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Fall is officially here and now that the darker days have come upon us we won’t get as much running as we did all spring and summer. Boo for some and yay for others. Am I right?! Don’t worry though, we will find some other awesome ways to get in that cardio in and keep in mind on the days you aren’t able to get into the gym or it’s the weekend, take advantage of some good weather and get out for a little run!
Over the years I’ve had lots of questions about supplements. What should you take? Why? What kind? For a long time I didn’t take any supplements. More for the reason that I just forgot every single day than anything and I wasn’t really sure what I should take. After years of research and talks with my doctor I came up with a few that absolutely help me AND most importantly I REMEMBER to take them! Woohoo! I take Probiotics, Omega-3, Magnesium Citrate and Collagen. The first three I take in the evening. I have found that the Magnesium really helps with my sleep and muscle recovery. (It is super sour though so adding a shot of apple juice to it really helps.) The Collagen I mix in my coffee in the morning. It’s completely tasteless and an easy way to get that supplement in. Probiotics are great way to add healthy bacteria, for as we are finding out more and more how our gut flora is the motherboard of our health! The Omega-3 helps battle inflammation. The Magnesium Citrate I take as I know I am very deficient in Magnesium and it helps not only with my sleep and recovery but with my migraines. The Collagen is great joint, skin, hair and gut support. Who doesn’t want great hair and skin?! Like food, there is no one thing that works for everyone but these are the supplements that I have found do work for me and keep me feeling healthy along with food and exercise. What supplements do you take and find is helpful?
Week 3 of Whole 30 for the few of us that are doing it this month! Do you feel a difference yet? Here’s the Whole 30 timeline for us this week:
Days 16-27: Tiger Blood!
You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful—which means different things for different people. For some (generally people who came to the program eating well, exercising regularly, and feeling pretty good to begin with), Tiger Blood means someone flipped a switch and turned on the awesome. Energy is through the roof, cravings are under control, clothes are fitting better, workouts are stronger.
For others, this Tiger Blood stage feels more like a real sense of self-efficacy. It doesn’t mean things are perfect (or even easy), but you’re proving to yourself that you can do this, things are getting better, and you’re seeing improvements (small or large) almost daily. Your energy is steadier, you’ve got a firmer handle on the cravings, and you’re experimenting with new, delicious foods. You may notice that your ability to focus is keener, your body composition is changing, your moods are more stable, you’re stepping up your exercise, or you’re just plain happier these days.
Of course, this may not happen like magic at the halfway point. There are a huge number of factors that influence which benefits you see and when. If you’re one of those folks who has hit the halfway mark and isn’t seeing or feeling the dramatic changes others have reported*, know this: You’re not doing it wrong. If you began the Whole30 with a medical condition, a long and rooted history of unhealthy food habits, or a chronically stressful lifestyle, your “magic” may take longer to appear, and probably won’t be a “light switch” moment. Don’t stress about whether you’re feeling honest-to-goodness “Tiger Blood”—be patient, and be on the lookout for small, gradual improvements to keep you motivated. Slow and steady still wins this race.
*There really is no such thing as a “typical” Whole30. Honestly. There are just trends and common occurrences.