Training After Stage 3 Adrenal Fatigue

Interested in HRV? Try this: http://resultcult.com/guide-to-heart-rate-variability/ Heart Rate Variability (HRV) tracking has been an integral part of my recovery from Stage 3 Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is sadly, becoming a far too familiar state of being over stressed in all arenas. Symptoms range from the most common fatigue and lethargy, to brain fog, joint pain, irritability, depression, hormonal imbalance, and many more. Upon realizing that removing stressors needed to be the main focus for healing, I immediately looked to dial back my workouts as I have a history of over-training. (My over-training and under eating sent me to the cardiac unit of the local hospital once upon a time, but that;s an entire article by itself!) In fact, a lot of research was telling me to take a break completely until I felt better. So following this advice, I pulled my weight training out of my weekly routine and stayed active by walking and playing with my kids when I could muster up the energy, quite frankly. Sadly, taking a break from training made my symptoms substantially worse. I had a very strong instinct to resume my training, but was scared to add any more stress to my body for fear of my already unbearable fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, and depression worsening, so the default became to rest for days or weeks at a time. I stumbled across HRV monitoring in my research, but thought it was reserved for athletes so I had passed it by. Taking a second look would turn out to be one of the best decisions I made for my health to date. From everything I was reading, it could give me feedback on my stress levels, simply defined. At this...
3 Critical Diet Changes To Make Right Now 

3 Critical Diet Changes To Make Right Now 

Say you and I are sitting in a restaraunt. We are scouring the menu for something delicious to eat and more than a few items are catching your eye. There are so many entrees on the menu itself that you feel rushed to just get though them all before the server comes back to get our order. Of the dozens of choices, you end up defaulting to ol’ faithful…the same thing you got last time we were here.  This is an example of option overload. This may or may not come as surprise to you but, people, we don’t like options. We like the appearance of options. In reality we like clear and concise guidelines which help us make decisions we know will make us happy.  This is a primal instinct that has helped us survive millions of years in the wilderness. It helped us avoid predators, discern edible plants from inedible or poisonous ones, maintain tight communities and evolve technologies like sanitation and medicine. It is actually more human to avoid things that hurt us and fill our baskets with things that bring us life.  In other words, discretion is a good thing and it’s perfectly fine to exercise this instinct that not all animals have. The problem is that our world surrounds us with hyper palatable, cleverly marketed fake foods which trick these brain centers, usually dedicated for acknowledging pleasures, into believe a food with harmful contents is actually ok to eat. With the perfect blend of artificial ingredients, large companies are finding ways to create the appearance of options with multiple brands, deliver nearly identical products,...
RECIPE: The Almond Butter Calorie Bomb

RECIPE: The Almond Butter Calorie Bomb

You’re not you when you’re hangry There’s nothing more stressful than being underfed. Regardless of your training goal, everyone has their daily nutritional needs. If you are training, especially with weights, your caloric needs rise along with your workloads. Hectic work and family schedules clutter your judgement and focus. Many fat loss and athletic goals become severely underfed and therefor diminish. Here’s a convenient recipe to ensure your snack packs the caloric punch necessary to manage that aspect of your stress management program. McCOY’S CALORIE BOMB  This recipe has evolved over time from a non bake “protein ball” recipe. The bomb gets its name for its explosive post workout recovery powers. Healthy fats, protein for days, and the right amount of carbohydrates to fuel you for next training session. below is an outline for you to follow and I encourage to make it your own as well. These are all approximation. Cave men didn’t have measuring cups after all. 1 cup almond butter 2 cuts old fashioned oats 1 cup dried dates A grip of Chia seeds A grip of flax seeds 2 scoops chocolate protein powder As much coconut oil as you can handle. I uuse about 3 spoon fools Agave nectar or honey to add sweatness. I use a little different every time based on how much sugar I’m aiming for. Mix that mess together and portion into the size you want. I make it into 7 so that I have one for each day. Wrap them individually in parchment paper and place them into tupper ware. The explosive goodness will be solidified in about 20 minutes and have you focused with...
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