I had already decided to take a break from longer endurance exercise before I got the results, but my levels of testosterone and cortisol solidified this decision in my mind. Since that time, I’ve been doing more relaxing activities like reading, napping or working instead of running.Read how I'm fixing my blood markers from @InsideTracker #themoreyouknow #bloodwork Click To Tweet
The first week was rough, because my job was crazy busy. It’s the nature of the beast. However, since I cut out the other strenuous activities, I found that even if I worked a 10 hour day, I generally felt pretty good. I got tired at the right times, didn’t feel like I needed to nap all the time and was more present at my job.
On the nutrition standpoint, I am starting with foods I can easily incorporate. I took the foods and thought up breakfasts and lunches where I could add them in.
For example, to improve my Vitamin D, I was instructed to increase my intake of mushrooms, soymilk, chocolate almond milk and toasted oat cereal (Cherrios).
To improve my inflammation from running, in addition to taking a much needed rest, I should include soybeans, chia seeds, avocado, edamame, various nuts, beans and quinoa.
To improve my iron and ferritin, I should include dark chocolate, spinach, beans, teff flour, amaranth and oats.
To improve my DHEAS (sex hormones), I should include dark chocolate, granola, nuts and avocado.
To improve my Vitamin B-12, I should include soymilk, chocolate almond milk, Cherrios, fiber cereal and rice milk.
From this data, an example day for me would be:
Breakfast: Cherrios with soy milk and peanut butter
[note, this is not Cherrios…but it’s pretty]
Lunch: Sandwich with avocado, mushrooms, hummus, spinach, oil-based dressing, tomato, sprouts and onions. Side of an orange or soup.
Snack: smoothie with spinach, chia seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate almond milk, almond butter and banana
Dinner: Bowl of rice, avocado, tofu, beans, roasted veggies, nutritional yeast, salsa and sunflower seeds. Side of veggies.
Dessert: Ideally I’d have dark chocolate, but I’ve been hitting the Oreo train hard recently, and a raw chia seed protein bar.
Some days, I don’t always do this, but I try. I try hard. This is important.
The first week, nothing really seemed to change and I was still exhausted most of the time. However, increasing my sleep and relaxation and incorporating these foods have begun to have a positive effect (duh.) I feel more positive in general. I’m not worried about injury (because I’m not running so who cares?). I have gone out to eat with friends more times this past week than in the past month. I am more present with others as I am not thinking about how to optimally rest/train. I feel more optimistic about my future as an athlete.
I’m letting myself heal. I am enjoying the process.
I can’t wait to get back out there, but you know, here is cool too 🙂