Health check – not quite as good as expected…

Well, turns out that I’ve got a few quite a significant deficiencies, despite the healthy diet we eat! I went to see a GP, as I’ve been feeling exhausted lately and find that I’m really struggling with my energy levels, when I really shouldn’t be: after all, I eat a ridiculously healthy diet and sleep 8 hours every night. I had a battery of tests done, and while some of the results were expected, some were rather surprising… First and foremost: I am iodine deficient. This is understandable, as we don’t eat any processed food or iodised table salt and the Australian soil is so deprived of trace minerals, that you practically get no iodine from meat and vegetables. What blew me away was the fact that I’m iron deficient to a point that I’m nearing anaemia!! Me! I eat enough red meat to feed a small army! Yet there it was, black on white: my iron levels are very low. Also, my vitamin D levels were very low, and my vitamin B levels were just within range, even though I take a daily complex vitamin B supplement. Also, my cholesterol was slightly elevated. Nothing alarming, but enough to act upon to correct it before it becomes a problem.   Diet/lifestyle adjustments to follow: Daily liquid iron supplement, taken with a glass of orange juice (vitamin C aids absorption) Initially a daily trace minerals supplement (mainly for zinc and iodine) to be replaced with Tasmanian Kelp powder in a few week’s time. Daily vitamin D supplement Cutting down on fatty meats and trimming off visible fat (I’ll miss you bacon and...
The problem with Whole30

The problem with Whole30

I’ve just finished my Whole30 (well, Whole28, but who’s counting?). I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt as healthy, lean, awake and positive about life in general. I wake up with ease in the morning and feel fabulous from the moment I open my eyes. I have endless energy resources, I get things done and my mood is positive and happy without a hint of previous mood swings. I feel like I could conquer the world!   Altered baselines vs the truth Our bodies are equipped with the most elaborate and sensitive network of alarms – doing something harmful to our bodies triggers a response of distress varying from mild discomfort to outright pain, depending on the severity of harm done. While our ability to adapt has no doubt paved the way to our success as a species, the same skill unfortunately also gave us means to learn how to dull down these warning signals. Subjecting our bodies to continuous distress is responded by accepting the discomfort of the alarm as normal – as an altered baseline. Over time, our minds learn to accept this new baseline as our personal characteristic. “I’ve got a very sensitive stomach”, “I’m allergic to everything”, “I’m not very fit” or “I’m a very light sleeper” – sound familiar anyone? These markers of self-induced altered baselines become truths that we accept about ourselves, and conveniently forget the fact that it doesn’t have to be so. By consuming grains, I actively chose to have a sensitive stomach and suffer from a range of digestion related discomfort. By eating a diet that promotes inflammation, I...

Lesson learned

  If there’s something I learned during my recent trip to Shanghai, it’s that the fleeting joy of eating everything is not worth it.   I went to Shanghai for a ten day holiday and decided to take a break from my paleo life as well. What harm could a mere 10 days do? Oh, if only I had known! I ate it all: tons of rice based products in all possible forms, candy galore, litres of sweet juices and cocktails loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners, bread, dairy – the lot. Amount-wise I’d say I ate considerably less than what I do at home due to the heat and being on the move all the time. I wish I had known better. Practically all my pre-paleo symptoms returned with vengeance within the first week. I was so bloated my normal clothes felt unbearably uncomfortable and every time I finished eating a meal I’d just feel terrible. I was lethargic and had to take daily naps which failed to improve my energy levels. By day three my skin began acting up and by day 6 I was sick as a dog. From now on, I’ll stick to real food even while travelling! The good news is that only 48 hrs of real food is making wonders and I’m beginning to recover already. Now if only I was brave enough to return to CrossFit… Price for eating crap for 10 days: Immediate severe indigestion, bloating, cramps and discomfort Constant lethargy within a few days Skin began acting up around day 3-4 and built up to a full blown breakout Caught...