Yup, that’s right folks. I’m doing the Whole30, again. I know most of you are probably shaking your heads. “Yeah yeah, you’ve done it before.” But this time is very different. This time I read “It Starts With Food.” Game changer. Yes, I’ve been eating paleo for a while and I know all about “healing the gut.” But it wasn’t until I really sat down and read the book that it just clicked with me.
Last time, all I saw was a list of foods to avoid. A big “NO!” list. Which is why I just couldn’t stick with it. A few sips of wine here or a piece of gluten-free cookie there. So while I “did” the Whole30, I really didn’t. Because my gut never healed. Because I still am not 100% sure what foods aggravate my fibromyalgia pain.
This time is going to be different. Last night at a New Year’s Eve Party, my fibro pain was awful. And I knew it had something to do with either the crackers and dip, the alcohol and/or all of the sugar I was eating. So we’re going to find out. And everyone is more than welcome to join me. A number of other bloggers, including the Whole9, the people that wrote “It Starts With Food,” will be writing about their experiences as well. Two bigs ones are Holly Would If She Could and Nom Nom Paleo. Both of them have websites full of Whole30 recipes, links to helpful tips etc. Plus they are even doing a few giveaways.
Don’t have any idea what I’m talking about? Check out my blog posts from my first Whole30 here:
Thinking about joining in but don’t know where to start?
Here is a handy, dandy PDF
Link to a list of resources on the Whole9 website that might help
And finally, I can’t stress enough, read the book. Seriously. Now I’m not saying run out and buy it. (This is not a sponsored post, I promise). But read it. Find a friend with a copy. Check it out at the public library (which is what I did). Find a copy and really learn about why you’re doing the Whole30.
For example, in the book you learn:
- Everything nasty that is pumped into factory farmed animals going straight to their fat. If you can’t buy grass-fed beef, buy the leanest meat available. It’s not the fat that’s bad, it’s what’s in it
- Sugar is bad for you. Duh. Fake sugar is bad for you. Duh.
- Legumes contain phytate, an anti-nutrient that absorbs good nutrients such as calcium out of your body
- Cow’s milk is a great source nutrients…if you’re a cow. Cow’s milk isn’t made for humans.
And a few things I will be doing differently:
- Eat 3 meals a day. That means a real breakfast. As much as I hate breakfast, a cup of coffee and a handful of nuts aren’t going to cut it
- No snacking. If I’m actually hungry every day at 3pm, I’m not eating enough at lunch
- If I have to eat out, go with a salad. I can’t tell you the number of times I ordered sweet potato fries and a burger, thinking they were perfectly acceptable and ignoring the fact that they were probably smothered with canola oil
- Come prepared. This means always having a snack, always having whole30 food to take for lunches, and even bringing my own meals to parties. I will not get stuck in a situation where I’m starving, looking at everyone else eat pizza
- I bought Ghee. So far it’s awesome. Smells a lot like popcorn
And finally, one more thing I’m doing different. Last fall my doctor put me on a number of steroids to control my asthma. She said I basically just don’t breath. Well the problem with the steroids is they made my period completely disappear but didn’t do a thing for my asthma…
Well we’re going to see if doing the Whole30 will help where the meds failed. I am now the proud owner of a peak-flow meter and I plan on testing at the beginning and then again at the end.
OK so here we go. I don’t have any before pictures for you but:
Day 1 of Whole30:
- Weight = around 125lb. I don’t own a scale so will check at the gym tomorrow
- Chest = 32 inches
- Waist = 27 inches
- Hips = 38 inches
- Arm = 10 inches
- Thigh = 22 inches
- Fibromyalgia pain = 8/10 today. 9/10 last night.
- Resting Peak-Flow = 300 (goal is 475)
Let me know if you’re planning on doing the Whole30 with me. Also don’t forget you can follow me on twitter @painfreekitchen