I had first heard about Whole30/Paleo back in January. The diet sparked my interest mainly from hearing about all the weight people had lost on it. I was still hanging onto baby weight from my daughter who was just about to turn one. Once I read the list of what I could and could not eat my first thought was “yeah right.” I was a certified carb junky and thought there was no way I would ever be able to follow the guidelines. So I continued to count calories and did lose some weight.
Even though my weight was going down I just felt like crap all the time. Everything I ate made me feel sick. There was one day in May when I was so sick after eating lunch and I started to think about Whole30. I remembered that more than losing weight, the diet was about healing and feeling better. So I read through the guidelines again. I read about why Whole30 was a great diet and read through all the testimonials. It was scary, but I decided I had to try it. I wanted to feel better.
My first try lasted 4 days. I got bad news from my doctor, I was depressed and went to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and donut. Back to emotional eating.
I started again June 11th, with the idea that my 30 days would be up the day before vacation, so I could eat whatever I wanted when we went away. I made it to 23 days. Let me tell you, I have never felt so good in a long time. Before Whole30 I complained constantly about my stomach, head, or chest bothering me. By the end of week one I felt great. I started to worry about vacation because you are supposed to introduce foods back in one at a time and see how they affect you. I made the decision to add them back in before we left. I seemed to be ok. Dairy made my chest hurt a bit. Gluten made me bloated.
So on vacation I ate like crap.. and boy did I feel like crap. There were a few days I was so sick I just laid in bed. I was resentful of Whole30 and thought it made my body stop tolerating foods I used to love. I know that is probably not true and I was simply more aware of how crappy I was feeling after feeling so good.
So we are home from vacation and even though I am not being a carb junky like I was in the past, but I am really not eating that great and my relationship with food is still horrible. I have been debating starting another Whole30 and making it a life changer this time.
So after yet another crummy doctor’s appointment yesterday I decided that I am ready. I am ready to commit to THIRTY days. I am ready to make big changes in how I feel and with my relationship with food. So I am gearing up to start ASAP. Round three starts tomorrow (although I am starting RIGHT NOW.) Wish me luck and feel free to follow along my Paleo journey.