Hi lovely blog readers 😀
I hope this blog post finds you well. As you can read from the title, I have embarked on the Whole 30-new eating style- wagon. So far.. I AM LOVING IT! Quite honestly, I thought it would be dreadful, the first couple of days at least. But as a blissful surprise, it hasn’t been bad at all. Yes, I am craving certain foods, but prior to starting this journey I’d crave foods, too. The only difference is that I am not being submissive to my food cravings. Woo hoo! Let’s hope it continues this way. lol
I decided to write a post about my two week progress because I am experiencing a few different results in addition to what the Whole 30 program promises. Some which you, too, might experience if you decide to give the program a try. Here are a couple:
- So far, zero headaches, vertigo, breakouts, sleepiness: You can read about the symptoms you might experience while doing Whole 30 here. While I haven’t dealt with any of those mentioned above, I have experienced crankiness, CRAZY bread cravings, and indigestion. Most of which are subsiding by now (currently on day 12) except the bread cravings. I feel any symptoms you might experience depends on what your diet was like prior to Whole 30. So plan accordingly.
- Hip pain is disappearing: About 8 months ago I fractured part of my hip area while working out. I say “part of” because up until today, I am not sure if I fractured a joint, a tendon, ligament, bone. I just know my hips have been in pain and the pain was torturous every time i’d do any sort of physical activity for an extended period of time- even walking! After day 5 of Whole 30 I noticed the pain was going away! Guys, I couldn’t believe my brain and the (simple) connection I made when I realized that maybe i really am allergic to one of the foods (if not all) i have been avoiding. I have been raised to think that if I experience some sort of physical discomfort I have to 1. take medicine or 2. get over it. Although I know allergies exist, I always thought I was immune to them. I have always felt like a really healthy person and that I could conquer any sickness, pain, etc. Except this time when I injured my hip because I dealt with it for so long. For eight months I dealt with it thinking I was just aging badly and would have to deal with it for the rest of my life. I tried special stretches, yoga, icy hot, ice pads, heat patches, compression pants, and I almost scheduled appointment with the doc. I have a hunch that what was causing inflammation in my hip fracture was dairy. I guess I will find out once I end Whole 30. Unless I decide to continue…
- No weight loss: I know the rules of Whole 30, okay. lol. You’re not supposed to weigh yourself, but I have. Every week. So far.. zero pounds lost. Disappointing? Yes, because that was my primary reason for doing this. The obsession with the scale sits well with me because I understand what the scale is for in my own terms. For me it’s another way to keep track, and that’s okay with me. Now, although it’s disappointing I haven’t lost weight, I have lost inches and I have am still so thrilled with the other results of this eating style. You have no idea how happy I am about my hips getting another chance to heal. So grateful I tried this.
- My skin feels so fresh and supple: My skin feels so great! Since about day 8 during Whole 30 I wake up with skin that feels soft, fresh, and moist. Not like it did before- dry, flaky, and with a pimple here and there.
- Humans find safety in sets of rules for guidance: This could be an extensive topic. But for the sake of a “quick read” I will just say this: Most humans love guidance and that is great. I could have just decided to avoid certain foods and call it day. But no.. I have found a “program” with rules and guidelines for help called Whole 30. I love this idea of finding a set of rules for guidance because it builds community, trust, and encouragement.
One of the biggest lessons that has really sunk in while doing this program is that our body compositions are all different. I haven’t experienced any sugar withdrawals but have had so my cravings for bread. I was literally drooling as my Baby Seal (life companion) was eating bread/pizza next to me. #DROOL #MOUTHJUSTWATERED. If you are dealing with pain that just won’t go away, or have tried everything to lose weight with out much success, or you’re just curious about Whole 30, I encourage you to try it! I know the program isn’t about weight loss but rather psychologically disengaging from processed foods. However, if your primary goal is to lose weight I’d recommend trying this program first before any other. Not only will you most likely lose a couple of pounds but you will learn about food triggers that cause discomfort. Thank you for stopping by and happy Whole30! 😀
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or physician. This is not a compensated post. All reviews and tips are my own.