Lately, I’ve been feeling very sluggish. In addition to some digestive issues and back pains (don’t worry, I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled) I’m almost always tired. I’ve been doing my best to cook more instead of eating out, but trips to the average grocery store are disheartening. I usually try to avoid the Whole Foods and Fresh Markets of the world (because everything is just so unbelievably expensive) but for the last few weeks, I can barely stomach the thought of making a shopping trip to other grocery stores where the produce is half rotten and the meat looks nearly spoiled. The other morning my energy was running so low that I stocked up on energy drinks to have throughout the day (which I never, ever do) but knew that the amount of sugar in those drinks were not the best solution. Just as I was taking another sip, my supervisor came in and we started talking about a new healthy eating program that she was planning to start. When I mentioned my food allergies and how hard it is for me get my eating habits on track, she ran back to her desk to snag her copy of The Whole30. She flipped to the page that talked about inflammation caused by the foods we eat and a 30-day regime to reset your metabolism. As the website describes it, The Whoel30 program is a method of cutting out all of the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30-days”. Once these foods have been completely eliminated for 1 month, you begin the process of reintroducing them into your diet to determine which ones and in what ways they’ve been impacting your health. As you add the foods back in and start to feel their true effects, you’ll know exactly which ones to stay away from.
I started reading through her book and this process seemed…intense (to say the least). But I’ve been so desperate for a health makeover that I quickly bought into the idea. Right after work I headed to the nearest bookstore to purchase my copy. To support each other through this journey, we’ll start the program next week and serve as each other’s accountability partners. I’m a little afraid, very invested, and totally excited to start. Over the next several weeks I’ll be documenting my research, recipes, and health changes. The website is full of great information, but I’ll do my best to share resources here. If you’re ready for a change and you’re up for the challenge, please join me – the more, the merrier!