Do you have to eat every 2 hours? Get HANGRY if you don’t? Are you able to go go go all day long then crash once you actually sit down? Require a giant glass of wine/beer after work just to “unwind”? Use working out to beat yourself up as a stress relief? Have trouble falling asleep? Wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep?
This defined me. Family and friends knew meals and snacks were a necessity if you didn’t want the bitch to come out. Missing a meal was never an option.
I eat saturated fats and cholesterol, with no regrets! Over the last few months since starting the NTP program, I’ve had a few people ask me regarding my fat intake. Our media has demonized cholesterol over the decades and now we are terrified of saturated fats and cholesterol. I do not understand how our government and media allowed this – literally making us unhealthy and sick. But on the positive side, there is a shift occurring, people are starting to take their health in their hands and eat fat and less processed foods.
With all the stress I have in my life, the last thing I thought I was effecting was my digestion. Hell, for the past few years I’ve completely shifted what I ate and how I thought about food. I thought I was doing a pretty damn good job of eating the right foods to provide my body the fuel I needed to perform optimally. Enter NTA and a wrench in my daily grind…I have come to the realization that over at least the past 2 years I have been “thriving” off of cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline).
I have been doing CrossFit for 4.5 years with varying degrees of dedication. I would consider myself one of the “weaker” females in my gym. My 1-rep max deadlift hovers around 155# (that is this year) and has seen little improvement. The weak deadlifts have always been blamed on my running habits – quad dominant and weaker hamstrings; oh and my inability to activate my glutes. Well in April this chick hit a 200# sumo deadlift. SAY WHAT?! My body felt great that day, there was no “knot” above my right glute and that damn bar went up when I lifted it.
3 MONTHS DOWN. FIRST WORKSHOP COMPLETE! Now I just really need to grasp an understanding of digestion, blood sugar regulation, & fatty acids…
This past weekend was the first workshop for the NTP program and wow was it a whirlwind. Leading up to the weekend I was extremely anxious, I didn’t know what to expect. Basically, it was the first day of college all over again, you were going to a place where you knew absolutely no one with the only exception being that we all had the same interest, health.
I’m not going to lie, I was close to having a breakdown Saturday night and dropping out of the course all together. After two days, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through another day of randomly being called on to answer a question I didn’t know the answer to; remembering everything I should have learned by now regarding digestion, blood sugar regulation, and the other foundations; or being able to find the proper points for the functional evaluations. It’s just wayyyy too much to learn in 9 months!