Health & Fitness


Whole30: A short-term (30 day) nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.
Do eat: meat, seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit and plenty of healthy fats.
Do not eat: any added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy.

Crossfit: A strength and conditioning program utilising a wide variety of functional exercises taken from disciplines such as gymnastics, weightlifting, athletics and kettlebells.
AMRAP and WOD Also Crossfit terms.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Best show ever on tv. ย Don’t worry, I don’t plan on referring to it more than once throughout the “journey” – and truly hope not to use the word “journey” too often either.

Health & Fitness

Day 1: Kind of Scary


I did begin the day a little scared… What if I don’t have the willpower to do this? How do I make a yummy brekky without even goat yogurt? Will my coach think I’m lazy, or just sucked in by the hippy naturopath, when I tell him I’m not going to do conditioning work for a month?
Even at this stage I didn’t doubt that my plan would work if I could commit to it, but seriously, no quinoa? Isn’t that a bit extreme? And do I have good enough diplomacy skills to keep my family & friend relationships intact without succumbing to their pho, champagne, lentils and cake (…separate September events)?

So off I went to crossfit at 9.30, and arrived just in time to hear the coach telling the 8.30 guys that getting through a tough AMRAP is a mental challenge that must be conquered – every one of them was flat on their back making sweaty impressions on the floor – and that crossfit is as much about these moments as it is about how much you can lift. Hmmm… deep breath… “Um, so I’m thinking I would like to not participate in WODs for 4 weeks and focus only on strength”. Waiting… and then, with the coach’s response, my day started to improve: “Ok, I’m only doing strength at the moment too – if I had my way, a couple of days each week would be strength-only for everyone”
Phew!! Breath out.

Things continued to get better after the workout. I read the recipes in the Whole30 book, ordered my own copy from BookDepository, tried a coffee with coconut oil instead of milk and surprisingly found it quite yum, realized that if I’m not running & jumping at the gym, I can eat beforehand (yay) and probably wear just the one sports bra (yay) ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling significantly better about “the plan”, I put on season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – because it has the musical episode – and started to cook.

One lamb roast with vegies, one large frittata, 6 cutlets and a litre of cashew milk later, I am ready for the week.

PS: cashew milk is tastier than almond milk and much easier to make – no pulp.

Health & Fitness

Why Whole30?

Since the diagnosis in April, I have been pretty flippant about the whole adrenal fatigue thing – googled a little, tried to get less stressed at work, took some herbs to keep the naturopath happy – but really, Crossfit 5/wk and kind-of eating paleo can fix anything right?

Apparently, no?!
The more I read, the more I realized that this was something I couldn’t out-train, cure by applying mind over matter, or ignore – all of which I tried. Also, the (somewhat belated) research indicated that many of my health frustrations may well be tied to these messed-up adrenal glands and the cortisol they are throwing around willy nilly.
Then, last weekend while listening to a Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness podcast, I got the final slap across the head that I was (apparently) waiting for. Responding to a question, Sarah Fragoso discussed her experience with adrenal fatigue and how she recovered. I mean if Sarah Fragoso – hard core crossfitter from NorCal (no less) and friend of Robb Wolf – says I need to get serious, then I’m going to Get Serious!

So I determined that September is Get Serious month.
1) Sleep at least 8hrs/night,
2) Eat to minimize inflammation,
3) Reduce physical stress by eliminating WODs from my training*
4) Take the herbs, because apparently the naturopath knows what she’s talking about.
*you (and Sarah Fragoso) may think I should reduce workplace stress too – but really, my job isn’t that stressful ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, one of my CF coaches suggested others may be interested in reading about my Whole30 journey – if you are, welcome! If not, ok.

Oops, have to go to bed.