You may be especially interested in this information if you suffer from acid reflux ("heartburn") or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). However, if you have any digestive issues (such as bloating, ulcers, constipation, or gas), skin problems (such as acne, rashes, or eczema), an autoimmune condition (such as MS, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto's, or Psoriasis), or allergies (including both seasonal and food), you'll want to read on.
Digestion matters. The health of the digestive system is a precursor for overall health. A healthy immune system, endocrine (hormone) system, neurological system, cardiovascular system- you name it- all depend on the health and function of the digestive tract. "All disease begins in the gut" is one of the truest statements when it comes to health.
I am excited to share what changes I've noticed from the Whole30, but most importantly, what I've learned about myself and my body-- for a number of reasons. For one, maybe it can inspire someone to tackle a Whole30 who has had similar issues (or maybe completely different ones). Maybe sharing my results can be a lightbulb for those who have done the Whole30 and felt they didn't get anything out of it-- maybe they will see how I measure success, and see that they too have had success.
The day everyone who has ever done the Whole 30 waits for. The end is here! But the funny thing about the Whole30, is that you think day 30 will come and it will all be over, but you start to realize pretty soon that there really isn't going to be an "end."
Some "historical blizzard" we got. I woke up around 4AM and checked outside to see no snow. When I finally woke up around 7:30AM, I thought it was a dream. But nope, we got maybe 4 inches of the forecasted 1-2 feet. Being prepared to be snowed in and get tons done, and then waking up to the reality that you actually may have to go about a regular work day isn't fun!
After the wrath of the cold that hit me like a ton of bricks, I finally started feeling better. I honestly only felt "sick" for one day, while the following days were just the annoying symptoms like sinus congestion and runny nose. Other than that, I bounced back more quickly than I usually do-- and you bet I attribute that to the way I've been eating. When your body has a constant supply of abundant nutrients--minus the inflammatory stuff-- there is no doubt that it is better equipped to deal with sickness!
Day 16is when the "tiger blood" is supposed to kick in. I admit, I've been feeling pretty damn good, and feeling like I've gotten past the biggest challenges of these 30 days- all day I had tons of energy and I felt really strong during my workout... but I knew I was getting sick. By the time I got home around 8PM, I had no energy to cook, and luckily didn't need to!
I admit, every time I've done a Whole30 before this, I never counted off the days or stayed accountable the way I've done it this time. Maybe it's the fact that this time I have a stronger "why," or that I have more accountability buddies-- especially those who actually live with me, or that I decided to publicly share my journey on a blog-- I am sure it's the combination of all the factors. But right now, why I'm staying on track really doesn't matter to me as much as the simple fact that I am staying on track, and feeling pretty damn good.
Well, I expected these days to be the hardest--- it's week 2 and I expected to get bored of food, frustrated with food prep, and according to the Whole30 timeline, I was prepared for the day 8-11 slump. Plus, my birthday weekend (days 11-14) conveniently fell right smack in the middle of the 30 days! A birthday with no cake? Yep!
Week 1 of the Whole30 has come and gone. Overall, I would say it's been a positive experience-- but not without its challenges (and cravings)! Fortunately, it means I am 1/4 of the way done with this 30 day journey, but as time goes on, I am seeing I may need to take a little more than 30 days to do what I need to do! However, I truly am seeing how certain "small" things I let slip over the past year or so, actually aren't very small at all.
Tomorrow, January 5th, 2015, I embark on my 3rd Whole30. (If you are here and don't know what that is, you can find all the info here or here). The past two times I did it, I admit, I didn't go 100%. I would follow the plan for two to three weeks, and then my thought process would turn to, "well I pretty much eat this way all the time... so I don't need to be so strict."