It has been a busy week of subbing, looking at new places to live, and learning about the Whole30. I mentioned the book “It Starts With Food” in a previous post and finally got a chance to read the whole book. It was super interesting and informative and it was not difficult to decide to try it for myself. Tomorrow I begin my Whole30 journey! 🙂
What is the Whole30?
The book states the standards that the food we eat should:
1. Promote a healthy psychological response
2. Promote a healthy hormonal response
3. Support a healthy gut
4. Support immune function and minimize inflammation
The Whole30 is an elimination diet, with no cheating or indulgences for one month. It eliminates “hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups” which are:
sugar/alcohol: for obvious reasons, it does nothing good for you
dairy: our adult bodies don’t necessarily need dairy and can get better use of calcium from foods such as kale, steamed spinach, nuts, and seeds. caesin in milk can cause a histamine response which creates headaches–may help with my migraines
grains: vegetables and fruits contain the same amount of fiber and contain carbs, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are more beneficial for our bodies; the more whole grains on our plates, the less vegetables and are micronutrient density of our food is lower
legumes: can fuel bad gut bacteria and lectin in legumes can induce immune response which causes inflammation which leads to a variety of health concerns
After 30 days, participants will know how the eliminated foods that used to be eaten regularly work in your body–how they affect energy levels, sleep, mood, physical performance, as well as skin, hair, joints, and digestive tract. It is a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help restore a healthy metabolism, heal digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation, and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habit, and relationships with food. After the 30 days, I can reintroduce grains, legumes, and dairy (as well as a little sugar and alcohol if I choose to) one at a time to see how they affect me and how much I want to include in my daily diet.
I am interested to see how this will affect my body. In the past year, I have had unexplained rashes on my face, arms, and hands. I have had a history of sinus infections and migraines. I get stomach aches quite often. I recently got diagnosed with Raynaud’s phenomenon (blood vessels that feed fingers and toes constrict in reaction to cold–even holding glass of cold water–or emotional stress) where my skin turns white and blue, my fingers and toes get painful and numb and then throb and tingle and sores form. The book has a lot of information about how certain foods and processed foods affect our bodies and cause inflammation which brings on a variety of health issues. I hope to see improvement in all of these areas as well as with my cravings and unhealthy relationship with food.
What Can I Eat?
meat, seafood, eggs, tons of veggies, some fruit, plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts, and seeds.
foods with very few ingredients–all pronounceable–natural and unprocessed
Great websites with food ideas:
I will be posting my daily eats and workouts as well as how I feel during this process. I am super excited to start this tomorrow, but a little scared. Like how am I going to avoid that cookie at school or what do I do when someone asks me to get a coffee with them (I can have coffee–but organic and no sugar or dairy in it). But like the book says, it is only 30 days and it is worth giving it a try to see how good you can feel and what improvements can be made on your health.