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Tips from Julie Foucher of "Pursuing Health"

Julie Foucher, former CrossFit games athlete and current medical resident, has a very interesting podcast called "Pursuing Health". On it, she interviews people who have changed their lives with lifestyle, diet, and exercise and also experts in those fields. This week was a great listen as she answers questions from the listeners in the 100th episode. Here is the description:

Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?! It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to support me through this shift in my career from CrossFit Games athlete, to medical student, and now soon-to-be family medicine physician.

This podcast has been such a rewarding outlet for me to continue to highlight some amazing individuals in the world and share their stories and discoveries with all of you, in the hopes that their insights might positively impact your lives as well.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, and although we have had some INCREDIBLE guests on the show over the past 3 years, it just felt like this was the appropriate time to have a more intimate conversation between me and YOU with a Q+A style episode.

In this episode we discuss:

  • CrossFit Health and the CFMDL1: what it is, how I’m involved, and how you can get involved
  • My take on the change in this year’s CrossFit Games format
  • The need to work towards creative solutions so that low-income patients and patients with serious medical conditions can get involved in CrossFit
  • Functional Medicine: what it is and how I became exposed to it
  • Ways students and practitioners can get involved with Functional Medicine
  • How to incorporate Functional Medicine into a standard medical practice
  • The power of group visits to make our healthcare model work
  • How we can take control of our own health and partner with a like-minded practitioner
  • Making Functional Medicine more financially accessible
  • My take on finding the healthiest way to eat given the conflicting dietary advice out there
  • Food sensitivity tests: are they worthwhile?
  • Nutrition and the role of quality, quantity, timing, and supplements
  • My own current nutrition routine
  • Other important health factors: relationships, regular activity including restorative activity, finding your purpose, sleep, stress reduction & down-regulation of the nervous system
  • My stance on the Health at Every Size movement
  • My current training routine
  • My thoughts on returning to competition
  • My tips for staying on track and prioritizing when you’re pulled in multiple directions
  • How I plan to integrate CrossFit Health and Functional Medicine into my own future practice
  • What I would most like to change about the current healthcare system

I especially liked her thoughts on nutrition and how quality should come first before worrying about quantity. Give it a listen!

Wednesday's Training:

3 min AMRAP:

21 OHS (95/65)

21 Burpees over the Rower

Max calorie row in remaining time

Rest 3 minutes

3 min AMRAP:

18 OHS (115/80)

18 Burpees over the Rower

Max calorie row in remaining time

Rest 3 minutes

3 min AMRAP:

15 OHS (135/95)

15 Burpees over the Rower

Max calorie row in remaining time

Rest 3 minutes

3 min AMRAP:

21 OHS (155/105)

21 Burpees over the Rower

Max calorie row in remaining time

score is total accumulated calories