Whole Foods 28 Day Challenge; Why Did I Think This Was a Good Idea?

I’ve completed 4 days of the Whole Foods 28 Day Challenge and I’ve had a headache for 4 days. I’m no doctor, but I think the two things might be related.

This lifestyle change (I’m not supposed to call it a diet) hasn’t been easy. For an entire month I can’t have meat, dairy, refined sugar, or oil.

I’ve been eating mostly oatmeal, bread, nut butters, salad, and avocado, which worries me because other than the salad, the food is high carb, high calorie. Even so I’ve lost 3 pounds. I’m sure it’s water weight from not eating any processed food, but hey, I can button my pants again.

I’m not doing the challenge to lose weight. Rather, I’m really trying to get my sugar addiction under control. Not long ago, during one of pre-marathon training sessions, a running coach said that he eats something high in sugar and salt after long runs. I interpreted his off the cuff comment to mean that I needed to eat a lot of salt and sugar while training for the marathon.

So now that I’m on this new plan, I’m not concentrating on baking cookies and cakes to fuel my next run, instead I’ve been cooking more healthy meals. I made brown rice pasta (pictured above) with red onion, garlic, spinach, and mushrooms. There’s no oil in the “lifestyle change” so I sauteed the vegetables in vegetable broth. It was so good. I really wanted to put fresh parmesan, but I controlled myself and was thrilled that it tasted so good. I’m hoping I can make more good recipes.

Hopefully my headache will be gone by tomorrow and I can really embrace this lifestyle change.

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