Honesty Time: Why you should try the Whole30
Honesty Time: Why you should try the Whole30
Last week I decided I wanted to start a weekly series where I share my honest thoughts on just about anything in life. I’ve been getting SO many questions on the Whole30, so I’ve decided to create a post clearing up some confusion and sharing my own experience.
I am by no means an expert on the Whole30. I’m not sure I even followed all the precise rules. My mom and I had heard a lot about the diet from the internet, but before we started we purchased two books: The Whole30 and Food Freedom Forever. I read the entire 30 day guide before I started, but that’s because I was recovering from my tonsillectomy. (And because I’m a loser). You don’t have to read the whole book, but I do suggest having it on hand. (It has a TON of recipes for meals and for “alternatives” of ingredients that aren’t whole30 approved like mayo).
I have included numerous links in this post in case you want to gain more info directly from the source, but hopefully I can sum it up well enough 😉
**I get all my info directly from the Whole30 website and books.**
First and foremost, the Whole30 is not a weight loss program. I did not start eating this way because I was worried about my weight. The program is designed to eliminate all common allergens from your diet. These allergens can be: dairy, grains, legumes (beans, peanuts), and even added sugar. These foods can cause inflammation in your body even if you’re not “allergic” to them. Removing them from your diet for 30 days pushes the reset button on your body’s metabolism.
The book also talks a lot about your psychological relationship with food. Yes, most of us are addicted to sugar, and completing your 30 days will allow you to be free from food forever 🙂
**For a complete list of the program rules, click here **
Here I will just paste the list of “ailments” found on the website that the Whole30 is said to have “cured”:
“high blood pressure • high cholesterol • type 1 diabetes • type 2 diabetes • asthma • allergies • sinus infections • hives • skin conditions • endometriosis • PCOS • infertility • migraines • depression • bipolar disorder • heartburn • GERD • arthritis • joint pain • ADD • thyroid dysfunction • Lyme disease • fibromyalgia • chronic fatigue • lupus • leaky gut syndrome • Crohn’s • IBS • Celiac disease • diverticulitis • ulcerative colitis”
Well, I suffer from depression and anxiety, so I wanted to see if my mood was affected by what I was eating.
I also had mono for two years. In that time, I gained a fair amount of weight because I would only eat what I wanted and when I was hungry. I had no energy – I couldn’t even think about working out with getting tired. On top of the mono, (or maybe another symptom of it, I’m not really sure) was chronic sinus infections. I’m talking all the time. My joints ached too. OHHH and don’t let me forget about the herpes. No, not the “bad” kind. Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus, and I have the virus sitting dormant in my lymph nodes (as does everyone who gets mono), but EBV can also cause fever blisters. I break out in fever blisters every time my body heat rises (fevers, hot days). Or when I’m stressed. Or sad. (Yes, I know, gross. Now imagine having it on your face.)
Sooo basically, my immune system sucks. And I got sick of not feeling like a functioning human. On top of taking a semester off of school, getting my wisdom teeth out, getting my tonsils & adenoids out, and gaining “full” knowledge of essential oils and homeopathic healthcare remedies, I knew I needed to do something to gain control of my body again.
While the 30 days were long and hard (you basically go through sugar withdrawal), I’ve never felt more centered. I can’t really put into words how my diet has made me feel – both physically and emotionally. I have energy that I haven’t had since junior year of high school (I sound like such an old fart). And I work out!! Every day! I’m confident in myself, and I’ve never been able to say that before. I have a newfound passion for food and how to make healthy food fun. But mostly, I’ve been able to help others. I love giving advice to people on food and sharing tips. It’s a big reason I started this blog! Two of my friends have already started the program after reading a few of my posts. They text me daily asking questions (and mostly to vent) and it makes me so happy! Seriously. Everyone should feel the way this diet makes you feel.
If you have any further questions, I’m sure I can give you an answer so feel free to reach out on my Contact Page or leave a comment 🙂
Peace and blessings!!! XOX
P.s. Since a lot of people also ask about weight, I will say that I lost a fair amount of weight in the 30 days and that I look better than I have in the past two years. I also had my wisdom teeth, tonsils, and adenoids removed in the months prior to starting the program and you bet your bottom dollar half the weight I lost was from that.
But please know this. is. not. about. weight. – freeing your body from food just so happens to also get rid of some extra unnecessary fat 🙂