Today is my 30th day of Whole30! I wanted to write a little about my results because it's been so awesome.
I did my first round of Whole30 almost exactly a year ago, three weeks after having my fourth baby. I had a lot of weight to lose and I wanted to kick my sugar addiction, as well as address other health issues like IBS and adrenal/chronic fatigue.
That round of Whole30 was okay. I was happy that I lost 10 pounds of my baby weight, but two weeks into it, my stomach started hurting and pretty much hurt the rest of the time on Whole30. I didn't feel super and I never did get the energy that everyone talks about. Overall, I thought the program was good and I enjoyed the food, but I was left wanting.
Fast forward a year, and I knew I needed to do it again. But I DID NOT WANT TO. I just didn't. I didn't want to give up dairy and I sure as hell didn't want to give up sugar! Haha. BUT, my stomach was hurting every single time I ate...for months...and I was constantly needing to be near a bathroom. My fatigue was horrible and I just didn't feel well in general. I knew I needed to do the program again but like I said, I didn't want to! Psychologically and emotionally I just wasn't into it. However, having a terrible stomachache every day motivates you to do things you don't think you can.
So, on March 18th, I started my second round of Whole30...very reluctantly. I had a really bad attitude about it. As the days went on, I craved gluten free waffles with maple syrup and butter like no other! That is all that I wanted. For a few days, I didn't even have an appetite. Meaning, that I was hungry and I needed to eat, but nothing even sounded or tasted good at all.
The most frustrating part is that my stomach KEPT hurting, for weeks into the program!! That was by far the most frustrating part of all. I really wanted to just give up. "Screw it. If my stomach hurts when I eat a strict diet, why not just eat crap all the time? I feel like crap anyways!" Those were my thoughts. I also started craving a big bowl of white rice with butter. That still sounds so good and is the first thing I'm going to eat when I start to reintroduce foods!
Finally, at about week 3, my stomach felt better! My energy levels were UP! I had passion and creativity again for the first time in months or years! I didn't feel dead inside or feel like my mind was so foggy I couldn't think straight.
Basically, I started to feel amazing. So amazing that I knew I didn't want to stop any time soon. I have been having longstanding gut issues - over 9 years to be exact. It goes in cycles (I actually have a parasite I'm dealing with which is the root problem) but there are times when it just gets really bad. I have been having a flare up since last fall and haven't felt well or normal since that time. Feeling this amazing makes me so motivated! I don't want to stop eating this way. I don't even miss sugar, which is very rare for me to say, because I pretty much love sugar! I am in no rush to introduce foods. For me, the pain of NOT eating those foods is much better than the pain of eating them. It is just not worth it to me to stray from this diet.
I have tried so many healing diets in the past, including Whole30 previously, and haven't felt this good on any of them. I am convinced that this is what my body needs right now. I am happy, I am energized, I am healing...I can feel it! My hormonal acne around my chin is getting better too, which is another great benefit. I haven't lost very much weight this time around, maybe just a few pounds, but that was not my goal. My goal was energy and a happy tummy and I have both! To say I am excited and hopeful is an understatement. I really didn't think I was going to make it through the 30 days.
My plan going forward is to continue eating a Whole30 diet - meaning no grains, no dairy, no legumes (including soy and peanuts), no sugar (even maple syrup and honey). On Whole30, things like paleo pancakes are a no-no. I am not going to worry about those little details now, as this is a lifestyle shift for me and I plan to continue eating mostly this way for several months to a year. I am excited to continue to heal my gut and hopefully live without the symptoms I have experienced for the past 9 years!