It’s actually really difficult to over eat with whole foods. Plus sit down paddle boarding (I’m working on it).

Aside from missing certain foods such as an ice cream when I was at the beach with my son’s (they both had huge ones) one of the big struggles I’m having is getting enough calories especially on training days.

Today for example I burned (according to Garmin) 1000 calories across one dog walk and 2 CrossFits. Now as I’m trying to gain muscle and strength that requires a surplus on weight training days. Even a slight surplus. Which means getting around 2800 calories in my face. Sounds like bliss right? But in your head you probably aren’t thinking eggs, meat and potatoes rather pizza or something else highly caloric.

The great thing and in this current situation the difficult thing is that whole foods contain fibre, protein and fats all of which fill you up.

In fact I’ve found one interesting thing, take all the refined sugar out of your diet and you get full very quickly. Even removing the low amount of sugar in my diet before this fundraising year has had an impact. Some researchers suggest this is due to lowering of insulin levels throughout the body.

It does make me wonder if our modern food is simply too caloric and not satisfying enough. This would make it easy to over eat. I’m not however a nutritionalist just a woman with a blog having a ponder.

I didn’t get the chance to blog yesterday, but it was fabulous day. My son’s and I went stand up paddle boarding, well I mainly went sit down paddle boarding. I did stand a few times but went straight over fairly quickly. I’m blaming the broken toes, or the waves or something else. It was huge fun though and I definitely want to try it again, I’m just trying to find somewhere that I can hire paddleboards for a couple of hours without it costing a fortune each week. The only photo of us is with the small humans also paddleboarding that day.

Meals of note in the past two days

Yesterday was eating out at the beach and the safest option sugar free wise was mackerel and salad. It was actually wonderful.

Today to get a few extra calories in meatballs and spuds with broccoli and a homemade sauce (really easy just passatta, dried oregano, dried garlic and fresh basil at the end of cooking). It was lovely but I did leave two spuds.

Dog walk today was a trip through fields and by the castle, next to river was good and cool for J dog. Kids here are so lucky to be able to grow up playing in the river across the summer. Having grown up in a city I just think it’s wonderful to have all this within walking distance.

I’m off to eat some strawberries and cream now.

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Featured image is a floral celebration of the moon landing J dog and I saw on our walk.

Exercise experimentation and sugar free struggle.

I found out at a patient meeting Charlotte and I went to last week (I’ll post about it properly tomorrow when I have time) that her low muscle tone is most likely part of her PTEN disorder (Cowden Syndrome). Now I’ve always struggled to put muscle on too but not to the same degree as Charlotte till perimenopause. Which puts us at a similar place.

My coach Hesus and I are going to experiment with ways to build strength in me (a naturally non muscular) person and then translate that to Charlotte as she gets well enough to start weight bearing exercise.

Weight bearing exercise is extremely important for her, not just because of her hyperflexibility and lack of strength. She had thyroid cancer which meant the removal of her thyroid, it also means she is kept on a higher dose of thyroxine in order to keep her risk of thyroid cells regrowth and subsequent cancer low. This carries with it a big risk of osteoporosis. Exercise will be vital then for her bone health.

She also along with chronic fatigue syndrome has POTs (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) which is greatly helped be exercise.

Today was my first day of this new program. I’m excited to be starting something that might help her.

I did however find it hard. It’s tough to do things we aren’t good at, there’s a certain amount of mental struggle. But I believe it will be worth it.

My younger son was going to come to join in but couldn’t make it. He did come home for dinner though and wow he’s looking so well. His skin is amazing. I can’t wait to see how well he looks a few weeks further down the line.

Speaking of dinner now here’s my struggle. Calories. On training days to gain strength I should eat at least 2000, sounds simple. Sugar free it’s actually not. 2000 calories of whole foods is actually a heck of a lot of food. I’ve hit the calories but not quite enough carbs and honestly I couldn’t eat any more if you paid me!!!

This evening Jasper and I went for a wood walk, it’s a few minutes drive from our house and lovely and cool on a hot day like this. Plus it’s very pretty.

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