For the last two years I’ve been struggling with keeping my fibromyalgia pain under control. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what fibromyalgia is, it’s basically just pain, all the time, that never goes away. As of now, doctors don’t know what causes it and there is no cure. It started for me September of 2010. Some days are better than others. And after the first year I got used to the minor pain that would be there 24/7. But it’s the painful flare ups, the ones that cause my muscles to contract so hard that a doctor thought they were bone when she touched them, that are the hardest to deal with.
For days like that, I thankfully have Vicodin. But after reading so many blogs online that suggested that paleo/primal would help, I jumped on board. It made sense to me. Take out things that cause inflammation (grains, legumes) and maybe my pain would decrease. However I just kept “cheating.” An occasional sandwich; a pecan waffle. I told myself that these little things wouldn’t matter. And the biggest cheat was dairy. Even though I am technically lactose intolerant, I kept eating yogurt and cheese…and ice cream.
Then Monday, after reading a post on Facebook by another paleo/primal follower that told me that her fibro pain decreased as soon as she gave up dairy, I knew I had to make a change. For those of you who aren’t completely familiar with paleo/primal, the Whole30 is a 30 day detox, a very strict paleo plan that is a great way to jump into paleo cold turkey. The rules are very basic:
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol,
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not eat white potatoes.
The point is to stop eating anything that might be affecting your body negatively. If it’s something that you’re interested in, I highly suggest that you read it more in detail here: The Whole30.
So last night, after reading What I Gather’s blog, who is also currently doing the Whole30, I thought why not start right now? Don’t wait until the beginning of the month. Start the moment you open your eyes. So that’s exactly what I did. Today I started my Whole30. And for the next 30 days, I’m going to post what I ate at the end of every day, so if you want to follow along with me, you can.
WIAW and My First Day on the Whole30
Breakfast: Had my coffee black. I might experiment with almond milk or coconut milk in the future. But for now I was able to just drink it straight. Also ate two hardboiled eggs. I normally skip breakfast but this morning my stomach was growling as I was getting ready for work.
Lunch: This was hard. I was meeting a friend for lunch and spent 30 minutes looking at the menu for something that I could eat. Finally settled on an omelete made with sausage, onion and tomatos. There are obviously potatoes in the picture, which I didn’t realize came with it. But I left every single one on the plate. Now if we were going to be super picky, I might worry about the possible vegetable oil that the eggs were fried in or the mystery ingredients in the sausage. But I decided that when it comes to eating out, there are lines that I just have to draw. At home where I can read labels, I will make sure I’m strict. But when I’m eating out, I will be OK with 90%.
Snack: Mixed nuts. No peanuts. Also learned to read labels. Some nuts have mystery ingredients that you would have never guessed. If it doesn’t just say nuts, it’s not Whole30.
Dinner: Tried a new recipe. I will post it as soon as I can. Sautéed chicken covered in almonds, herbs and paprika. And sautéed green beans from the farmer’s market in coconut oil and garlic. Pretty happy with how they turned out.
Alright, that’s day 1. See everyone tomorrow.