Daniel and P90X2 | Mission Blog
By Ev Eric
I have started a diet for 10 to 21 days known as the "Daniel Fast." At the same time, I'm still continuing with my P90X2 workouts. The fast isn't an abstinence from food, or even necessarily a reduction or deprivation in food, but rather the types of food that you eat. The whole idea is derived from this passage in the Bible:
In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Typically, this is handled by only eating fruit and vegetables and drinking only water for 10 to 21 days. The 10 days refers to a passage in Daniel 1:11-15 where Daniel proved that eating legumes was healthier than eating meat and drinking wine.
My wife and I have found several books to help us get the most out of this experience, but the one that we are focusing on is called The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola. We found a copy at our local library.
Today is Day 2 of the fast, but the first day with a workout, since Sunday is typically rest day of the week. Today we are starting Phase II of P90X2 and it was Chest, Back, and Balance. I felt pretty good with the workout, and wasn't in danger of "bonking", a situation where the body doesn't have enough glucose to continue strenuous activity.
Still being in the "mastery" phase of this P90X2 section, my numbers weren't great, but as Tony says, you need to modify to finish. That doesn't mean bad form, it means that you alter the good form in order to get more reps out and healthily finish the exercise.
For my recovery drink, I had Vegan Strawberry Shakeology with Almond Milk. The Recovery formula that we use has whey protein and various sugars that we are to avoid during the fast. Originally, I wanted to have Almond Milk and pure cocoa, but the only cocoa we have in the house is processed with alkali (dark chocolate), so I wanted to avoid that.
As a note, the sugars in Shakeology (from stevia and beets) are the only added sugars that I will be having during this time. No other meals, including oatmeal, will have added sugars. We found a book that didn't seem to mind the addition of stevia or agave to foods, but it was more of a lifestyle book, rather than focusing on the 10 or 21 day fast, which is an undertaking for spiritual purposes whereby you do deny yourself things that you want or typically crave.
All in all, I did better with the workout this morning than I anticipated. Yesterday's food consisted of steel cut oats for breakfast, a 13 bean chili for lunch, and spaghetti squash and veggies for dinner. Snacks were Shakeology, fruits, raisins, and flatbread with hummus.
None of the foods are really bland or tasteless, per se, but the point is to deny oneself rich, savory, and sweet foods and beverages. Oh... to drink? Water... that's it. The lifestyle book allowed for teas sweetened with stevia, but if I have tea (naturally decaffeinated) it will be plain, which will probably keep me running right back to just plain water. My wife is having water with a lemon in it for a little citrus flavor.
Catch you next time!
Eric "Coach Ev"