Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Whole30-Day 6

Opps...Day 6 kind of slipped past me.  Monday nights are a bit busy. Typically, I rush home from work to make dinner and try to eat before 6:30 pm. I have swimming lessons at 8 and try to get to the pool by 7:45, so eating dinner early is a priority.
Swimming ends at 9 and Sasha is patiently waiting for me at 9:15 for her nightly walk. On swim nights I am ready to go to bed immediately.  I am amazed at how tired I am after swimming.  I like to think generally I am in good physical shape, but swimming kicks my butt! I am out of breath after one lap and wake up the next morning feeling sore in muscles that I didn't know I had.  In addition to having the immediate urge to climb in bed after a swim workout, I also get a crazy craving for ice cream! What is it about swimming that makes you want to eat ice cream?! Maybe it is the Baskin Robins that is conveniently located right by the pool!
I fought the craving and took Sasha for a walk and came home to eat an apple with sun butter. YUM sun butter! And then slept hard! I was out in minutes and next thing I knew it was day light. I love those kinds of nights. That is the one thing I notice immediately when doing the Whole30. I sleep so good. I fall asleep quickly and wake up with lots of energy.

I came across these interesting facts on sleep:
  • You could lose 14 pounds a year if you just traded one hour of TV for one hour of sleep.
  • 23% of people get less than 6 hours of sleep a night, only 7% get at least 8 hours
  • Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night increases your risk of heart attack by 100% (yikes!)
  • One night without sleep leaves you performing like you were legally drunk at a blood alcohol content of 0.08
  • Longer sleep is associated with higher IQ in children
  • A single night of sleep can more than double our ability to come up with novel solutions to difficult problems
Does reading this make you want to take a nap?

So an important part of doing the Whole30 and trying to be the healthiest you all the time is getting enough sleep! I think people, myself included, find many excuses as to why sleep is not a priority. "I need to watch this movie, I need to work late tonight, I need to surf the Internet for the billionth hour, I need do the laundry, etc, etc" While all those things are surely important, but not getting enough sleep and being able to function at your best will catch up to you. Sure you can pull an all nighter every so often, but continuing a pattern of little sleep will not only make you a cranky person to be around, but will make you unhealthy and will put you on a path to unhealthy behavior.

So get some zzzzzzs!

My eats for Day 6:
  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil and banana
  • Lunch: sweet potato with coconut oil, roasted chicken, and a plum
  • Snack: cup of almonds
  • Dinner: Beef stir fry with steamed broccoli and a LARGE side of roasted cauliflower.
  • Snack: apple with sun butter
  • Workout: Swim-30 mins of 25m laps
I never used to like cauliflower until I discovered what roasting cauliflower can do! My favorite way to eat it is to sprinkle it with olive oil, salt and curry powder, put on a baking sheet and roast on 400 degrees for about 25 mins. I like to roast it until the ends get brown and crispy. THE BEST!

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