by Jude on November 24, 2011

in Head and Heart Stuff, Paleo Diet, Smart.Sexy.Paleo

Since writing this post, I’ve been tinkering with a much kinder plan that is totally unlike anything I have ever done before.

If I am honest, it has been a lot little harder than I anticipated. Slowing down is not how I roll.

Also, I didn’t want to leap gung-ho into something new, because, let’s face it – we have totally been through all of this before. So, I’ve just been trying to go with the flow and pay attention to how I am feeling.

I have been waking up without an alarm, eating within 30 minutes of getting up and have dropped the intensity way back.

All of these things are the complete opposite of how I have been operating. Those three small changes have been quite amazing.

I have not felt anxious and flustered for the first few hours in the office, I have not collapsed into bed at 8pm in an exhausted heap and my energy has been greatly improved. I did not realise these were even issues until they weren’t there anymore.

I think it is definitely worth pursuing for a little longer. For the next 8 weeks, I am going to explore this new angle a little closer.

For those interested, and in the most basic of terms, I am trying to eliminate all of those sneaky fat loss blockers like screwy cortisol, leptin and insulin.

From the reading I’ve done, a clean diet with low intensity exercise (that works with, rather than against our natural hormonal rhythms), the reduction/elimination of lifestyle stress and quality sleep can create some very positive changes – especially with normalising those important hormones and breaking through plateaus.

My slow weight loss, stubborn abdominal blubber and tendency to get stressed about just about everything indicate that I may just have a problem with those screwy hormones.

Regardless, I could certainly do with a bit of a break. I can be haaaaard work sometimes.


  • A clean paleo diet as a general rule, relaxing in to the Primal Blueprint over the holidays – allowing limited quantities of:
    • heavy cream;
    • butter;
    • Bacon;
    •  85% choc;
    •  Nuts; and,
    •  Fruit

    for special occasions.

  • No snacking.
  • Eating a solid breakfast 30 minutes after waking up.
  • Starchy carbs after weight training (evening meal).


  • No morning training – mobility and/or moderate walk only.
  • No aerobic exercise or metcons.
  • Weight training and mobility or yoga in the evenings after 5pm.

Stress Management

  • Declining any new business bookings for the duration of this plan;
  • Eating lunch away from my desk, ideally in the park (barefoot and soaking up the sun);
  • Learning how to play (more on this later);
  • Learning how to meditate or use other techniques to quiet my busy brain;
  • Eliminating the alarm clock;
  • Taking time out from technology each day.


So there’s my plan. What are you doing to manage your health balance?




{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan November 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Welcome to the Slow Down Club. I hope we both get the results we want-and even if we don’t, isn’t this a lovely way to live for a while? Ive been sleeping like a champ, and yoga has been so good for me. About to do my morning meditation. Is it possible to be a groovy badass? That’s what I want: groovy badassery.


Jude November 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

Confession time – it took me a week or so of aimlessly pfaffing about to work out how I could properly move forward. I tend to be all or nothing, and this (comparatively speaking) looked a lot like doing nothing.

I also really struggled with the idea of not going to Crossfit. I spoke to my coaches to see if there was way I could still come but not do anything intense. Thank goodness they were so open to that.

Having said all of that, YES! I think it is possible to be a groovy badass – and I think you’ll be the baddest of the badasses by the end of this.

(Hope you had a wonderful T-day with your gorgeous family!) xo


Robyn November 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

I admire your persistence and commitment, Jude.

Btw, because of your lead I’ve been contemplating the paleo option lately.


Jude November 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Yep, I’ve never given up – which I’m very proud of. But paleo is my last stop – such a life changer.

Let me know if you want to chat about it!


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