Monday, April 23, 2012

The T.M.I. Post

We have just started Week 2 of our Paleo Challenge and so far my team is kicking BUTT! Only one week done though. That was the easy part, like doing a WOD with 6 rounds. Round one through three are okay. Somewhere mid-round (or week) 3 or 4 is starts to feel never ending. But it's all down hill and easy as paleo-quiche once you hit week 6.

So reading the first week's food diaries allowed me to get to know my team a little better. So now I'm going to start asking, "how do you feel". How do you know if you feel funky because you're basically in the middle of a sugar detox or if your body dislikes broccoli? How can you tell that? Experience. Trial and error. Above all, patience! Also though, don't be afraid to ask!

Starting a new dietary plan can be spooky. You dont know what to expect really and what happens if it doesn't work? And no one likes to feel crappy, what if this plan makes you feel crappy? But knowing really IS half the battle and that's why you have a team and an experienced team leader on your side. Any 'oddity' that comes up you can immediately figure out how to handle. You can identify, adapt and move forward.

Don't you worry about if a question may be TMI for me. I would like to help you tweak your diet if you're experiencing bouts of diarrhea or constipation. You can't improve your health if something like that is holding you back! It also helps to be able to ask someone a question and hear, "oh dont worry, that's normal and nothing to be worried about." Or maybe, "okay, do this instead." It's good to know, to feel assured that you're on the right track right? The only way you can improve your health is to be open to change and it certainly helps to have someone around that can give you confidence to keep going and to stay the course that you are on.
So how have you been feeling?
Are you sleeping better or worse?
Are you ravenous at night or are you satisfied after dinner?
Are you ravenous in the AM or not at all?
Do you feel strong? Or weaker?
Do you feel bloated or gassy?
Are you more/less thirsty?
Are you craving Gatorade?
Are you craving sugar? Or just....something?
Is your stomach grumbling? Or has it STOPPED grumbling?
Do you feel woozy? Or alert?
Are you getting menstrual cramps worse/less?

If ANYTHING has changed or is changing you can discuss it with me. I want you all to get the most from this challenge that you can. If you aren't sure what something new means, then ask me or one of your other coaches!

Best of health,

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