Diet change

Diet…. I’ve been on some sort of diet my whole life to either be able to fit into clothes or to be lighter so I could run faster. As you probably know, it is exhausting.

The thing is, after having so many health issues with doctor and naturopathic practitioners both at a loss for my health not improving, diet had to be looked at.

Three years ago I started with the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) which is a strict version of the Paleo Diet and it’s aim is to reduce inflammation. Anyway, after about 6 weeks I noticed my severe depression lessening. I mean, I actually had a moment in each day I didn’t want to die. It was so amazing and kept me on this diet for about two years. I am now totally free from depression. Other issues went like various skin problems, feet swelling, my poop was perfect, my energy started returning. Even though my depression disappeared, I still hadn’t cleared up other health issues so in 2017 I started the Wahls Protocol which is low carb. Within a couple of weeks my mental clarity was amazing. I could read heavy books and understand them, I felt calm and content, my heavy menstruation started to lighten and I stopped having migraines. I kept lowering my carbohydrate until I was doing a Ketogenic diet which meant I was only consuming about 10gms of carbohydrate a day. This equalled to green vegetables and a few nuts. Still, I hadn’t resolved all health issues.

So…March 2018 I went Zero Carb. This means no plants at all. I eat meat and some cheese and that’s it. And, you know what?! I am in the best health of my life. I have no joint pain, my heavy menstruation is no longer, I recover from exercise quicker with no DOMS, finger and toe nails are pink and grow quick, no brain fog whatsoever, I never have cravings – all that self discipline I used to use to not eat something is no longer needed. I love my food now. Each meal of meat I swear is the best meal I’ve ever eaten. It never gets boring. So weird! After over a year of zero carb I now eat about two meals a day and have no snacks. I literally forget about food until I am hungry again. For the first time in my life I take no supplements, do no “extras” other than live how I want and exercise because I feel so amazing and not because I have a race to train for, or “to be healthy”. I have never felt this free.

And so it brings up this issue….I’m not healthy and will end up with nutrient deficiencies. Wellll… I will point you to some great pages of others who have been Zero Carb for many years.

Kelly Hogan

Good luck, my journey gets better every day 🙂

The more you train, the faster you go!

Hmmm, the title above was the worst sentence for me.  I read heaps and talked with so many that the only reason you are slow is because you just aren’t training hard enough.  Or you are training in the “black hole”.  Know what that means?  It is when you “think” you are going hard enough but really only hard enough to make it uncomfortable and you can’t sing a song.  So I added harder intervals into my running, swimming and cycling.  Stuff like 8 minutes on 6 min off of eye popping/can’t breath/why are there stars in the sky when it is daylight/ kind of intervals.  Hill repeats. tempo runs.  Longer swims. And I still didn’t go faster!  I stayed the same and my heart rate got lower and lower.  So low that my resting heart beat was 39! I asked a coach and they said the same above sentence!   Argghh!

No one told me that the reason I wasn’t going fast enough was because I had something wrong with me.  I ended up with chronically low iron ferritin stores, a stress fracture, both feet in different years with severe plantar fasciitis and severe depression which all lead to Adrenal Fatigue and having to put on hold my love of endurance sport.  So next time someone tells you the above, maybe you should look into your health first.

I have learnt so much about my body in the last 7 years and am on a great path to feeling better than I ever have done.

Here I am

Well!  I decided today is the day to finally start a blog.  I’ve been toying with this for so long.  I am such a perfectionist that I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing so I wouldn’t fail, but you know what?  So what if I do? Life is a journey, not a destination.  I have had heaps of failures in the last 6 years, working out why my health was deteriorating.  It’s been a hard, tough slog but I wanted a record of the changes I have tried as it is so easy to forget what HAS worked rather than what hasn’t.

I have no idea what to write first, so today I am sharing a general overview of what I am about.

Six years ago I thought a healthy meal was 2 minute noodles and frozen veges.

I thought the more you trained the faster you go.

I thought being frugal meant no fun.

That stress was good for you.

That depression only happened to people that had a difficult life.

That being an extrovert was your goal in life.

That introversion was a flaw you had to change.

I also thought it didn’t matter how you stored your food. What’s wrong with plastic?

Why you would cook when a microwave meal did the job?

Why would you recycle when your wheelie bin fits everything in?

Why reduce your stuff when you had room to put it all?

Why make personal care and household products when you can purchase it?


What would you like me to share first?