It's kind of ironic that the official last day of the challenge is Ground Hog Day. The best way to make this thing work is to keep repeating it until you get it right(have you seen the movie?). We hinted in an earlier post the the challenge does not really end and it's true. The only way to continue to experience the impressive results that many of you are experiencing now is to change your relationship with food for good.
With that said we have been on a very strict version of a nutritional plan with the intention of finding out if you have any allergies or other aversions to foods that you typically eat. It will be a waste of the last 30 days if you wake up Wednesday and have cinnamon rolls and cereal for breakfast, a sub for lunch and pizza for dinner. We can guarantee how you will feel but will have no way of knowing what made you feel that way.
Start things back slowly. Introduce one eliminated food at a time. Maybe cheese with your eggs the first day and see how things go. Many people report that when they let their eating slide the foggy headedness and energy levels are the first things they notice. If you have a food allergy the symptoms will be more pronounced and can range from minor bloating and the gut issues Julie dealt with early in the challenge to symptoms similar to that of seasonal allergies such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itching, & hives. The trick is to pay close attention to your body and how it reacts after each introduction of an eliminated food. You may be able to run with a small amount of dairy, or some oatmeal in the morning with no ill effects. Sugar is bad no matter how you slice it and should be avoided as much as possible.
The other option and one we are working on, is staying on the challenge, or slightly modifying the challenge to work with your lifestyle. Don't eat something just because you can, eat it because it means something to you. We are going to stay on the challenge with the exception of Friday night pizza. It has become a ritual that we enjoy with our kids and we miss the experience more than we miss the pizza. The idea of ahhh now the challenge is over, I can eat what I want will land you not only back where you started but more than likely, heavier than you were before and quickly.
Please let us know how things went for you. We will continue to put up posts and workouts. Going forward, we are looking at throwing in a few 5 to 10 day challenge refreshers in the coming months, to get things back on track if they start to slip. We will send out e-mails for those otherwise just check back in on the blog to see what we have going on.