Happy Monday! So today I decided to start another Whole30. You might be thinking “again?” Well during the time I was away from blogging, I also stopped being careful about what I ate. I didn’t go crazy and pig out on ice cream, but I did indulge in a sandwich or two (or three or four).

Well, the problem with doing that, as delicious as it was, is sure enough my fibromyalgia started coming back. It was slow at first but it was definitely there. And once again I was reaching for the Vicodin (after nearly 3 months without touching it). I also started gaining weight. It was a little at first, but as my muscle started to disappear from not lifting, the weight started to creep up.

A few weeks ago I was feeling pretty down about my body, in a ton of pain and at the end of my rope. I knew I needed to get it together. Problem was, even though I was trying to eat right, the pain just wasn’t going away.

Which brings us to today. I realized that if I really want my fibromyalgia pain to stop, I’m going to have to heal my gut all over again.

If you haven’t heard of the Whole30 yet, check out whole9life.com. It’s basically a 30 day elimination diet to heal your gut (and discover any food allergies you might have). I’ve done it twice now (once last August and then again this past January). And now that it’s July I think it’s time for one more.

If you want to read about my past experiences, I suggest you check out these blog posts:

Whole30 2.0

I Finished the Whole30

5 Tips for a Successful Whole30

Also don’t forget to check out:

Handy, dandy PDF on what is the Whole30

List of resources at Whole9life.com

And finally, if you haven’t done the Whole30 before, I highly highly recommend you read the book “It Starts With Food.” You don’t have to buy it, your library should have tons of copies. That’s what I did. But it really makes a difference knowing WHY you don’t eat certain foods.

So yeah, there we go. For the next 30 days I will give up:

  • All sugar unless it’s from whole fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Processed foods
  • Grains (minus one exception)

In the interest of being completely transparent, I do have to admit I will be doing the Whole30 with one exception. Since I am exercising quite a bit and lifting heavy weights, I am allowing myself to eat quinoa,  gluten-free oats and the occasional piece of gluten-free bread. Why? Because I need the carbs and I don’t want to force myself to eat sweet potatoes twice a day for 30 days. Plus I’ve done the Whole30 twice now and I know that my body does OK with them.

If you’ve never done the Whole30 before, DO NOT make exceptions like this. Do it 100% the right way. You never know which foods you might actually have reactions to without testing them first. You might be surprised.

If you’re interested in following along, I will most likely be blogging about my experience. And check back for lots of Whole30 approved recipes.

Have a Happy Monday!

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