May 27, 2016
Since last last year - I've been thinking about doing a Whole 30. If I lost a pound or two that would be a bonus - but really I had some underlying health issues.
I have thyroid issues, I wasn't sleeping more than about 3 hours a night, I had heartburn more often than not, I woke up with a migraine level headache 14 out of 15 days and I had no energy at all.
I really, really had to work up to this. I first mentioned it to JB in August last year. I googled some blogs, I looked at recipes, and I watched as a few of my sewing friends on InstaGram went through their Whole 30s and posted food photos.
I bought the book in January and started reading it. All while just thinking about it. Finally - I picked a date to start. Carolyn was coming to visit and there were some food events happening and I didn't want to be 'that person' - so I started my Whole 30 on Monday, February 29th. With the exception of a few days around Day 30 - I haven't even really had a hard time. I also haven't had heartburn or a headache since early March. I'm sleeping 7+ hours of sleep a night and I have energy. I've even started working out regularly. I feel good. Oh - and the side benefit - I've managed to drop 25#.
I've done all 5 of my reintroduction days with no real horrible results - although I did have a slight allergic reaction to sugar - which seems strange but honestly refined sugar makes the roof of my mouth itch! Last Sunday - I had dairy, grains & sugar - thanks to a sewists brunch and quiche and a lovely cake. I had to try both of them. Sunday afternoon I was sewing and having issues with fitting a garment - nothing unusual - but honestly - I was livid, and so angry! Now - a few days later - I'm wondering if it was the combo of foods that I hadn't eaten in a while.
At this point - the middle of May - 10 weeks after starting this 'experimental journey' I feel great and am mostly still eating compliant - by choice. It's not horribly hard and honestly - I enjoy how we are eating and am surprised at how good real food tastes!
So - have you done a food experiment? What were your results? Did you immediately go back to your prior eating? Did you find it hard? Do you think my observations are weird? Talk to me - I want to hear about it.