1st Run after a 2 Week Hiatus
I have been fitted for my brace at Soles in Motion on Baker Drive by specialist Alex Josey. Alex is very knowledgeable in her trade, she helped me a lot and was very easy to talk to. If you suffer from any kind of injury I highly recommend going to see her.
After a 2 week total exercise hiatus I have to say I was very apprehensive about going out again last night. I completed the Moose Loop at an average pace of 7:20. This includes the numerous stopping breaks. It was a 7.8k route so all in all I'm pleased with the result. My ankle burned and throbbed a bit along the way but the brace did it's job as today I am pain free and no swelling. I'm going to call that a win! Did my plant based diet have any affect on my ability to get right back at it? I still have 3 weeks to go before I can truly make a statement to that effect.
Plant Based Diet - the good
The flavours of the food I've been trying are amazing. I hate onions! I honestly don't know why anyone enjoys them. They smell like armpit and I can only imagine that if I were to lick a hairy sweat encrusted armpit that they would taste like onions. Grosse right? I also hate beans. Disgusting!
When I put my mind to something, when I truly commit to something, I always go all in. I'm going to have to get over my hatred for onions and beans and just plug my nose and dig in. I can honestly tell you that no nose plugging is required. The delicious flavour of these dishes overpower the armpit taste/smell of those nasty onions and I don't even mind that nasty bean texture that would typically have me gagging and running from the dinner table.
Dreams - vivid! I can remember each of my dreams since switching to plant based. They are like watching a movie. They are vivid and exciting and sometimes a bit strange. I don't know for sure if this is a side effect of going plant based, but it's kinda cool.
Sleep - I have a much better sleep. I don't sleep as long. I find myself going to bed later than usual, sleeping like a rock and waking up much earlier than normal feeling fully rested.
Cravings - I am (was) a sugar addict! Pure sugar. It would be nothing for me to make a pot of brown sugar fudge (just brown sugar, a bit of milk and butter melted down and boiled to the soft ball candy stage) and eat the full pan in one sitting. Candy sweet tarts, rockets and bottle caps were my nightly treat. I could eat Nutella from the jar like it was pudding. My sugar cravings were so intense that I would find myself foraging the pantry for anything sweet I could get my hands on. Daily. I am proud to say that I haven't had a craving or missed my candy addiction in a full week or more. I love the natural sweetness I get from dates and grapes. My sugar addiction has been kicked to the curb and I didn't even notice.
Headaches. Ugh. I'm a chronic migraine sufferer. I can typically keep them at bay with my 6 hour dose of Advil. Since switching to plant based, that 6 hour dose isn't helping. My headaches are there, constant and extremely annoying. They suck and if I wasn't someone who digs in to a commitment I would already be hitting the cheesesteak and ice cream. I'm giving it 3 more weeks. I have committed to that. If after my 30 day trial these headaches don't improve, despite the other benefits, I will be throwing in the towel.
The Downright Ugly
Bathroom issues - since fruit and veggies are full of water, I have been taking more trips to the bathroom. I am typically well hydrated to begin with and my visits to the bathroom have always been frequent. I never dreamed they would or could become more frequent. Well they are. That is extremely annoying! I literally had to return to the washroom just 5 minutes after the last. Crazy! Ain't nobody got time for that!
#2. Even with all the additional hydration and extra fiber in my new diet, I couldn't go. 3 days passed and I couldn't go. I'm pleased to say that after my run last night things have begun moving again. It's too bad that the butt clenching toe curling urge to go happened mid way through my 7k run.
cold soup is not something I've ever personally tried before, in fact I never even knew it was a thing, however, I tried it and lived it! No better time than Summer to try this delicious soup served cold.
8 English cucumbers peeled/seeded/diced
1 yellow onion
1 jalapeño seeded
2 avocados seeded/peeled/diced
2 green bell peppers seeded/diced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
4 clives garlic (2 tsp)
2 pears peeled/diced
Add all except pears and cilantro to food processor and process until smooth. Stir in pears and cilantro. Serve cold.
I used an apple corer to seed the cucumbers. It was strangely satisfying.
Cube the avocado while still in the skin then scoop out with a spoon. Easy and mess free.
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.