The Changes I’ve Made Based on My Inside Tracker Results

Since getting my results from Inside Tracker, I’ve made a few changes in my daily life.

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.

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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 🙂

18 thoughts on “The Changes I’ve Made Based on My Inside Tracker Results”

  1. Great eats and rest/down time is so needed to keep things in balance. I’m looking forward to throttling my miles for a few months no too not training for anything and just enjoying summer and exercise. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. So good to see you letting yourself rest and enjoying the process. All of your eats look so good, and it’s cool to see how you can incorporate more of the foods in an intentional way and also enjoy a lot of good vegan food.

  3. You’re so cool, you know that?
    This is all unbelievably exciting. I can only imagine there’s been a few struggles or roller coaster thoughts, but if this is where you are at in general, and can hold on to this peace….. you are in an amazing place. “I feel more optimistic about my future as an athlete” —–> THIS especially. Because THIS is why you are doing this, no?
    Mushrooms and Vitamin D eh? Good to know. All hese foods look amazing. Soul, body and mind fulfilling in so many ways. KEEP GOING.

  4. I think it’s great you’re letting your body rest and heal. that is SO important- as well as making sure your body is getting what it needs! Also- that smoothie combo sounds amazing

  5. “Here is cool too.” I like that a lot. It’s really easy, for me anyway, to look at other people’s successes like my own failures, especially when I need to take a break from something like running or blogging. “Oh she just ran a half marathon, but you’ve been doing yoga instead of your usual runs. Why aren’t you running?” No, no. I know that’s a silly way to think, but it’s still there sometimes. I love your easy going, go with the flow attitude. It’s refreshing 🙂

    1. Oh yea it’s hard to sit back when training looks so FUN! However, I know what I need and luckily, there are other things I do to take my time 🙂

  6. I’d never heard of Inside Tracker before this- how interesting! I love that you’re taking from it what you find useful and resourceful but still managing to do what you know is best for your body. That’s the kind of confidence that exudes health, in my opinion. At the end of the day, you know how you feel and what makes you feel healthiest. That is what is important!

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