One of the hardest things to deal with as an athlete and a patient that suffers from a rare disease is to stop and listen to your body. As athletes, injuries are common and happen all the time, but it is when you need to stop and let your body recover that is the hardest. This can also be extremely frustrating as a person with hypoparathyroidism; we deal with things that the average person does not understand.
Right now, I am currently going through a process of recovery where I am unable to be physically active at the moment (sidelined). It is extremely difficult and I find myself very depressed at times. When you are an athlete of any kind, you get a chemical release of endorphins from working out. The endorphins are like a drug and it stimulates your mood as well. Whether it is an injury or because my calcium has decided to bottom out on me, this is something I experience all the time; however, not usually for this amount of time.
So the question is now what do I do to get passed these bumps in the road? I find other ways to focus on my body and keep it healthy, that being my diet. I am going to be flat out honest here! My nutrition has not been very good over the course of the last few months since I finished my Half Ironman in October. The holidays always get me! Since I am not able to work out or do any training for that matter; I am focusing on my nutrition.
In the next week I will be starting a 28-Day Cleanse, so I can drop a few pounds and start my training on a good note. My coach Denise Whitson with Triple Threat Tough and I talked about it and she feels like this is going to be a good way for me to kick start the year. I use a program called http://www.kilospire.com. They have several options available to get on a healthy nutritious path. We discussed all of the supplements that are required for me to take, and we eliminated anything that we felt would have a negative effect on my calcium levels. I also got prior approval from my clinical trial study and doctors that handle my care.
Stay tuned to my blog, in the next month I will discuss nutrition in depth. I will go over some of the things that I have done over the course of a year in my nutrition and what has worked for me in races. I will also share some of my personal experiences with the various foods and nutritional products I have used in the past.
Disclosure: I receive an athletic scholarship from Cal-EZ. Although I am not able to take Cal-EZ right now because of my participation in a clinical study using a different calcium product, my thoughts about Cal-EZ are my own because I believe it is beneficial for people on the go and for those suffering with hypoparathyroidism.
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