28 days: A Cry for Help!

Hi everyone (if you’re still out there)!  I’ve let things go a little too long for a full update, but here’s a few tidbits for you:

This Saturday will be my last Beginner 1 class at 8limbs in Leederville.  It’s been an amazing 6 weeks and I’m so sad that it’s already over.  I’m excited to start Beginner 2, but still hemming and hawing over which day of the week is best for me.  I’ve been keeping up well with my Ashtanga yoga practice at home.  I try to do it nearly every morning for at least 20 minutes.

In other news Matt and I got to under 100 days in our countdown for America.  We both need the holiday so badly!  I realized lately I’ve been so busy that I haven’t stopped to make enough time for “us,” so to remedy that I’ve let a few things drop here and there to try to make up some time together.  It may sound silly, but after 3 and 1/2 years, I still miss him when we’re apart, even just for the day.

The biggest thing to report is that I recently saw my GP for a general checkup and to ask a few questions about digestive health.  As it turns out, I am getting too much fiber.  It could be that I have high levels of it in my body already, or (in her words) I might be “eating too healthy.”  I need less of the good and more of the bad…The easiest way to balance this out (seemingly) is to cut out bread.  Starting Saturday I am stuck on a bread-free detox for 4 weeks.  After that I can reintroduce it slowly, but I need to give up my beloved multi-grain and swap it for white.  Sounds weird, and it is, and I’m freaking out!

PLEASE let me know any and every recipe you can for easy lunches and breakfasts sans bread.  I am allowed to eat rice, but no obvious breads, pastas, desserts (like cake) etc.  My biggest concern is what to eat at brekky without having to cook, and which salads I can make in large batches on a Sunday night to set me up with a few lunches to bring to work during the week.  Also fruits and veggies are high in fiber, so I’m not really meant to supplement with too much more of that good stuff, just continue eating a normal amount.

Despite my recent injuries, I have signed up for 10k in Fremantle on the 16th.  I want to make sure I’m getting enough energy to continue a rigorous exercise regime.  Without bread I’m just afraid I’ll never feel full!  Welcome fats and dairy, goodbye pasta and muffins…


Author: emma a.

I'm Emma, a Minnesota girl getting back in touch with my creative side. Since graduating university in 2008 (the first time), I've been traveling and living abroad. Seven years ago I settled in Australia with my husband. I love running, reading, writing, knitting and pilates. I'm also a physiotherapy student and soon-to-be mother of a baby boy.

2 thoughts on “28 days: A Cry for Help!”

  1. chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad are all nice protein-heavy non-bread make-ahead lunches (and there are enough variations on the themes that you could rotate to avoid being bored, ie tuna nicoise, waldorf salad, etc)! Hard boiled eggs, greek yogurt or feta cheese, with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes is a filling savory make-ahead breakfast. Are you allowed potatoes or legumes? Good luck and feel better soon! Will your US trip include a visit to the East Coast?

    1. Hi hun, how are you!!

      Thanks for the tips. It just occurred to me that Passover would make so many of my friends excellent bread-avoiders. I am allowed to have potatoes and white rice (without rice I’d starve surely) so that’s a good thing. I don’t usually cook with couscous or quinoa so I’m considering those, but perhaps quinoa is too much of a grain to be on the ok list, not too sure. I will definitely be on the coast, I’ll include you in the email when I send ppl all my dates :)

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