The Crucial Role of Stomach Acid & Its Surprising Ties to Your Health

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.  

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Whole30 Results & Going Forward

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 measure success, and see that they too have had success.

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Days 23-29: Almost done!

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!

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Days 18-22: Monotony or routine?

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!

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Day 16-17: What do you do when you get sick during your Whole30?

Day 16 is 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! 

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The half-way point is here! Days 13-15, and more cake!

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. 

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Ember29 (Sophie)
1/4 of the way done! That went fast... or did it? Week 1 Recap

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.

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