Hope you enjoyed a day or two off. This was the first year that we didn’t travel for Christmas. We missed not seeing our families, but also enjoyed a quiet Christmas at home and a few special dinners with friends. I’m linking up again with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday.
We were all up before 6am yesterday, ready for the day! I am not usually a happy camper that time of day, but it was a blast to see how excited L was about the day.
We started with our stockings and then lit Advent candles and had our special breakfast: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, scrambled eggs and clementines.
Afterwards, we took our time opening gifts and let L play with her new things to drag it out as long as possible. We saved gifts from both sets of grandparents until we could Skype with them mid-morning. It was the perfect, laid back morning.
We ate large salads with veggies and tuna and pistachios for lunch, and then all crashed. I hit my goal of taking a nap on both Christmas eve and Christmas day. I needed that!
Post naps, we headed to a friend’s house for a Christmas feast: Steak fajitas, 3 kinds of empanadas, shrimp, fresh salsa and guacamole, and grilled jalapenos. It was delicious!
I took the whole day as a rest day, and enjoyed the special family day.
Nutrition thoughts for the week: (If you have no interest in nutrition theories, feel free to skip the following!
I had time to get some reading done after the little one went to bed, and got through one of my Christmas gifts, It Starts with Food. It was perfect timing to contrast the raw/vegetarian/macrobiotic dietary theories I’ve been studying, and complements the Paleo for Athletes book I was given to review.
It Starts with Food recommends getting back to nature- vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts and seeds. As a mostly vegetarian, the book critiqued most of the components of my daily meals (legumes, grains, dairy and of course, sugar). I feel good and tests have confirmed that my body is healthy, but the arguments were also very convincing. I could certainly understand pursuing this eating style if you have any grain or dairy sensitivities. I applaud their push for high quality meat and organic produce, although it is an expensive (and arguably unsustainable) way to eat.
Biochemical Individuality (Williams) discusses the impact of personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, cell structure, etc and the theory of bio-individuality resonates with me. Obviously, runners and endurance athletes will have slightly different needs than non-runners. Our bodies can tell us if our food is working or not. When we are sick or have chronic issues, it may be time to start experimenting.
While there certainly are general nutrition guidelines we should all be able to agree on, I have a hard time with books that assert there is only one way to eat and be healthy. However, I am encouraged by the success stories and cannot deny that It Starts with Food drastically cleans up our diet and has helped many people feel better.
In the new year, I plan to experiment with various theories to determine how my body reacts. Honestly, I’m even tempted to try this one, although it would definitely have to wait until post-marathon. And I’ll be reviewing The Paleo Diet for Athletes in the near future as well (with a giveaway).
I don’t plan to draw a lot of conclusions or absolutes in my nutrition thoughts on Wednesdays, but I’ll share some of my findings along the way for those of you who are interested.
Did you have a nice holiday? Have you settled on a diet that works for you, or do you feel like yours could be improved?