Weekly Review - 14 Feb 2016

Monday: Weight hasn't budged.

Tuesday: Went for a run in the evening, on our local Y's track. Was going for endurance, but I felt completely bored with it after a while, so I ended up doing three laps at a full sprint (with some walking in between).

Wednesday: Woke up with a sore back and a sore right hip. Now I remember why I don't run fast on that track. It's too tight. Slower speeds (endurance range, for me) seem to be OK.

Sunday: The rest of the week was consumed by a sick child, and a birthday celebration. Not much else to report there.

The weather has been brutal this weekend, and I didn't even try for a long run or hike. It was in to the negative double digits last night, if that's any indication.

As far as my diet goes, I think I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm still having intestinal issues after adding meat back in to my diet. My alternate hypothesis has been that this is due to my gut microbiome, and that is looking like a likely cause. What I really need to do is start keeping track again, but I knew that's a major binge trigger for me, so I'm not going to.

What I am going to do is simply eat the way I would like to eat, and continue to try to track down and resolve the underlying problem(s). I don't think I'm ready to go back to eating vegan; the psychological downsides outweigh the benefits. That being said I'm not all that interested in eating meat all the time. I'm thinking something along the lines of flexi(ble vege)tarian is probably right for me. Specifically, I need to base my diet off of vegetables and fruits, and avoid heavily processed foods, even so-called "healthy" ones. I'll keep free-range eggs as a protein source, since I won't be eating meat regularly, but dairy won't be a core part of my diet. Oats can come back in, if they play nicely, but I'm keeping wheat out of my core diet, except perhaps as bulgar (if I can handle it). 99% of the wheat we eat is heavily processed, anyway. (Over the past few weeks I've demonstrated to myself that gluten-free buns are just as problematic as gluten-laden ones, if not more so. I believe the actual problem is flour, which agrees with my hypothesis about the issue being due to gut microflora, and not an allergy.) As for the flexible part, I'll do my best to enjoy food that's offered to me without guilt. I'll also do my best to acknowledge and accept my cravings, and redirect them toward food that is part of my core diet, or accept and give in to them when it's appropriate.

Until next time, be excellent to each other and stay warm! Even The Real Hiking Viking is wisely sitting this cold spell out.