My triathlon training has drastically failed. I was planning to run this triathlon on August 12, the weekend of my birthday, but just noticed the race was pushed back a weekend. I'm still going to try, but I am definitely overwhelmed by the amount of juggling sports that goes into tri training. I miss running.
Crazily I won a free half marathon entry from Vanessa, so I figure it's meant to be for me to do another! I'm actually really excited to get back into half training again! While I'm getting back on track with exercise (after a quick trip to Charlottesville, VA today and tomorrow), D and I are considering something time-limited to kick start some better health.
I know Carrie and Whitney have participated in the Whole 30, and I've heard only good things from them. It's a take on the Paleo diet that so many people have done/are doing. I'm a bit nervous about Whole 30 due to its heavy focus on meat. Since I'm a vegetarian, I focus a lot on legumes which are not allowed in this program. If we decide on this one, I am planning to maybe make some small exceptions using only one or two varieties of beans and using only dried (not canned).
The second option I'm considering (which can essentially be done as part of the Whole 30), is a supplemental smoothie/juice plan. I don't think it's realistic or smart for me to focus on a complete smoothie/juice diet, but I am interested in replacing 1-2 meals daily with a smoothie.
This book focuses on replacing just one meal per day with a green smoothie or juice. My problem with a plan such as this is simply...laziness. I hate getting out a juicer/blender and dealing with the clean-up. My new job allows me more time in the mornings (and hopefully the ability to work out in the am!), so ideally I think I could make something like this work.
Nonetheless, I want to get rid of the constant bloating I've been feeling since returning from California and kick some healthy lifestyle changes for D and I. I'm interested in how Whole 30 will make me feel but am nervous it's a "quick fix" method (because, let's be honest, it's doubtful I will ever fully give up cheese). I do think incorporating more smoothies and juices into my life is a great way to supplement my
bean and starch eating vegetarian lifestyle with more fruits and veggies.
Have you tried Whole 30 or Paleo?
What are your favorite smoothie/juice recipes? And how do you beat the laziness of cleaning up after?!