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Why I’m Starting Whole30

1 Oct

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I won’t go into too much detail here but I’ll start by saying that I’ve been having medical issues for years.  Literally years.  I have been blunt-honest with several doctors who have all but told me I was crazy.  Be honest with many medical professionals and tell them you are always tired no matter how much you sleep and you just feel blah and they’ll hand you a depression screening form.  Guess what?  I didn’t screen as depressed and I could have saved them and me the time.

I had my own theories based on reading many articles online, but I know I’m no doctor.  My theories were hormone imbalances, possibly adrenal fatigue, cortisol levels out of whack from working crazy hours and being stressed, and possibly thyroid problems.

My primary care doctor did blood work and told me I was fine and blew it off, told me this is how being 30 looks and feels.  I went to a naturopath who again did labs and she told me I was hypothyroid.  I was so happy to get answers! She tried me on one medication that gave me bad side-effects then gave up.  So again I was discouraged.

Fast-forward (years) to now.  I finally saw a new nurse practitioner who was recommended to me as someone who deals with patients who “don’t have a normal reaction to medications” and who aren’t in the 90% of the population.  The person who recommended me also had hormone issues.  Now, I’m still waiting on blood work but I feel like for the first time ever there is a doctor who believes me and who knows enough to actually help fix the problem.

The first thing she “prescribed” for me is to do the Whole30.  I never knew that the majority of the body’s hormones are created in the gut.  The Whole30 is designed to help heal the gut.  So, in theory, once my body is repaired and is actually making it’s own hormones again, at whatever level that happens to be, then medications can be looked at to finish off whatever my body can’t create.

I don’t know about you but it makes a hell of a lot of sense to me.

So, I’ve finished reading the book and I’ve chosen a start date of October 10, 2015.  I’m nervous and excited, but mostly excited.  The food really does look good.  I just HATE cooking.  My plan is to cook enough meals for the week on my weekend and just cook breakfast every day.  Due to my crazy work schedule that’s about all that is going to work for me.

I’m as prepared as I can be mentally for this to be a life-change, no a 30 day change.  The nurse practitioner believes based on what she has physically seen that I likely have celiac’s disease.  I’m just so ready to change what I have to to feel better!

The book mentions coming up with a list of “non-scale victories”, things you want to see changes in that can’t be measured by the bathroom scale.  I’ll be doing this in the next blog!  I think the hardest part for me will be not weighing myself for 30 days.

Juice Fast Day 15

22 Aug

My very final day of only juice!  I’m so excited.  I even went to the grocery store today and bought things that I don’t plan on juicing!  I bought two portabella mushrooms that I’m planning on using for my pizza “crust”, some organic garlic pasta sauce, and some shredded mozzarella cheese.  I know I need to do more shopping, but I didn’t bring a list with me so that’s all I could think to get. 

After 15 days of no fat, oil, sugar, flour, salt, etc. I feel like I am much more conscious about what I’m going to put in my body.  That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to enjoy what I eat and eat some bad things along the way.  There were displays upon displays of gummy bears, gummy worms, and sour gummies at Safeway today.  So tempting, but I was good.  I have also realized that I must not have eaten as badly as I thought I did before the fast because I really didn’t experience any detox side effects.  Doesn’t mean that there isn’t still room for improvement though!

After not weighing in yesterday I did my scale check this morning and was only down .2lbs.  Those days where I switch to and from nights really mess me up.  I’m not even really eating all that much more than I normally would, but something about being up around 30 hours, even with a nap, just seems to really screw with my entire body.  I’m lucky to work 4-10s and have three days off.  At least my body semi-adjusts during the week and during the weekend, it’s those in-between parts that are no good.  So, the ultimate final weigh in will be tomorrow morning.  I’m curious, but I don’t expect to lose all that much more.