The Whole 30 “Diet”

I recently started a new eating regime (26 days ago to be exact). It’s called the Whole 30 “Diet”. I put diet in quotations because for me it’s not really a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change.

For those of you that don’t know what the Whole 30 “Diet” is, let me tell you. It’s a diet that is good for people with autoimmune diseases or anyone qho wants to cleanse their system. It is basically a 30 day elimination diet that eliminates inflammatory foods. It cuts out gluten, dairy, sugar, rice, legumes, and any processed foods. Yes it sounds strict but it has really helped me. Here are the benefits that I have experienced so far:
1. More energy
2. Some of my chronic pain has gone away. You know, the pain I had for three and a half years that the doctors couldn’t seem to do anything about.
3. I’m not as angry as I used to be.
4. My skin is glowing (according to coworkers).
5. My clothes are looser.
6. I’ve lost a total of 4 pounds so far.

While the weight loss is nice, it isn’t the main reason I’m doing this. I’m doing this to get my Hashimotos under control. So far it seems to be helping.

Once your 30 days are up, you can start reintroducing foods that you cut out. The way you do it is one food at a time. You pick your food, let’s say rice. You add rice back into tour diet for 2 days. Then you cut it out again and go back to Whole 30. If you feel fine, then continue eating the rice. If it makes you sick, then you know it’s am inflammatory food that causes your flare ups and cut it for good. You do this with all the foods you want to reintroduce. For me, I will only be reintroducing legumes, rice, and honey. Maybe occasionally sugar. Gluten and dairy I already know I’m allergic to, so I won’t even bother with them. I will keep them out.

This has definitely been a hard thing to do, but the benefits have been great. I know in the ling run it will rally help with my Hashimotos. That’s what I keep telling myself to stay motivated. I don’t want to go back to my pain filled fatigued self. I like the direction I’m going.

I’m telling you that you should go on this “diet”, but I am digesting you should at least check it out and do your own research. There is a book called “The Whole 30 Diet” and Whole30.com. There are also support groups on Facebook.

My 30 days will be up in 4 days, but only I haven’t been keeping track. I don’t see the point in counting the days since it’s a lifestyle change for me. The only reason for me to count would be to know when to reintroduce some foods.

Let me know if you have any questions about the Whole 30 and I’ll try to answer them. I will also be posting some tips I’ve learned so far.

If you are already doing the Whole 30 diet, let me know and we can be support buddies! I will again in 4 days with my finally measurements and pounds lost before I start the next phase. Until then, stay healthy lovelies!

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