My (Vegetarian) Whole30 Results and Review and What’s Next

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Nearly 30 days ago I wrote about starting a vegetarian version of the Whole30 diet.  I’m here to report back on how my attempt went and what I thought of the program.

First things first.  Did I complete all 30 days of the Whole30?  

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Starting (Vegetarian) Whole30! Plus, an RP vs. Whole30 Comparison

IMG_0322On New Year’s Day, my husband and I were driving to the ski slopes and he said “I think I’m going to do an experiment with my diet every month.”  “What do you mean?” I asked.  And he said, “Like, one month do paleo, one month do something else… I’d do Whole30 but it is so cliche.”  “I’d do Whole30 with you,” I gamely said.  And that was that.  We are four days in.  How is it going?

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Hello Fresh Vegetarian Meal Kit Review

Ain’t nobody got time to make dinner, and that’s why I’ve been trying out and writing about meal kit programs such as Green Chef (organic, vegan option; referral link available at end of that blog post) and Blue Apron (vegetarian option).   We liked Green Chef a lot and were less impressed by Blue Apron.  Most recently, we tried another popular service, Hello Fresh.  Here’s the review…

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My Green Chef Review (Organic, Vegan Meal Kit)

IMG_0350Things have been… unstructured… since the end of my Renaissance Periodization cut and my BQ race at the Phoenix Marathon.  I’ve written about my efforts to get back on track, not with the strict diet/training regime I had before, but something with a little direction.  Basically, I need to do a better job of having food on hand so that I didn’t eat cereal and ice cream for every meal (true story).   And a few new recipes after 12 weeks of the same tofu doesn’t sound like a bad idea.   So I decided to try out some meal kit programs.  I’m sampling Green Chef, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh, at least to start.  I’ll provide a review on each as I wrap up a week of meals.  First up:  Green Chef…

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Renaissance Periodization: My Results and Review

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Just after Thanksgiving, I started a 12-week cut on the Renaissance Periodization diet.  I previously wrote about it here, and some RP “hacks” for vegetarians are here.  In this post, I will mainly let my results speak for themselves, but I will also answer a few questions about RP.  If you have specific questions, let me know — I am happy to share about my experience!

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Renaissance Periodization… for a Body-Positive Vegetarian Runner?

I believe that “diet” is a bad word.  I believe that there’s a lot of evil happening at the hands of the diet industry and their co-conspirators (looking at you, women’s mags).   I believe that our society has done a shamefully good job of teaching girls and women that they should always be “trying to lose weight” and should never be happy with their bodies.  I believe that men need to speak about women differently.  I believe that women need to speak about themselves and each other differently.  I believe that girls need to be raised differently — including but not limited to changes to shape of their toys and the appearance of their Disney characters.  I hope my kids never go on diets, and I don’t plan to use that word in front of them.

I set this all up to say — I’m going on a diet.  A real one.  With rules.  And Excel charts.  It’s not touchy-feely.  It’s not “eating by intuition.”  It’s actually the opposite of how I’ve been peacefully but unsuccessfully “trying to lose weight” for the past several years.  Which is exactly why I chose it.

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