons. I kept googling Whole30 recipes. I came across amazing websites and people who have been through the journey and who have had amazing recipes, tips and tricks to share. I found some athletes who continue to fuel their endurance events in a more natural manner. This all spoke to me. This was all really good for me.

I am on my second round of Whole30 and I feel just as amazing. I came into Round 2 with this rule: if you want something that would be considered noncompliant…. have it. If you really want it… have it. There would be no restrictions this time through as long as the core of Whole30 was maintained.

Technically it’s not Whole30 but this is my life and therefore my rules. Whether it’s intended to be Wholeforever … I don’t know. The right thing however is to find the balance that fits me.

I am not a drinker. I get drunk too easily. I am not someone who goes to a lot of dinners and parties. So that part has been easy.

I was someone who ate a lot of grains and never had a gluten issue. I don’t miss it…. which honestly shocks me. In between whole30 rounds I had some grains and it sat in my stomach like a brick. They are now just tasteless to me. I’d much rather cook up a good sweet potato and load it with spices. Give me taste!!!!

Dairy hasn’t been an issue….. between rounds I had some Greek Yogurt but found coconut flakes with fruit so much better.

This whole aftermath has surprised me to be honest.

I have shared this experience and some of you have jumped on board whole others have jumped all over me. I have always had strong skin….. if you are someone who doesn’t, who takes things to heart too easily…. my advice is this: when someone jumps all over you due to nutrition (or anything for that matter) it’s really not you. It’s them. 100% of the time it’s them. What you are doing strikes a nerve somehow in them and that’s why they react the way they do. I truly just move along.

I can thank my Dad for that ability.

I don’t care about what you eat, I care about what I eat.

I don’t think of food as something I have a relationship with. It’s food. I don’t feel emotional about it. At all. I feel proud that I can be at this stage in my post Bulimia life. The old me wouldn’t cook. Wouldn’t talk body image. Stayed away from it all. This has shown me how much Ihave grown and how well I have grown into my own skin. People who tell me they have difficulties with things due to social pressures….. whether it be nutrition, performance or anything….. that’s completely foreign to me.

And I am thrilled about that.

This works for me. Right now it works really well. I will continue this Whole30 through the holidays with the same rule. If I want something I will have it. Thus far the desire just isn’t there. Cookies don’t make me happy. People make me happy. Doing homework with Luc makes me happy. Being Mom makes me happy. Being a good wife makes me happy. Doing a good job as a coach makes me happy. Being a good nurse makes me happy. Being an athlete again really makes me happy.

It has nothing to do with food. With my history that’s huge. Really huge.

I had a very busy past couple of days….. nutrition was fine. Preparation was key. I didn’t take pictures of my meals the past 2 days, I just forgot!!!!

Today:

  • Breakfast: Banana + egg pancakes with powdered peanut butter on top.
  • Lunch: sweet potato and a salad. I will throw some hard boiled eggs and avocado.
  • Dinner: I am going to do something with chicken. Not sure yet.

I have been fueling my workouts with Osmo. And I love it.

Here is to another month of feeling good, finding what works for me…. and sharing the experience!

About the author

Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers. Mom and wife. 20 Years Racing Triathlon, 9 time Ironman finisher, 3 time Kona qualifier. Co-founder of Valor Triathlon Project. USAT Triathlon Coach and guiding RN students in academia. Cancer crusader. Rocking the mic at Score This! events! Currently based out of Rochester, NY.

Mary currently coaches athletes of all levels, abilities and experience from beginner to professional. Please see the "coaching" page or email valortri@gmail.com for more information!

By Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers. Mom and wife. 20 Years Racing Triathlon, 9 time Ironman finisher, 3 time Kona qualifier. Co-founder of Valor Triathlon Project. USAT Triathlon Coach and guiding RN students in academia. Cancer crusader. Rocking the mic at Score This! events! Currently based out of Rochester, NY.

Mary currently coaches athletes of all levels, abilities and experience from beginner to professional. Please see the "coaching" page or email valortri@gmail.com for more information!

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